The Chrysler Pacifica, since entering the market as a
minivan, has continued to impress critics and drivers alike. Arguably, it is
the industry’s best minivan to date, with an available plug-in hybrid
powertrain, luxurious materials, advanced technology, and a spacious interior.
So what could make the Pacifica even better?
All-wheel drive, baby.
And according to rumors from the reputable Automotive News, that’s very likely happening. Right now, the market only has one 4×4 minivan available: the otherwise drab and dated Toyota Sienna. An AWD Chrysler Pacifica would push the minivan even further ahead of the competition and make it an even more enticing offer to families deciding between an SUV and a minivan. All-wheel drive is an especially appealing safety feature in northern states and in Canada, where snowy and icy conditions often lead to a decrease in traction. We know all about that out here in Colorado, of course.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has not actually confirmed this
news yet, so it is still considered a rumor and nothing more. That means we
have very few details—and the ones we do have not been verified. But if Automotive News is to be believed,
Chrysler is already hard at work on the AWD version, meaning we may see one
here in just a couple years!
If you need a minivan now, contact us at Transwest CDJR to see the current Pacifica in person.
Late in 2018, Jeep® finally revealed the 2020 Gladiator, a ruggedly handsome pickup truck that offers best-in-class capabilities. We here at Transwest Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram didn’t think it could get much better than the Gladiator – until now. Recently, the rumor mill has been turning and it looks like there might be a high-performance version of the Gladiator in the works – and it will be called the Hercules.
Previously, during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Mark
Allen, Jeep®‘s head of design, mentioned that a high-speed off-road
vehicle would be on the brand’s agenda for its future lineup. While the Jeep®
Gladiator Hercules model hasn’t officially been signed off just yet, it
looks like prototypes of the performance pickup truck are being built for
If the Hercules does come to life, we can only speculate at
its power. It will have to offer more power than the Gladiator’s standard
3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which currently puts out 285 horsepower and 260
lb-ft of torque. The Gladiator Hercules will also probably utilize a variety of
Mopar aftermarket parts to give it even more aggressive styling.
Should this vehicle come to market, it will compete with the
Ford Ranger Raptor.
In Colorado, winter can be brutal. If you plan to drive in any snowy or hazardous weather, make sure to pack a winter car emergency kit, which you can store in your trunk or on your backseat. Here’s what you’ll need:
kit: In the event that you become stranded and injured, you should have a
first-aid kit with bandages, scissors, Neosporin, gauze, and protective gloves.
charger and power bank: Your cellphone will be crucial if you become
stranded. Keep a phone charger and portable power bank in your car so you can
charge your phone on the go. Even if you lose service, your phone can double as
You don’t know how long you might be stranded if your car breaks down in the
winter, so pack nonperishable snacks like granola and protein bars, mixed nuts,
and crackers. You should also keep a case of bottled water in the car.
gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets: Keeping warm may very well be the key
to your survival. Pack some extra coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets in
the trunk. Waterproof clothes and blankets are best because they won’t get
soaked with melted snow or ice.
Collapsible shovels, Swiss Army knives, jumper cables, and flares are all
important elements of a winter car emergency kit.
A winter car emergency kit will help you weather the cold weather, but we at Transwest CDJR hope you won’t need to use it this season.
Colder temperatures can cause dangerous road conditions and freezes the cabin so you’re cold when you first jump in the car. To prepare for the oncoming cold, we’ve put together a few reasons why you should get winter ready with Jeep this year.
drive. Jeep is known for its all-wheel-drive capabilities. It’s this rugged
drive system that makes the Jeep brand ideal for the winter. All-wheel drive
will help you accelerate better and maintain traction on snowy or icy roads,
giving more confidence behind the wheel when it’s winter.
Stay warm. There’s
no denying that winter weather can be on the cold side, but Jeep has you
covered. No matter which model you choose, you will find a trim level that has
heated seats, a heated steering wheel, or remote start. That way you won’t have
to worry about feeling like you’re sitting on a block of ice and you can pay
more attention to the road.
Don’t freeze your
engine. Many Jeeps can be equipped with an engine block heater. This will
allow your vehicle to start up and warm faster when the temperatures are
frigid. It could also potentially help you reduce wear on your engine, reduce
emissions, and warm you up faster when you’re waiting for the hot air to come
through the vents.
Get a Jeep so you can pay attention to the beauties of winter without freezing in the car’s cabin. You can stay warm and browse our selection of Jeeps at Transwest CDJR.
Denver: Denver isn’t a far drive from Limon and has plenty to do year-round. If you like breathtaking views and tasty craft beer, Denver is the city for you.
Ouray Ice Park: Have you tried your hand at ice-climbing? Ouray Ice Park is world-famous for it. After the strenuous workout, relax in one of Ouray’s hot-spring spas.
Estes Park: Make Estes Park your destination to try out your snowshoes this winter. Snowshoeing is a cool way to explore the wintry outdoors, and if you don’t have some of your own, you can rent a pair in town. Make reservations in advanced to stay at the infamous Stanley Hotel, which was Steven King’s inspiration for “The Shining.”
Crested Butte: Are you a fan of skiing? The best place in Colorado to try your hand— or feet — at skiing is in Crested Butte. Afterward, enjoy delicious food from the nearby restaurants.
Telluride: Stay in the mountain resort in Telluride for a truly remote Colorado experience. Be prepared though: this former Victorian mining town is a seven-hour drive from Limon.
If you’d like prepare your vehicle for a winter road trip, bring it to Transwest CDJR for seasonal maintenance.
Ram calls the new 2019 Ram 1500 the “most luxurious truck in its class”—a claim that is undoubtedly true. Here are just a few things you will love about the new Ram 1500:
So much power: You will choose from three efficient yet potent engines for your Ram 1500. The 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 lays out 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque and enables towing of up to 7,730 pounds. Even more powerful is the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8, which pumps out 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque while offering towing of up to 11,610 pounds. At the top is the HEMI with eTorque, which takes the same power and boosts the max tow rating to 12,750 pounds.
Advanced entertainment tech: Entertainment tech includes the Uconnect® 4 system with 8.4-inch touchscreen (a 12-inch screen is available), an available Harman Kardon® Premium Audio System, and Apple CarPlay™ integration.
Innovative safety features: Available safety technologies include Smart Cruising, Lane Departure Warning-Plus, and Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path and Trailer Detection. The 2019 Ram 1500 also has the largest brakes in its class.
Ultimate comfort: Comfort features in the Ram 1500 interior include best-in-class rear legroom, an available dual-pane panoramic sunroof, available leather seating, and available reclining seats.
All in all, it’s no wonder that Ram calls its newest-generation pickup “most luxurious.” Come and test drive the new 2019 Ram 1500 at Transwest CDJR.
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.
Whether 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
So, if you would like to explore the many amenities of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, stop by Transwest CDJR.
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 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.