We drove a $50,000 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan too see if it's still better than rivals from Honda and Toyota — here's the verdict (FCAU)

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The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is still my favorite minivan. I’d like it even if it weren’t in hybrid trim – but the bump up in MPGs with the plug-in tech is certainly a selling point. The $50,000 price tag is also justified by the Pacifica’s near-luxury interior and graceful exterior styling.

When I last reviewed the vehicle, I wrote:

I’m not going to say that the Pacifica is exhilarating to drive; it isn’t. The 0-60 mph run consumes about 8 seconds, which is actually respectable considering the Pacifica weighs almost 5,000 pounds. Take that bulk into a corner with any spiritedness and you can feel the suspension protesting.

Guess what? That hasn’t changed! To be honest, the Odyssey still drives better. But the Pacifica is simply nicer. Will it outlive the tank-like Sienna? Probably not.

But if you’d like your minivan to have just a bit extra, to be the highest expression of the genre, the Pacifica should be your choice. The hybrid adds frosting on the cake, in the form of better fuel economy and lower emissions. And the “S” package adds a menacing flavor to the Chrysler.

The Pacifica is our reigning minivan-comparison champion, and now that I’ve once again checked in with this dandy vehicle, I can safely say that the king remains at the top of the hill.