Safety, Performance, Value Deciding Factors
Auburn Hills, Mich., Mar 14, 2006 –
Three Chrysler Group vehicles have made AAA and Parents magazine’s list of “Best Cars for Families” for 2006. The Dodge Charger, Chrysler Town & Country and Jeep® Commander were chosen based upon their safety, performance and value to consumers.
“We are delighted that AAA and Parents magazine has recognized three of our vehicles to this important list,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Marketing. “Chrysler Group is committed to providing vehicles to our customers that are safe, innovative, fun-to-drive and deliver superior value.”
AAA’s 100 years of auto safety expertise, combined with Parents’ insight into family needs and wants, led to a lengthy list of criteria for 2006 models. A team of reviewers from both AAA and Parents considered everything from air bags and fuel economy to cup holders and cargo space when voting. They installed child safety and booster seats and chose vehicles that are among the top crash-test performers.
The annual list appears in the April issue of Parents magazine, which hits newsstands Tuesday, March 14.
2006 Dodge Charger
Named in the sedan category, the 2006 Dodge Charger is a fresh, contemporary execution of modern muscle with the convenience and interior capacity of a full-size passenger car. Offered at a U.S. Manufacturer’s Retail Price (MSRP) starting under $23,000, the Charger is an affordable family car that delivers fun-to-drive performance at a great value. The car is equipped with a 250 horsepower V-6 engine, five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick and includes standard features such as Electronic Stability Program (ESP), all-speed traction control and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS). The available 340 hp, 5.7-liter HEMI® engine delivers 0-60 mph time of about six seconds and is equipped with a Multi-displacement System (MDS) that transparently shuts down from eight to four cylinders as needed, improving fuel economy by as much as 20 percent without sacrificing vehicle performance. The Charger is equipped with integrated safety and security features providing occupant protection, safety and security on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Dodge Charger five stars for driver and front passenger protection in a frontal crash, the highest rating in the U.S. Government’s safety crash test program.
2006 Chrysler Town & Country
Named in the minivan category, the 2006 Chrysler Town & Country, the first and best-selling luxury minivan, stays true to the original minivan formula by offering innovative features in an elegant package without sacrificing value. Chrysler Group is the only manufacturer with fold-in-the-floor second and third row seats, the Stow ‘n Go TM seating and storage system. The system features second row bucket seats that can be folded into the floor and a third row 60/40 split bench seat that can fold into the floor or fold rearward to face out the tailgate when the minivan is parked. When the seats are in the upright position, there are six cubic feet of covered storage space available in the second row, and six cubic feet of storage space available in the third row. The headrests do not need to be removed when the seats are stowed, and the seats can be stowed individually or together. With a base U.S. MSRP of $21,885 (including $715 destination), the Chrysler Town & Country delivers families to their destination in a classy, useful and safe minivan.
2006 Jeep Commander
Named in the sport-utility vehicle (SUV) category, the Jeep Commander is the most capable seven-passenger vehicle in the market, offering more power, control, flexibility, advanced safety technology and premium amenities than any of its three-row SUV competitors. The Jeep Commander includes the highest level of standard safety and security technology and features ever offered on a Chrysler Group vehicle. And, Commander offers more Jeep at an incredible value — with a U. S. base price starting at $28,135 and with legendary Jeep 4×4 capability for $30,135. Because Commander is the first Jeep vehicle with three rows of seats, more passengers — seven — can visit more places to enjoy its go-anywhere, do-anything capability. And, of course, it’s Jeep Trail Rated®.