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Autotrader names 2018 Ram 1500 to Best Interior List

I love my Ram truck. I’ve said it a million times. I love how it looks. I love how it sounds. I love the four-wheel-drive and the fact that I can help when someone needs help getting pulled out of a tough spot. And I particularly love how comfortable it is, even on long drives halfway across the country. It turns out, the editors at Autotrader concur, as they recently named the 2018 Ram 1500 to their Best Interior List. “What’s on the inside of a car is arguably as important as what is on the outside, since drivers and passengers spend all their travel time here,” said Tara Trompeter, managing editor for Autotrader. “Although there’s an all-new, fully redesigned 2019 Ram set to debut soon, we’re still smitten with the interior in the outgoing 2018 model. As you escalate through the Ram’s trim levels, the interior improves, with some top-end models offering luxury car levels of comfort and sophistication.” But there’s more to this story. On a list of what would primarily be considered luxury or sport vehicle brands, the 2018 Ram 1500 is the only truck. You may wonder, in a sea of sophistication, how does a self-proclaimed workhorse earn a spot on the “best dressed” list? Careful consideration to every inch, that’s how. The Ram truck design team … Read More

Kathryn Hahn turns up the volume in the Chrysler Pacifica S

As teenagers, we were all embarrassed by our parents a time or two. Now, as a parent myself, I feel like I’ve earned the right, on occasion, to be THAT parent and carry on the tradition. Evidently, the same holds true for actress Kathryn Hahn. In her latest role, starring in a series of commercials for the Chrysler Pacifica S, Hahn is the go-anywhere, do-everything mom in her blacked-out Pacifica S. From soccer practice to the school pickup line to a night out on the town with the girls.   Watch the five-part series of Chrysler Pacifica S ads, starring Kathryn Hahn on the Chrysler YouTube channel.

Jeep® brand is first automotive brand recognized as “Cult Brand” Honoree

If something reaches ‘cult status’ or has a ‘cult following,’ it gains an aura of prestige and intrigue. Last week, the Jeep® brand accomplished the latter as they were recognized as a 2018 “Cult Brand” honoree at the annual The Gathering (Society of Cult Brands). Founded in 2013, The Gathering is an exclusive summit focused on exposing the principles and practices employed by the world’s most successful brands. Past honorees include the Make-A-Wish Foundation (2017), Airbnb (2016) and the Disney Channel (2015). With this recognition, Jeep brand will stand alone as the first and only automotive brand to be recognized by the summit. The Gathering wanted to honor Jeep® for its “outstanding courage, and unconventional thinking, in achieving enviable brand engagement and reaping the benefits of cult-like status.” “Other automotive brands have been nominated over the years, but it’s so fitting that Jeep is the first Cult Brand Honoree,” said Chris Kneeland, co-founder of The Gathering and Chair of the Brand Selection Committee. “Their marketing, product innovation and customer engagement are best-of-breed and represent exactly how cult brands foster internal and external brand engagement.” This honor comes on the heels of the new 2019 Jeep® Cherokee release earlier this year. “The global Jeep community is like no other,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA. “There is no … Read More

Ram 1500, shining star of DFW Auto Show

A thing of beauty. That’s how one might describe the 2019 Ram 1500 Lone Star edition. The Texas-exclusive pickup took center stage when it was unveiled over the weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas during the annual DFW Auto Show. FCA US LLC vehicles consistently have an impressive showing at the auto show and Ram is a big part of that attraction. Not only is February (one could stretch it to the whole year) considered by many to be “Truck Month,” Texans in general love their pickups, and this Ram is all about embracing the spirit of the Lone Star State. Included in the 2019 version are 18” aluminum wheels, bright grille surround with billet inserts, chrome front and rear bumpers, 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine and fog lamps According to Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, “The hard-working appeal of the Ram Lone Star has made it a favorite among Texas truck buyers. Trucks are an important part of Texas life, and Ram trucks are proven to last. Ram’s long-lasting reliability has helped the Ram 1500 cement the highest owner loyalty of any half-ton pickup.” At previous auto shows in Dallas and around the country, Ram has had other notable versions of their vehicles on display. In 2015, for example, they introduced a special Texas Rangers concept … Read More

Awaiting Super Bowl Sunday … alive with anticipation

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner. Somewhat of a holiday in our home, we look forward to it every year. We carefully prepare, getting game food and drinks ready and arranged in advance within eyesight of the television, so not a minute will be missed. The dog is walked, fed and ready to go for kickoff. We have and know our “spots” in advance. My husband will pace. Our daughter will curl up in the corner on her phone, looking up whenever my husband yells at the television. (She’s 11, what do you expect?) Then there’s me. I sit quietly and watch, commenting occasionally and explaining what just happened that caused the outburst from across the room. It’s game time. Not a moment will be missed. Because, after all, this is the Super Bowl. And that means, at a rumored $7.7 million for a 30-second spot, we’ll be watching closely to see what kind of comic relief the advertisers have to offer this year. Of course, I’ve already been scouring the internet, doing my best to find whatever I can regarding sneak peeks, teasers, etc. This year has been more challenging than previous years and I have to admit that, while it only makes me search harder, it also makes me happy. After all, there is a significant … Read More

Drive thru — Taking dining to a new level when on the road

We recently traveled to Dallas for a few days to spend some time with friends. Now that we’re back home, we joke that we ate and drank our way through the city and a few suburbs. According to the scale, this is not altogether untrue. Of course, we stayed at a hotel, which meant eating at various restaurants during our stay. When we travel, we make an effort to partake at local establishments. If we do go to what would be considered a “chain” restaurant, we make sure it’s not one that we can go to where we live in New Hampshire. Likewise, when we lived in Dallas and made our northward treks, we also chose local fare. We don’t make a “no chains” choice because we’re against the large, corporate food organizations. We simply like to experience something we don’t have the opportunity to have when we are at home. And, it feels good to support small business owners. As it turns out, we are not alone in our quest to experience something new and different on our travels. According to AAA, 75 percent of Americans consider their dining experience an integral part of their travel experience as a whole. So much so, in fact, that some have started planning culinary-inspired vacations that include winery and/or brewery tours, cooking … Read More

Introducing the Sport Wave – it’s like the Jeep® Wave, but not

We live in a very small town. I think I’ve mentioned that a time or two. So, when you live in a place like this and you drive a special edition truck, with scoops on the hood, that happens to be a unique color, you expect to stand out a bit. You, in fact, stand out a lot. That’s why it’s not at all surprising that any time I take my Stinger Yellow 2016 Ram 1500 Sport to town, people wave. They definitely know who is coming because, let’s face it, I am hard to miss. There is a guy in town who owns a Sublime Green 2017 Ram 1500 Sport – equally hard to miss. Every time I pass him on the road, I nod and wave. Not because I know him, but because I feel like we’re somewhat kindred spirits. When I first noticed his truck and started waving, it got me thinking about the “Jeep Wave” and how Jeep® Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited owners acknowledge one another on the road with a brief, two-finger wave. I have to admit, though, I owned a Wrangler for a while and, when you live in an area where Wranglers are quite common, you find yourself executing the Jeep Wave a lot. It loses some of its charm when you find … Read More

To warm or not to warm – you decide

You’re dressed and ready for work. To get your engine going, you probably showered, had some breakfast, checked on the news (possibly the weather) of the day and now it’s time to hit the road. Coffee and computer bag in hand, you head for the door. But first, you stop to put on your coat, hat, scarf and gloves. Why? Because it’s FREEZING outside. The weather guy said so. Your weather app says so. The thermometer outside says so. So, altogether, you probably took somewhere between 30-60 minutes to get warmed up and start your day. Give or take … Then you donned winter gear to keep you warm in the cold temperatures. Why, then, would you not also allow your vehicle, that prized possession that you work (or worked, as the case may be) hard for, the same luxury of having some morning warm-up time? Granted, experts from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) have concluded that vehicles actually warm up faster when driven and encourage owners to idle for no more than 30 seconds before driving. There is truth to this. In normal temperatures and normal driving conditions, where a driver can take a low-key, gentle drive for the first several minutes, yes, the engine will warm up faster than if it sits in … Read More

Introducing our latest addition – my long-awaited Jeep® Cherokee

Anytime you can start the New Year off with a new addition to the family, it’s a good thing, right? I think so too. That’s why we are so excited to welcome our new addition to our family – a 2016 Jeep® Cherokee Limited. I’ve been waiting a long time to buy my Jeep Cherokee. For those of you who have been reading/following The Road Best Traveled, you may remember back when I was eagerly awaiting the reintroduction of the Cherokee to the Jeep brand lineup. I said then that a Jeep Cherokee would be my next vehicle. I was a little off with that prediction. Stuff happens. So, when we (mostly me) decided it was time to start looking for another vehicle, I had very specific parameters that had to be met. It had to get decent gas mileage. It had to comfortably fit everyone, plus our gear. It had to be either all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. And, most importantly, it had to be within a very specific budget, which meant it was going to be a used vehicle, but I didn’t want anything with high miles. Basically, I was looking for a unicorn. The one thing I did not specify was that it had to be a particular make and/or model. (Admittedly, there were a few I told my … Read More