The Chrysler Pacifica has a lot made for it. It has more style than the typical minivan. Its Stow ‘n Go seats offers easy transport of large items. The infotainment system is easy to use. There are abundant safety and tech features to choose from. And almost all of this features transfers over to the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid.
Sure, the hybrid does not get the second-row Stow ‘n Go seats (the hybrid battery fits in their storage compartment), but the fixed captain’s chairs in their position are actually more comfortable. Plus, that hybrid powertrain greatly improves fuel economy since its plug-in capability allows for about 33 miles of electric range on a full charge. For some drivers, that is enough to avoid using gasoline for weeks or even longer. Once you do go out of electricity, the EPA estimates that it will return 32 mpg combined, which is 10 mpg higher than the standard van.
By some minivan standards, the Pacifica Hybrid also has some drawbacks. The 2019 Honda Odyssey, for example, is great to drive, is more spacious, and has a more versatile seating setup. It’s also worth noting that the Pacifica Hybrid is greatly more expensive than the gas-only Pacifica van, especially at base trim levels. There are potential fuel savings and tax rebates to consider, but those are not realized at the time of purchase.
In the end, if you’re looking for a minivan with plug-in power, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the only option available there. It isn’t our favorite van, but it certainly has several virtues that make it worth considering.
Aside from the shuffling of some standard and optional features, the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is not yet changed.
The most appealing Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the Limited trim level. It is the most expensive version of the plug-in seven-seater, but it also has a serious suite of gear. On top of all the base equipment, you get adaptive cruise control, heated and ventilated front seats, and USB ports in both rear rows. What’s more, the Pacifica Hybrid Limited is the only trim level where you can get the optional Advanced SafetyTec Group that includes a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, lane departure mitigation, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and forward parking sensors. It has a lot of feature content in, even if it is a bit pricey.
Trim levels & features
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a three-row minivan that seats seven passengers. It’s offered in three well-equipped trim levels: Touring Plus, Touring L and Limited.
Every Pacifica Hybrid has a 3.6-liter V6 engine augmented with two electric motors (260 horsepower total). It can travel about 33 miles on electric power alone. After that, the V6 and normal hybrid operation take over. A 240-volt power supply can fully recharge the 16-kWh battery pack in about two hours.
Standard exterior features on the Touring Plus include 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, power-sliding doors, heated mirrors and keyless entry and ignition. Inside, you’ll discover an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat (with four-way power lumbar), a driver information display, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, cloth upholstery, second-row power windows and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat.
Technology features include an 8.4-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, voice commands, and a six-speaker audio system with HD and satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary jack. Standard driver aids include also a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. The Cold Weather Group adds heated front seats and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. A power liftgate is offered as a stand-alone option.
The Touring L adds the power liftgate, roof rails, remote ignition, an upgraded center console, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the Cold Weather Group, leather upholstery, and second- and third-row window shades. The Premium Audio Group adds an eight-way power passenger seat, second- and third-row USB ports, active noise control and a 13-speaker Alpine sound system.
Both Touring models can be gotten with a navigation system, which also includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, and a rear-seat entertainment system that has a DVD player and a single overhead display screen.
Upgrades to the top-level Limited are much. On the outside, the Limited includes automatic high-beam control, power-folding mirrors (with driver-side auto-dimming), automatic wipers, chrome trim, and hands-free operation for the sliding doors and liftgate. Inside, you’ll find adaptive cruise control, upgraded leather, an upgraded steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, ventilated front seats, the navigation system, and the Premium Audio Group contents. A 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system is available for the Limited as well.
Optional on the Limited is the Uconnect Theater w/ Streaming package that includes a Blu-ray player, two seatback video screens, a household-style power outlet, wireless headphones and wireless streaming from connected Android devices. The Limited’s optional Advanced SafetyTec Group adds front parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a 360-degree parking camera. A panoramic sunroof and 18-inch wheels are also optional.
Standard on the Limited and optional on the other models is a secondary driver key that Chrysler calls KeySense. Intended for younger drivers and valets, this key starts the car in a mode that limits top speed and volume, keeps all driver aids activated and restricts user-defined satellite radio channels.
Each vehicle typically lands in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our initial testing of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited (3.6L V6 plug-in hybrid | CVT automatic | FWD).
Whether you need to evaluate using minivan or hybrid standards, the Pacifica Hybrid performs well. It’s considerably heavier because of its hybrid componentry, but you won’t observe it much in everyday driving. Acceleration is decent, and it’s easy to drive.
There is only a total of 260 horsepower, and the Hybrid weighs more than a regular Pacifica. Even so, acceleration from a stop is brisk thanks to the electric motor’s added low-end torque output.
In regular driving, the brakes are easy to modulate with a short pedal travel, and they have good feel and response for a car with regenerative braking.
The steering is well-weighted and it’s easy to maintain stability on the highway. But it communicates very little about what the wheels are doing when you’re going around turns. In low road-grip situations, good steering feel can bolster driver confidence.
Considering the Pacifica Hybrid’s substantial weight, handling is fine as long as you don’t do your best Mario Andretti impression. Body roll is kept in check, and it makes it around corners well, even if the steering doesn’t feel all that precise. Midcorner bumps are dispatched with few issues.
Shifting to L noticeably ramps up the regenerative braking force when lifting off the gas pedal. Staying in normal D mode makes for more natural braking feel. The handoff from regen to mechanical brakes is imperceptible.
There’s a lot of room in the Pacifica, but the seating position in the second row can be a little tight. The overly firm seat cushions compromise comfort, too. But the ride quality is smooth and calm.
All three rows have firm padding, so you may not find the seats to be quite as comfortable as those on other minivans. The second- and third-row seats recline but don’t slide forward or back for comfort. The second-row seats are just large enough for adults; the third row is most suitable for kids.
The Pacifica Hybrid goes down the road comfortably and with poise. It’s seldom bothered by small or large road imperfections. Dipping a wheel into a pothole sends a shudder through the cabin, but there’s little jostle when the wheel returns.
noise & vibration
There is minimal road noise and only a small amount of wind noise created by the mirrors at highway speeds. You get the bonus of quiet all-electric operation at low speeds, though the Hybrid’s V6 engine can be noisy when it’s running.
Climate can be controlled through knobs and buttons on the dash or through the touchscreen. Both ways are relatively easy to use. The air conditioning does a good job of keeping the entire cabin cool on hot days. Three-zone climate control is standard.
Whether you’re making the daily commute or spending a long weekend on the highway, the Pacifica Hybrid’s cabin is a pleasant place to be. Judged strictly by the numbers, the Pacifica Hybrid is marginally smaller than rivals, but it feels just as spacious as class leaders.
ease of use
The controls inside the Pacifica Hybrid are intuitive and easy to use. The buttons are large and easy to locate within arm’s reach of the driver. Touchscreen controls are laid out well with frequently used commands available from the main home screen.
getting in/getting out
The front seats are mounted a bit high, but there’s a low floor and high ceiling to help out. The sliding rear passenger doors provide a generous opening for entering and exiting or for loading child seats, and there’s a large gap between the second-row seats to access the third row.
The highly adjustable front seats and a tilt-and-telescoping wheel make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. The steering wheel feels large, solid and hefty in your hands.
From the front seats, the Pacifica Hybrid feels relatively large, with ample headroom and hiproom. Legroom in the second and third rows is just average by minivan standards. The third row is far more accommodating than a Highlander Hybrid’s.
The massive windows, big mirrors and clear lines of sight make it very easy to see out of the Pacifica Hybrid. Blind-spot monitoring, rear parking sensors and a rearview camera come standard, and a 360-degree surround-view camera is optional.
At first glance, the Pacifica Hybrid presents an upscale vibe with nice soft-touch surfaces. But on closer inspection, things are less than perfect, with crooked stitching on the steering wheel and door panels, for example.
It is not the largest in class but only falls behind leaders such as the Honda Odyssey by a few cubic feet. The Hybrid does not offer Stow ‘n Go seating in the second row due to the battery pack. The seats can be removed as in other vans. The third-row seat still folds into the floor.
The center console storage is large enough for big water bottles and a few snacks. There are small pockets everywhere in the cabin, including cupholders, cubbies and magazine slots. Got a million little things? They’ll all fit here.
Though it is not as roomy as gas-only minivans, the Pacifica Hybrid offers more cargo space than competing hybrid or EV crossovers. You get a massive 32.3 cubic feet behind the rear seats, which fold flat at the touch of a button.
child safety seat accomodation
The rear sliding doors provide great access for loading car seats. There are two sets of LATCH anchors in the second and third rows, but accessing them isn’t the easiest.
Pacifica Hybrid’s Uconnect is one of the easiest infotainment systems to use, thanks to a large 8.4-inch touchscreen display, clear graphics and controls.
audio & navigation
Uconnect is one of the best systems in the class. The controls are easy to understand with a convenient menu on the lower portion of the screen for main commands. Navigation info can be displayed on the center screen or within the gauges for easy viewing.
It’s easy to plug in, boot up and index music quickly via the USB ports. No problems connecting devices via Bluetooth either. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for 2018. Rear USB ports not offered on base trim.
A rearview camera, blind-spot monitor and rear parking sensors are standard. Adaptive cruise control (ACC), lane departure warning and intervention, and a 360-degree camera come optional. ACC is overly sensitive, often creates a large following distance, then brakes hard when there’s a minor slowing.
The Pacifica Hybrid lands standard with voice controls for audio, phone calls and voice text reply.