Kelly Blue Book recently published their thoughts on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and they’re giving it and overall big blue thumbs up.
Moving up from a gas sipping Honda Civic or a Chevy Cruze to something larger like a three row minivan may be enough to give you a mileage rating shock. Chrysler’s Pacifica is supposed to have a combined city/highway mileage of 22 mpg and a highway rating of 28 mpg. Not bad for a minivan that seats 8 and it’s not even a hybrid but still a far cry from the 30+ mpg rating you’re used to with a Civic.
We’ll that’s where the Pacifica Hybrid comes in. It’ll have a 16-kWh battery installed under the second row floor for a 530-mile gas and electric driving range. That’s around 80 miles per gallon equivalent and an all-electric driving range of 30 miles. If you tend to drive less than 30 miles per day then you could basically drive around for days on end without ever using a drop of gas. As far as we know, no other vehicle can claim a similar EV range while ferrying seven people and their things.
The only downside to the Pacifica Hybrid is the lack of Stow 'n Go seats. Because the battery is placed where the folded seats would have gone, Chrysler had to remove the option but they did make up for it by replacing the second row seats with captain's chairs.
Although you would be paying a premium for the Pacifica Hybrid, some of the cost will be absorbed by the federal and state tax credits that the minivan is eligible for since it is an eco-friendly vehicle. Depending on the location, buyers can get up to $7,500 in tax credits thus making the premium more manageable if you decide to lease or finance the Pacifica.