names 2014 Ram 1500 and 2014 Jeep®Grand Cherokee as Pickup Truck and SUV of the Year

Chrysler started the year off right with two 2014 vehicles coming out on top in their class. recently named the 2014 Ram 1500 as "Pickup Truck of the Year" and the 2014 Jeep®Grand Cherokee as "SUV of the Year."

The two vehicles received the awards for their many features including the Jeep Grand Cherokee's extensive model lineup, refinement and legendary off-road capability. The Ram 1500 was recognized for its new eight-speed automatic transmission, new EcoDiesel V-6 engine and rear coil suspension.

When choosing vehicles for the yearly awards, those at have the know-how. With over 80 years of experience, the editorial staff has driven hundreds of vehicles over the years. Editor-in-chief Michelle Naranjo had great things to say about both vehicles.

"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. 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."

The Ram 1500 features best-in-class fuel economy with 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. The new 2014 model offers unsurpassed towing ability of 9,200 pounds and a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been said to "redefine the premium SUV." The 2014 model features available clean-diesel technology, a new EcoDiesel engine, best-in-class fuel economy with 30 mpg highway and a 730 mile driving range that remains unmatched by competitors.

Chrysler Group LLC Senior Vice President-Quality Doug Betts acknowledged the awards saying, "Receiving these two awards from Autobytel for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 is a great honor. Our extensive efforts to build world-class vehicles are resonating in the marketplace, and these awards from Autobytel validate this to our customers."