FCA’s Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is actually the first gasoline-electric hybrid minivan on offer in the United States – and the model will achieve very impressive fuel consumption figures.
The company originally set its sights on the already impressive goal of 80 miles per gallon equivalent, but the official EPA figures are even better – with the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid rated at 84 MPGe. According to EPA testing the overall fuel economy is not painting the entire picture – the government officials have reached a total driving range of 566 miles, with electric-only range of 33 miles. The initial estimates from Chrysler came in at 530 miles and an EV range of 30 miles.
Just as important, the Hybrid has no drawback compared to the regular versions – seating for seven and more than 140 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats taken out. The only difference is the lack of Pacifica’s Stow ‘N Go storage system – instead the 16-kWh battery pack sits in the middle of the floor. The Pacifica Hybrid links an electric motor to the FCA 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and pricing starts from $41,995, or as low as $34,495 after factoring in the government subsidies.