The industry’s first-ever hybrid minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, was re-engineered from the ground up and offers unparalleled efficiency. The class-exclusive powertrain offers a remarkable 530-mile total driving range and returns an incredible 80 city MPGe. The lithium-ion battery is strong enough to power the Pacifica for up to 30 miles on a single charge, so you can run local errands without using any gas.
Dodge’s speedy, powerful cars and Chrysler’s famously versatile vehicles have been popular with U.S. shoppers for a number of years. The reasons are clear. They look good, they handle even better, and they can do a lot more than simply get you from point A to point B thanks to their myriad cool features. They’re also rock-solid vehicles in the eyes of J.D. Power. The company just released its 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study which ranks all companies based on their vehicles.
To mark the 90 years since Walter P. Chrysler created the Chrysler auto brand in 1925, limited-edition models of the 2016 Chrysler 200, 300 and Town & Country will arrive at dealerships in the third quarter of 2015. Each 90th Anniversary Package will include some of the vehicles’ most popular options as standard features, reflecting Chrysler’s long-held commitment to quality and craftsmanship at an excellent value.
During last Sunday’s American Music Awards, you might have seen some bombastic commercials starring some of the music industry’s hottest stars and Chrysler’s hottest vehicles. That’s because Chrysler and Interscope Records teamed up to produce five commercial spots, each spotlighting a different brand owned by the automaker set to some of the latest and greatest musical hits.
A new customer-satisfaction survey shows that American automakers still lead when it comes to large cars, taking the top five spots in the segment, and it was the 2012 Chrysler 300 that rose to the top. AutoPacific and Autobytel Inc. recently named the Chrysler 300 the Top Rated Large Car in their 2012 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards, citing the vehicle’s quiet ride, smooth handling and impressive power.
Automotive researcher AutoPacific and vehicle-information provider Autobytel put together the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards by surveying roughly 75,000 drivers that bought a 2012-model-year vehicle from September to December of 2011. Their survey covered 48 different areas of satisfaction, ranging from power and acceleration to styling and cargo space, in order to decide awards in 26 different segment categories. Owners of the 2012 Chrysler 300 proved to be the most satisfied in the Large Car category, ahead of the Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger, Buick LaCrosse and Chevy Impala.
“It’s one thing to be happy during the first few weeks of ownership, but it’s a different story after you spend a few months with your new ride,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Chrysler dealer in Massachusetts. “Chrysler 300 owners remain very pleased with their purchases thanks to the incredibly refined ride, high build quality and the powerful yet fuel-efficient drivetrain options.”
The Chrysler 300’s calling card is a sophisticated exterior that still manages to look muscular, featuring a high belt line and flared wheel arches. Inside, a laminated acoustic windshield and ample soundproofing in the wheel wells and under the floor provide a calm driving experience, while an optional dual-pane sunroof directs an abundance of light throughout the cabin.
While noise from the engine bay may be muted, the 300’s performance is anything but subdued thanks to its powerful drivetrain options. The standard engine is the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which produces 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque while returning up to 31 mpg on the highway. Those looking for more power can opt for the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with 363 horsepower or a 6.4-liter V8 powerplant in the SRT8 model that churns out 465 horsepower. That high performance doesn’t mean an unquenchable thirst at the pump though, as both V8-equipped 300 models can return 25 mpg on the highway.
Sales of the Chrysler 300 have skyrocketed this year, up 203 percent in 2012 year-over-year and rising by 140 percent in May compared to the same month last year. Those numbers helped the Chrysler brand reach its highest May sales in four years, as well as its 11th-straight month of year-over-year sales growth.
“Chrysler has done a great job of refining its vehicles without inflating their price tags, and that has brought results in showrooms,” Gill noted. “The reason that so many Chrysler 300 owners are satisfied is that no other vehicle in its class offers such a great value.”
Chrysler is quick to point out the style and power of its large luxury flagship, the 300, but Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com recently saw a softer side of the bad-boy sedan. The automotive-information group recently featured the 2012 Chrysler 300 available at Chrysler dealerships on its 10 Best Family Cars of 2012 list, proving that the Town & Country minivan isn’t the brand’s lone family-friendly product.
Kbb.com based its 10 Best Family Cars of 2012 list on a range of factors, including safety, comfort, child-friendliness, strong consumer ratings and low cost of ownership. The 2012 Chrysler 300 was the only full-size sedan on the list, earning praise for its distinctive styling, premium standard features and outstanding comfort. Kbb.com editors also noted the 300’s fuel-efficient yet powerful V6 powertrain and class-exclusive eight-speed automatic transmission.
“Chrysler’s 300 is a great vehicle for families that refuse to give up style and driving enjoyment just because they have one or two little ones onboard,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Chrysler dealer. “Some family vehicles are just glorified boxes on wheels, but Chrysler has proven that kid friendly doesn’t have to mean bland and boring.”
It was the Chrysler 300’s stylish appeal that came into play in its victory over the 2012 Hyundai Genesis sedan in Autoblog’s recent luxury-sedan comparison test. The online automotive publication chose to compare the 300 and Genesis because they are the only full-size, rear-wheel-drive luxury sedans available with base prices at less than $35,000, providing premium features without a premium price.
Powered by Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engine, the Chrysler 300 has 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque on tap, offering ample acceleration while returning 31 mpg on the highway, two more than the Genesis sedan. The Chrysler also sports more trunk space, 16.3 cubic-feet compared to 15.9 cubic-feet for the Hyundai, which means there is plenty of room for groceries, golf clubs or luggage for a family of four.
Autoblog editors praised the 2012 Chrysler 300 for its style both inside and out, while criticizing the Hyundai’s interior for being “bland.” Chrysler designers focused on soft-touch materials throughout the 300’s cabin, including optional soft-leather upholstery that is available in classic Black or a vibrant Radar Red for those looking to spice things up. Glossy piano-black trim pieces on the doors and dash add to the sense of sophistication, while the acoustic windshield, wheel liners and underbody closeouts ensure a quiet driving environment.
“Thanks to the Chrysler 300, you don’t have to spend $70,000 to get a complete full-size luxury sedan,” Gill noted. “The Chrysler 300 is the democratization of luxury: You can get the silent ride, the soft-leather upholstery and the innovative technology without having to be a millionaire.”
Chrysler is going further upscale with its new 300 Luxury Series, which the automaker says will be the most luxurious, fuel-efficient Chrysler flagship ever. Due to reach Chrysler dealers in the first quarter of 2012, the leather-clad sedan will return up to 31 mpg on the highway, giving luxury lovers a guilt-free way to get around.
Featuring top-grade Black or Mochachino Poltrona Frau “Foligno” leather normally found in Maseratis, the Luxury Series 300 and 300C sedans punch well above their price tags when it comes to luxury. The interior also features hand-sanded wood trim accents, 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated seats, Berber floor mats and a heated, leather-trimmed steering wheel tailored toward Snow Belt natives.
“The 300 Luxury Series steps away from the more-common Corinthian leather and provides a truly upscale cabin experience with the highest quality leathers,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, a Natick, Massachusetts Chrysler dealer. Chrysler has combined the luxurious interior of an exotic Italian car with the muscle of an all-American sedan imported from Detroit. It’s the best of both worlds at a price that undercuts the competition by thousands of dollars.”
Power and fuel efficiency in the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series come from the standard 292-horsepower Pentastar V6, which is paired with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 300 Luxury Series comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but an available all-wheel-drive system will likely be a popular choice with Bay State drivers who have to deal with dangerous winter driving. Those looking for more power can opt for the V8-toting 300C Luxury Series, which pumps out 363 horsepower and still returns 25 mpg on the highway. The V8 is also available with Chrysler’s all-wheel-drive setup.
Chrysler’s efforts to innovate didn’t stop in the 300’s engine bay, as the automaker has also gone to great lengths to provide cutting-edge in-car connectivity with the latest infotainment hardware. Luxury Series cars will come with Chrysler’s Uconnect Touch system, which combines the power of a Garmin navigation unit, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link with an 8.4-inch touch screen, the largest screen in the segment. The system can also work with Bluetooth-connected smartphones to provide hands-free calling and even stream music without having to plug in.
Outside, the 2012 Chrysler 300 Luxury Series differentiates itself from other models with 20-inch polished rims on rear-wheel-drive models and 19-inch rollers on all-wheel-drive-equipped 300s. Platinum chrome adorns the exterior mirrors, door handles and fascia accents, creating an upscale look that is topped off by the large chromed grille.
“The 300 Luxury Series has an air of what I’d describe as sophisticated aggression,” Gill noted. “It’s very upscale looking, but the low stance and creased sides look like they belong in an action movie. It’s a really distinctive car.”
Pleased Chrysler owners are everywhere, according to automotive research firm AutoPacific’s Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA). The awards recently singled out Chrysler vehicles as having the most satisfied customers of any popular auto brand available in North America. In addition to its overall popular brand award, AutoPacific revealed that the 2011 Chrysler Town & Country, available at Chrysler dealerships like Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge, won the 2011 VSA in the Minivan category.
AutoPacific’s 15th annual VSAs were determined by polling more than 68,000 new vehicle owners nationwide. Winners were announced in 26 different vehicle categories and two brand categories, with Chrysler claiming the Highest Satisfaction Popular Brand award. The Chrysler Town & Country was rated on 48 separate indicators of satisfaction to claim the award for top minivan.
“We can talk about Chrysler’s commitment to quality all we want, but the proof lies in what owners think once they start driving,” said Richard Gill, owner of Brigham-Gill Chrysler Jeep Dodge, a Massachusetts Chrysler dealer. “The VSA award shows that Chrysler buyers are very happy with the quality of their cars. Industry awards are always nice, but these consumer opinion awards carry a lot more weight.”
The 2011 Chrysler Town & Country minivan has a host of features to help families manage their days and their budgets, starting with an all-new engine that earns 25 mpg on the highway without skimping on power. The new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine produces 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2011 Town and Country builds on the tradition of utility in Chrysler minivans with available load-leveling suspension that adjusts itself based on cargo load to maintain stability. For vacation duty, the available Towing Prep Package enables the minivan to pull loads up to 3,600 pounds, enough for a small boat or camper.
In the not-too-distant future, Town & Country minivans will offer enhanced safety and all-condition performance with available all-wheel drive, according to Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne. The minivan’s last all-wheel-drive package was dropped in 2004, but will likely return in the next-generation Town & Country in 2013.
The future Town & Country may also share a chassis with a new compact pickup truck for the Ram lineup. Dubbed a “lifestyle truck” and aimed to compete directly with the Honda Ridgeline, the new Ram compact pickup will utilize a unibody chassis rather than the body-on-frame design found in conventional trucks, making it lighter and more fuel efficient. A unibody truck concept called the Dodge Rampage was first shown by Chrysler at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show, offering seating for five, a low bed for easy loading and unloading and sliding doors.
“Chrysler is focusing on innovation where it counts, in fuel economy and features that expand the capabilities of its vehicles,” Gill said. “Massachusetts families with busy schedules will find the new Town & Country to be the perfect organizer for errands and events, as well as a fun and reliable way to get where they need to go.”