Chrysler Pacifica minivan returns for 2022 and offers plug-in hybrid choices

Six years ago, Chrysler introduced its all-new Pacifica minivan, replacing the long-running Town & Country line, and also introduced the industry’s first gas-electric minivan, the Pacifica Hybrid.
It is a plug-in model, which can be charged externally and can travel up to 30 miles on a single charge, using just the battery.
For 2022, the Pacifica returned with a choice of four gasoline-only trim levels and three hybrid versions.
Last year brought several updates to the Pacifica, including more athletic exterior styling, new infotainment and interior comfort features, as well as performance and range changes.

Changes for 2021 included the addition of the Pacifica Touring, Touring L and the new top-of-the-range Pinnacle AWD with all-wheel drive, as well as the new Pinnacle Hybrid version.
Gas-only front-wheel drive Pacifica models for 2022 start with the Touring ($37,095), available only with front-wheel drive; followed by the Touring L ($41,098; Limited ($49,172) and Pinnacle ($54,167).

Gas-powered Touring L, Limited and Pinnacle models are each available with all-wheel drive. For the Touring L, all-wheel drive adds $2,995, while the Limited and Pinnacle models get the upgrade for $2,795 each.
Hybrid models, which only come with front-wheel drive, include the Touring L ($47,500), Limited ($52,500) and Pinnacle ($56,050). Destination fee is $1,595 for all models.

Our tester for this report was the 2022 Pacifica Hybrid Limited model with the ā€œSā€ Appearance Pack ($995), which added 18-inch Foreshadow aluminum wheels; 235/60R18 all-season blackwall tires; anodized ink badges; black door opening moldings for daylight; body-coloured door handles and exterior mirrors; Nappa leather bucket seats, black with light gray piping and ā€œSā€ logos; piano black interior trim; Gloss black grille surround; and the premium rear fascia with black accents and “S” badging.
The tester came with the premium Velvet Red Pearl-Coat exterior paint, which was $495 more. Only Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl-Coat and Bright White Clear-Coat are available at no additional cost.
Other premium colors available are Granite Crystal Metallic Clear-Coat and Silver Mist Clear-Coat, for $195 each; and Ceramic Gray Clear Coat and Fathom Blue Pearl-Coat, for $495 each.

Under the hood of gas-only models is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine producing 287 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. EPA ratings are 19 mpg city/28 highway/22 combined for front-wheel-drive models and 17/25/20 for all-wheel-drive models.
The hybrid features a 3.6-liter Atkinson-cycle V-6 engine, mated to an electric motor for a total system output of 260 horsepower. With a combination of battery power and the modified Pentastar V-6 engine, the hybrid has a range of 530 miles on a single tank (17 gallons) of regular gasoline.

As for the plug-in function, unlike a basic hybrid vehicle, which only recharges its battery from the gasoline engine while driving, the Pacifica can be connected to an external power source to recharge its battery from edge. The EPA rates the vehicle at 80 mpg/e (miles per gallon/equivalent), based on daily driving using a combination of gasoline and electric.
However, consumers who travel 30 miles a day or less may not need to fill up for months unless they are on longer trips.
Other highlights of the 2021 changes include Pacifica’s exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating layout (non-hybrid only), many standard safety features, new FamCAM interior camera, wireless charging, Uconnect 5 connectivity next-generation with a 10.1-inch touchscreen and more interior storage.
Other new features last year include 18-inch and 20-inch self-sealing tires, new automatic pedestrian emergency braking, and old optional advanced safety features that are now standard, including warning collision warning-Plus, adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, Lane Keep Assist, rain-sensing wipers and automatic high beams.
There’s also a Safety Sphere package with a 360-degree surround view camera, ParkSense ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist and Front Park Assist, included on our Limited model.
As for the exterior design changes, they included a new front fascia, new grille, LED headlights/fog/taillights, and a black Chrysler fender badge insert (except for hybrids).

Our Limited tester included sliding doors and a hands-free auto-opening tailgate, power/folding outside mirrors with power-folding function, and dual-function LED projector headlamps.
A seven-inch digital gauge cluster and soft-touch instrument panel with contrast stitching are now standard. Uconnect 5 brings Amazon Alexa right into the vehicle, allowing you to start the engine or lock/unlock the doors on Alexa from home or smartphone.
Our vehicle comes standard with Uconnect 5C navigation, which includes a 10.1-inch touchscreen to display music information and climate controls, AM/FM/HD radio, SiriusXM All Access with a six-month trial and an integrated voice command. Included are hands-free calling, voice commands for radio functions, Bluetooth audio streaming, simple prompts and voice commands for TomTom navigation.

SiriusXM Guardian Connected Services, Apple CarPlay support and Android Auto integration are also included.
Optional (included on our tester) is the Uconnect Theater Family Package ($2,395), which adds rear entertainment with video screens on the backs of the rear seats, 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, second and third sun blinds rows, built-in Amazon Fire TV, FamCam indoor camera, HDMI/USB/headphone ports, video remotes, and a video USB port.
Although it looks nearly identical to the gas-only Pacifica, the hybrid comes with unique exterior, interior and technology features.
Because the hybrid had to give up a battery seating position, which runs under the floor, there are two captain’s chairs in the middle row instead of the normal three-person bench. In gasoline models, the middle bench seat is standard, while dual captain’s chairs are optional.

Pacifica’s charging port is under a cover on the fender just ahead of the driver’s door. It allows the hybrid to be charged in approximately 14 hours with a 110-volt electrical connection, or two hours with the onboard 240-volt charger, if the vehicle is connected to a 240-volt power outlet.
Additionally, Pacifica Hybrid owners have to do without Chrysler’s unique Stow’n’Go center seat, which is a nice feature on gas-only minivans. The area that would be used to store the seat under the floor is where the hybrid’s battery goes.
The electric motor is integrated into the special E-Flite electronically variable transmission that drives the Pacifica’s front wheels. All-wheel drive is not offered. The electric motor provides start-up torque to move the vehicle forward quickly. Switching from electricity to gasoline is automatic.

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