The new Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid is the most fuel-efficient minivan on the market, delivering a stellar 27 mpg overall when it runs as a hybrid. It can also travel 29 miles purely on electric power, making it a potential game-changer.

It takes 2¼ hours on a 240-volt connection to fully charge the battery, and 12 hours using a standard household power outlet. This is the greenest minivan available.

Its performance mirrors the conventional nonhybrid version. The ride is comfortable and the living room-like cabin is quiet. The Uconnect infotainment system, with an 8.4-inch screen, is one of the best around.

The minivan is full of features a family will appreciate and is loaded with storage bins, easy-to-access seating, and plenty of cup holders.

But the hybrid version has seating only for seven vs. eight in the conventional version. In addition, the hybrid is missing Chrysler’s handy Stow ’n Go feature, which means the second-row seats don’t fold into the floor. (That space is taken up by the hybrid’s battery pack.) Instead, you get two removable seats with extra padding that are more comfortable. There’s a deep well behind the third row, which can easily swallow the bags from a large grocery run or an after-school activity carpool.

Advanced safety features, such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, are available only on the top-trim version.

Read the complete Chrysler Pacifica road test.

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid interior

HIGHS: Interior space and flexibility, ride, quietness, Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system, access, fuel economy, tax incentives
LOWS: Chrysler’s below-average reliability reputation, expensive to get advanced safety gear
POWERTRAIN: 248-hp, 3.6-liter V6 hybrid; continuously variable transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 29 miles (electric-only range); 27 mpg (regular hybrid operation)
PRICE AS TESTED: $48,380


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the October 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.