For drivers in search of the best hauling and towing capability available, nothing beats a diesel pickup. And according to U.S. News & World Report, the 2020 Ram 1500 is the very best option of you can go with. The 2020 Ram 2500/3500 HD models were also named amongst the best by the publication.
As the editors at U.S. News & World Report noted, the Ram 1500 is back and better than ever for 2020 This is in part due to a number for performance and capability upgrades that the newest model year receives. With the available 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 Engine, the 2020 Ram 1500 offers a robust 480 lb-ft of diesel torque and gets up to 12,560 pounds maximum towing.
The new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine isn’t just good for towing, though. “The powertrain is especially smooth and responsive for a diesel,” according to U.S. News & World Report. For even more power, though, the Ram 3500 HD with the available 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel achieves a potent 400 horsepower.
The editors at U.S. News & World Report also loved the more than 100 available and standard safety features on the 2020 Ram 1500 and 2500/3500 HD models. Advanced driver-assist features include available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning.
Ram is all about showing gratitude for those who serve our country. Over the years, the company has made various gestures to recognize the people that work with us U.S. military. The latest release from Ram is the new “Built to Serve Edition” of RAM pickup trucks.
The “Built to Serve Edition” honors the United States Armed Forces with two unique color options for each of the five service branches. Pairs of colors include Patriot Blue and Ceramic Gray, Flame Red and Tank, and Diamond Black and Gator. Every truck will wear a Built to Serve decal on the side, beneath a United States flag.
To make this special edition even more striking, each truck features black bumpers, a black grille, black dual 4-inch exhaust tips, and black wheel-to-wheel side steps. These bold details are tied together with handsome 20-inch aluminum wheels.
The interior space gets unique design details, as well. Cabins feature a sophisticated color stitching unique to each branch, in shades like Core Green, Orange, and Light Ambassador Blue. There’s also “Built to Serve” embroidered on Velcro panels on the front seats.
These trucks further honor the adventurous, daring spirit of those who serve by offering strong capability. It comes with off-road-ready features including tow hooks, skid plates, hill-descent control, and enhanced shocks.
Throughout the years, car enthusiasts have been blessed with a number of Dodge and Jeep® video games to play. The opportunity to virtually race in a Viper or go off-road in a Wrangler might not offer as much adrenaline as being behind the wheel of the real deal, but it’s certainly still fun.
Jeep® Jamboree: Off-Road Adventure
The first entry on the list is the 1992 Game Boy classic Jeep® Jamboree. Players could enjoy traversing 20 unique tracks in a rugged Jeep Wrangler. Your goal is to come in first place against the computer or a nearby friend with a Game Boy and a link cable.
PC gamers had the joy of racing a Dodge Viper in 1998’s Viper Racing. Players were able to customize and race their Viper in a realistic environment that featured a meaty campaign mode.
A decade later, Fiat-Chrysler collaborated on Jeep® Thrills for PS2 and Wii. Players had the option to choose from nearly 20 different models from the automaker’s history, including the Willys MB and Comanche.
Dodge Racing: Charger vs. Challenger
In 2009, Charger vs. Challenger was released for Wii and Nintendo DS. The game pitted two of Dodge’s most beloved performance cars head-to-head in racing challenges.
The 2020 Daytona Charger is modeled after the 1969 Dodge
Charger Daytona model, complete with a rear-quarter decal and matching
spoilers. The 2020 model also offers the B5 Blue paint as a Daytona-exclusive
homage to the original. Dodge went with a Satin Carbon Finish on the 20-inch
wheels, making the sedan 3.5 inches wider. The Black Brembo rear four-piston and
six-piston front brakes with vented rotors give the Hellcat a sleek look.
The floor mats and steering wheel are exclusive to the
Daytona 50th Anniversary Edition, as well as Alcantara suede
performance seats with “Daytona” embroidered on the seatbacks in blue accent
stitching. The seats are also heated and constructed of Nappa leather.
Much like its 1969 predecessor, Dodge is only going to
produce 501 individual versions of the Hellcat, making the 50th Anniversary
Edition a hot commodity. The 2020 Dodger Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody Daytona
50th Anniversary Edition will hit the market in early 2020.
As if being the awesome Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t enough, Jeremy Renner is now getting his original music out to the world with a little help from Jeep®.
Renner has three spots in the “Summer of Love” Jeep® campaign where he uses the versatile performance of three Jeep® vehicles to get to his concert in the middle of nowhere.
In “Main Attraction,” Jeremy is at a black-tie event and grows bored of the theatrics. He quickly heads out, jumping into a Jeep® Grand Cherokee. While his song “Main Attraction” plays, we see him take the back roads to a roadhouse for a better party.
In “Nomad,” Renner sits in a remote diner trying to write a song. He looks out and sees a Jeep® Compass and begins to imagine a thrilling road trip in the adventurous SUV. It showcases the Compass’s off-road capabilities while his song “Nomad” plays — until he’s snapped back to reality in the diner again.
The last spot features the Jeep® Wrangler. Jeremy’s song “Sign” plays as he leaves the diner and chooses to drive a couple’s Wrangler instead of taking the tour bus. He takes it off-road for a thrilling trip to the roadhouse for his concert.
Oliver Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA, said of Renner, “He is a true Renaissance man with talents that go well beyond acting, as he continues to show us with the introduction of his new music, which is authentic, honest rock n’ roll, and aligns with the same spirit and philosophy of the Jeep® brand.”
For more than a decade, the ever-evolving Uconnect® infotainment system has offered a seamless connectivity experience for drivers. Now, this award-winning system is getting even better, with the introduction of the Uconnect® Market. Enabling expanded convenience features and automatic in-vehicle payment options, the Uconnect® Market takes connectivity to the next level.
With the Uconnect® Fuel function, you can
quickly and easily find nearby gas stations directly on the Uconnect®
touch screen interface. Additionally, when searching for Shell gas stations,
the Market allows you to use the Shell Pay & Save program, further
expediting the process of fueling up.
With integrated PayWhiz technology, Uconnect®
Market lets you find parking garages and even pay for them before you arrive,
saving you valuable time during your day.
The Service functionality of the Uconnect®
Market connects you with Mopar service offers and lets you quickly schedule
service appointments at certified Mopar service centers.
No matter where you are, the Food function helps you find
nearby restaurants and gives you access to Yelp reviews. It can even help with
making reservations, so you won’t have to wait for a table.
The Wallet function on the Uconnect®
Market connects your credit card directly to your vehicle infotainment system,
allowing you to pay for food and fuel with just a few taps on the screen.
Although pickup trucks are versatile, they’re not often thought of as family vehicles. However, many of them are particularly well-suited to serve as your family’s main mode of transportation. One of those uniquely family-oriented trucks is the Ram 1500, and it’s not just us here at Westpointe CDJR who say so. Just ask the auto experts over at Edmunds, who just named the Ram 1500 as the 2019 Best Truck for Families.
Selected for the top honor from a competitive
set of 300 vehicles, the Ram 1500 wowed judges with its roominess, technology,
and safety. For the adventurous or outdoorsy family, the Ram 1500 is an ideal
vehicle. It features a smooth spring rear suspension system and an e-Torque
Inside the cabin of the Ram 1500, you will
find reclining rear seats to keep your little ones comfy and quiet on those
long road trips, along with easy-access infotainment features — so everyone can
take turns playing DJ without complication. There are also a variety of
available driver-assist features, making it easier for you to transport your
precious cargo more simply and safely.
The Ram 1500 has a diverse range of trims: Tradesman,
Big Horn (known as Lone Star in Texas), Laramie, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited.
With models ranging from work trucks to luxurious, high-tech driving machines,
the Ram 1500 lets you customize your truck to fit your family’s unique
A living legend in the world of muscle cars, the next-generation Dodge Challenger will take a bold step as it gets a hybrid alternative powertrain, ushering in a new era of muscle car performance.
The Dodge Challenger has virtually always been synonymous
with jaw-dropping horsepower and potent HEMI engines. But as consumer demands
shift from gas-guzzling high-performance engines toward more efficient and
environmentally sustainable options, the Challenger is faced with the question
of how to stay true to its roots while adapting to an ever-shifting automotive
Some muscle-car enthusiasts might contend that you can’t
have the Dodge Challenger without a massive internal-combustion engine, and
point out that the Challenger has remained a popular car in the face of
declining car sales in the overall market and a shift toward electric and
hybrid powertrain technologies.
Still, as Fiat Chrysler CEO Michael Manley has noted, even
given the popularity of the current Dodge Challenger, “the reality is those
platforms — and that technology we used — does need to move on. They can’t
exist as you get into the middle-2020s.”
Manley also notes that skeptics should remember that hybrid
powertrain technologies drastically reduce overall vehicle weight, allowing us
to think about things like horsepower in a different way.
While other vintage muscle cars have developed into sleek, streamlined machines in the 21st century, Dodge’s offerings like the Charger and Challenger have stayed committed to preserving a more rugged design. Now, an electrified Dodge Challenger is reportedly in the works — but FCA says that won’t detract from the traditional muscle-car feel.
“The reality is those platforms and that technology we used does need to move on,” Mike Manley, new head of FCA, claims. He went on to reassure fans, explaining, “We can use electrification to really supplement those vehicles.”
He also told news outlets that the electrification features will not dominate the vehicle — rather, they’ll supplement the traditional gasoline-powered engine. However, the electrified Dodge Challenger will not be getting a 700-plus horsepower engine, like the Hellcat. Instead, Dodge will emphasize creating a new platform and powertrain to compete in a modern market.
Industry experts speculate that the electrified Dodge Challenger will use a 48-volt system or implement a plug-in hybrid model, but FCA Chrysler is staying quiet about what those electrified upgrades to the new Dodge Challenger will fully entail. The technology isn’t set to roll out across the model until the “mid-2020s” according to officials, so there are a few years ahead of the Dodge Challenger before it makes the switch.
With the spring season right around the corner, there’s a lot you need to think about, including spring cleaning and car maintenance. Here are some car maintenance tips for spring.
Swap Out Windshield Wipers
Since the spring season can come with a lot of rain, you
should swap out your car’s wipers. Wipers can experience a lot of wear in the
winter due to ice and snow, so make sure that they’re ready to go for the
Check Tire Pressure
You’ll need your car’s tires to keep you going, so check the
pressure of all tires to make sure they’re sitting at the ideal 30 – 32 psi. It’s
best to check your owner’s manual for your car’s recommended psi. Properly-inflated
tires increase your car’s traction on the road and keep you safe, especially in
the rainy season.
Give your car a spring clean for the season! A car wash and
wax can help remove the grime and salt that has collected on your car
throughout the winter while a wax can protect the paint. Vacuum out the
interior of your car as well to get any salt or dirt that has collected there.
Check The Air Filter
Your car’s air filter is responsible for improving engine
performance. If the air filter is clogged, it can cause up to a whopping 10
percent decrease in gas mileage.