Meet the 2018 Dodge Durango Engine Lineup

The 2018 Dodge Durango is a powerful force to be reckoned with—and it is available with three potent engines. Choose the engine that best fits your driving needs.

2018 Dodge Durango Engine Lineup

Every Dodge Durango engine is paired with a class-exclusive electronic eight-speed automatic transmission with available steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The standard engine for the Dodge Durango is the classic 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine. This engine cranks out 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and is highly efficient, yielding up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway (RWD models only; AWD models reach 25 mpg).* This engine enables the Durango to tow up to 6,200 pounds.

For more power, go with the tried and true 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine, which produces 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. This engine is still highly efficient thanks to Variable Valve Timing and Fuel Saver Technology, achieving up to 22 miles per gallon on the highway.*

Finally, the 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 engine delivers maximum power in the 2018 Dodge Durango. With this engine, the Durango can tow up to 8,700 lbs — a best-in-class distinction. The 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 pounds out 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Dodge Durango engineWhether you want your Durango to deliver efficient performance or the best-in-class strength of a HEMI® V8, you can find what you are looking for at Transwest CDJR. Come and test drive the new Durango today.

*EPA estimated.

5 Tailgating Tips to Help Make Your Experience Even Better

There’s nothing like tailgating before a big sporting event, whether it’s your high school’s homecoming game or your favorite pro team. Here are some tailgating tips to make sure you have the best experience possible on the big day.

    1. Be prepared. Prepare as much as you possibly can before you leave for the game to make sure that you’re not forgetting everything. Make lists and check them twice, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself that much more when you arrive.
    2. Turn one of your coolers into a warming oven. If you’ve already cooked some items and don’t feel like re-heating them when you arrive at your destination, then use bricks, wet towels, aluminum foil, and a bit of heat from your oven beforehand to turn your cooler into a warming oven.
    3. Don’t forget the tunes. Creating an exciting atmosphere is difficult unless you have some top-notch music. Pump up the volume with portable speakers to prepare yourself for the big game.
    4. Bring a large plastic tub for dirty dishes. Even if you’re using disposable plates and utensils, it’s likely you will still have some dirty dishes to clean up after the game is over. Bring a large plastic tub specifically to put dirty dishes into so you don’t have to worry about getting everything else in your car messy.
    5. Remember to show your pride. You want to celebrate your home team, right? Make sure you’re loud and proud about who you’re supporting in the big game, whether you’re at your son’s high school match or a professional stadium. Streamers, banners, and more are great ways to do just that – and easy to clean up!

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    Of course, if you would like a new vehicle to tailgate with, then make sure to come to Transwest CDJR before you get too far into tailgating season. We will be happy to help you choose the perfect vehicle for you.

    2018 Chrysler Pacifica Technology Spotlight

    There are a lot of reasons to love the Chrysler Pacifica, like its spacious interior, its efficient hybrid variant, and its class-exclusive Stow ‘n Go® Seating and Storage System, to name a few. Perhaps most exciting is the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica technology offerings, which put this minivan in a class of its own.

    Safety technology is abundant in the Chrysler Pacifica, which helped it earn a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ ranking from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Technologies include the available 360-Degree Surround View Camera, available Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, standard ParkSense® Rear Park Assist with Stop, the available Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist System, available Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, standard Rear Cross Path Detection, available LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist, and the Blind Spot Monitoring System.

    Entertainment technology in the Pacifica is just appealing, like the Uconnect® infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility for easy smartphone integration. The Pacifica is also available with the Uconnect Theater entertainment system, which boasts two 10.1-inch HD touchscreens with a Blu-ray™ player, wireless streaming, dual HDMI inputs, Bluetooth® remotes, and wireless headphones. SiriusXM® Satellite Radio is available, but the first year is on us.

    2018 Chrysler Pacifica technology

    So, if you would like to explore the many amenities of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, stop by Transwest CDJR.

    3 Family-Friendly Road Trip Games

    Spending time with family on a road trip is always fun, but it can also get a bit boring at times! To help fight boredom, here are three family-friendly road trip gamesRoad trip games to help keep passengers of all ages entertained while you’re out on the road.

    The Name Game. This memory game is a great way to keep passengers of all ages entertained. Begin this by saying a name. The second player must then say another name that starts with the last letter of the previous name. For instance, if the first name is “Al,” then the second player can say “Larry,” and it goes from there. Just remember, there can’t be any repeats!

    The License Plate Game. If you’re traveling across the country, this is a great game to entertain the kids. Give each player a pen or pencil and a list of all 50 states. As you drive, players should cross out each state they see – and write down any countries, too. At the end of the drive, the one to have the most states is the winner.

    20 Questions. This classic game is great for car rides of any length. Have a passenger think of a person, place, or thing. Then, the rest of the passengers have 20 questions to figure out what it is. Whoever gets it right gets to begin the next round.

    If you need to replace the old road trip machine, though, make sure to come to Transwest CDJR — we would be ecstatic to help you find the perfect model for your family.

    2019 Ram 1500 Earns Title of Overall Best Family Car

    It comes as no surprise that Fiat Chrysler managed to win more awards than any other manufacturer at the annual Family Car Challenge hosted by the Greater Atlanta Automotive Media Association (GAAMA).

    During the event, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 managed to walk away with two awards – the overall Best Family Car title and the Best Family Pickup Truck title for the third consecutive year.

    “The GAAMA Family Car Challenge is unique in that we host the only vehicle competition specific to the needs and desires of today’s families,” said Daryl Killian, GAAMA president and host of The AutoNsider on News & Talk 1380 WAOK, a radio station based in Atlanta. “For the third year in a row, our members were impressed with Ram 1500’s combination of technology, functionality, drivability, and family-friendly features.”

    The Ram 1500 wasn’t the only Fiat-Chrysler vehicle honored during the awards, though. Both the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid walked away with awards with the title of Best Three-Row Family Car and Best Green Family Car, respectively.

    Best Family Car

    In each category, GAAMA members evaluated eligible vehicles for a number of family-focused categories, such as safety, comfort, and practicality. The judges then drove each vehicle around suburban routes close to The Hotel at Avalon in Alpharetta, Georgia, and then scored them.

    The 2019 Ram 1500 is available now at Transwest CDJR, so come and take it for a test drive today.

    An Introduction to Jeep®

    Few auto brands are as quintessentially American as Jeep®. Its name recognition surpasses that of companies like Ford or Chevrolet, and traces its origins to a military all-terrain vehicle. Since its inception, Jeep® models have been designed to take on any climate, with a capacity for off-road and on-road performance that people can depend on.

    Welcome to Jeep®, where all vehicles are built to be reliable, tough, and capable, whether you’re looking for the classic Wrangler or the more sleek and efficient Compass.

    While most people think of the Jeep® Wrangler when Jeep®first crosses their minds, the brand’s lineup has only expanded to include other modern and upscale SUVs and crossovers. The family-friendly Jeep® Grand Cherokee, for example, comfortably accommodates all your needs with plenty of space, and models like the Compass and Renegade provide all the versatility and convenience of a small, smart crossover.

    However, if the iconic Jeep® Wrangler is more your speed, then good news: it was just redesigned for the next generation for the 2018 model year, giving it more modern comforts and amenities.introduction to Jeep®

    A good introduction to Jeep® is certainly to get behind the wheel of one, and here at Transwest CDJR, we have plenty.  Make sure to come and visit us soon for a test drive!

    Building on a Legacy: Welcome to the Jeep® Community

    Welcome to the Jeep® community. Known as one of the foremost off-road and SUV brands in the world, Jeep® has been keeping customers happy for decades. Each model comes with iconic looks, incredible capabilities, and some of the latest technologies on the market. Turn your next drive into and adventure when you get behind the wheel of a Jeep®.

    The 2018 Jeep® lineup includes the all-new Wrangler, Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Compass, Renegade, and Wrangler JK. There are also limited-edition vehicles like the Sterling Edition Grand Cherokee, Willys Wheeler Wrangler JK, and the Wrangler Rubicon. Several models are Trail-Rated to ensure you can handle difficult off-road terrain, while the spacious interiors are great for many families as well. Plus, with tons of accessories and trims, there’s bound to be a model that’s right for virtually any driver.

    What sets Jeep® apart? To begin with, Jeep® is one of the few purely SUV and off-road vehicle on the market, which means there’s no better brand for adventure seekers. The design cues are envied by other car owners around the globe, and many date back to the WWII-era Willys 4×4 vehicles from which the current model is derived. In short, every Jeep is tough, built with high-quality materials, and designed with perfection in mind.

    Welcome to the Jeep CommunityHere at Transwest CDJR, we are proud to sell vehicles from such a storied and capable brand. Come try one of our Jeep® models today.

    A Brief History of Ram Trucks

    Are you a loyal Ram truck driver but unsure of how your favorite brand got its start? Check out the brief history of Ram Trucks.

    The Ram Truck Division was not founded until 2010, but Ram trucks have been around here at Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram and on American roadways much longer. Before Ram became its own subdivision of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, its trucks were simply sold under the Dodge brand as Dodge Ram models.

    Dodge’s history of trucks dates back several decades before the 80s, but we will pick up the story in 1981, which is seen as year one for the first-generation of what we think of as the Dodge Ram Truck. Back then, designations were 150, 250, and 350 rather than the 1500, 2500, and 3500 we think of today; those came around in 1994.

    In fact, 1994 brought more than just name changes. The style of the pickup changed dramatically in 1994, when they began to take on a “semi-truck” appearance. The 1994 models also introduced the 8.0-liter V10 engines that were immensely popular.

    In 2002, Dodge unveiled the third generation of its pickups with new interiors, powertrains, and suspensions. The big change was the introduction of the 5.7-liter HEMI®, which added 100 horsepower to the work truck.

    While it took a while for diesel to return to the 1500 segment, the Ram 2500 and 3500 got a turbodiesel engine option as early as 2007. The diesel wouldn’t be offered on the Ram 1500 model until 2014. It is still offered today, making the Ram 1500 the most-efficient pickup in its class.

    The year 2010 was an important one for Ram; as mentioned above, this is the year that the truck lineup became its own brand entirely. To mark the occasion, Ram offered new engines, a new suspension, new offerings on the interior, and new styling on the exterior.

    In 2012, the Rambox® was made available on all truck options, and 2013 brought a facelift to the lineup. Ram continues to innovate with its pickups, which is why it boasts the most loyal pickup drivers in the country.

    So there you have it—a brief history of Ram trucks. Let us know what you think about the brand in the comments below!

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