Consumer’s Guide Automotive Awards Recognizes Nine Chrysler Models

by mbethard


2012 Consumer Guide Automotive Awards

“We are honored and thrilled to have nine vehicles named as ‘Best Buys’ or ‘Recommended Picks’ by Consumer Guide Automotive. Chrysler Group launched an unprecedented 16 all-new or substantially-refreshed vehicles in 2010 and 2011, models that continue to resonate with both consumers and objective, third parties like Consumer Guide.”

-Reid Bigland
President and CEO
– Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales

2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

Each year, consumers purchase millions of new cars, trucks, SUVs, a­nd minivans, most costing in excess of $25,000. Some people buy on impulse, spurred by incentives or high style. Other shoppers are more methodical in approach, carefully weighing the pros and cons of each vehicle long before visiting a dealership.

Regardless of shopping method, budgets are tighter than ever this year and consumers need to make wise choices when selecting their next vehicle. With more than 250 new cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs on the market, many people don’t know where to begin when shopping for a new car.  Consumer Guide’s editors offer Best Buy and Recommended picks in 18 distinct vehicle classes to simplify the selection process for today’s buyers. They offer two categories: Best Buy and Recommended Picks which focus on overall vehicle value and take into account performance, economy, reliability, ease of use, comfort, and price.  This year’s list showcases 106 vehicles from more than 150 new cars, SUVs, minivans, and trucks tested.

Consumer Guide has a staff of 10 full-time automotive editors. Combined, these editors have nearly 150 years of experience in testing automobiles. This team evaluates each new vehicle as the typical owner would–shopping, commuting, taking long highway trips, and during stop-and-go city driving.

Tho­ugh they do measure 0-60 mph times, braking distances, and interior noise levels on many vehicles, they downplay a vehicle’s performance in favor of evaluating its ability to meet everyday needs–merging onto expressways or riding comfortably over potholes, for example. Similarly, they rate how easy it is to get in and out of vehicles, how difficult it is to adjust the controls while driving, or how many grocery bags and suitcases it holds. Each car is put through its paces by at least four test-drive editors. Each driver fills out an evaluation form, commenting on specific areas of performance and comfort, noting the type of driving they did and the fuel economy figures they got. The editor writing the final evaluation uses these reports, as well as his own experience, to create a comprehensive review of the vehicle.

Consumer’s Guide selects the top overall vehicles in each class as Best Buys. This is their highest ranking. A “Best Buy” rating signifies that a vehicle is ranked at the top of its class and is strongly approved by the editors. “Best Buy” vehicles represent the finest balance of attributes and price within their classes, and they are the best choices for most consumers.

Consumer’s Guide chose these vehicles as a ‘Best Buy’ from the Chrysler Group:

2012 Consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Chrysler Town and Country

 Choosing a minivan that offers an advanced safety and technology package like no other vehicle in its class doesn’t mean that you can’t arrive with some. After all, you’ve worked hard and your appreciation for the details doesn’t disappear when kids arrive. That’s why Town and Country Limited is the most luxurious minivan in its class.   (read more)

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2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Chrysler 300

It has an American pedigree unlike any other. It puts into practice everything that made Chrysler a legend from the streets of Detroit to the sands of Daytona. It brings the legacy of the most awarded new car ever into the ring with every intention of keeping the title. This is the type of legitimate luxury and unflinching performance that  you dare not cross. (read more) 

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2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Dodge Charger

 Even though it casts a shadow that’s all its own, Charger is a vehicle that’s designed to step out of one. The powertrain is designed to be effortless on the highways, and enthusiastic off the corners, while engine technology yields performance with a conscience. Technology intertwined with a dose of legend, this is the driving experience that only Charger can deliver.(read more)

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2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Dodge Grand Caravan

Dodge Grand Caravan, America’s Best-selling and most awarded minivan ever, takes to the streets with an obligation to define the segment it created.  And so it does.  Outfitted with innovations like industry-exclusive super stow-n-go, and packed with technologies that continue to advance, Grand Caravan still never settles. (read more)

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2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Dodge Journey

It’s a rare balance of versatility, performance, and sophistication that makes Journey America’s most versatile and affordable mid-size crossover. Toned and chiseled, it moves through the streets with confidence. Amazing flexibility holds both people and their gear with the same degree of attention. This is the ultimate combination of form and function. This is the Dodge Journey.  (read more)

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2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Ram 1500

When you rely on a truck for your daily drive, you’ve got to work smart and come prepared with strength, experience, and the guts to lead the way. It demands a Ram 1500. The sculpted exterior ranks best-in-class for aerodynamics so good they contribute  to fuel efficiency and a quiet ride. Underneath, the class-exclusive five-link coil spring rear suspension provides exceptional comfort….(read more)

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Consumer Guide’s “Recommended Picks” feature vehicles that, though not ranked at the very top of their category, are still worth strong consideration by consumers for their unique combination of attributes and value.

Consumer’s guide chose these vehicles as ‘Recommended Picks’ from the Chrysler Group:

2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee


The most beautiful of adventures has begun. A unique and detailed design melds with an entirely modern character. The result: you arrive at the pinnacle of luxury. Appointed with advanced amenities and fully realized Jeep brand capability, the time is now to make each moment grand.  (read more)

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2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Dodge Durango

Here is to the lucky seven. Here’s to those who surround themselves with the capability, power, comfort and technology that is decidedly Durango.  From powerful engine options to a four-wheel independent multilink suspension, versatility and agility come together in one extremely toned package.(read more)

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2012 consumer Guide Automotive Awards

2012 Fiat 500

There are cars that simply drive. And there are CARS THAT ARE DRIVEN.

The FIAT 500 and its drive shines through in every line, curve, and detail – big or small. It is a car designed for sheer passion. This is the Italian way.  This is the FIAT way.(read more)

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Safford Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fredericksburg couldn’t be any more proud of the award winners above, and we invite you to come see all of the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat models for yourself.  We’re sure you’ll agree that the Chrysler Brand offers vehicles with exceptional performance, economy, reliability, ease of use, comfort, and price.

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