Should You Buy The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Instead Of The Gasoline Model?

Figuring out why the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a good buy isn’t all that hard.

For starters, it’s eligible for a federal tax incentive worth $7,500, which means that it can cost about the same as the non-hybrid version.

On the other hand, despite all the positives, you will have to compromise practicality a bit if you opt for the Hybrid. For example, there’s no more underfloor storage room for the seats, because of the batteries, and it comes with a seven-, instead of an eight-seat configuration.

Driving the Pacifica Hybrid, according to Kelley Blue Book, makes for a different experience than the regular Pacifica, thanks to the former’s hybrid powertrain that consists of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 paired to two electric motors and a CVT transmission.

Officially, you get an all-electric range of 33 miles (53 km) and an EPA fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe. The folks at KBB averaged just 25.5 mpg (9.2 l/100km) over a distance of 1,000 miles (1,609 km), though, but admittedly did so while driving in a non-economical way.

The upside is that the Pacifica Hybrid doesn’t struggle with overtaking or launching you off the line in an acceptable manner. As for on-board tech, there’s plenty of it to go around – such as standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, remote access and the model-specific 7-inch color cluster display.

In the end, the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid might just make for a terrific purchase, as long as you understand how it’s different from the gasoline powered model and what family-friendly features you’d have to give up on.


  • Dr Strangefingger

    Get the hybrid… there’s plenty of room even without the floor bins, and who wants to be carting about 8 others (7 others actually) while your driving? Talk about road rage!!

    • Nick099

      Then why buy a minivan?
      For looks?

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Yes. It’s the new cool.

    • emjayay

      The no floor bins means no stow and go seats, although they might then be more comfortable. But not so handy when converting for bringing 4×8 plywood or sheetrock home.

  • Shadyrose

    It’s way too expensive. My husband and I priced one out when we were car shopping and it was around 50k. Even going for super basic you’re still looking at 42k minimum. At that point you might as well pay a bit more and get a Tesla or even a Lexus hybrid.

    That tax credit isn’t a rebate, it’s not money in your pocket. It just means you don’t pay taxes on $7500 that year. It’s nice, but doesn’t put it on par with the regular Pacifica pricing.

    • Rocket

      Yes, a $7,500 tax credit does equate to a $7,500 rebate in most circumstances. You’re thinking of a tax deduction, and that’s not what this is.

    • brn

      or you could pay the same for a Honda non-hybrid.

      The Pacifica is competitively priced.

  • Rocket

    No Stow-n-Go would be a plus for me. Those folding seats are not comfortable. But some premium features and options are not available on the hybrid, so do your homework. Also check into the tax credit beforehand. If you use your car for business, you likely won’t qualify for the entire amount. Aside from the braking, you will like the way the hybrid drives. The best part about selecting the hybrid over the conventional drivetrain: no ZF 9-speed!

  • smartacus

    not to belabor the point;
    but BOTH versions use
    fuel for internal combustion

  • smartacus

    How come no Prius Minivan?
    Just raise the roof on a Prius V.

  • T2X

    I wish the Pacifica will become a Turbo Engine. Because the 9 Gear 3.6l V6 without Turbo had to less Torque for a comfort cruise.

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