Test Drive: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid the future of family transportation

With a generous tax credit and excellent fuel economy, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a compelling bargain.
photo The Napa leather interior of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is plush and modern.

True story: I was with my family at the Chattanooga FC soccer game last week when an acquaintance tracked me down with a tip.

"You should do an article on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid," he said.

"Funny you should mention that," I chuckled. "I've got one in my driveway right now."

Bill Copeland, director of business intelligence at EPB, says that the local power company has been studying the economies of certain hybrids and EVs and determined the average Chattanooga customer would save about $70-$90 a month in fuel costs purchasing a Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid compared to a non-hybrid Pacifica. Factor in a lower total cost of ownership - including a $7,500 federal tax credit - and the Pacifica becomes a compelling bargain.