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Five Vehicles That Embody Fourth of July Spirit

By Jacob Brown | July 02, 2011
Whether your idea of celebrating Independence Day this weekend is tailgating with your buddies or blowing stuff up in the name of freedom, there are some very good vehicles sold by U.S. automakers that serve well to represent the prowess and innovation that have long stood as pillars of the United States, NAFTA notwithstanding. They're staples of our car culture, so we put them together in a list for our nation's 235th birthday. Paragraphimage On Christmas Eve in 1776, then-General George Washington crossed the Delaware River in the still of the night to surprise the German mercenaries, many of whom were still drunk from the night’s festivities. That said, water fording is still an enjoyable activity, especially in a vehicle like the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee that has a Quadra-Lift adjustable suspension that can raise the vehicle up to 4.1 inches, go through up to 19 inches of water without an issue, and still traverse the rough terrain on the other side. George Washington would have loved one. Paragraphimage Then again, comfort, style, and speed are all luxuries Americans enjoy. And there’s nothing that accomplishes all three feats quite so well as a muscle car like the Dodge Challenger. Big, brawny, and bad-ass, the Challenger top SRT8 spec comes with a 392-cubic-inch Hemi V-8 that puts out one of the most visceral exhaust notes available in a new car. If you’ve got the stars, the Challenger’s 470 horsepower can certainly lay down the stripes. Paragraphimage On the Statue of Liberty, there reads a poem by Emma Lazarus that contains the words, “Give me your tired, your poor / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” And if there’s one vehicle that can take huddled masses with aplomb, it’s the Chevrolet Suburban. With seating for up to nine and a towing capacity of 9600 pounds in ¾-ton spec, this largest of SUVs should have no problem carrying weary souls and their equipment back home to their golden doors following a night of celebration. Paragraphimage In 1752, founding father Ben Franklin found a way to harness electricity for practical use with a kite and one of the first batteries. In 2011, the Chevrolet Volt evolves his ideas into the first mass-market plug-in hybrid and the U.S.’s leading fuel miser when fully charged. Innovation has always been one of this country’s strong suits, and the Volt carries that tradition well. With a versatile hatchback design, it’s also one heck of a tailgating vehicle to boot. Paragraphimage Franklin didn’t always have the greatest ideas, though, like his assertion that the U.S.’s national bird be the turkey. No, this country needed something bold, fierce, and intimidating — like the bald eagle, a bird of prey. “Raptor” literally means “bird of prey,” and there are few vehicles as intimidating on the road — or off it — as the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. At 86.6 inches wide with the mirrors folded in, the Raptor sits more than two inches broader than the standard F-150 on which it’s based for better stability in rough terrain where it is used as the U.S. Border Patrol's vehicle of choice. But the Raptor is livable, too, and just as good at hauling coolers to a neighborhood get-together and sitting in to watch a fireworks show.
  • 2010 Ford Svt Raptor
  • 2011 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt
  • 2011 Dodge Challenger
  • 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • 2010 Dodge Challenger Revolution
 
4 comments
Edmonton Chrysler
Edmonton Chrysler

Yes, i agree with Shaun. Putting the Grand Caravan on the list would be better, although the car models on this list are right on the spot when it comes to waving the American spirit banner. Adding a few models won't hurt though. :)

Alex
Alex

'32 Ford (Deuce Coupe!), especially the one from American Graffiti, is a classic example of American spirit.

svt666
svt666

Uhhhhhhhh...Mustang anyone?

Shaun
Shaun

Great post. I agree. One addition that I'd add to this list would be the dodge caravan. Let's face it... More people see the inside of one of these soccer moms cars during this holiday than any of these cars on this list. Haha

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