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The 2014 Heavy Duty Dodge Ram

new Dodge Ram truck in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer offers a wide selection of new Dodge Ram trucks near Jerseyville knows that the rumor mill is churning about what exactly we can expect from the 2014 Dodge Ram.  Just about all reviewers agree that a diesel power boost can be expected.  Maximum torque ratio will probably be right around 800 pound feet and capacity will likely be boosted for both diesel and gas engines.

The diesels will require exhaust fluid, like the Chevy and Ford diesel pickups, but when that change takes place, gas mileage should rise considerably.

Dom, who made some predictions which have come true, said in June that there would be a 6.4 Hemi option for the Ram heavy duty trucks, along with a new transmission to compete with the GM’s Allisons. (We expect an Aisin, which Dodge already uses.) In August, MoparNorm spotted gasoline-powered Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs being tested.

A CNG version of the Hemi engine was quietly added to Ram’s 2012 specs sheets for body builders, only on the Ram 2500 pickup (4×4 with crew cab, ST or SLT, trim, long bed, automatic, and 3.73 axle ratio). After we broke this news in September 2011, Ram chief Fred Diaz denied that Ram was working on a CNG engine. In March, a dual-fuel CNG Ram 2500 was announced.

New features

Heavy duty Ram pickups will be getting an optional air suspension setup, according to several sources (first was pickuptrucks.com, which said it was only coming on the 3500). One source said the air suspension would be better than the one in the Grand Cherokee. The Long Hauler concept used a Kelderman air suspension in front and rear, for higher capacity with a smoother ride; that model was based on the Ram 5500, which has a leaf-spring rear suspension. The Long Hauler now appears to be a “go” for production.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2013 Jeep Compass

new Jeep Dealer in MOThe new Jeep Compass is another Jeep to be christened with the legendary “Trail Rated” badge.  The 2013 Jeep Compass compact SUV is born of the same off-roading superiority that forges the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee. Built from a car platform once shared with the obsolete Dodge Caliber, the Compass could be considered more car than truck, and more everyday commuter than off-road warrior.

Competing with established names such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru a Forester, the Compass holds its own and leads in many category’s, particularly considering most of the areas of engine technology, fuel economy as well as options and features.

Operating as a commuter vehicle-even with occasional foul-weather conditions, the Compass performs well.

If you’re shopping for one of the great vehicles in the Jeep line-up and you like the look of the Grand Cherokee, but don’t need its off-road ability, the Jeep Compass for 2013 is a great option. Its 4-wheel drive can venture over light off-road obstacles, and its 30-mpg highway fuel economy should help ease the pain at the pump. When equipped with the 2.0-liter engine and 5-speed manual, the 2013 Jeep Compass compact SUV earns 30-mpg highway.

Automobile reviewers favorite features include

  • The Freedom Drive II allowing for the 2013 Compass achieves Jeep’s “Trail Rated” moniker
  • Second generation CVT with low range, in combination with all-terrain tires
  • A 1-inch-higher ride height and full-size spare tire, you can, indeed, get off the beaten path.

Put together nine Boston Acoustic speakers with two articulating liftgate speakers and Sirius satellite radio and you can have the music for a block party– and with the 4-wheel-drive option the 2013 Jeep Compass can deal with some sand – or at the trailhead, the optional sound system makes it easy to  take music to the woods.

To test drive a new Jeep Compass in Missouri, visit your local All Star Dodge new Jeep Dealer near Florissant today, you won’t be disappointed!

The New Dodge Dart

new Dodge Dealer in MOThe new Dodge Dart’s three optional engines come bolted up to a six-speed manual transmission, with the automatic transmission optional for any of the three power plants.

Most reviewers agree on the performance of the 2013 Dodge Dart base 2.0-liter engine’s performance, saying it’s very good from a dead stop, and agree it will be fine for shoppers who need a daily driving sedan.

The turbocharged 1.4-liter engine was found by the majority of test drivers to give the Dart even stronger takeoffs. With an EPA rating at 27/39 mpg city/highway, it is the most fuel-efficient engine in the class. A larger, 240-horsepower engine is also available on the Dart R/T, but reviewers haven’t tested that model yet. However, Dodge test drivers claim the RT produces tires smoke all the way down the track. So far all reviewers are impressed with the Dart’s power, and most praise its steering for being accurate and responsive. The Dart has 10 airbags, including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, which is above the average number of airbags for the class.

The Dart impresses auto critics with its spacious cabin, soft-touch plastics and large glove box. The Dart’s cabin is highly customizable, with 14 different interior colors and trims   Overall, most reviewers think Uconnect Touch is easy to use, but say it takes a little practice to master, just like most infotainment systems.

“If you are in the market for a compact car, you certainly need to take a look at the 2013 Dodge Dart, as it takes a back seat to no one in the segment.” — AutoWeek

“In fact, among open-minded shoppers, we’d bet that it’ll be hard to justify a Corolla or Civic or Elantra after driving a Dart.” — USA Today

“The 2013 Dart is an athletic, refined and highly customizable sedan that gives Dodge some much-needed respect in the compact-car market. The brand set its sights on the class leaders, and it hit the bull’s-eye.” — Cars.com

“Overall, the Dart is a fairly solid offering. We would stay with the base engine, but that is true of most of the cars in this class.” — Motor Trend

“In fact, available features and the numerous ‘personalization’ options are the Dart’s greatest strengths, as room and driving dynamics set the standard for the competition — Consumer Guide

To test drive a new Dodge Dart visit your local All Star Dodge Dealer near Ellisville MO today, you won’t be disappointed!

New Dodge Dealer Guaranteed Financing Program

new Dodge Dealer in MissouriAll Star Dodge Dealer in Bridgeton MO knows that many auto shoppers today may have less than perfect credit.  Even with credit problems, our customers are eligible for auto financing at your local Missouri Dodge Dealer- All Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.

Financing your new vehicle is a snap with our guaranteed financing program which ensures the best rates possible on new and used Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, or Ram cars, trucks, or SUVs.  We have affiliations with many lenders specializing in a wide range of financing-including good credit, poor credit, and everything in between.  We take into account your personal situation along with the vehicle you intend to purchase/finance.  Then we customize a personal finance plan just for you.

Keep in mind that the amount lenders will approve for you to borrow depends on many factors including; your income, credit score. The amount you have to put down or trade in amount, and more.  Our simple online credit application is quick and easy and can give you a pre-approval in just minutes.

Establishing good credit can start with a new auto loan.  Many lenders will consider your auto loan credit more than any other type of loan (other than mortgage loans) with it comes to verifying credit.  If you are planning to build or rebuild your credit, buying a vehicle on a buy here pay here lot will not help you.

At All Star Dodge we have lending resources available that you won’t find at any other dealership.  Our lenders are nationwide and they report to credit agencies in order to help you establish and/or maintain your good credit score.

Visit our online guaranteed financing page or visit us in person to fill out a secure credit application at All Star Dodge Dealer financing in Saint Louis MO today.

The Low Mileage 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

new Jeep Dealer in MOAutomotive reviewers report the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is one of the most versatile, off-road-capable Jeeps ever made. Critics say the Unlimited also has more cargo space available than the Wrangler. For open-air driving at the beach or on-trail or even the just on the street, the standard soft top can be folded down making a convertible trim or the available hard top can be taken off.  The doors can be removed and the windshield can be folded down resembling a dune buggy with Jeep’s legendary off-road riding.

With its extra-long wheelbase, the four-door Wrangler Unlimited is configurable in three separate trims including; the Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trims. A 285-horsepower (83 more than the previous model year’s V6) 3.6-liter V-6 engine is new for 2012 and the standard transmission is a six-speed manual.

New for 2012 Jeep added a five-speed automatic transmission, Electronic stability control (ESC) with roll control, traction control, brake assist and hill hold control are all standard features on Wrangler models, making them the most premiere off-road machine.

The Sahara offers body color flares and new paint schemes, Infinity speakers, remote keyless entry, power window, security alarm and 18-inch wheels. The Rubicon features aftermarket equipment that off-road enthusiasts may add to their Jeep, including heavy duty axles, front and rear electronic locking differentials, 32-inch BF Goodrich mud tires, sway bar disconnect system, rock rails, and a heavy-duty transfer case with 4:1 low-gear ratio. The available Freedom Top three-piece modular hardtop allows panels to be removed on either the driver or passenger’s side. Other options include Dual Top Group, half doors, remote start system, front seat-mounted side air bags, and a multimedia infotainment system with 28-gigabyte hard drive and navigation system. A 3.6-liter V-6 engine and an optional five-speed automatic are new for 2012.

To learn more about the availability of a low mileage Jeep Wrangler unlimited Sahara model, or any other low mileage Jeep models, visit our website at All Star Dodge used Jeep Dealer serving Illinois.

New and Certified Used Dodge Ram Trucks get Great Reviews

certified used Dodge Ram in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer offers a wide selection of new and certified pre-owned used Dodge Ram trucks in Missouri such as the 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Crew Cab Pickup.

Or perhaps you are more interested in a new Dodge RAM such as the 2013 Heavy Duty RAM which has the highest level of capability with best-in-class towing and best-in-class Gross Combined Weight Rating.  In addition, the 2013 Ram boasts best-in-class torque and a more fuel efficient engine owing to its 6.7-liter Cummins High-Output Turbo Diesel powertrain.  Compared to its predecessor model, the 2013 Dodge Ram received a 10% increase in fuel economy.   Due to a new diesel exhaust after-treatment, the RAM Heavy Duty pickups can also now claim the title of best-in-class 15,000-mile oil change interval.

In 2013, Dodge offered only one transmission option for the Heavy Duty Ram: the six-speed transmission.  The 2013 RAM 1500, on the other hand, utilized an eight-speed transmission.  According to Motortrend.com, “Nonetheless, engine choices include the previously mentioned 6.7-liter Cummins which has three variants offered. The inline-six turbo diesel can now be paired with a RAM segment-exclusive six-speed manual transmission to deliver 350-hp and 660 lb-ft of torque.  The second option mates the powerplant to a six-speed automatic with 370-hp and an impressive 800 lb-ft of torque.”

An upgraded Cummins with a new Aisin six-speed automatic transmission is also offered.  The updated Cummins has an impressive power output of 385 horsepower and a maximum torque ratio of 850 pound-feet of torque.

As always, the HEMI is offered for 2013 models.  The HEMI is a 5.7 liter V8 engine that yields 383 horsepower with a maximum torque ratio of 400 pound-feet of torque.  It is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Additional new features for the 2013 model year include auto rain-sensing wipers, SmartBeam headlamps, RamBox cargo management system, and tailgate power locks.

The certified Dodge program includes the following;

Warranty Information

3-Month/3,000-Mile Maximum Care Warranty(1)

Up to 7-Year/100,000 Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty (2, 3)

Lifetime Certified Upgrade Plans

125-Point Inspection

Carfax Vehicle History Report

Roadside Coverage

To learn more about our certified pre owned Dodge program visit our website today.

Dodge Dealers offer Great used specials-2011 Dodge Journey

new Dodge Dealer in St. LouisAll Star Dodge Dealer has a great lineup of used Dodge inventory specials such as the 2011 Dodge Journey Mainstreet Station Wagon.

Automobile reviewers classify the 2011 Dodge Journey as a midsize crossover built on a car-like chassis. Reviewers say that it provides a great driving experience while being capable and versatile enough to outperform larger truck based sport utility vehicles outside the mid-size cross over SUV segment.

Dodge Journey has renamed its trim packages (based on features) for the 2011 model year. Journey’s base front-wheel drive model has been christened-the Express and it includes a 173-hp 2.4-liter engine mated together with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Automotive sources recommend to shoppers who are looking for a quality cross over like the “Dodge Express “to take one for a test drive today, reviewers also like The Express’s affordable base price. The front-wheel and all-wheel drive models are available in the newly named Mainstreet, R/T, Crew, and Lux trims. All these models include automotive test drivers favorite upgrade , new for 2011 a 3.6-liter V6 matched up to a six-speed automatic transmission, most efficient engine/transmission  performance in the category. Plenty of standard safety features include: six airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, traction control, and stability control.

The used Dodge Journey Mainstreet has many available convenience features that you would expect to see in luxury vehicles in a higher-end class including: a fold-flat front passenger seat for transporting long items, the highly ranked  Flip’n’Stow and In-Floor storage areas under the front passenger and rear seats, and Tilt’n’Slide to enable easy access to the third-row seat.

“At the top of this list of major improvements is an all-new 283-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that’s significantly more powerful and refined. A similar makeover has been applied to the suspension and steering, and as a result the Journey is a noticeably more polished performer.” – Edmunds

To test drive your local Missouri Dodge Dealer inventory specials, visit All Star Dodge in Bridgeton MO today, you won’t be dissppointed.

Dodge Dealers Announce the Launch of a new Dodge Caravan

new Dodge Dealer in ILAll Star Dodge new Dodge Dealer serving Illinois and Missouri, is pleased to announce that automotive writers are saying the Grand Caravan SE’s most innovative feature is that this van is equipped with class leading “Stow’n Go” seats. The second and third row seating can be folded up and disappear into the floor. No more difficult latches or handles to release and remove heavy seating units. Reviewers praise Dodge for introducing a standard stain repelling seat material, helping to make the Caravan SE a truly family-friendly vehicle.

Test drivers say the 3.6-liter V6 engine in 5he new Caravan sends plenty of power through an efficient six-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. All trims come equipped with a tilt and telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry and a tire pressure monitor. Standard safety features include traction control, stability control, and antilock brakes with brake assist. The Grand Caravan receives standard 16″ alloy sport wheels. Automotive sources say the 2013 Grand Caravan SE offers more standard features than any competitor in the minivan class.

The Grand Caravan is functional and modern, with a slightly sporty look that’s sure to get the attention of shoppers looking for something outside the minivan norm. Dodge’s dominance of best-in-class cargo rating remains in play thanks to its innovative Stow ‘n Go seating design. The Dodge Grand Caravan SE and its sister van, the Chrysler Town & Country, are an unbeatable one-two punch for Dodge/Chrysler. If you’re shopping for a minivan, put them at the top of your list.

“Despite their overall size, these vans are quite tractable. Body lean in corners is unnoticeable as you might expect. An impressively tight turning radius aids in close-quarters maneuvering.” — Consumer Guide

“Stiffer suspension parts (added in 2011) and upgraded tires (Michelins) are meant to remove squish from cornering. Some folks also will like the added stability in crosswinds. In addition, steering and brakes felt suitably direct, responsive.” — USA TODAY

2013 Jeep Patriot Latitude

new Jeep Dealer in MOAll Star Dodge, top new Jeep Dealer near O’Fallon knows that the Jeep Patriot design is based on a compact sport utility vehicle platform featuring the legendary Jeep styling with an affordable base price. Primarily designed to live most of its life navigating on city streets the Patriot still retains the off-road capability unparreled by other vehicles in its class.

The new Patriot Limited is built around the same small-SUV platform as Jeep’s Compass, but has included off-road capability that the Compass did not offer. The Patriot is available with both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive system that features a locking mode to enhance traction during inclement weather conditions. T

The Jeep Patriot Latitude comes available in three trim levels: Sport, Latitude, and Limited. The front-wheel drive Sport and Latitude trims are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 158 HP.  While all other trim models come offer 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with only 172 HP (this engine is optional on the FWD Sport and Latitude).

Available transmissions for the Jeep Latitude include a five-speed manual and Jeep’s highly acclaimed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode. Automotive reviewers say the Latitude Sport trim dishes up an impressive list of features including: 17-inch aluminum wheels, heated front seats, fold-flat passenger seat, air conditioning and a leather steering wheel with integrated audio controls, as well as power mirrors, windows and door locks.

The Limited is further equipped with a power driver’s seat, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio and a 6-disc CD/DVD player.

Test drivers say the Jeep Patriot Lariat ‘s Freedom Drive II Off-Road package strengthens the Patriot capabilities with a four-wheel drive off-road mode, hill descent control, all-terrain tires, and additional features such as; skid plates, tow hooks and a brake lock differential. Standard safety features, also impressive for this segment, include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and electronic stability control with roll mitigation.

The 2012 Dodge RAM Continues to Have Loyal Followers

new Dodge Ram in MOAll Star Dodge dealer, home of a wide selection of new Dodge Ram trucks near Wood River, is pleased to announce that although Chrysler has created a separate division for Ram, many consumers shopping for these full size trucks still regard the big Ram trucks as Dodge models. Visit your local Missouri Dodge Dealer to shop for new 2012 Ram 1500 pickup trucks and you can probably find most auto parts departments still categorize RAM trucks under the Dodge system.  If you took a poll, most people don’t seem to place too much importance on the name change, especially the Ram’s loyal fan base.

The 2012 Ram 1500 full-size pickup stacks up well against the competition from Chevy and Ford, and continues to have a large base of supporters-mostly, people attracted to the Ram’s unique ‘18 wheel front end’ good looks, plush cabin, and automotive writers favorite feature; ”the impressive Hemi V8 engine, with upgraded features and a focus on making the Ram 1500’s base price more affordable.”

Automobile reviewers say if you’re looking for a full sized pickup truck that is as RAM tough as the powerful image it represents, and enjoy a civilized driving performance with a luxury interior to double as the family transportation, the Dodge RAM full size truck is a great choice. Automotive sources say the 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup up makes a nice compromise between off road workhorse duty and car like ride performance, and, the Hemi badge turns everyone’s head.

New for 2012

Premium Surround Sound audio option, RamBox cargo management,  and bed extension system, heated rear seats, and side-seat airbags.

Automotive test drivers’ Favorite Features on the 2012 Dodge Ram

The RamBox storage system is offered on the Crew Cab. It includes 3.7 cubic feet of lockable, drainable storage space in each bed rail, as well as a cargo-bed divider that doubles as a bed extender. TheRamBox also comes with a bed-rail system with sliding adjustable cleats to tie down and secure various types of cargo.

“As American as college football rivalries, the full-size pickup truck segment has its share of staunch supporters. And those of you wearing the Dodge baseball caps and nylon jackets with the Ram symbol on them won’t get any argument from us; the … Ram 1500 is tough to beat.” — Edmunds