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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Ownership: Road Trippin' and All Hail the Hybrid

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author photo by Lindsay Martell October 2018

Planning a road trip in the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid should have been a little daunting -- how much should we pack? How long will we really last on a single electric charge? What if there are tech glitches with Uconnect? What if we are peppered by incessant questions from our 5 year old for 120 minutes?

Alas, these were the mere musings of someone who has mastered the art of pre-worrying (that would be me). I needn't have worried one bit. The trip was the best kind of uneventful -- free from those pesky glitches that can send your mood careening off the (metaphorical) road.

Charge It

Due to some poor planning (read: I procrastinated something fierce) and power limitations, we ran out of time to charge the Pacifica to a full 100 percent. We have no trouble charging the battery at home in the wall outlet in our garage, but it takes around 13 hours to fully charge it, since it's just 120 volts. I highly recommend forking over the roughly $200 for a 240-volt charger, like this one from Mopar. According to Chrysler, you can order the charger through your dealer and have them arrange for a professional installation in your home. This will allow you to fully charge your ride in just two hours. Bliss.

Once you've tooled around in a hybrid, you start to be on the lookout for charging stations. At our neighborhood Whole Foods Market, I gleefully discovered one, and I was more than happy to sip an iced coffee and scroll through my newsfeed while charging up. With its powerful, 240-volt charger, I could have reached 100 percent in just about two hours. Nice. Such a speedy alternative to having to run a massive cable from our wall outlet to the vehicle.

Plug n' Go

Range anxiety is a buzzy term when it comes to electric vehicles. Essentially, it means worrying your EV will run out of juice before you get to your destination. Fortunately, that's not really an issue with the Pacifica. It can travel up to 33 miles on a single charge, and, combined with filling up at the tank, it has a total range of about 566 miles. Phew! Our trip was nowhere near 566 miles, but it's great to know that when we get our act together and properly charge it to 100 percent and fill up the tank, we can go for hundreds of miles without needing to plug it in or pull into a Shell station.

Screen Dream

I need to give yet another thumbs up to the Uconnect system -- with its 10-inch HD touchscreen -- that made my daughter's in-car entertainment a simple, seamless experience. She opted to watch her DVDs, and it was a snap to pop those in and fire them up. From here, she was quietly entertained for two hours, save for a single culinary request: More crackers, please.

Hybrid awesomeness, tons of room and glitch-free tech? I think that calls for another road trip. Who's with me?

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid starts at $39,995, and it qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Folks may even qualify for state or city credits.

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