Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid
2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Review
- Upscale-looking interior design and materials
- Many available convenience, safety and luxury features
- All-around visibility is excellent
- Nine-speed transmission occasionally exhibits clunky or slow shifts
- Seat padding is on the firm side
- Trim levels reduced to four choices
- All-wheel drive now available
- Some previously optional features are now standard
- Minor cosmetic changes to the interior
- Part of the first Pacifica minivan generation introduced for the 2017 model year
The Chrysler Pacifica makes a solid alternative to the typical default minivan choices from Honda and Toyota, standing out with handsome style, an easily configurable cabin, and abundant safety and tech features. But the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid stands out for another reason altogether: It's today's only hybrid minivan, and a plug-in (i.e., rechargeable) hybrid no less.
Why other automakers haven't yet dabbled in hybrid minivans is a mystery — likely an impossible nexus between soft demand and pricey technology — but credit Chrysler with being first out of the gate. The Pacifica Hybrid's primary appeal is its ability to travel up to 32 miles solely on an electric charge.
Considering that the duty cycle of most minivans involves short trips in and around town, that's a respectable measure of range for handling most daily errands. That you can top up the battery overnight only enhances the appeal. And if you happen to be out driving and exhaust the electric charge, the gas engine takes over and returns 30 mpg in combined driving, which is 8 mpg better than the non-hybrid Pacifica.
The hybrid version does require some concessions, however. It doesn't offer Chrysler's convenient Stow 'n Go seats since the hybrid battery occupies the in-floor space where the seats normally disappear into. But the alternative fixed captain's chairs are actually more comfortable.
The hybrid's battery also adds significant weight, which hinders the Pacifica's acceleration and handling. Granted, these aren't metrics that make or break a minivan, but the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna are noticeably quicker and more dynamic. Fun even. The Pacifica Hybrid is also more expensive than its gas-only counterpart, especially in base trim, although potential fuel savings and tax rebates can lessen the long-term sting.
If you like the idea of covering the day's miles in a minivan powered by electricity, the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the only option. Fortunately, its other qualities make it a worthy alternative to the usual suspects.
In corners, the hybrid isn't especially nimble and its tires don't offer much grip. The steering also feels lighter than the regular Pacifica's, likely because the hybrid's additional weight (more than 600 pounds) calls for more steering assist. But it tracks straight and true when cruising.
Despite the smooth and calm ride, noise is a mixed bag. The minivan is hushed in EV mode, but it's capable of getting quite noisy when the gas engine is running. The climate controls are easy to use, and the air conditioning is quite effective at cooling the whole cabin on hot days (three-zone control is standard).
The rear rows are just as comfortable. The second-row seats slide and recline and offer a gap that allows easy access to the third row. The third row, though, feels smaller and more kid-oriented than the third rows of some competitors
The Pacifica comes standard with voice controls for audio, phone calls and voice text reply (Apple's Siri Eyes Free is also available with the optional 8.4-inch display system). The van can also be fitted with an effective suite of driver assistance systems, but it's disappointing that they don't come standard.
Car seat anchors for child seats in the second and third rows are easy to access, and the hybrid's sliding second-row seats offer added room for bulky rear-facing seats. Power-sliding side doors are a real benefit too. And while the non-hybrid Pacifica can tow up to 3,600 pounds, the hybrid isn't recommended for towing.
Despite the lofty price, the interior isn't quite as nice in person as it looks in photos. The seats are decent, but the overall fit and finish isn't especially impressive. But Chrysler does offer a lengthy warranty on hybrid components and the battery as well as five years of roadside assistance.
And while the extra weight befuddles its driving dynamics, the Pacifica Hybrid is still a full-fledged plug-in hybrid that can go 32 miles on electricity and sip gas to the tune of 30 mpg. It's also a fully functional minivan. That's an unprecedented combination and leaves the Pacifica Hybrid with the field to itself.
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2020 Chrysler Pacifica models
The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a three-row minivan with seven-passenger seating, available in three well-equipped trim levels: Touring, Touring L and Limited.
All models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine augmented with two electric motors (260 horsepower total). A 16-kWh battery pack provides the electric miles, and it can fully recharge in about two hours from a 240-volt power supply.
The Touring comes with all you need for the daily hustle: power-sliding doors, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and three-zone climate control. An 8.4-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and USB/auxiliary jacks provide the tunes and connectivity. Standard driver aids include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross-traffic alert system.
The Touring L amplifies some premium touches by adding a power liftgate, leather upholstery and heated front seats. But the Limited goes all in with features such as hands-free-opening liftgate and sliding doors, upgraded leather, ventilated front seats, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a Uconnect Theater rear entertainment system, and a 20-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system.
The Limited is exclusively available with more sophisticated driver aids, such as forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, a 360-degree parking camera and a self-parking system. These are bundled in the Advanced SafetyTec package. A panoramic sunroof is also available with the Limited trim.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Pacifica models:
- Forward Collision Warning Plus
- Uses a camera and radar to detect an imminent collision, issues alerts and primes the brake system. Initiates emergency braking if necessary.
- Warns you if you start to deviate from your lane without using a turn signal. Vibrates the steering wheel to get your attention.
- Adaptive Cruise with Stop and Hold
- Maintains distance between the Pacifica and the vehicle in front of it. Can bring the Pacifica to a complete stop.
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover11.6%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Overview
The Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Hybrid Limited 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT), Hybrid Touring L 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT), Hybrid Limited 35th Anniversary Edition 4dr Minivan w/Prod. End 01/20 (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT), Hybrid Touring 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT), Hybrid Red S 4dr Minivan (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT), and Hybrid Touring L 35th Anniversary Edition 4dr Minivan w/Prod. End 01/20 (3.6L 6cyl gas/electric plug-in hybrid EVT). Pre-owned Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid models are available with a 3.6 L-liter plug-in hybrid engine, with output up to 260 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: electrically variable-speed automatic. The Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid?
Price comparisons for Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid trim styles:
- The Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Hybrid Limited is priced between $47,590 and$48,999 with odometer readings between 8197 and23442 miles.
- The Used 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid Hybrid Touring L is priced between $44,990 and$46,850 with odometer readings between 3834 and10489 miles.
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