The Chrysler Pacifica is the newest minivan on the market, introduced for this model year as an all-new model to replace Fiat-Chrysler’s best-selling vans. The Pacifica Hybrid is an option that surprises on several fronts … not the least of which is that it’s a plug-in hybrid minivan.
The minivan segment’s demise has been long predicted. Sales steadily fell through the late 1990s and early 2000s, but then leveled off. They are now steady and have been for a few years, which shows that for a chunk of buyers, the minivan is the right answer. Seeing this, Chrysler took a gamble by discontinuing its best-selling minivan, the Town and Country, and slating an end to its Dodge near-twin, the Grand Caravan. The replacement is an all-new minivan that uses a name which had a short-lived presence a decade or so ago as a family-styled midsize crossover.