2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Good A gasoline-electric drivetrain with plug-in capability means the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can operate as an electric vehicle for typical errands, and gets better fuel economy than any other minivan. Behind the wheel, this minivan feels well-balanced and easy to drive, its engine starting up seamlessly when needed.

The Bad Chrysler's UConnect infotainment system relies on a 3G data connection, its navigation system doesn't always deliver the best route, and it doesn't support Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Adaptive cruise control leaves too much of a gap ahead in slow traffic, inviting lane cutters.

The Bottom Line As the first hybrid minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid serves well in carrying that honor, offering comfort, practicality and excellent fuel economy. Its few minor niggles apply equally to the non-hybrid Pacifica.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Design 9.0
  • Media & Connectivity 8.0
8.8 Overall

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Review

First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy

Jun 2017

Playing the range game, I set out from San Francisco in the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with a fully charged battery, the instrument panel noting 35 miles of electric range, headed for the coast. Pacifica minivan and Pacific ocean, makes enough sense for a car review.

Only 32 miles to Half Moon Bay, but due to a big hill on the route I expected the engine to kick in well before I sighted the blue Pacific. Turns out the freeway proved a more immediate challenge, as maintaining 65 to 70 mph over rolling hills drains range fast.

After covering only 25 miles in the Pacifica Hybrid, at the start of that big hill at 280 and Highway 92, I'm looking at 1 mile of electric range, so it's back to burning dinosaurs. Chrysler claims 33 miles of electric driving on a full charge, so it came up short by 6. City or suburban driving will yield better results. As the minivan goes from full electric drive to hybrid gasoline-electric, I complete my path to the coast. 

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $41,995
  • Brand Chrysler
  • Engine Plug-In Electric/Gas
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • MPG 84 MPG
  • Passenger Capacity 7
  • Body Type Minivans
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model 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

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