2019 Ram 1500: Ready to Help Get Any Job Done

When you purchase a new pickup truck, it’s likely you want it to be able make your life easier – both at work and when you’re out having fun. Luckily, that’s exactly what the new 2019 Ram 1500 does. Here’s a look at a few of the ways this new truck can help you get any job done.

Enjoy the Ram’s capabilities. The all-new Ram 1500 is considered the strongest, most capable model yet – and for good reason. This pickup truck can now tow up to 12,750 pounds and has a max payload of 2,300 pounds when properly equipped, which means you can easily bring along any equipment you need, whether it’s a boat or extra equipment.

Plenty of convenient storage. The 2019 Ram 1500’s bed has a maximum cargo volume of 61.5 cubic feet and the available Class-Exclusive RamBox® Cargo Management System, which has two lockable, drainable storage bins, making it easy to store things outside your truck. In the cabin, there is even more storage available. From the under-seat storage in the back seat to the in-floor storage bins and class-exclusive reconfigurable center console, the Ram truly does have a place for everything in your life, which makes it easy to do what you need to do, when you need to do it.

Ride in comfort. Even if you’re hauling materials to your next worksite, it’s likely you want to be comfortable while you’re driving. The newest Ram is considered the most luxurious pickup in its class, and for good reason. With available leather upholstery, plush seats in all trim levels, and an available 12-inch touchscreen, which is considered the largest in its class, this pickup truck is sure to make you feel at home out on the road.

Discover more to love about the 2019 Ram 1500 when you visit Gary Wood CDJR.

The All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Offers All the Power, Capability, and Tech You Want and Need

2019 Ram 1500

 

This past January, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, giving us a glimpse into the future of pickup trucks. Its power, capability, spacious and smart design, and advanced technology make it a showstopper, and we couldn’t be more excited for this all-new model.

Power:

The Ram 1500 offers three exceptional engine options to drivers: the 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine with eTorque, the 5.7- HEMI® V8 engine, and the 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 engine with eTorque. All in all, the Ram 1500 offers up to 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

 

Capability:

This all-new Ram 1500 is the most capable version ever, offering best-in-class V8 towing at 12,750 pounds and a max payload of 2,300 pounds.

If you plan on off-roading with your Ram 1500, you’ll be happy to know that the Ram 1500 Rebel® comes equipped with various off-road features to satisfy your adventurous side. These features includes an available Class-Exclusive Active-Level™ Four Corner Air Suspension and an elevated ride height for superior clearance.

 

Interior:

Enjoy the power of the 2019 Ram 1500 while sitting comfortably within its refined, yet rugged interior. Offering a largest-in-class 12-inch infotainment system, an available dual-pane panoramic sunroof, and durable yet stylish construction and materials, the Ram 1500 offers you a luxurious cockpit to command the road and worksite from. This interior is built to keep you comfortable and entertained for the long haul.

Here at Gary Wood CDJR, we can’t wait until this new Generation of Ram 1500 trucks arrives on our dealership lot.

Get Excited for the Jeep® Wrangler Pickup!

2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup

2019 Jeep Wrangler Pickup (Scrambler) spy shots from MotorAuthority

The Wrangler-based Pickup Truck

No car quite captures America’s daring character and sense of adventure like the Jeep® Wrangler. This long-time favorite of automotive enthusiasts has been around since 1986, featuring a design inspired by the classic WWII-era Jeep®. For those of you who have been following all things Jeep®, you know that Jeep® announced about a year ago that they had a new vehicle in the works: a Wrangler-based pickup truck.

This April, we have the much-anticipated spy shots of the new Jeep® pickup. Beneath its covered exterior we can see the stately, distinctive Wrangler silhouette extend back to include a pickup bed. The bold and angular lines of the truck make it like no other model on the road. From these shots, it’s clear that the vehicle will offer a crew cab body configuration alongside a decent-sized bed. Our best guess is that this Wrangler-based pickup will be released for the 2019 model year, but there’s no official name for it yet. Some say that it will be named the Scrambler, while others believe it will carry the name of a previous Jeep® pickup, such as the Gladiator or original Willys Jeep® Truck.

The pickup will also most likely feature a similar interior as the Jeep® Wrangler, which means that it will have an adventurous and durable interior with state-of-the-art smartphone connectivity and entertainment technology. Upgraded powertrain options may be available as well, such as a diesel option with incredible power and capability.

Here at Gary Wood CDJR, we can’t wait until this Jeep® Wrangler Pickup model arrives on our dealership lot.

Get Excited for the All-New RAM 1500 Tradesman

All-New RAM 1500 Tradesman

Ramming Speed

Don’t Read About The All-New RAM 1500 Tradesman!

If you don’t want to work hard and get a little mud on the tires of your next pickup truck, stop reading now — the all-new RAM 1500 Tradesman just might be more than you can handle. Just unveiled this month at the National Truck Equipment Association’s “The Work Truck Show” in Indianapolis, the 2019 RAM 1500 Tradesman focuses on the drivers who use their RAM for work.

More Power & Torque

The all-new RAM 1500 Tradesman starts with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque, but also offers 5.7-liter HEMI V8 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8 eTorque options. Built on a high-strength steel frame, this RAM is rugged and ready to handle even the most back-breaking work tasks. With the proper equipment, the 2019 RAM 1500 Tradesman can tow up to 12,750 pounds and haul up to 2,300 pounds in its bed.

Fun Technology

The new RAM will be as brainy as it will be brawny. Inside the 2019 RAM 1500 Tradesman, drivers will be pleased to discover a user-friendly Uconnect 5.0 infotainment system, one free year of SiriusXM Radio, three USB ports, an auxiliary port, and a 12-volt auxiliary power outlet. The RAM Tradesman line launched in 2011. Since their game-changing debut, RAM Tradesman trucks have earned the highest owner loyalty record of all half-ton trucks in the United States.

If you have any lingering questions about this incredible pickup, bring them with you to Gary Wood CDJR in Aurora, MO.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica Named Family Car of the Year

family car of the year

Plenty Of Room For All

Family Car Of The Year

When it comes to family cars, nothing does it better than the minivan. Despite many people negative attitudes towards the segment, once you experience the ease of loading kids into a vehicle with sliding doors, you never want to go back to anything else. That is why it is no surprise that the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica was named Cars.com’s Family Car of the Year.

North American International Auto Show

Cars.com gave out this award at its 2018 Best of Awards hosted during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit early this year. According to Cars.com editors, “Chrysler has a history of stuffing its minivans with innovations, and the Pacifica is no exception. It’s an achievement in practicality, from the improved Stow ‘n Go fold-flat seats to the available rear entertainment system that impresses even versus mobile devices.”

More Technology. Lower Price

The Pacifica was just introduced for the 2017 model year and gets even better this year with more standard safety features, lower pricing for the base model, and more technology in the form of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. To earn the Family Car of the Year award, the Pacifica had to demonstrate value, innovation, and quality. All three it does in spades.

You can experience the best family car you’ve ever driven right here at Gary Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Aurora, MO.

Dos and Don’ts of Driving in Winter

Do’s and Don’t’s of Driving in Winter | Gary Wood CDJ | Aurora, MO

Winter is arguably the most hazardous time of year to be out on the road. If you’re out driving in winter, here are some tips and tricks for avoiding getting yourself into trouble when slick roads and extreme temperatures are involved.

DO…

Get a comprehensive routine check-up on your vehicle. Make sure all fluids are topped off or replaced, and have your service tech fill up your tires, too.

…Have your battery tested to make sure it’s at max capacity. Low temperatures reduce its functionality.

…Keep your gas tank half-full. You never know when you’ll need fuel for an emergency.

…Have jumper cables on hand at all times.

…Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle.

DON’T…

…Drive if you don’t have to, especially if there’s snow or ice on the ground.

…Stop. If you can, avoid stopping on hills, and perform rolling stops when possible. If your vehicle comes to a full stop on ice, it’s difficult to get rolling again.

…Take sharp or fast turns.

…Blindly trust other drivers. If you assume other drivers are competent on hazardous roads, you put yourself at risk of getting hit.

Be careful when driving in winter. If you follow this advice, you’ll be prepared for taking on most hazards during the colder months of the year. If you do need to prepare your vehicle for winter’s worst, stop by Gary Wood CDJR as soon as possible.

Four FCA Vehicles Named 2018 Consumer Guide Best Buys

If you have plans to buy a new car this year, you probably want something that will give an excellent value for your money. One easy way to do that is by choosing one of the Consumer Guide best buys. This year, four FCA vehicles were included on that list: the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, 2018 Dodge Durango, 2018 Ram 1500, and 2018 Fiat 124 Spider.

consumer guide best buys“There’s a lot of good product hitting the market these days, but some designs are so well executed that they endure the test of new challengers. In the cases of the Durango and Ram, that is especially true,” said Tom Appel, Publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive. “As for the Pacifica, it’s simply one of the most thoughtfully designed family vehicles we’ve ever evaluated.”

The Pacifica won a best buy award for both the Minivan and Family Vehicle catagories for the second year in a row. The Dodge Durango won the Large SUV award for the sixth consecutive year. The Fiat 124 Spider earned top honors in the Sporty Performance Car segment for the second year. As for the Ram 1500, it was named the best Large Pickup Truck and has earned this award every year since 2008.

If you are looking for an award-winning vehicle, you can test drive many of these vehicles right here at Gary Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Four Missouri Christmas Towns to Visit this Month

Christmas Lights In Missouri

There is no denying that some places do Christmas better than others. These places go all out with decorations, festivities, and have an all-around jolly time all month long. Here are four of the best Missouri Christmas towns you should visit.

1. Springfield

Located less than an hour away from Aurora is Springfield. Each year in early December, you can celebrate the season with the Springfield Winterfest, held in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall. There is also an annual parade, Festival of Lights, and more.

2. Branson

Branson is fun all year round, but at Christmastime you can enjoy An Old Time Christmas with more than five million lights, 1,000 Christmas trees, a parade, and more.

3. Lake of the Ozarks.

Towns all around the lake pull out all the stops. Visit the Enchanted Village of Lights in Laurie, or The Shrine of St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights, or the drive-through display in Osage Beach.

4. Nevada.

Catch a glimpse of the twinkling lights at the Radio Springs Lake in Nevada, Missouri. The Lights on the Lake display runs through New Year’s Day.

Which of these Missouri Christmas towns do you plan on visiting this year? Here at Gary Wood Chrysler Dodge Jeep®, we hope everyone has a very merry Christmas.

Top 5 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Tips

Whether it’s your first time as host or you’ve done it dozens of times, hosting a holiday can be seriously stressful. Here are our top 5 tips for hosting Thanksgiving that will help you have a smooth, fun day and keep your relatives coming back in the future.

First of all, don’t think you have to do everything alone just because you’re hosting. Especially if it’s your first time, you need all the help you can get. Delegate tasks, and let friends and relatives bring food so you’re not making every dish.

Plan ahead. Make a big list of everything that needs to get done before the guests arrive and list it all on a timeline so you can keep track of everything you have to do. You’ll be much less frazzled!

Get as much done as possible before the day starts. The turkey should be in the oven a overnight so it has time to cook, and make pies and other things that can be refrigerated a couple days ahead. You should also do any experimenting with new recipes long before Thanksgiving—you don’t want to make a dish you don’t know on the day of the dinner and have it turn out bad.

Another smart way to manage your time is to get all the non-food prep out of the way in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, like setting the table and putting up decorations. These don’t have an expiration date.

Finally, make sure you relax. Thanksgiving is about food, family, and fun, and you’re not enjoying any of those if you’re stressed. Ultimately, it’s okay if things don’t go perfectly—just enjoy one of the few days of the year the whole family gets together. The Gary Wood CDJ team wishes you a happy Thanksgiving.

Don’t Miss These Family-Fun Missouri Fall Festivals

There’s still time to check out all of Missouri’s fall festivals, so pack the family in your trusty Jeep SUV or Dodge Grand Caravan and get ready for caramel apples, pumpkin pie, and malty brews!

These are just a few Missouri fall festivals and, we promise, you don’t want to miss a single one.

National Crafts & Cowboy Festival

Every Wednesday-Sunday, September 13-October 28

At Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson, visitors can be delighted by over a month of Wild West shows, authentic cowboy memorabilia and wagons, real wild mustangs, barn dances, and more.

 

Pumpkin Palooza

October 28, 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Visit lovely Washington, Missouri for their annual Pumpkin Palooza. With free admission, all-day activities for kids, plus a bountiful farmers food and craft market, this event is a guaranteed happy afternoon.

 

Scarecrow Festival

October 1-31

Every October, the town of Eureka is invaded by the most creative, sometimes-scary, always-delightful scarecrows this side of the Mississippi. The townsfolk go a little overboard inventing the most off-the-wall scarecrows you’ll ever see, and since each year brings something wacky and new to the scene, you won’t want to miss your chance to see what’s out there in 2017. Check out their website for a detailed calendar of events.

 

You need a reliable car, truck, or SUV to deliver those pumpkins from the patch to your front stoop, so pay us a visit at Gary Wood CDJ and we’ll get you into the best vehicle to meet your family’s fall-fun needs.

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