2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid review: Practical plug-in

The up-to-date styling is just not for all people, but most of us dig it.

The up-to-date styling is just not for all people, but most of us dig it.

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The Chrysler Pacifica minivan will get a quantity of updates for 2021, which include a fancy new Pinnacle trim, upgraded technology and some styling tweaks. The Pacifica Hybrid returns, as nicely, and it really is out there throughout the van’s lineup. If you are wanting for minivan features with a significant increase of effectiveness, this is a critically persuasive alternative — with 1 massive caveat.


  • Superb infotainment
  • Strong driving manners
  • Plug-in hybrid effectiveness

Will not Like

  • Isn’t going to act like a genuine PHEV
  • All-wheel travel is just not out there

Plug-in hybrids are great simply because they offer serious electric variety in addition to the uncomplicated convenience of obtaining a gasoline motor. Chrysler claims the Pacifica Hybrid can travel 32 miles on battery electricity on your own, which is more than enough for most people’s commutes. The difficulty is, the Pacifica doesn’t permit you pick when to use the battery electricity. Most plug-ins will give the driver the alternative to decide on this themselves — for case in point, you can use electric electricity in the city but the run the gasoline motor on the highway the place it really is most productive. In the Pacifica, nonetheless, the sixteen-kilowatt-hour battery expends its juice right from the get-go, and when it really is out, the van switches above to remaining a typical hybrid, adding compact amounts of electric aid to the 3.six-liter V6.

Chrysler claims its study suggests that customers really don’t want to fret about switching in between modes and want the method to be actually straightforward. So my question is: Why make it a plug-in? If I have to plug the van in to a Amount two charger for two hrs, I want the gain of remaining capable to use whole EV electricity on my very own terms.

About a week of screening, I saw an regular of 29.two miles per gallon. I included 67.seven miles electrically and 316.8 miles with the gasoline motor performing the weighty lifting. If I’d been capable to pick when these battery miles had been applied, I most likely could’ve carried out far better than 29.two general. The EPA provides the 2021 Pacifica Hybrid a merged fuel economic system ranking of 82 miles per gallon equivalent, or 30 mpg when you are only relying on the gasoline motor. That is a quite great boost above the 22-mpg merged ranking of the gasoline-only Pacifica, but yet again, it could do far better. For case in point, the hybrid-only Toyota Sienna doesn’t use a plug-in set up, and it really is rated at 36 mpg merged all the time.

Despite this plug-in disappointment, the Pacifica Hybrid is quite great to travel. The electric repeatedly variable transmission is exceptionally sleek, and the added excess weight of the battery in the center of the van’s ground lowers the middle of gravity, which helps with dealing with. Chrysler claims the full merged output of the plug-in hybrid method is 260 horsepower, which is a good deal, and it really is only out there with entrance-wheel travel. If you want a hybrid with all-wheel travel, check out out the Toyota Sienna. Even so, for the duration of California’s initially massive rainstorm of the year, the Pacifica Hybrid is surefooted and the rain-sensing wipers react right away to variations in depth.

The new Uconnect five tech is awesome.

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Inside, my Pacifica Limited has the Crimson S visual appeal bundle with Rodeo Crimson leather seats in all a few rows. I personally love the incongruous decision of sporty red leather in a minivan, but these with much more regular preferences may possibly believe it really is a bit considerably. The 2nd row captain’s chairs are comfortable but I want the seat to be greater. Sitting right here I come to feel like my knees are just a minor far too close to my ears. The pass-by to the third row is broad more than enough for me to maneuver my adult-sized butt back there, and the seats are incredibly roomy. I’d sit back there on a street journey. For serious.

The bummer right here is that the Pacifica’s tremendous-great Stow-N-Go seats, which fold completely flat into the ground, are not out there with the plug-in powertrain. That is the place the battery lives, so there is no way to stow the seats beneath. You also won’t be able to get the Pacifica Hybrid with the van’s crafted-in vacuum cleaner, so be well prepared to choose up these Cheerios by hand. The spare tire, heated 2nd row seats and towing set up are a no-go, as nicely.

New for this year is the FamCam interior digicam that helps drivers maintain an eye on their minor ones. Mother and father can even see their minor darlings in rear-going through kid seats and zoom in on a specific seat. Second-row young ones get the out there Uconnect Theatre leisure method with all kinds of game titles to maintain them occupied on extensive drives — every thing from Sudoku to Again Seat Bingo is packed inside of, and young ones can stream content material from their units, far too.

Quite sporty seats for a minivan.

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Charging alternatives are abundant on my Limited tester, with two USB-A and USB-C ports, as nicely as wireless charging up entrance, a middle console with USB-A and USB-C outlets and a 12-volt outlet. Second row travellers every get a USB-A, HDMI and a headphone jack, and a 115-volt, a hundred and fifty-watt outlet. 3rd row kiddos every get a USB-A and USB-C port. Nobody’s machine must be at everything fewer than 100% at the stop of a street journey.

The Pacifica will get Chrysler’s new Uconnect five infotainment tech for 2021, and it really is a massive enhancement above what is now an excellent method. The general layout is nonetheless the exact, but processing moments are a lot quicker, the graphics are cleaned up and it will come on a typical 10-inch touchscreen. Further more, the residence display can be personalized for up to six consumers, comprehensive with favorite media, weather and seat configurations. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are right here per regular, but Amazon Alexa joins the social gathering, as nicely. Alexa can do things like start out the car or truck although the driver is nonetheless inside of the house and will also management media and check out information, site visitors and weather and access tons of other Alexa skills.

Driver-guidance technology will get a increase for 2021 with new automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and a good deal of typical ADAS features that had been at the time optional. Ahead-collision warning, adaptive cruise management, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping aid are now typical this year.

I actually like the adaptive cruise management method in the Pacifica. It is fast to speed up about slower motor vehicles that transfer out of my lane and it applies the brakes effortlessly when the car or truck ahead slows down.

The Pacifica Hybrid is practically a great plug-in.

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The Pacifica Hybrid commences at $41,490 which include $one,495 for destination and extends to $fifty two,340 for the new Pinnacle trim. Keep in intellect that opting for a plug-in hybrid usually means you may possibly be qualified for a $seven,five hundred federal tax credit as nicely as point out and neighborhood incentives. My Limited tester will come out to $50,825.

On the other hand, I am not absolutely sure the Pacifica Hybrid would be my initially decision for a minivan. Of course, it really is considerably much more productive than the gasoline-only Pacifica, but not remaining in management of when my electrons are applied is a bit of a drag. It may possibly be much more worthwhile to go with the Toyota Sienna, which is just not as fashionable and the Entune method pales in comparison to Uconnect, but it will get 36 mpg merged without the need of at any time obtaining to plug in. Furthermore, if you stay the place there is now, the all-wheel travel will assistance.

Still, the Pacifica excels, with great tech and quality style and design. It is uncomplicated to travel and it has more than enough out there leisure to maintain the minor ones entertained for hrs. Give me the alternative to pick my very own EV driving and it may possibly be the great van.