The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid heads into its second model year with additional safety features, handsome styling, great fuel economy, and good all-electric range. But it's not inexpensive, not available with eight-passenger seating, and the battery location sacrifices the foldaway second row option.

Best Value

Pricing for the 2018 Pacifica Hybrid ranges from $41,340 for the new Touring Plus trim to nearly $50,000 for an optioned-up Limited model. All Pacifica Hybrids are front-wheel drive and equipped with an Atkinson-cycle 3.6-liter V6 paired with an electrically-variable transmission. An 8.4-inch touchscreen is standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, as is a rearview camera, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic alert.

We'd choose the Touring L that builds on the Touring Plus and also offers easier-to-clean leather seats (heated in front), a power liftgate, remote start, second- and third-row sunshades, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, rear park assist with automatic braking, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

  • Model: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring L
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6
  • Output: 220 hp / 235 lb-ft, 2 synchronous A/C electric motors (114 hp, 84 hp), estimated 260 total system hp
  • Transmission: Electrically variable planetary-gear transmission, dual-motor EV capability
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 84 MPGe combined, 32 mpg/combined (gasoline only mode)
  • Options: None
  • Base Price: $43,340 (including a $1,345 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $43,340

Performance

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The Atkinson-cycle V6 paired with a hybrid transmission and a pair of motor-generators offers crisp acceleration thanks to the instant maximum torque of the electric motors. Fully charged, the only hybrid van offered for sale in the US is capable of 30 to 35 miles of all-electric driving. The accelerator is easy to modulate and linear, while switching from all-electric to hybrid is seamless, smooth, and shudder-free. Roadholding equals that of the best-in-class Honda Odyssey, while the Pacifica gets the nod on ride quality due to its battery-enhanced lower center of gravity – making it a top choice as a family-hauler.

At the same time, hot-rodding it will cause the electric range to drop off precipitously, while, like the conventional version, there's all-wheel-drive option.

Style

With the Pacifica Hybrid's crisp, upscale, urban-inspired styling, we finally have a minivan with the looks to match its versatility. A low beltline offers excellent driver visibility, the interior features a flowing and stitched dash, plenty of places to stash your stuff, seating for up to seven adults, and a third row that folds into the floor for maximum payload capacity. During normal use, that cubby is available for additional storage.

Only one nit here: due to the location of the batteries, the hybrid makes due without the middle row stow-and-go seats and seating is limited to seven, so you'll need to switch to the gasoline-only Touring L if you plan on hauling more people or the gasoline-only Touring LX-and-above versions if you plan on hauling just stuff.

The Best and Worst Things

The Pacifica Hybrid's good looks, slick interior, overall versatility, and spectacular fuel economy make it the star of the minivan class. But while it offers the availability of a wide range of advanced safety systems, the most useful ones are optional only on the Limited trim.

Right For? Wrong For?

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Like the regular Pacifica, it's really a shame that consumers are migrating away from minivans to crossovers, as the hybrid's blend of style, comfort, versatility, and terrific fuel efficiency make it a more compelling option for most families.

Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with driver assist, blind-spot monitoring, and a surround-view camera are only available as part of a $995 package on the top Limited model, which might affect the buying decisions of safety-focused shoppers.

The Bottom Line

Despite lacking the choice of advanced safety features on all but the Limited model, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a top choice in the minivan segment due to its sleek styling, solid handling, outstanding fuel economy, and innate versatility.