2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Review
The 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid ranks highly in its class because of its quality interior, user-friendly features, balanced handling, and quick acceleration.
Pros & Cons
Excellent fuel efficiency
Upscale cabin quality
New for 2019
New S Appearance package
Minor shuffling of feature availability
Pacifica Hybrid Interior
How Many People Does the Pacifica Hybrid Seat?
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid seats seven people. Unlike some other minivans, the Pacific Hybrid offers only one seating configuration, with two second-row captain's chairs and three third-row seats. The front seats have ample headroom and provide a commanding view of the road ahead. The middle row has adequate space for travelers, but the small back seats are best left for children. All the seats have somewhat stiff cushions, so don't expect an overly plush chair to sink into. Cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. You can opt for leather seats, heated or ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and hands-free power sliding doors.
Pacifica Hybrid and Car Seats
The Pacifica Hybrid has four complete sets of LATCH connections. Two are on the second-row seats, and the other two are on the outboard third-row seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. All of the top tether anchors are hard to find, and the third-row tether anchors are easy to mistake for other hardware. It’s also difficult to maneuver your hands around the lower anchors, and it requires noticeable force to attach the car-seat straps.
Pacifica Hybrid Interior Quality
The Pacifica Hybrid’s cabin has a modern design and boasts lots of soft-touch surfaces. There are even high-end options like Nappa leather seats that you may not expect to find in a minivan. Like the Pacifica’s fit and finish, its build quality is good overall, though a discerning eye may find a few things out of place like misaligned stitching or other imperfections.
Pacifica Hybrid Cargo Space
Behind its last row of seats, the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid has 32.3 cubic feet of cargo space, which isn’t far off what most other minivans offer. The third-row bench seats fold flat down into the floor to open up 87.5 cubic feet of space, which is almost 10 more cubic feet than some rivals in the class. The Pacifica Hybrid lacks the nonhybrid version’s Stow-n-Go middle-row seats, so you'll have to manually remove these seats from the cabin if you want to access the Pacifica's maximum 140.5 cubes of cargo space. The seats are heavy, so plan to have a helper.
Pacifica Hybrid Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
Techies, audiophiles, and families alike will appreciate the wealth of standard and optional convenience and entertainment features in the Pacifica Hybrid. Every model comes with amenities like tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, HD Radio, and the 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Uconnect can be found in most Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep vehicles, and it’s often regarded as one of the best infotainment systems on the market. The screen features large digital buttons and menus that are easy to tap through. It also registers your inputs quickly so you won’t be frustrated with laggy processing times.
Optional features in the Pacifica Hybrid include navigation, a panoramic sunroof, and a 13-speaker Alpine or a 20-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. There are two rear-seat entertainment options: a single back-row DVD screen or a whole theater package that comes with two 10-inch seatback touch screens, a 115-volt power outlet, three additional USB ports, a Blu-ray and DVD Player, HDMI inputs, and wireless headphones.
Engine: Rock Down to Electric Avenue
The 2019 Pacifica Hybrid is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a pair of electric motors. The combined 260 horsepower may not seem like a lot for a big vehicle, but hit the gas and you'll change your mind pretty quickly. The Pacifica Hybrid pulls away from a stop briskly thanks to instantly available electric torque. As you keep moving, the powertrain transitions seamlessly from all-electric to gas propulsion. One minor downside is that the V6 engine can be loud at high speeds, and not in a sports-car-like way.
Pacifica Hybrid Gas Mileage: The Clear Choice for Efficiency
At the time of this writing, the EPA has not released official fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Pacifica Hybrid. The very similar 2018 model gets a combined 84 MPGe when running on electricity alone. It has an electric-only range of 33 miles, and it gets 32 mpg combined after the gas engine kicks in. For more information on how MPGe ratings work, check out What Is MPGe?
Pacifica Hybrid Ride
Handling: Balanced and Responsive
The Pacifica Hybrid strikes a nice compromise with its handling and driving dynamics. There's little body roll when taking turns, and the hybrid batteries help give the Pacifica Hybrid a lower center of gravity that improves the ride quality. This van easily smooths out bumps in the pavement, and the cabin is isolated from most outside road and wind noise.
Most hybrid vehicles use a regenerative braking system, which takes energy produced from stopping and transfers it to the hybrid battery to be used again in the future. Many hybrids with this setup have brake pedals that feel mushy, but the Pacifica Hybrid's brakes are strong and responsive, much like a traditional system.