Chyrsler Pacifica


While minivans will never be considered sexy, reviewers say that the Chrysler Pacifica is the most elegant midsize van available. It uses sleek lines—taking some design cues from the latest wave of crossovers. The Pacifica uses lightweight materials to reduce weight by about 250 pounds compared to its predecessors. The plug-in variant is identical to the gas and hybrid versions, except for the charging port positioned in front of the driver’s door.


The Pacifica Hybrid combines a 3.6-liter V6 with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) plus two electric motors—one basically with the engine and another one at the wheels—to generate 260-horsepower performance. By utilizing a one-way clutch system, there is greater flexibility to use the motors in various ways. Notably, they can work together to deliver power and torque—with the solid 3.6 V6 engine joining in at any point in the drive cycle. Chrysler says the vehicle is whisper-quiet in all-electric mode, but the gas engine is also barely noticeable when it joins up for propulsion. The plug-in Pacifica can travel in electric-only mode all the way to 120 miles per hour—if you use a steady foot.


The hybrid Pacifica gets up to 84 MPGe, according to Chrysler. It uses a 16 kilowatt-hour battery pack to provide 33 miles of all-electric range. The combined electric-plus-gas range is 570 miles, the automaker claims. Its overall efficiency is a huge improvement over modern gas-only minivans, whose combined EPA ratings peak in the low 20-mpg range.


The Pacifica-with-plug fully charges in about two hours when a 240-volt supply of juice is supplied to the onboard 6.6-kW charger. Plug into a standard 120-volt outlet and expect a charge from empty to full to take 12 hours. Sorry, no Quick Charging, which isn’t really essential considering the relatively small battery pack that can be filled in two hours via a Level 2 charger.

Chyrsler Pacifica

Passenger/Cargo Room

The Pacifica has the largest total interior storage space in the minivan market, although this version of the minivan seats seven (not eight). Due to the placement of the battery, the plug-in hybrid doesn’t have the popular Stow N’ Go seats that fold into the floor. Yet, the seating is highly configurable with second-row captain’s chairs, and the rest of the cargo features—lots of bins, pockets, and hooks—are intact. The Pacifica comes with a full range of cutting-edge features, including a modern infotainment system (with premium audio) and built-in vacuum cleaner. A seven-inch color information display and 8.4-inch touchscreen allow the driver to access navigation. Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity are standard.


Safety ratings are not yet available for the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid. Yet, there will be a safety package that includes a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control with stop and hold, cross-traffic and lane-departure alerts; and forward-collision warning.


The base Touring Plus trim starts comes with cloth upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A nice collection of driver-assist features also come standard: blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

The Touring L trim, priced around $42,000, adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power liftgate.

With the lower trims, you can add a la carte features such as a navigation system for $700; an overhead DVD player for $1,000; a pano sunroof for $1,600; and a wireless charging pad for $350.

The "Limited" trim offers all the goodies for $44,995. The list includes a power-adjustable front passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, and adaptive cruise control.

Chyrsler Pacifica

Comparisons with Similar Vehicles

The quality and design of Chrysler’s minivans used to lag behind those found in the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. The Pacific changes that. Its spaciousness, adept handling, powerful V6 engine, and updated styling have earned critical praise. The availability of a version that can plug in—and thereby double or triple efficiency—is a potential game-changer for the minivan market.

Purchase Process

The Pacifica Hybrid is sold in dealerships in all 50 states.

Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid specifications

Availability: Now
Base MSRP: $40000
Est. tax credit: $7500
Technology: Plug-in Hybrid
Body type: Wagon/Van
Seats: 7
EPA Range: 33 miles electric + gasoline
Battery size: 16 kWh
Charging rate: 6.6 kW

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