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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2023 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2022 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

Vehicle Type: Minivan Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 2

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $54,000
Price as Tested: $59,107

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity/regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 16.5
120V Charge Time: 3.5 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

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional
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Overall Observations

Introduced in 2017, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was - and remains - the industry’s only plug-in hybrid minivan. A fuel-efficient, family-friendly vehicle, it’s powered by a V6 engine and 2 electric motors and has a useful all-electric range of 32 miles. The drivetrain is smooth and efficient but underpowered and noisy. The Pacifica Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined in hybrid mode; total range is about 520 miles. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive isn’t available. There’s plenty of room inside for people and cargo, although the overall look to the cabin is a mixed bag - Nappa leather seats juxtaposed with piano-black plastic trim, for example. Powersliding side doors and a low sill make rear access easy. The ride is comfortable for the most part, but it can be bouncy over bumps and pavement. The steering feels light and disconnected, and the brakes feel soft and spongy. The Pacifica has plenty of useful standard tech, including a comprehensive suite of ADAS safety features. Comfort and convenience features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, and Chrysler’s easy-to-use Uconnect 5 infotainment system. An available Uconnect Theater Family Group provides videos, movies, and games on rear-seat screens, and the system’s dash-mounted FamCam lets front-seat occupants check on kids in the backseat.

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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • • Smooth, efficient PHEV drivetrain
  • • Useful 32 miles of electric range; 520-mile overall range
  • • Full suite of advanced safety features
  • • Plenty of legroom and headroom for up to 7 passengers
  • • Lots of available family-friendly entertainment features

Weak Points

  • • Underpowered, noisy drivetrain
  • • Ride quality is occasionally unsettled
  • • Varied quality of interior materials
  • • Light, disconnected feel to the steering

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2022
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/5
Curb weight (lbs): 5100.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 204.3 / 79.6 / 69.9
Wheelbase (in): 121.6
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Nexen Npriz RH7a
Front and rear tire size: 235/60 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 3.6L V6 Pentastar eHybrid
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 220 @ 5,050
Electric motor horsepower: Motor A: 84, Motor B: 114
Combined system horsepower: 260

Test Data

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Handling: 4.89
Quality and Drivability: 6.67

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