October 22, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey and Jeep® Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel were each named winners in this year’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) awards.
The 11th annual Carspondent.com “Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” awards competition took place at Local Motors in Chandler, Ariz., on Sat., Oct. 18.
More than 100 athletes and outdoor enthusiasts from around the country who participate in sports, such as marathon running, bicycling, soccer and kayaking, evaluated and judged new vehicles in the 10 award categories in this unique competition.
Dodge and Jeep brand vehicles were winners in the ALV event, taking three of the eight categories:
- Best Value On-Road (MSRP at or below $35,000) – Dodge Journey
- Best Value Family – Dodge Durango
- Luxury Off-Road (MSRP over $35,000 with true off-road capability) – Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
“Winning these important Active Lifestyle Vehicle awards is truly a proud accomplishment for the Dodge and Jeep brands,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Dodge Durango, Dodge Journey and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel offer functionality and performance for any adventure, so they’re an ideal fit for customers with active lifestyles.”
The ALV awards are the only annual vehicle awards in which active, outdoor enthusiasts choose the winners, along with a small contingent of automotive journalists who accompany them in the ride-and-drive tests. Testing includes a challenging off-road course as well as on-road driving.
“This year’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year was the most competitive in the program’s 11-year history with hundredths of a point often determining category winners. Jeep and Dodge resonate with our audience because of the brands’ outdoor focus, versatile yet stylish interior designs and strong powertrains,” said Nina Russin, a co-founder of the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards.
“The EcoDiesel engine in the Jeep Grand Cherokee is excellent for towing and extends range between fill-ups on long road trips. The Dodge Journey gives growing families the interior versatility they need in a relatively small vehicle at an affordable price. And the Dodge Durango combines the truck attributes sport-utility enthusiasts crave with good fuel economy and excellent road manners.”
The ALV awards were co-founded by Bob Babbitt, a member of the Ironman Hall of Fame, and Jim Woodman, longtime journalist, triathlete and founder of Active.com, as well as Nina Russin, longtime distance runner and auto journalist.