Youíll find a lot of threads about the differences if you search. The big difference is lack of StowíníGo. For me, SnG was the feature that pushed me to Chrysler when I bought my old van in 2009. I used it quite a bit over the years. Iím going to miss it with my new Hybrid.
The inability to tow on the Hybrid may or may not matter to you.
The 2018s didnít have memory seats, which pushed me towards the 19. I was also concerned about how long the 18s have been sitting on the lot. In my experience, batteries that arenít properly maintained develop issues at a much higher rate than those which are regulaly used.
Lack of power fold rear seats is an advantage, to me. Itís pulling two cords per seat, and the process happens faster manually than powered. I can get impatient. The power sliding doors donít close as quickly as my old manual sliders, which I find somewhat irritating. One less thing to go wrong, too.
You should go drive a PacHy. It drives very differently than a conventional transmission. Pretty good handling for a van, too.
For me, the economics of the PacHy won out over the features of the gas version. Weíll see how that plays out in practice. Yesterday I drove to work and back without using any gas, which was both expected and trippy. Iím amazed that a 5,000lbs vehicle can do that.