The 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has been named Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.
The regional writers group also named the Pacifica Hybrid the Best Family-Sized Plug-In Hybrid at Drive Revolution, the annual day-long comparision of green vehicles that it sponsors.
Also winning awards were: the 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, which was named Northwest Affordable Battery-Electric Vehicle of the Year; the Chevy Volt, which was named Northwest Affordable Hybrid Car of the Year; and the 2018 Lexus LS 500h, which was named Northwest Luxury Green Vehicle of the Year.
"The variety of vehicles is impressive," said Drive Revolution Chair Sarah Shelton of U.S. News & World Report. "From small city cars that cost less than $28,000, to fuel-sipping family-haulers that can carry up to seven people, today's selection demonstrates that there is something for anyone when it comes to alternatively-fueled vehicles."
This year's Drive Revolution was conducted at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. It included 19 all-electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, all of which are among the most fuel efficient on the market today. Test drives were conducted from the Pearson Air Museum to area roads, including a section of the I-5 freeway, and back.
The Pacifica Hybrid, which is both the only hybrid and plug-in hybrid minivan for sale in the country, won both awards because of its design and economy.
"The Pacifica Hybrid's 84 mpg-e and 33 miles of all-electric range saves you hundreds in fuel costs each year over the average new minivan or SUV," Shelton said. "But what's particularly remarkable is that you can achieve this fuel economy while also carrying a family of seven in the front and a suitcase for everyone in the back. This, along with a notable amount of standard equipment, makes the Pacifica Hybrid a truly family-friendly vehicle."
The Northwest Automotive Press Association is a professional organization of automotive journalists and media members from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southwest Canada. Founded in 1991, NWAPA includes 54 voting members representing more than 700 newspapers, magazines, radio stations, media groups and the internet. Non-voting NWAPA members include representatives from automotive manufacturers and related industry professionals.
NWAPA has sponsored Drive Revolution for the past six years to test and evaluate the growing number of electrified vehicles available to Northwest buyers. Oregon and Washington are at the epicenter of this seismic shift in vehicle propulsion, and Drive Revolution offers NWAPA members the opportunity to see and drive leading edge alternative-fuel vehicles back-to-back in a consistent testing environment.
To learn more, go to http://www.nwapa.org.