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Would the Dodge Durango be the Right Choice for You?

Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge Ram near Florissant

If you are shopping around for a great SUV that has 3 rows of seats and loads of character, you need to check out the Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge Ram near Florissant. This SUV is as powerful as it is comfortable, but don’t take our word for it! We want to share with you what some real owners had to say about their Dodge Durango!
Great vehicle, great value. I was in the market for a new good size SUV ,with great towing features and capacity. Dodge Durango was the perfect fit. I use this vehicle to transport cargo and family. This vehicle covers all aspects of my busy lifestyle from camping,towing my boat, bringing stuff home for my lawn and garden. I couldn’t find a better fit for my lifestyle. I am impressed with the design and performance from this vehicle. If you are looking for a vehicle that’s not going to put you to sleep the Durango is what you are looking for. I am very satisfied in my choice. I smile every time I get in and start this SUV.-James

We bought a new 2017 Durango AWD RT after having an accident in our trusty Jeep Commander HEMI. I drive a Corvette with 465hp and must say, this thing is a BLAST to drive (Keep sport mode on and “eco” mode off). For a family car, you just can’t go wrong. Our Commander was nice, but so much improvement in engine/transmission/electronics over the past 6 years means a MUCH smoother, faster, better sounding beast than I could have imagined. I love this truck and am truly happy with it. Highly recommended! PS, the kids love the extra room in the 3rd row over the Commander too. -Dev

Test drive the Dodge Durango at All Star today!

Chrysler Makes No Apologies for Horsepower

Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon

Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Chrysler Cars have been around for a long time. Though there have been different models and styles through the years, one thing hasn’t changed, the immense amount of horsepower that these vehicles offer. Today we want to take a look at a few of the high horsepower models that were at one of the auto shows earlier this year.

In an era where the biggest buzz in the automotive industry is about self-driving cars, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been doubling down on jaw-dropping horsepower.

At the New York Auto Show, the automaker revealed the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — an 840-horsepower car better suited for the drag strip than the streets. And the next day? Fiat Chrysler unveiled the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk — an SUV with a 707-horsepower Hellcat engine.

Just a few months earlier, at the Chicago Auto Show, Dodge revealed the 2018 Durango SRT. Touted as the  “most powerful and capable” three-row SUV, it has a Hemi V-8 that generates 475 horsepower.

Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, frequently pokes fun at the industry’s current obsession with self-driving cars when he boasts about Dodge’s stable of high-powered, modern muscle cars.

“They are not autonomous, they are not hybrids, they do not get 50 miles per gallon and you cannot summon them with your smartphone,” Kuniskis quipped last year when the company introduced special edition versions of the Challenger and Charger. “They are domestic, not domesticated.”

“The gratuitous display of horsepower at the reveal of the Dodge Demon in New York spawned screaming headline after headline. But it also caused some to question the automaker’s commitment to keeping up with competitors who are plowing money into electric and autonomous vehicles.”-usatoday.com

For more information on the current Chrysler Cars, head to All Star Chrysler near O’Fallon.

Dodge Charger Fun Facts

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country

The Dodge Charger is one of the fastest cars in the Dodge lineup. Its speed and classic body styling reminds us of the past glory days of the muscle car. Today we want to share with you some fun facts about the Dodge Charger that is available at All Star Dodge Ram near Town and Country.

  1. It’s supercharged –  The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features a supercharged, 6.2-liter, Hemi Hellcat engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. The Charger SRT 392 employs a standard, 6.4-liter, 392 Hemi V-8 engine that makes 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.
  2. Get it with leather – Both the Charger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat feature standard ultra-premium Laguna Leather interior appointments, Uconnect 8.4 with navigation, HD Radio, and 5 years of SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Traffic service.
  3. Dodge brought back a classic – Dodge has brought back the Blacktop Appearance Group to the Charger SXT and R/T. New for 2017, back for a limited time, Plum Crazy joins TorRed and B5 Blue high-impact heritage hues. New for 2017, the Super Track Pak provides the V-6-powered Dodge Charger SXT with a full complement of race-bred chassis upgrades for upgraded performance.
  4. Advanced technologies – The 2017 Dodge Charger’s all-wheel-drive system features a segment-exclusive active transfer case and front-axle disconnect technologies, and makes 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway. Electric power steering provides three driver-selectable steering modes: Normal, Comfort, and Sport. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on every 2017 Dodge Charger.
  5. Got to love the interior – “Interior design elements include thick-rim, 3-spoke steering wheels; customizable 7-in. full-color driver information display cluster; choice of 19 trim and color combinations; and available 8.4-in. touch-screen media center, electronic shifter, and Keyless Enter ‘n Go with push-button start across all trim levels.”-jdpower.com

For more information on the Dodge Charger, head to All Star Dodge Ram today!

Times of Change for Chrysler

New Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near IL

This month we have felt a bit reflective and have been taking a look at the history of our one of our favorite auto brands, Chrysler. Chrysler has seen a number of changes throughout the years; each time a change up happened, we got even better Chrysler Cars. One of the biggest periods of change was the late 1940’s through the early 1960’s.

The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.

“Exner, a designer at Chrysler, revived Chrysler production car design with the sleek, sculptured Forward Look designs of 1955 that transformed the product line overnight. The Forward Look flagship was the 1955 Chrysler 300, a striking automobile that combined smooth styling with brawny HEMI power,” (chrysler.com). The 300, arguably the first muscle car, became a legend on and off the race track and set records throughout the 1950s, including a 143-mph performance at Daytona Beach. As the Fifties progressed, Chrysler products began to sprout distinctive tailfins, ostensibly to improve handling and stability above 70 miles per hour. The 1957 Chrysler brand standard-bearer, the 300C, was equipped with a standard 392-cubic-inch, 375-horsepower HEMI, two four-barrel carburetors, a high-output camshaft, Torsion-Aire suspension and the new Torqueflite transmission, making it the fastest, most powerful production car built in America that year and earning it the appellation “beautiful brute.”

You can get all of the great Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near IL today!

A Storied History of the 300

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Ballwin

The Chrysler 300 is known as the sleek and stylish leader of the Chrysler line up of vehicles. What you might not know is that is has a very interesting story behind its creation. We want to share part of this story with you today.

At age 37, Robert MacGregor Rodger was a 15-year veteran of Chrysler in 1953, and a member of the team that launched the corporation’s first Hemi V8 back in ’51. He was also, despite his relative youth, the chief engineer of the Chrysler Division. Heading into its third year, the Hemi had only grown stronger and tasted racing success in Briggs Cunningham’s C-2, C-4R and C-5R Le Mans racers. It was also starting to dominate the newly developing world of organized drag racing. Rodger was convinced that a standard 331-cubic-inch (5.4-liter) Hemi running one of Cunningham’s cams with solid lifters, dual four-barrel carbs and an 8.5-to-1 compression ratio could produce 300 reliable and civilized horsepower. But for all that, Chrysler didn’t really have a production car that seemed an appropriate showcase for such performance.

So Rodger proposed that Chrysler build a special car, a two-door hardtop, for the Hemi. “There wasn’t any budget for new sheet metal, so he bolted the top-of-the-line Imperial’s nose onto a New Yorker hardtop two-door body shell with Windsor model rear quarter panels to produce the 1955 300. Chrysler’s chief designer, Virgil Exner, tweaked the design by excising the Imperial’s massive front bumper in favor of the less ornate one used on the base Chrysler, and the 300 went into production.”-edmonds.com

For more information on the 2017 Chrysler 300, stop by All Star Chrysler near Ballwin today. Take a look at the smooth lines and powerful engine of the Chrysler 300 are you are sure to want one!

Muscle Car Glory Days

Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold

Spring is upon us in the St. Louis area – things are coming back to life and the world just seems a little brighter. It is at these moments that we like to reflect on the history of some of our favorite vehicles, blame it on nostalgia. We want to take a look at the Dodge Charger and its early beginnings. Of course you can get the latest Dodge Charger at All Star Dodge near Arnold.

January 1, 1966 at the annual Rose Bowl Game audience was first shown Dodge Charger – the new flagship of Dodge car company. The main designer of the project was Carl Cameron. Sales began in mid-1966.

“In 1966, the feature of Charger becomes electric shaver grille – used completely hiding lights that are not used by Chrysler since 1942 (on some models of DeSoto division) – when the lights are open or closed grille looks solid piece. Inside, Dodge Charger has four stand alone anatomical seats, long console from front to rear. Rear seats and part of the console can be folded forwards and the boot partition allows you to place luggage inside the cabin. Many elements have been exclusive – door panels, dashboard lights, and others.”-carswithmuscle.com

All engine range have a choice of V8. Six-cylinder engines were not offered until 1968. In 1966, four engine choices were offered: the base 318 CID (5.2 l), 361 CID (5.9 L), 383 CID (6.3 L). The most popular was the 383 with 325 HP (242 kW ). Hemi 426 (7.0 l) was also available.

In late 1966 dealer installed optional spoiler on the trunk lid (because of the rules of participation in NASCAR). In 1966, the Dodge Charger was the first production car in the US equipped with a spoiler. Total production of Dodge Charger was 37344 units in 1966.

It was amazing how popular the Dodge Charger was upon its release, but it is not surprising just how much we still love this classic car.

 

Getting to Know Chrysler

New Chrysler Cars at All Star Chrysler near Ellisville

We love the line of Chrysler Cars that you can find at All Star Chrysler near Ellisville. The sleek lines and timeless styling have always been the hallmarks of Chrysler, but we want to know all about when Chrysler got their start.

The first Chrysler was the 1924 Chrysler Six, an all-new car priced at $1,565 that featured two significant innovations – a light, powerful, high-compression six-cylinder engine and the first time four-wheel hydraulic brakes were standard on a passenger car. The well-equipped Chrysler Six also featured aluminum pistons, replaceable oil and air filters, full-pressure lubrication, tubular front axles, shock absorbers and indirect interior lighting.

Within a decade of its founding, Chrysler Corporation’s leadership in innovation had earned for it the label of Detroit’s “engineering company.” Chrysler’s list of early automotive “firsts” included Floating Power (a new method of mounting engines to isolate vibration), replaceable oil filters, downdraft carburetors and one-piece curved windshields.

The first indication of changing times at Chrysler came with the 1951 development, and enthusiastic reception, of the authoritative, hemispheric-head V-8 engine. The soon-to-be legendary HEMI combined better combustion, higher compression and lower heat loss to create much more horsepower than previous V-8s. Close behind was the fully automatic Powerflite transmission.

“Chrysler then reaffirmed its engineering reputation by commissioning a revolutionary gas turbine engine program. This 27-year campaign to apply an aircraft engine turbine’s smooth power and low maintenance requirements to automobiles became part of the Chrysler brand’s folklore.”-chrysler.com

For nearly one hundred years, Chrysler has been an innovator in the automotive world and we hope they will continue to innovate and create the latest and greatest cars. For more information on the latest Chrysler Cars, head to All Star. Their team would love to get you behind the wheel of a great Chrysler today!

More Horsepower on the Durango SRT

Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge near Florissant

The Dodge Durango at All Star Dodge near Florissant is an incredibly popular SUV that handles like a dream. For the 2018 year, FCA, the company that owns and manufacturers the Dodge Durango, decided that the SRT model needed more power. Let’s take a look at the more powerful Durango SRT.

The new high-performance vehicle for the Durango nameplate is due out this summer, said Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge and SRT for FCA North America.

“This now takes everything that was great about the Durango and everything that was awesome about the Charger SRT and combines it into one badass SUV,” he said.

The Durango SRT is powered by the 392-cubic-inch, 6.4-liter V-8 Hemi engine, cranking out 475 horsepower and 470 foot-pounds of torque. It’s mated to an automatic eight-speed transmission and is outfitted with full-time all-wheel drive. The SUV is said to trip the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds, and go from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds.

Dodge updated the the SRT Durango with an aggressive look, upgraded the interior and put a T-shaped electronic shifter inside it instead of a rotary knob, Kuniskis said. It also features updated ride dynamics and shift feel. The exhaust was tuned to sound like the 392 Charger, said Pete Jacobsen, Dodge Durango vehicle development manager.

While it boasts performance, the Durango SRT also will be used as a family-hauling daily driver, Kuniskis said. The interior features driver and family comforts such as a hand-wrapped instrument panel, flat-bottom performance steering wheel with paddle shifters, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain’s chairs. The Durango SRT also can tow more than any other three-row SUV and is capable of hauling 8,600 pounds, according to Dodge.

For more information on the Dodge Durango or to take a test drive, head to All Star today!

Let’s Talk Ram 2500 Powertrain

Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville

It is a very rare day when all we talk about is the powertrain of the Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram near Ellisville, but with the new 2017 Ram 2500 we knew that we had to share this information. It is important to know what is powering your pick up trick – after all, you expect it to handle any terrain and any hauling job.

Turbo Diesel Engine – Combine world-class capability with outstanding performance and you’ve got the available Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine. With a wide array of Best-in-Class and Class-Exclusive features and capabilities, the 6.7L Cummins engine turns your Ram 2500 into a dependable powerhouse.

Six Speed Manual Transmission – Modified for increased torque load of the base-output diesel engine, the Class-Exclusive available six-speed manual transmission also carries a wear-compensating clutch for like-new clutch pedal performance throughout the life of the drivetrain. This transmission is only available with the Proven and Legendary 6.7L Cummins Turbo Diesel I6 engine.

Hemi Engine – If a turbo diesel isn’t your thing, you can always pick the Hemi. The available Heavy-Duty 6.4L HEMI V8 engine offers Ram 2500 series pickups the legendary power you’ve come to expect from both names. Two spark plugs per cylinder increase peak power and torque, reducing exhaust emissions.

Hemi Engine with Valve Timing – Want even more power? Then get the standard 5.7L HEMI® V8 engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) gives the driver an efficient engine option without sacrificing performance. VVT provides optimal torque over a large RPM range and aluminum cylinder heads combine with hemispherical combustion chambers for outstanding airflow, leading to indispensable power and torque.

Learn more about the different powertrains on the 2017 Ram 2500 at All Star Dodge Ram today!

The 2017 Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300 at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield

The Chrysler 300 is one of those vehicles that stands up to the test of time. It is sleek and stylish while being wildly capable. Today we are going to look at a few key characteristics of the Chrysler 300 model that is currently available at All Star Chrysler near Chesterfield.

ast refreshed for 2015, it gets updates for 2017 including a faster UConnect system with sharper graphics, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Three new packages are added to the 2017 Chrysler 300S, including an Alloy Edition.

Base engine is a smooth 3.6-liter V6 whose 292 horsepower and linear torque easily propel the weight of the big car down the road.The Chrysler 300S gets 300 hp out of its cold-air intake and tuned exhaust system.

All-wheel drive is available with the V6.The system doesn’t send any power to the front wheels unless traction is needed there.

Next engine up is the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 that makes 363 horsepower, driving the 300S or 300C from zero to sixty miles per hour in 5.8 seconds, using an 8-speed automatic transmission.If you want a real throwback Chrysler 300 hot rod, get one of these.

The Chrysler 300 rates 19/30 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined with rear-wheel drive, two less mpg with all-wheel drive.The Hemi V8 gets an EPA-rated 16/25/19 mpg.

In crash tests by NHTSA, the 300 earned four stars overall.The IIHS gave it the top Good grade in every category except the difficult small front-overlap test, where it scored Marginal. (This information was compiled from autoblog.com, chrysler.com, and iihs.org.)

These are just a few baseline characteristics of the Chrysler 300. For more information and a in-depth look at the 300, head to All Star and work with a member of their team. Their staff would love to take you on a test drive today!