The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is not only the first hybrid minivan — that alone is a milestone achievement for this class — it's a plug-in hybrid.
The Hybrid doesn't rely solely on its gasoline engine to help generate electricity; it can tap it from the utility company. Fully charged, you can expect to drive about 30 miles on battery power alone.
As a unique vehicle in its own right, the Pacifica Hybrid offers a fairly simple trim and options strategy: two trims, one option each. The Premium trim comes nicely equipped with leather seating. power-sliding doors and liftgate, heated front seats, Bluetooth, and an infotainment system anchored by a central 8.4-inch touchscreen display. If you need to get the most for the least, you can't beat the Premium. The lone option is a DVD player with a rear-seat overhead screen (also includes HDMI, USB and video inputs).
With the DVD option, however, you're not far away from the Platinum trim. The Platinum includes an even better entertainment system (Blu-ray player, seatback displays, wireless headphones, a 13-speaker Alpine sound system), as well as enhanced driver safety aids such as a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking. The sliding doors and liftgate also offer a hands-free opening function at the Platinum level, which will prove more useful every day than you can imagine. The Platinum is almost worth it for this feature alone. There's only one option for the Platinum: an expansive (and expensive) panoramic sunroof.
It's also important to remember that shoppers buying a new Pacifica Hybrid are eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, in addition to any state or local incentives. That helps reduce the sticker shock on this hybrid minivan. Use Edmunds shopping and comparison tools to better survey the full minivan landscape, but if you want a hybrid minivan, your choice for now is clear.
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