2020 Jeep® Gladiator Honored by Popular Mechanics

2020 Jeep Gladiator | Dixon, IL
2020 Jeep Gladiator | Dixon, IL

Though 2020 might not have been the best year in recent memory for most of us, it has certainly been a banner year for the Jeep® Gladiator. The eclectic 2020 Jeep® Gladiator, which already has a mile-long list of admirers, can add a new super-fan to the growing club roster: the team at Popular Mechanics.

Each year, the Popular Mechanics staff honors the valedictorians in the year’s class of vehicles in its Automotive Excellence Awards. These awards – which are based on industry reviews, snazzy features, and affordability concerns – are given to vehicles that truly stand out amongst their peers.

In a demonstration of its superiority over the competition, the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator won this year’s Popular Mechanics Mid-Size Truck of the Year award. The award panel was impressed by the Gladiator’s open-air abilities, off-road readiness, and customizability.

Ezra Dyer, a Popular Mechanics writer, praised the Gladiator, saying, “It’s a rare combination of whimsical fun and everyday usefulness, a workhorse that doubles as a weekend toy.” Popular Mechanics joins an illustrious group of organizations that have given the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator accolades this year, including several “Truck of the Year” titles from various publications.

Visit Ken Nelson CDJR today to test drive the Mid-Size Truck of the Year, the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator.

FCA Adds Know & Go Mobile App to the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ram 1500 TRX | Dixon, IL
2021 Ram 1500 TRX | Dixon, IL

A new piece of technology is coming to the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. The Know & Go mobile app is set to make leaning about your vehicle easier than ever. Read on to learn more about this exciting new tech.

Employees working at FCA developed and proposed the Know & Go mobile app back in June. The app’s technology uses the camera in your smartphone to scan and analyze images of your vehicle. With the help of augmented reality, the app then teaches you about the features and abilities of any part you scan. Additionally, the app features push notifications of undiscovered features, component information, owner’s manual pages, how-to videos, and much more.

The first vehicle to launch with Know & Go compatibility will be the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX.

“With all of the content on the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX, the Know & Go mobile app highlights the many new features and capabilities our customers will enjoy in a creative, exciting and engaging way,” said the app’s co-creator, FCA’s Propulsion Systems Program Manager, Mimi Nguyen.

The new 2021 Ram 1500 RX will soon be hitting the lot of Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois. Be sure to schedule your test drive today.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Dominates in 2020 AAA Car Guide Awards

Chrysler Pacifica | Dixon, IL
Chrysler Pacifica | Dixon, IL

Here at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, we’re stalwart fans of the 2020 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid — and it looks like major publications are starting to give this model the praise it deserves. The 2020 Chrysler Pacific Hybrid earned the top spot in the SUV/Minivan category of the 2020 AAA Car Guide. AAA experts were so impressed with this model that it named it the third best vehicle overall for 2020, which is an impressive feat for any minivan.

Manager of the Automotive Research Center Megan McKernan explained how the Pacifica Hybrid impressed the judges. “Our evaluations are designed to help drivers select a safe and comfortable vehicle that meets their needs. The Pacifica Hybrid is a solid choice for minivan customers.”

Given the Pacifica Hybrid’s long list of incredible features, it’s no wonder it lands among the most beloved family-haulers on the market today. The Pacifica Hybrid is loaded with family-friendly features like a Uconnect® Theater, advanced safety features, Stow ‘n Go® seats, and an 82 MPGe efficiency rating.*

Bring the whole family to Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon to experience the 2020 Pacifica Hybrid for yourself. You’re bound to fall in love with America’s first-ever hybrid minivan.

*EPA estimated miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent (MPGe). Actual mileage may vary.

Meet the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude

2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude | Dixon, IL
2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude | Dixon, IL

The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator Altitude edition will be available to customers soon. With the same off-road capability as the Gladiator Sport S model, the Altitude has a “blacked-out” appearance that customers have been asking for.

Black accents for flair

The Altitude offers many black accents including headlamp rings, badging and hard top, as well as seats, stitching and instrument panel. This dark edition starts at $40,340.

The Jeep®quality that the brand is known for

The Gladiator is a pickup truck with the iconic Jeep® look that is far more than skin deep. Altitude will feature a fold-down windshield and removable top and doors, as well as a reinforced body, heavy-duty axles, extended-life brakes and tough rear suspension that make the Gladiator the only Trail-Rated pickup truck available.

Power and convenience on every drive

A 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine delivering 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission provides the Gladiator with plenty of power. Some of the convenient options are a detachable Bluetooth speaker located in the rear seat, a 5-foot, reinforced cargo bed featuring a tailgate that can be configured in three different positions and a 115-volt/400-watt power outlet and LED lighting system. The Gladiator is great for weekend trips to the mountains or tailgating at the game, and a tonneau cover is available to keep everything dry in case of rain.

Find out more about the 2020 Gladiator Altitude when you call us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

2020 Ram 1500 Makes List of Best New Cars with Apple CarPlay®

2020 RAM 1500 | Dixon, IL
2020 RAM 1500 | Dixon, IL

U.S. News & World Report recently named the 2020 Ram 1500 as one of the best new cars in 2020 to be equipped with Apple CarPlay®. The editors appreciated the truck’s well-appointed cabin and innovative infotainment system.

The 2020 Ram 1500 comes standard with wireless phone connectivity and six speakers for listening to your favorite music. Its available Uconnect® 12.0 system with Navigation has a large 12-inch touch screen, which you can easily see from the driver’s seat. The system also features split-screen capability and full-screen Navigation so you can more easily get to your destinations.

Through the system, you can utilize Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™. These features allow you to call a family member, respond to a text message, put on a playlist and access your favorite smartphone apps on the go.

The 2020 Ram 1500 packs tons of other smart technologies too, like the available active noise cancellation system, which makes for a quieter ride. Plus, opt for the 7-inch Driver Information Digital Cluster Display to stay up to date on key information.

If you’d like to learn more about the capable 2020 Ram 1500 or want to get behind the wheel of this truck, give us a call at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois, to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members.