If you’re eco conscious and seeking out a family hauler, there’s no better choice than the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Heck, there’s a case to be made that it’s actually the most appealing minivan, period — hybrid or not.
For starters, this plug-in hybrid is capable of traveling 32 miles on electricity after its battery is recharged. For most people, that should be enough to drop the kids off at school, go to work, then pick them up again. As such, you’ll rarely need to fill up with gas. And even if you do exceed that 32-mile range, it’s still a hybrid that’ll greatly exceed every other minivan’s fuel economy.
There are other advantages as well. Adding all that battery weight actually improves the Pacifica’s ride and handling, while the electric motor results in smoother, quieter acceleration. The second-row seats are also more comfortable since, unlike the regular Pacifica’s, they don’t fold flat into the floor. Of course, the downside is you lose the cargo-carrying versatility of those Stow ‘n Go seats.
Otherwise, you’re getting the same advantages as the regular Chrysler Pacifica, especially its sharp styling and compelling technology. We actually lived with a Pacifica Hybrid for a year and loved that it so-capably handled kid-carrying duties while helping us forget we were driving the ultimate mom-and-dad mobile.
What’s New for 2019?
The Pacific Hybrid is now available with the S Appearance package, which adds an abundance of black exterior trim. There’s also a 35th Anniversary special edition, which honors Chrysler minivans in general. Various trim levels also gain extra features. See the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid models for sale near you
What We Like
Unmatched fuel economy for a 7-passenger vehicle; family friendly tech and convenience features; classy styling inside and out; more comfortable second-row seats than regular Pacifica
What We Don’t
Safety tech only available on top trim level; second-row seats are more comfortable but don’t Stow ‘n Go; hefty price premium for Touring Plus trim; difficult-to-read gauges.
The Pacifica Hybrid uses a variation of the regular van’s 3.6-liter V6 paired with two motor/generators and a large battery pack that is fully replenished by plugging into an outside electricity source. Total system output is 287 horsepower. It can travel 32 miles on electricity alone, then achieves 30 miles per gallon as a regular hybrid once that all-electric range is depleted. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, your average fuel cost of electricity plus gasoline (based on national averages) would be $950. The average fuel cost for the regular Pacifica would be $1,550. That gap will widen the more you utilize the all-electric range.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is only available in the Pacifica’s top three trim levels: Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited. All have different price premiums over their respective gas-only versions — the Touring Plus is nearly $7,000 while the Limited’s is only $1,110. Keep in mind, though, that the Pacifica Hybrid is eligible for government tax rebates.
Standard equipment on the Touring Plus ($39,995) includes 17-in wheels, power-sliding doors, automatic headlights, fog lamps, heated mirrors, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, proximity entry and push-button start, 3-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver seat, cloth upholstery, second-row captain’s chairs, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4-in touchscreen, one USB port, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite and HD radios and a 6-speaker sound system. The Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and remote ignition.
The Touring L ($42,195) adds a power liftgate, adjustable roof rails, rear side window shades, an upgraded front center console, leather upholstery and the Cold Weather Group.
Optional on the Touring trims is the Uconnect Theater with Wireless Streaming, which adds two 10-in seatback touchscreens, a 115-volt house-style electrical outlet, wireless headphones, video remote controls, three rear USB ports, an HDMI input and a Blu-ray player.
The Limited ($45,545) adds a hands-free power liftgate and sliding doors, power-folding and driver-side auto-dimming exterior mirrors, driver memory settings, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, integrated navigation, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and the Uconnect Theater system. Unfortunately, the Limited is the only trim level eligible for accident avoidance tech. The optional Advanced SafetyTec Group adds forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist, plus adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking system, an automated parking system, automatic wipers and automatic high beam control.
The S Appearance package adds to any trim level blacked out exterior trim and black 18-in wheels, plus special interior trim. The 35th Anniversary edition, available on Touring L and Limited, add special "Cranberry Wine" stitching to light-colored leather upholstery, plus a 13-speaker Alpine sound system and integrated navigation (Touring L) or 18-inch wheels (Limited).
Every 2019 Pacifica Hybrid includes eight airbags (front, front-side, front-knee, side curtain), antilock brakes, stability control, a backup camera, and blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems. Unfortunately, accident avoidance tech (forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane-keeping assist) is only available on the Limited trim as an option as part of an expansive technology package. Rival vans come standard with such equipment.
The government gave the Pacifica top 5-star ratings for overall, frontal and side crash protection. The non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick for its performance in various crash protection and prevention tests.
Behind the Wheel
The Pacifica is much better to drive than previous Chrysler vans. If you’re used to those, you’re in for a big upgrade — it’s smoother, quieter and exponentially more refined. If, however, you’re new to the minivan thing or coming from a competitor model, the Pacifica’s frankly is about what you’d expect from the segment’s other entries. That said, of the Pacifica versions, we think the Hybrid is actually the best to drive. Besides saving you a ton in gas, the added weight from its battery further improves the handling, settles the ride and smooths out acceleration.
Inside, the Pacifica Hybrid differs from its gas-only sibling by not offering the Stow ‘n Go seats that conveniently fold into the floor to easily transform the regular Pacifica from people carrier to cargo carrier. That means the Hybrid isn’t as versatile, but because its second-row seats don’t have to origami themselves into the floor, they’re more thickly padded and therefore more comfortable. Pros and cons, in other words.
Elsewhere in the cabin, the Pacifica impresses with handsome styling and user-friendly infotainment features. The standard touchscreen up front is packed with features and is easy to use, while the Uconnect Theater package should keep the kids in the back entertained.
Other Cars to Consider
There are no other hybrid minivans, let alone a plug-in hybrid like the Pacifica. Nevertheless, here are your other van choices.
2019 Honda Odyssey — Honda’s completely redesigned the Odyssey has its own bag of family-friendly minivan tricks, along with an improved interior and technology. It’s a bit dull, though, even by minivan standards.
2019 Kia Sedona — The Sedona was one of our must drive vehicles of 2016. Like the Pacifica, it helps you forget you’re driving a minivan, while delivering excellent value for your money and a superior warranty.
2019 Toyota Sienna — The Sienna has gone a long time without a full redesign and it’s starting to show. Still, you get extra-comfy second-row seats, Toyota’s superior reliability and the segment’s sharpest driving experience in its SE trim level.
We would recommend getting the Limited. Yes, it’s the most expensive, but its price premium relative to its gas-only Pacifica sibling is tiny compared to those of the other trim levels. In other words, it’s the best value by a long shot. Also, keep in mind that tax rebates should ultimately make the Limited much cheaper than the gas-only version. Find a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid for sale