The 2020 Jeep® Gladiator has been named North American Truck of the Year by 50 automotive experts from across the United Stated and Canada in the 26th year of voting. The evaluators looked at design, features, safety, technology, value and the quality of the ride to make the decision.
The Power and Capability
of a Truck
The Gladiator has a 3.6-liter Pentastar®
V6 engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed
manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Gladiator can tow a maximum
weight of 7,650 pounds when a tow package is installed, and it earns a
respectable 23 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city.* It also has Uconnect® technology,
so you can access the entertainment, navigation, communication, and emergency
services you need from just the touch of a button.
Expertise of a Jeep®
The wilderness is where the Jeep® Gladiator really shines. It is descended from the classic Jeep® Wrangler and has removable doors and windshield, lockable axles and an easy disconnect sway bar, as well as, 4×4 capability. A full complement of safety features protects you on the road or off. A back-up camera aides with parking, and blind spot and collision alerts keep you in touch with surrounding traffic.
Experience the 2020 Jeep® Gladiator for yourself when you stop by Ken Nelson for a test drive.
We might be in the early days of 2020. Unfortunately, some of
us have already given up on our goals and we are just a few weeks into January.
Here are some strategies to get back on track with your New Year’s resolutions.
Think About Your Reasons
Why did you choose your resolution in the first place? If
you can reconnect with your original motivations, it should help get you back
on track. For example, if your goal was to pay off debt, remind yourself of the
freedom you will feel once that debt is gone.
Use Setbacks to Reevaluate
If you feel like you have already failed, instead of giving
up, use whatever setbacks you encountered to give yourself a new approach. If
you are struggling to get a new job, consider rewriting your resume to focus on
Ask for Help
We all work better when we have accountability. If you can
find a friend or family member who can work alongside you or provide you with
encouragement along the way, you are more likely to reach your goals.
Helping others can give you a feeling of increased self-confidence
and generate feelings of efficiency and competence. So, here are four ways to
give back this holiday season.
Adopt A Soldier. The Adopt A Soldier program is great for teaching your kids about the military and the sacrifice they make to keep our country safe. Contact the organization for more information about assembling a holiday care package to send one someone in the military.
Donate food. Helping those in need really comes to
fruition by donating food to a local food bank. They help those who need it get
fed, and you can donate some of your own holiday favorites to share.
Sponsor a family. Unfortunately, not all families can
afford gifts for their kids. If you can, consider sponsoring a family that asks
for certain gifts and spread the holiday cheer around. You can usually find a
giving tree at a local mall. Simply select one of the tags on the tree and buy
the gift requested on it.
Help animals too. Helping others doesn’t have to be limited to other humans. A lot of families like to craft toys or gift treats to animals and drop them off at a local animal shelter. Letting your children create toys for animals is a great way to get them involved and really feel like they’re making a difference.
Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram wishes you and your loved ones an enjoyable and generous holiday season. Remember to call us if your vehicle needs a service checkup.
Winter in Dixon, Illinois can be tough to enjoy if you don’t
know where to look for the fun. Here are three seasonal adventures in the Dixon
area that you should take.
Dixon Christmas Walk
The annual downtown Dixon Christmas Walk takes place on Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 6 p.m. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a fun wintry evening with your family. Festivities include horse and carriage rides, live ice sculptures, Santa Claus, food and craft vendors, wares from local merchants, and much more.
Byron Forest Preserve
When winter hits Illinois in full force, the Byron Forest Preserve has miles of trails to explore on cross-country skis. Pack a lunch and a thermos of hot chocolate, then spend a whole day on the trails to build memories with your loved ones. You can also bring along some sleds to hone your skills at this sport.
Matthiessen State Park
Just under an hour’s drive southeast of Dixon, Matthiessen State Park makes a delightful day trip. Witness canyons, streams, prairie, and forest as you explore the park grounds, then get a photo op by the frozen waterfall to commemorate your trip.
There are plenty of signs that your tires need attention and/or replacement well before you’re stranded on the road with a flat. To help prevent a tire blowout, learn the following signs of when to buy new tires.
Vanishing tread depth
Your tires should not be smooth. They should always possess
adequate tread depth — never less than 1/16 of an inch, more if you’re
constantly driving on surfaces that are wet. Look for the tread wear indicator
bars if your tires are newer. The appearance of one of more these bars signal
that the tread is getting low and it’s time for new tires.
Take a good look your tire’s sidewall — if you notice any
damage, track, cuts or cracks, your tire is leaking or starting to leak. Since
proper inflation is key to your safety on the road, helping to prevent
dangerous blowouts, any signs of a leak should be inspected immediately by our
service professionals at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.
Outer surface bulges
Even if the tread depth of your tires is correct and there’s
no damage in the sidewalls, you can still be at risk from a tire blowout if the
outer surface of the tire has a blister or bulge, signs that the tire is