The minivan segment has largely been passed over when it comes to hybrid technologies, generally relying on the same old inefficient gas engines. This is a disappointing reality, as the minivan’s status as the ultimate family vehicle should mean it helps save money and makes life easier.
Enter the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: the industry’s first, and only, plug-in hybrid minivan, offering long-practiced Chrysler expertise with minivans combined with a highly advanced and handy powertrain.
Moving by electron power
The most distinguishing aspect of the new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is under the hood and undercarriage: its powertrain. The Pacifica Hybrid is the industry’s only plug-in hybrid minivan, combining a 3.6-liter V6 eHybrid engine with an electric drive unit in the iFlite SI-EVT transmission to give this seven-passenger family hauler an all-electric range of up to 33 miles on a single charge.* That is more than enough to run errands around town and return home without burning a drop of gasoline.
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is available starting at the Pacifica’s Touring Plus trim level, which means that it is home to several premium features as standard equipment. For example, the Pacifica Hybrid comes with automatic headlamps and premium fog lamps, as well as heated power exterior mirrors.
Inside, the premium features continue with the Pacifica Hybrid getting the brand’s Uconnect® infotainment system with an 8.4-inch display, and then with other technology features such as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ connectivity, HD Radio® and a USB media hub.
Of course, the Pacifica Hybrid also makes use of the brand’s class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go® seating system, where each chair folds flat into the floor.
All in all, with its unique plug-in hybrid powertrain and its premium features inside and out, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid presents both a uniquely interesting and versatile vehicle and an ultimate family hauler.
*EPA estimate with fully charged battery. Actual mileage may vary.
This article is presented by Glenn E. Thomas Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Signal Hill, California.