2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: Truly, out of this world in more ways than one

31 May 2017 | 966 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds If ever there was a car that will make you feel like you stepped right into the middle of the 21st century--ion other words, light years ahead--it's the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Sure it's the looks---they are truly unlike anything else on the road, whether you are talking minivans or just any car. But it's also the wealth of technology, almost overwhelming in quantity and quality. We mean everything from the KeySense system aimed squarely at driver teens, which will not allow the audio system to be operated until they buckle up--to the sometimes bewildering amount of information that you get about what your hybrid dream car is doing. [caption id="attachment_8987" align="alignnone" width="638"] 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid[/caption] And there's that airy, light filled, futuristic interior that wows everybody inside when they get inside. [caption id="attachment_8988" align="alignnone" width="600"] 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid[/caption] Power for the Pacifica plug-in hybrid comes from a 3.6 liter Pentastar Hybrid engine, which includes dual electric motors, all of which combine to produce 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It is combined with a 9 speed  EVT automatic transmission. Fuel economy is rated by the government at 84 MPGe when driving using the combination o electricity and gasoline, and 32 miles per hour using only gasoline.  The Pacifica, when driven on gasoline only, needs 3.1 gallons per 100 miles, and the annual fuel cost is an astonishing $900 per year using gasoline costing $2.45 per gallon.  Yu will save$2,500 in fuel costs over five years. And by the way, you can drive up to 30 miles on just the electric component--and that is a truly good thing.  If you live in a city, especially a mid-sized one, you probably won't be driving 30 miles daily to go back and forth to work, or around the neighborhood to finish errands. So you could conceivably drive under 30 miles a day, charge the car overnight, and you continue to do that everyday, and you will not even need to buy gasoline on many days. And since you have Uconnect, Chrysler's incredibly accessible and easy to operate infotainment system, you can find Hybrid Electric  pages of information that will tell you just about anything you want to know. Meanwhile, with the Uconnect app on your cell phone, you can monitor the mileage, charge level power usage, tire pressure and a host of other things before you even get in the car. That means you will be able to see what things need to be attended to--if that is the case--before you even get into the Pacifica Hybrid. In fact, the Pacifica Hybrid has smart technology that closely watches how you are driving, and can move from gasoline to electric and back depending on how you are operating the car behind the wheel. And thanks to a five-point battery  charge indicator on the dash, you can easily see from outside the car just how the battery charging level is doing. And if you get the Harmon Kardon audio system, you will have up to 20 speakers  in 13 different locations throughout the car to tickle your ears! Our Hybrid Platinum model had a base price of $44,995, and with options, the final price was $47,885. Before starting on our impressions, a word to our readers and potential buyers. It is an absolute must that you read the owners manual on any car or truck before driving, but this is especially true of the Pacifica given its remarkable complexity.  You will not get the best out of this car if you simply just hop in and drive off. Now back to business. The Pacifica Hybrid, like its standard gasoline version, handles beautifully. It corners capably, albeit with a bit of body lean every now and then, and brakes and steering are more than up to par. The design looks like a spaceship on wheels, with its sleek, elegant lines, wide expanses of glass, and the distinctive roofline which is not like any other minivan on the road. How much do you want to spend?  Be aware that the Pacifica has a ton of standard equipment, so make sure you don't inadvertently order more than you need. Chrysler keeps its seven passenger Pacifica lineup simplified and easy to understand--the seven passenger van comes in both Premium and Platinum versions. The Premium has with standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, self-parking and a large touchscreen infotainment display. The Premium comes standard with  3.6-liter V6 engine augmented with dual electric motors and an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Combined horsepower is 260 horsepower. Other features include 17-inch wheels, a 6.6-kWh onboard charger, automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights, power-sliding doors and liftgate, heated power-folding side mirrors, and keyless entry and ignition.
Inside you will find as standard equipment such things as leather seating, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, second-row power windows, and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat. Standard tech includes an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth connectivity, voice commands, and a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio, and USB and auxiliary input jacks. Driver aids include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and an automated parking system for both parallel and perpendicular spaces. It's the Platinum model that will knock your socks off, though. Its standard equipment includes  18-inch wheels, hands-free operation for the sliding doors and liftgate, upgraded leather, a power passenger seat, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a navigation system and the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, which bundles a 13-speaker Alpine audio system, DVD/Blu-ray player, seatback video screens, a household-style power outlet and multiple USB ports. Safety features include rainy day braking, ready alert braking, capless fuel filler, tire inflator kit,  four wheel disc regenerative brakes, hands-free power liftgate, hands-free power sliding doors, remote start system, and Sentry Key Theft deterrent  system. Another feature we would like to see on the Pacifica Hybrid version is hill ascent control. Because of the car's heaviness in the rear what with battery and all, the Pacifica Hybrid had a tendency to roll back a bit on Pittsburgh's hills. It's a bit unsettling when you are waiting t a stoplight on a hill and the Pacifica begins to creep backward. The Platinum also has additional safety features such as adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a surround-view camera. Options are few. For the Premium, you can order a wireless device charging pad. For the Platinum, a panoramic sunroof is available. The warranty package includes 5 year or 60,000 mile limited warranty for the powertrain, 10 year or 100,000 mile hybrid system limited warranty; 10 year or 100,000 mile High Voltage Battery warranty. three year or 36,000 mile powertrain limited warranty. Other than the electric hybrid setup, the interior is far and away the big show to see.  It's incredibly roomy, with stretch out space all around. With the futuristic double window moon roof, the interior takes on a vast, spacious ambiance that makes you want to beg for a road trip. The seats were done in premium Nappa leather in a pale cream shade, withy light blue stitching seen all over the seats and on the dashboard as well. The biggest disadvantage for the hybrid version of the Pacifica is that you won't have Chrysler's really cool Stow 'n Go feature, in which the second row seats disappear into bins below the floor, making for a flat floor.  That is because the batteries use that empty space in the Hybrid. Overall, the Pacifica Hybrid goes to the head of the minivan list for a host of reasons.  

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