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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Ownership: Gas vs. Hybrid — How Do You Choose?

In the market for a 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid? Or maybe you’re considering the gas-powered version. How do you choose?

For some, like Katie Hoefer Gierke, a mom of four living just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, it was a no-brainer. The non-hybrid Pacifica just made sense for her and her family.

"It drives amazing and it’s solid," she says. Gierke loves how luxurious it is and how everything looks so nice.

I couldn’t agree more.

Both versions share a bunch of stand-out features: spaciousness, power-sliding doors and lift gate, a panoramic sunroof, sleek interior and exterior and a slew of safety features such as blind spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection and rear park assist. You’ll also find Chrysler’s Uconnect Theater and Apple CarPlay, which have made my life easier in so many ways — from navigating our newly-adopted city to entertaining my daughter on road trips. Both versions have surprisingly sleek lines for a minivan, too.

So how do the two vehicles differ? In a nutshell, it comes to space, money and a few extra accessories.

Room To Share

Cargo space is as much a part of the minivans’ persona as the soccer mom is. It just fits. And pretty much everything is going to fit in the gas-powered Pacifica. It has a hefty 243 possible seating configurations and seats 8 comfortably (the hybrid seats 7). Both have the oh-this-is-how-we-can-fit-the-new armoire Stow ‘n Go Seating and Storage System, which lets drivers fold down the third-row seats into the floor. The gas-only Pacifica goes the extra mile with the Stow ‘n Go feature in the second and third-row seats (the hybrid’s battery is located under the seats in the second row), but my family was still able to fit a ton of stuff in the hybrid. Massive shopping trips to IKEA have been a snap.

Fueling Up or Plugging In

The non-hybrid version gets up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway, whereas the hybrid gets 84 mpg hwy. And unlike the gas-only vehicle, the hybrid can travel 33 miles on a fully charged battery. Combine that number with the 533 miles you can go after filling up at the pump, and you’ve got a total driving range of 566. Pretty sweet technology means for super sweet savings every day you drive.

Clean Perks

Much to my dismay, the hybrid version doesn’t come equipped with the Stow ‘n Vac — a retractable vacuum conveniently tucked away at the rear of the driver-side sliding door. According to Chrysler, it delivers a hefty 50 air watts of power and can operate even when the car isn’t on (just for 10 minutes, but hey, that’s enough time to suck up more than a few handfuls of Pirate’s Booty). Those wanting this kind of in-car Dustbuster can find it in the Pacifica Limited, which retails for $44,095.

Dollar Dilemma

So here is the biggest issue for would-be buyers: The most basic, no-frills, gas-powered 2018 version runs around $27,000. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid starts at $39,995, but buyers may qualify for a $7,500 tax credit, and when utilizing the battery component (and remembering to charge it daily and/or nightly), you can save a lot in the years ahead.

I will always have a soft spot for hybrids, but buyers can weigh the pluses and minuses for themselves. Find a Chrysler Pacifca Hybrid for sale

Check out our 2018 Chrysler Pacfica Hybrid New Car Review

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