2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: Haul The Family Around Without Any Gas

One of the most perennially popular, and our 2016 family vehicle of the year is now also available in a plug in hybrid version. So, take everything we loved about the regular version, and add 33-mile electric-only range and you’ve got a family vehicle that is also clean and green. If you’re willing to trade off a little cargo space to house the batteries, this is about the most versatile vehicle with electric-only capability.

The way the hybrid system works on the Pacifica is that the electric motor is attached directly to the planetary gear drives in the transmission – so it’s basically acting directly in line with the engine power. Instead of other systems that have the motor drive the rear wheels, this one can basically take load directly off the gasoline engine as you drive, so even if you’ve exhausted the battery, the engine’s efficiency is fantastic. Around the city it returns an impressive rating of 82MPGe, or 32mpg on gasoline only. And it’s got plenty of power too, with the V6 engine making 220hp, and two synchronous DC motors making 114 and 84hp each.

The system is complex, but it’s pretty seamless to drive – the motor power is more than sufficient on it’s own, and when the gas engine kicks in, it reduces the electric motor power to make the output seem more even. You don’t want a jeckyll and hyde driving dynamics wise, so they have done a good job balancing it out.

As we mentioned, there’s a cost in lack of storage and cargo space. No longer do the rear seats stow all the way beneath the floor, since that’s where the battery lives. So you lose the storage cavities below, and there’s less cargo space when you do fold the seats down. Clearly, though, there’s still a ton of room in this people-mover. Everywhere you look there’s a power outlet, entertainment system or storage compartment. You can tell they have been refining this design for over 30 years now, everything is in it’s right place…

 

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Special thanks to FCA Group for providing the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for review