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2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: What You Need to Know

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The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ranks highly in its class because of its quality interior, user-friendly features, balanced handling, and quick acceleration.

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is ranked:

Is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a Good Minivan?

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a great minivan. In addition to its swift acceleration and composed handling, this plug-in hybrid is one of the most efficient vehicles in the class, and it can drive 33 miles on electric power alone. There's also a long list of standard features, including a user-friendly touch screen with smartphone integration. The cabin’s elegant design is highlighted by quality materials. There’s also a ton of room for cargo, though passenger space and comfort are merely so-so.

Should I Buy the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid?

If "hybrid" and "minivan" are two must-have criteria on your new-car shopping list, look no further – the Pacifica Hybrid is the only one on the market. Its retail price of around $40,000 may be off-putting at first, but the value looks better when you consider its long features list, fuel savings, and possible tax credits. Still, it's worth shopping around. The gas-only Chrysler Pacifica costs a lot less than its hybrid counterpart in most cases, and paying more for the hybrid may not be worth it if you don't do a lot of driving. The Honda Odyssey is a top choice in this segment with eight roomy seats, class-leading cargo space, and good fuel economy estimates.

Should I Buy a New or Used Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid?

The Pacifica Hybrid debuted as an all-new model alongside the regular Chrysler Pacifica for the 2017 model year. After adding Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and HD Radio to the standard features list for 2018, Chrysler made few notable updates to the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid, including minor reshuffling of features between various trim levels. There’s also a newly optional S Appearance package, which adds black design elements inside and out. Still, you’re probably better off shopping for a used Pacifica Hybrid instead of a new model, and you’ll likely save thousands of dollars in the process.

We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 15 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid is the right new car for you. This 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid full review incorporates applicable research for all model years in this generation, which spans the 2017 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Cost?

At the time of this writing, Chrysler has not announced pricing for the 2019 Pacifica. The 2018 Pacifica had the highest starting price for minivans at around $40,000.

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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or Chrysler Pacifica?

Choosing between the Pacifica Hybrid and the regular Chrysler Pacifica comes down to how much you prioritize fuel efficiency. There are a few differences when it comes to utility as well. The standard Pacifica seats up to eight, while the hybrid has one less seat. With the nonhybrid version, you'll also get second-row seats that fold flat into the floor. The hybrid's batteries take up that space, but there's no difference in total cargo volume.

The Chrysler Pacifica starts at around $27,000, while the plug-in hybrid retails for around $40,000. You'll save about $950 per year in fuel costs by driving the hybrid, meaning it would take you more than 13 years to make up the hybrid's added cost over the base nonhybrid model. However, the hybrid has an electric-only range and longer list of standard features that add to its value proposition.  

Which Is Better: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid or Honda Odyssey?

After a full redesign for the 2018 model year, the 2019 Honda Odyssey carries over as one of our top-ranked minivans. It should definitely be on your short list if you’re shopping in this segment. The Odyssey has the best performance in the class, thanks to a muscular 280-horsepower V6 and handling that's surprisingly fun and engaging. It certainly can't match the Pacifica Hybrid's fuel efficiency, but the Odyssey is right on track with other vans for gas mileage.

You'll get three rows of spacious seats with the Odyssey, along with around 158 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. A base model Odyssey is slim on features, with only a small display, Bluetooth, and USB ports. However, move up just one trim level to the EX and you'll get features that are standard in the Pacifica Hybrid, like a touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, and blind spot monitoring. That trim also includes heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, road departure warning, and pre-collision braking – all for thousands of dollars less than the base Pacifica Hybrid. Unless you're really set on the Pacifica's hybrid capabilities, go with an Odyssey.

Pacifica Hybrid Interior

How Many People Does the Pacifica Hybrid Seat?

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid seats seven people. Unlike some other minivans, the Pacific Hybrid offers only one seating configuration, with two second-row captain's chairs and three third-row seats. The front seats have ample headroom and provide a commanding view of the road ahead. The middle row has adequate space for travelers, but the small back seats are best left for children. All the seats have somewhat stiff cushions, so don't expect an overly plush chair to sink into. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. You can opt for leather seats, heated or ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and hands-free power sliding doors.

Pacifica Hybrid and Car Seats

The Pacifica Hybrid has four complete sets of LATCH connections. Two are on the second-row seats, and the other two are on the outboard third-row seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. All of the top tether anchors are hard to find, and the third-row tether anchors are easy to mistake for other hardware. It’s also difficult to maneuver your hands around the lower anchors, and it requires noticeable force to attach the car-seat straps.

Pacifica Hybrid Interior Quality

The Pacifica Hybrid’s cabin has a modern design and boasts lots of soft-touch surfaces. There are even high-end options like Nappa leather seats that you may not expect to find in a minivan. Like the Pacifica’s fit and finish, its build quality is good overall, though a discerning eye may find a few things out of place like misaligned stitching or other imperfections.

Pacifica Hybrid Cargo Space

Behind its last row of seats, the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid has 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which isn’t far off what most other minivans offer. The third-row bench seats fold flat down into the floor to open up 87.5 cubic feet of space, which is almost 10 more cubic feet than some rivals in the class. The Pacifica Hybrid lacks the nonhybrid version’s Stow-n-Go middle-row seats, so you'll have to manually remove these seats from the cabin if you want to access the Pacifica's maximum 140.5 cubes of cargo space. The seats are heavy, so plan to have a helper.

Pacifica Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Techies, audiophiles, and families alike will appreciate the wealth of standard and optional convenience and entertainment features in the Pacifica Hybrid. Every model comes with amenities like tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Uconnect can be found in most Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles, and it’s often regarded as one of the best infotainment systems on the market. The screen features large digital buttons and menus that are easy to tap through. It also registers your inputs quickly so you won’t be frustrated with laggy processing times.

Optional features in the Pacifica Hybrid include navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and a 13-speaker Alpine or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. There are two rear-seat entertainment options: a single back-row DVD screen or a whole theater package that comes with two 10-inch seatback touch screens, a 115-volt power outlet, three additional USB ports, a Blu-ray and DVD Player, HDMI inputs, and wireless headphones.

Pacifica Hybrid Performance

Pacifica Hybrid Engine: Rock Down to Electric Avenue

The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a pair of electric motors. The combined 260 horsepower may not seem like a lot for a big vehicle, but hit the gas and you'll change your mind pretty quickly. The Pacifica Hybrid pulls away from a stop briskly thanks to instantly available electric torque. As you keep moving, the powertrain transitions seamlessly from all-electric to gas propulsion. One minor downside is that the V6 engine can be loud at high speeds, and not in a sports-car-like way.

Pacifica Hybrid Gas Mileage: The Clear Choice for Efficiency

At the time of this writing, the EPA has not released official fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid. The very similar 2018 model gets a combined 84 MPGe when running on electricity alone. It has an electric-only range of 33 miles, and it gets 32 mpg combined after the gas engine kicks in. For more information on how MPGe ratings work, check out What Is MPGe?

Pacifica Hybrid Ride and Handling: Balanced and Responsive

The Pacifica Hybrid strikes a nice compromise with its handling and driving dynamics. There's little body roll when taking turns, and the hybrid batteries help give the Pacifica Hybrid a lower center of gravity that improves the ride quality. This van easily smooths out bumps in the pavement, and the cabin is isolated from most outside road and wind noise.

Most hybrid vehicles use a regenerative braking system, which takes energy produced from stopping and transfers it to the hybrid battery to be used again in the future. Many hybrids with this setup have brake pedals that feel mushy, but the Pacifica Hybrid's brakes are strong and responsive, much like a traditional system.

Pacifica Hybrid Reliability

Is the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Reliable?

As of this writing, the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid does not have a predicted reliability rating. Models from previous model years earn above-average scores from J.D. Power.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Warranty

Chrysler backs the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The hybrid battery is covered for 10 years and 100,000 or 150,000 miles, depending on the state you live in.

Pacifica Hybrid Safety

Pacifica Hybrid Crash Test Results

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has not undergone any crash testing. The nearly identical 2018 model received admirable scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Pacifica Hybrid Safety Features

The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid comes standard with a decent assortment of advanced driver assistance features, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

To get any more, you'll have to spring for the top Limited trim and purchase an additional package. That suite of features includes automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a surround-view parking camera, front parking sensors, automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Which Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes in three trim levels: Touring Plus, Touring L, and Limited. The base Touring Plus model is pretty well-equipped, with cool standard features like satellite radio, a user-friendly touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. However, the midrange Touring L strikes a nice balance between value and features with its leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote start, and power liftgate.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring Plus

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid comes standard with cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, HD Radio, an 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Optional features for this trim include a power liftgate, navigation, and a single rear-seat DVD screen.

The available Cold Weather Group includes heated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote start. A rear-seat entertainment package includes two 10-inch seatback touch screens, a 115-volt power outlet, a Blu-ray and DVD Player, three additional USB ports, and wireless headphones.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L

The Pacifica Hybrid Touring L adds leather upholstery, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, remote start, and a power liftgate. Options include navigation, a single rear DVD screen, and the rear-seat entertainment package listed above.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

The Pacifica Hybrid Limited comes with Nappa leather, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, ventilated front seats, hands-free power sliding doors and liftgate, a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, and the rear-seat entertainment package. A panoramic sunroof is optional. The available Advanced SafetyTec Group includes automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a surround-view camera, front parking sensors, automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica is a minivan worth considering whether you're shopping for a hybrid or not. Its balanced performance and great efficiency make it a solid daily driver, and a high-quality cabin and lots of features boost its value. However, most other vans cost less, some offer more passenger or cargo space, and some boast more engaging handling.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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