A 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid during a car show.
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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is now a hybrid. This could be perhaps the make-over it needs. Is the hybrid shift enough to make it lead the SUV segment again?
Chrysler pioneered the minivan segment. It has paved the path for the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. It has once more taken the lead as the first hybrid minivan.
There are high demands for minivans these days. It is set to be released this fall, according to the Albuquerque Journal. It is now more powerful. It has a 3.6 L Pentastar V6 gasoline engine. What sets this mini-van apart is its dual-motor EVT or electrical variable transmission. It is a patented technology approved by FCA US.
The main problem with the classic 2017 Chrysler Pacifica was about its fuel economy. The shift to hybrid may have directly fixed this problem.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid now boasts a mileage of 28 mpg and a combined city/highway 22 mpg, according to the Kelley Blue Book. This is not bad for an SUV with an 8-seater capacity.
A hybrid mini-van, in general, is a big deal, especially for growing families. The fuel-efficiency and cost-savings are immediately felt. Families would feel better that their money would go for their kids' college tuition instead of fuel.
The Pacifica hybrid offers up to 30 miles of range if fully reliable on its charge. This is not bad for going around town. You can actually just survive on charging alone.
We've highlighted the good sides. It is time for the Pacifica hybrid to go under scrutiny. It is advertised with an 8-seater capacity. The truth is it can only comfortably seat seven passengers.
The battery is located below the second row. The hybrid's fuel-cost factor may mean you have to pay a premium for it. Monthly payments will then reach around $10,000.
At this point, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has taken the lead once more. It pioneers as a hybrid mini-van. This is something Toyota and Honda should take a cue. An upgrade both mini-vans must highly consider.