Automotive research group AutoPacific announced today that FCA brands have won six awards in its 24th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA), including two each for Alfa Romeo and Ram.
Based on results from AutoPacific’s New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey, which measures owner satisfaction via 27 individual vehicle attributes, the Vehicle Satisfaction Awards recognize the most satisfying cars, SUVs and light trucks on the market.
For 2020, AutoPacific’s most satisfying vehicles include the Alfa Romeo Giulia (Standard Luxury Car) and Stelvio (Standard Luxury Crossover SUV), Chrysler 300 (Large Car), Dodge Challenger (Sports/Sporty Car) and Ram 1500 (Full-Size Pickup). The Ram brand earns the title of Highest Satisfaction Popular Brand.
An industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied owners are with their new vehicles, AutoPacific’s VSAs are based on survey responses from more than 73,000 new-vehicle owners.
The Ram 1500, for the second straight year, captures the Full-Size Pickup VSA from AutoPacific. The benchmark for light-duty full-size trucks, the Ram 1500 received high marks in the New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey for interior styling and storage, driver’s seat ingress/egress and innovative storage solutions.
For 2021, the Ram 1500 strengthens its robust lineup for the new model year with the additions of the Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary Edition and Limited Night Edition.
Building not only on the strength of the Ram 1500, but also its entire lineup of trucks and vans, Ram Truck earns the distinction of AutoPacific’s Highest Satisfaction Popular Brand, reflecting the portfolio’s top-rated performance in the following attributes: exterior and interior design, driver’s seat visibility, front-seat comfort, passenger roominess, safety features, fun to drive, braking, handling, ride, power and acceleration.
Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio
For the 2020 model year, both the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio received significant interior and technology updates, including enhanced driver touchpoints, a new 8.8-inch touchscreen display and available level II autonomous driving functions. Per AutoPacific’s survey, owners recognized the improvements, elevating Alfa Romeo’s core models to best-in-class satisfaction scores for Standard Luxury Car (Giulia) and Standard Luxury Crossover SUV (Stelvio).
The Giulia earned top marks for its safety features, infotainment, pricing, front-seat comfort and increased Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) content, while the Stelvio received high ratings for its pricing, driver’s seat ingress/egress and exterior size and design. Both models scored best-in-class for handling and fun to drive, hallmarks of the brand’s exhilarating performance and dynamics.
For the fourth year in a row, the Dodge Challenger has won the AutoPacific VSA for the Sports/Sporty Car segment, this year securing high scores in 17 of 27 satisfaction attributes. Most notable among these attributes were Challenger’s power, acceleration and braking, fun-to-drive character, passenger roominess and exterior design.
According to AutoPacific, the 300 received top marks for cargo access and capacity, cargo area lighting, driver’s seat ingress/egress, exterior design, interior quietness, cruising range, and wheel size and style.