Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Awards
Oh man, it has been quite the year for FCA vehicles. New models, anniversaries, the end of an era for the Viper, and so many awards. Excuse us while we wipe away a tear of pride. We talked about some of these awards already, so think of this as a recap of all the good news FCA has received and can bring to the market next year.
The Chrysler Pacifica has smashed all types of records this year. This minivan is super convenient, roomy, and its hybrid version is pretty amazing. It was named a Best Buy by Kelley Blue Book, Consumers Digest, and several smaller publications. WardsAuto added the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to their 10 Best lists for interior and user experience, and WardsAuto included the Pacifica Hybrid’s engine on their list of ten best engines.
Safety has been a large part of the Pacifica and Chrysler’s other vehicles. The Pacifica and the 200 received 5-star ratings by the NHTSA for the 2017 model year; the 200 received a 4-star rating, but the Pacifica and the 200 also received “Top Safety Pick+” from the IIHS. Furthermore, Strategic Vision’s Most Loved Vehicles list found the Chrysler 300 to be a best buy in the luxury car segment.
Dodge, you will always have a special place in our hearts. That part that screams for adventure and blood-pumping octane. It goes without saying that many would agree, seeing that the Dodge Charger, Challenger, and Durango landed on Strategic Vision’s Most Loved Vehicles list. The Durango also was named a best buy by Consumer Guide Automotive. Moreover, for the third year in a row, the Dodge Charger received the Residual Value Award in the ‘Full-Size’ car category from ALG, a TrueCar Company.
NHRA, the official National Hot Rod Association, awarded Mopar and Dodge the 2016 NHRA Manufacturers Cup, which is awarded to the manufacturer whose current-year model earns the most points for qualifying and category victories in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national and divisional events. The current-year model of the Mopar Dodge Charger R/T Funny Cars and Dodge Dart Pro Stock cars took the lead and the cup.
Being that 2016 was the 75th Anniversary of Jeep, the brand won several awards. Let’s see, where to begin…the Jeep Wrangler was named on Strategic Vision’s Most Loved Vehicles list, the Jeep Cherokee won the award for best Compact Sport Utility vehicle by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), the Jeep Renegade was named Best SUV for the money by Autobytel, and that’s just the beginning.
It should come as no surprise that the Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards named Jeep as the most active auto brand on the market. The Jeep Grand Cherokee received a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA, and was also named the “Most Ideal Mid-Size SUV” for six years in a row by AutoPacific. Plus, Jeep is very proud of their 4×4 systems, and the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited both won awards for “Four Wheeler of the Decade” by Four Wheeler. Let us repeat, the DECADE! Dang, Jeep.
Now this one is going to surprise you. The Ram Promaster City won the 2017 Commercial Green Car of the Year award by Green Car Journal, a publication focused on green and environmentally friendly vehicles. The Ram 1500 Rebel also won an award from ALV, four-wheeler pickup of the year from Four-Wheeler, and the Mopar ‘16 Ram 1500 Rebel was named the best off-road vehicle by the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Jeep has some competition.
The Ram 1500 also won many of the awards listed, and here’s another – Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas by TAWA. It was also named a best buy by Consumer Guide Automotive. Lastly, Ram also landed a spot on WardsAuto’s list for 2016 10 Best Engines with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6.
Yes, it has been an eventful year of FCA vehicles. With so many awards, your next car purchase should be no question – it’s an FCA brand.