Derrel Johnson (center) stopped to take a photo with family and friends during a 3,000-mile road trip in the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to Atlanta. (Photo credit: Derrel Johnson for Steed Media)
Rolling out participated in the ultimate summer road trip and was given a 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the first-ever hybrid minivan that offers significant fuel efficiency, to test drive out on the open road.
It was an ambitious undertaking. My buddy Haussan Jason and I started our weeklong journey in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and headed south and east toward our final destination in Atlanta, with brief stops along the way for rest and to visit friends and family in Chicago and New York City — a total of about 3,000 miles driven in the Pacifica Hybrid.
2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid with S Appearance Package (Photo courtesy of FCA USA)
During our travels, we discovered five reasons the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the perfectly designed minivan.
Protection is key at Chrysler, and no option demonstrates that more than the traction control system, which uses sensors and solenoids to inform the driving computer how poor driving conditions are affecting the car’s grip on the road.
The computer in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gathers information from tire spin, transmission dispersion of power, and other key statistics that may indicate that the vehicle is slipping, sliding or hydroplaning. The traction control program analyzes the speed of every tire and adjusts transmission power to that tire in the event of slippage.
Those key safety features were put to the test at the beginning of our journey when we drove through a Wyoming hailstorm. You could actually feel the car taking control to adjust perfectly to the wet and slippery roads.
2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid (Photo courtesy of FCA USA)
The Pacifica has plenty of space for passengers and cargo. When thinking about the purchase of a vehicle, space is a premium, and with the Chrysler Pacifica, we found that you get plenty of bang for your buck. With three rows of seating, it can comfortably fit seven adults. It had plenty of room for us and our things, too.
The fully-loaded Pacifica Hybrid comes with dual 10-inch HD touchscreens installed behind the driver and front passenger seats to keep even the busiest bodies active. With Wi-Fi and SiriusXM radio, the drive was entertaining from start to finish.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan equipped with Waymo’s fully self-driving technology (Photo courtesy of FCA USA)
While stopping in New York City to cover the 2019 NBA Draft, we mused that the Pacifica Hybrid has more than enough room to comfortably fit any team’s starting five. I would imagine that most vehicles aren’t comfortable for 7-footers, but the Pacifica would even allow someone like Bol Bol — the 44th overall pick who stands 7 feet, 2 inches tall — to stretch out nicely.
The Chrysler Pacifica also served me well as a mobile office during the road trip and had all of the amenities I needed, including internet access, an electric outlet and enough USB ports to keep all my devices fully charged.
The Pacifica Hybrid offers value by saving dollars on gas and helping the environment at the same time. We drove the Limited edition, and not only do you get a lot of car, but at $$45,795, it’s also affordable for everything you get. Buyers may also be eligible for a $7,500 credit when purchasing the Hybrid.
Whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly and fun-to-drive minivan that’s great for road trips or just tooling around town with your family, you should definitely check out the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.