FCA Brands Wrap Up an Award-Winning Year

December 28th, 2016 by

2016 FCA awards

In 2016, all four brands at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram killed it in regards to awards and positive feedback from consumers. So, as 2016 comes to an end, we want to recognize what each of our brands accomplished this past year. Here is to many more awards in 2017!


Three 2016 Dodge models earned a spot on Strategic Vision’s list of “Most Loved Cars in America: 2016.” Strategic Vision created a rating system based on 120 different aspects of ownership like advocacy and emotional connect. The 2016 Dodge Durango was the Most Loved Mid-Size SUV, the Challenger was the Most Loved Specialty Coupe and Charger was the Most Loved Full-Size Sedan.

For the third year in a row, the Dodge Charger also took home ALG’s Residual Value Award in the “Full-Size” car category, wow! Winners are chosen based on vehicle performance and industry trends. Additionally, the 2016 Dodge Durango also took home Consumer Guide Auto’s “Best Buy” title in the SUV segment.

When Mopar and Dodge pair up, they form the dream team.  Together Mopar and Dodge won the NHRA Manufacturers Cup this year. This is the first time Mopar has won since 1970. The win is due to the strong HEMI power and the horsepower it produces. The award was presented to Mopar after the NHRA Mello Yello race which closed out the racing season.  


The Chrysler Pacifica just can’t stop winning awards. Who knew a minivan would be so popular in 2016? Chrysler did! The all-new Pacifica was named to three different “10 Best” lists by WardsAuto. Yep, you heard that right, not one, not two, but three recognitions by WardsAuto. The Pacifica was on Wards 10 Best Interiors List for 2016, Wards 10 Best User Experience List for 2016 and Wards 10 Best Engines List for 2017 for the Pacifica Hybrid’s engine.

Also, Consumers Digest named the new Pacifica a “Best Buy” in the Minivan segment, and Consumer Guide Auto picked it as a “Best Buy” in the Minivan and Family Vehicle categories. Not to mention the numerous other awards, recognitions and excellent reviews.

Chrysler takes the safety of drivers very seriously, which is why all of their vehicles have  updated and advanced safety technology features. Both the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the  2017 Chrysler 200 earned five-star overall safety ratings from the NHTSA and they were also named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). All in all it was a great year for all Chrysler vehicles.


Jeep, as always, won plenty awards in 2016. The Jeep Wrangler, Renegade, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee were among the top award winners.

The 2016 Wrangler took home a couple 4X4 awards, a “Best Buy” award, and it was Strategic Vision’s Most Loved Entry SUV.  The Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited won the huge title of “4X4 of the Decade” from Four Wheeler, and for the seventh consecutive year, the Jeep Wrangler was named the Hottest 4X4 SUV at  SEMA. Apart from being one of Strategic Vision’s “most loved,” the 2016 Wrangler also won the “Total Quality Award” from Strategic Vision.

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee won awards including, but not limited to, the “Green ALV” award for the EcoDiesel Summit at the Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards, Autopacific’s “Most Ideal Mid-Size SUV.” The 2016 Jeep Cherokee won the title as “Compact Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas” from the Texas Auto Writers Association.

Finally, moving on to the Jeep Renegade. The 2016 Renegade was named “Best SUV for the Money” on a list by Autobytel and was also named to Digital Trends’ list “10 Best Cars for Millennials.” Very impressive for only being in it’s second year of production.


Ram’s heavy-duty, light-duty, and commercial vehicles took home awards and the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel was the star of the show. The Ram 1500 Rebel took home many awards including three different off-road awards. That isn’t it for Ram, heavy duty trucks and the ProMaster city took home awards as well.

The awards the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel won include the “Best Off-road Vehicle” from the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press, ALV’s award for “Best Value Off-road,” and it was named Four Wheeler’s “Pickup Truck of the Year.” If you want an off-road vehicle, we suggest the Ram Rebel!

Moving on to other Ram vehicles! The ProMaster City took home the title as “Commercial Green Car of the Year” from Green Car Journal, which is a very prestigious and reliable “green” focussed publication. Additionally, Consumers Digest  selected the Ram 1500 as their  “Best Buy” in the Pickup category and the Ram 2500 was named to Edmunds’ list of vehicles that had the “Best Retained Value” in 2016.

If you want any of these award winning vehicles, we have them all. Check out our entire dealership inventory at Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram here. 

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