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2016 Dodge Journey a very versatile crossover

After having a week with the Dodge Journey we were completely impressed not only with the looks, but the overall design and thought that has gone into making the Journey a complete family car. Dodge touts this midsized crossover as being one of the best buys on the market for those looking at seating up to 7 people; it definitely is the best buy for a 3 row crossover that we have ever had the prospect to try out for a week.

The Journey is a great option for those that want space for the entire family but don’t really want to make the jump to a minivan, be it because dad doesn’t want to drive a minivan or mom wants something just a little shorter to go out and do the grocery shopping… the designers at Dodge have come up with the perfect fit. The proof would have to be in the sales numbers at the company sold over 104,000 units last year alone.

Family friendly accoutrements abound in the Journey from some of the best seats we have encountered, up front for mom and dad, to the compartments located in the floor of the second row seating compartment that will store many things, including ice to keep drinks cold. It seems that the company that just recently introduced the first vehicle to come complete with a vacuum cleaner has been adding the same kind of extras to enhance other models in the line.

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Test Drive: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The automaker formerly known as Chrysler Corp. launched its first minivan models—the Dodge Caravan and Plymouth Voyager—in 1984. Now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Chrysler remains a dominant, innovative player in the midsize van segment, which once accounted for 6.6% of the U.S. market but now holds a 3.5% share, according to sales data collected by J.D. Power and auto forecasting partner LMC Automotive.

To usher in its next-generation midsize van that raises the bar on exterior and interior design and will challenge competitors—including volume leaders Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey—Chrysler’s successor to the outgoing Town & Country bears a new name: Pacifica. Before the Town & Country gets kicked to the curb, however, it should be noted that it is no slouch in terms of quality, having ranked highest in its segment for three consecutive years in the J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS), including the 2016 study, released last week.

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica may be the most elegant, contemporary front-wheel-drive (FWD) midsize van being sold. Built on a new, stronger steel unibody architecture that is 250 lbs. lighter than that of the Town & Country, Chrysler uses aluminum and magnesium to keep vehicle weight down. Streamlined with curves even around rear-window panels, the Pacifica pulls away from minivan nomenclature. It’s loaded with technology and convenience features to create an ultimate vehicle for family ferrying, sporting events, vacation travel, home improvement cargo, mobile office uses, and even date nights.

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“Offering an off-road-style package on the Ram 1500 has been on our to-do list for some time, but the right combination didn’t present itself until now,” said RAM Trucks CEO Bob Hegbloom at the Rebel’s reveal. See, it’s that whole “off-road style” bit that alludes to the vehicle’s purpose. You can option the RAM Rebel to the F-150 Raptor’s price point, but that doesn’t mean it will transform into a competitive pre-runner.

Long-winded disclaimer aside, I set about finding how capable a beefed up RAM 1500 could be – and in the process developed abounding respect for the Rebel.

A better baseline

While the Rebel may not be a significant departure from the standard RAM line, that fact works in the truck’s favor when it comes to ride quality, cabin refinement, and interior volume.
Though the Rebel fills every inch of room between the lines of a parking spot, it’s remarkably painless to place the rig between them.

It’s hard not to feel spoiled riding in the Rebel’s cockpit. If you’re sitting up front, Chrysler’s UConnect infotainment system is a treat to operate with impressive features baked into a dead-simple module. If instead you find yourself in the rear seats, it’s like a test to see how well you can spread out among 40.3 inches of legroom. Should you somehow manage to load up the 125.3 cubic feet of interior space, including a pair of cubbies under the rear seats, the Rebel’s optional weatherproof, lighted, lockable Ram Boxes eat up additional cargo.

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Auto review: Jeep Renegade Trailhawk is convenient crossover, capable crawler

The grille, headlights and boxy style are all Wrangler-inspired, and the tester’s bright Omaha Orange color was a nod to the 1976 CJ5.

Renegade is a more refined Jeep, more versatile than rugged, yet it’s still a hill of fun.

Renegade was launched for model year 2015 on the crest of a wave of subcompact crossovers landing in the North American market. The Trailhawk-rated version is the only cute ute with any legitimate off-road capability.

Most importantly, this global-market vehicle feels and looks like a Jeep, even without all the kitschy brand heritage reminders, from the grille-shaped speakers to the shovel-shaped grab handle and the X-ed out taillights.

Off road

In steep, muddy, and rocky courses at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill., the trail-rated Trailhawk was able to keep pace with the Wrangler, despite smaller wheels, arches and a shorter ground clearance of 8.7 inches, same as the Cherokee midsize SUV. It’s no Wrangler; it dips its small wheels in, more than plowing through, but the 4×4 gets the job done.

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