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Jeep and Ram win big at the 2016 ALV Awards

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The thirteenth annual Carspondent.com “Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year” (ALV) awards were held at San Marcos Gold Resort last month and it proved to be a great night for FCA’s brands. A panel of national and local media, including the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) and more than 50 athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, spent two days evaluating cars, crossovers, SUVs and trucks to see which was the best among them.

Cofounded by Bob Babbitt, a member of the Ironman Hall of Fame, Nina Russin, an auto journalist and distance runner, and Jim Woodman, a journalist, triathlete and founder of Active.com, the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year awards are unique among all other competitions. It is the only annual awards program where outdoor enthusiasts, athletes and the automotive media come together to pick the winners. The winners, of course, are evaluated through a process that includes both on-road driving and navigating an off-road course.

This year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel won the Green ALV award and the Ram 1500 Rebel won the Best Value Off-Road award.

“Individuals with active lifestyles don’t want the vehicles they drive to limit where they travel, or the amount of gear they can carry,” said Nina Russin, ALV co-founder. “Ram Truck and Jeep proved that their vehicles perform equally well on- and off-road and offer spacious, configurable cargo areas that fill the squares for buyers who like to venture off the grid, carrying their bicycles, kayaks and camping equipment with them.”

Fans of Jeep won’t be surprised at all to hear this news. After all, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV of all time. It’s the vehicle people hold up as the example of what a premium SUV should be. The Grand Cherokee Summit model comes with three available 4x4 systems, Jeep’s Quadra-Lift air suspension system, and the class-leading Selec-Terrain traction management system. This all-star SUV also boasts best-in-class towing abilities of up to 7,400 pounds and a crawl ratio of 44.1:1.

The Ram 1500 Rebel is no slouch either. The truck is equipped with 33-inch tires, Bilstein shocks, skid plates, tow hooks and exceptionally stylish interior design. Under the hood, the Rebel blows the competition away with its standard 4x4/3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, delivering 305 horsepower and 269 lb.-ft of torque.

Ram is the longest-lasting line of pickups, boasts best-in-class ride, handling and fuel economy, has the highest snow plow rating and the highest general levels of capability. Whatever you need your Ram to do, it can do it without even breaking a sweat.

Come check out these groundbreaking, award-winning trucks for yourself. Pilson Auto has both the Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 Rebel in stock and on the lot. Take one out for a spin and you’ll never want to come back.