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Engineering Features of the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500

new Dodge Ram in MOThe 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 was redesigned with a stiffer frame which has improved its stability and handling while at the same time lowering the noise inside the cabin and vibration as much as 30 percent,

Along with the new frame design, Dodge has also improved the powertrain, body mounting technology, and air suspension in the 2013 Ram truck.

“Portions of the frame are hydro-formed for dimensional accuracy (hydroforming reduces the amount of welding that leads to distortion), and side rails are fully boxed,” says AllPar.com.  “The front frame section has high-strength steel that maintains strength and durability while saving around 30 pounds, larger body mounts are on the front frame rails and at the C-pilla,” AllPar.com explains.

A Chrysler exclusive multi-link coil spring rear suspension was introduced in the Dodge Ram In 2009; the Ram 1500 has an exclusive standard multi-link, coil-spring rear suspension.

According to reviewers; “it improves ride and handling with no loss of capability.”  The coil design spring helps to absorb the shock and impact at the same time it reduces the amount of friction on the spring system.  The new design weighs 40 lbs. less than the leaf spring system.

Electric power steering in the 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 uses an electric motor replacing the old hydraulic pump which improves fuel efficiency by 1.8 percent and adds 5 HP.

Low riding tires lower the level of energy wasted and new brakes have a relocated ABS pump to lower vibration.  Emergency stops offer improved performance with the new hydraulic boost which also enhances the overall feel of the brake pedal. 

New standard features in the Dodge Ram include; power folding mirrors, a power rear-sliding window with defrost, and a six-foot-four-inch bed option on the Crew Cab. RamBox cargo management system and tailgate power locks. Optional features include; auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam.

See for yourself the result of the improvements to the new Dodge Ram truck in Missouri today at All Star Dodge Dealer.

2012 Dodge Ram 1500 Crew Cab

dodge ram truck in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer, home of a wide selection of used Dodge Ram trucks near Jerseyville is pleased to announce the used Ram 1500 features electric power steering, and improved fuel efficiency by 1.8 percent as well as improved power-adding 5 HP. In addition the used Dodge Ram 1500 “can be calibrated to optimize steering effort and precision, regardless of body or powertrain; it also senses constant input from the driver, for example a crown in the road, and compensates for improved comfort. EPS will be needed if a hybrid version is produced in the future,” says AllPar.com.

The new Ram truck has 7 less lbs in the truck and 7 less lbs in the new bumper.  This weight reduction has helped improve the Ram’s fuel economy in 2012.  Other changes in features in the 2012 Ram which attribute to its overall weigh reduction include the V6 engine which is 76 lbs lighter than the outgoing model’s engine.  The 8 speed Hemi engine is 30 lbs lighter.  Other new features include a new front suspension system, improved handling and an aluminum hood.

The 2013 Ram 1500 “has low-rolling resistance tires to minimize wasted energy; the new brakes have a relocated ABS pump for reduced vibration, and has shorter brake pedal travel. A new hydraulic-boost compensation unit enhances brake pedal feel and performance during emergency stops,” says AllPar.com.

Additional features to the Ram truck include; power folding mirrors, a power rear-sliding window with defrost, and a six-foot-four-inch bed option on the Crew Cab, the RamBox cargo management system and tailgate power locks. Auto rain-sensing wipers and SmartBeam are optional features available.

Test drive a new or used Dodge Ram 1500 SLT 4WD Crew Cab Pickup In St Louis Missouri at All Star Dodge today.

The New Jeep Patriot Available at your Local Jeep Dealer

new Jeep Patriot in MOAll Star Dodge new Jeep Dealer near Wood River is pleased to announce that the new 2013 Jeep Patriot is available with a 4 cylinder engine mated with a 5 speed manual transmission.

Test Drivers say the 2013 Patriot delivers adequate power if you choose the upgraded engine option with continuously variable transmission.  The new Jeep Patriot delivers an EPA estimated 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway which is competitive in its class.

The new Jeep Patriot comes equipped with AWD or 4WD and most auto reviewers found that the Patriot handles well, but if you want a true off road vehicle you are better off selecting the Jeep Wrangler. For a great on road family vehicle for those on a budget, Jeep Patriot is your best choice where the pavement ends. 

The base price for the Jeep Patriot is very appealing to buyers, but to get all of the creature comforts available consumers will want to purchase higher trim levels  which offer; air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows, and more.   Auto reviewers who test drove the Patriot found the interior seats to be very comfortable.  Standard features in the 2013 Patriot include; a four-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack, while available features include an upgraded Boston Acoustics stereo, heated front seats, navigation and Bluetooth.

“You can’t deny your roots, and neither can the Jeep Patriot. The Dodge Caliber econocar platform probably made sense for a low-priced, light-duty Jeep. Kelley Blue Book

“For those who want a compact crossover that will spend most of its time on-road, but still like the idea of mild off-roading, the Patriot is a decent compromise.” — Motor Trend

Changes to the used 2011 and 2012 Town and Country

Chrysler Town and Country in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer near Florissant is pleased to announce that the 2012 Chrysler Town and Country, while not completely revamped, received a significant update in 2011 with a new exterior design and some interior updates as well.  In fact reviewers say the 2011 Town and Country was “much improved” as compared to its predecessor.

The 2011 model also received upgraded safety features which helped the minivan to attain higher safety ratings as compared to the previous model year.  Town and Country offers seating for 7 and the 2011 re-design added the standard “Stow’n Go second row seats with more functionality and improved comfort.  Higher trim levels of the Town and Country offer the traditional 2nd row captain’s chairs.

Auto reviewers say that the 2011 Chrysler Town and Country handles very smooth and offers great driving performance compared to the previous model year.  Standard features include; Stow ‘n Go seating, satellite radio, a back-up camera, rear parking sensors and a six-speaker stereo with a 6.5-inch touch screen. Options include; a rear DVD entertainment system with a dual display.

In 2012 there were not many changes to the Chrysler Town & Country, but leather seating and a rear-seat DVD system became standard. The Town & Country comes in Touring, Touring L and Limited trims

“Massively improved last year, the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan drive with more precision, have better interiors, and are still hugely practical. The Chrysler took second place in our most recent minivan comparo. Minivans might be bland, but they come in very handy when you need one.” — Car and Driver

“The Chrysler Town & Country is smooth-riding, quiet, and luxurious. It’s also the most versatile thanks to its Stow ‘n Go seating. Together with the Grand Caravan from sister-division Dodge, these are formidable choices in the minivan segment.” — Consumer Guide

“Although the Chrysler Town & Country boasts a strong engine, confident handling and a well-trimmed cabin, it still trails the competition in terms of refinement.” — Edmunds

Restyling of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee

new Jeep Grand Cherokee in MOAll Star Dodge, Chrysler Jeep Dealer near Ellisville is pleased to announce that the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee will soon arrive!

According to AllPar.com; ”Following criticism of the styling of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, Jeep seems to have started testing Cherokee mules with a new, more conventional front clip.”  “If this is correct, the work was most likely started near the end of 2012, when the car was first shown to long-lead media; the changes would be expensive, involving changes to lighting, wiring, durability, cooling, aerodynamics, and crash behavior,” noted AllPar.com.

In a sneak preview photo from AllPar.com the Jeep Cherokee it appears that the headlights in the 2014 Cherokee model have been relocated a bit from below the grille to a new position-higher up and have also been integrated with the new turn signals and daytime running lights.  The “teardrop” headlights in the new Jeep Cherokee now more closely resemble those of the acclaimed PT Cruiser.  Other changes have been made to the hood and grille of the 2014 Cherokee which now appear more conventional in place of the old model’s “Jeep Slots” which extend into the top of the hood.

“The magazine did not capture the rear, which in spy shots from last year appeared to be based on the Subaru Tribeca,” Says AllPar.com.“ Larry Vellequette’s article in Automotive News quoted that Ralph Gilles as saying that most feedback had been positive, but that those who disliked it, really disliked it; and suggested that this might be an earlier design being relocated or scrapped.”

According to insider sources, the new Jeep Cherokee continues to be a very capable off road vehicle while offering even better fuel economy, acceleration power, as well as comfort.

Although reviews are not in from BestCars.com for the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2013 model was well received by the automotive industry.

“A stunning interior bolstered by cutting-edge infotainment and electronics systems awaits the lucky occupants while, underneath, Jeep’s legendary 4-wheel-drive (4WD) systems prove the Grand Cherokee hasn’t gone weak when it comes to its off-road capabilities.” — Kelley Blue Book

“On-road refinement, a well-trimmed cabin and traditional off-road ability make the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee fully competitive with other midsize SUVs and crossovers.” — Edmunds

“The Jeep Grand Cherokee balances pleasant and confident on-road handling with capable off-road tenacity. Good looking, comfortable interiors, a relatively modest exterior size, and a plethora of available options further increase its appeal.” — Consumer Guide

2012 Dodge Challenger at your Local Missouri Dodge Dealer

used Dodge Challenger in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer in St. Louis MO, is pleased to announce that test drivers are saying the 2012 Dodge Challenger has aggressive styling, spacious interior and powerful engine choices.  Chrysler says the 2012 Dodge Challenger can contend with rival muscle cars and auto reviewers agree. 

If you’re in the market for a comfortable, spacious sports car that won’t break the bank, but also want a high level of muscle-car pizzazz, the 2012 Dodge Challenger is the only car you should consider. Reviewers everywhere agree that the Challenger has many features that give this sporty car an advantage over its competitors (including the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro) such as; a bigger back seat and larger trunk.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger is available with an optional Hemi V8 engine.

The 2012 Dodge Challenger is available in either base SXT or V8-equipped R/T trim. SXT models offer a V6 engine mated with an automatic transmission, while the Challenger R/T gets a manual transmission or optional automatic.

Upgrades in 2012 in the Dodge Challenger include; An 18-speaker Harman Kardon stereo is now available, and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters are now optional on automatic models.

“Though it’s played third fiddle to the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro in comparison tests, the Challenger is still an appealing reincarnation of the ’70s original. It’s big and heavy, but its muscle-car presence is undeniable.” — Car and Driver

“Its 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

See for yourself what a used Dodge Dealer near Wood River offers by scheduling a test drive of the 2012 Dodge Challenger-you won’t be disappointed!

2014 RAM Heavy Duty

new Dodge Ram HD in MOAll Star Dodge Dealer offers a wide selection of heavy duty new Dodge Ram trucks in MO such as the 2014 Ram 2500. 

Powertrain

In 2013 Dodge Ram HD’s diesel power was boosted to 800 lb. /ft. of torque for both its diesel and combustion engines.

The a 6.4 Hemi option for the Ram heavy duty trucks was predicted by auto experts, along with a new transmission to compete with the GM’s Allisons.

According to AllPar.com; “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 in the 2014 Dodge Ram HD

New features in the newest Dodge Ram HD model include an optional air suspension setup

According to MoparNorm, “The air springs will be only on the rear axle, so there won’t be any impact upon turning radius. There will also be no ‘axle shift’ as the panhard bar prevents that and the control arms keep the axle in place front to rear. Look at the rear of a Wrangler or Ram 1500 and just imagine the coil spring replaced by an air spring, or look at the rear axle of most newer semi truck tractors.”

But perhaps the biggest change in the 2014 Dodge Ram 2500 is its increase in towing capacity of 2,000 lb. compared to the outgoing model.

Visit All Star dodge Dealer in Saint Louis MO today to see for yourself just what the new Dodge Ram has to offer.

2013 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck

new Dodge Ram truck in MOAll Star Dodge, home of a wide selection of new Dodge Ram trucks near O’Fallon knows that the Dodge Ram is the best choice in a new truck on today’s market-whether you plan to use your vehicle for work or play.   In fact, the 2013 Ram 1500 surpassed Ford’s F Series trucks with an 8 speed automatic transmission and best in class fuel economy-20 percent better than its competitors.  For 2013 the new Dodge Ram 1500 had a power increase in the V6 engine which now delivers as much as 305 HP, and the V8 Hemi engine offers 395 HP. 

The 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 is quieter inside the cabin and has first in class aerodynamic, better fuel economy, ride, air suspension, loading, and clearance.  The new RAM has an even more durable frame constructed with high strength steel. Other new features that Dodge added in the 2013 Ram include; new technology such as voice control, texting, software updates, and a 7 inch instrument screen, as well as new upgraded materials inside the cabin.

“The 3.6 had more than sufficient grunt to get the 1500 moving, traversed hills with ease, and passed with confidence.” “It revved a little more than the 5.7, but nothing that a consumer would notice if they aren’t starting their day in the Hemi,” said test drivers.  According to one test driver; “My drive in the Hemi 8-speed was thoroughly enjoyable, the shifts were unnoticeable and the acceleration was beyond crisp.”

“The cab is comfortable and quiet; the new Uconnect navigation system is cool, rendering topography like mountains in Faux 3D 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,” said one test driver.

Fred Diaz, CEO of Ram says; “the 2013 model was intended to get a mild refresh including a new grille and headlights, some interior updates, and more.”  The Ram 1500 V6 model offers as much as 42% more power and 13% increased torque while at the same time offering a 20% improvement in fuel economy. Gas mileage for the Ram 1500 V6 is EPA rated at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

An optional air suspension system improves the ride as well as aerodynamics in the 2013 Dodge Ram while increasing load leveling.  The new RAM also offers 5 height settings controlled by the key fob or set to automatic control.  Dodge says Ram is best in class in aerodynamics with its 6% improvement in the 2013 model. 

2013 Jeep Unlimited Wrangler Sport

All Star Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Dealer located in Bridgeton MO Is pleased to announce that Jeep Dealers everywhere offer the new 2013 Jeep Unlimited Sport with its standard V6 engine across its lineup.  It doesn’t matter if you are planning to drive your Jeep Wrangler in rush hour traffic through the city, or blazing off road trails, this vehicle really delivers.  And the big news is that the 4 Door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers ample space inside the cabin for all of your passengers and all of their gear.  The Jeep Wrangler offers an estimated EPA fuel economy rating of 17 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway.  Under the hood the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport offers a standard 3.6 liter V-6 that puts out 285 horsepower and allows this off road vehicle to travel from 0 to 60mph in just 8.8 seconds.  Auto reviewers deem the Wrangler fun to drive.

jeep wrangler unlimited in MOThe soft and hard top are both options and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited offers heated leather seat, navigation, and more.

“Although it is larger and safer than past models wearing the CJ and Wrangler nameplate, the 2013 Jeep Wrangler is still true to its heritage as America’s best-loved off-road escape artist.” — Kelley Blue Book

“The looks, the drive character, the price — they all strike the right chord for Jeep faithful. Plus, rocks will tremble when they see you coming.” — Auto Week

“The new Wrangler stays true to the model’s roots, but now it’s a lot more fun to drive on-road.” — Motor Trend

“And as good as it is on the road, Jeep made sure the Wrangler remains the most capable off-road vehicle you can buy.” — Popular Mechanics

To learn more about the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport model visit us today at All Star Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Dealer in Saint Louis MO, you won’t be disappointed!

The 2013 Jeep Compass Latitude

Jeep Compass in MOAll Star Dodge, top new Jeep Dealer serving Illinois and Missouri is pleased to announce that the new Jeep Compass Latitude is available on Jeep Dealer’s lots everywhere.  Under the hood the Compass’s 4 cylinder engine is mated with a standard five-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional.  According to the EPA, the estimated fuel economy rating of the 2013 Compass is 23 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway, which R-V  SUVs like the Chevrolet Equinox and Honda CR-V.

“Competing with such established names as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Subaru Forester, the Compass has its work cut out for it, especially considering most of its newer rivals outshine it in the areas of engine technology, fuel economy and features.” — Kelley Blue Book

“Compass makes sense as a functional wagon for people who crave Jeep Grand Cherokee styling in a cheaper, more-compact package.”– Consumer Guide

“If it’s true off-road capability you’re after, the Jeep Wrangler and Nissan Xterra are worth a look. For around-town use, the Honda CR-V, GMC Terrain, Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester (just to name a few) all offer all-wheel drive for increased traction in bad weather with much better handling, performance and refinement in everyday driving.” — Edmunds

“No matter how much work Jeep has put into this crossover for 2011, the Compass nameplate carries some serious baggage. The Compass will always be remembered for trying to stretch the Jeep brand a little too far and it isn’t long for this world.” — Automobile Magazine

Contact us to test drive a new Jeep Compass in St. Louis at All Star Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep Dealer today, you won’t be disappointed!