Minivans have polarizing opinions; the realization that you might need one for your growing family is imminent. Either way, minivans were purpose-built for family commuting, and now with Pacifica by Chrysler out in the market, it serves as a handy family assistant. Let’s take a look at what this family favorite in the plug-in form of a hybrid can offer.
You’ll find a 3.5-liter V6 eHybrid engine under the hood with two electric motors mated to an eFlite Si-EVT transmission. These motors combined make 260 horsepower that is plenty to get the van moving in the right direction very quickly. The switch between gas to electric is almost entirely seamless.
It is learning to modify your driving habits to take full advantage of your new hybrid. Definitely something worth learning. It’s easy on the throttle, and it uses the regenerative braking, whenever possible, to help to charge the battery and is as smooth as possible on all occasions.
The exterior styling for some models can be sporty and sleek, even for a van. Some models come with red velvet paint matched to black wheels which can set the van apart from other minivans. Even the wheel distinction can be pleasing to look at as well.
Up front, you’ll find LED daytime lights with projector lamps and LED tail lamps with regular bulbs for braking. Overall, it’s a sleek and functional looking van. Not something you’ll want to dismiss just because it doesn’t fit the norm.
Kids will fall in love with the inside, and drivers (and parents alike) will be satisfied with what is being offered. Up front, there will be an entertainment center for the ages. There is also a rotary gear selector which cleans up the dashboard and provides more room for console and seating.
Centered in the middle of the dashboard is the touchscreen, which holds all of the infotainment controls. It allows you to control several things such as entertainment, HVAC, and settings for the front passengers. An all-in-one console for all of the tech available.
Just below are the controls for front and rear HVAC. Under all the storage cubbies and rubber flooring, you’ll find that the rubber flooring will keep things from sliding around when on the road. The center console is big enough that it can hold a small diaper bag, iPads, cups, and even toys.
The middle-row seating is comfortable enough even for adults, but the real kicker is the touchscreens that are built into the seats, and they also have game preloaded unto them. The third row holds three people, and even two adults fairly comfortably. The storage behind the third row is a little deeper down than average, which allows you to pack items tightly and be able to carry plenty with the seats in use.
Folding that row makes for a large surface. Fold all of the seating, and you can have a makeshift panel van. If wanting extra space, you can make it yourself with all of the hidden storage available.
The Pacifica drives like a luxury vehicle, making it smooth over bumps and easy to drive on the highway and the drive in town. And with the plug-in capability, it’s an easy (and excellent) way to cruise in town in EV mode. Other features included are parking assist and parallel parking assist, you can find a spot and semi-autonomously park the van.
This van can cover all of the bases a family could need or want. Even with the ability to drive in full electric mode is something efficient. The all-wheel-drive option will be ideal, but the hybrid plug-in option is, indeed.
Chrysler claims 82 MPGe and 30 mpg. It’s tough to calculate mileage when it’s charged every night. But with the ability to switch between hybrid and EV mode, the gasoline slowly if you’re not in the highway commuting.
You can search the inventory of Chrysler Pacifica’s at Miami Lakes Automall. Make sure to stop by for a test drive and see if this model and make is the car for you.
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