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When Did the Jeep Patriot Come Around?

Jeep Patriot at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton

One of the amazing Jeep vehicles is the Jeep Patriot. It has been popular since it came out and is available for purchase at All Star Jeep Dealer near Clayton. Today we want to take a look at how the Jeep Patriot got its start.

It is important to note that the Jeep Patriot is considered by some to be the fraternal twin of the Jeep Compass. Both the Jeep Patriot and Compass shared the basic Caliber design, but also had toughened bodies and Trail Rated versions with low-gear AWD and skid plates.

“Styling was similar to the old Jeep Cherokee and the 2008 Jeep Liberty; Testers were surprised by its abilities at rock-climbing, trail-traversing, and stream-crossing. They weren’t in the same class as the Cherokee, but they were better than expected.”-allpar.com

Interior space was aided by the utilitarian form: the Jeep Patriot had 54.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded flat (62.7 if the front passenger seat was also folded). It could hold an 8-foot ladder, skis, or eight-foot lumber. The 2007s had two-tone interiors in dark and light gray or beige. Jeep Patriots sold in the United States and Canada had standard traction control, three-mode stability control, electronic roll mitigation, and anti-lock brakes with rough-road detection. Braking distance from 60 mph was 134 feet on dry pavement. The Jeep Patriot started out with a standard 2.4-liter World Engine that produced 172-horsepower and 165 lb.-ft. of torque, using variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust. “The engine was hooked up to a Chrysler-engineered T355 five-speed manual transaxle and an optional CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission). A 2.0 liter diesel with a six-speed manual transaxle was sold outside North America.”-allpar.com

For more information on the current Jeep Patriot, stop by All Star today!

Feel the Power of the Grand Cherokee!

Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton

It is common knowledge that Jeep makes amazing SUVs. They are capable and responsive, while being comfortable to sit in and drive. It turns out that Jeep has now been named the most powerful SUV on the market, thanks to the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee. What makes the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee at All Star Jeep Dealer near Fenton so powerful? – Let’s take a look.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk borrows the 707 horsepower supercharged V8 from the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats. This is the first time that the 6.2-liter supercharged motor has been paired with an all-wheel-drive system, which has been strengthened to handle its 645 lb-ft of brute force torque.

Though the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is not designed for off-roading (unless you count race tracks as off-road,) the Trackhawk comes equipped with a computer-controlled Bilstein adaptive suspension system and five performance modes (Normal, Sport, Track, Snow and Tow) that tweak the ride stiffness, steering, 8-speed automatic transmission, AWD, limited-slip rear differential, etc., to suit the occasion. This different performance modes allow the driver to have maximum control over the engine and the driving experience.

“The Trackhawk’s tow rating is 7,200 pounds, but you’re probably more interested in the other way it hauls. Jeep says it will do 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds on the way to a 180 mph top speed. Thanks to the Trackhawk’s vented hood and front fascia help cool the engine and reduce aerodynamic lift at speed, and a set of 15.75-inch Brembo front brakes – the largest ever fitted to a Jeep — slow the 5,363-pound beast down when you’re done with the fun.”-foxnews.com

For more information on the different Jeep Grand Cherokee models, head to All Star. Their team would love to get you behind the wheel of this powerful SUV today!

Still Time for a Dodge Dart

Dodge Dart at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale

We were all sad to hear that the Dodge Dart was being pulled from production just like what happened years ago with the original Dart. Was is pulled only to return in a few decades, reborn with new technology and classic styling? We don’t know, the future is uncertain for the Dodge Dart. What we do know is that there are still a few Dodge Dart models available at All Star Dodge Ram near Glendale. Today we want to share with you a little bit of information on the last generation of the Dodge Dart.

The Dart, a front-wheel-drive sport compact, joined the Dodge lineup for the 2013 model year.For 2016, a new Sport Appearance Hood is optional for Dart GT and Dart SXT models with either a Rallye or Blacktop package.Otherwise, the Dart carries over largely unchanged.The Dart name dates from the 1960’s.

We have found the Dart drives well and delivers on the promise of sporty handling.

The standard engine for the Dodge Dart is a 160-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.Fuel economy for the base Dart SE with the 2.0-liter engine and manual gearbox is EPA-rated at 25/36 mpg City/Highway, 29 mpg Combined; with the automatic it’s 24/34 mpg, or 27 mpg Combined.

A more powerful choice is the 160-horsepower, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that comes with Dart Aero models, matched to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch automatic transmission.”While horsepower is the same as the 2.0-liter, the turbocharged engine offers more torque, which propels the car more briskly from standing starts.The Dart Aero manages an EPA-estimate of 28/41 mpg City/Highway, that highway figure being particularly impressive.”-autoblog.com

For more information on the Dodge Dart, or to get one of the last models, head to All Star today!

 

More Ram 3500 to Love!

Ram 3500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Oakville

If you are looking for a rough and tumble truck that is capable of the tough jobs and that can handle a heavy load, then you need to get yourself a Ram 3500 from All Star Dodge Ram near Oakville. The Ram 3500 is not a cookie cutter truck, it has a variety of model choices as well as great options that you can add to your Ram 3500 to make it custom to what you want. Let’s take a look at some of the Ram 3500 model options from which you can choose.

Ram Tradesman models are commercial-grade: black bumpers, grille and mirrors, crank windows on regular cab (power windows and locks on others), vinyl 40/20/40 seat, steel wheels and a manual-shift transfer case on 4WD. Ram Tradesman comes standard with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, Class V hitch with 4/7-pin plugs, AM/FM Uconnect 3.0 stereo, cruise control, locking tailgate and tilt steering wheel. Options include a diesel engine (which adds front tow hooks and cruise control), power heated and towing mirrors, integrated trailer brake controller, sliding rear window, spray-in bedliner, floor mats, cloth upholstery, DVD and Sirius audio, limited-slip differential, skid plates, RamBox or goose-neck prep, various option groups, and choices for wheels, tires and axle ratios.

Ram SLT adds power mirrors, remote key-less entry, power windows (including rear windows on four-doors), carpeting, cloth upholstery, electric-switched transfer case, chrome wheels, sliding rear window, and the integrated trailer brake controller.

Ram Outdoorsman is a  SLT package with some additional extras. Standards include gray painted bumpers and fender flares, two-tone paint, body-color grille/black insert, fog lights, power folding/heated mirrors with signals, HomeLink, power split-bench seat, leather-wrapped wheel,  on/off-road tires on forged aluminum wheels,  Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth and voice nav-ready audio, security system, limited-slip differential, tow hooks, and remote start. (This information is compiled from ram.com and autoblog.com.)

Rumors About the Dodge Journey

Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge near Illinois

The Dodge Journey has been a key part of the Dodge line up for a number of years now. It is incredibly family friendly, fun to drive, and remarkably capable. There have been rumors that the Dodge Journey would be getting a redesign for this year, but as it turns out, we probably won’t be seeing that redesign until 2019. Today we want to take a look at some of the changes that we might be seeing on the Journey when the redesign comes out. You can always check out the current technology and characteristics on the Dodge Journey at All Star Dodge near Illinois.

Dodge will borrow the Giulia’s rear-wheel drive architecture from sister company Alfa Romeo. The next Journey will consequently be more dynamic to drive than the current model, which is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost for buyers who frequently tackle adverse weather conditions.

It’s reasonable to assume that the next Journey will use a 2.0-liter turbo four. Rated at about 300 horsepower, the mill will be inaugurated next year by the fourth-generation Wrangler, and it will trickle down to other members of the Fiat-Chrysler family such as the Dodge Charger. The four will be bolted to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

“Whether we’ll see a V6 in the next Journey is up in the air at this point. Buyers in Europe will be able to order the crossover — which is known as the Fiat Freemont locally — with a turbodiesel engine that we won’t get on this side of the pond.”-digitaltrends.com

For more information on the current Dodge Journey and to take a test drive of this incredible vehicle, head to All Star today! Their team is waiting to serve you!

 

Wrangler Going Pick-Up?!

Jeep Wrangler at All Star Jeep Dealer near Mehlville

There are so many people in this great country that love the Jeep Wrangler. There are clubs devoted to the Wrangler and driving them. One change that we know is coming to the Jeep Wrangler in 2018 is the addition of a pick-up truck trim. While this model will not be available at All Star near Mehlville until late 2017 to early 2018, we are still excited to see what will be on the new Wrangler, lets explore this today!

Jeep will continue with rugged body-on-frame construction to serve the off-roading aspirations of its faithful and multiplying constituents. That said, the coming edition will use modern materials to cut weight and boost mileage. Expect a hydroformed steel ladder frame carrying a body made of high-strength steel, aluminum, and plastic. A four-door pickup will join the lineup of two- and four-door models with hard- and softtops. Today’s 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 will soldier on with manual and automatic transmissions. Fiat Chrysler’s current product plan also includes a turbo-diesel alternative in the near term and a hybrid after 2020, along with a possible turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder code-named “Hurricane” making around 300 horsepower.

There has been talk about some competition coming for the new Jeep Wrangler trim. “The Wrangler is without peer, a gully-busting rock climber you can drive to work. Compact crossovers bow in its presence. A new Land Rover Defender, expected next year, may re-invade this sphere, though at twice the price.” -caranddriver.com

There are some big expectations on what will make the cut for the pick-up truck trim on the Wrangler, and with an expected sticker price starting at $25,000, it will be easy to talk us into buying one to experience on a daily basis. For more information on what is coming, head to All Star today! Their team will be happy to share more about the new Jeep Wrangler trim!

 

Time to Pull Ahead

Dodge Challenger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country

When it comes to the muscle coupe category, there is some really stiff competition. The front runners of this pack have been the Mustang, Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger. There has always been a kind of tit-for-tat between these vehicles, but we believe that the Dodge Challenger is getting ready to pull ahead of the pack. We want to talk about this more today.

The Dodge Challenger is doing something unconventional for a muscle coupe. It’s adding all-wheel drive. “It’s a new feature for Detroit’s pony cars – none of the three have ever had it – and it could be a game-changer. Called the Challenger GT, the Dodge launches this winter for a starting price of $34,490.” -foxnews.com

The Challenger GT comes with the Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. It teams with an eight-speed TorqueFlight automatic transmission and is estimated to get 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. An FCA spokesperson said no manual transmission or V8 models will be offered on the all-wheel-drive Challenger. It will be on display in January at the Detroit auto show.

All-wheel drive is a widely expected addition for the Challenger. The coupe shares underpinnings with the four-door Charger, which offers an all-wheel drive variant and the cars have similar powertrain offerings (the AWD Charger is also V6 and automatic only). Naturally, the Challenger borrows the Charger’s AWD system and during regular driving conditions, the front axle disengages and full torque goes to the back wheels, allowing the Challenger to function as a rear-wheel drive car. It automatically goes back to AWD when more traction is needed.

Learn more about the addition of All Wheel Drive to the Challenger at All Star Dodge near Town and Country!

Rebirth of a Classic

With Valentine’s Day only a few short days away, we have been thinking about all of the things that we love about All Star near Kirkwood and all of the great Dodge Cars that they sell. One of our favorites is the Dodge Charger. There is just something about the body styling that gets us excited, or revs our engines if you will. It is hard not to love such an amazing piece of machinery.

When the original Charger was introduced, it was well received and instantly considered a muscle car. They were a favorite among grease monkeys because they were easy to add after market parts to in order for the cars performance to be amplified. The Dodge website says, “The Dodge brand is famous for its performance on the road, and the Dodge Charger continues that legacy. From heart-pounding power to unexpected efficiency, you’re guaranteed a ride that you won’t soon forget.”

“The Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Hellcat V8 engine, standard and only available on the Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat, pushes muscle to its very limit as the fastest off-the-line sedan ever built+. Exerting a monstrous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the Charger SRT Hellcat is the world’s quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan ever!”

“The state-of-the-art Class-Exclusive TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission+ delivers world-class precision and fuel efficiency+ along with available sport mode and available paddle shifting.”

With these great advancements in the engine, this new Charger is sure to be a favorite for years to come. Do not be left out, get your own Dodge Charger today and join a long legacy of muscle car fanatics.

For more information on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star the Dodge Ram dealer. Their staff would love to show you the amazing capabilities of the new Charger.

Jeep Renegade Wins ‘Most Loved Vehicle In America’ Title

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On November 24th, it was announced that Strategic Vision had put the Jeep Renegade on it’s list of “Most Loved Vehicles in America”.  The Renegade took the title in the category of Entry SUV along with four other FCA US vehicles in their respective categories.  These other winners include the Dodge Charger (Full-size Car), the Dodge Durango (Mid-size SUV), the Fiat 500 (Micro Car), and the Fiat 500e (Small Alternative Powertrain Car). According to Christopher Chaney, Senior Vice President – Strategic Vision, “FCA continues to establish a strong foundation of vehicle finish, pride and excitement among owners of FIAT, Jeep and Dodge.  All of this, combined with increasing trust from the overall ownership experience, is causing buyers to absolutely love the choice they made, and love always leads to loyalty.”

To come up with it’s “Most Loved” winners, Strategic Vision created what it calls the Customer Love Index or CLI.  This index doesn’t simply measure how much a buyer is satisfied with their new vehicle, but is designed to exemplify the love someone has for the vehicle they own.  Over 44,000 new car owners who took participated in Strategic Vision’s New Vehicle Experience Study (NVES) were responsible for providing the feedback needed to put each vehicle at the top of the “Most Loved” list.

The 2016 Jeep Renegade is an entry-level SUV that offers so much more!  With best-in-class ratings, off-road capability, open-air freedom and convenience, a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, two fuel-efficient engines, world-class refinement, innovative safety, and advanced technology offerings, the Renegade gives buyers way more than any other SUV in it’s class.  First offered in 2015, the Renegade is giving buyers access to even more innovative features for the 2016 model year including BeatsAudio with nine speakers, a 6.5-inch subwoofer and 506-watt amplifier for premium sound quality.

Get into All-Star’s Ellisville area Jeep dealer showroom to take the Renegade for a test drive today!  We guarantee to have the best Jeep dealer selection near Ellisville along with the lowest prices.

2016 Jeep Renegade Named Subcompact SUV Best Buy

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On November 11th, the editors at Consumer Guide released their Best Buy picks for the 2016 and for the first time ever the 2016 Jeep Renegade was chosen as this year’s Subcompact SUV Best Buy winner.  According to Tom Appel, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive, “We are pleased to recognize FCA’s enduring success in the Large SUV and Large Pickup Truck classes.  We are equally pleased to award the newest Jeep crossover Best Buy status for 2016.”

Along with the Jeep Renegade, two other FCA US vehicles were chosen as Best Buy winners in their class categories.  These winners included the 2016 Ram 1500 as Large Pickup Truck Best Buy for the eighth year in a row and the 2016 Dodge Durango as Large SUV Best Buy winner for the fourth consecutive year.  All three FCA US vehicle winners demonstrate the company’s commitment to serving consumers with the best value choices across the automotive space.

When the editors at Consumer Guide set out to choose their yearly Best Buy honorees, they take pride in offering choices that give the consumer the most notable guidance in the purchasing process.  Not only do they pick their winners based on objective observations, but they also compare all vehicles to competing vehicles within their class category.  This gives buyers a more comprehensive look at what they will be getting for the money.  In order to come up with this year’s winner, the editors looked at more than 150 new cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs.

The 2016 Jeep Renegade gives SUV buyers access to the Jeep features they want starting at just $17,995 MSRP.  Renegade buyers can count on this unique SUV to offer a segment-first nine-speed automatic transmission, two fuel-efficient engines, and innovative safety and advanced technology.

Come by All-Star’s Jeep dealer showroom near St. Louis to test drive the Renegade today!  We promise you will find the best St. Louis area Jeep dealer selection along with the customer care you deserve.