New Year’s Resolution: Travel More
Hey guys! With the new year coming up, it’s time to make some New Year resolutions. Everyone gets a clean slate – sort of – and it’s a chance to set some personal goals. Wouldn’t it be great to travel more, and for less? Well with these FCA vehicles, you can go further without setting your wallet on fire.
Go the Distance with Chrysler
With the new Pacifica Hybrid coming out, it’s hard to not put this one on the list. Be one of the first to own the world’s first hybrid minivan and pack some snacks, because you’ll have a total of 566 miles ahead of you. Not to mention the available Uconnect Theater to keep rowdy passengers entertained and occupied so the driver can focus. If going green is your style, we can’t say there’s much comparison, but if you’re not doing a road trip, 33 miles and zero emissions ain’t bad.
One would think the original Pacifica would follow suit, but prepare yourselves — the Chrysler 200 actually outdoes the Pacifica when it comes to fuel economy. With a total of 363.4 miles in the city and 568.8 miles on the highway, it’s hard to wonder why it’s being discontinued. The 2016 model even received a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. Whether it’ll be heading out in 2017 or 2018, it’s unclear, but the 200 is definitely getting dropped. If you’re looking to go far in a sedan, jump on a deal for the Chrysler 200 before it’s gone for good.
See the Sights with Jeep
Anyone who likes a little adventure and the open air likes to drive a Jeep. If it isn’t for all that off-road and rock crawling you can do with the many 4×4 systems Jeep produces, it’s for how far they can take you. To start, with the standard 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine in the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, you have an available range of 405 miles on a full tank, that’s pretty far. It also comes with Command-Trac Shift, a 4×4 system where the driver can shift into 4WD on the fly.
Then there’s the Jeep Grand Cherokee. If it wasn’t enough to give this SUV a slick look with the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night*. If you forgot, “SRT” stands for “Street and Racing Technology” or B.A. for those who know the lingo. Excluding the SRT engine, there are three engines available on the Grand Cherokee lineup, with the standard being a 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine with Electric Start-Stop (ESS). With the 3.6L engine and a full tank of gas, your driving range is about 517 miles.
Coming in Hot from Dodge
Okay, we all know Dodge makes muscle cars that practically leave a trail of fire in their wake (Back to the Future much?), but what does all that power do to their fuel economy? Well, the Charger, which is a muscle-car by name, sedan by make, actually fares fairly well. With an 18.5-gallon tank and the standard 3.6-liter V6 VVT engine (seems to be a pattern here…), the Charger can travel an average of 426 miles before stopping for a fillup.
Next up are two SUVS, the Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey. For SUVs, both of these vehicles get can get you a ways through the Florida state before it’s time to fill up. Powered by the popular 3.6-liter V6 engine, the Durango has a whopping 24.6-gallon tank. That puts its total driving range at 517 miles. The Journey is sort of a middle ground – not as far as the Durango, but better fuel economy than the Charger in the city. If you trade the drivetrain for all-wheel drive, then a 21.1-gallon tank becomes standard, and the total driving range goes up to about 390 miles.
Anybody Up for Camping?
Last but not least, Ram trucks. Monsters known for their towing power and ability to be turned into a personal camper, the Ram is a perfect choice for towing the ol’ RV to your next destination or setting up camp in the wilderness. Plus, it also has two drivetrain options that expands the tank. With a 4×4 drivetrain, drivers can get a Ram 1500 with a 32-gallon tank and a total driving range of 494 to 608 miles.
Did you hear the ProMaster City won an award for the 2017 Commercial Green Car of the year by the Green Car Journal? It’s true; the Promaster City and the rest of the brands listed here have won many awards over the course of 2016. So for you tree lovers, know that you can travel up to 384 miles on a full tank even in this beast of a vehicle.
With all these options, there’s really no reason to not be able to travel a little more in 2017. Just remember to bring some friends along; it’s lonely on the open road (and splitting the gas bill is helpful too).