Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Range Review: Taking The Hybrid Minivan To Its Limit

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid after a 250 mile drive to Alamosa, CO. [Photo: TFLcar]

Just to see how well this 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan does with an aggressive driver on a long distance drive, Nathan had a turn. That’s right, after Roman and his wife drove it from Jackson Hole, WY to our office in Boulder, CO, it immediately was rearing to go on another trip. This time, I took the Pacifica Hybrid to Great Sand Dunes National Park, Trinidad and Alamosa, Colorado.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
We filled the battery and, with a 3/4-full tank of gas, we departed. While the battery indicated 35 miles of electric range, we burned through it on the highway in about 10 miles. [Photo: TFLcar]

We started with a mostly full-of-gas minivan with a full battery. Total range, according to our onboard computer: 448 miles.

Then we went to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, about a half hour out of Alamosa, CO. By this point in time, we were extremely low on fuel. At one point, I though about finding a charging station before fueling up. Just to see what would happen with no fuel. Then I dreaded the possible outcome with my family on board, and opted to gas up instead.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
We dropped our fuel so low that the onboard trip computer could no longer estimate our range until empty. [Photo: TFLcar]

The 16.5-gallon fuel tank was absolutely empty by then. We made it a total of 480.7 miles since the Pacifica was filled. Keep in mind: we went up in elevation from 5,200 feet just out side of Denver to over 8,000 feet in the National Park. Add to that a few Rocky Mountain peaks to cross and we definitely pushed the efficiency numbers down. Still, our average economy was 29.1 mpg, we even went as high as 32 mpg once we were on flat highways headed home.

2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
We got a few gallons near the Great Sand Dunes National Park – but the prices are ridiculous. We topped off 100 miles away. [Photo: TFLcar]

Over the four day trip, we drove in comfort and had plenty of spare power for passing traffic. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is no sports car, but it was an outstanding long-distance ride.

This is how Roman did…