With so much competition, it’s not easy taking home awards from any major auto news site. This makes it all the more of an accomplishment that the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was named the Best Engine winner by Wards Auto.
According to Wards Auto editor Jim Irwin, the Chrysler Pacifica was selected based on its 500-plus mile range, making it incredibly economical and practical.
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid owners also participate in voluntary surveys to gauge their overall satisfaction. The results indicate that 47 percent of respondents are satisfied with the minivan’s driving range. For 22 percent, the family vehicle surpassed their driving range expectations.
Under the hood is the renowned 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine with a dual motor and features an eFlite electric variable transmission. The engine is truly unique and not like conventional electric drive units where one motor acts as a generator and the other for generating torque. With the eFlite engine, the system uses both motors to power the wheels.
During the testing phase by Wards Auto, testers were able to acquire 35 mpg. It was also able to acquire 27 mpg under frigid temperatures that are rough on the battery and engine.
Aside from the Wards Auto award, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica was also named by Edmunds among the list of 12 Best Family Cars. This should be no surprise given that minivans are the vehicles that come to mind when envisioning soccer moms and family road trips.
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