In our second installment of 2012 family vehicles with the safety technology of auto-dry brakes, we look at a few makes and models from Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep that may be considered more affordable means of transportation. In the Chrysler Group, auto-dry brakes are known as Rain Brake Support.
All of these vehicles are Top Safety Picks for 2011 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8Enlarge Photo
2012 Dodge Charger
When it debuted the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger, Chrysler Group promoted the more than 65 safety and security features on the sporty family vehicle, including segment-exclusive standard Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support. The Rain Brake Support system uses the electronic security control (ESC) pump to occasionally push the brake pads against the brake rotors during rainy conditions in order to keep the rotors dry. The Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and uses the ESC pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application. The 2012 Dodge Charger is available in seven models, SE, SXT, R/T, SXT Plus, R/T Plus, R/T Road and Track Package, R/T Max and SRT8. SE, R/T Road and Track Package and SRT8 are available only in rear-wheel drive (RWD), while all other models are available in RWD and all-wheel drive (AWD). Pricing begins at $25,495 (SE, RWD) to $46,795 (SRT8 RWD).
2012 Chrysler 300
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2012 Chrysler 300
The flagship of the Chrysler line, the 2012 Chrysler 300 integrates the first eight-speed automatic in a domestic luxury sedan. This also allows the 300 to achieve a best-in-class 31 mpg highway fuel economy. What’s also important in terms of the high-tech safety systems standard or available in the 2012 Chrysler 300 is that Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking are standard in all models. The 300 is available in 300, 300 Limited, 300S V-6, 300C, 300S V-8 and SRT8 models. The 300 and SRT8 are only available in RWD, while all other models are offered with RWD or AWD. Pricing begins at $27,170 for the 300 (RWD), up to $50,165 (SRT8, RWD).
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2012 Dodge Durango
Similar to the 2012 Dodge Charger, the 2012 Dodge Durango three-row, seven-passenger crossover SUV comes with standard Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking. The 2012 Dodge Durango is available in four models, SXT, R/T, Crew and Citadel, in both RWD and AWD, with starting prices ranging from $28,995 (SXT RWD) to $42,995 (Citadel AWD).
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
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2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee
The legendary Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to capture the minds and hearts of families with active lifestyles. For 2012, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, with standard Rain Brake Support and Ready Alert Braking, is available in five 4x2 models: Laredo 4x2, Laredo X 4x2, Limited 4x2, Overland 4x2, and Overland Summit 4x2, and in six 4x4 models: Laredo 4x4, Laredo X 4x4, Limited 4x4, Overland 4x4, Overland Summit 4x4, and SRT8 4x4. Pricing starts at $27,490 for the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x2 up to $54,470 for the SRT8 4x4.
For the first part of this series, click here.