The Monster Jam is home to many larger-than-life monster trucks, but here at Westpointe CDJR we’re fans of the Raminator. As its name and 3D logo suggest, the Raminator is an officially licensed RAM monster truck, with all the performance and power RAM provides.
Meet The Raminator
The Raminator is based on the 2017 RAM 2500 HD pickup truck. Its 66-inch BKT tires and 2,000-horsepower, 565-cubic-inch supercharged HEMI engine give it the power to decimate its challenges. Beyond pure strength, the Ramintor is a fast beast, holding the Guinness World Record for “fastest monster truck” at 99 mph. Its Mopar parts, like any others developed in the Chrysler family, are top-notch, giving the Raminator a competitive edge.
The Team Behind The Machine
Mark Hall has owned and driven the Raminator since its original incarnation debuted in 2002. After his outstanding driving skills caught Dodge’s eye, the car manufacturers approached Mark and his brother Tim (who co-owns the Raminator) to propose building an official Dodge monster truck.
After debuting the current, official Dodge Raminator at a USHRA event in the Pontiac Silverdome, the Raminator team has won one competition title after another in the Monster Jam. The Raminator continues to compete in arena tours around the US, focusing less on spectacle and danger and more on pure power and driving skill.
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.
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.
Now that 2019 is here, it is time to start thinking about how you want to improve your life. This year, why not focus on resolutions for you and your car? Think about it. Where would you be if you didn’t have your car? Here are four things you can do this year to show appreciation for your trusty vehicle.
Start a car savings account. No one likes paying for car repairs. However, being prepared can make this more bearable. Create a savings account specifically for car-related expenses. You could even use it as a future down payment on a new car.
Keep up with maintenance. While many of us might keep up with oil changes, most of our other vehicle maintenance is forgotten. This year, catch up on all of your car’s recommended maintenance, which you can find listed in your owner’s manual.
Stay focused on the road. If you have a habit of checking your phone while you drive, now is the time to stop. Make a commitment to not look at your phone while on the road. Put it in the glove box so you can’t even see it.
Clean your car. Have a goal to clean your car inside and out once a month. This will help preserve its shine, especially if you add a new layer of wax, too. It will also prevent the interior from getting too messy.
The 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn edition is available at Westpointe CDJR — and if you were looking for one more reason to buy it, it was recently named the Southwest Lifestyle Truck of the Year.
Earlier this year, 18 automotive journalists joined forces at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona, to select the car, truck, SUV, and crossover of the year. This occasion marked the first annual Southwest Lifestyle Media Drive. The journalists reviewed a wide range of vehicles, considering aspects like performance, ride comfort, fuel economy, safety technology, and storage solutions. Ultimately, the Ram 1500 Longhorn won in the truck category.
“The Ram 1500 Longhorn really captures the spirit of what the Southwest is all about,” said Becky Antioco, president of the Southwest Lifestyle Media group. “It perfectly handles our rugged landscapes when we’re out exploring, yet is exceedingly comfortable for everyday driving. It’s the perfect mix of luxury, technology and capability, and that’s why it earned our Truck of the Year award.”
You can test drive and purchase the new Ram 1500 in one of five trims (Tradesman, Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, Laramie Longhorn®, and Limited), in one of two cab configurations (Crew Cab and Quad Cab), in one of two box lengths (6’4” and 5’7”), and in one of two drivetrains (4×4 and 4×2). It can be powered by either a V6 or a V8.
The Chrysler Pacifica was recently named one of the best cars for a road trip by US News & World Report. In particular, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid design scored an 8.9 out of 10 for its intelligent technologies, excellent handling, capable performance, and — above all — its great fuel economy. You can cruise down the road in the Pacifica and have a truly memorable trip.
The News Wheel notes that there are three trim levels while choosing the Pacifica Hybrid, the Hybrid Touring Plus, Hybrid Touring L, and Hybrid Limited. These models have a 3.6-liter hybrid powertrain as well as an eFlite Si-EVT system, helping it to get a combined EPA-estimated rating of 84 MPGe combined.*
Interior features that keep you comfortable on the road include three-zone automatic climate control to keep everyone happy on your next trip. There’s easy entry to the rear thanks to a sliding second row, as well as a fold-in-floor bench seat to improve storage space. For those who want added luxury, you can also have available ambient lighting, leather trim, and heated front seats.
For those who want to stay connected on the road — or simply keep the kids occupied in the rear seat — standard features like smartphone connectivity allow you to integrate your phones to the in-vehicle system. An easy-to-use Uconnect system with 8.4-inch touch screen allows you to access your favorite apps while driving, while an integrated voice control function lets you keep your hands on the wheel while making calls.
Responsive and efficient, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is deserving of all of the recognition it’s gleaned. Stop by Westpointe Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram to test-drive it for yourself.
*EPA estimated miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe.) Actual mileage may vary.