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 launched 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-line 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 “S” 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 “S” 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 rear-seat video screens, 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, second- and third-row sunblinds , 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 seat for the battery, 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 recharged in approximately 14 hours with a 110-volt electrical connection, or two hours with the integrated 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.

Gasoline and Hybrid Limited models feature a three-panel panoramic sunroof that opens up all three rows of seats to view the sky.
The seats in the middle row captain’s chairs can be removed and the third row can be stowed to allow the cavernous interior to carry up to 64 sheets of plywood completely inside the vehicle, the automaker says.
All Limited models include heated and ventilated leather front seats, advanced safety features and the KeySense programmable fob, which allows parents to adjust some of the vehicle’s features when teenagers are alone.
Our 2022 Pacifica Hybrid Limited had a total price of $57,157, including freight, options and a $750 “cash in” discount.
G. Chambers Williams III’s automotive chronicles have appeared regularly in the Express-News since 2000. Contact him at [email protected] His driving partner, Emma Jayne Williams, contributed to this report.

Chrysler Pacifica 2022

The package: front- or all-wheel-drive (petrol only), five-door, seven- or eight-passenger van, petrol-only or petrol/electric plug-in hybrid minivan.
Highlights: Pacifica is the continuation of Chrysler’s former Town & Country line of minivans. The hybrid version was added with the 2017 remake, giving Chrysler and the US market the first gas-electric plug-in minivan. For 2021, all-wheel drive was made available on gasoline-only models.
Negatives: Can get expensive, especially with options; the hybrid’s electric-only range is limited to around 30 miles on a full charge.
Total length: 204.3 inches.
Curb weight range: 4,521 to 4,883 pounds (gas models); 5,010 pounds (hybrid).
Engine: 3.6-liter V6, normally aspirated, gasoline (non-hybrid versions); 3.6 liter Atkinson cycle, gasoline, coupled to an electric motor (power not specified).
Transmission: nine-speed automatic (non-hybrid models); electrically variable, with integrated electric drive motor (hybrids).
Power/Torque: 287 HP./262 ft-lbs. (non-hybrid); 260 HP. total system/torque not specified (hybrids).
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, anti-lock.
Cargo volume: 32.3 cubic feet (behind third row); 87.5 cubic feet (behind second row); 140.5 cubic feet (behind first row).
Towing capacity: 3,600 pounds (non-hybrid); towing not recommended for hybrids.
Electronic Stability Control: Standard.
Side airbags: front seat mounted; Roof-mounted side curtain with rollover sensors, all three rows.
EPA Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city/28 highway/22 combined (FWD gas models); 17/25/20 (AWD gasoline models); Hybris, 80 mpg-e (miles per gallon equivalent, special rating for electric vehicles).
Fuel Capacity/Type: 19.0 gallons, regular unleaded (non-hybrid); 16.5 gallons/regular unleaded (hybrids).
Base price range: $37,095 to $54,167, plus $1,595 freight (non-hybrid, front-wheel drive); $47,500 to $56,050 (hybrids).
Price as tested: $57,157 including freight and options (2022 Limited Hybrid).
Road rating: 8.7 (out of a possible 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail prices. Actual sale price may vary.

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