2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Interior


#3 out of 6 in 2017 Minivans

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.7

Though it's destined for carrying kids, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid still has a top-notch cabin. There are high-quality materials throughout, and it's exceptionally quiet. All passengers will have plenty of headroom, and the second-row seats are more comfortable than those in the gas-only Pacifica. There's lots of family-friendly features, like a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, along with a decent amount of cargo room.

  • "It is comfortable, handsome, and highly utilitarian while still striking a surprisingly upscale ambiance for a vehicle whose interior may spend most of its service life covered in squeezable yogurt and pulverized Cheerio crumbs." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "It still has all of the aspects of the Pacifica cabin that we liked in the past, such as the Uconnect theater system, quality materials and a quiet interior." -- Cars.com

Seating

The 2017 Pacifica Hybrid has seats for seven on three rows. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard, while Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are optional.

The entire cabin is roomy, with ample headroom for everyone. It's quiet, too, especially up front, where you'll hear barely any road or engine noise. Unlike in the gas-only Pacifica, the second-row does not feature Stow 'n Go seats, which means you can't fold them into the floor. On the upside, since they don't have to fold, they have more cushioning than the seats in the gas-only Pacifica, so they're more comfortable to sit on. They slide and recline, too, helping those in the second row find a good position. The gap between the seats to get to the third row is a bit narrow, but it's still fairly easy to access.

There are LATCH car-seat connectors on each of the second-row seats, as well as on the third-row outboard seats, giving you space to install up to four child seats. The upper tethers are difficult to find at each seat, and it's hard to access the lower anchors, though on the plus side, they aren't too deep within the seat cushion.

  • "It's also quiet inside, even with the gasoline engine running, whether sitting in the front seats, which are the quietest, or the second or third-row seats. There's headroom throughout the inside and the kids in the second row seats can even play games on the UConnect-enabled screens." -- Autoweek
  • "The 2nd-row seats slide fore-and-aft to balance legroom in the 2nd and 3rd rows – which those with Stow-N-Go do not – but they don't tilt forward as do those with Stow-N-Go, so the passageway to the 3rd row is a bit more restricted. It's still reasonably easy to get back there, though, and Pacifica Hybrid can easily seat seven adults in comfort." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Replacing Stow 'N Go are wider, flatter, and more comfortable seats that slide forward and back. … they are much more comfortable than the narrow, sharply angled Stow 'N Go seats that are designed to drop into the floor storage tubs now housing the battery." -- New York Daily News

Interior Features

Standard features in the Pacifica Hybrid include tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8.4-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

Optional features include navigation, a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, hands-free power side doors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, a 360-degree camera, active park assist, and adaptive cruise control.

With full loads of kids, you'll want to keep everyone entertained. The Pacifica Hybrid makes that easy, with an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system that responds quickly to inputs and has intuitive menus with useful internet apps like Yelp to help you find the best place to eat while on the road. Still, the infotainment system lacks both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration. Those features are available in the Kia Sedona.

The Pacifica Hybrid is available with a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system that lets you watch movies or TV shows and even has built-in video games for the kids to play. You can also plug in any device using an HDMI cord, so you can take your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One on the road with you. Comfort is important, too, and you can remotely set the standard tri-zone automatic climate control to adjust the temperature in the minivan before you even get in. The Pacifica Hybrid lacks a built-in vacuum for easy cleanup like you can get in the gas-only Pacifica and the Honda Odyssey.

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  • "Uconnect itself remains a very good combination of navigation, apps and stereo. Destination input is intuitive and easy, helped by a responsive touchscreen. A dedicated data connection in the car powers apps such as Yelp, making it easy to find local businesses and restaurants." -- CNET
  • "UConnect continues to be one of the better infotainment systems on the market, though this version doesn't yet offer Apple CarPlay or Android Auto functionality." -- Autoblog
  • "One advantage to most every plug-in vehicle is the ability to pre-heat or pre-cool the interior before you get in. With most, however, this can only be done if it's plugged into an outlet. But Chrysler says it can be done with the Pacifica Hybrid even if it's not, which means you can do it while it's sitting in your parking lot at work." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

Most hybrid vehicles have less cargo space than their gas-only siblings. The Pacifica Hybrid matches the gas-only Pacifica's cargo space, however, with 32.3 cubic feet of cargo room behind the third row, 87.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and 140.5 cubic feet behind the first row. This is possible because Chrysler installed the Pacifica Hybrid's batteries under the second-row seats. The downside is you don't get the acclaimed Stow 'n Go seats in the second row. The third-row still easily folds flat into the floor, but you have to manually remove the heavy second-row seats to use all the available cargo room.

If you don't want to struggle with taking out the seats, the gas-only Pacifica has Stow 'n Go second-row seats. Meanwhile, the Kia Sedona has second-row seats that simply slide up and forward to give you room for your stuff. The Pacifica Hybrid's overall cargo room is less than you'll get in most other minivans. The Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna both have closer to 150 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "Chrysler minivans have become famous of late for being the only ones to have 2nd-row seats that fold flat into the floor; in all other minivans, the 3rd row folds into the floor, but the 2nd row seats have to be removed to open up full cargo capacity. Stow-N-Go 2nd-row seats fold into bins under the floor, and in the Hybrid, those bins are filled with the hybrid battery. So in order to open up full cargo capacity, the 2nd-row seats have to be removed as in other minivans." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Because Chrysler tucks the battery pack under the floor beneath the second-row seats, the Pacifica Hybrid sacrifices its Stow 'N Go captain's chairs. However, unless you're an IKEA binge-shopper who regularly requires maximum cargo space at a moment's notice, you're not going to care." -- New York Daily News
  • "The second-row seats are heavy – 68 pounds apiece – and I had some trouble wrangling them out of the Pacifica Hybrid since they don't fit straight out of the side doors. You have to wiggle them up, rotate them, then back up slowly to get them out (and reverse that process to put them back in). Smaller people may struggle with this process." -- Cars.com

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