America’s First and Only Hybrid Minivan: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Beats Out the Competition

July 12th, 2019 by

America’s First and Only Hybrid Minivan

America’s families have asked and Chrysler has delivered. Introducing America’s first hybrid minivan, and the largest hybrid vehicle in the U.S., the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the best of its class. The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid, according to Business Insider, still outranks Honda and Toyota’s comparable models. Now at Mount Airy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat, you can take the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid for a spin and fall in love with a vehicle that delivers the greatest fuel efficiency, electric mileage, and style for your money today.

At a glance:

  • America’s largest hybrid vehicle
  • The most technologically advanced seven-passenger hybrid
  • MSRP: From $40,245
  • $7500 tax credit
  • 3 rows of family-friendly seating
  • The best combination of safety and fun for your next road trip


Hybrids: A More than Happy Medium

Hybrid vehicles are a great gateway to the world of plug-ins and electric vehicles. For an everyday vehicle to run errands, commutes, and kids all around, a hybrid means you lose very little by gaining a plug and enough electric range for many people to never use a drop of gas.

The Pacifica Hybrid is specifically a great vehicle for families who can’t make the leap to a fully electric vehicle. Hybrids are reasonable; with a lack of infrastructure in place, such as the absence of charging stations for electric vehicles right now in North Carolina, electric vehicles just aren’t cut out for out-of-town family visits or longer road trips. But for those who want to keep their driving local or cut down emissions, or go entirely tailpipe-emissions free, the Pacifica Hybrid is the way to go.


Saving You Money, and Saving You Time

Charging an electric vehicle isn’t as fast as pumping gasoline for sure, but it does not have to have to take up all of your time. You can charge your battery at home in only two hours with the available 240-volt Level II charger.

In comparison…

The Pacifica Hybrid 2019’s quick charge in just two hours is faster than the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid, and the Chevrolet Volt. We’d say that’s pretty quick!

  • Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: 2 hours
  • Chevrolet Volt: 2.3 hours
  • Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid: 3.0 hours
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV: 3.5 hours


Safe. Secure. Sound.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has over 100 standard and available safety and security features. Some of these impressive features include:

  • Available full-speed forward collision with active braking
  • Available LaneSense lane departure warning with lane keep assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with stop and go
  • Available 360 degree surround-view camera
  • Fog Front driving lights
  • ParkSense with Stop Parking assist

And what’s the overall NHTSA safety rating? It shouldn’t be surprising that the Pacifica Hybrid received a 5/5 rating.

What is the total combined driving range of the Pacifica Hybrid? The Pacifica Hybrid has an 82 MPG rating, and a 32-mile electric range with an incredible total driving range of up to 520 miles. All of those family vacations you have been dreaming of? Totally within your reach.


Crunching Numbers and Configurations:

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid at a glance includes:

  • Payload: 1,313 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 yr/36,000 miles basic, or a 5 yr/60,000 miles powertrain
  • Curb weight: 4,987 lbs
  • Fuel tank capacity: 16.5 gallons
  • Engine: 3.6L V-6
  • Transmission: 1-speed automatic
  • Power: @ rpm
  • Drivetrain: front-wheel

The configurations range from:

  • Touring Plus: $40,245
  • Touring L: $42,445
  • Limited: $45,795


Specs: Riding in Style and Comfort

The interior of the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is designed to impress. With the most innovative seating and storage in its class and an eco-chic design, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is as family friendly as it is environmentally friendly.

The basic trim includes ABS and driveline traction control, with 17-inch polished and painted accented aluminum wheels. Climate control in the vehicle truly gives control to everyone in the vehicle. The Pacifica includes front air conditioning, dual-zone automatic, and rear air conditioning as well. It may be cold in the driver’s seat but are the kids complaining about being hot in the back? Separate controls in the back ensure everyone in the vehicle is comfortable.

For radio-aficionados, the Pacifica comes standard with SiriusXM, AM/FM/HD/Satellite, and a seek-scan radio, all controlled by two first row LCD monitors. These monitors feature the most advanced entertainment system available in seven-passenger hybrid, meaning fun, immersive, and smart interaction for the whole family. All of the doors on the Pacifica include Keyfob Remote keyless entry. It also includes heated mirrors, cloth seat trim, driver lumbar support, and a 60-40 split-bench third-row seats.

The Touring Plus trim provides the driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback, heated front seats, and a leather seat trim.

The additional or replacing feature on Touring L trim includes Nappa leather seat trim, driver and passenger lumbar support, a navigation system, a panoramic sunroof, 20 speaker Harman Kardon sound, a $775 S Appearance package, and a 120 AC outlet.


What does the Pacifica Hybrid cost?

The price ranges from $41,490 to $51,050 depending on the trim levels.


Does the Pacifica Hybrid qualify for a tax credit?

When you purchase an electric vehicle, you may be eligible for a one-time federal tax credit of up to $7500, which is not an incentive guaranteed for other hybrid vehicles on the market. It’s worth noting that this nonrefundable credit doesn’t carry over year to year, so make sure you take advantage of this tax credit while you can. You can receive a portion of the $7500 tax credit even if your tax liability is below $7500. Ask our team at Mount Airy CDJRF if you’re interested in learning more about the tax incentives available to you.


The Pacifica Hybrid: How does it work on a long haul? What if you can’t plug in to charge?

While the Pacifica doesn’t have enough battery capacity to go entirely on electric power, it can be used as fully electric around town, and as a hybrid for long trips. With a quiet ride inside, excellent captain’s chairs in the first and second rows, and room for seven total passengers, there’s nothing keeping you from enjoying a road trip in this vehicle.

The Pacifica Hybrid delivers more usable all-electric range than most other plug-in hybrids and actually recharges the battery pack on regenerative brakes. So, even if you’re running on gas, as you drive and stop, the battery can recharge slightly.

Now you can drive where you want when you want without any of the range anxiety. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid seamlessly switches from an electric motor to a gas engine for greater peace of mind and total hybrid power.


How do you charge it and how long does it take?

When you purchase a Pacifica Hybrid, it comes equipped with a Level I 120-volt AC charging cord set, which requires a conventional 120-volt AC grounded wall receptacle along with the portable charging cord set.  Ensure that your vehicle is turned off and plug the charger cord into the vehicle’s power outlet.

You can find the charging cord set by opening the cargo area storage bin on the driver’s side, which includes the charging cord in a storage bag. Keep in mind that this cord set is for Level I charging only.

Once you begin, insert the AC plug of the charging set into the grounded wall receptacle. Then take the charge connector and place it in the vehicle’s charge inlet. A “click” will be heard when inserted correctly, and the charge active indicator lights will cycle from left to right. Once your vehicle is fully charged, the lights in the charge indicator will show all five bars.

You can also set a charging schedule with the available 4C NAV in the Hybrid Electric pages app. On the Charging Schedule page, you can set a charging schedule by checking the box next to the setting “Enable Schedule” and customizing as needed. You can choose to “charge Until Full,” which allows the vehicle to fully charge versus stopping at a certain point. You can manage all of this right from your smartphone.

The Level 1 120-volt charger can be fully recharged in approximately 14 hours. You can shorten the time and charge your Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in as little as 2 hours by using an available Level II 240-volt charger. Charging times are estimated but can change based on the age and condition of the battery, and the current provided to the charger.


What’s the expected life of the battery?

The expected life of the lithium-ion battery is the life of the vehicle.


What about charging from a public charging station? How long does that take?

At a public charging station, the Pacifica Hybrid can be charged on Level II 240-volt chargers and takes around 2 hours to fully charge from a completely empty battery.


What is the estimated cost of charging the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid?
It takes 13k to fully charge the battery and using the national average electricity rate of $0.12/kWh, it costs approximately $1.66 to fully charge the battery using a home charger.


Can you tow with a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid? If so, how much can it tow?

Towing a trailer is not permitted on the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid, as hybrids are not rated for towing and the added weight of the battery already weighs on the vehicle significantly. You cannot order the Pacifica Hybrid with a towing package as a result.

The non-hybrid Pacifica with the tow package is rated for 3.6K lbs.


Is the Pacifica Hybrid worth it?

Here at Mount Airy CDJRF, we believe that the Pacifica Hybrid 2019 speaks for itself. As not just the only hybrid minivan on the market, but the best of the best when it comes to your hybrid family vehicle options, the Chrysler Pacifica is a classic in the making and built to suit families of all kinds.

Torn between the Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid? It’s hard to justify not buying the plug-ins, as the non-hybrid is basically the same as the hybrid unless you really need the second-row seat to fold into the floor on a regular basis, or if you’re locked into a tighter budget and are seeking a lower spec Pacifica. With seating for up to seven, it’s the perfect vehicle for families big and small.

With the purchase of a Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, you may be able to factor in the $7500 federal EV tax credit, alongside other possible state and local added incentives, meaning that the hybrid can definitely cost less than the equivalent non-hybrid Pacifica, or other similar vehicles. For example, any other minivan, including the Honda Odyssey, gets nearly as expensive when matching what the Pacifica includes, and they don’t qualify for the $7500 EV tax credit, or other incentives like the carpool lane stickers.

Come by Mount Airy CDJRF today to check out the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and see why it’s truly the best in its class.


-Tayler Green