Chrysler hasn’t had a lot of positive press lately. Between bankruptcy, being taken over by the Italians, and not having a lot of new product to tout, it’s been an easy target for auto writers (myself included).
While I’m sure good times are on the horizon for Chrysler, let’s not forget about some of the great cars the company has produced throughout its long history. Keep reading for the 10 best vehicles I think Chrysler has ever built, and be sure to chime in with your favorites, too.
Created to compete with the likes of Lincoln, Imperial was Chrysler’s luxury player. The 1964 model was actually designed by Elwood Engel, designer of the 1961 Lincoln Continental.
With strong performance and a smooth-as-silk ride, the Newport is an underrated classic perfect for cruising.
Chrysler invented the minivan in 1984, but didn’t really get it perfected until 1996. The minivan is one of few segments where Honda and Toyota saw success only after copying Chrysler’s formula.
2005-2008 Dodge Magnum
This car was actually a couple years ahead of its time and was out to prove that station wagons could be cool again. With unique looks, rear-wheel drive, and a powerful V8, it provided plenty of room and comfort for the family.
2005 and up Chrysler 300
This car perhaps best pays homage to Chrysler’s past. It is big, powerful, and bold, especially with the optional 425-hp Hemi V8 engine.
I’m not a fan of this car, and can’t imagine it commanding waiting lists and dealer markups. That’s what happened, though, when this resilient little throwback was first introduced in 2000. This car makes the list on sheer popularity alone.
1992-present Dodge Viper
Introduced in 1992, the Viper gave Chrysler a real sports car that even challenged the exotics.
1984-1991 Jeep Cherokee
Nothing says Jeep more than the original Cherokee. Though this is a model Chrysler inherited when it bought Jeep, at least it kept it going until the early 2000s. I for one think it should still be available!
1994-Present Dodge Ram
Has any other truck changed the landscape of full-size trucks so drastically? Redesigned in 1994 around an ad campaign that touted how “different” it was, the ’94 Ram’s style is still influencing truck design today.
1998-2003 Dodge Durango
The original Durango just might be my favorite vehicle Chrysler has built. The truck-based SUV looks tough, has room for 8, and can tow up to 8,950 pounds. I’d take this version over the bloated current version any day.
What’s your favorite Chrysler vehicle ever?