“2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited”
The Quintessential Minivan
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a minivan that seats 7 or 8, and is engineered to deliver class-leading ride quality and handling characteristics along with reduced noise, vibration and harshness. FCA US lays claim to 115 significant minivan innovations.
Chrysler was the pioneer of the very first minivan, creating a brand new automotive segment. The 2017 Chrysler minivan was reinvented as the all-new ninth generation 2017 Chrysler Pacifica by FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). The Pacifica emerged as an all-new platform replacing the outgoing premium Chrysler Town & Country minivan. It hit showroom floors bowing initially with distinctively different models in terms of content.
The base Hybrid model is the Hybrid Touring, followed by the Hybrid Touring Plus, Hybrid Touring L Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the top model Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited. All Pacifica models came in a FWD configuration as standard, with the exception of the Pacifica Hybrid, which is only available in FWD. 2020 will see the elimination of lower priced L, LX and Touring Plus models and there’s a new Red S Edition package is available for Limited models. Only minor cosmetic interior changes will be made for the 2020 model year.
Power for the Pacifica Hybrid is courtesy of a transversely front mounted 3.6-liter eHybrid, DOHC, 24-valve V6 engine with ESS with an electric motor, that delivers a combined 287 horsepower along with 262 pound feet of torque. Motive force reaches the front wheels via an eFlite Si-EVVT automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid delivers an EPA-estimated electric range of up to 32 miles from a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, with a total gas and electric range of 520 miles.
The Pacifica Hybrid visually, delivers a sophisticated, sculptural exterior, with a bold athletic stance and aerodynamic profile that emphasizes an aggressive wheel to body proportion. Its long wheelbase, widened track and low ground clearance contribute to its sleek and futuristic image.
The frontal view features Chrysler’s contemporary face, with a graceful, flowing upper and lower grille. The slim upper grille flows smoothly into the headlamps, while the Chrysler winged logo floats within the mesh grille texture. The upper and lower grilles both have ribbon-like chrome accents that flow in tandem displaying a geometric balance and a premium appearance. A Mobius chrome strip cradles the available LED fog lamps and intertwine with the fog lamp housing and the lower grille.
The sculpted hood is robust with distinctive character lines leading the eye to the upper grille, and it shingles over for a clean, seamless appearance. The body-side sections are highlighted by an A-line that arcs gracefully from front to rear, tracing downward into the rear fascia and defining the rear quarter section.
Aft, the Pacifica’s fluid appearance becomes increasingly evident, with a roof that blends into a sculpted, integrated rear spoiler at the rear-most trailing edge. The rear-swept D-pillars accentuate the faster side and roof profile. The rear liftgate glass is “tucked” into and offset from the D-pillars, with the liftgate glass integrated seamlessly into the tail lamps for a unified effect.
COMFORTABLE FUNCTIONAL INTERIOR
Entering the cabin, which is horizontally drawn, the vehicle’s
Spaciousness is emphasized, while mixing high-tech elements with a sculpted flair. Outlets appear more formal, highlighted by a simple thinner chrome ring for a precise feel The tone-on-tone control knobs in the center stack feature a spun finish, reminiscent of high-end audio equipment.
The Uconnect touchscreen – available as either a 5-inch or 8.4-inch – is set flush with the instrument panel for a clean, technical look. With a glossy screen surface that allows for higher contrast, the touchscreen feels futuristic and in line with other modern devices, like a tablet.
The spacious interior delivers outstanding front-row and third-row legroom. An available tri-pane panoramic sunroof adds to the feeling of openness, with a dual-pane panoramic sunroof over the front- and second-row seats and fixed glass pane over the third row. The HVAC controls are consolidated in the headliner, running cleanly along the rails. In the rear, the HVAC controls are on the passenger side headline.
A Uconnect Theater option Includes: 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, Active Noise Control System, 13 amplified speakers, three-channel wireless headphones, Blu-ray/DVD player/USB port, 506-watt amplifier, three-channel video remote control, high definition multimedia interface, 10-in. seatback video screens, third-row USB charge port and video USB port.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Safety and security abound in the new Pacifica Hybrid, with available helpful features such as: 360-degree Surround view camera with Bird’s eye perspective, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning and an all-new KeySense programmable key fob.
My test Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid came in Limited trim and wore an exterior finish of Velvet Red Pearl coat and featured a Black and gray interior featuring alloy and piano black trim highlights. The base price was set at $45,545. While the final tally came to $50,005 after factoring in options andf the destination charge. New for 2019 is an S Appearance Package is available that includes 18-inch wheels with a black finish, gloss-black exterior accents and an all-black interior with gray accents.
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited minivan delivers a luxury sedan-like ride, with comfortable and supportive seating, along with responsive damping. Acceleration is more than adequate with a broad torque range. The Pacifica delivers twice the torsional rigidity of the outgoing Town & Country for heightened stability. The transmission shifted smoothly and the handling characteristics bordered on sporty.
With so many creature comfort features included as standard fare in the new Pacifica Hybrid Limited, it is a virtual marvel in family transportation, delivering what may well be the ultimate in functionality and versatility.
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is definitely not the“Soccer Mom” minivan of old, but is rather a fully equipped adventure pod for the entire family and all their gear. The Pacifica Hybrid features a host of content and features offered at affordable prices, and it qualifies for a $7,500 Federal tax credit and more in some states and regions.
OUR FINAL TAKE
In the final analysis, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited represents the cream of the crop in hybrid minivans, amid a host of other competitive examples. the Pacifica Hybrid allows for gas-free shorter trips while still being up to longer road trips.
SPECIFICATIONS: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited
Base Price: $45,545.
Price as Tested: $50,005.
Engine Type and Size: 3.6-liter eHybrid V-6, DOHC, 24-valve V6 with ESS.
Horsepower (bhp): 287 @ 6,400 rpm
Torque (ft./ lbs.): 262 @ 4,000 rpm
Transmission: eFlite Si-EVVT automatic.
Drive Train: Transversely mounted front engine and electric motor / Front-wheel drive.
Suspension: Front – Independent MacPherson strut, coil over gas-charged shock absorbers, stabilizer bar with hydroformed steel perimeter cradle.
Rear – Independent twist-blade with coil springs, twin-tube shock absorbers with integrated rebound springs.
Brakes: Power assisted four-wheel discs (vented front) with ABS, ESC, Traction Control and Brake Assist.
Tires: Yokohama Avid S34 – 235/65 R17 mounted on 10-alternating short and long spoke Machine face alloy wheels with Graphite painted inners.
Wheelbase: 121.6 inches
Length Overall: 203.8 inches
Width: 79.6 inches
Height: 69.9 inches
Curb Weight: 4,330 lbs.
Turning Circle: 39.7 ft.
Fuel Capacity: 16.5 gallons
EPA Mileage Estimates: 84 MPGe combined gas and electric / 32 MPG gas only – Electric only range – 33 miles / total range
Drag Coefficient: 0.30
0 – 60 mph: Not tested.