On Sale: Now
The Pacifica minivan is the perfect automotive the “C” arm of FCA has going for it, by a protracted shot, and this hybrid model, with 84 mpge and 33 miles of vary on electrical energy alone is prime of the bunch.
The Hybrid Premium begins at $43Okay, the Platinum is $46,000 and our tester rang up at $47,885. It is the perfect minivan on the planet, however that looks like luxurious nameplate cash. Then once more, the highest Honda Odyssey begins at $45,000, so perhaps that is simply minivan cash now?
I drove the Pacifica residence, about 20 miles, and used about half of the battery. The engine didn’t kick on very a lot, however it was louder than anticipated when it did. I didn’t really feel any vibration although — it is tremendous easy. It’s fast off the road like most electrical vehicles, and should you ground it the engine does come on to spice up issues, however it switches again when you hit cruising velocity.
Bumps and tough roads make just a little extra noise within the cabin than anticipated, however once more, bounce was minimal; it may merely sound louder as a result of there’s no engine noise to cowl it up. The steering has a hefty weight and reactions are sharper than anticipated. It’s a minivan that is nearly enjoyable to drive.
Mrs. Highway Check Editor shall be available in the market for a minivan in a number of years, and the Pacifica Hybrid will certainly be on the listing of check drives.
–Jake Lingeman, highway check editor
Gallery: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid inside
OTHER VOICES: One benefit in being late to the sport — Fiat Chrysler has supplied little or no in the best way of hybrids and EVs so far — is you can study from the errors of others. Chrysler engineers have been paying consideration, and within the Pacifica Hybrid they’ve created the perfect household car I’ve ever pushed.
Excessive reward, so let me qualify, or do a “stage set” as the oldsters in your advertising division would possibly say: I have been a Pacifica fan for the reason that mannequin first launched, and subsequent experiences have achieved nothing to decrease my fondness for this brilliantly thought out individuals mover. That stated, once I heard a plug-in hybrid model was coming, I sort of figured it might be a compromised afterthought to fulfill CAFE laws or snag HOV lane stickers.
Nothing could possibly be farther from the reality. The Pacifica hybrid is nearly as good a hybrid/ev because the common Pacifica is a minivan — best-in-class. Driving on battery energy alone, it is an unlimited, comfy golf cart with loads of energy for freeway passing and stoplight drags. The most important shock comes when the batteries are right down to zero p.c and the van switches to regular hybrid mode: The phrase ‘seamless’ is bandied about rather a lot, however the Pacifica’s handoff between electrical motor and gasoline engine is invisible, and eventually delivers on hybrid know-how’s promise. There’s additionally nonetheless loads of electrical operation accessible even with the battery depleted, and the van alternates drive modes because the state of affairs permits with nary a shudder.
It is price mentioning too how attractive a cabin the Pacifica presents — our tester had distinction piping on the seats plus French stitching on the sprint, however even should you go for a lower-spec Pacifica the ergonomics, inside facilities and cupboard space rapidly present how compromised all these “crossovers” and SUVs are as household transportation: You merely cannot beat a minivan. The one factor consumers lose with the eHybrid is the Pacifica’s second-row stow-‘n-go seating wells. The house is occupied by batteries, so the center row seats need to be faraway from the van to utilize its full cargo house, although the tumble-folding third row is as simple to make use of as in a daily Pacifica.
It is only a flawless execution, and an instance of how vibrant our electrified automotive future could be. Earlier than you wince on the price ticket, examine all the things you get with the Pacifica eHybrid Platinum, together with the comfort and cargo room, AND do not forget about accessible state and federal rebates…the ultimate numbers would possibly present it to be a cut price as well.
–Andrew Stoy, digital editor
On Sale: Now
Base Value: $46,090
As Examined Value: $47,885
Drivetrain: three.6-liter Atkinson-cycle V6, 2 electrical motors, eFlite electrically variable transmission, FWD
Output: 260 hp mixed
Curb Weight: four,943 lb
Gasoline Financial system: 27/33/29 mpg; 84 mpge(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)
Choices: Tri-pane panoramic sunroof with energy open-close shade ($1,795)
Professionals: Good for all the things however monitor days
Cons: No second-row Stow ‘n Go