“Accelerate from a stop and the Pacifica Hybrid demonstrates everything we love about electric cars. Massive torque right off the line can actually chirp the tires under hard acceleration thanks to the characteristics of electric motors. If you plant your foot to the floor, you'll kick the V-6 engine on, as well. But if you're more judicious with the accelerator, you'll be rewarded with smooth, quiet, effortless power that makes the Pacifica Hybrid feel sprightly and quick around town. Merging onto the highway is no sweat, either, with plenty of acceleration to be had at any speed.
“Braking performance isn't the greatest. When it comes time to bleed off some speed, the regenerative braking system is employed first, working to recapture some momentum and turn it into power for the batteries. That results in a typical hybrid-style brake feel -- disconnected and vague. The steering has no such issue, with a lightness and directness that's surprisingly communicative. It goes, stops and changes direction as well as the standard Pacifica -- maybe just a little bit better when it comes to acceleration.”