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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Ownership: Makes Life Easier

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author photo by Lindsay Martell August 2018

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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