Dodge Durango is MotorWeek’s Driver’s Choice for Best Large Utility

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Dodge enjoyed a great victory at this year’s Chicago Auto show.  The Dodge Durango was awarded the “Driver’s Choice, Best Large Utility” by the editors of MotorWeek.  The magazine has judged the best cars and trucks for the year for over 31 years.  The Drivers’ Choice Awards is an annual look at the vehicles from the point of view of the prospective buyer.  The process reviews priorities such as value and reliability, and also takes into account the latest trends and innovations into the consideration.

Reid Bigland, the President and CEO of Dodge Brand, was very proud of the award.  “It’s an honor to receive this award from MotorWeek,” he said.  “Even though it’s still early in 2012, Dodge has already received more than a dozen awards across the line-up, demonstrating the strength of our products.”

Add this to the list of great news coming Dodge’s way.  With the recent display and hype building for the Dodge Dart, the numerous awards given to the different vehicles, and seeing a 29 percent sales increase in January makes it a phenomenal start to the year.  Dodge is surely in for one of their best years ever.

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Dodge Charger Given 5-Star Safety Rating

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given both the 2012 Chrysler 300 and the 2012 Dodge Charger a 5-Star Safety Rating. That is the highest rating given for safety and is measured in three categories that include front and side crashes and also rollovers.

Scott Kunselman, the Senior Vice President-Engineering, Chrysler Group LLC said in regards to the news, “We’re very pleased that both the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger have achieved the highest overall rating. The results of these tests reflect crash worthiness and performance in different scenarios.”

Both vehicles feature a robust array of safety features that helped lead to the 5-Star rating. One such is the Adaptive Cruise Control which maintains a set distance between cars whenever the cruise control is turned on. Other features that make the 2012 Dodge Charger so safe are available blind-spot monitoring and electronic stability control.

Kunselman continued on about the safety of the car, “These vehicles are comprehensively equipped with advanced safety features Both vehicles are robustly designed with a rigid structure to protect occupants and have numerous advanced safety features including, available Adaptive Cruise Control which NHSTA notes as a technology proven to reduce crashes.”

Dodge Charger had been noted for its safety earlier by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when they awarded the vehicle “Top Safety Pick.” Dodge takes pride in making sure that their vehicles, such as the Charger, are not only of the highest quality but also safe on the road. The 5-Star rating is a reward to this commitment.

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President Obama Gets Behind the Wheel of the Dodge Dart

When the news started coming out about the Dodge Dart, everyone knew it was a big deal. I don’t think, however, that anyone expected it to be so big that even President Obama had to take a closer look.

Chrysler has released pictures and a press release stating that during the President’s trip to the Washington Auto show, he was spotted behind the wheel of the new version of the Dodge Dart. Dodge Brand President and CEO Reid Bigland was on hand to show President Obama the new car and to walk him around the show floor to all the vehicles on display.

The hype behind the Dodge Dart doesn’t seem to be letting up. After such a strong unveiling early in January at the Detroit Auto Show, now the car seems to be getting the President’s seal of approval. The Dart is expected to arrive in the second quarter of 2012. Featuring a dynamic designed inspired by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and other great additions such as the premium 7-inch Thin Film Transistor display. Maybe this is why the President got rid of his Chrysler 300 so he could get the new Dart.

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Dodge Nitro

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The Dodge Nitro is a mid size SUV looking to bring some class to the class.

The exterior depends on a distinctive box design that really gives it a one of a kind look. The most apparent is the cross-hair grille with horizontal inserts. Other features on the outside body include fender flares and chrome and brushed silver accents. There’s also the heated door mirrors, a rails only roof rack, and body side moldings. If you’re the kind of person likes to put their own twist on a car, then the Nitro has the options to really do just that. Some of the accessories that Mopar has includes tubular side steps in chrome with a skid resistant surface. The fascia accent also comes in chrome as well and adds some great flair to the front of the vehicle.

This same standard to quality goes right into the interior. Starting with the seating, which can seat up to 5 passengers, which is available in either cloth or leather trimmed. It’s an emphasis on comfort, even having four different lean angles for that passenger who just needs to take a quick nap on the trip to Atlantic City. One of the best reviewed features inside of the Nitro is the multimedia system. The Uconnect system gives access to Sirius Satellite Radio and over 130 channels of news, sports, and music. The Uconnect medic center allows you to store thousands of songs and playlists to keep your ride from getting boring by providing hours of entertainment. The Nitro includes standard six speaker sound system to really help the music ring and has an upgrade for Infinity’s premium sound system with eight speakers and an eight inch sub-woofer.

The Nitro offers a great deal on the engines, with 2 available choices. The first one is the 4.0 liter V6 powerhouse. With a five speed automatic transmission and 260 horsepower, it certainly is a beast. It also includes an electronic rang select shifter to give better balance between the fuel efficiency, torque management, and shift responsiveness. The next engine you could go home with in your Nitro is the 3.7 V6. The V6 has a four speed automatic transmission and a horsepower of 210. It features advanced electronic throttle control that gives more precision driving and efficiency.

The Dodge Nitro has been altered to allow for better performance when driving to take your kids to school in Long Island or taking them out to Hudson Valley for a brief vacation. It features the choice between a standard two wheel drive or a part time four wheel drive system. Both have the electronic stability control that helps the vehicle keep control when a spin happens. This goes along with the anti-lock brakes to make sure that braking happenings even during a severe New York snow storm.

This is all part of Dodge’s safety measures. They want to avoid accidents from even happening. Don’t worry though, if something bad should occur, the Dodge Nitro has what it takes to protect you. It all starts with the Nitro’s frame work. It has energy absorbing crush zones that reduce the risk of injury from impact. The seats have active head restraints to help. The Nitro’s airbags are located in front for the front passenger and the driver. There are supplemental side-curtain airbags to provide even more protection for every passenger.

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Dodge Grand Caravan

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The best minivan is back with the Dodge Grand Caravan. With a design that shows an attention to detail in every aspect, the Grand Caravan is just begging for you to give it a spin.

Sporting some new exterior features, the fifth generation of mini van is looking to make sure that the stereotype of the minivan that looks don’t matter but this vehicle doesn’t accept that.  It dismisses those claims with a sophisticated look.  With a newly designed front fascia and the signature Dodge crosshair grille it couldn’t be more clear about the care put into making sure that there is no sacrifice of style for the care of the family.

This is truly the vehicle for every family, clearly seen in the luxurious interior.  It’s a good thing it can seat up to 7, with the quality seating being offered it’s hard to see why no one wouldn’t want to climb in for a ride.  The seats have improved fabric material and the interior is designed with soft touch materials to make sure comfort is always there.  It doesn’t hurt that the front and second row seats are heated.  It even has a super console available that offers not only 4 cup holders, but also two power outlets, and is an accessible storage area.

The Grand Caravan is all about room.  It has the room for the people who ride and for the family that needs the space for their outing into the countryside.  The second row seats can switch from being seats for passengers into quickly being additional storage space with the simple touch of a button.  The third row can follow suit with the one motion system that now allows the head rest of the chairs to fold down giving even more space!  There’s also the available Mopar cargo liner to make sure that whatever you’re packing into the Grand Caravan won’t destroy the seating.  There’s even a Mopar running board that is made from high strength and durable substruction that makes it so they can take a beating no matter what kind of shoes are stepping on it.

Grand Caravan is all about providing an unparallelled amount of comfort.  For those far trips to the relatives, you can get a 9 inch flip down color screen so your kids can watch their favorite DVDs.  If you were worried about the noise becoming too much while you’re driving or just trying to sleep, you can also get two wireless infrared headsets so they can still enjoy the show while giving you the quiet you need.  There is even the Uconnect System, Dodge’s way of linking your Grand Caravan to today’s tech.  You can use it to turn your minivan into a mobile wi-fi hot spot.

The best new addition to the Caravan is the new 3.6 liter V6 engine that is all about giving minimal maintenance with great durability.  It provides 283 horsepower and 260 pounds-foot of torque.  All that power and it still manages to deliver fuel economy that could only be called incredible.  That’s 17 miles per gallon when driving to the kids soccer game in Brooklyn and 25 mpg when driving out to Hudson Valley for the weekend on a 20 gallon tank.  That means you’ll get an estimated range of 500 miles on the highway.  To make the deal even better, the V6 engine has been tested and now when you push down on that gas pedal, you’ll get quality and smooth operation.

Dodge wants to make sure that your family is well looked after with the Grand Caravan.  The vehicle comes equipped with airbags spread throughout the cabin.  This includes driver and front passenger airbags and supplemental side curtain airbags.  The frame of the car has been reinforced and is designed to absorb the energy of an impact to make sure that every passenger is safe.  There’s also an available Parkview camera to make backing up even easier through the use of audio and visual indicators when backing up.

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Dodge Durango

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The midsized SUV, the Dodge Durgano, is back with a full redesign. It’s an SUV that is not only designed to perform but it’s also made to be affordable.

The Durango has an amazing body design.  Not only is it a muscular profile, one that’s very unique, but it’s also a sculpted modern body.  With a lean forward profile that is complimented by the new Dodge split cross-hair grille makes it unmistakably a Dodge car.  This is all accented by a browed headlamps and is seamlessly blended by the sculpted corners into the arched and muscular fenders.  Other available features include chrome mirrors and door handles, sunroof, an engine block heater, and a trailer towing package.

A standard feature on the Durango is the Smartbeam headlamps that adjust the high beam brightness automatically whenever there’s oncoming traffic.  This feature also makes it so that the Durango headlamps turn on automatically at dusk and off when there’s daylight to save you battery life and trouble.  For more lighting, there’s also the four inch fog lamps that is standard with all models.

The Durango comes with two possible powertrains.  The 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 engine features a lightweight aluminum construction with variable valve timing.  It is a 5 speed automatic transmission with 290 horsepower at 6400 RPM capable of getting up to 16 miles per gallon driving through Brooklyn and up to 22 miles per gallon when you get on the highway on your way to a vacation in the Adirondacks.  There’s also the 5.7 liter HEMI V8 engine.  This engine puts out an amazing 360 horsepower and 390 pounds of torque.  It’s an incredible engine that when you take your foot off the pedal the multi-displacement system kicks in and uses only four cylinders to make sure you have more gas in your tank for that lengthy trip.  It helps that it can get 20 miles per gallon on the highway on an astonishing high 24.6 gallon tank capacity.

All this just goes to show you that the Durango is built for someone looking to take the road less traveled.  With offering an active all-wheel drive that gives extra traction for when the road gets terrible.  The best part of that all wheel drive option is that it’s completely automatic meaning that you don’t need to push any buttons or pull a single lever, it’s all ready to go when needed.

Inside of the Durango, it shows that Dodge brings a certain air of sophistication to its incredible design.   With an interior made with soft touch surfaces, it shows refinement for every passenger.  The steering wheel is wrapped in leather and can even be heated.   The seats themselves are trimmed in leather and hand stitched with the highest quality given.  The Durango is built for comfort and for dealing with the colder times of the year, offering heated seats not just for the driver but also for any passenger that decides to ride along.

For those passengers that do decide to tag along, they can do so without worry.  The Durango is built with all new passive and active safety measures.  Standard airbags for driver and front seat passenger and seat mounted airbags work with the side curtain airbags keep everyone in the car safe.  The active head restraints are made to prevent and reduce injury and do this all while providing a four way adjustment of the head restraint to make sure it’s always comfortable.  To ensure that an accident doesn’t even occur, the Durango offers features to keep you on the road without worry about the dangers around you.  With such features as a blind spot monitoring system on the side view mirrors uses a dual radar sensor to keep track of your blind spots and gives notice with light icons and a chime.  There’s even a system for parking assistance for those tight parking spots in Brooklyn and Queens that detects and alerts you to obstacles you wouldn’t normally see in your rear view.

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Dodge Challenger

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Are you a fan of the early muscle cars? Well, in that case, the Dodge Challenger is the perfect blend of a retro exterior and modern power for you.

With a sleek and sexy look, the Challenger is certainly ready to turns heads and grab anyone’s attention.  It’s the kind of car that the moment you see it, you just have to give it a spin for yourself.

The design of the Challenger is all about making sure you feel like you’re driving in style.  Everything from the dual round headlamps to the bright tipped dual exhaust just add to the flair.  To add to the incredible look, you can add on features to really set your Challenger apart in the crowd.  For example, there is the T/A hood that is a call back to the 1970 Challenger’s.  This hood scoop funnels air into the engine compartment to lower the temperature underneath the hood.  If that isn’t enough, then you can go for the rear wing spoiler that is not only made with strength in mind but is also designed to add down-force.  You can even add a custom stripe to the hood.

All that sleek style goes beyond the skin of the Challenger.  Inside, the car makes sure that when you’re driving, you’re still being treated to the best quality.  This is apparent in the new three spoke steering wheel that includes audio controls.  For your seats, you will find that the Challenger gives you an all new performance bucket seats that are offered in leather trimmed.  You can even get the seats heated to help deal with a cold winter’s morning drive to the office.

The engines available for the Challenger come in three forms.  The first one up is the 392 c SRT Hemi V8 which cranks out 470 horsepower and 470 pds-ft of torque.  Then there’s the 5.7 liter Hemi engine which has 375 hp and 410 lb of torque.   It also has fuel saver technology which gives greater efficiency.  The last available engine is the 3.6 liter V6 Engine which has been retooled to provide a 20 percent increase in horsepower for 305 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque.  With available five speed automatic and six speed manual transmission, quality is how the Challenger works with regards to options.

That quality doesn’t come with a sacrifice for safety, however.  The Challenger makes sure to do everything it can to keep you safe.  With systems in place such as an electronic stability program that helps keep control in an extreme steering situation, and anti-lock brakes, this vehicle is designed to help you outright avoid the worse from happening.  Should that come to pass, however, then you’ll find yourself cared for.  The body of the car is designed with a strong focus on passenger and driver safety.  There’s also standard front and side airbags and the seats are equipped with active head restraints.

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Dodge Caliber

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The spiritual successor to the Dodge Neon is back with the new Dodge Caliber.

This four door family car is distinguishable from its competition by a signature Dodge single cross hair grille.  The rear body spoiler gives the car a sharp silhouette and retains the color of the body which is available in such colors as bright white and red pearl.  For more options on the exterior look of your new Dodge Caliber, there’s the Mopar hood cover which provides the extreme protection of a sturdy black vinyl to guard against road debris.  If you want to make the Caliber shine even more out on the streets, then the replacement chrome fuel filler door will give you the added beauty to stand out.

The Dodge Caliber is a fantastic car for someone looking for something roomy yet inexpensive.  The hatchback design of the car gives that offer with its versatility.  Perfect for the family on the go, with a spacious cargo area, you’ll find plenty of room for storing all kinds of things for any camping excursion to the Hudson Valley.  On top of that, you’ll the Caliber perfect for any trip, with an available rooftop cargo box carrier if the back just isn’t big enough.  There’s also the hitch mounted bike carrier that holds two bikes and still manages to fold down making it so you can get the lift-gate open without being forced to remove it.  It’s a great offer, what with the 250 pound capacity cargo floor storage that has the removable washable liner, for anyone looking to escape the city life for that weekend getaway without leaving anything or anyone behind.

That ride our to the country is going to be a comfy affair all thanks to the interior design that looks to give the smooth ride possible.  The seats are available in premium cloth or a leather trim that’s sophisticated and attractive.  With the details stitching that’s used, it’s finely crafted and gives the Caliber an air of unmatched refinement.  To add to the comfort level of the car, you’ll also be able to enjoy such things as automatic climate control which will keep the temperature control to a precise setting that you set.  There’s also options for heated mirrors to help defrost the side mirrors during those cold winter mornings and heated seats to make sure you’re not too uncomfortable during any winter trips.

The Dodge Caliber has two different offerings for the engine.  The 2.4 liter World Engine has an impressive 172 horsepower with a 165 pound torque.  It also offers 29 miles per gallon once you get on the highway and a 5 speed manual transaxle transmission.  The other engine being offered is the 2.0 Liter DOHC 16 valve dual VVT engine.  It has horsepower of 158 with a 141 pound torque.  This one will get you 32 mpg on the highway.  With that 13.6 gallon tank, you’ll have plenty of road between you and the next gas station.  The Caliber also comes standard with transaxles CVT2’s autostick which substitutes belts and pulleys instead of gears in the fight to give you a smooth and more efficient riding experience.

The best way to deal with an accident is just to avoid one.  That’s what the Dodge Caliber tries to do with it’s electronic stability control.  This lets you keep control during any extreme steering maneuvers.  It senses when your car is starting to get out of control and attempts to correct this by controlling the throttle and applying brakes on individual wheels.  Combines with anti lock brakes and a traction control system, the Caliber wants to keep you out of trouble.

Should the worst happen, the Caliber has you covered.  To make sure you protected, the Caliber has standard multistage airbags for both driver and the front passenger.  To compliment this and for the rear passengers, there are supplemental side curtain airbags and even available side seat airbags.  To ensure that the car can hold up, it is designed with strengthen materials at engineered crush zones.  It goes to show that Dodge Caliber cares about getting your family an affordable car without having to worry about their safety.

Dodge Journey

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The Dodge Journey is back after listening to all the feedback given and it’s very clear that Dodge took the responses very seriously in the new design.

This starts the moment you see the SUV.  Sporting a new front grille design and lower front fascia.  Other new features include 19 inch aluminum wheels, jeweled LED tail lamps.  Bold and muscular line design and with heated mirrors to keep you out of the winter cold to clean them off.  It’s all about offering the best value with the best style and never giving up it’s identity.

The inside of the Journey is just as revamped as the outside.  There’s an impressive level of comfort in the craftsmanship here.  The instrument panel is a very rich design with a whole new center console with an improvement on the shifters location and angel.  The gear letters were made easier to read and even the cup holder has been raised by 4.2 inches making it easy to get to your drink.  If that doesn’t show a dedication to making sure that the Journey is a quality SUV then nothing will.

The seats come with additional comfort in the form of an all new comfort foam.  They are finely tuned to give the best level of support and comfort to anyone lucky enough to be riding.  The seats themselves are offered in a variety of premium cloth and leather.  There’s even more knee clearance now due to the center stack being rounded and raised.  There’s even an available child’s booster seat that is integrated right into the seat and doesn’t need anymore work then to fold it out.

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