Chrysler Pacifica

While it hasn’t quite managed to fully replace Chrysler’s venerable Town & Country yet, the Pacifica has certainly earned its stripes. Decidedly cool-looking for a minivan, the Pacifica is a remarkably versatile offering, even by minivan standards, thanks to its clever Stow and Go seating and best-in-class rear seat entertainment offerings.

In fact, it arguably offers the best front-seat cabin tech, too, thanks to its available 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system. Priced from $26,995, the Pacifica also something of a standout value, though it is possible to option one well into the $40,000 range. This Chrysler’s most impressive technological calling card is arguably its class-exclusive Pacifica Hybrid model, a plug-in gas-electric 7-seater that nets up to 84 miles per gallon equivalent. The Pacifica Hybrid is estimated to drive up to 33 miles on electricity alone, meaning that most parents’ school runs and errands won’t require any gas at all.

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Editors' First Take

Over the past six months and 11,000 miles I've spent with our long-term 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, I've used it for just about everything. This velvet red pearl minivan has moved kids, hockey equipment, fur babies and lumber, but more often than anything else, it's hauling cameras.

This plug-in hybrid functions primarily as the video production vehicle for Roadshow's Detroit staff. If you've ever been in or around a video crew, you'd know they come with lots of baggage (mostly physical) and can put a lot of wear and tear on a car. After having a Limited-trim, non-hybrid Pacifica for 12 months, I had high hopes for how the plug-in version would perform. Happily, it hasn't disappointed in the slightest.

Efficient, but not perfect

Originally, we had planned on surviving Michigan's final season of the year with a set of proper winter tires. Before we knew it, though, The White Hell was upon us, leaving us to brave the snow with our 235/60R18 Michelin Premier LTX all-season tires. Thankfully, they performed well, only struggling when we reached double-digit snowfall figures. Let's be honest, though -- there are very few tires that can help a minivan handle a foot of snow with ease.

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