The Dodge brand ranks highest in three segments in J.D. Power’s 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™. Dodge Charger, Challenger and Dart lead the Large Car, Midsize Sporty Car and Compact Car segments respectively.
In addition to the Dodge brand’s three segment awards, five Chrysler Group models also ranked among the top three vehicles in their segments. Jeep® Cherokee ranked third in the Compact SUV segment; Jeep® Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango ranked second and third in the Midsize SUV category; Fiat 500L ranked third in the Compact MPV segment; and the Ram 2500/3500 tied for second in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment.
“These three APEAL awards, based on customer feedback, are a great way to celebrate Dodge’s 100 year anniversary and Chrysler Group’s commitment to continually deliver exciting, high quality vehicles,” said Doug Betts, Senior Vice President – Quality, Chrysler Group LLC. “A customer’s positive experiences with good quality lead to greater satisfaction, loyalty and the likelihood an owner will recommend their vehicle to friends and family. Personal recommendations are the most powerful type.”
The APEAL Study measures how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on customer evaluations of 77 vehicle attributes of new 2014 model year vehicles. Customers are surveyed after 90 days of ownership at the same time as J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study (IQS). According to J.D. Power, the most appealing vehicles have greater owner loyalty, command higher transaction prices and spend less time on dealer lots before purchase.
About Dodge Charger
Born to be different, the 2014 Dodge Charger is the world’s only four-door muscle car: with iconic styling, available 300 Horsepower V-6 With Best-in-class 31 mpg Highway, best-in-class 370 horsepower HEMI V-8 engine with four-cylinder mode Fuel Saver Technology; world-class handling and refinement – plus America’s first eight-speed automatic transmission with available paddle-shifters and sport mode. Dodge Charger has led the Large Car segment in J.D. Power’s APEAL study for four consecutive years. In addition, award-winning premium interiors, the reassurance of an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick,” and state-of-the-art connectivity features with available Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen system, make the 2014 Dodge Charger an incredible value.
About Dodge Challenger
With record sales levels since the reintroduction of the Challenger in 2008, the Dodge brand’s performance icon continues to deliver exactly what muscle car enthusiasts want – a powerful and efficient engine lineup, iconic muscle-car design with numerous personalization packages. Dodge Challenger has led the Midsize Sporty Car segment in J.D. Power’s APEAL study in 2011, 2012 and 2014. Dodge Challenger combines world-class ride, refinement and braking performance with more power and a track-tuned suspension to deliver a thrilling driving experience. With its award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine producing 305 horsepower and an impressive 25 mpg highway, the Dodge Challenger is the most powerful, refined and technologically advanced entry-level Challenger ever. And now with the return of Scat Pack performance stage kits, plus the enthusiast-demanded Shaker performance hood with its HEMI® V-8 engine-mounted, fully floating scoop and exposed high-flow element for cold-air induction – the new 2014 Challenger R/T Shaker delivers up to 375 horsepower, performance and even more heritage-inspired style for the most hardcore Dodge enthusiasts. Coming this fall, Dodge is unleashing the Most Powerful and Fastest Muscle Car ever, along with the most capable and technologically advanced Challenger lineup ever, highlighted by the all-new 707 horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat; the new R/T Scat Pack model with 485 best-in-class horsepower; and the new Challenger SXT models with nearly $4,000 in added content over the 2014 model – including the segment-first standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission and for added performance and up to 30 mpg on the highway.
About Dodge Dart
The 2014 Dodge Dart redefines performance with an agile, fun-to-drive experience, compliments of its Alfa Romeo roots. It’s crafted with high-quality materials and loaded with state-of-the-art technology and class-leading safety features. The Dart GT model builds on that foundation and offers attributes compact car buyers appreciate, such as a 2.4 liter engine with 184 horsepower, a sport-tuned suspension, available hyper black 18-inch aluminum wheels, along with class-exclusive features like an 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen media center and LED racetrack taillamps. The Dart provides drivers with the ultimate combination of power, efficiency, technology and style, all for a starting U.S. MSRP of just $15,995.
In the world of trucks, selecting the right accessories for your 2014 Ram 1500 is almost as important as getting the right pickup. The Ram 1500 can help you achieve both goals, as it is versatile enough to work for anyone and the available accessories include everything you could possibly look for.
As with most other trucks, the top Ram 1500 accessories have a range of purposes, from utility and storage to ease of use. There are even other accessories to improve the appearance of your Ram’s grills, paint, or trim.
Probably the top accessory for the 2014 Ram 1500 truck is a Tonneau cover. This is the best possible way to ensure that your cargo stays within the truck bed and that it isn’t exposed to inclement weather conditions. If you know that you will want one, you can even have it installed when you order your Ram so you don’t have to buy one later and it will be sure to fit.
Cargo Management System
Although some may consider the Cargo Management System a feature, it is optional and serves the same function as many aftermarket accessories but does a better job. This is a cargo container that is smaller than the truck bed but still large enough to store tools and gear. It is one of the top accessories because it is drainable and lit and even comes with a lock.
Keyless Entry Fob
As with the Cargo Management System, not everyone would consider the keyless entry fob to be an accessory, but the one available for the Ram 1500 goes above and beyond to an extent that it can easily be classified as one. That is because in addition to locking and unlocking your doors, this fob can also come with a panic button and remote vehicle start so you won’t have to wait as long to get going once you get in your car.
Wheel-to-Wheel Side Steps
Another great add-on accessory for your Ram 1500 is the wheel-to-wheel side steps. These are steps located on the side of the truck by the wheels, as their name implies. In addition to making it much easier to get into the truck cabin, they will also improve your aerodynamics, therefore increasing the performance efficiency. That means that these seemingly simple side steps make life easier and improve your gas mileage.
The final top accessory for the Ram 1500 is actually a group of them: the luggage racks. These are a wide range of racks designed to fit on or in the cargo bed and keep items in place. There are general luggage racks that can hold any item as well as ones with specific uses, such as bike racks or ladder racks.
Whether you want to learn more about the 2014 Ram 1500 or other accessories for this truck, the professionals at Pat McGrath Dodge Country in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, can help you.Read More
When most people picture a full-size pickup truck like the 2014 Ram 1500, they don’t necessarily think of it as a family vehicle. This large truck is known for its ability to be a powerful work truck, but in reality, it can also be perfect for families.
With all of the configurations to choose from, including trims, cabins, and truck beds, there are seemingly limitless combinations. This means that you can easily select the right truck for your family no matter its size.
When looking for a family vehicle, it obviously needs to be able to fit the entire family, and that is one of the reasons many people simply rule out pickup trucks. However, the 2014 Ram 1500 can seat up to six people depending on the cab that you select. If you opt for the Crew Cab, not only will it seat six, but it will do so comfortably with enough room for the rear passengers as well as some additional interior storage.
Another key part of any vehicle for a family is its safety, and the Ram 1500 excels in this area as well. Every model comes standard with advanced multistage airbags and electronic stability control to help keep you and your family safe. You can also opt to add in the ParkView Rear Back-up Camera to make backing up or parking easier and reduce your chances of getting into an accident.
Although entertainment isn’t the most important feature of most pickup trucks, it does become slightly more important when talking about family vehicles. The best options will have radio, a CD player, and USB connectivity and/or an auxiliary audio jack. The good news is that you can easily get a Ram 1500 that has all of these features. As a bonus, you can even add SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The UConnect system also includes Bluetooth, so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road while making a call, keeping you and anyone in the truck safe.
One aspect of families is that there are usually a lot of errands to run, including shopping and going to sports practice, music lessons, or other extracurricular activities. Because of this, you want a truck like the Ram 1500 that has taken extra steps toward fuel economy. In fact, the 3-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine offers the very best fuel economy out of every full-size pickup truck.
It is true that most people think of cars, SUVs, or vans when looking for a family vehicle. The advantages of a full-size pickup like the Ram become clear, however, when it comes time for vacation. This truck will fit your entire family, store all of your luggage in the cargo bed, and tow a trailer or boat behind.
To learn more about the 2014 Ram 1500 and the various options to make it even more family friendly, visit Pat McGrath Dodge Country in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.Read More
Four Chrysler Group vehicles received major awards from Edmunds.com, one of the top sources for automotive information and reviews.
The 2014 Ram 1500 and 2014 Ram 2500 won awards for the Top Rated vehicles in their segments, while the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2014 Dodge Durango took home honors for Most Popular.Read More
Pat McGrath Dodge Country would like to introduce the Dodge Double-Up program, which gives you the chance to drive two tremendous vehicles in two years.
You can lease a new 2014 Dodge Challenger or Charger today for 12 months, then immediately upgrade to an all-new 2015 Challenger or Charger for the same payment, with no additional down payment!*Read More
The 2015 Chrysler 200 and the 2014 Jeep Cherokee have been named to Wards’ Auto list of the 10 Best Interiors.
The newest offerings from Chrysler and Jeep were recognized for their outstanding designs, features, and well-crafted components.Read More
Ken Hill of Pat McGrath Dodge Country takes you through the benefits of the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel.
Watch this video to see how the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 brings more power and better fuel-efficiency to the SUV segment by taking the Grand Cherokee above and beyond the competition.Read More
Due to popular demand, the 3.6L Pentastar V6 will now be offered in the 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn and Laramie Limited.
This now means the powerful and efficient Pentastar engine will be available in nearly all 2014 Ram 1500 trim packages.Read More