2021 Ram 1500 Earns Better Safety Rating Than Any Other Truck

2021 Ram 1500 | Dixon, IL

Want a safe pickup truck for your family in Dixon, Illinois? Check out the 2021 Ram 1500 at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram. It just was awarded a better safety rating than any other truck on the market.

 The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2021 Ram 1500 Crew Cab with a 2021 Top Safety Pick Rating after earning top marks in the agency’s six crash tests. The Ram 1500 took home the top rating in 2020, too.

“A Top Safety Pick for the Ram 1500 solidifies our long-standing commitment to our customers through advanced technology and engineering expertise,” said Mike Koval Jr., Ram Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. “This validation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety builds consumer confidence in our trucks and in the Ram brand.”

To win a Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must now offer Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking, an advanced driver-assist technology. Under proper conditions, the tech monitors activity around you and intervenes if necessary. The system offered in the 2021 Ram 1500 was rated as “advanced” by the IIHS, a major achievement.

In addition to Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking, the 2021 Ram 1500 boasts several more advanced safety technologies. When you opt for the available Advanced Safety Group package, you will have access to tools such as Rear Cross Path Detection, Blind Spot Monitoring with trailer coverage, Lane Departure Warning Plus, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop, Go and Hold.

Learn more about the Ram 1500 safety rating and its many driving tools when you visit us at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Ram 1500 TRX Wins ‘2021 Pickup Truck of the Year’ Title

2021 Ram 1500 TRX | Dixon, IL

Each year, the editors of FOUR WHEELER, an off-road enthusiast publication, present the “Pickup Truck of the Year” award to the best performing truck. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX recently earned this title after beating its competitors in a grueling competition.

FOUR WHEELER judges tested new or greatly revised trucks on over 1,000 miles of pavement, dirt, sand, snow, mud, gravel, and rocks. Trucks needed to climb uphill on loose dirt, cross water, and drive at night during the testing. The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX blew the competition away, thanks to its impressive durability and capabilities.

This truck features the Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V8, which delivers best-in-class 702 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It’s the first Ram truck to have Launch Control with Launch Assist, improving the acceleration rate. Plus, it offers eight drive modes and 11.8 inches of ground clearance for off-roading adventures.

“The Ram 1500 TRX is a breathtaking truck that flat out impresses,” said FOUR WHEELER Editor Ken Brubaker. “From its bad-boy muscular stance to its stunning pin-you-to-your-seat power to its incredible suspension that easily tames the worst terrain, the TRX is the total package.”

Want to get your hands on a powerful Ram 1500 model? Schedule a test drive at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

Stock Your Vehicle with These Emergency Supplies

Nobody wants to get stranded by a breakdown or a flat tire during a road trip or daily commute — but it’s wise to be prepared just in case. If you haven’t already, consider stocking your vehicle with these supplies to keep yourself safe in a roadside emergency.

Tools

Jumper cables are a must for your vehicle supply stash — they’ll come in handy if your battery dies. An inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack are essential as well. You may also want to carry a small tool kit and duct tape just in case.

Safety supplies

To keep your vehicle — and yourself — visible on the side of the road, make sure you stock reflective triangles, a reflective vest, and a flashlight with extra batteries. For especially serious situations, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit are recommended.

Other items

Increase your preparedness by keeping nonperishable snacks and drinking water in your vehicle. A rain poncho and compass will be useful if you need to walk to get help. An extra car charger will help you keep your phone powered up.

Emergency Vehicle Supplies | Ken Nelson CDJR | Dixon, IL

Winter equipment

During the winter months, you’ll want to equip your vehicle with a shovel and snow brush, a warm blanket and extra clothing, and cat litter to provide traction if you get stuck in a drift.

The best way to avoid breakdowns and stay out of roadside trouble is to keep up with scheduled maintenance here at Ken Nelson CDJR in Dixon, Illinois. We can also hook you up with a new CDJR vehicle that includes Roadside Assistance Service as part of the warranty coverage!

Jeep Introduces the 2021 Gladiator Willys

For some time now, Wrangler owners have had the option to upgrade to the popular Willys edition to customize the look and feel of their Jeep. Now, potential owners of the Wrangler-inspired Gladiator can also upgrade their ride to the Willys edition for adventure-ready rugged capability.

2021 Jeep Gladiator | Ken Nelson CDJR | Dixon, IL

The biggest change between the standard and Willys edition of the Jeep Gladiator is the updated appearance. Gladiator Willys owners can choose from a list of eight bold body colors that will be emblemized with distinctive “Willys” decals across the hood. The truck rests atop aggressive 17-inch black aluminum wheels outfitted with 32-inch all-terrain tires.

The Gladiator Willys isn’t just good looking. The Willys edition grants the Jeep pickup truck some additional off-road features, including Rubicon cab rock rails to protect the truck from damage when traversing craggy terrain and a Trac-Lok Limited Slip Rear Differential for extra traction. Inside the Gladiator Willys edition, you’ll find all-weather mats to protect your beautiful Heritage Tan and Black interior from the messes you made on your latest adventure.

The Willys Gladiator has the capability to tow up to 4,000 lbs. when properly equipped thanks to a powerful 3.6-liter Pentastar engine coupled with a six-speed manual transmission. It offers 260 lb.-ft. of torque and up to 285 horsepower.

Contact Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to reserve your 2021 Jeep Gladiator Willys edition today and get ready for the great outdoors.

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.