When the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid debuted earlier this year at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chrysler claimed the minivan could get up to 80 MPGe in city driving conditions. It turns out the automaker was being a bit modest, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency giving it a real-world rating of 84 MPGe.
The rating reflects the the Pacifica Hybrid’s combined city- and highway-cycle in electric-only mode. The EPA found the Pacifica hybrid could achieve an electronic only range of 33 miles and a total driving range of up to 566 Chrysler estimates previously places the minivan’s range at 30 miles under electric power and 530 miles total.
In addition to the fuel economy rating, the EPA also gave the Pacifica Hybrid a rating of 10 in its Green Vehicle Guide, the highest possible rating in the agency’s ranking system. The vehicle is also the first and only minivan to achieve a rating of 10 in the EPA guide.
The Pacifica Hybrid is powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine mated to a unique eFlite EVT transmission designed to maximize efficiency. Electric drive comes via a 16 kWh battery back and an electric motor housed within the EVT transmission, while efficiency is further enhanced by a regenerative braking system. The batteries in the van, housed in the floor beneath the second-row seating, can be recharged in 14 hours using the standard 120v charger or in as little as two hours using the optional 240v charger.