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The intent: Chrysler constructed a plug-in hybrid electrical minivan, the primary ever minivan with this sort of powertrain. The Pacifica goals to supply high utility and effectivity over the competitors on this guise, and in Platinum trim it additionally occurs to ship outstanding luxurious.

Key Opponents: Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, Toyota Sienna

Base Worth: $46,090 As-Examined Worth: $47,885

Our take: In our crossover-crazed world, Chrysler refuses to surrender on the minivan. Their efforts have paid off with the outstanding Pacifica Hybrid, a mix of comfy, luxurious accomodations and clean hybrid effectivity.

The house within the again with every thing folded away is big.

The execution: Since minivans are sensible, drive properly, and, within the Pacifica’s case look good, I frankly don’t perceive why shoppers don’t wish to be seen in a single. I particularly don’t get it the place the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid are involved. I hear the identical causes you do, time and again: They’re not cool, they’re mother mobiles, they don’t drive properly…the checklist goes on. None of that’s true and the Pacifica Hybrid proves it (although it’d be hilarious if an automaker got here out with a minivan and known as it the Stigma).

As we mentioned concerning the gasoline-powered Pacifica, what now we have right here is sort of probably the best-driving minivan in the marketplace. Damning with faint reward? Not on this case. The inside is comfy, properly constructed and big, enveloped by a physique sitting atop the corporate’s new and far stiffer World Giant Automobile Platform. The suspension, MacPherson struts in entrance and rear twist blade, improves tremendously each facet to facet and fore and aft physique motions in comparison with earlier Chrysler minivans, whereas absorbing Detroit potholes neatly. As minivans go it’s borderline responsive.

Simply how environment friendly is the hybrid system? Chrysler says complete system horsepower is 260 hp and is sweet for 80 MPGe, the “e” a measure evaluating gasoline, hybrid and electrical modes. I’ve been getting about 36 miles on electrical energy alone round city and haven’t precisely been light-footing it; a hypermiler may clear 40 simply. Totally juiced and stuffed with gas the van can go 566 miles, Chrysler says.

The Pacifica Hybrid glides round silently and easily, particularly contemplating every thing happening beneath: The battery sits underneath the floorboards, and it’s a giant one — 16 kWh of lithium ion, as large because the battery in a pure-electric Mitsubishi iMiEV. Chrysler says the van might be recharged in two hours on 240 volts, and the one disadvantage is that the second-row seats not fold into the ground since that house is taken up by cells. The battery powers two electrical motors augmenting the three.6-liter V6 Atkinson-cycle gasoline engine. In comparison with the non-EV Pacifica this V6 lacks a little bit of low-end torque for effectivity’s sake however the electrical motors make up for it. The ability goes by way of Chrysler’s electrically variable transmission, known as eFlite, to the entrance wheels. The system is seamless and there aren’t any choices the motive force must make. You don’t swap in or out of EV mode or another mode truly – the powertrain takes care of all of it.

General I personally assume the Pacifica Hybrid is the proper road-trip/stuff-hauler. It additionally qualifies for the Fed’s $7,500 tax credit score. Successful!

On Sale: Now

Base Worth: $46,090

As Examined Worth: $47,885

Drivetrain: three.6-liter Atkinson-cycle V6, electrical motor, CVT automated

Output: 220 hp (V6 engine), 260 hp (mixed system); 235 lb-ft (mixed)

Curb Weight: four,987 lb

Gasoline Economic system: 84 MPGe; 32 mpg gasoline solely mixed(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)

Choices: Tri-pane Panoramic Sunroof ($1,795)

Professionals: Superbly outfitted, environment friendly individuals hauler

Cons: Lack of Stow ‘n Go second-row seats on account of battery

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