Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Rethinks the Power of the Minivan

With the changing breezes we trek up country for the blazing colors and crisp air of leaf peeping season. And while the ubiquitous SUV should be ideal for these outings … actually the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Minivan fits the bill admirably.

In the top Limited trim this handsome $45,000 softly aero sculpted people mover performs with vigor fired by a 260 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 and a lithium ion battery powered system including an electrically variable transmission merging two electric motors in EV and dual hybrid mode.

With a nightly plug-in charge the 32 mile range virtually eliminates the fuel consumption for local daily driving.

Though lower overall for the signature easier access and egress, elevated driver and passenger seating throughout, gives the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid a distinct a SUV feel. A stiffer more solid suspension coupled with the lower center of gravity mitigates the tendency of minivans to heave and roll in the turns.

In this premium Limited edition the tech and amenities are dazzling with an 8.4-inch touchscreen paired with an equally impressive 7.0-inch screen for the gauges, info displays and the comprehensive Advanced SafetyTec features.