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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Ownership: Tesla of Minivans

  • 30+ mile electric driving range
  • 500+ mile total driving range
  • Luxurious interior
  • Similar price to other, non-hybrid minivans

I’ve been driving the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for about two weeks now and the one thing that really impresses me is the quality of the interior and just how much of my time is spent driving in full EV mode. I think this is the Tesla of minivans.

Deluxe Vanning

The Pacifica overall (including the Limited and Hybrid) is the most luxurious minivan you can get in the U.S. The most logical comparison is to the Honda Odyssey, which is really a good family van it its own right and actually more fun to drive than the Pacifica. However, even the top-trim Odyssey just doesn’t have that certain something that says "Luxury" the way the Pacifica does.

It kind of makes sense, electric vehicles are typically more expensive than their gasoline counterparts because they’re more expensive to build in the first place. I have this crazy theory that Tesla is a luxury automaker, Tesla says they’re not. On the company blog they say the goal is " … to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport by bringing compelling mass market electric cars to market as soon as possible." I think the word luxury should be added to that statement.

Luxury EVs

It’s true, Tesla started the luxe EV movement but other automakers are catching on. Audi’s new e-tron, Jaguar’s I-Pace, BMW’s i8, and a wide array of Porsche plug-in hybrids show where EVs are headed. There are plenty of non-luxury EVs like the Kia Soul, Hyundai Kona, Honda Clarity, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Bolt. Some are affordable and some, like the Bolt, have a price nearing that of a luxury car.

Competitive Price

The Pacifica isn’t a fully-electric car, but it does have enough all-electric power to make it a fairly pricey proposition. And yet, the base price of $39,995 is right on par with other minivans like the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. The most expensive version is $46,000 – again, on par with the top trim level of both Honda and Toyota minivans.

Even so, I think the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s interior is nicer looking and feeling that both the Honda and the Toyota. The leather is fitting for a luxury car, the touch screen is a decent size and even the non-touch surfaces like the top of the dashboard, second row door panels, headliner and rear cargo area have a look of quality.

Range

The Pacifica’s EV range is about 30 miles. Luxury EVs like the Model X, the I-Pace and the e-tron are all-electric so the EV range is much greater. The overall driving range, including gasoline and electricity is about 500 miles in the Pacifica. In a perfect world, the Pacifica Hybrid would have an EV range of 50 miles. Still, I’m able to get to and from work (13 miles each way) without using any gas or without having to charge up in between (even though the Autotrader office in Atlanta has free charging stations for employees). On weekends, I use all electricity as well — the gas engine only comes on if I’m on a road trip or if I fully stomp on the accelerator in order to pass another car.

Until Tesla makes a minivan, this is your best bet for a low emission, luxurious family van. Find a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for sale

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