2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Interior Review

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Interior: 8.6

Overall, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has an upscale cabin, with durable, high-quality materials. Still, the build quality isn't as fine as you'll find in some competitors. The quiet cabin has plenty of headroom, and it's easy to access the second- and third-row seats. The standard Uconnect infotainment system is easy to use, and there's adequate space for all your stuff, though other minivans offer more cargo space.

  • At first glance, the Pacifica Hybrid presents an upscale vibe with nice soft-touch surfaces. On closer inspection, though, things are less than perfect, with crooked stitching on the steering wheel and door panels, for example." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

Standard comfort features in the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid include cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and power-sliding rear doors. Leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

There's plenty of headroom in all three rows of seats, despite the high seating position up front. The sliding second-row seats make it relatively easy to get into the third row, and the side doors have a wide opening so everyone can climb in without much fuss. Ample sound insulation keeps the cabin very quiet, with little road or engine noise finding its way inside.

The Pacifica Hybrid has full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on each of the second-row seats, as well as the outboard third-row seats.

  • The front seats are mounted a bit high, but there's a low floor and high ceiling to help out. The sliding rear passenger doors provide a generous opening for ingress/egress or for loading child seats, and there's a large gap between the second-row seats to access the third row." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

Interior Features

The Pacifica Hybrid comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a wireless charging pad, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a 360-degree camera, front parking sensors, and active park assist.

The Pacifica Hybrid's Uconnect infotainment system is among the most user-friendly systems available. It responds quickly to inputs and has straightforward menus. Uconnect also includes useful features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which let you use some of your phone's apps on the minivan's screen.

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  • "Uconnect is one of the best systems in the class. The controls are easy to understand with a convenient menu on the lower portion of the screen for main commands. Navigation info can be displayed on the center screen or within the gauge cluster for easy viewing." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

Typically, the large battery packs required for hybrid powertrains use up some of the vehicle's available cargo space, leaving hybrid vehicles with smaller cargo capacities than gas-only models. That's not the case with the Pacifica Hybrid, which has the same amount of cargo room as the gas-only Pacifica. There's 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 87.5 cubic feet behind the second row, and 140.5 cubic feet behind the first row. That's less than you'll get in most rival minivans but still significantly more than the maximum cargo capacity of the most cavernous SUVs.

The hybrid batteries don't diminish cargo space in the Pacifica Hybrid, but they do prevent the inclusion of Chrysler's Stow 'n Go seats. In the gas-only Pacifica, the second- and third-row seats easily fold into the floor to give you maximum cargo room. In the Pacifica Hybrid, only the third row folds. You must physically remove the heavy second-row seats to fully open up the cabin. There are numerous small storage spaces like cubbies and cup holders throughout the cabin. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • Though not as roomy as gas-only minivans, the Pacifica Hybrid offers more cargo space than competing hybrid or EV crossovers. You get a massive 32.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which fold flat at the touch of a button." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)
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