Chrysler Pacifica or Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid – Which is Best For You?

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If you are on the market for a new minivan, and you want the best there is, then you’re decision is pretty easy, buy the Chrysler Pacifica. Easy, right? Well, now that’s out of the way, you need to decide whether you want the Chrysler Pacifica or the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Both are very similar, but there are some differences and those differences might be the deciding factor.

Seating

If you need a minivan that offers seating for eight passengers, you are going to want to go with the Chrysler Pacifica because it is available with three seats in the second-row. If eight passenger seating isn’t a must-have feature and seating for seven people is good enough, then the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is still an option.

Stow ‘n Go

One of the most loved features about the Chrysler Pacifica and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the Stow ‘n Go seating and storage system. Exclusive to FCA minivans, Stow ‘n Go seating makes it possible for users to easily fold select seats into storage compartments that are built-in to the floor. That capability is awesome because it makes it a breeze for people to reconfigure the cabin to accommodate large cargo whenever they need to. Other minivans only offer the ability to fold the top half of the seat flat or the option to completely remove the seats from the vehicle. Additionally, when the seats are not folded into their storage compartments, those storage compartments can be used to store other items, so it keeps the cabin nice and organized.

Stow ‘n Go seating is standard on the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, but there is one difference. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid only offers Stow ‘n Go seating in the third-row seats, and that’s because the battery that is a part of the vehicle’s powertrain is located under the second-row seats. The Chrysler Pacifica features Stow ‘n Go seating in the vehicle’s second- and third-row seats.

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy and powertrain is the biggest difference between the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The Chrysler Pacifica has an internal combustion engine, and the engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), which means the vehicle has an internal combustion engine as well as dual electric motors that are powered by a large battery, and overall the Pacifica Hybrid has a much better fuel economy.

Overall, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a much better fuel economy. The Chrysler Pacifica averages 18 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 22 mpg, and it has a total driving range of 418 miles on a single tank of gas. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid actually has a few different fuel economies. When the Chrysler Pacifica  is only powered by its internal combustion engine, it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 32 mpg; when the vehicle’s electric motor and engine work together in hybrid mode, the vehicle averages 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent); additionally, the Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 33 miles when only powered its battery. Thanks to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s increased fuel economy, the Pacifica Hybrid has a total driving range of 566 miles when the vehicle has a full tank of gas and a fully charged battery.

Cost

The Chrysler Pacifica has four trims that have a lower starting price than the lowest starting price of the most affordable Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid , but if money is your deciding factor, there are some other things you should consider. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit and buyers can benefit from the tax credit when they do the taxes for the year they bought their vehicle. So if a buyer can use that tax credit to their advantage, the cost of the Pacifica Hybrid would theoretically be reduced to $32,495 (plus destination fee), which is $100 less than the Chrysler Pacifica Touring Plus (starting MSRP $32,595 (plus destination fee)), which has the exact same features.

Additionally, the fuel savings of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will save drivers money throughout the time they own the vehicle. According to FuelEconomy.gov, the average driver will spend about $1,900 in fuel costs per year with the Chrysler Pacifica. However, Fueleconomy.gov estimates that the average driver will only spend about $950 per year in fuel costs driving the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. So essentially, every year, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will cost $950 less to drive. In five years, that adds up to a total savings of $4,750!

Want to come and see what the differences of the Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid are like for yourself? Come to Miami Lakes Automall to test drive them both! We can show you all of the different features so you can decide for yourself.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica v. 2018 Honda Pilot

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A tough decision for parents looking for a new vehicle that is big enough for their big family is whether to choose an SUV or a minivan. While some minivans don’t compare to the convenience or style of some of the SUVs on the market, the Chrysler Pacifica does, and it actually surpasses some of the best SUVs on the market, even the Honda Pilot, which has earned a number of awards through the years.

Here’s a look at how the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Pilot compare.

Engines, Fuel Economy and Towing

The engine on the Honda Pilot and the Chrysler Pacifica are pretty similar, but the Chrysler Pacifica’s engine is a little better. The Chrysler Pacifica has a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, and the Pacifica has a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway. The Honda Pilot is equipped with a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and it gives the Honda Pilot an average fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The biggest difference between the engine of the Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Pilot is their towing capacities. The Chrysler Pacifica has a towing capacity of 3,600 pounds and the Honda Pilot has a standard towing capacity of 1,500 pounds and a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.

Interior Dimensions

One of the most important vehicle aspects for big families is a vehicle that has a big, spacious interior and the Honda Pilot and Chrysler Pacifica both have seating for eight passengers, which is one of the highest seating capacities on the market, however, the Chrysler Pacifica provides more room for passengers and significantly more room for cargo than the Honda Pilot.

The Chrysler Pacifica provides 41.1 inches of legroom for front seat passengers, 39 inches of legroom for second-row passengers and 36.5 inches of legroom for third-row passengers, and all of those measurements are bigger than those of the Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot offers 40.9 inches of legroom for front seat passengers, 38.4 inches of legroom for second-row passengers and 31.9 inches of legroom for third-row passengers. So families (and or anyone else) that will be using all of the vehicle’s seats fairly often will really benefit from the additional 4.6 inches of legroom for third-row passengers and additional 1.6 inches of legroom for second-row passengers.

Consumers looking for a large family vehicle that also provides a lot of cargo room will want to go with the Chrysler Pacifica. The trunk in the Chrysler Pacifica provides 32.3 cubic-feet of space and the trunk in the Honda Pilot is about half the size as it only provides 16.5 cubic-feet of space. The second- and third-row seats of both vehicles can be folded down to make room for large cargo, but the Chrysler Pacifica provides more room for cargo and a much more convenient way to create that room. The Chrysler Pacifica is equipped with Stow ‘n Go seating, which makes it possible for users to fold down the seats in the second- and third-rows into storage compartments built-in to the floor. When the third-row seats in the Chrysler Pacifica are folded down there is 87.5 cubic-feet of storage space and when the third-row seats of the Honda Pilot are folded down there is 46.8 cubic-feet of storage space. Finally, when the second-row seats in the Chrysler Pacifica are folded down there is 140.5 cubic-feet of cargo space and when the second-row seats in the Honda Pilot are folded down there is 83.9 cubic-feet of cargo space.

Entertainment and Tech

The Chrysler Pacifica also provides better standard tech options than the Honda Pilot. The Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen, whereas the Honda Pilot only comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen. Additionally, the Chrysler Pacifica is available with the Uconnect Theater Package, which includes to digital touch screens, wireless headphones and Bluetooth capability for games and the capability to watch TV shows and movies.

Price

Finally, the Chrysler Pacifica is an excellent option for families because it has a more affordable base trim. The Pacifica has a starting MSRP of $26,995 (plus destination fee) and the Pilot has a starting MSRP of $30,900 (plus destination fee).

Want to check out ll of the benefits of the Chrysler Pacifica? Come to Miami Lakes Chrysler and check out our available inventory. We’ll even give you a good deal on your Honda Pilot if you’re ready to trade it in for a vehicle that will offer you even more options.

7 Models at Miami Lakes Automall Qualify for Federal Tax Credits

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Miami Lakes Automall is the best place to go car shopping because we sell seven different brands, so we offer hundreds of makes and models, including seven different vehicles that qualify for a federal tax credit. However we have noticed a lot of our customers don’t know what the federal tax credit is, so we’re here to explain.

About the Federal Tax Credit

Vehicles that have a battery large that is enough to power the vehicle are eligible for a federal tax credit, so that includes electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The tax credit amount that a vehicle receives is based on the size of a battery and the maximum tax credit is $7,500.

Savings on Top of the Federal Tax Credit

Miami Lakes Automall sells seven vehicles that qualify for the federal tax credit and we expect that number to increase in the the future. Though the federal tax credit is a nice incentive for people to invest in EVs or PHEVs, the savings in fuel costs from driving an EV or PHEV is another great incentive.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Savings

For instance, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a minivan PHEV and it qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit, but its fuel efficiency will save drivers a ton in fuel costs in just one year, and there are huge savings after driving the minivan for five years.

According to fueleconomy.gov, drivers of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can expect to spend about $950 a year in fuel and in five years drivers can expect to save $2,500 in fuel costs in comparison to the average vehicle. However, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 33 miles when powered only by its battery, so if a driver doesn’t have a long daily commute or they can charge up while at work, a driver could do a majority of their driving powered by electricity, and that would increase savings a lot.

Savings on All EVs and PHEVs Available at Miami Lakes Automall:

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $7,500
Battery: 16 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 33 miles
MPGe: 84 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $950
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $2,500
Starting MSRP: $39,995 (plus destination fee)

Chevrolet Bolt EV

EV
Federal Tax Credit: $7,500
Battery: 60 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 238 miles
MPGe: 119 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $550
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $4,500
Starting MSRP: $37,495 (plus destination fee)

Chevrolet Volt

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $7,500
Battery: 18.4 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 53 miles
MPGe: 106 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $700
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $3,750
Starting MSRP: $34,095 (plus destination fee)

Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $4,919
Battery: 9.8 kWh lithium polymer battery
Total Electric Distance: 29 miles
MPGe: 103 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $800
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $3,250
Starting MSRP: $35,210 (plus destination fee)

Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: coming soon
Battery: 8.9 kWh lithium polymer battery
Total Electric Distance: 26 miles
MPGe: 105 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $700
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $3,750 (plus destination fee)
Starting MSRP: $27,900

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

PHEV
Federal Tax Credit: $5,836
Battery: 12 kWh lithium-ion battery
Total Electric Distance: 22 miles
MPGe: 74 MPGe combined city/highway
Annual Fuel Costs: $1,200
Savings in Fuel Costs After 5 Years: $1,250
Starting MSRP: $34,595 (plus destination fee)

Want to come and see what each of these vehicles is like in person? Come by Miami Lakes Automall, and you can test drive all of these vehicles and we can answer any questions you may have!