2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee

You’ve heard the expression: “If it isn’t broken, why fix it?”  That statement could be the motto of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, the flagship of the proud Jeep family, as it just stays the course.  Recently the trustworthy organization Consumer Reports did a huge survey of vehicle owners on how they rated their modes of transportation in the area of owner satisfaction.

It was no surprise that the “Grand” ranked high in comfort, styling and driving.  But don’t take anyone’s word for it and just do your own due diligence with an up close and personal inspection of the Jeep Grand Cherokee with the friendly folks at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM located at 5401 Interstate Highway 30 in Greenville, Texas or by calling the dealership at 903.454.0283 and take your expectations for a drive.  Easy as that.


You and yours will discover that the Grand has a compliant controlled ride, comfy seats and an upscale interior.  All of which endows it with a premium substantial feel and a joy to drive and especially to be seen in.  Moreover, the Grand Cherokee continues to be rugged with off the beaten path capabilities and yet can be a very civilized five passenger family hauler.

The model lineup spans from a rather basic vehicle to absolutely “Bonkers” with the Trackhawk that is just made for those who can’t get enough ponies under their handsome hood.  The base engine is a lively 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 295 horses and 260 lb-ft of “get up and go” torque.  It is mated with a smooth shifting 8-speed automatic that comes with all Grand Cherokees.  The Limited, Overland, Trailhawk and Summit trims are available with other engines.


The 3.0-liter Turbo Diesel V6 punches out 240 horses and an awesome 420 lb-ft of torque which is enough to tow 7,000 lbs.  Another choice is the 5.7-liter V8 that releases 360 horses and comes in AWD only.  Moving up in more horsepower is the SRT’s 6.4-liter V8 that puts out 475 anxious horses and 470 lb-ft of asphalt/dirt grabbing torque.  Still want more excitement, then drive the unbelievable Trackhawk that comes with a super charged 6.2-liter that delivers 707 angry horses and an astounding 645 lb-ft of torque in this rocket ship.

Besides all those engine and trim choices, the Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to be a very handsome vehicle with its smooth lines, gentle curves and just refuses to go unnoticed.  This theme continues when you slide up into those comfortable and sturdy seats with a cabin that will make you feel that this is a very pleasant place to spend your drive times.

At your fingertips is the highly rated Uconnect infotainment system with its large screen for your communication and entertainment desires.  For your safety, check out Jeep’s Active Safety Group that adds a slew of safety features to keep your mind at ease.  No better time than now to check out the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee as summertime and vacation trips are just around the corner.

2019 Jeep Wrangler

For more than a week Motor Trend tested over 30 SUV’s in real world conditions with roads full of sand, gravel, just plain dirt and even paved.  The MT folks really defined what a SUV or Sports Utility Vehicle is all about.  It is fitting that they chose the 2019 Jeep Wrangler as the SUV of the year.

Motor Trend said: “Jeep resists the temptation to dilute its climb that mountain capabilities for crossover softness.”  Indeed, the Wrangler’s diverse range furnishes a model for every need.  This award-winning fun machine is proudly on display with the friendly folks at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM located at 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 in Greenville, Texas or by calling the dealership at 903.454.0283 and so ready to show you how it won that honor.


This new Wrangler is larger, smarter and even more comfortable.  You will discover quickly that the Jeep engineers really adhered to the number one rule and that was “don’t screw it up” and they didn’t.  The Wrangler is still the World’s most iconic off/on road vehicle for over 70 years.  The round headlights are still there along with the 7-slot grille and plugs in the floor for cleaning. But, if you look closer, you will notice larger side glass, a re-positioned spare tire for greater visibility and more of a slant in the grille.  Overall, this new Wrangler is taller, longer and more comfortable.

Jeep stuck with a steel fully boxed body on a framed designed chassis and made it lighter with an aluminum hood, fender flares and doors plus the rear swing gate now is magnesium. That weight loss makes the doors easier to take on and off.   The new Sky One-Touch power top is a game changer as not only does the cloth top retract, but the rear quarter windows pop out for an open air experience.


Underneath it rides on a five-link suspension for improved on road experiences.  The front and rear axles have available locking differentials and an electronically disconnecting front sway bar.  Available are four under-body skid plates that help with its rock climbing abilities.  Now since the Jeep Wrangler is also used as a daily driven vehicle it comes with enhanced road refinement, comfort amenities and is even quieter on pavement surfaces. The Wrangler’s new 8-speed transmission has wider gear ratios from a lower first gear to assist on off-roading torque to a higher gear for your highway driving.

Also, for your driving comfort, a new electro-hydraulic power steering system is there for a better steering feel and a smaller turning radius.  Under the Wrangler’s iconic hood along with the V6 is the new 2.0-liter turbo four that punches out 268 lively ponies and 295 lb-ft of asphalt/dirt grabbing torque.  When you just must have an “off-roader” or want to be seen as one, the Wrangler is your choice.

The bet is on that you will leave with a smile, not only because you brought back the important “fun factor” in your drive times, but for the great deal you received. No better time than now.


2018 Dodge Durango SRT

If you want a family hauler that doesn’t sacrifice the basic human desire for driving a lean and lethal road machine, and a large SUV that turns fuel into adrenaline and still hits that sweet spot of daily driving, then your search is over as Dodge made a true high-performance SUV this year with it’s very popular Durango and named it SRT.

One is proudly on display with the friendly folks at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM located at 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 in Greenville, Texas or by calling the dealership at 469.517.0043 and be ready to take your expectations for a spin.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

After making other Dodge siblings with awesome power under their handsome hoods through the years, they thought why not develop a new Durango for 2018 with mega horsepower.  We really can’t blame them that it took eight years since the “proof is in the pudding” as they say.  You and yours will agree it was worth the wait.  The main event is what is living under the Dodge SRT’s masculine hood.  It has the very popular Dodge muscle car’s 6.5-liter Hemi V8 that will produce 475 anxious horses and an awesome 470 lb-ft of asphalt grabbing torque.

That power is mated with a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic and an available rear-biased all-wheel-drive setup that will get you to 60mph in just 4.4 seconds and sound good doing it.  No other large SUV can touch it and you will miss the jaws dropping as you move so quickly from that green light.  Thankfully, the Dodge SRT stops just as well as it goes needing just 110 feet to stop from 60 mph.

Other new add-ons for stability and control include a stiffened and lower suspension; Brembo brakes on all four wheels, three season tires that keep you planted and the seven driver-customizable drive modes to assist your SRT in any given condition.  Also part of the package is a wide body kit, leather and a cool performance exhaust system to let your neighbors know you are coming home.  Yes, it will turn heads as well as corners. Another great plus is that your SRT can tow up to 8600 pounds to haul your big camper or boat to those vacation spots.

2018 Dodge Durango SRT

For your communication, entertainment and safety desires, all Durangos have an available 8.4-inch touch screen that comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and other good stuff to make your time behind the wheel an enjoyable experience.  Their highly ranked infotainment system is straight forward with traditional knobs, buttons and so easy to learn.  To further make it a pleasant place to spend your time, the interior has comfy leather seats, distinctive dashboard and cockpit, ample storage, abundance of room and all the modern and necessary accessories you need for the drive times.  On the outside, the Durango SRT styling is aggressive enough without going overboard.  It’s clean and sleek lines come with LED headlights, a big cross-hair grill with a unique hood and a front end that has extra vents to help cool this monster V8.  The rear sports a tailgate with wide red LED race track designs that really shows up at night.  Everything just comes together with Dodges’ new 2018 Durango SRT with its power, comfortable quiet ride and just a joy to drive and to be seen in.

Hands down, this new addition to the Durango family is the complete package.  Now couldn’t be a better time to check it out with Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and be prepared for an enjoyable experience.  Don’t dream it…Drive it!

2017 Chrysler 300

If you are in the hunt for a stylish, large and luxurious road cruiser that has a personality that pleases just about everyone, then your search has come to a screeching halt.  The new 2017 Chrysler 300 is on display in your favorite color and styling with the friendly folks at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM located at 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 in Greenville, TX or by calling the dealership at 903.454.0283 and is ready for you to take your expectations for a ride.

2017-chrysler-300c-front-three-quarter-01The trustworthy organization Consumer Reports stated recently in their 2017 Annual Auto Issue: “A stately ride, responsive handling and a quiet cabin make the 300 feel like a true luxury car at thousands less then luxury brands charge.”  This Chrysler 300 definitely gives you more “bang for the buck” and is elegant at every angle with its sleek flowing lines, sculpted surfaces along with that bold looking grill in its wide and aggressive stance.

Then for a truly remarkable comfortable feeling, slide into the 300’s wide and smooth leather seats for that enjoyable test drive.  As you look around, you and yours will not only be impressed with the available room, especially for the rear seat passengers, but also with all the luxurious amenities and Chrysler’s unparalleled attention to details.  You will think this is a very pleasant place to be in.

2017-chrysler-300-interior-300cplatinum-image-1440For your enjoyment, Chrysler’s highly rated Uconnect system provides for your communication, entertainment and safety desires. The 300’s large 8.4-inch touch screen is straightforward and easy to learn and reach.  No help from your teenager here.  This is one fine road cruiser that you will be proud to chauffeur your foursome to the golf course with that large trunk for clubs or for driving friends to a concert.  It is a myth that the Chrysler 300 is mainly for the AARP group; just take a look at the driver next time when this sleek sedan cruises by.  You will amazed to see the different ages and gender behind the wheel.

When you pull away from the dealership for that test drive, the real fun starts as the 300 offers a ride as controlled and confident as those who drive it.  You’ll be so pleased with the power and performance and for a large sedan this Chrysler is quick as a cat and no slouch getting from that green light and passing that eighteen wheeler.  What may be under its long handsome hood is the base 3.6-liter V6 that delivers 292 lively horses or you may like the 300S that matches its badge with 300 aggressive horses.  Not done yet, another great choice to test drive if you desire more zip in your trip is the popular 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that sends 360 thoroughbreds that can rocket you quickly forward and sound good doing it.  This V8 shuts off four cylinders when cruising at highway speeds to save fuel.  Chrysler pairs these engines with a smooth shifting eight speed automatic with its unique rotary gear shifter.  For those who want more confidence in their drive-times an All-Wheel-Drive system is available.

All in all, this 300 from Chrysler is a big unapologetic classic American rear wheel drive luxury sedan that just aims to please.  Check out why owners are so satisfied with their 300 and why they say it is as much fun to drive as it is to be seen in.  Go ahead and get acquainted with the Chrysler 300 and be prepared for an enjoyable time with the good folks at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM today!  The bet is on that you will leave with a smile, not only because you put that “fun factor” back into your drive-times, but for the great deal you received.

2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Whether you desire to explore what is beyond the beaten path or just drive to work or the mall, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is at your service.  This so stylish and tough Grand Cherokee is still the flagship model of the legendary off-road brand that has been around since WW11.  The mid-sized SUV combines great overall performance and everyday utility with modern technology, upscale styling and road comfort.

One is waiting for you in your favorite color and style with the friendly folks at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM today!

2017-jeep-grand-cherokee-summit-placement-2-626x382Unlike other off-roader’s the Grand Cherokee is just as much at home clawing up the dirt as it is taking your foursome to the golf course. It really is in its element on practically any surface; it delivers a smooth and quiet ride over all kinds of road imperfections.  Owners will tell you that their Grand Cherokee is a joy to drive anywhere.  It really is as much fun to drive as it is to be seen in.  Some will even tell you that they have no intention to take it off the asphalt, but like to talk about it anyway.  You see those Jeeps once in a while without a speck of dirt on them and that is OK.  We do live in America.

When you slide into those wide and comfy seats for that enjoyable test drive from you’ll see that the Jeep Grand Cherokee has a lot of space for five adults and their stuff.  As appealing it is from the exterior, the cabin is equally impressive.  Many car critics and writers rank the interior and its amenities as the best in its class.  The stylish well-appointed interior is just bursting with upscale and premium features.  Your passengers will wonder if this really is a Jeep.

summit-intYou will also appreciate that the Grand Cherokee is equipped with high quality and tech superior systems that relate to entertainment and communication.  Chrysler’s Uconnect 8.4 infotainment setup is rated the best for consumer friendly features by the trustworthy organization Consumer Reports.  Overall, its cabin is just a very pleasant and relaxing place to be.  Now what may be powering you down the road on your test drive is the tried and true standard V6 that produces just about 300 lively horses and is the most powerful base engine in its class.  An eight-speed automatic transmission with smooth seamless shifts comes will all models.  If you want more zip in your trip with more horses in the stable, then drive the awesome V8 that has 360.  If you desire more torque and fuel economy then take a spin in a Grand Cherokee with the diesel V6.  This system will let you tow over 7,000 lbs.  Not done yet, if you really desire more power then get behind the wheel of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT that can give some of those sport cars out there a run for the money.  This sharp looking SRT has a 6.4-liter V8 that punches out…count them… 475 thoroughbreds.  Standard 4WD keeps this piece of excitement planted to the road.  So what is holding you back?  The Jeep Grand Cherokee has one that fits your style and budget.

Just take the short drive to Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and be prepared for an enjoyable time.  The bet is on that you will drive away with a smile, not only because you brought the “fun factor” back into your drive-times, but for the great deal you received.

2016 FIAT 500 Pop Hatchback

There are plenty of fuel-efficient small cars on the market today, but only a few of them clearly stand out from the crowd. A prime example is the 2016 Fiat 500. Fiat brought its cheeky Cincquecento (“500” in Italian) to the United States after acquiring Chrysler to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Now in its sixth year on our shores, the Fiat 500 continues to challenge the status quo with its distinctly Italian flair. Offered in hatchback and convertible body styles, numerous trim levels and specifications ranging from economical to downright sporty, the 500 is an endearingly offbeat alternative to the usual subcompact suspects.

The 2016 Fiat 500 brings Italian flair and a slew of trim levels to the small-car market.

Unfortunately, the 2016 500 carries on with some disappointing traits that have been around since the car’s introduction. Taller front occupants in the 500 have to deal with limited headroom if the sunroof is specified, while the rear seats are best suited to small children on short trips. Cargo capacity is also modest, especially in the convertible. Speaking of the convertible, its top greatly restricts rear sight lines when retracted, as it folds into a prominent pile above the backseat. Acceleration in non-turbo models is snooze-inducing, and while we welcome the arrival of a standard 5-inch touchscreen infotainment interface for 2016, the interior is still outfitted with mostly low-quality materials.

If you walk away from your test-drive with similar reservations, know that the Fiat 500 isn’t the only small car with a sense of style. The Mini Cooper and Volkswagen Beetle are direct competitors and they boast stronger powertrains and nicer cabins, although they’re also more expensive. The Ford Fiesta is another well-rounded rival with a couple of interesting turbocharged engine options, while the Honda Fit trumps them all with its incredibly versatile interior. But the 2016 Fiat 500 still manages to cram a lot of fashion and fun into a conveniently small package, and is likely worth checking out as part of your subcompact shopping process.

trim levels & features

The 2016 Fiat 500 is available as either a hatchback or a convertible. The hatchback is offered in six trim levels: Pop, Easy, Sport, Turbo, Lounge and Abarth. The convertible version, called the 500C, comes in Pop, Easy, Lounge and Abarth trims, and it features a three-position power cloth top. An all-electric version, the 500e, is reviewed separately.

Standard features for the base Pop trim include 15-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cruise control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, 50/50-split folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-only leather-wrapped steering wheel and Fiat/Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment interface with a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, voice controls and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio input and two USB ports (one for mobile device integration, the other for charging). The Pop convertible also comes with rear parking sensors.

The Easy is essentially a version of the Pop with 15-inch alloy wheels, premium cloth upholstery, a 7-inch color driver information display (a stand-alone option on Pop models) and an upgraded six-speaker Alpine audio system.

The Sport hatchback adds 16-inch alloy wheels, sporty exterior styling touches, red-painted brake calipers, foglamps, a sport-tuned suspension and exhaust system, front sport seats and a sport steering wheel.

The Turbo hatchback tacks on a more powerful engine, bigger brakes, gloss black exterior lighting trim, upgraded cloth upholstery and a leather-wrapped shift knob, but reverts to the base audio system found in the Pop.

The Lounge trim forgoes the sporty equipment in favor of more luxurious appointments such as chrome exterior trim, a fixed glass roof, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather upholstery, the Alpine sound system, satellite radio and a navigation system. The hardtop-only 1957 Edition largely mirrors the Lounge trim level with some retro styling added in, featuring a sport-tuned suspension, specialized wheels, unique paint colors, a white roof and mirror caps, retro emblems and unique interior trim.

At the top of the Fiat 500 food chain is the performance-focused Abarth. It is outfitted similarly to the Turbo trim but distinguishes itself with more power, unique 16-inch wheels, sportier suspension tuning, distinctive exterior and interior styling tweaks and the Alpine stereo. The Abarth convertible also gets an optional windscreen that fits behind the rear seats.

The Easy, Sport, Turbo and Lounge trims offer a few different “Collections” of options. Some equip the lower trims with certain of the higher trims’ standard items (such as navigation, satellite radio, automatic climate control, heated seats, leather upholstery and rear parking sensors), while others contain desirable extras like a sunroof and a six-speaker Beats Audio sound system with a trunk-mounted subwoofer.

For the Abarth, optional bundles are limited to a Comfort and Convenience package (automatic climate control, heated seats and satellite radio) and a Beats Audio package (satellite radio and the Beats Audio sound system). The sunroof, leather upholstery, navigation system and rear parking sensors (hatchback only) are available as stand-alone options.

performance & mpg

Three engines are available for the 2016 Fiat 500, all of which send power to the front wheels via a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic.

The Pop, Easy, Sport and Lounge trim levels receive a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 101 horsepower and 98 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds performance testing, a Fiat 500 Sport with a manual transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 10.5 seconds, a laggardly time for the class. An automatic-equipped 500C was even slower in our testing, needing a sloth-like 12.4 seconds to get to 60 mph.

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 34 mpg combined (31 city/40 highway) with the manual, but opting for the automatic cuts efficiency to a humdrum 30 mpg combined (27/34).

A six-speed automatic is optional on the 2016 Fiat 500, but it hurts performance, particularly with the base engine.

The Fiat 500 Turbo steps up to a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 135 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. At Edmunds’ test track, a manual-transmission Turbo posted a 0-60 time of 8.1 seconds, dramatically better than the base engine and a quick time for this segment. Fuel economy is estimated at 30 mpg combined (28 city/34 highway) with the manual and 27 mpg combined (24/32) with the automatic.

The Abarth model’s upgraded 1.4-liter turbocharged engine makes 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque with the manual transmission. With the six-speed automatic, those output figures change slightly to 157 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds testing, a manual Abarth coupe sprinted to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, while an automatic Abarth convertible did it in 7.5 seconds. Those are respectable times, but a Mini Cooper S is still about a second quicker. Fuel economy estimates for the Abarth are identical to those for the 500 Turbo.


Standard safety features for all 2016 Fiat 500 models include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, hill start assist, a driver knee airbag, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

In Edmunds brake testing, a 500 Sport came to a stop from 60 mph in an impressively short 115 feet, while a 500C Lounge needed 124 feet. Disappointingly, a 500 Turbo hatchback took 125 feet despite its upgraded brakes, and an Abarth hatchback needed 123 feet despite its ostensibly stickier summer tires.

In government crash tests, the Fiat 500 hardtop received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for total frontal impact protection and five stars for total side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 500 hardtop its top rating of “Good” in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests. In the small-overlap frontal-offset test, however, the Fiat earned the lowest score of “Poor.” The 500’s seat and head restraint design was rated “Good” for whiplash protection in rear impacts. The 500C (convertible) hasn’t been rated by federal regulators or the IIHS.


The 500’s small, dim gauge cluster used to be an issue, but it was recently replaced by a bright digital display with large fonts and more easily deciphered menu logic (this is an option on the Pop trim, which retains the old gauge cluster as standard equipment). The center console was also revised, adding better cupholders and an easily accessed USB port. For 2016, the changes continue with a newly standard “Uconnect” infotainment system that features a small but readable 5-inch touchscreen with available navigation. The 500’s control layout is still a bit of a mishmash, including the odd controls for the standard (non-automatic) climate system, but there’s no doubt that this is the most user-friendly iteration yet.

Despite the zippy appearance and colors throughout the cabin, the quality of most materials is subpar. At least there’s ample room in the front seats for taller occupants, though be advised that the tilt-only steering wheel can make finding a comfortable driving position a challenge, and the optional sunroof noticeably reduces headroom. The rear seats for any 500 are pretty much what you’d expect: torture for those older than preschool age, with basically nonexistent headroom in the hatchback due to the sloping rear glass.

Front seats are comfortable and there’s plenty of room even for tall folks as long as you skip the sunroof option.

With the rear seatbacks up, the hatchback presents a reasonable 9.5 cubic feet of luggage space. Drop the seatbacks and you open up a total of 30.2 cubic feet. That’s not bad for such a small car, but the Mini Cooper hatchback gives you more (38 cubes), and four-door hatchbacks like the Sonic and Fit are even roomier. Cargo capacity for the 500C isn’t nearly as generous, as there are just 5.4 cubic feet available behind the rear seats and 23.4 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded down. Moreover, the convertible’s folding canvas top stacks accordion-like on the rear deck when retracted, all but blocking your view directly behind.


The base engine’s acceleration is undeniably lackluster. The manual shifter is pleasant to operate and the clutch action is light and linear, so shifting gears isn’t a chore, but the reality is that this engine makes the 500 one of the slowest cars on the market. It’s unfortunate that the 500 Turbo’s engine is not more widely available, as it transforms the car into a fully competitive performer, while the Abarth model’s upgraded engine is naturally even more engaging.

The 500’s ride quality is pretty comfortable whether you’re driving over rutted city streets or cruising on the highway. The firmer suspension tuning of the 500 Sport, Turbo and Abarth models improves handling response without much of a comfort penalty; if you enjoy a spirited drive, these trims are certainly worth considering. Any 500 is good fun on a quick errand, thanks to the car’s diminutive dimensions and inherently nimble feel, though enthusiasts won’t like the somewhat top-heavy feel and significant body roll at the limit. Steering is accurate but lacks feedback, and the Abarth’s large 37.6-foot turning circle is regrettably like that of an SUV, eclipsing the other 500 models by a whopping 7 feet.

2017 Chrysler 300

It is not often when the trustworthy organization Consumer Reports gives a vehicle the highest rating in Customer Satisfaction.  Well, they did it this year with the new Chrysler 300.  This handsome road cruiser is on display in your favorite color and style with the friendly folks at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM!

Anyway, that top score means that 80% or more owners would own or lease a Chrysler 300 again. Isn’t that the bottom line in owning a car?  Who wants to stay behind the wheel of an average or ho-hum car?  Another point is that this 300 isn’t just for AARP drivers; just take a look at the next 300 you see cruising by and the bet is on you will see smiling faces belonging to many different age groups.

One of the biggest reasons is this luxurious road cruiser has a personality that pleases just about everybody.  You and yours will experience this Chrysler 300 sensation when you slide into those comfy and wide seats for that very enjoyable test drive.  Lots of head and leg room in its luxurious cavernous interior and you will appreciate all the many driver and passenger oriented amenities.

For your enjoyment Chrysler’s highly rated Uconnect system provides controls and info for excellent communication and entertainment desires.  Its sharp large 8.4 inch touch screen is straightforward and easy to reach and learn; no help from your teenager here.  But, it still is a Chrysler with its old school cool in its wide and assertive stance and bold styling.

The handsome 300 is a true classic automotive American with fantastic comfort and the feelings of a solid, secure and safe luxury liner at all speeds. It strikes a balance between luxury and versatility.  On that test drive you will appreciate what is pushing this large five seater down the road with its quiet and comfortable ride.  Under the hood is the choice of aggressive power plants that provide quick and muscular energy.  For a large sedan, this 300 is quick as a cat even with the base engine that delivers 292 horses with the tried and true 3.6-liter V6.  The Chrysler 300S brings more horses with its 300 lively thoroughbreds.  Your other choice available is the popular 5.7 liter Hemi V8 that releases 360 pavement beating horses that will rocket you forward and sound great doing it.  This V8 shuts off four cylinders when cruising at highway speeds for good fuel economy.  Chrysler pairs these engines with a smooth eight speed automatic and its unique rotary gear shifter.

This gorgeous and powerful sedan will keep you ahead of traffic.  So if you are searching for a true luxurious large American rear wheel drive vehicle, you really need to get into a new Chrysler 300’s comfy seat and take it for a spin.  Find yours online at http://www.greenvillechrysler.com today! Why not put that “fun factor” back into your drive times?  You deserve it!

2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Coupe

So you’re thinking about the 2016 Dodge Challenger, eh? Here’s what you need to know first and foremost: It’s awesome. It may not be the most hyped American muscle coupe this year and it’s certainly not the most agile. And yet, from the surprisingly stout base V6 all the way up to the nuclear option (otherwise known as the 707-hp Hellcat), the Challenger is a modern classic.

For Dodge fans, our stating that the Challenger is indeed awesome probably comes more as an affirmation than as a surprise. It’s been a hit with consumers ever since the latest generation debuted back for the 2008-’09 model years. But while the muscle car styling and menu of powerful engines are of obvious appeal, what you might not realize is how practical the Challenger is. Adults can fit in the backseat. It has a trunk a full-size sedan could be proud of. The ride quality is comfortable. The features list is packed full of comfort, convenience, entertainment and high-tech safety items. Even the V6 gets decent fuel economy. The Challenger is a car that will please whether you’re taking the kids to school, driving across the country or participating in a burnout contest.

It’s true that the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro or 2016 Ford Mustang are better suited for hustling around tight turns, and both benefit from fresher-looking designs. Both can also be had in convertible form, something the Challenger does not offer. On the other hand, though, Chevy and Ford don’t offer four-door sedan versions, which is essentially what the Dodge Charger is. Furthermore, neither of those other American coupes allows you to say to your friends: “Yep, it’s got more power than a Lamborghini Aventador.” So rest assured, good muscle car shopper: The 2016 Dodge Challenger is awesome.

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The 2016 Dodge Challenger is a five-seat, two-door coupe available in a dizzying number of trims and variations. It’s quite possible that the U.S. tax code is easier to understand.

The lineup starts with the humble V6-powered SXT that comes standard with 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED “halo” running lights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, automatic dual-zone climate control, rear air vents, a tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, two-tone cloth upholstery (black with beige houndstooth), an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 5-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker sound system with an SD card slot, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.

From here, you can opt for the Cold Weather Group package that adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a more powerful alternator. The Super Sport Group adds 20-inch wheels, a shorter rear-axle ratio, steering wheel shift paddles and performance brakes. The Sound Group I includes a six-speaker Alpine sound system.

The V8-powered R/T differs with its 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes and a decklid spoiler.

The R/T Shaker trim adds a “Shaker” hood with a large cold air induction scoop extending through the hood as well as the Super Track Pak performance items (see below), special two-tone leather seats with Shaker logos and a rearview camera.

The R/T Scat Pack trim adds the larger 392 V8, the Super Track Pak option (see below), Brembo performance brakes (four-piston fronts), an upgraded exhaust and a heated sport steering wheel.

Still with us? Going with the “Plus” versions of the SXT, R/T and R/T Shaker gets you the Cold Weather and Sound Group I packages, plus the rearview camera, rear parking sensors, foglights, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, smartphone app integration (Uconnect Access), voice commands, satellite radio and emergency communications functions. The SXT Plus also has the 20-inch wheels and a rearview camera.

You can also add the Sound Group II package that tacks on a nine-speaker sound system to the “Plus” trims. The R/T Scat Pack’s Leather Interior Group adds the leather seating, ventilation and power-adjustable steering wheel as well. There’s also the Premium Sound Group that adds an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system to the Plus and Scat Pack trims, while the Blacktop package adds blackout-themed exterior trim and a few other extra features from other packages.

The optional Super Track Pak (SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus) adds 20-inch wheels, performance tuning (steering, suspension and brakes), a shorter axle ratio, and performance reporting functions in the trip computer (0-60 timer, g-force loads, etc.).

To all of the above trims, the Driver Convenience Group adds bi-xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-path warning and remote ignition (automatic only).

There’s also a 392 Scat Pack Shaker trim level that essentially mixes the R/T Scat Pack’s performance elements with the R/T Shaker Plus hood intake and extra equipment.

The Challenger SRT 392 has the same engine as the Scat Pack and comes standard with the same equipment provided by the R/T Plus trim level and Driver Convenience Group package. It also gets upgraded Brembo brakes (six-piston fronts), forged alloy wheels, a special air intake, a high-performance adaptive suspension, sportier power steering settings, upgraded leather upholstery, extra vehicle information in the trip computer and the 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Available on all but the SXT and R/T trims is the Technology Group that adds automatic wipers and high-beam headlight control, adaptive cruise control (automatic transmission only) and a forward collision warning system.

And finally, we come to the SRT Hellcat. It is equipped very similarly to the SRT 392, but adds a supercharged V8 engine, a different steering system and the automatic wipers and high beam control. It does not have foglights.

A sunroof and navigation system are optional on all Challenger trims, and Dodge offers a variety of retro-look side- and hood-stripe options as well. New SRT model buyers also get a one-day course at an SRT Driving Experience school.

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Body Styles Powertrains and Performance Safety

The 2016 Dodge Challenger SXT models are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305 hp and 268 pound-feet of torque. Like every Challenger, it is rear-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available. In Edmunds performance testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, which is quick, but a half-second slower than an automatic Mustang EcoBoost. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23 mpg combined (19 city/30 highway), which is decent given the Challenger SXT’s size and power.

The R/T models get a 5.7-liter V8 good for 375 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the standard six-speed manual transmission, or 372 hp and 400 lb-ft with the optional eight-speed automatic. With the manual, a Challenger R/T went from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds in our tests — that’s about a full second slower than the Mustang GT. We have not tested one with the Shaker hood. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg combined (15/23) with the manual and 19 (16/25) with the automatic.

The Scat Pack and SRT 392 have a 6.4-liter V8 that produces 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque regardless of whether you get the standard six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic. Expect this engine to bring the Challenger from zero to 60 in the mid-4-second range. EPA fuel economy is 18 mpg (15/25) with the automatic and 17 (14/23) with the manual.

The Hellcat has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 good for a mammoth 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. It gets stouter six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions. In Edmunds testing it went from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with the manual (essentially, the rear tires are overwhelmed by the power) and 4.1 seconds with the automatic and its launch control function. Given that power and the omnipresent temptation to use it, fuel economy should be substantially worse than the EPA estimates of 16 mpg (13/22) with the automatic and 16 mpg (13/21) with the manual.

Body Styles Safety
Performance Safety Special Features

Every 2016 Dodge Challenger comes standard with antilock brakes (upgraded on certain trims), traction and stability control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. A rearview camera is standard on the “Plus” trims, SRT 392 and Hellcat. Blind-spot, rear cross-traffic and forward collision warning systems are available.

In Edmunds brake testing, a Challenger SXT Plus with the Super Track Pak and summer tires came to a stop from 60 mph in 104 feet, which is excellent. An R/T with the Super Track Pak was actually longer at 111 feet. A Hellcat stopped in 108 feet.

In government crash tests, the Challenger received five out of five stars for overall and side crash protection, and four stars for frontal protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Challenger its top safety score of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact and side-impact crash tests. The IIHS also gave the Challenger its second best score of Acceptable in roof strength and head restraint (whiplash protection) tests. In the small-overlap front-impact test, the Challenger received the second lowest rating of Marginal from the IIHS.

Performance Special Features
Safety Interior Design and Special Features Driving Impressions

Last year’s redesign gave the Challenger the stylish cabin it always deserved. A driver-centric theme is evident in the canted center console and configurable central dash display. Automatic-transmission cars sport a T-handle that recalls the selector used in the original 1970s Challenger, while the chunky baseball-like manual shift knob is pretty cool in its own right. Moreover, the small-diameter, well-contoured steering wheel makes for a pleasant interface between car and driver. Overall materials quality is very good, and the dash features handsome metallic accents. Plus, you can now get the cabin in a color other than all-black, with handsome two-tone options available in cloth and leather cabins.

Like other Dodges, the Challenger benefits from Chrysler’s user-friendly touchscreen interfaces. While the base 5-inch system gets the job done, we highly recommend stepping up to the superb 8.4-inch, multifunction Uconnect touchscreen. It features large virtual buttons, an intuitive layout and fairly quick responses. We also appreciate the big knobs and buttons for the climate system and redundant infotainment controls (volume, tuning, menu selection, etc.).

All of the above makes the Challenger competitive, but interior space is where it utterly puts to shame its Ford and Chevy rivals. The backseat is remarkably roomy for two adults, with good headroom and decent legroom. By comparison, the Mustang and Camaro are really for small children only. There are even rear air vents, though the big rear pillars that also hamper visibility admittedly make it a tad claustrophobic.

The 16.2-cubic-foot trunk is on par with what you’d find in some full-size sedans — and it gets bigger when you fold down the 60/40-split backseat. If you’re looking for the most livable muscle coupe, this is it.

Safety Driving Impressions
Special Features Driving Impressions

One of the 2016 Dodge Challenger’s signature traits is its excellent ride quality. You could take this big coupe on an all-day road trip and feel as if you never left your sofa. The default suspension tuning of the base SXT is pretty floaty, however. As such, we recommend springing at least for the Super Track Pak option, as it includes firmer underpinnings. Otherwise, the Challenger actually handles rather well. This is especially true of the higher-performance versions, which provide a crisp, responsive and confident drive on a curvy road. Still, none of them will let you forget about the car’s sheer bulk, especially on narrow roads. The Mustang and Camaro are more agile and less imposing around tighter turns, and can be fitted with wider and grippier tires. In that way, the Challenger is the most classic muscle car of them all.

With 305 horses on tap, we were pleasantly surprised at just how quick the base V6 is, and it can still smoke the tires and swing the tail out if you so desire. However, if such behavior is on your to-do list, one of the V8s is what you’re going to want to achieve the full muscle car experience. The standard R/T’s 5.7-liter V8 accelerates smartly and makes lovely noises, while the bigger 6.4-liter V8 (used in the Scat Pack and SRT 392) pumps up the performance to a degree that surpasses the Mustang GT. And then there’s the 707-hp supercharged Hellcat, which can effectively be described as tire-smoking insanity. We hope buyers know a guy at the local tire shop, and if they don’t, well, they will soon.

Although the manual transmission is easy to operate, it does have somewhat long throws and is saddled with an annoying foot-operated parking brake that can get in the way when you’re sliding your foot from dead pedal to clutch. Having said that, this is a muscle car and opting for the manual is still the cooler way to go. Nevertheless, the eight-speed automatic is an excellent transmission that’ll return better fuel economy (should you care) and actually snap off quicker shifts for those planning on running quarters on Grudge Night.car-4

2017 Dodge Challenger

Well, folks, it looks like the 2017 Dodge Challenger doesn’t just come out on top when it comes to performance. The iconic muscle car was recently awarded the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highest safety rating possible, proving that Dodge’s move to improve the Challenger’s safety has paid off.


The sporty Challenger’s body currently consists of nearly 60% of high-strength steel. Dodge’s use of this strong material helped the Challenger earn top-notch ratings in the NHTSA’s vehicle side-impact test and pole side-impact tests. Other safety systems that helped contribute to the 2017 Challenger’s high safety rating is the supplementary restraint systems, which include standard driver and front-passenger air bags, along with front and rear side-curtain air bags.

“This proves the 2017 Dodge Challenger is much more than a great-looking car,” says Mike Dahl, Head of Vehicle Safety and Regulatory Compliance for FCA North America. “It reflects our commitment to delivering exceptional occupant safety in every vehicle segment.”

One of the biggest safety features to note in the 2017 Dodge Challenger, though, was the muscle car’s available Forward Collision Warning, which uses sensors to detect a potential front-end collision. The system pre-fills the car’s brakes when it does detect a collision, while also warning the driver with audible and visual signals.

Overall, the 2017 Challenger model has over 70 available safety features, ranging from the aforementioned Forward Collision Warning to Blind-Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path. So, the next time you check out the 2017 Dodge Challenger, remember that it’s one of the safest vehicles in its class.


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For a third consecutive year the Dodge Challenger ranks  on top of the Midsize Sports Car Segment with J.P Powers 2016 U.S. Initial Quality Study.  IQS is based on responses from more than 80K owners and leases of the 2016 year model vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Remember that owners are talking about how they appreciate their new Dodge Challenger.

usc50doc191a021001You can easily find out for yourself what the excitement is all about by visiting the friendly folks at Greeenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, or call the dealership and take a Challenger for a spin.

The Dodge brand’s Challenger muscle car arsenal for 2016 is reloaded as the most complete model lineup with ten trim levels.  One for anyone’s wishes for horsepower, style and budget.  It ranges from a 305 hp, 30mpg, 3.6-liter V6 SXT to the SRT Hellcat with 707 angry thoroughbreds under its hood.  All Challengers are engineered and designed by Chrysler for world class precision and outstanding performance.  When you visit, it is like going to your favorite Ice Cream Shoppe; a flavor for everyone’s tastes.

This 2016 Dodge Challenger links the past to today’s high tech stuff with its sleek historical styling.  It is like being in a time warp from the 70’s.  But those 70’s Challengers were never, not ever this fantastic.  All Challengers deliver touring comfort combined with a very enjoyable drive time.  Ask an owner and they will probably come back with a three letter word. FUN!

It is an easy guess on whose car is chosen by your golf buddies to take to the course; the trunk even has space for the clubs.  Challenger also has a sporty and comfortable cabin with room for five and is just bursting with an upscale interior loaded with premium features.  Everything seems to be focused on the driver as it should be for his/her’s needs in entertainment, communication and safety.

Consumer Reports ranks the Chrysler’s Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system as the top favorite with drivers; so easy to learn and reach.  Challenger also ranks high for resale value.  So go ahead and try one on for size and also find out why so many of their customers come back later for another vehicle and bring their friends.  They will guide you through the Challenger’s many choices and they are all good from the popular 3.6-liter V6, or a 5.7-liter Hemi to the supercharged 6.2-liter that turns fuel into adrenaline.  The bet is on you will leave with a smile, not only because you brought back the “fun factor” in driving, but for the great deal you received.