2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid quick take: The electrified minivan also happens to be the best minivan
Sep 21, 2017
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The intent: Chrysler built a plug-in hybrid electric minivan, the first minivan with this kind of powertrain. The Pacifica aims to provide top utility and efficiency over the competition in this guise, and in platinum trim, it also happens to deliver remarkable luxury.
Key Competitors:Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna
Base Price: $46,090 As-Tested Price: $47,885
Our take: In our crossover-crazed world, Chrysler refuses to give up on the minivan. Their efforts have paid off with the remarkable Pacifica Hybrid, a blend of comfortable, luxurious accommodations and smooth hybrid efficiency.
The space in the back with everything folded away is enormous.
The execution: Since minivans are practical, drive well, and, in the Pacifica’s case, look good, I frankly don’t understand why consumers don’t want to be seen in one. I especially don’t get it where the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid are concerned. I hear the same reasons you do, over and over: They’re not cool, they’re mom mobiles, they don’t drive well -- the list goes on. None of that is true, and the Pacifica Hybrid proves it (though it’d be hilarious if an automaker came out with a minivan and called it the Stigma).
As we said about the gasoline-powered Pacifica, what we have here is quite possibly the best-driving minivan on the market. Damning with faint praise? Not in this case. The interior is comfortable, well-built and huge, enveloped by a body sitting atop the company’s new and much stiffer Global Large Vehicle Platform. The suspension, MacPherson struts in front and rear twist blade, improves tremendously both side to side and fore and aft body motions compared to previous Chrysler minivans, while soaking up Detroit potholes smartly. As minivans go, it’s borderline responsive.
Just how efficient is the hybrid system? Chrysler says total system horsepower is 260 hp and is good for 80 mpg-e, the “e” a measure comparing gasoline, hybrid and electric modes. I’ve been getting about 36 miles on electricity alone around town and haven’t exactly been light-footing it; a hypermiler could clear 40 easily. Fully juiced and full of fuel, the van can go 566 miles, Chrysler says.
The Pacifica Hybrid glides around silently and smoothly, especially considering everything going on underneath: The battery sits under the floorboards, and it’s a big one -- 16 kWh of lithium ion, as big as the battery in a pure-electric Mitsubishi iMiEV. Chrysler says the van can be recharged in two hours on 240 volts, and the only drawback is that the second-row seats no longer fold into the floor since that space is taken up by cells. The battery powers two electric motors augmenting the 3.6-liter V6 Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. Compared to the non-EV Pacifica, this V6 lacks a bit of low-end torque for efficiency’s sake, but the electric motors make up for it. The power goes through Chrysler’s electrically variable transmission, called eFlite, to the front wheels. The system is seamless, and there are no decisions the driver needs to make. You don’t switch in or out of EV mode or any other mode actually -- the powertrain takes care of it all.
Overall, I personally think the Pacifica Hybrid is the perfect road-trip/stuff-hauler. It also qualifies for the Fed’s $7,500 tax credit. Winning!
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