No good can possibly come from a story that starts with “Chrysler has been bumping along on a couple of flat tires in recent years.” And it doesn’t. After recommending only one Chrysler model, the RAM 1500 pickup, over the last three years, Consumer Reports tested eight Chrysler models to see how they have improved.
CR is mildly impressed by the Dodge Charger, the Durango, and the Town & Country. CR finds that the Charger “now scores close to the Ford Taurus and Buick LaCrosse.” The Town & Country receives a “considerably improved.” And yet:
“Although they performed well enough, none of those three are recommended because they are too new for us to have reliability information.”
So what about the cars where Consumer Reports has reliability information?
“We are not impressed with the 200, Avenger, Compass, Journey, or Patriot. Despite some improvements, they’re still mediocre overall, scoring at or near the bottom of their respective categories and too low to be recommended.”
When Bloomberg called Consumer Reports for a statement, David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ auto test center, answered:
“Chrysler is on the right path, but they still have a long way to go.”