The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: A comfortable and spacious PHEV minivan

Price: The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid starts at $46,760 before state and federal incentives.

The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivan has exceptional fuel economy. It’s actually a plug-in hybrid capable of the equivalent of 82mpg.

What is the difference between a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid? The plug-in hybrid (often referred to as a PHEV, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) has a more powerful battery than a straight-ahead hybrid, meaning it can travel a useful distance on electricity alone.

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In the case of the Pacifica Hybrid, that could be up to 32 miles. For families who use their minivan for regular short hops like the school run, they could charge a Pacifica Hybrid (that’s the plug-in part) every night and almost never use gas. But there’s still a V-6 engine on board for those occasional road trips.

Elsewhere, the Pacifica Hybrid performs admirably as a comfortable and spacious transport for up to seven occupants, with attractive features such as power-operated sliding side doors as standard, as well as a comprehensive array of safety features.

The non-hybrid 2022 Chrysler Pacifica will be tested separately. This model offers all-wheel drive.

The Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler

2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Prices

The cheapest 2022 Pacifica Hybrid has a MSRP of $46,760 plus a destination fee. The non-hybrid Pacifica range starts at a lower trim level, this hybrid version starts with Touring L trim.

The Limited starts at $51,055 and the top Pinnacle trim is $55,035. In this extremely well-appointed location, there aren’t many ways to push the price up any further.

The main competitor is the Toyota TM,
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Sienna, whose entire range uses a hybrid powertrain (but not a plug-in hybrid). This model also offers all-wheel drive. The Sienna starts at around $35,000 and seats eight. A fairer comparison might be the next XLE trim at around $41,000.

Entry-level prices for non-hybrid competitors like the Honda HMC,
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Odyssey and Kia 000270,
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Carnival is practically $10,000 less than a 2022 Pacifica Hybrid, with the second-lowest trim costing between $3,500 and $5,500 more.

Also remember that the 2022 Pacifica Hybrid is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit. Various state subsidies reduce the final amount even further. And then there’s the fuel economy.

Before you buy, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area have paid for their new Pacifica Hybrid. Toyota and Honda have the strongest resale values.

Also check out: The 2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid is an enticing blend of performance and fuel economy

Driving the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

First, there’s no real learning curve for handling a plug-in hybrid. You can drive it like a normal vehicle. Put it in gear, check the surroundings and off you go, steer and brake if necessary.

It’s easy in the Pacifica Hybrid. Outward visibility is enhanced with an elevated driving position along with blind spot monitoring. Maneuvering is assisted by a 360-degree camera system and parking sensors at both ends with automatic braking.

However, in order to use the capacity of the hybrid battery optimally, you should get used to refilling it at night or in parking lots with charging stations. And familiarize yourself with the location of the EV Mode button.

A new feature in the 2022 Pacifica Hybrid is a maximum regeneration message that appears in the instrument cluster when recovered braking energy or certain conditions result in optimal fuel economy.

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interior comfort

The regular Pacifica starts as an 8 seater. The 2022 Pacifica Hybrid offers seven seats, with two captain’s chairs in the second row as standard. The third row can be folded into the floor if more cargo space is needed.

Space and comfort are also plentiful in the third row. There are 10 cup holders, up to 12 USB ports and now an N95 cabin filter that stops 95% of particles including bacteria, pollen and other allergens from entering the cabin.

An interior FamCam camera is offered so adults in the front seats can watch the antics of these less mature passengers. Even the entry-level model still has a convex “conversation mirror” above the usual rear-view mirror for looking into the rear of the Pacifica Hybrid.

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The Chrysler Pacifica has a vacuum to suck up all those Cheerios.

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Despite the extra hardware, this plug-in hybrid model doesn’t compromise on cargo space compared to its non-hybrid stablemate. Behind the rearmost row is 32.3 cubic feet of luggage space. Maximum cargo volume behind the front seats is 140.5 cubic feet. That’s pretty good, but when that aspect is particularly important, the Honda Odyssey performs better.

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exterior styling

We’ve all seen hybrid cars that look different than regular cars and make any eco-friendly statement the driver wants to make. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t.

A few subtle badges aside, the casual observer would assume this was just another minivan, not the marvel of fuel-efficient family transport that it truly is. But people don’t buy minivans for looks, which is influenced by the practical considerations of accommodating three rows of seats, plenty of headroom and ample luggage space.

Where a minivan is superior to an SUV is in the low step-in height and sliding side doors that make getting in and out so easy.

favorite functions

Hands-free side sliding doors
Most of the time, parents need a second pair of hands, but especially when trying to get the herd into the car. Or in this case minivan. A foot movement opens the side doors or the tailgate. Touring L has these on the options list and they are standard in the top two trims.

Uconnect Theater
It’s a grand-sounding name for a rear-seat entertainment system, but this is a pretty awesome setup. It now includes Amazon AMZN,
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Fire TV for automatic streaming of content, apps, and games, plus a Blu-ray player, two 10.1-inch screens, a 115-volt household outlet, a cabin camera, and a vacuum cleaner. Those in the front can enjoy features on the infotainment touchscreen when the vehicle is in Park. Standard on Pinnacle equipment, optional on Touring L and Limited.

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standard functions

The entry-level 2022 Pacifica Hybrid features 17-inch alloy wheels, power side doors, power liftgate, keyless entry/start, remote start, tri-zone climate control, N95 cabin air filter, heated/leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, 8-way power driver’s seat (with memory settings), simulated leather seating surfaces, auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage door opener, and sunshades for second and third row seats.

Safety and driver assistance features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, 360-degree camera system, front/rear parking sensors with auto-stop, longitudinal self-parking – and perpendicular parking spaces and automatic high beam.

A 10.1-inch touchscreen controls the infotainment system, wireless Apple AAPL,
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CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Amazon Alexa compatibility, voice commands and satellite radio.

factory options

Limited ups the luxury quotient with dual-pane sunroof, Nappa leather seating surfaces, hands-free operation of sliding side doors and tailgate (optional on Touring L), heated/ventilated front seats, 8-way power passenger side seat, heated 2nd row seats .row, vacuum cleaner, navigation and a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

Pinnacle comes with quilted Nappa leather seating surfaces, second-row lumbar pillows, 18-inch alloy wheels, a ritzier center console, and the Unconnect Theater package, which now includes Amazon Fire TV for Car. Depending on configuration, the 2022 Pacifica Hybrid offers up to 12 USB ports, including USB-C versions.

The Touring L trim is also compatible with an Alpine 13 speaker sound system when ordered with the Uconnect Theater bundle.

engine and gears

The 2022 Pacifica Hybrid puts out a muscular 260 hp in total and features a 3.6-liter V6 (running regular 87-octane gasoline) and two electric motors powered by a lithium-ion battery. An automatic transmission transmits the drive to the front wheels.

The Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 32 miles on battery power alone. With a full tank and battery, the total range is 520 miles.

The Environmental Protection Agency calculates miles-per-gallon equivalent (MPGe) values ​​for plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. The 2022 Pacifica Hybrid is estimated to achieve 82 MPGe in combined driving (a mix of 45% highway and 55% city). When running as a conventional hybrid, it averages around 30mpg. These EPA numbers are for the 20221 Pacifica Hybrid; We don’t expect them to change for the 2022 model.

Read: Your Complete Guide to MPGe, the Electrical Equivalent of Miles per Gallon

3.6L V6/Twin electric motors, 16kWh battery
260 hp total system
EPA city/highway combined fuel economy: 30 mpg / 82 MPGe
Range on battery only: 32 miles

This story originally continued KBB.com.

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