Last month we spent a week with the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, America’s first and only hybrid minivan. We were impressed with the efficient and powerful powerplant and the vehicle’s family-friendly packaging. Chrysler recently sent us the 2020 model, which features an update grille, some new appearance packages and a few minor updates inside.
Last month’s review talked about the historical significance of Chrysler’s minivan. Creators of the industry first vehicle that combined the ease of driving a car with the family-friendly convenience of a truck-based van, Chrysler has sold more than 14.6 million minivans since 1983, a number that equates to twice as many as any other manufacturer.
The Pacifica Hybrid fills the “minivan hybrid” spot for Americans. Between that exclusivity and the fact that it is a great minivan, it is the fourth best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) from the 30 PHEVs available in the market, and the #1 seller among the 20 vehicles that offer PHEV as an option.
Powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine and Chrysler’s an dual-motor eFlite electrically variable transmission the 2020 Pacifica Hybrid achieves more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode. The minivan has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles. Allow the batteries to fully charge and with a full tank of gas the hybrid is capable of traveling more than 500 miles before you need more fuel.
With more than 100 available safety and security features, the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, exclusive Stow ‘n Go seating and storage, available 4G Wi-Fi and an array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica is a no-compromise minivan ideally suited for today’s families.
New for 2020:
New Red S Appearance Package on Pacifica Limited features:
Honeycomb grille pattern now comes standard on Pacifica Hybrid models
New interior design elements include available Ceramic Grey Clear paint color and new Nova Black bezels on instrument panel and door trim
Pacifica Hybrid Touring model adds a standard universal garage door opener, second-row sunshades and an available Stow ‘n Place roof rack
Pacifica Hybrid Limited now features second-row, one-touch windows
Chris Brewer is an automotive writer and photographer living in Northeast Florida. Chris is a regular contributor to numerous automotive magazines and founded Jacksonville Car Culture, an automotive lifestyle firm that runs Jacksonville’s Cars & Coffee. Chris also works as the director of communications for The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a world-renowned automotive event and two-time winner of the International Historic Motoring Event of the Year award. He also has a doctorate degree from The Institute for Worship Studies.