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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid awarded Best EV in Canada for 2020

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid awarded Best EV in Canada for 2020

Our final spotlight on the AJAC awards honours the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as it was awarded Best EV in Canada for 2020. This rounds out the four winners that Car Nation Canada sells and we are ending on a high.

All winners were revealed at the Montreal Auto Show last week. Finalists will be sorted and judged further until an overall 2020 Canadian Car of the Year and 2020 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year winners are nominated. The overall winners will be announced at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto in February.

Best EV in Canada for 2020

To be completely honest, I am surprised that the Pacifica won best EV. It is best in class as a minivan or family hauler, of that there is no doubt. However, given the huge strides the EV market has taken over the past year or so, for the minivan to be voted best EV is something of a surprise. A good one though!

The minivan is one of just two models available from Chrysler but it is such a good one that we forget that sometimes. It is a model that proves it isn’t all about crossovers and that other formats are equally viable and can perform well in their target market.

2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is a solid design that caused quite the stir when first released. While the competition is limited, it is of a high quality. Plus, the minivan market is closely tied to the crossover market given they are both designed for family hauling and everyday life. That’s a lot to take on for a single model.

The design of the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is one of the reasons its so good. It’s a van but doesn’t look it. The modern design, aero pretensions, excellent front end and the way it masks its size with that shape is genius.

Inside, the second and third rows fold away to provide a cavernous space for hauling just about everything you could ever need to haul. With seats in the upright position, the van can seat 8 people in comfort and safety.

All Pacificas use the 3.6-litre V6 that serves FCA so well. It produces 287 hp in gasoline guise and 260 as a hybrid. It uses a 9 speed automatic transmission to send power to the front wheels while the batteries are under the floor for better balance and so they don’t reduce interior space.

The 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was awarded a 5 star safety rating by the US NHTSA and previous models were Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. Tech such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, active parking assist, a surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise control are either standard or available as options.

We are pleased that the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was awarded Best EV in Canada for 2020 and think it’s a contender for best car. Visit Unique Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 915 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON  L7N 3V8 to see for yourself just how good this minivan is!

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