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It’s easy to forget about PHEVs when everyone’s buzzing about EVs. The truth is that plug-in hybrid options are great transition vehicles for anyone ready to dip their toe in the electrification movement. Instead of full-electric power, the PHEV offers the best of both plug-in electrification and traditional fuel power. The PHEV tends to be popular, too, because, with gas, it eliminates any range anxiety consumers might be having about going all-electric. 

Two of the more popular PHEV models to consider right now are the Kia Sportage PHEV and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, which is also a PHEV despite its unassuming title. So, which of these two is better? We’ll share six advantages the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV has over the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

1. The 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV has a lower base MSRP

One of the first comparisons you’ll make when considering the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV and the Chrysler Pacifica PHEV involves price. According to Kia, the starting MSRP for its plug-in hybrid version of the new Sportage is $38,490. Chrysler lists the 2022 Pacifica Hybrid with a starting MSRP of $46,978. Price alone might have you choosing the Kia Sportage, considering the substantial savings.

2. Standard AWD on the Sportage PHEV

A dark gray 2023 Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) compact SUV plugged into a charging station
2023 Kia Sportage PHEV | Kia America

Kia Media outlines some of the latest excitement around the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV, including its two X-Line trim levels that both come standard with AWD. Unfortunately, the Chrysler Pacifica models with AWD availability are non-hybrid models only. If inclement weather or driving conditions where you live requires an AWD option, the Sportage PHEV delivers where the Pacifica Hybrid cannot.

3. Kia models have a better standard warranty

Another piece of the puzzle as you decide whether or not to buy a plug-in hybrid is the warranty coverage. Should any electric components or batteries need attention, along with other parts of the vehicle, you’ll want to know how the automaker plans to protect your investment. Here, the Kia Sportage PHEV comes out ahead with its 10-year and 100,000-mile “Best-In-Class” warranty. Meanwhile, the 2022 Chrysler Pacifica is backed by a five-year and 60,000-mile Basic Limited Warranty.

4. The Kia Sportage PHEV gets better fuel economy ratings

Stellantis shares that the impressive Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid delivers more than 80 MPGe when driving in electric mode only. It also has a combined EPA rating of 30 mpg, meaning you’ll save on fuel costs in either mode. However, the 2023 Kia Sportage PHEV boasts a superior 84 MPGe rating. Even with AWD, the Sportage is expected to achieve a combined 38 mpg.

5. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid gets less electric driving range

Going electric in any capacity means comparing the electric driving ranges of any vehicles you consider. The Chrysler Pacifica PHEV has an EPA electric driving range of 32 miles, according to the Edmunds. Meanwhile, Edmunds lists the Kia Sportage PHEV as having an EPA electric driving range of 34 miles. So, when it comes to driving the furthest and longest, the Sportage PHEV is the clear victor.

6. More ground clearance with the Sportage compact SUV

Climbing in and out of your PHEV might matter to you. Depending on how you plan to use your PHEV, ground clearance measurements might also be important. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid stands 5.1 inches off the ground. Meanwhile, the Kia Sportage PHEV stands 8.3 inches off the ground, making it far more appealing for any off-pavement driving.

If you’ve been considering a switch to electric vehicles, check out the PHEV contenders first. These vehicles offer the best of both worlds, and plenty of quality plug-in hybrid options exist. Then, if you’ve successfully narrowed your decision down to the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and the Kia Sportage PHEV, keep these Sportage advantages in mind.