If you’re like me, most shortcuts are a thumbs-up — a cut-through that gets your errands done sooner, a moisturizer that doubles as a self-tanner, boxed brownie mixes. Anything that saves me time is a big, big blessing. So while I wouldn’t say the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid cuts corners (it’s truly a thing of substance and beauty), it offers a smattering of conveniences that I’ve come to rely on.
Hands-Free, Yes Please
Juggling shopping bags, little bodies and an overstuffed purse has never been my forte. Chrysler clearly had harried parents like me in mind when they designed their hands-free power-sliding rear doors. I thought it was cool enough to have power doors, but doors that open with a simple kick underneath the car? Game changer. Simply have the key fob on you, kick your foot just below the sensors, and booyah … an open door. Your kids can climb in and maybe even give you a hand with your bags (here’s hoping). Better yet, implore them to do the kick-to-open maneuver themselves.
After moving five times in eight years, I know the importance of owning a rig that can handle tons of stuff. I didn’t, however, appreciate the bliss of a hands-free power lift gate. I have taken loads of smashed cardboard boxes to our local recycling center, and the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid makes this process pretty painless. With an armload of cardboard, I don’t have to do any precarious box balancing on one knee as I fumble with the keys, trying to open the back. There’s also a sensor below the lift gate, so you can be truly hands-free when you pile in ungodly amounts of torn-up moving supplies, groceries and sports equipment. Or, if you’re like me, all three.
Speaking of stuff, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has as much cargo space as the gas-only Pacifica — 32.3 cu ft. of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 87.5 cu ft. behind the second row and 140.5 cu ft. behind the first row. Such a plus for those of us with a lot of gear.
Sunny Skies, Happy Kids
Besides loving the way-way-back, my daughter also got a real kick out of the Pacifica’s sunroof. In fact, nine trips out of 10, she begs me to "open the hatch" as she calls it. The Tri-Pane Panoramic Sunroof is more than just your average sky peek, though. It feels long and luxurious, and it can be opened and closed in a myriad of configurations. Sort of like the endless clouds whirling above.
Give the Tilt a Whirl
Seconds after my daughter snaps herself into her car seat, my hubby is ready to tighten her up. But not before he remembers that the second-row seats slide and tilt, making it a snap to get into the third row. No more reaching and twisting to secure your littles. Accessing the third row is now a matter of simply lifting the lever.
The Little Extras Add Up
You know how those little things you store in your car become a jumbled mess in about 10 seconds? Hate that. I love the seriously clever storage spots peppered throughout the Pacifica. Cupholders (for coffee and empty cups filled with half-eaten ice cream cones), storage bins and sliding drawers to fit your much-loved tablet. It’s those little details that add up to a lot when it comes to making the ride smoother, comfier and smile-worthy. Couldn’t we all use that?
The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid starts at $39,995, and it qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Find a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for sale
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