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Award-winning minivan can be driven at Portland Renovation & Home Show and Oregon State Fair in August.

COURTESY FCA - 2018 Chrysler Pacific Chrysler is offering free test drives of its award-winning Pacifica Hybrid minivan to licensed drivers attending the Portland Renovation & Home Show and the Oregon State Fair in August.

The plug-in hybrid version of the Chrysler Pacifica will go up to 33 miles on electrity alone on a full charge before switching over to a conventional gas/electric hybrid mode, whch is EPA rated at 28 miles per gallon.

The Pacifica Hybrid's has won numerous awards for its combination of fuel economy and practicality. Among others, it has been named Family Car of the Year by Cars.com, Best Car to Buy by Green Car Reports, an Automotive Best Buy for two years in a row by Consumer Guide, and Best Family Car in the Minivan Category by Parents Magazine. It was also named 2018 Northwest Green Vehicle of the Year and Best Family-Sized Plug-In Hybrid by the Northwest Automotive Press Association.

The Portland an Salem test driver are being offered through the Charge Across America Experience Tour sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US LLC). Participants must pay admission to both events.

The drives at the Portland Renovation & Home Show are available on Aug. 17 and 19 at the Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 300 N. Winning Way, Portland. The drives at the Oregon State Fair are available from Aug. 24 to 26 at the Oregon State Fair & Exposition Center, 2330 17th St N.E., Salem.

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a 566-mile total driving range, 7-passenger seating, a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and is a 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick. It also qualifies for a $7,500 federal tax credit and a $2,500 Oregon rebate. For more information, visit www.chrysler.com/pacifica/hybrid.html.

Those at both events can also Spin 2 Win for prizes including branded water bottles, sunglasses and a drone. And they can enter the 2018 FCA US National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $45,000 towards the cost of a new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, or Fiat brand vehicle.

The full schedule for test drives is:

Portland Renovation & Home Show

08/17/18, noon-8:00 pm

08/18/18, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

08/19/18, 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

Oregon State Fair

08/24/18, 10:00 am-11:00 pm

08/25/18, 10:00 am-11:00 pm

08/26/18, 10:00 am-10:00 pm

For a Portland Tribune story on the NWAPA awards, go to tinyurl.com/y9j6jd36.

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