Great car, but not easy to work on yourself.
April 9, 2018
This car seems solid, it has a nice sound for a 4-banger, and doesn't seem too unreliable yet. If you need a roomy, reliable car as your grocery-getter and daily driver, I recommend. If you like working on your cars yourself, and prefer not to always take it to a shop, sadly, I do not recommend for a DIYer. I mean, the battery is in the quarter panel in front of the driver front tire well, so, not even easy to replace a battery, that's a snapshot. Also, if you meet another car on that corner, it might not end well for the battery...
Runs and drives well. I use high-mileage full-synthetic oil, and I use Lucas Oil products, because so far they have never let me down, but have gotten me out of so many pickles, so I run their additives in my tranny, engine, and power steering, as preventative maintenance. (No this is not an ad for Lucas, I just recommend, as preventative maintenance is often more effective than when the problem is already big enough to be noticeable.)
The A/C even still works after a low-speed collision with underride (I rear-ended a 2010's-ish Dodge Journey, and, as IIHS puts it well, the high cost of mismatched bumpers...) So, overall, I'm happy. I like to work on my own cars, so that's the only part that I don't really like about this car, is that Chrysler seems to want you to take it to them, because they have made it almost as difficult as possible to work on yourself. Oh, and, letting people know, it might take getting used to, as, not a bad thing, but the larger, not-so-sensitive steering ratio and rather comfortable, soft suspension does kinda give it the floating feeling, like the handling of a boat.
In all, great car, for a family that isn't too car-savvy. But if you like to work on cars yourself, might I recommend a Crown Victoria or Impala, or other mid-to-full-size sedan.