Benny Boyd of Andrews, TX proudly presents the all new 2017 Chrylser Pacifica. The Pacifica arrives to reclaim Chrysler’s minivan throne—and a 2017 10Best award. As a family hauler, safety is key: there are more than 100 standard and available features including a surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision alert. Stow ’n Go seats are standard; the top model has a built-in vacuum. There’s a 287-hp V-6 with a nine-speed automatic—we saw 31 mpg in our highway testing—and a plug-in hybrid (a minivan exclusive) with an EPA-rated 84 MPGe combined.
When the first Chrysler minivans hit the market in 1984, they revolutionized family transportation. The front-wheel-drive vans offered carlike ride and handling in a compact shape that preserved a lot of the space and practicality of larger vans and station wagons. It was a risky proposition at the time as Chrysler needed a mass-market success to save itself from bankruptcy. The decision to roll the dice has since gone down in history as one that not only saved the company but dramatically altered the automotive landscape, with minivans becoming the go-to family vehicle until the more recent rise of the SUV.
Now Chrysler finds itself in an arguably more stable financial position. (Again, arguably.) The brand is making another attempt at modernizing family transport by introducing a plug-in-hybrid variant of its all-new Pacifica minivan. Not only will it be the first of its kind offered on American shores when it hits dealer lots in early 2017, but it also retains most of the space and practicality of the nonhybrid model.
Under the hood is the familiar 3.6-liter V-6 from the standard Pacifica, but it has been revised for hybrid duty with new pistons, camshafts, and valves, and it adopts the Atkinson combustion cycle for improved fuel efficiency. Under the second-row floor (where the Stow ’n Go seats could otherwise be stashed) is a 16.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that Chrysler estimates will provide up to 30 miles of pure-electric driving before the gasoline engine is needed; two hours on a 240-volt connection should net a full charge (14 hours is required on 120 volts). All of this is par for the course when it comes to plug-in-hybrid powertrains, but it’s the Pacifica hybrid’s eFlite electrically variable transmission that sets it apart.
Stop by Benny Boyd of Andrews, TX today and come check out the all new 2017 Chrylser Pacifica and take it for a test drive today!