Editors for Wards commended Pacifica Hybrid’s powertrain, which consists of a 3.6-liter V6 engine, electrically variable transmission and 16 kWh battery pack, for its ability to seamlessly change between electric and gasoline-powered drive modes. The powertrain is good for 33 miles of all-eletric range, which is equivalent to an EPA-certified 88 eMPG.
“We were wowed by the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s seamless operation,” WardsAuto content diectorr Drew Winter said. “The eFlite transmission shifts between pure electric mode and a combination of electric and gasoline engine propulsion without a hiccup.”
“FCA’s powertrain engineers did all the hard work to make the first plug-in hybrid minivan a success,” he added. “They not only reworked the V-6 engine for a hybrid application, but undertook in-house development of an innovative transmission capable of effectively coordinating power from two electric motors and the gasoline engine.”
The Pacifica’s inclusion on Wards’ list is yet another accolade for the minivan. So far this year, it has been named a 2017 Autotrader.ca Top Pick, a Consumers Digest ‘Best Buy’ and was included on Car and Driver’s coveted 10Best list. The minivan also received a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was rated a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Other FCA engines that have been included on the Wards 10Best Engines list in the past include the Ram 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 (2014-2016), Dodge’s 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 (2015) and FCA’s 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (2003-2007, 2009).