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The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.
Car Guide Winner: 1st Place SUV/Minivan

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Plug-In Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 1
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $45,545
Price as Tested: $50,005
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Electricity/regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 16.5
120V Charge Time: 2.8 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 16 miles per hour
EPA City mpg29
EPA Highway mpg30
EPA Combined mpg: 30
EPA Combined MPGe: 82
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 32
with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
Advanced Headlights [O]
Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
Blind-Spot Warning [S]
Forward-Collision Warning [O]
Lane-Departure Warning [O]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
Overall Observations
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid remains a compelling choice for minivan customers because of its plug-in hybrid capability, which provides an EPA-estimated 82 MPGe on electric power and 30 mpg on gasoline in combined city/highway driving. The Pacifica’s drivetrain consists of a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 16.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and two electric drive motors, giving it a total of 260 hp, up to 32 miles of electricity-only driving, and a possible 520 miles of total driving range. A strong package of advanced driver-assistance systems —included on our test vehicle—is optional on the Pacifica Hybrid. Another desirable feature is Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system; it has wireless streaming, is intuitive to use, and is paired with an entertainment package that includes a Blu-ray/DVD player and rear-seat entertainment screens for both second-row passengers. Although the Pacifica comes with plenty of positive features, it does have areas that could use improvement. Chief among them are a noisy drivetrain and a mediocre driving experience—including, for the latter, numb steering and an uneven brake-pedal feel. Also, other plug-in hybrids allow the user to control EV battery usage, but the Pacifica does not.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Plug-in capability
  • Excellent range and fuel economy
  • Large, comfortable passenger area; ample cargo space
  • Smooth, seamless hybrid drivetrain
Weak Points
  • Poor overall driving dynamics; e.g., nonlinear brake application
  • Halogen headlights
  • Inability for the user to control the EV battery usage
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2019
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 5120.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 203.8 / 79.6 / 69.9
Wheelbase (in): 121.6
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Yokohama Avid S34
Front and rear tire size: 235/65 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: Halogen
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 3.6L V6 eHybrid
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 220 @ 5050
Electric motor horsepower: motor A: 84 / motor B: 114
Combined system horsepower: 260
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 10.00
Fuel Efficiency: 7.28
EPA Emissions Score: 7.00
Acceleration: 5.04
Braking: 2.80
Crashworthiness: 6.19
Handling: 5.44
Ride Quality: 7.52
Interior Size: 7.05
Easy of Entry and Exit: 7.89
Visibility: 7.91
Interior Noise: 5.24
Cargo Capacity: 10.00
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2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited
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Vehicle Type:  SUV/Minivan
Fuel Type:  Hybrid
mpg: 29/30
Price as Tested:  $50,005
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