A nnounced last week, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the winner of the Best Environmental Performance and Best All-around Performance awards from the Automotive Science Group (ASG) in their 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API) study.
“With 84 MPGe, the Pacifica Hybrid reveals new possibilities for fuel economy gains and emission reductions, earning the Pacifica Hybrid ASG’s coveted Best Environmental Performance award,” said Colby Self, Managing Director of ASG. “The Pacifica Hybrid, with its 33-mile all-electric driving range, leverages the increasingly cleaner U.S. power grid as a fuel source to significantly improve the environmental benefits of the PHEV powertrain in 2018, and across future years.” The Pacifica Hybrid earned a class-leading environmental performance rating in ASG’s Study, outperforming the average vehicle in its segment by 34 percent, thereby producing 34 percent less CO2-e emissions over the first 6.5 years in its life cycle. When looking at all 823 minivans, crossovers and SUVs assessed in ASG’s 2018 Study, the Pacifica Hybrid maintained a 24 percent smaller carbon footprint than the average large vehicle available to North American consumers in 2018.
ASG’s annual study found the Pacifica Hybrid to offer the best all-around value and performance in its class for the second consecutive year, earning ASG’s most privileged distinction as the Best All-around Performance award winner in its class. To this end, the Pacifica Hybrid establishes a new benchmark for performance and value, earning ASG’s distinguished honors in 2018.
ASG’s environmental performance analysis is a comprehensive data-driven life-cycle assessment, analyzing environmental factors from raw material extraction and vehicle production through each vehicles’ operational life. Using a unique combination of vehicle data inputs that include conventional specifications, as well as environmental, social and economic performance indicators, the 2018 API assessed 823 crossover/SUVs by analyzing the natural capital, the social and human capital, and the economic efficiencies embodied within each vehicle to derive their real market value relative to other competitive offerings.
— Content and photos courtesy FCA US