2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Today, it’s all about hybrids and electric vehicles, baby! Okay, not really - hybrids, PHEVs, and EVs still have a way to go to replace the auto market. But when you look at what’s currently out there, such a goal doesn’t seem too far off. Take the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for example - it is a PHEV that can travel 566 miles on a full tank of gas and full battery charge, and it has all the necessities and luxuries you of its predecessor.
Federal Tax Credit
When Chrysler first released the Pacifica in early 2016, it was immediately the minivan to own. It has so many convenient automatic features that it’s really hard to compare it to others. Well later in the year, Chrysler wanted the Pacifica to truly be irresistible, so they made a hybrid version. The Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV) that is powered by a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery pack with two electric motors and an upgraded version of Chrysler’s award-winning Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 engine.
Those who love being as “green” as possible can drive on battery-power alone -- that’s zero greenhouse gas emissions -- for up to 33 miles. If distance is more your thing, enjoy a whopping 566-mile range when using gas and the battery. Oh, and those of you who think a PHEV vehicle is weak, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can tow up to 3,600 pounds.
When it comes to recharging, it’s a pretty straight forward process. Other than plugging into a public charging station or at your home to recharge, there’s also regenerative braking. For those not in the know, regenerative braking is a process that takes the mechanical energy used to slow down a car and converts it into electricity through the high-voltage motor that then charges the battery. With a 240-volt unit, the Pacifica Hybrid is able to fully recharge in as little as two hours.
Weren’t all the convenient and automatic features great on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica? It would be a shame if they disappeared for the sake of the hybrid…well they didn’t. Along with its unique front grille pattern, available LED lower light pipes, and headlamp bezel, the Pacifica Hybrid returns with available hands-free power sliding doors, the hands-free power liftgate, push button power sliding doors, and a tri-pane panoramic sunroof for those outdoor ventures (all available options). The Pacifica is also available in ten colors, one of which being its own exclusive color - Silver Teal Pearl Coat.
Roomy on the Inside
There is of course a large selection of seating trim choices for drivers to choose from when outfitting the Pacifica’s interior. Two trims come with cloth, and the rest have leather trim as a standard. The seating capacity still maxes out at seven passengers, and the third row has its class-exclusive easy tilt seating so passengers can enter or leave the third row quickly.
For a little luxury, drivers can upgrade to heated and ventilated front row seating. For convenience, the third row folding seats are available as automatic power folding versus manual, and the Stow ‘n Vac makes another debut for easy cabin cleanups. Additionally, there are several clever storage ports, and with the third-row Stow ‘n Go seating compartment and the second-row of seats removed there is 140 cubic-feet of cargo space for the big stuff.
Now, to make the already critically-acclaimed Chrysler Pacifica a hybrid, it needed to change things up a bit. The body needs to be stiff, but light; it also needs to have the reduced noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) atmosphere the minivan already possesses. So how do you make a high performing hybrid? Keep reading for the answer.
A whole-new driving platform does the trick. Increasing the aerodynamics of the body lends to the estimated fuel economy of 84 MPGe, and even with the bulk of the battery under the second row floor, the interior space is hardly diminished. With that in mind, remember that the Chrysler Pacifica the largest interior volume in a seven-seater minivan? That hasn’t changed in the hybrid.
When it comes to hybrid and electric cars, the first thought is - how will that affect all of the electronics? Well, luckily the two don’t share the same power source. Secondly, with the available all-new Uconnect Theater entertainment system, complete with internet access and two HD 10-inch touchscreens, that’s not the question to ask oneself. The question is, “How’s the speaker system?” The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has a standard 6-speaker audio system, but can be upgraded to a premium 13-speaker Alpine audio system. A 7-inch full-color driver information display and 8.4-inch touchscreen come standard.
Convenience comes up a lot when talking about the Pacifica, and it’s not a sacrifice for the Pacifica Hybrid. Among the many automatic features of the exterior, keyless Enter ‘n Go is a returning feature, as well as remote start for cabin preconditioning, and integrated voice command. What’s new is KeySense technology, a programmable key fob for new teen drivers. Program it to limit driving speed and audio volume, mute the audio altogether if seat belts are unbuckled, prevent the deactivation of select safety features, and block SiriusXM Radio channels.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has over 100 standard and advanced safety features available. Starting off with the 360-degree surround view camera for a bird’s eye view of the vehicle, automatic features like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Hold, Forward Collision Warning-Plus, and LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus always make the late night drive a little less worrisome. For those annoying crowded mall parking lots, make use of ParkSense with standard rear park assist and a back-up camera, or ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist (also available options).
Price and Warranty
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a starting MSRP of $41,995, but is eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, reducing the cost to $34,495.
Each Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is backed by a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The battery in the Pacifica Hybrid has a 10-year/150,000-mile limited warranty or a 10-year/100,000-mile limited warranty depending on what state you live in.