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Dodge, RAM’s Parent Company 1st Mid Sized Truck

Dodge RAM Trucks in MissouriAll-Star Dodge Dealer is pleased to announce that automotive critics agree that in its last year of production in the U.S., the 2011 Ram Dakota is a good dependable workhorse for those who need towing, hauling, and power but have no use for a full-size truck. With the Ram Dakota’s utilitarian design it also makes it ideal for everyday commuting, especially when combined with a starting price in the middle of its class relative to other compact pickup trucks.

Dodge, Ram’s parent company, considers the Dakota the first mid-size pickup truck, automotive reviewers agree saying the Dakota is the founder of the mid-size pickup truck, but by now most manufacturers have tried to catch up and added similar models to their lineups. The 2011 Dakota stands out in comparison to the competition with its largest towing capacity of all compact pickups. “When it comes to towing, the 2011 Dodge Dakota is still top dog among midsize pickups,” says Edmunds.com.

Most auto industry reviewers agree that the Dakota is a good vehicle for consumers who need a truck to be a truck. It can tow more weight than any other compact or midsize pickup truck (best-in-class towing when properly equipped) , thanks to its impressive V8 engine, and has relatively good off-road performance Test drivers reports showed many were pleased by some innovative storage functions and safety features that are now standard. The 2011 Ram Dakota is a good workhorse of a small truck, with its large towing capacity, innovative storage options, and optional V8 engine.

To see for yourself what all the rave is about a new or used Dodge Ram trucks in Missouri, visit us today at All Star Dodge in Bridgeton MO.

The 2011 Dodge Charger

used dodge dealer in MOAll Star Dodge, used Dodge Dealer near Jerseyville invites you to test drive a sporty 2011 Dodge Charger which offers outstanding safety ratings and benefits from several design improvements to its interior quality and driving performance.  The 2011 Dodge Charger’s redesign team has incorporated significant improvements over the 2010 Charger. Along with some tweaked exterior styling, Dodge offers a more-powerful base power plant to its lineup and has also updated the Charger’s cabin with higher-quality materials.

When it was first introduced automobile reviewers liked the Dodge Charger’s new base V6 engine, which provided a much needed power boost. The Charger is available with a powerful V8 engine and all-wheel drive, which makes it stand out among other used large cars.  Test drivers say the Dodge Charger will push you back in your seat like a muscle car should.

Dodge reworked the Charger’s suspension for 2012 with a sportier ride in mind, reviewers felt that the car’s size helped its handling and that the steering feel improved. Most reviewers agreed that the Charger handles better than previous models. The Charger also improved on the safety front, offering top-of-the-class performance in crash tests.

Automobile sources were impressed with the Charger’s interior design and layout when it was new. The 2011 Charger does away with the cheap materials that lined the interior of the 2010 model. Reviewers thought that the seats were comfortable.  The Charger features a standard touch-screen infotainment system. With the interior upgrades, the base Charger displays refinement and comfort of some competing large cars.

2011 Dodge Charger Advantages Include;

–Powerful Engines

-Great safety ratings

-Standard USB/iPod interface and touch screen

To learn more about our lineup of new or used Dodge cars in Missouri, or to schedule a test drive, visit our website today, you won’t be disappointed!

Trailhawk Special Edition will Arrive at Jeep Dealers

new Jeep Dealer in MOAll Star Dodge new Jeep Dealer near Wood River is pleased to announce that Jeep has added two new special editions for its lineup, both focused on reenergizing the brand’s legendary spiritual base of off-roading loyal enthusiasts.

Jeep’s first new model is the production version of the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk –basically this SUV was first shown in concept form at Jeep’s recent Safari event in Moab, Utah. Jeep offers both V6 and V8 powertrain configurations.  The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is a special edition trim with unique paint scheme and a signature appearance package. A black hood decal with a red accent stripe dominates the front end, while 18-inch aluminum wheels, black headlamp buckets, gray grille surround, a rear light bar and the signature “JEEP” complete the visual upgrades.

Of course, the Trailhawk is meant to be the functional front-runner for Grand Cherokee off-road prowess, too. The special edition heavy rebuild  GC comes standard with beefy, Kevlar-reinforced Goodyear Silent Armor all-terrain tires for sturdy, puncture-free trail driving.(its only one in its class) The Trailhawk also benefits from steel rock rails to keep its body rigid and safe. And as befits the Jeep legend, a Quadra-Lift air suspension for ride cushion is in evidence, also included is the standard selec-terrain traction control system; a rear electronic limited-slip differential is optional for V8 models, a two-speed transfer case and much more.

The Jeep Wrangler is also getting a new special edition model. The Wrangler Moab Special Edition starts life as a top-of-the line Wrangler Sahara, in both two- and four-doors, before it is fitted with some extra off-roading features for the loyal Jeep hard-core off-road enthusiasts.

Functional upgrades for the Moab include the same Kevlar tires as on the Trailhawk. The Wrangler Moab also has a unique hood, black accents on the fuel filler cap and tail lamps, a premium soft top, and of course, edition-specific badging.  Late October is the target date for these new models to arrive at Jeep dealerships in America.

 

Dodge Ram Delivers Smooth Car-Like Ride

new Dodge RAM trucks in MissouriAll Star Dodge Dealer, home of a great lineup of new Dodge Ram Trucks in Ellisville is pleased to announce that automobile reviewers everywhere agree the Dodge 2011 Ram 1500 delivers smooth, car-like driving performance, offers a well-designed and comfortable interior, and includes powerful V8 engines which help make it a top pick in its class.

Ram truck designers updated the Ram 1500 for 2011 by managing to make improvements to an already-impressive truck.  Many of these improvements resulted from addressing the feedback of Ram 1500 owners. The result is a full-size pickup truck that many automotive critics say is the best choice in the full size pickup truck class.

Test drivers love the Ram 1500’s ride, handling, power, and interior layout; even the standard features on less expensive trim levels are generous. The Ram 1500 offers many convenient cargo solutions, such as storage room underneath the rear seats on Crew Cab models. Some Ram models offer the RamBox, lockable storage containers built into the truck bed above the wheel housings.

Reviewers say the backseat is roomy, and the cabin offers high-tech electronic features like a WIFI hotspot and a hard drive for music storage built into the dashboard. Edmunds says, “The Ram 1500’s interior is as good as it gets in the pickup segment.”

If you value excellent interior comfort, quality features, good towing performance, a great ride and best in class styling, the 2011 Ram 1500 may be right for you. The Ram 1500 comes with one of few V6 engines in its class. You can upgrade to a 4.7 liter V8 Flex Fuel engine or a 5.7 liter Hemi V8. The 1500 is available in Regular, Quad, and Crew Cabs, and bed lengths vary from 5 feet 7 inches to eight feet. Ram offers five different trims on its full-size truck, ranging from the base ST to the mid-range Outdoorsman and Sport to the new, ultra-premium Laramie Longhorn trim.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger

new Dodge Dealer in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer near Jerseyville, home of a wide selection of new and used Dodge models, such as the Dodge Challenger, is pleased to announce that test drivers agree that with its aggressive retro styling, spacious interior and powerful engine choices, the 2012 Dodge Challenger makes a run for the top in the muscle car class.

If you’re shopping for a comfortable, spacious affordable sports car, and prefer the tough retro look of the 60’s muscle-car flair, the 2012 Dodge Challenger brings muscle car shopping to a new level, and proves itself as the solid choice for shoppers.  Reviewers agree that the Challenger’s bigger back seat and larger trunk give it an edge when compared with the Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang .Though muscle cars are not known for their refined interiors, Dodge keeps pace with the Camaro and the Mustang thanks to the Challenger’s bold exterior styling and powerful base V6.

If the base V6 horsepower is not enough muscle-car performance, the Dodge Challenger comes equipped with an optional, highly acclaimed Hemi V8. Acceleration is strong in V8-equipped Challengers. This powerplant is guaranteed to push you back in the seat and it matches up well with others in the muscle car segment.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger comes in either base SXT or V8-equipped R/T trim. SXT models come with a V6 engine and automatic transmission, while the Challenger R/T gets a manual transmission or optional automatic. For 2012, the Dodge Challenger sees a few minor changes. An 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo is now available, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are now optional on models with automatic transmissions.

“It’s fresh drivetrain options and revised suspension geometry make for a compelling package, especially for buyers looking for a vehicle capable of comfortably and quickly covering large distances in style.” — Autoblog

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler

new Jeep Dealer in MOAll Star Dodge, new Jeep Dealer in Wood River, knows that the 2011 Jeep Wrangler carries on its legendary namesake for mastery of off-roading and transitions well to a daily commuter. Automotive reviewers ranked the 2011 Wrangler #9 in Used Compact SUVs $22K and up.

Test drivers report that the latest edition to the Jeep Wrangler family is built for off-roading, and its exterior design certainly shows it. The Wrangler is tough to beat on rugged trails, and has been ranked- best- in- class.

Most automobile reviewers agreed the 2011 Jeep Wrangler has greatly improved its driving performance in its daily commuting role. Auto critics thought that the Wrangler remained stable around sharp turns, and said that its handling and steering mechanics remains tight. On the highway, the Wrangler performed well passing and merging maneuvers effortlessly with its V6 engine. The 2011 Jeep Wrangler delivers an EPA fuel economy rating of 15/19 mpg city/highway.

New for 2011, Jeep has upgraded its interior with soft touch materials.  The Wrangler DOES have decent cargo space for its class. Other new interior features include a new instrument layout .  Chrysler also designed new quiet ride technology to give the Wrangler a more comfortable, luxurious feel.

Automobile critics acknowledge the improvement over previous models.  Reviewers thought that the Wrangler’s interior was best suited for rugged, outdoorsy pursuits. Test drivers say the legroom in the back seat, is adequate for a compact SUV and that the Wrangler provides plenty of cargo space.

The base Wrangler Sport comes with a soft top, fog lights, cruise control and a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input. Available options when the Wrangler was new included Bluetooth and USB connections, a three-piece removable hardtop, navigation, leather, keyless entry, power windows and door locks as well as heated front seats.

New Dodge Ram Truck Models

new Dodge Ram in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer, home of a wide selection of new Dodge Ram Truck models is pleased to announce that automotive test drivers agree the 2012 Ram 2500/3500 heavy duty pickup truck sets the standard in the heavy duty pickup category.

Equipped with a monstrous 6.7 liter Cummins turbo diesel engine, the 2012 RAM HD pickup surpasses the Chevy Silverado HD Duramax in torque, and tops that of the Ford Powerstroke. With 350 horses under the hood, and a class leading 800lb-ft of torque, it sets a tow rating record of up to 22,750 pounds.  Automotive reviewers joke that the 2012 Ram 2500 will pull a house off its foundation.

As for the Dodge RAM 1500,  one Test Driver Wrote; “The cab is comfortable and quiet; the new Uconnect nav system is cool, rendering topography like mountains in faux 3D (imposing faux shadows on the map, for example) and displaying realistic curves in the roadway so that you know you’re about to go over a hill. It also gives you lane choice guidance on the highway in graphic format, showing how many exit lanes are coming up for your exit, and where you need to be to follow your intended route.”

The Dodge Ram 5500 Long Hauler will arrive on Dealer’s lots around the mid-2013, based on the trucks’ success as a concept vehicle.   The Kelderman heavy duty air suspension system is utilized in the Dodge Ram 5500 Long Hauler truck, with additional fuel tanks.  The Long Hauler is designed for heavy loads and for driving long distances without having to stop to refill the gas tank.

To learn more about new Dodge Ram Trucks in Missouri, visit All Star Dodge Dealer in Bridgeton today, you won’t be disappointed!

 

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

new Jeep Dealer in MOAll Star Dodge Jeep Dealer in Ellisville is pleased to announce that automotive critics state that the 2011 Jeep ushered in its fourth generation Grand Cherokee, one of the last models produced during Chrysler’s partnership with Daimier.

This edition of the Grand Cherokee rides on an all-new platform that shares some of the same components as the next generation Mercedes-Benz ML, The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee has lengthen its wheelbase by more than 5 inches but only slightly expanded  overall exterior design.

This results in the Jeep Grand Cherokee remaining a dedicated five seater. Even though the Jeep Grand Cherokee shares commonality with the ML-Class, this Grand Cherokee definitely feels like a Jeep product, delivering upgraded levels of refinement and sophistication in the cabin, while maintaining the legendary off-road capability, rugged style and on-road confidence.

If you’re shopping for a traditional SUV that offers good all-around visibility within the cabin, and a polished and functional interior, with plenty of off-road muscle, there’s no need to look any further. For those buyers who like the rugged looks, but want to keep your Jeep on the blacktop, the Grand Cherokee performs impressively on that surface as well.

New for 2011 changes for 2011 models include :
– Upgraded materials improved interior space
– All new V6 engine
– Updated V8 engine and enhanced 4 wheel drive systems
– Adaptive cruise control, and power rear liftgate, and blind spot warning system.

Automotive reviewer’s favorite features on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Quadra Lift– Air suspension unit which is an excellent supplement to the Grand Cherokee’s 4 wheel drive system. When raised to maximum height the system creates 10.7 inches of ground clearance.  This results in better approach and departure angles along with break over height. In reverse the system lowers the vehicle easing entry and egress as well as improving aerodynamics at higher speeds, helping fuel economy ratings.

Select-Terrain
With a twist of a single knob this system tweaks torque distribution as well as transmission and throttle behavior along with stability control and the air suspension, This feature will maximize performance on snow rocks mud sand and other hostile environmental conditions.

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee advantage
– High quality interior
– Legendary off road capability
– Good on road performance

“The Grand Cherokee’s ride is its most impressive quality.” Cars.com

The New Dodge Ram Advertisement

new Dodge Ram in MOAll Star Dodge, home of a great lineup of new and used Dodge Ram trucks in Wood River is pleased to announce that Ram has a new advertising campaign recently launched which is referred to as “Moving Heaven and Earth.”  The new ad focuses on the new technologies in the Dodge Ram 1500 which according to Dodge have the power to “move heaven and earth and put the environment under the complete control of the driver.”

There is a short 1 minute commercial which is a preview to the other ads for the Ram 1500 campaign, all of the television spots will air on Friday the 12th of October.

Guts, Glory, Ram will premier in the first commercial with the actor Sam Elliot making an in person appearance.  The 2nd campaign will run in Hispanic markets in the U.S. and features Latin musician Juanes.

“Set against nature’s most inspiring landscapes, this campaign blends realism and surrealism to tell the story of how the entire Ram team moved ‘heaven and earth’ to build the new light-duty truck,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, Chrysler Group LLC. “These powerful and epic ads visually celebrate the innovative technologies and pioneering capabilities of the new Ram and the investment we put into bringing this new truck to market.”

The commercial starts with Ram 1500 appearing on a one-lane highway under a starlit sky. The driver changes SiriusXM satellite radio stations and the truck continues as special effects appear with footage of the truck’s features and capabilities. Then Sam Elliot appears saying; “The road doesn’t end here. This is only the beginning. Guts. Glory. Ram.”

Dodge Ram truck commercials will appear on college football games, baseball playoff games, and primetime television programs the weekend of October 13th.

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee

new Jeep Dealer in MOAll Star Dodge new Jeep Dealer in Ellisville is pleased to announce that automotive reviewers say it’s not much of a stretch to declare the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee the finest version ever to wear the legendary nameplate “JEEP”.

The 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee was designed during the reign of Mercedes-Benz over Chrysler Corporation. The new Grand Cherokee received the best attributes from this short lived marriage by borrowing parts of the M-Class platform. The well designed result is a vehicle so rigid and tight that it makes older Grand Cherokee suspensions feel like the horse and buggy days.

Grand Cherokee’s luxurious interior is well balanced with a cutting edge infotainment and electronic systems package. The 2013 Grand Cherokee Jeep’s legendary four wheel drive system proves that Grand Cherokee hasn’t gone weak when it comes to off-roading capabilities.

Grand Cherokee trims include: the Laredo, Limited and Overland trim, there is a new Trailhawk model, as well as the performance oriented 4 wheel drive only SRT8. Whether you are shopping for the tenacious traction designed for the Grand Cherokee’s three available 4 wheel drive systems, or just the controlled balance and handling of the two wheel drive version, both come wrapped in a solid package with the highest quality materials ever placed in a Jeep. This newest addition to the legendary Jeep family promises to become a best-seller.

Automotive reviewer’s favorite features on the 2013 Grand Cherokee:

Quadra-Lift Air Suspension-available only on the 4 wheel drive models, The Quadra-Lift option allows Jeep enthusiasts an adjustable ride height fully compatible with virtually any on or off road condition. If you’re venturing off-road you can adjust the clearance up by either 1.3 or 2.6 inches while, when parked, you can lower the vehicle one and a half inches.

Overland Summit Saddle Leather Interior-leather for the Overland Summit seemingly covers everything in the interior of this, the grandest of all Grand Cherokees, except maybe the windshield.

The 2013 Grand Cherokee power plant options:
– 3.6 liter V6 (Lariat, Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk)
– 290 horsepower and 260lb/ft of torque 17/23 MPG 2wd–16/23mpg 4wd

5.7 liter V8 (Limited, Overland, and Trailhawk)
360 horsepower/390lb-ft torque
14/20 mpg 2wd-13/20 mpg 4wd