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author photo by Lindsay Martell September 2018

I get why minivans have kind of a fuddy-duddy reputation: They can be a little square and not exactly sleek. After driving the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for about two and a half months, I'm not gonna say it's a fierce, sexy ride. But I will say that it ticks so many boxes for me and my family -- including its awesome storage and spacious seating.

This hefty vehicle comfortably seats seven (the non-Hybrid version seats eight, but the hybrid needs some extra space to house the lithium-ion battery pack), so if you have a big family, or are in a constant carpool rotation, this is a stellar choice. There are just three of us in our lil fam, so we have lots of empty seats these days. I really should be volunteering to take the kids in the neighborhood for ice cream or something.

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What stands out to me is how easy it is to fit stuff in the back. We just moved to North Carolina from Massachusetts in late May, and I am blown away by how much we've been able to cram into the back of the Pacifica. Two weeks ago, we loaded a 6.5-foot tall cabinet into the back with relative ease. The seats were pretty easy to remove (after a few attempts) and there was still room for my five-year-old's car seat. I have to say, it's always a plus for us to NOT have to hire a babysitter simply because we're going furniture shopping and need all the cargo space we can get.

Shopping is lot more fun when you know you have a whopping 172.8 cu ft. of cargo space to play with. The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid's supreme spaciousness means there's ample room for sports equipment, grocery store hauls and antique must-haves. The Pacifica crushes the competition in this area (the Toyota Highlander Hybrid has 83.7 cu ft., and the Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid has 85.7), and I have to say, I love, love, love the extra space. We also have a Toyota RAV4 -- which has surprised us many a time with how much we can shove into it -- but the Pacifica blows the RAV4 outta the water. Again, this is what makes a minivan so much fun.

Practice Makes Perfect

I will say that moving the seats down, or taking them out completely, takes a little practice, and a little muscle. I wouldn't want to do it every day. But when you know you've got a trip to Costco coming up, or if you need to move a hefty piece of furniture, it's well worth the effort.

Having such a roomy minivan makes me want to shop. Like, all the time. I want to see how much I can possibly cram into this thing. I won't, but it's tempting. We are heading out for a mini road trip in a week, though, so I'm sure we'll pack it to the gills, and get positively giddy in the process.

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