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.