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.

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.

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.