The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Is A Game Changer in the Minivan Segment

April 17th, 2019 by

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid takes this complete vehicle a step further with its class-exclusive, established hybrid powertrain. The Pacifica is the first electrified automobile in the minivan segment. It attains 84 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode and 33-miles of all-electric range.

How about those wanting a fuel economy of 34 miles to the gallon in all traffic conditions? Imagine being able to go between local schools, shopping, and supermarkets without using any gasoline at all. That’s the advantage of having a plug-in hybrid that can travel up to 33 miles on electric power alone.

PLUG-IN POWER:

The battery can be charged in about 12 hours, or overnight if it’s plugged into a 120-volt socket outside the house or in the garage. If you have access to a volt charger, the charging time is two hours. The upgrade for the chargers is obtainable through your dealerships.

If the driver’s travel is less than 33 miles a day, there would hardly ever have to give up gas for the Pacifica Hybrid. Pacifica’s engineers have included sensors that determine when gasoline in the tank is more than 90 days old. In any case, the gasoline engine runs automatically to use up any possibly tainted fuel. After the battery gets depleted, the gasoline engine starts seamlessly.

MINIVAN CONVENIENCE:

If there are only four in the vehicle, you get the convenience of having 99 cubic feet of space behind the second row. If there’s only two, there are a whopping 141 cubic feet of space behind the front seats. You can practically bring your rocking chair and bed.

The Hybrid is an offshoot of the critically acclaimed vehicle the Pacifica. It comes from the manufacturer that originated the minivan back in the 1980s. It was called the Town and Country, but the Chrysler resurrected the Pacifica name for 2017 all-new model, which comes in standard and hybrid versions.

LIMITED TESTER:

The 2019 Limited Hybrid featured a premium Harman Kardon audio system, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, universal garage door opener, and revised center console. The Limited is already loaded with just about every comfort feature, safety, and convenience on a modern automobile. That incorporates Chrysler’s KeySense fob, which allows parents to set limits on top speed, emergency thresholds for their younger drivers and it allows parents to set limits on high speed.   

Some standard and other equipment are optional such as the front collision mitigation, tri-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, one-touch power side doors, and tailgate, parallel and perpendicular parking assist and lane departure assist and blind-spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert. There’s also Uconnect streaming connectivity and entertainment systems, such as the SXM satellite radio, and a 360-degree surround-view camera. Not included in the gasoline model’s Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, which fold into the floor to expand the cargo in the Hybrid, Pacifica.

CABIN COMFORT:

The Hybrid has plush captain’s chairs that have more padding than the thin Stow ‘n Go seats. They must be physically wrestled out of the minivan if there’s a need to maximize the hauling area. Along with the traditional buttons and on the van’s B-pillar, there’s a button on the outside handle of each door and has an optional foot-swipe-activated system that opens the sliding doors and the liftgate.

GAS POWER:

The gasoline-electric system distributes a total of 260 horsepower; it’s enough for a vehicle that weighs anywhere near 5,000 pounds. The electric motors produce maximum torque immediately when the throttle is pressed when the Pacifica Hybrid has robust acceleration off the line. The communication between what’s going on with the hybrid system, the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid, have the same features that made the original 2017 the new benchmark for minivans.   

There are hands-free power sliding side doors. Simply touching a button on the outside door handle and the door slides open and touching it again will make the door close. No jerking of handles; the side doors are made of aluminum.

Other “firsts” in the minivan included an electric parking brake, 10-inch touch screens for second-row passengers, rotary shift knob (which eliminated shift levers), and wireless connectivity for devices. Its skillful V-6 engine is paired with a responsive nine-speed automatic transmission and has ample power to be driven around town and on the highway- even when it’s loaded with gear. The family-friendly features have the advantages of being the most reliable and sensible choice for those looking for a minivan.  

Come see for yourself if the Chrysler Pacifica is the right vehicle for you at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep.

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