Chrysler is Still Revolutionizing the Minivan Game

May 28th, 2019 by

The Pacifica Hybrid takes this subversive vehicle one step further with its original hybrid powertrain. The Chrysler Pacifica is the first electrified vehicle in the minivan segment. It achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range.

What about the fuel economy of 34 miles a gallon on all traffic? Consider going back and forth between supermarkets and soccer games without using any gas at all. That’s the edge of a plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 33 miles on electric power alone.

Plug-In Power

Plug it into a 120-volt socket in the outside of the house or garage, and it will recharge in about 12 hours, and even overnight. Having access to a 240-volt charger lets it charge in two hours. The chargers are available through the dealerships.

If traveling less than 33 miles a day, you would not need to gas up the Pacifica Hybrid. The Pacifica’s engineers have included a detector that detects when the gas tank is more than three months old. When that happens, it means the gasoline engine will run automatically to use up any possibly tainted fuel that’s available.

The EPA rates a Hybrid at 84 miles to the gallon equivalent on the gasoline-electric operation. With an overall range of over 500 miles (566 to be exact). After the battery is depleted, the gasoline engine starts seamlessly.

Minivan Convenience

There are 99 cubic feet of stash space behind the second row. Two or more people, grants a whopping 141 cubic feet behind the front seats. You can bring your rocking chair and bed.

The Pacifica Hybrid is part of the acclaimed Pacifica from the manufacturer that created the minivan back in the middle of the 80s. It had a different name and it was called the Town and Country. The Chrysler resurrected the Pacifica name for the 2017 all-new model, which came in standard and hybrid versions.

The 2019 Limited Hybrid featured upgrades including a premium Harman Kardon audio system, revised center console, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a universal garage-door opener. There is also just about every safety, convenience, and comfort feature available in a modern automobile. That also includes Chrysler’s KeySense fob, which allows limits to be set on top speed, volume, radio channels, and emergency thresholds.

Some equipment comes standard, while others are optional. Like front collision mitigation, parallel and perpendicular parking assist tri-zone automatic climate control. Also included are one-touch power side doors, tailgate, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, lane departure help and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert; when it comes to connectivity, there is the Uconnect streaming connectivity and entertainment system, the Sirius SXM satellite radio, and a 360-degree surround-view camera.

Cabin Comfort

The Hybrid comes with plush captain’s chairs. But to maximize the cargo area, they must be physically wrestled out of the minivan. There will be more space available for storage.  

Gas Power

The gasoline-electric delivers a total of 260 hp, which is enough for a vehicle that weighs almost 5,000 pounds. Because the electric motors produce maximum torque instantly when the throttle is pressed, the Pacifica Hybrid has robust acceleration off the line. Talk about having weight and speed in one vehicle.

The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid has most of the same features that made it into the original back in 2017. Look for hands-free power sliding side doors, which this vehicle has. Touch the button on the outside door handle, and the door slides open.

And if you touch it one more time the door will close. The side doors are made of aluminum, and it’s also used in the hood and the tailgate for reduced weight and better fuel economy. Another minivan firsts included is an electric parking brake, rotary shift knob (which eliminates the shift levers), 10-inch touch screens for the second-row passengers, and wireless connectivity for devices.

The Pacifica Hybrid takes this extreme vehicle a step further with its class-exclusive engine. The Pacifica is the first electric vehicle in the minivan department. It achieves 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33 miles of all-electric range.

If you’re interested in test-driving a Chrysler Pacifica model near Fort Myers, make sure to check them out at Cape Coral Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

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