Dodge Dakota – if you need it it’s the only V-8 in the class

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

It seems that Chrysler’s biggest problem is too few products that stand out, that say check me out first before going to another store. And if buyers consistently avoid Chrysler stores, all is lost for the re-emerging company.

Despite Consumer Reports magazine’s recent proclamation that most of Chrysler’s products are generally inferior, Chrysler has some good stuff, certainly worthy of a look and in most cases worthy of a test drive.

Dodge Avenger, a bit macho and different in a tough segment

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The 2008 Dodge Avenger brings a bold attitude to the popular mid-sized sedan segment dominated by the mainstream Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Dodge Journey – worthy of a trip

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If we had an old trophy we would take it out of the attic, dust it off, re-engrave it and hand it to Dodge for best SUV crossover interior design.

It seems the Dodge boys have hit all the right notes when designing the inside space of the all-new mid-sized 2009 Dodge Journey.

Dodge Challenger R/T – muscle begets nostalgia

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

“This car is just stupid cool!”

That was the assessment of one of our occasional riders as he was climbing out of our Dodge Challenger R/T test car.

Those spontaneous seconds of admiration came from a life-long Chevrolet devotee who then added that the upcoming Chevrolet Camaro would have to be something beyond special to convince him to buy it over the new, hot Dodge.

And hot it is, at least in the minds of the car-loving public.

Dodge Ram – for the love of work

By Ted Biederman and Jim Meachen

It is a heck of a time to be introducing new, big trucks in a market that has taken a dramatic downturn. Sure today a gallon of gas is about $2.00. But a couple of months ago when Dodge introduced this new Ram 1500, gas was over $4.00 a gallon. We hate to throw dirt in an open wound but logic and gut tells us that $4.00 plus gasoline is probably in our future, again.

Dodge Grand Caravan — Going with the Flo

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Chrysler Corp. has been nailed to the wall in recent times, lambasted for inferior products, very few truly fuel-efficient cars, and very little new and cutting-edge vehicles in the pipeline. Much of the criticism is, frankly, well deserved.

But this does not mean that Chrysler is currently devoid of worthwhile vehicles.