There’s one automotive hill that I’m willing to die on, and it’s that the best people and stuff movers on the planet are minivans. It just so happens that Chrysler invented the minivan segment as we know it in 1984 with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager.
While those nameplates have since been retired (the Voyager name makes a return as a Pacifica trim level for 2020), Chrysler introduced the Pacifica to the world in 2017 as a replacement for the Town and Country. It was a damn good van in 2017 and an even better one in 2020. It turns out the folks at Chrysler have gotten pretty good at what they do over the years and are continually innovating their minivan lineup. One such product of their innovation is the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
The Chrysler Pacifica is an attractive vehicle. No, not attractive for a minivan, but flat out attractive. It has more style and pizzazz than most SUVs on the market today. The shape is bubbly, but with character lines and styling elements that make a fashion statement. It’s sleek and a high-class looker.
The standard Pacifica comes with a 3.6-liter Pentastar engine found across the FCA lineup, which produces 287-horsepower. The plug-in hybrid powertrain found in our Pacifica Hybrid Limited tester produces 260-horsepower from an Atkinson cycle version of the Pentastar engine designed for hybrid applications. The engine is mated to a 16-kWh battery and is rated 32 miles of driving range on battery power alone from a full charge. This, of course, can vary based on driving style and conditions.
There is no range anxiety here, as the Pacifica Hybrid switches seamlessly between gasoline and battery power as needed. The magic here is that there isn’t any special thought needed by the driver to get the most out of the hybrid system. It does its thing completely on its own without the driver really knowing or feeling anything happening behind the scenes. The Pacifica Hybrid includes a 6.6-kilowatt charger for 120v charging, but a 240v charger can be purchased for faster charging.
Fuel economy is rated at 82 city MPGe, though real-world driving yielded about 35mpg combined.
As mentioned before, minivans are the best tool for hauling around people and their stuff. The Chrysler Pacifica, in any trim level, is one of the best examples of this. The Pacifica has a 121.6-inch wheelbase with a 203.6-inch overall length. Draw a box around that, and you end up with Pacifica’s massive 197.3 cubic feet of total interior space.
With the rear seats folded flat under the floor using the patented Stow ‘n Go system, Pacifica’s rear cargo hold has 140.5 cubic feet. Fill all 8 seats (7 with 2nd-row captains chairs) with people or pets, and there’s still a generous 32.3 cubic feet of space to work with. The middle row foregoes the Stow ‘n Go system due to the location of the hybrid battery.
In the stuff department, Chrysler Pacifica has plenty of storage for that stuff by way of console bins that can hold tablets or laptops, and plenty of room for any drink storage vessel you might have. There are 13 cupholders throughout the Pacifica interior. The second row features touch screen entertainment screens to keep passengers at bay during road trips. USB charging ports are also found throughout the Pacifica.
UPlay 8.4 is standard on the Pacifica Hybrid Limited and features a 20-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system. An integrated vacuum cleaner, retractable third-row shades, and ambient illumination add to the value of the Pacifica Hybrid Limited.
Safety is critical when hauling around the most valuable things in someone’s life. The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica has an NHTSA 5-star overall rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the third year. The Pacifica Hybrid Limited trim comes with several safety features as part of the Advanced Safety Tech package, including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, active parking assist, surround-view cameras, and adaptive cruise control.
With our Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s base price of $45,845 and an as-tested price of $50,230, the Pacifica Hybrid certainly isn’t the cheapest way to get all your people and stuff around. That said, it’s one of the best values out there when you consider the hybrid technology, safety features, practicality, and style the Pacifica Hybrid offers. If you need to get your people and stuff around in style while being friendly to the environment, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is for you.