Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Overview

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ranks 3 out of 6 Minivans.

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid checks all the boxes that matter most to families. It has a hushed, upscale cabin, a long list of family-friendly features, a smooth ride, and impressive handling. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain, you’ll also save money at the pump.











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Pros & Cons

  • Very fuel-efficient for a minivan
  • High-end, feature-filled cabin
  • Quiet, comfortable ride
  • More agile than many rivals
  • No Stow 'n Go
  • High price

Notable for 2017

  • All-new model

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Rankings and Research

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ranking is based on its score within the Minivans category. Currently the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a score of 8.6 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 11 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.


Overall: 8.6
Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.7
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 2_5


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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Review

By Mel Anton June 22, 2017

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid checks all the boxes that matter most to families. It has a hushed, upscale cabin, a long list of family-friendly features, a smooth ride, and impressive handling. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain, you’ll also save money at the pump.

Is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a Good Minivan?

The gas-only Chrysler Pacifica is winning lots of acclaim. Does dropping in a plug-in hybrid powertrain make it better? That depends on your priorities. The increased fuel economy the Pacifica Hybrid delivers is a welcome addition, but because of the hybrid's battery pack, it loses the nonhybrid's Stow 'n Go seating, which is a big loss for families who travel with lots of stuff. However, the Pacifica Hybrid does come with features many families are looking for: advanced driver assistance tech is standard in the base trim, and a rear-seat entertainment system with built-in video games is standard in the upper trim. The Pacifica Hybrid handily tops rivals when it comes to interior fit and finish, standard features, and handling. All of this makes the Pacifica Hybrid a good van.

Should I Buy the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid?

The brand-new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first-ever (and currently only) plug-in hybrid minivan. While making the ultimate family hauler into a fuel-sipping green machine is an innovative idea, it's not an inexpensive one. The Pacifica Hybrid's starting price of $41,995 tops rivals by $12,000 or more. That's a hearty investment for many families. Because the Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in vehicle, however, it qualifies for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 (state tax credits may also apply depending on where you live). Many people think of this tax credit as a discount, and you should factor it into your purchase decision. With this credit applied, the price you pay could drop to as low as $34,495.

For more information, read What Is a Plug-In Hybrid? and How Does the Electric Car Tax Credit Work?

Still, there are other minivans that may fit your family – and your wallet – better. The Pacifica Hybrid only has seating for seven, and it has less cargo space than most competitors. Also, its battery pack is mounted under the second-row seats, so you lose Stow 'n Go seating. The Honda Odyssey has significantly more available cargo space and it can seat up to eight people. The Kia Sedona may not be as fuel-efficient or fun to drive as the Pacifica Hybrid, but its low pricing may interest you. The Odyssey ($29,850) and Sedona ($26,900) also undercut the Pacifica Hybrid's price by thousands of dollars. However, neither the base Odyssey nor the base Sedona is as well-equipped as the base Pacifica Hybrid. The Pacifica Hybrid comes standard with features like leather upholstery, blind spot detection, power sliding doors, and heated front seats. To get similar features in the Odyssey or Sedona, you have to climb trim levels and add expensive packages.

The fuel economy boost is just one of many reasons why the Pacifica Hybrid is one of the best values among all minivans.

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We Did the Research for You: 11 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our goal is to help you decide if the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid should be your next new minivan purchase. To do this, we've analyzed 11 pieces of research, including reliability ratings, safety scores, and the opinions of professional automotive journalists. We did all the legwork for you and combined it into one comprehensive review to give you a clear picture of how the Pacifica Hybrid compares to other minivans.

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How Much Does the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Cost?

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes in two trims: the base Pacifica Hybrid Premium, which starts as $41,995, and the Pacifica Hybrid Platinum, which starts at $44,995.

The Pacifica Hybrid Premium's standard features list includes leather upholstery, heated first-row seats, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The Pacifica Hybrid Platinum adds a rear-seat entertainment system, hands-free power side doors, a hands-free power liftgate, and additional driver assistance features.

Both come with a 3.6-liter V6 engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable (automatic) transmission.

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or Chrysler Pacifica?

If you can afford it, the Pacifica Hybrid offers a lot more for the money. The Pacifica Hybrid includes things like leather upholstery, blind spot detection, rear parking sensors, remote start, a power liftgate, power sliding doors, heated front seats, and an upgraded infotainment system. To get all of this in the gas-only Chrysler Pacifica, you have to step up to the Pacifica Touring L and add an additional package for a total price of $35,390. When comparing this price to the post-tax-credit price of the Pacifica Hybrid, the gasoline-only Pacifica actually costs $895 more.

Plus, the Pacifica Hybrid gets an estimated 32 mpg combined and can go 33 miles on electric power alone, while the gas-only Pacifica gets just 22 mpg combined. When looking at fuel costs, you will pay about $900 per year to power your Pacifica Hybrid compared to $1,600 to fuel the gasoline-only Pacifica.

However, if the hybrid is still out of your price range, the gas-only Pacifica is an acceptable alternative. You lose the better fuel economy ratings that come with the hybrid, but you gain second-row Stow 'n Go seating. You also keep other well-regarded aspects of the Pacifica family, including adept handling, a smooth ride, and an available kid-friendly entertainment system.

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or Kia Sedona?

The Kia Sedona can be loaded with an abundance of features you may like as a driver, such as pre-collision braking and blind spot detection, but it lacks many family-oriented features found in the Pacifica Hybrid. The Pacifica Hybrid has an available rear-seat entertainment system with built-in video games, as well as multiple ports where you can plug in your own gaming consoles. And you get vastly superior fuel economy with the Pacifica Hybrid.

On the flip side, the Sedona gives you slightly more cargo space than the Pacifica Hybrid, and that space is easier to access. The Sedona's second-row seats slide and fold up within the van, while you have to remove the Pacifica Hybrid's second-row seats to use its full cargo hold. The Sedona also has one of the lowest starting prices in the class, though its base price of $26,900 doesn't include very much.

Between these two, the Pacifica Hybrid is the better value.

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or Toyota Sienna?

The Toyota Sienna outshines the Pacifica Hybrid in a few key areas. The Sienna has the most cargo space in the class, though, both vans require you to remove the second-row seats to access all the available cargo space.

The Sienna is also the only minivan to offer all-wheel drive. If you find yourself driving in inclement weather more often than not, all-wheel drive can help you feel more secure on the road. The Sienna also has the best reliability history in the class, so you'll likely encounter few problems during ownership. Alternatively, while the Pacifica Hybrid is brand new and doesn't have a history of reliability ratings to lean on, its 2017 rating is below average.

In addition to its superior fuel efficiency, the Pacifica Hybrid shines when it comes to its standard equipment list. While the Sienna comes with basics like cloth seats, a rearview camera, and a 6.1-inch touch screen, the Pacifica comes standard with leather upholstery, a rearview camera, an 8.4-inch touch screen, and advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert. When you start adding advanced safety features to the Sienna, its price quickly rises. A base Pacifica Hybrid has a post-tax-credit price of $34,495, while a similarly equipped Sienna will cost you around $37,400.

Overall, the Pacifica Hybrid is the better value. If you need all-wheel drive, consider a midsize SUV instead of the Sienna.

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Pacifica Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Pacifica Hybrid Seat?

The Pacifica Hybrid seats seven people. It's very quiet, especially in the front row. Road and engine noise are kept out, so you can hear whispered conversations in the seats behind you. All three rows of seats have ample headroom too.

Because the Pacifica Hybrid has a large battery pack under the second row, there are no Stow 'n Go seats like you’ll find in the gas-only Pacifica. While you sacrifice some cargo utility, the seats have more padding and are more comfortable to sit on because they don't have to fit into the under-floor storage bins. You can slide or recline the second-row seats for more comfort. The third row is still reasonably accessible, even though the gap between the second-row seats isn't very wide.

If you need seating for more than seven, you can fit up to eight in the gas-only Pacifica when equipped with a second-row bench seat. The Toyota Sienna can also accommodate up to eight people. Some 3-row SUVs, like the Ford Expedition, have seats for up to nine people.

Pacifica Hybrid and Car Seats

The Pacifica Hybrid has four complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors: one each on the second-row seats, as well as on each of the outboard third-row seats. You may have some trouble finding the upper tethers, and it's hard to move around the lower anchors.

Pacifica Hybrid Interior Quality

The Pacifica Hybrid builds on the gas-only Pacifica's excellent fit and finish. The Pacifica Hybrid has a chic and contemporary cabin design that you will enjoy spending time in. Unfortunately, the Pacifica Hybrid loses the gas-only Pacifica's Stow 'n Vac built-in vacuum, so keeping the interior clean will be a little more challenging. The Honda Odyssey is the only other minivan to offer a built-in vacuum.

Other minivans aren’t unattractive inside, but rivals like the Toyota Sienna have a decidedly less modern feel.

Pacifica Hybrid Cargo Space

Since hybrid's have large battery packs, most have less cargo room than their gas-only stablemates. While the Pacifica Hybrid matches the gas-only Pacifica's overall 140.5 cubic feet of cargo space, it comes at a price. Chrysler installed the battery pack under the second-row seats, so unlike the gas-only Pacifica, there are no Stow 'n Go seats in the Pacifica Hybrid's second row. That means instead of simply folding the second-row seats into the floor to get maximum cargo room, you have to use some muscle grease to pull them completely out of the van. Still, the third-row seats do fold flat into the floor, and a standard power liftgate makes loading easy. The top trim even has a hands-free power liftgate as well as hands-free power sliding rear doors so you can load up without even setting down your bags.

Though not as easy to use as the gas-only Pacifica's Stow 'n Go seats, the Kia Sedona's second-row seats can slide forward and upward to give you maximum cargo space. You will have to remove the second-row seats in the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna, but you'll have nearly 150 cubic feet of cargo room to load up.

Pacifica Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Pacifica Hybrid has some handy features to keep you and your family comfortable and entertained on long road trips. You can turn on the tri-zone automatic climate control remotely to ensure the minivan is just the right temperature when you get in.

All models have an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system that has straightforward menus and quick responses to inputs. You'll even have access to some internet apps like Yelp, though Apple CarPlay and Android Auto aren't available. A wider suite of apps are available through the infotainment system on the Kia Sedona, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can equip your Pacifica Hybrid with a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system that can play DVDs and Blu-ray discs. There are even built-in video games to keep the kids occupied, or you can hook up your own video game console using an HDMI port.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Pacifica Hybrid Performance

Pacifica Hybrid Engine: Smooth and Powerful

The Pacifica Hybrid's powertrain consists of a 3.6-liter V6 engine, two electric motors, and a continuously variable automatic transmission. The powertrain's total output is 260 horsepower.

Despite its name, the Pacifica Hybrid is actually a plug-in hybrid, so you can drive using only electricity or with the gas engine working in tandem with the electric motors. When the batteries are fully charged you can drive up to 33 miles using electricity alone, after which the gas engine will turn on to work with the electric motors. Plugging into a standard 120-volt outlet will charge the batteries in about 14 hours, while an optional 240-volt outlet will get the job done in around two hours.

Unlike most other plug-in hybrids, you can’t manually switch between electric and traditional hybrid modes. Instead, the system switches smoothly between them based on driving conditions. At low speeds around town, the electric motors deliver their power instantly to let you dart through traffic, and the gas engine delivers the extra boost you'll need for passing or merging on the highway.

Pacifica Hybrid Gas Mileage: In a Class of Its Own

The Pacifica Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 84 mpg-e with up to 33 miles of electric drive time. Using just gasoline, it gets an estimated 32 combined mpg. Most gas-only minivans in the class get 22 mpg combined, including the Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, and the Toyota Sienna with front-wheel drive. The Kia Sedona and Sienna with all-wheel drive get 20 mpg combined.

The Pacifica Hybrid costs less to fuel over the course of the year than its closest rivals. You will spend $900 to fuel the Pacifica Hybrid, according to the EPA, while you’ll spend $1,600 to fuel the Odyssey, Pacifica, and front-wheel-drive Sienna. The Sedona and all-wheel-drive Sienna will cost you $1,750 annually.

Pacifica Hybrid Ride and Handling: Composed and Confident

Just because minivans are usually found around suburban parking lots, that doesn't mean they need to have blasé handling. The Pacifica Hybrid is decently fun to drive, thanks to a low center of gravity (the heavy batteries are under the floor) and suspension that's been tuned to keep the minivan steady while maintaining ride comfort. You may not think tidy handling is important if you're just doing the school run, but you'll appreciate the Pacifica Hybrid's composure if you find yourself suddenly swerving around a stray trash can or discarded bike in the middle of the road. The Pacifica Hybrid's steering is fairly light, which makes maneuvering around tight spaces a stress-free experience.

Unlike cars that have friction brakes, most hybrids come with regenerative brakes that help recharge the batteries while slowing down the vehicle. Many regen brake systems are derided as feeling unusual, with either a grabby or gooey feeling when you press the pedal – not very reassuring when you're trying to bring your family to a stop. Fortunately, the Pacifica Hybrid's regen brakes feel like traditional friction brakes, slowing you down in a smooth and linear manner.

Drivers in snowy parts of the country who need all-wheel drive for wintery weather should look elsewhere because the Pacifica Hybrid only comes with front-wheel drive. Among minivans, only the Toyota Sienna offers all-wheel drive.

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Pacifica Hybrid Reliability

Is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Reliable?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a 2.5 out of five for predicted reliability, meaning it is slightly below average when compared to all other cars. The gas-only Pacifica and Kia Sedona share this rating, while the Toyota Sienna receives a three out of five rating.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Warranty

Chrysler covers the Pacifica Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. This is the same warranty you'll find on most minivans. The hybrid battery is covered for 10 years or 150,000 miles.

You'll find a best-in-class warranty on the Kia Sedona. Kia covers all of its vehicles with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Pacifica Hybrid Safety

Pacifica Hybrid Crash Test Results

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated the crashworthiness of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at the time of this writing.

Pacifica Hybrid Safety Features

The Pacifica Hybrid gets a good amount of standard advanced safety features. There's a rearview camera along with rear parking sensors to help you when you're backing out of the garage (no more running over abandoned toys in the driveway). Standard rear cross traffic alert is handy when backing out of parking spaces, and it alerts you to approaching people or objects. You'll also get blind spot monitoring, which helps you know if there's a vehicle in the lane next to you.

The upper Platinum trim adds even more safety features, including forward collision warning and lane departure warning. If you're concerned about maneuvering such a large vehicle, the 360-degree camera lets you see all-around the Pacifica Hybrid.

The Toyota Sienna, Kia Sedona, and gas-only Pacifica each come standard with a rearview camera. Additional features are available in upper trim levels or through add-on packages. 

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Which Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes in only two trims and no additional packages are offered for either. Between the two, it really comes down to what you need in a minivan. If navigation, rear-seat entertainment, a hands-free liftgate, and advanced safety features like pre-collision braking are among your must-haves, then the $44,995 Platinum is for you. But, if you can live without these features, the Premium can save you $3,000.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium

The Pacifica Hybrid's base Premium trim starts at $41,995 and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated first-row seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, remote start, a power liftgate, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum

The Platinum model is priced at $44,995, and it's equipped with Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated first-row seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, hands-free power side doors, a hands-free power liftgate, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a 360-degree camera, active park assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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The Final Call

A hybrid minivan is a great idea and luckily for Chrysler, the Pacifica Hybrid checks all the boxes and then some. Loaded with features? Check. Class-leading fuel economy? Check. A great value? With its federal and state tax credits applied, it may cost you less than most comparably equipped rivals. Triple check.

There are very few reasons not to buy the Pacifica Hybrid.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Pacifica Hybrid is an excellent value compared to its own gas version and against the rest of the competition. Combine that with a good driving experience, high-quality interior and solid technology offerings, and it's looking like the concept of an electrified minivan has plenty of legs after all." --
  • "Right now, nothing like the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid exists. For less than $40,000 (after the federal tax credit), you can get a luxurious, spacious, technologically advanced vehicle that is genuinely comfortable for six people - and seven if you're hauling kids. …There is almost no downside to this vehicle, and plenty of upside." -- New York Daily News
  • "Chrysler says the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the first electrified minivan sold in the U.S. We say it's a brilliant way to transport a family of seven while returning the kind of gas mileage that'll make Prius owners feel green -- with envy, that is." -- Autotrader

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