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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee claimed top honors in the Mid- Size SUV category in AutoPacific’s 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee claimed top honors in the Mid- Size SUV category in AutoPacific’s 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards.

Chrysler Brands Win In 2012 Owners’ Survey

The Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are winners of AutoPacific’s 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards based on owners’ ratings of their 2012 cars and trucks.

“Winning awards for Jeep and Dodge vehicles based on customer feedback is very gratifying,” said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President – Quality, Chrysler Group. “Recognition by the customers proves we take consumer input very seriously in all the vehicles we design and build at Chrysler.”

The Ideal Vehicle Awards are based on owner ratings of 15 key attributes of their 2012 vehicles after 90 days of ownership. Measures evaluated by customers include power and acceleration, ride and handling, interior roominess and cargo space. More than 75,000 vehicle owners were surveyed by AutoPacific and were asked if they would change characteristics of their vehicles.

The Chevy Sonic is a Kelley Blue Book Back-to-School Top Pick

The Chevy Sonic is a Kelley Blue Book Back-to-School Top Pick

Praised for its smoothness on-road, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee claimed top honors in the Mid-Size SUV category. Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most-awarded SUV ever and delivers premium on-road performance while maintaining the Jeep brand’s legendary fourwheel drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and towing capability. It offers a driving range of more than 550 miles, superb on-road ride and handling, a world-class interior cabin, more than 45 safety and security features, and a variety of advanced technology features.

According to owners, the 2012 Dodge Charger is the Ideal Large Car. Approximately 90 percent or more of Charger owners rated the Charger’s exterior size, passenger roominess, cargo space, ride and handling and ease of getting in and out of the vehicle as ideal. A great majority of owners, 80 percent or more, also appreciate the Charger’s interior lighting, driver’s seat comfort, tires, interior storage compartments and safety features.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger, which took top honors as the Ideal Vehicle for Sporty Cars, delivers more of what enthusiasts want – a more powerful and efficient engine lineup, maximum grip with a performance suspension design and athletic styling – all executed with quality and precision. It’s unlike any other car in the way that it allows customers to customize their classic American muscle car.

Chevy Sonic On Kelley’s Back-to-School List

The Chevrolet Sonic is one of’s top picks for its 10 Best Back-to-School Cars, placing third on the list. The Chevrolet Cruze was a top pick in 2011.

“Sporty design, vibrant colors, lots of space for friends and even that cool name make the Sonic hatchback and sedan attractive to younger drivers,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s

“Their parents, meanwhile, will be keen on this subcompact’s outward visibility, easyto drive manners, good fuel economy and eager (but not overwhelming) engines.”

Starting at $14,495, the Chevy Sonic is the only subcompact built in the United States. The Sonic comes with the most standard safety equipment in the subcompact class, including 10 air bags, and has earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick and a 5-star overall vehicle score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Sonic’s Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine delivers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg on the highway and 138 horsepower (103kW). The Sonic is produced at the GM Orion Assembly Center along with the Buick Verano. The plant was retooled recently to support the manufacture of these cars on behalf of GM. Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the industry.

Content provided courtesy of Detroit Auto Scene. For more auto industry news

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