The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has been named a finalist for Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year award.
Green Car Journal has been honoring the automotive industry’s most important ‘green vehicles’ every year since 2005. The award is announced annually at the Los Angeles Auto Show (now referred to as AutoMobility LA) in front of a crowd of industry professionals, journalists and members of the media.
“This year’s Green Car of the Year® finalists clearly represent the momentum that electrification is experiencing in the auto industry,” said Green Car Journal editor in chief Ron Cogan. “Whether it’s all-electric, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or a combination of these powertrains plus conventional gasoline engines within a model line, electrification is now considered by most automakers an essential technology for current and future high-efficiency models.”
The standard Chrysler Pacifica is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which results in fuel economy of 18 MPG city and 28 MPG highway for a combined rating of 22 MPG. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, meanwhile, uses a slightly more efficient version of the Pentastar V6 engine along with a 24v electric motor and electronically variable transmission for a fuel economy rating 80 eMPG.
Other finalists for 2017 Green Car of the Year include the Toyota Prius Prime, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Bolt and BMW 330e iPerformance. The award will be announced at AutoMobility LA 2017 on November 17th.