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Consumers Digest Names Seven Chrysler Vehicles A Best Buy

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On: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 3:03PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Consumers Digest Names Seven Chrysler Vehicles A Best Buy

Consumers Digest announced its annual automotive “Best Buys” which included seven Chrysler vehicles (eight—if you count the Fiat 500). That's more than double the number of “Best Buys” Chrysler received during the 2010 and 2011 model years. In the past year and a half, Chrysler has introduced 16 all-new or significantly refreshed models, and many awards have been rolling in ever since.

The Consumers Digest automotive “Best Buys” issue is an annual publication in which editors judge vehicles on many build quality and performance attributes such as ergonomics, fit and finish, utility, acceleration, fuel economy and many more. They also look at cost of ownership variables such as resale value, warranty, maintenance costs and annual operating expenses. The top vehicles in 12 separate categories are then chosen as “Best Buys” by the publication.

Here are the Chrysler Group vehicles that received Consumers Digest's “Best Buys” for the 2012 model year: Chrysler 300 and Town & Country; Jeep Grand Cherokee; and Dodge Durango, Grand Caravan, Challenger and Ram 1500.

Chrysler 300
New for the Chrysler 300 is the new segment-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission. Along with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine is the Fuel Saver Technology, a five-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and Auto Stick, performance-tuned suspension and larger performance disc brakes are available.

Chrysler Town & Country
New for 2012 include standard leather seating and rear-seat DVD for all models, new Sapphire Blue interior lighting scheme and a combination leather and wood steering wheel for Limited models.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Since its introduction, the 2012 Jeep® Grand Cherokee has captured more than 30 awards from an array of opinion-leading organizations making it the most awarded SUV ever. The Grand Cherokee is available with the Jeep Selec-Terrain™ system, Quadra-Lift™ air suspension, and front and rear independent suspension with either V-6 and V-8 engine choices that offer class-leading driving range (550 miles with the V-6) or class-leading towing capability (7,400 lbs. with the V-8).

Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger SXT model and Challenger SXT Plus package feature the lightweight, aluminum 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with 305 horsepower and 268 ft.-lb. torque and up to 27 mpg highway. With the 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engines under their hoods, the 2012 Challenger R/T model delivers up to 375 hp, 410 ft.-lb. of torque and 25 mpg highway.

Dodge Durango
The Durango offers standard seven-passenger seating, best-in-class power, best-in-class towing, best-in-class driving range of more than 550 miles, more than 30 storage areas, 28 seating configurations and a rear cargo area of nearly 85 cubic feet that fits a six-foot couch with room for coffee table or a 10-foot ladder with the front passenger seat folded flat.

Dodge Grand Caravan
Chrysler invented the modern minivan in 1983 with the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager. Seventy-five minivan-first innovations and 13 million minivan sales later, the company still leads the way with the best, most innovative vehicle to move people and things.

Dodge Ram 1500
The 2012 Ram 1500 is offered in Regular Cab, Quad Cab® and Crew Cab models, with three box lengths: 8-foot (Regular Cab), 6-foot-4-inches (Regular Cab and Quad Cab), and 5-foot-7-inches (Ram 1500 Crew Cab). Thirteen trim levels are available, each with a unique appearance: Tradesman, Tradesman Heavy Duty, Express, Outdoorsman, ST, SLT, Sport, Sport R/T, Lone Star, Big Horn, Mossy Oak, Laramie and Laramie Longhorn.

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Stephy21 | 9:13AM (Thu, Nov 10, 2011)

Chrysler sure did a great job in there 2012 models.

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