Jeep®: America’s Most Patriotic Brand for 2 Decades and Counting

2022 Jeep Wagoneer | Dixon, IL

Jeep® is an iconic brand, and for the past two decades and counting, it has been honored as America’s Most Patriotic Brand by thousands of consumers. The brand’s esteemed history of service to this country and the brave men and women who fought for freedom began in 1941, and the models highlight that proud history with special badges.

This year’s honor, courtesy of the Brand Keys Most Patriotic Brands survey, showed once again (20 years and counting!) that survey respondents put Jeep® in the top spot. The survey included the responses from 5,800 consumers between the ages of 16 and 65. The survey involved a total of 1,172 brands.

“Consumers know there’s a difference between wrapping yourself in the flag and being a brand people believe has actually earned that right. Jeep® earned it, owns it, and we congratulate them again this year,” said Robert Passikoff, president and founder of Brand Keys. 

In addition to its military credibility, the Jeep® is synonymous with unparalleled 4×4 capability, allowing you to fulfill your adventurous pursuits.

For 2023, Jeep® is offering a limited-edition Freedom package to honor members of the U.S. military. The special package is available on two Jeep® models — the Gladiator and Wrangler.

See America’s Most Patriotic Brand up close at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram in Dixon, Illinois.

Spotlight on the 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee

2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Dixon, IL

The 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee impresses with a range of updates, eye-catching design, and innovative technologies. Here is a closer look at the key highlights and capabilities you’ll find with this adventure-ready and sophisticated SUV.

Eco-friendly option

If you want to go green behind the wheel without sacrificing a potent and thrilling performance, check out the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk®. It is equipped with the brand’s signature 4xe plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Premium sound systems

You can expect a completely immersive sound experience in the Grand Cherokee thanks to its choice of audio systems. The Alpine system features nine speakers while the McIntosh audio system more than doubles the speakers to 19.

Unrivaled capability

The 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee is ready to take on any adventure and terrain thanks to features including a class-exclusive Quadra-Lift air suspension, 10.9 inches of ground clearance, Selec-Terrain traction management system with five available modes, and 24 inches of water fording. When properly equipped, the Grand Cherokee has the strength to tow 7,200 pounds.

Award-winning power

The Grand Cherokee has an incredible engine lineup, including the award-winning 5.7-liter V8 and standard 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6, which has won the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems award seven times.

Learn more about the 2023 Jeep® Grand Cherokee at Ken Nelson CDJR in Dixon, Illinois.

Best Places in Illinois to Take Your Jeep® in 2022

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee WK Limited Outdoors | Dixon, IL

Are you eager to kick off spring with an adventure in your Jeep®? From off-road trails to local campgrounds, Illinois has a lot of places to explore this summer. Here’s a look at some of the best places in Illinois to take your Jeep® in 2022.

Two Rivers Jeep® Club

These privately owned off-road trails are exclusively for Jeep® drivers. Head over to Pittsfield, Illinois to experience the thrilling routes that have kept Jeep® owners coming back since 1991 — and meet some fellow Jeep® enthusiasts in the process!

Mississippi Palisades State Park Campgrounds

For stunning views in Illinois, head over to Mississippi Palisades State Park in Savanna, Illinois. This picturesque park boasts over a thousand years of Native American history within its 2,500-acre spread. In addition to its popular campgrounds, the site offers a weekend of hiking past historic bluffs and boating on the Mississippi River.

Lowden State Park Campground

This nearby state park close to Dixon offers gorgeous views of the Rock River Valley. It’s easy to spend a relaxing weekend here, canoeing, fishing, and exploring the hiking trails — especially if you arrive in a Jeep®! If you want to get your Jeep® ready for an excursion in Illinois, schedule a maintenance visit at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram at our service center.

2022 Wrangler Willys Goes Extreme with Newly Available Upgrades

2022 Wrangler Willys Goes Extreme | Dixon, IL

We have two major philosophies at Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram. The first is that if you want something done right, you should do it yourself. The second is that if you want to go off-roading, you’d better be driving a Jeep®. That’s why we’re excited about the 2022 Jeep® Wrangler Willys.

The 2022 Jeep® Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package is evidence that off-roading continues to be best when you’re behind the wheel of this American icon.

So what comes on this special Xtreme Recon Package for the 2022 Wrangler Willys? For starters, you’ll ride higher thanks to a 1.5-inch factory suspension lift. Plus, you’ll be prepped for uneven terrain with shocks an anti-lock four-wheel-disc brakes.

For fierce looks and fierce performance, the Xtreme Recon Package gives the Wrangler Willys a set of 35-inch BF Goodrich KO2 all-terrain tires, wrapped around 17-inch beadlock capable wheels.

On top of this, the special model gets swing gate reinforcement, can handle water fording up to 33.6 inches deep, and boasts a departure angle of 40.4 degrees. The 2022 Jeep® Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package has ground clearance of more than a foot (12.9 inches) and a breakover angle of 26.7 degrees. All but the breakover angle are best-in-class distinctions.

Assembly begins on the 2022 Jeep® Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package now, and you can preorder yours through Ken Nelson Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram.

How to Have Fun This Summer in Dixon with Your Jeep®

2021 Jeep Wrangler | Dixon, IL

The arrival of summer means that people in and around Dixon, Illinois, will be looking to enjoy some quality time outside with friends and family. If you have a Jeep® Wrangler, Cherokee, Gladiator, or any other of the iconic brand’s vehicles, you’re in prime shape to enjoy the great outdoors this summer.

Castle Rock State Park

Hop into your Jeep® and take the family to Castle Rock State Park for a day on the boat, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, or weekend camping. The 68.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the 2021 Jeep® Grand Cherokee and its innovative storage versatility make it easy to load up for a family getaway.

Lowell Park

Located in Dixon along the Rock River, Lowell Park offers gorgeous drives, beautiful hikes, boat access, fishing, and more. Up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity in the 2021 Wrangler, 4,500 pounds in the Gladiator, and 7,200 pounds in the Grand Cherokee make boating a real possibility this summer.

Starved Rock State Park

Located just an hour south of Dixon is Starved Rock State Park, a 2,630-acre area full of awe-inspiring canyons and waterfalls. The 4×4 capabilities of Jeep® vehicles make off-road traversing easier than ever, opening up your possibilities for camping and exploring in getaway locations such as Starved Rock.

Here at Ken Nelson CDJR, we want to ensure that your Jeep® is ready for any adventure. Stop by and see us to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape before heading out on your weekend getaway with the family.