The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s performance in the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) 2018 Automotive Performance Index™ (API) Study, proves the benefits of Chrysler’s industry leading move to bring advanced battery electric technologies to the large vehicle segment. With 84 MPG-e, the Pacifica Hybrid reveals new possibilities for fuel economy gains and emission reductions, earning the Pacifica Hybrid ASG’s coveted BEST ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE Award.

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.

The Pacifica’s Plug-in Hybrid Electric (PHEV) capabilities, with a 33-mile all electric driving range, leverages the increasingly cleaner U.S. power grid as a fuel source to significantly increase 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%, thereby producing 34% 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% smaller carbon footprint than the average large vehicle available to North American consumers in 2018.

ASG’s annual Study also found the Pacifica Hybrid to offer the best all-around value and performance in its class, earning ASG’s most privileged distinction as the BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE Award winner in class. To this end, the Pacifica Hybrid establishes a new benchmark for performance and value, earning ASG’s distinguished honors in 2018.

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The Automotive Performance Index (API) applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. For example, the vehicle that performs highest in environment performance in a given class obtains a rating score of 100. Each vehicle in its class is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. A score of 91 translates to a 9% environmental performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle.  

Due to the API’s relative vehicle rating method, vehicle class divisions were identified as a critical input - these class divisions are detailed here.

While the Automotive Performance Index is indeed an exhaustive list of vehicles to trim level detail, with each vehicle assessment reporting over 200 unique data outputs (the culmination of thousands of data inputs), ASG has taken additional measures to ease the burden of sorting through all data points and all vehicle assessments. We have developed key performance categories and sorted all vehicles in each class according to Environmental Performance, Social Performance, Economic Performance and All-Around Performance. The vehicle in each class with the best score in each unique category is named the performance award winner (i.e. Best Environmental Performance Award winner). The vehicle in each class that scores highest combined scores in Environmental Performance, Social Performance and Economic Performance is named the ASG Best All-Around Performance Award winner.

One step further, we also name the Best 5 All-Around Performance Award winners in each class to provide consumers with a concise product comparison guide.