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Chrysler Pacifica, Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 Named Best Minivan, SUV and Pickup Truck to Buy 2020 by The Car Connection
  • Honor marks the fourth year The Car Connection has chosen Chrysler Pacifica as the Best Minivan to Buy
  • Jeep® Grand Cherokee earns Best SUV to Buy 2020 award
  • Ram 1500 named one of the Best Pickup Trucks to Buy for 2020


January 14, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Car Connection has named the Chrysler Pacifica, Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 as Best Minivan, SUV and Pickup Truck to Buy for 2020. The editors of The Car Connection drove more than 100 new vehicles before arriving at each winner.

The Chrysler Pacifica is The Car Connection’s Best Minivan to Buy for 2020, marking the fourth year the automotive website has chosen Pacifica as the Best Minivan to Buy.


“The Chrysler Pacifica sets the bar for minivans with its flexible interior and its crisp styling,” said Martin Padgett, editorial director of Internet Brands Automotive, publishers of The Car Connection. "The unsung hero in the lineup is the plug-in hybrid, with its excellent fuel economy and forward-thinking powertrain."

The newest accolade takes the Pacifica’s overall industry award count to more than 125 and further solidifies its standing as the most awarded minivan since 2016.

Also earning recognition is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, named Best SUV to Buy 2020, and the Ram 1500, chosen as one of two picks for Best Pickup Truck to Buy 2020.

“The Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to impress us with its performance, whether it’s on the road or off the beaten path,” Padgett said. “From Trailhawk to Trackhawk, it’s good-looking and capable, and still unlike any other SUV. The Ram 1500 has hauled and towed its way past some bigger rivals. It has its truck priorities straight — even when it’s dressed up with the best interior we’ve seen in any full-size pickup.”

Earning individual category wins from The Car Connection reaffirms the fact that FCA has the best vehicles for a customer’s wide-ranging needs.

About the Chrysler Pacifica/Pacifica Hybrid
The Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid reinvent the minivan segment with an unprecedented level of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling. Re-engineered from the ground up on an all-new platform, the Pacifica delivers class-leading gasoline and hybrid powertrains to the minivan segment. The Pacifica Hybrid takes this revolutionary vehicle a step further with its innovative, advanced hybrid powertrain. It’s the first and only electrified vehicle in the minivan segment and achieves more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in electric-only mode, has an all-electric range of more than 30 miles and a total range of more than 500 miles. With more than 100 available safety and security features, the Uconnect Theater rear-seat entertainment system, available 4G Wifi and a full array of comfort and convenience technologies, the Chrysler Pacifica has earned its spot as the most awarded over the last four years, with both the Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid serving as no-compromise minivans ideally suited for today’s families.

About Ram 1500
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never-before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability and 2,300 pounds of payload. The eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. For 2020 the Ram 1500 becomes America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability up to 12,560 pounds.

As a segment disrupter, the new Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with 360L. Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking. Class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a segment-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition.

About Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV ever and the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be. Legendary Jeep capability comes courtesy of four available 4x4 systems, Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system and class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. Grand Cherokee boasts best-in-class towing of 7,200 pounds and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1. The Grand Cherokee lineup offers a variety of models, including the Trackhawk, the most powerful and quickest SUV ever, as well as the most capable factory-produced and most luxurious Grand Cherokee models ever with the Trailhawk and Summit.

About The Car Connection
The Car Connection is the easiest place to research and shop for cars online. The site makes car research easy with its unique "TCC Rating," a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle.

The Car Connection is part of the Internet Brands Automotive Group, one of the largest collections of automotive properties on the Internet, including pioneering car-buying website CarsDirect.com and a collection of more than 130 auto enthusiast websites. Collectively, the Internet Brands Automotive Group reaches more than 35 million unique visitors each month.
 

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Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel Named FOUR WHEELER “2020 SUV of the Year”
  • Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel recognized with esteemed award from leading off-road enthusiast publication
  • New EcoDiesel delivers best 4x4 capability, fuel efficiency and driving range ever in a Jeep Wrangler
  • Wrangler wins FOUR WHEELER SUV of the Year award for second consecutive year


January 14, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel – the most capable, fuel-efficient and highest torque-rated Wrangler ever – has been named FOUR WHEELER “2020 SUV of the Year.” The award is given annually by the editors of the opinion-leading off-road enthusiast publication.

“The Wrangler is a truly exceptional machine both on- and off-road, and the new-for-2020 EcoDiesel engine option complements the outstanding JL platform,” said FOUR WHEELER Editor Ken Brubaker. “The EcoDiesel’s power and efficiency raise the bar for the already incomparable 4x4, making it even more extraordinary.”


Over the course of a week, FOUR WHEELER’s judges conducted a variety of tests spanning more than 1,000 miles of varied terrain that included pavement, gravel, dirt, sand, rocks, mud and snow. A loose-dirt hillclimb and water crossings were included in testing as well. Night driving was also integrated into the competition to gauge each vehicle’s lighting equipment. Judges included staff from various 4x4 media brands, including FOUR WHEELER, 4-WHEEL & OFF-ROAD, and JP MAGAZINE.

“Jeep proves once again that it is listening to its customers, this time delivering the much anticipated diesel-powered Wrangler,” said MOTORTREND GROUP Content Director Sean P. Holman. “With no trade-offs in the capability or the experience demanded by enthusiasts and adventurers alike, the impressively efficient Wrangler EcoDiesel makes sense for your daily commute now, too.”

Wrangler EcoDiesel models feature the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and 442 lb.-ft. of torque, with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard. Wrangler EcoDiesel models are rated at 29 miles per gallon (mpg) highway, 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined.

To handle greater torque loads, the EcoDiesel V-6 connects to a newly added TorqueFlite 8HP75 eight-speed automatic transmission, calibrated for low RPM shifts and the on- and off-road rigors of Jeep Wrangler duty. There are more than 40 individual shift maps to optimize shift points for fuel economy, performance and 4x4 capability.

“Our customers have been asking for a Wrangler with unmatched fuel economy, incredible driving range and the legendary off-road capability they’ve rightly come to expect, and our new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel delivers on that ask and then some," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. “I’ve even driven the new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel on the Rubicon Trail and can attest that our customers knew exactly what they were asking for: the perfect combination of off-road capability, fun-to-drive on-road performance and 29 mpg.”

FOUR WHEELER’s SUV of the Year award event – now in its 47th consecutive year – is an invitation-only competition that is only open to all-new or significantly revised SUVs for the upcoming model year.

Jeep Wrangler
The iconic Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world – delivers unmatched off-road capability and is produced with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Powertrain options include a new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 with engine stop-start (ESS), 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with ESS, 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 with mild-hybrid e-Torque technology, 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with ESS and a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with mild-hybrid e-Torque technology. Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, electronic lockers and is one of the few SUVs to offer a six-speed manual transmission in addition to its available eight-speed automatic.

About FOUR WHEELER
Whether you're looking for the scoop on the latest off-road–capable vehicles straight from the factory floor or want to see what others have done to their rides, find the latest tech and keep up with emerging trends from across the off-road world with FOUR WHEELER, the world’s leading 4x4 authority. FOUR WHEELER provides two annual awards, the SUV of the Year and Pickup Truck of the Year. The Four Wheeler Network features off-road and 4x4 content from JP MAGAZINE, 4-WHEEL & OFF-ROAD, and FOUR WHEELER.

About Jeep Brand
Built on more than 75 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV with class-leading capability, craftsmanship and versatility for people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep brand delivers an open invitation to live life to the fullest by offering a full line of vehicles that continue to provide owners with a sense of security to handle any journey with confidence.

The Jeep vehicle lineup consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, Renegade and Wrangler. To meet consumer demand around the world, all Jeep models sold outside North America are available in both left- and right-hand drive configurations and with gasoline and diesel powertrain options. Jeep is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 

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Ram 1500 Named 2020 Luxury Car of the Year by Cars.com
  • Ram 1500 is the first truck to win Cars.com’s Luxury Car of the Year award
  • Winners represent ultimate in luxury, usability and drivability
  • Any model vehicle, regardless of when it was introduced, is eligible


January 14, 2020 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Cars.com has named the Ram 1500 its 2020 Luxury Car of the Year. The editors of Cars.com look for a vehicle that represents ultimate luxury in its class, is exceptionally well-rounded and demonstrates outstanding usability and drivability. This is the first time a truck has won the Luxury Car of the Year award from Cars.com.

“This award validates Ram’s unrelenting efforts to deliver more comfort, refinement and value to our customers,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand. “The Ram 1500 Longhorn and Limited are examples of how we deliver the most luxurious pickups in the industry. It is immensely satisfying to have Cars.com recognize the Ram 1500 as Luxury Car of the Year.”


Any model vehicle, regardless of when it was introduced or last updated, is eligible for the award.

“The 2020 Ram 1500 Longhorn and Limited trims stand out from the crowd thanks to their stunning interiors with premium wood, leather, metal and chrome finishes, an awe-inspiring multimedia system and outstanding ride quality,” said Jenni Newman, Editor-in-Chief of Cars.com. “The Ram 1500’s top trim levels are stunning and well deserving of Cars.com’s Luxury Vehicle of the Year award.”

For 2020, an all-new V-6 EcoDiesel joins the Ram 1500 lineup and brings with it best-in-class diesel torque with 480 lb.-ft. and diesel towing capability of 12,560 pounds. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel also leads all trucks in fuel range. Paired with an available 33-gallon fuel tank, Ram’s driving range exceeds 1,000 miles. The 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel is available in all models and configurations, including a first-time offering in the Ram Rebel.

Ram’s class-leading ride and handling is accomplished via a segment-exclusive link-coil rear suspension system with optional Active-level four-corner air suspension.

As a segment disrupter, the Ram 1500’s Uconnect 4C with a massive 12-inch touchscreen leads the pickup world in technology, featuring split-screen capability, 360-degree camera views and exclusive content from SiriusXM with Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, which delivers ad-free personalization not found on other entertainment services.

The Ram 1500 is also the truck industry’s cargo-management and storage leader. The Ram 1500 multifunction tailgate feature is unique among all pickups and offers customers cargo-access flexibility without compromise. The 2020 Ram 1500 also features twice the interior storage capacity versus the competition.

Among the Ram 1500’s other innovative storage solutions are the RamBox cargo management system. The RamBox system includes versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bins built into the bed rails. RamBox bins also feature a handy 115-volt, 400-watt outlet. Also available with RamBox is a pickup bed divider/two-foot bed extender and cargo rail system with four sliding, adjustable cleats.

Ram 1500
The 2020 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 pounds of towing capability (5.7-liter HEMI® V-8) and 2,300 pounds of payload. Ram’s eTorque mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V-6 (standard) and V-8 configurations. The Ram 1500 features more than 100 active safety and security systems, including adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind-spot Monitoring and Ready Alert Braking.

Ram 1500 Longhorn
The Ram 1500 Longhorn is filled with more craftsman-like details, including real wood surfaces and 100 percent full-grain leather seats, than any other truck in the segment. Longhorn models feature design cues from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as the antique pocket watch, hand-tooled leather cowboy boots or a horseman’s saddle. Real barnwood accents, such as wood tandem doors on the center console, are individually applied to “Longhorn” branding burned on the wood-trimmed upper glove box door and segment-exclusive hand-wrapped, 100 percent full-grain leather dashboard. Embossed alligator skin pattern leather on the center console, instrument panel, seats and door panel inserts, brushed-nickel metal badge and satin chrome accents set Longhorn apart from the rest of the Ram lineup.

Ram 1500 Limited
The Ram 1500 Limited is a no-compromise truck that sets the standard for interior comfort and refinement. The Ram 1500 Limited features unique technology, materials and storage solutions to give customers a premium experience while staying true to the hardworking nature of the Ram 1500. The Ram 1500 Limited features an exclusive and largest-in-class Uconnect 4C with 12-inch touchscreen and SiriusXM with Personalized Stations Powered by Pandora, which delivers ad-free personalization not found on any other entertainment service. Premium full-leather front and rear reclining seats with heating and cooling, segment-exclusive 100 percent full-grain hand-wrapped leather dashboard, door-panel coverings and armrests, real aluminum and wood accents and a 900-watt, 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system give owners an unmatched sense of luxury and refinement.

About Ram Truck Brand
In 2009, the Ram Truck brand launched as a stand-alone division, focused on meeting the demands of truck buyers and delivering benchmark-quality vehicles. With a full lineup of trucks, the Ram 1500, 2500/3500 Heavy Duty, 3500/4500/5500 Chassis Cab, ProMaster and ProMaster City, the Ram brand builds trucks that get the hard work done and families where they need to go.

Ram continues to outperform the competition and sets the benchmarks for:
  • Segment first 1,000 lb.-ft of torque with Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Payload of 7,680 lbs. with Ram 3500
  • Most luxurious: Ram Limited with real wood, real leather and 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen
  • Best ride and handling with exclusive link coil rear and auto-level air suspensions
  • Most interior space with Ram Mega Cab
  • Most capable full-size off-road pickup – Ram Power Wagon
  • Most-awarded light-duty truck in America
  • Highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup
  • Over the last 30 years, Ram has the highest percentage of pickups still on the road
Ram is part of the portfolio of brands offered by global automaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. For more information regarding FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), please visit www.fcagroup.com.
 
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