2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ram 1500 Each Win AutoBytel.com Award

2014 Jeep Grand CherokeeAutobytel.com—“Your Lifetime Automotive Advisor”—has named its “SUV of the Year” and “Pickup Truck of the Year” award recipients. It should come as no surprise to anyone—it certainly doesn’t come as any sort of surprise to the staff here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram—that the respective winners of those awards are the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2014 Ram 1500. Both vehicles racked up numerous awards toward the end of 2013, and each continues to start 2014 off on the right foot with yet another important victory.

“For 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee embodies a readiness to head off into the hills as an affordable family hauler wrapped around class-leading interiors chockfull of the safety, technology and comfort features that set the Grand Cherokee at the top of the heap,” said Michelle Naranjo, editor-in-chief, Autobytel. “For the second year in a row, the award winning Ram 1500 continues to bring fuel efficiency and tech in a bold package to the value shoppers and accomplishment seekers who want to get the job done right.”

Autobytel praised the Jeep Grand Cherokee for its deep model roster, its expert-level refinement, and its hallmark off-roading prowess.  The Ram 1500 earned high marks for the new EcoDiesel V6 engine that drives it, as well as the eight-speed automatic transmission mated to it and the standard rear coil suspension that makes this Ram truck more responsive than ever.

Autobytel.com’s editors boast a combined 80+ years of experience behind the wheels of various vehicles, so their word is gold when it comes to what’s good in automotive.  This year’s Autobytel award winners were determined based upon the primary factors of innovation, design, and features.  In late 2013, the Ram 1500 was named Motor Trend’s 2014 Truck of the Year; the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee was trail rated as having best-in-class 4×4 capabilities and won the Cars.com/USA Today Mid-Size SUV Challenge head-to-head against all other comers.

To test drive either of these award-winning haulers, stop in and see us at Rochester Hills today!

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How the Jeep Cherokee Changed SUV Forever

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What do you love most about your SUV or crossover? The versatility? The fact that the trunk has a cover? That you can fit a whole family and still have lots of storage? The convince? We have gotten so used to the luxury of SUV’s and unibody trucks, we sometimes forget that they did not always exist. In fact, we can thank the much beloved Jeep Cherokee which was the first large-production unibody truck.

In 1984, Jeep used a new welding process to figure out how to create a light body vehicle at top performance both on and off road. This light weight concept lead to a stiff chassis and more stability compared to the other competitors including auto brands like Nissan, Toyota, Ford and more. Almost a decade later in 1996, these auto brands used the Jeep Cherokee concept to create their own large unibody models.

Currently at our Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dealership in Rochester Hills, MI, we are celebrating the 2014 Jeep Cherokee FWD Latitude model and offering discounts. Find a lease for those who qualify at the low lease of only $174/month for 24 months. Employees can purchase this model for the very low price of $20,896. Until the end of December on 12/31/13, present this coupon receive an extra $500 toward accessories at our dealership only!

Take a test drive in our 2014 Cherokee and you will soon experience how the Cherokee is still one of the top innovative unibody trucks of its time!

2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition Brings Past to Present

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Before the Jeep Wrangler was available to the public, it was an integral part of World War II, providing the U.S. military with a rugged and durable form of transportation.  When the first civilian Jeep was introduced in 1945, the kinship America seems to have with the brand skyrocketed. Since the 40s, the model has seen multiple redesigns but, beginning early next year, the new 2014 Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition, which returns to the original Jeep’s capabilities, will be arriving in dealerships across the country, bringing a bit of the past to the present.

“The new Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition is a Jeep purist’s dream, delivering a Jeep vehicle that harkens back to the original, classic CJs of the 1940s,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO-Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This new jeep vehicle delivers pure functionality and rugged capability in a unique package that recognizes the origins of the brand.”

With exterior design cues that take a page from the original Jeep, the Willys Wheeler Edition might be appear to be simple, but it includes the Connectivity Group with SiriusXM satellite radio, bringing it into the 21st century. It will also see an upgrade under the hood with the award winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, producing 285 horsepower and 260 ft-lbs of torque.

Make sure to check back to the Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep dealership blog for more info on the Jeep Wrangler Willys Wheeler Edition soon!