Minivans may come attached with polarizing opinions until the sudden realization hits that you might need one for a growing family. With the Chrysler Pacifica, owners have long enjoyed the vehicle as a handy assistant for the daily family commute. Let’s take a look at what this favorite, in the plug-in form of a hybrid, can offer.
Under the hood you’ll find a 3.5-liter V6 eHybrid engine with two electric motors mated to an eFlite Si-EVT transmission. These motors combine for 260 horsepower, with the switch between gas to electric almost entirely seamless. It’s also easy on the throttle and uses regenerative braking to help to charge the battery.
Kids will fall in love with the inside with an entertainment center for the ages. 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. It’s an all-in-one console for all of the tech available.
Just below are the controls for front and rear HVAC. Under the storage cubbies, you’ll find the rubber flooring helpful in preventing things from sliding around. The center console is big enough that it can hold things like a small diaper bag, iPads, cups, and toys.
The middle-row seating is comfortable enough even for adults but the real kicker is the touchscreens that are built into the seats with games pre-loaded for play. The third row seats three kids, or 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 much larger surface. Fold all of the seating down and you have a makeshift panel van.
The Pacifica also rides like a luxury vehicle, making it smooth over bumps and easy-to-drive on the highway and in town. Chrysler claims 82 MPGe and 30 MPG highway, with EV Mode as an easy (and excellent) way to cruise around town. Other helpful features include parking assist and parallel parking assist, allowing the vehicle’s semi-autonomy the ability to park the van for you.
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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