Good attempt at a first plug-in Mini-Van
October 24, 2017
Just recently purchased the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid, with all inclusive package for around $50k. Main purpose was to have a family friendly vehicle comfortable for long road trips. I had a Mercury Villager '97 Model before, so Pacifica was definitely a good upgrade.
What I like:
- Pretty spacious compared to my Mercury Villager 97 model.
- At least 2 110V outlets that I know of, so no need for the 12V to 110V converters
- Surround view camera, and safety sensors
o It has directional sound, so if you are about to hit something at the
back, you’ll hear a beep from the back speakers only; and intensity of
the beeping will increase based on proximity
- Adaptive Cruise (ACC) with Active Steering for Anti-Lane Drift
o This is complete stop and go (you merely have to push the pedal after
complete stop for ACC to resume), very useful in highways (for high
traffic and low traffic conditions) as well as higher speed roads
- Has a nice entertainment system (with 2 monitors and headsets) behind the
driver and passenger seats
o The bad part is it will be hard for folks in the 3 back seats to see anything
- Regarding the plugin hybrid feature
o This works pretty well. The van goes on electric only with minimal engine
intervention, for the first 39 or so miles. I went to a trip from Hayward to
Vallejo, California on mainly battery.
- Regenerative braking mode (L)
o This is similar to B on Toyota hybrids or ECO on the leaf; this mode
provides a smooth regenerative braking so you can use it on hills, traffic
- Panoramic Sunroof
o This is great for nominal weather conditions to get natural light in and take in
What I do not like:
- No automatic HomeLink garage door opener
o When almost all cars have this or similar opener, not having this seems like
a waste. I believe this was because of the somewhat rushed production for
this 2017 model
- Waste of space on steering wheel (with normal cruise control)
o The steering wheel control also has a useless regular (non adaptive
cruise control feature), along with the set speed and reset buttons;
which to me makes no sense given that the van has Adaptive Cruise
Control (ACC). Because of that, the steering wheel lacks volume controls and seek buttons for music.
- Hybrid only mode gives max 32mg (avg close to 27mpg)
o Having a Prius that is capable of 50mpg, this hybrid engine seems very
- Lacks some features that is on the non hybrid version
o Like foot sense door opening
o Fully collapsible middle seats.