Imagine if you only had to fill up your gas tank a few times a month? Depending on your daily commute it might be possible with a plug-in hybrid or EV (electric vehicle). The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid might be a contender.
In 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid became the world’s first plug-in hybrid-electric minivan. In 2018 Laurie Jennings, Deputy Editor & Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute, named the Pacifica Hybrid “America’s first-ever and only hybrid minivan, a one-of-a-kind, no compromise family vehicle”. In just two years it’s had a few awards, the latest being named the 2019 Family Car of the Year by cars.com.
The Pacifica Hybrid has four complete sets of LATCH connections, two are on the second-row seats, and the other two are on the outboard third-row seats. The Pacifica Hybrid is built for families but is not limited to those who have children on the younger side. Storage inside the Pacifica includes cubbies, nooks, and out-of-sight compartments. As for space, the Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t sacrifice much interior volume on account of it being a plug-in hybrid and many plug-in hybrid cars, for instance, have smaller trunks because their battery packs protrude into those spaces. The only lost space is the Stow ‘n Go storage in the second row which was used for the location of the batteries.
The third row still maintains its Stow ‘n Go feature allowing the seats to fold away completely into the floor. The large screen in the center stack, which features the controls for navigation, heating, ventilation, cooling, and entertainment, as well as FCA’s Uconnect system, is easy to read even on the go and easy to use. Over time, the Pacifica, with care, should hold up.
PERFORMANCE & HANDLING:
The Pacifica Hybrid offers more fuel economy thanks to its 3.6-liter hybrid V-6. two electric motors, and a high-voltage battery pack. The engine is paired with an electrically variable transmission that combines the power of two electric motors for EV-only driving and dual-mode hybrid operation. Altogether, Chrysler lists total system output as “around 260 horsepower,” which is considerably less than the 286 horsepower made by the gas engine in standard Pacificas.
As mentioned, the suspension is on the firm side, probably to keep that extra weight in check. While it doesn’t create the cushiest ride, it does make the Pacifica Hybrid a surprisingly competent handler. The stiffer suspension, combined with a much lower center of gravity thanks to the batteries’ placement underneath the floor, keeps this minivan from feeling tippy in turns and imparts a high degree of confidence in corners.
Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are both standards on all trim levels, as are rear parking sensors with automatic braking. All of the Pacifica Hybrid’s remaining optional safety equipment is collected in the Advanced SafetyTec Group, a 360-degree surround-view camera system. Forward collision warning with emergency automatic braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, a park-assist system that works for both parallel and perpendicular parking, and automatic high-beam headlights.
Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment has an 8.4-inch touchscreen and paired with an equally impressive 7.0-inch screen for the gauges and information display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, as is a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, active noise canceling, and an optional 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo.
There are two 10-inch HD touchscreens mounted on the backs of the front seats, which are connected to a built-in Blu-Ray player and also feature HDMI ports. They run an operating system with both apps and games for kids to play with. The system can even wirelessly stream video from certain devices (though it’s not available in Apple devices).
The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid has an MSRP of $39,995 (plus destination fee).
You can search our inventory of Pacifica Hybrid 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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