2017 Chrysler Pacifica Rated at 18/28 MPG

Non-hybrid van sees big fuel-efficiency jump.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica will return 18 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined, according to the EPA. That's a huge improvement over the outgoing Chrysler Town & Country (which scored 17/25 mpg), and right on par with the rest of the minivan class.

The Pacifica's figures are essentially right on top of the Honda Odyssey (19/28 mpg) and Nissan Quest (20/27 mpg) minivans. In terms of highway mileage, the Chrysler beats the front-drive Toyota Sienna (18/25 mpg) and the Kia Sedona (18/25 mpg).

Still, we might have expected the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to leap to the top of the segment in terms of efficiency, given that Chrysler managed to strip several hundred pounds of weight from the new van while also reducing is drag coefficient, adding a nine-speed automatic transmission, and making its 3.6-liter V-6 engine more efficient. An engine stop-start feature will be added later in the Pacifica's run, likely boosting city mileage slightly.

Later this year, Chrysler will also roll out a plug-in-hybrid version of the Pacifica that should return even more impressive mileage. Thanks to a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the Pacifica Hybrid should be able to drive 30 miles on electrical power alone and is expected to return 80 mpge when using both gas and electricity.

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