Chrysler Pacifica Named Best Minivan to Buy for Fourth Year Running

Three Fiat-Chrysler models recently earned recognition from the online magazine The Car Connection, winning top scores in their respective categories. The most notable win was by the Chrysler Pacifica, which was named Best Minivan to Buy for the fourth year in a row. The two other winners were the Jeep® Grand Cherokee (Best SUV) and Ram 1500 (Best Truck). Both were first-time recipients of this award.

The editors of The Car Connection drove over 100 vehicles in order to choose the best on the market, rating models based on their ability to meet the wide range of needs car shoppers have. From fuel economy and safety to value and overall affordability, the editors took everything into account.

“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 editors also noted that the Grand Cherokee scored particularly well when it came to performance both on and off the road, including the Trailhawk and Trackhawk editions, while the Ram 1500 won because it has better capabilities than the competition. And, for the editors, there’s little point in buying a truck if it can’t tow and haul like the Ram 1500.

No matter what you’re looking for in a vehicle, you’ll find it among the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram lineups at Tom Kelley.

Ram Could Make a SRT-10 Successor

Pickup trucks are on the rise, and Ram is one of the brands experiencing the most growth. With so many competitors in the industry releasing different models, packages, and trims, it would seem there’s a pickup truck for everything. There is a hole in the market, however. In a place where luxury trucks and off-road trims are commonplace, track-ready performance has been overlooked. Ram might be hoping to fill that void with a Ram SRT-10 successor.

While other brands invest time and money in the off-road pickup truck segment, enthusiasts clamor for the days when more sporty, performance-oriented trucks were around for those who prefer to stay on the pavement. The Ram SRT-10 offered the same V10 engine found in the Dodge Viper and a 0-60 time of only 4.9 seconds. What better way to combine track-ready performance with pickup truck capability than to build its successor?

Right now, Ram is hard at work on the Rebel TRX, a powerful, full-size off-roader, to compete with others on the market. A closer look at the Rebel TRX could give us insight to what a Ram SRT-10 successor could be. The new truck even packs a supercharged Hellcat V8 engine under the hood. Could a street-performance pickup be getting a Hellcat engine, too? While Ram representatives won’t confirm that a new SRT-10 is coming, they won’t deny it either.

While the Rebel TRX isn’t ready to drive home with you, contact us at Tom Kelley Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram to earn more about the current Ram truck lineup.