2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Awarded Utility Vehicle of the Year
Exemplifying the industry’s shifting preference for electric vehicles, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid secured the 2017 North American International Auto Show Utility Vehicle of the Year Award. The efficiency and electric elements of the minivan set this vehicle apart to the industry trendsetters, but drivers love how family-friendly it is.
The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica received a beautiful restyling inside and out of high-quality materials that offers a more intuitive design for families on the go. The exterior is reminiscent of an SUV and downplays the minivan look w ith strong features and an aggressive front end.
The engine offers two options – the standard models sport a Pentastar 3.6-liter V6, which makes 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. However, the Hybrid model offers a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which earns 248 hp, 230 lb-ft of torque drives up to 30 miles on electric power alone before the gasoline-powered V6 engine kicks in. That kind of fuel efficiency can add up nicely for a young family.
Inside is a spacious and quiet cabin. It boasts 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen and standard active noise cancellation, so communication with the third row is easy. It has clever nooks and crannies for storage and the iconic Stow’n Go Seating, which folds third-row seats flat for more cargo space in the far rear.
And Chrysler pushed for more when it comes to safety features. The Pacifica has available adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning with automatic braking, and a 360-degree camera system to ensure safety on all sides. There’s even an automated park assist feature to take the stress out of fitting in that last parking space.