You know what they say about surprises – it’s always better when they’re good ones. Chrysler says that’s just what it has with its 2017 Pacifica. The automaker says its hybrid minivan gets even better fuel economy than expected.
New EPA-ratings give the sixth-generation model a fuel economy rating of 84 MPGe miles-per-gallon-equivalent. Note: this is in all-electric mode. The number exceeds targets and it definitely makes the Pacifica the most fuel-efficient minivan ever to haul a family around.
The much-improved 2017 Pacifica impressed us when we test drove it last summer. Since we’re not big minivan fans ourselves, that’s saying something.
In our review, the seven-seater made a combined 22 MPGe miles in hybrid driving mode. Breaking it down that means 18 city miles and 28 highway miles. We loved the ride and drive and the stow-n-go seating, but would like to see a larger touchscreen. The current one is too small to be a backup camera.
Chrysler also says the Pacifica exceeds its range estimates as well. EPA testing established a total driving range rating of 566 miles, up from 530, and set the electric-only range rating at 33 miles, up from 30.
FCA says the a large share of the credit is due to the e-Flite dual-motor electrically variable transmission, which was built in-house. The Pacific dedicates one motor to serve as a generator. A Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 delivers torque to the wheels. The hybrid also uses a one-way clutch that allows the motor typically used only as a generator to deliver torque to the wheels, depending on driving conditions. The combination helps it achieve its efficiency numbers.
The battery, which benefits from regenerative braking, can fully recharge in about 14 hours with a Level 1 charger.
The EPA estimates the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s annual fuel cost, gas and electricity combined, at $900. Prices start from $34,495 after available U.S. federal tax credit.