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CR: Chrysler Vehicles Road-Trip Friendly

by Bill Cawthon on

Consumer Reports has published a list of the most “road-trip friendly” vehicles and three Chrysler Group vehicles made the grade.

In Large Cars, the Chrysler 300S and Dodge Charger, both equipped with the Pentastar V6, were the highest-rated non-hybrid vehicles while the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the V6 was the top non-hybrid Mid-Size SUV.

The selections were based on driving range. The Chrysler came in with an estimated range of 425 miles between fill-ups while the Charger came through with 420. The Grand Cherokee beat both with a 430-mile range.

The top-rated vehicle in Large Cars was the Toyota Avalon Hybrid Limited with a 620-mile range, but the new Avalon carries a base MSRP of $41,400, which is more than $7,000 higher than the sticker on the 300S. That translates to more than 2,000 gallons of unleaded at the Energy information Agency’s estimated summer price of $3.56/gallon; more than enough to cover the fuel for the typical family vacation – for several years.

In Mid-Size SUVs, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid took top honors but with a hefty price penalty (more than $8,000) over the second-place Grand Cherokee.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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