This newest version of Chrysler’s Pacifica isn’t just any minivan; it’s the only plug-in hybrid minivan in the U.S. After an overnight charge on regular household current, it can go about 30 miles on electric-only power.
The EPA’s rating, combined with the gasoline engine, is a pretty impressive 84 miles per gallon. I averaged about 33 miles per gallon when the gasoline engine kicked in.
Our review Pacifica Hybrid is the loaded Platinum; one of five trim levels and it has many premium features. All-wheel drive is not available.
Luxury, roominess, and utility describe the interior. If you can’t find a place to stow your sunglasses, phone, whatever, you’re not looking. A dash-mounted gear selector for the nine-speed automatic frees up more room for storage.
Chrysler’s excellent Uconnect system is even better with a wide touchscreen.
On the non-hybrid version of the Pacifica, the row two seats can fold right into the floor if you choose the stow-and-go seating option. Not so with this hybrid. All that space under the floor is taken up by the battery pack.
You can’t beat a minivan for cargo space, especially with row three seats folded.
Combined, electric and gasoline engine horsepower is 260. Excellent torque from the electric motors makes this the fastest accelerating minivan I’ve ever reviewed.
So, for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum, I say thumbs up to great utility, great comfort, and great gas mileage; thumbs down to no available all-wheel drive.
The sticker is $47,885.