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2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: surprisingly affordable

by Patrick Rall on

After a $7,500 federal tax credit, the electric-powered 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will start under $35,000, making it surprisingly affordable.

That price is for the “base” Premium trimline, whose list price is $41,995 ($34,495 after the $7,500 federal tax credit). The heavily-appointed Pacifica Hybrid Platinum starts at $44,995, or $37,495 with the federal tax credit, which applies to any buyer who has at least $7,500 in federal tax liabilities.

Update: the Ontario, Canada price is C$42,495 after provincial credits. The actual list price is C$56,495. Québec and British Columbia have similar incentives, lowering the price to below C$48,500. 

The 2017 Pacifica Hybrid is also eligible for local and state incentives, so depending on where you live, you can shave thousands more off of the bottom line price of the electrified Chrysler minivan.

The “base model” 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Premium comes very well appointed, with a capless fuel filler system, projection headlights, and LED  daytime running lights, fog lights and LED taillights. Inside, it has a 12-way driver’s seat, leather, heated front seats, sun shades for the rear rows, power hatch, active noise cancellation, and safety equipment from a rear camera to blind spot monitoring and rear cross-path detection. It has both the 7 inch trip computer, and 8.4 inch control screen. See the full list of standard features in our hybrid minivan review.

Pacifica Hybrid dashboard

When you step up to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Platinum, the outside is only slightly upgraded, with bright roof rails and 18 inch wheels, but the cabin is loaded to the gills. The Platinum package adds Nappa leather seats and trim, heated/cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, UConnect Theater with screens in the front seat headrests, AC power, 13-speaker Alpine sound, hands-free doors and hatch, navigation, adaptive cruise, rain sensing wipers, 360° exterior camera system, park assist, advanced braking assist, and lane keep assist – all for just $3,000 more than the base model. See a full list of additional features on our 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid review page.

The tri-panel panoramic sun roof adds $1,795 to the final price as the only option for the Pacifica Hybrid Platinum.

When you apply only the federal tax credit, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid costs less than the equivalent non-hybrid Pacificas — not to mention comparably equipped Toyota Siennas or Honda Odysseys. As long as you owe more than $7,500 in federal income taxes the year that you buy the Pacifica Hybrid, you will be paying less for this electrified minivan than you would for the gasoline-powered competitors.

In other words, the Pacifica Hybrid will come with a hybrid drivetrain and a long list of top of the line features — while costing less than the top of the line Toyota Sienna or Honda Odyssey (after the federal tax credit). Even at full sticker, the Pacifica Hybrid offers all of the interior goodies for a similar price as Toyota or Honda, while coming with all-electric range that you cannot get from the competition.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will be sold at every major Chrysler dealership across the country, with the first orders set to be received sometime in December 2016. Production begins later this month, with full availability coming in early 2017.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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