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2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Ownership: What I'll Miss (and a Few Things I Won't)

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author photo by Lindsay Martell November 2018

Sigh. The time as come. After six months of happy times in the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, it's time to say goodbye. It's been a sweet ride in so, so many ways: seamless technology, ample cargo space, killer charging ability and how-am-I-gonna-live without-my-beloved power doors and lift gate. I've enjoyed almost every moment in the Pacifica Hybrid. Almost.

First, the things I've loved:

Doors, Lift Gate, Love

Who knew the act of not having to pull a car door open could incite such joy? The Pacifica Hybrid's automatic doors and power lift gate made grocery shopping, furniture schlepping and Goodwill trips about a million times easier. I will miss how much of a luxury it is to simply press a button and boom! open door. They say it's the little things in life. In the case of these lovely helpers, I couldn't agree more. I must admit I wholeheartedly share my 5-year-old daughter's door-opening exuberance. After more than six months, it still makes me smile.

Cargo? Let's Go!

I went on and on about how roomy the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is -- how fun it is to load up a minivan after filling up on ungodly amounts of paper towels and Kleenex boxes from Costco. With a bliss-inducing 172.8 cu ft. of cargo space at your disposal, pretty much any shopping trip becomes a treat. Not only did we make our fare share of trips to the warehouse club, we also stocked up on some new furniture at IKEA and splurged on a couple semi-fragile antiques -- stuff that would never have fit in our humble RAV4. Can't beat a minivan for coming to the rescue on our shopping whims.

CarPlay Can You Hear Me?

Plugging in my iPhone to activate Apple CarPlay was a revelation. My favorite playlists on Spotify played like a dream (for the most part; the Bluetooth could be a bit spotty at times), and I loved navigating my route on a huge 8-inch, Uconnect touchscreen. Siri read me my text messages, and every single one of my passengers couldn't get enough of the richness that emitted from the 20-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound system -- even when my daughter played DJ and requested her favorite pop songs. On repeat. For months.

There are scores of other things I loved about the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid like how easy it was to charge (even without a nifty home charger) and how safe I felt (thank you, lane-change warnings and ace backup camera). But I would be remiss not to mention the things I can happily pass on, now that I'll be driving my RAV4 again in all its sturdy glory:

Heavy Lifting

While the cargo space killed it, taking the seats out to make extra room was kind of a drag. The seats are heavy and extremely awkward. I couldn't do it without an extra set of hands. This may be a deterrent for someone who doesn't love wrangling with big pieces of car parts (or who suffers from noodle arms, like me).

Hoover Me, Please

It might not be fair to mention how the gas-powered Pacifica features the neat, Stow-N-Vac system. This neat little helper sucks up every pretzel piece or crushed veggie straw scattered throughout the cabin, and then it gets tucked away in an out-of-the-way spot in the rear trim panel, right behind the sliding door. The hybrid version's battery is housed in the same spot, so it's a no go on the Stow n' Vac. But aside from a few little things I didn't like, the Pacifica was a joy to drive.

For those looking for a stylish, efficient, roomy hybrid minivan, the Pacifica is a dream -- one I would rather not wake up from.

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