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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Ownership: Standout Safety Features

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author photo by Lindsay Martell September 2018

The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is still a lotta car for me, but I've come to love how safe I feel in this behemoth-of-a-minivan. Plus, the scores of top-notch safety features don't hurt either.

Lane Change Warning

Along with Apple CarPlay, this is a game-changer for me. I'm pretty good about being extra careful when I change lanes (I always look over my shoulder, just as I learned in driver's ed a million years ago), but knowing there's a helpful chirp that warns of a car zooming past me is just a little slice of happiness. You have the option of turning off the chirp and the light, but why mess with anything that's trying to keep you safe?

Some of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids are equipped with a 360-degree surround view camera, but the one I'm test-driving doesn't (boo). It looks like a great feature for getting a bird's-eye view of what's happening on all sides of the vehicle -- thanks to four different cameras positioned around the car.

Forward-Collision Warning

Ok, sooo … I inadvertently activated this system when I was making a coffee run and got way, way too close to a bunch of bushes when trying to park. Not my proudest moment by a long shot. This system alerts you with a loud beep and the word "BRAKE!" popping up. It can also apply the brakes to lessen or avoid the crash. Fortunately, I wasn't driving too fast when the system engaged. Phew.

Parking Assist

I've written quite a bit about being spatially challenged, so I really, really like the Pacifica's ParkSense rear park assist function. It's not dramatically different from the system we have in our Toyota RAV4, but the sensors seem sharper, the image is much clearer and, of course, having the picture on the blissfully wide Uconnect's 8-inch touchscreen is awesome. So, so awesome. Since I'm still getting used to the size of the Pacifica, I really appreciate how on-point this parking feature is -- both visually and audibly. If you get too close to an object behind you and a possible collision is detected, the brakes may be applied automatically. I don't intend to test this, however.

Rear Cross-Path Detection

I can never have too much help getting out of tight spaces. The Pacifica's rear cross-path detection gives me another set of eyes on difficult angles when I'm reversing out of tight spaces (usually at, er, Target or Dunkin' Donuts) where the side view is blocked. And since I'm always a little worried I'm getting too close to the car next to me, the park assist feature is like a reassuring digital assistant.

Like my somewhat low-tech ways when it comes to in-car media, I can be pretty old-school when it comes to staying safe, too. In crowded parking lots, I always triple check for wayward kids and potential hazards (like runaway grocery carts). Still, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid's safety systems go a long way toward giving me peace on the road.

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