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Burly Pickups and SUVs Once Again Leading Pack

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Low Winter Gas Prices Spur Sales Increase

With gas prices dropping to record lows last winter and still hovering about $1 a gallon less than a year ago, the sales of big SUVs and pickup trucks are soaring. Americans love their pickup trucks and lamented having to switch from the big, beefy road monsters to hatchbacks and crossover vehicles. Now more confident that gas prices will remain reasonable, sales of the mighty trucks are up 10 percent from a year ago. Large luxury model SUVs are up by almost 26 percent, with midsize SUVs showing a 17 percent hike. Not ones to pass up an opportunity for a sale, automakers are unleashing a slew of new and redesigned pickups and SUVs for sale in 2016.

Ram 1500 Rebel

Dodge’s new sport truck, the Rebel, is coming to take on the Ford Raptor for supremacy in the road ready, off-road market. Big, bold styling and a blacked out grille tell you from a distance that this truck is ready for trouble. Standard air suspension provides plenty of clearance for off-roading, but also adjusts during highway travel to provide the best height for fuel efficiency. Visit Chapman Chrysler Jeep to get a true appreciation of just how much attitude the Ram 1500 Rebel brings to the off roading community.

Audi Q7

With more aggressive exterior styling and a more roomy exterior, the Q7 is looking to take a larger share of the large SUV market. Now 700 pounds lighter due to the use of more aluminum, the 2016 Q7 is expected to get better fuel economy and has superior handling to the current model.

Honda Pilot

Anticipation is high for the release of the new Pilot, a much more streamlined version of the boxy SUV that was due for a redesign. With a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 280 horsepower, the Pilot has plenty of pop to dominate the large SUV marker. An all-wheel drive system automatically detects which tire is losing its grip to improve control in wet weather and rough conditions. A full range of creature comforts makes this Honda high on the list of luxury SUVs.

Ford Raptor

Although it seems like only yesterday, the Raptor has been around since 2010 providing off-the-shelf offroading ability for the amateur 4×4 enthusiast. Redesigned for 2017, the Raptor features the use of military grade aluminum to increase both structural strength and fuel efficiency. The new Raptor continues to look like the baddest toy in the toy box with an aggressive stance, blacked out grill and wide body ready to take on all comers.

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