2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Review

Model Overview

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is an 8-seater people carrier that claims the title of America’s first ever hybrid minivan, and it’s not only capable of a total drive range of 566 miles with a highway consumption rating of up to 84 mpg, it looks quite good too. The minivan can cover up to 33 miles on electric power alone helping to drastically reduce your carbon footprint. For the modern generation, the Pacifica also makes use of an app to monitor drive data and locate charge stations. There are also some great convenience features available to enhance the drive and to make the Pacifica a pleasure to live with.

Interior

The interior of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan is as spacious as you expect, and it looks as food as the exterior. You can have the multifunction steering wheel and rounded dash in a two-tone finish to match the door cards and seat piping, and thanks to the almost sporty power adjusting front seats a great diving position with good visibility can be set. The second seating row tilts easy for passenger access and the Stow & Go seating system allows for various configurations for cargo and goods a family would use. A great feature for a family car like the Pacifica is the built-in vacuum cleaner under the Stow n Vac option; those inevitable messes will be quickly taken care of. The 8.4-inch infotainment screen is good enough for the front passengers while an optional Uconnect Theater adds in dual 10.1-inch screens with a Blu-ray player.

You Might Also Like
10 Awesome Concepts That Became Boring Production Cars
10 Awesome Concepts That Became Boring Production Cars
Everything You Need To Know To Understand The Porsche 911 Model Range
Everything You Need To Know To Understand The Porsche 911 Model Range

Driving (Ride & Handling)

With a powerful combined 260 hp available from the V6 and electric motors, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid offers up an effortless drive even with a full compliment of passengers on board. To make things less complicated for the driver, the Pacifica has no settings for drive modes but instead automatically switches between the gas and electric as the programming on the control modules dictates – you can drive and help the environment without having to think about what to do and when to do it. The drive feels the same as the regular non-hybrid version with good steering, solid suspension and a good and easy brake action, which is unusual for a regenerative system. The continuously variable planetary gear transmission feels and works just like a conventional continuously variable transmission.

Performance (Engine & Transmission)

The conventional gas-powered 3.6-liter V6 was reconfigured for Atkinson-cycle operation and manages to produce a pretty decent power output of 220 hp with 235 lb-ft of torque, added to this is a pair of permanent-magnet synchronous AC electric motors make up the balance to get it to a combined total output of 260 hp. Electric charge is stored in a 16.0 kWh liquid cooled lithium-ion battery. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can hit 60 mph in under 8-seconds, and has a top speed limited to 107 mph. The total range is claimed at a very good 566 miles.

Equipment & Safety

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is full of tech goodness. Safety and convenience systems include features like a 360° surround view camera, a full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, ParkSense rear park assist with stop function and even parallel and perpendicular park assist systems. The available 8.4-inch touchscreen features Siri Eyes for iPhone users while the dual 10.1-inch available rear screens come with built-in apps and games to keep kiddies entertained. A good feature to option is the 20-speaker Harman Kardon Premium surround sound system top turn the minivan into a concert hall.

Verdict

While everyone seems to be turning to small SUVs and crossovers, there are still enough fans of the original minivan to warrant production by Chrysler. Some of those fans also want to help the environment, and so the Pacifica Hybrid came to be. It’s a minivan in every way with great space for passengers and cargo, and a long list of standard and available equipment along with very good mileage. The 8-seater is just one of those cars that will tick all the boxes for a modern family.

Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$39,995