Boasting an impressive combination of powerful capabilities and sophisticated features, the Ram lineup was recently honored as the Best Truck Brand for 2020 by U.S. News and World Report.
Ram trucks lead their segments in a wide range of
categories, including the Cummins Turbo Diesel engine’s unbeatable 1000 lb-ft
of torque, 35,100-pound towing capacity for the Ram 3500, most spacious and
luxurious interior, and best owner loyalty.
In awarding the Ram brand, U.S. News cited its interior
luxury, broad appeal, and leadership in innovation.
U.S. News also praised the exclusive use of the coil-spring
rear suspension in the Ram 1500, which creates a more comfortable ride than
most pickups, as well as its huge touchscreen infotainment system and the
fuel-efficient new EcoDiesel engine option.
The magazine also noted that while Ram trucks start off at a
higher price than competitors due to their abundant luxury features, a
fully-loaded top trim is actually less expensive than the highest trims of
The Ram brand’s dedication to creating the perfect balance of cabin comfort and class-leading performance is why the Ram 1500 is the most awarded light-duty truck in the country. The 2020 Ram 1500 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and the 2019 Ram 1500 was named the Official Truck of Texas and a Consumer Guide Best Buy.
We all love the power and performance that comes with the Ford Mustang. Now, the Mustang lineup is expanding with the innovative, all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. This SUV promises to deliver exceptional electric performance.
“The Mustang Mach-E wholeheartedly rejects the notion that
electric vehicles are only good at reducing gas consumption,” said Hau
Thai-Tang, Ford’s chief product development and purchasing officer. “People
want a car that’s thrilling to drive, that looks gorgeous, and that can easily
adapt to their lifestyle — and the Mustang Mach-E delivers all of this in
The Mustang Mach-E will go on sale in late 2020 and will be
available with both standard and extended-range battery options. With the
extended-range option, the Mach-E should have an EPA-estimated range of at
least 300 miles. Its powertrain will have an expected output near 332
horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque.
For those looking for even more thrills, there will be two
special performance models available, the GT and GT Performance Edition. These
models will have an estimated output of 459 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque.
The GT Performance Edition will have a 0-60 mph time in the mid-3-second range.
You can reserve your Mustang Mach-E right now at Ford’s website, or test-drive it at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown later this year.
While most people try to eat healthier or kick bad habits around this time of year, you might also want to consider one of these New Year’s driving resolutions. From sticking to a maintenance schedule to going on a road trip, achieving these goals will help you make the most of the time you spend in your vehicle.
First, resolve to change your vehicle’s oil regularly. The
oil lubricates the engine and ensures longevity, but it needs to be changed
consistently to keep the engine working properly. You should check oil levels
at least once a month and get the oil changed every three months or 3,000 miles
(some vehicles may be able to go longer — see your owner’s manual).
Second, consider learning how to change a flat. While most
cars come with a spare tire, not everyone on the road knows how to install one.
For instance, did you know that there’s a specific pattern to follow when
tightening the lug nuts? Even if you think you know how to change a flat,
practice it just to be safe.
Third, plan a road trip. This is one resolution that can
help you learn to appreciate your vehicle, whether you’re headed cross-country
or to a nearby town. You can head to Scranton, Pennsylvania, to see where the
TV show “The Office” was filmed, or cruise to Syracuse for an easy day trip.
Here at Kevin’s Royal Auto, we hope these resolutions will help you enjoy a more fulfilling 2020 behind the wheel.
When you buy a new Ford vehicle, you’ll also get an array of
connected services like remote start, maintenance appointment scheduling, and
more — at no extra charge.
Available to Ford customers through a smartphone app, FordPass™ remote services are now complimentary instead of subscription-based. Ford is the first major automaker to provide these app-based remote services for free.
Ford already offers a free standard 911 Assist system that
pairs with mobile phones to notify emergency responders after a crash.
“This approach truly sets us apart in the industry,” said
Jason Sprawka, Ford’s director of customer experience. “We know that keeping
our customers connected and engaged is key to building a deeper relationships
With FordPass™, customers can start, lock, and unlock a
vehicle using the app. They can also schedule service at a Ford dealership,
check fuel and fluid levels, and request roadside assistance. FordPass™ users
are also automatically eligible for FordPass™ Rewards, a loyalty program that
lets customers earn points for buying, leasing, or servicing a Ford vehicle at
participating dealerships. These points can be redeemed for free maintenance
Learn more about FordPass™ when you visit Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown to test-drive one of our many outstanding Ford models.
The holidays are here, which means it’s time for fun with
family and friends. Add these Cooperstown holiday events to your calendar and
get the most out of this joyful season.
You probably know the Christmas song, “Here We Come a
Wassailing,” but do you know what “wassailing”
is? Every weekend through Dec. 22, you can head to the Fly Creek Cider Mill in
Fly Creek and learn how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink. You can
also browse the gift shop to find unique presents.
Santa Express Train Ride
The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will have a variety of holiday-themed train rides every weekend starting Nov. 29. If you have young kids, they will love riding on a train and getting to meet Santa at the same time. Tickets cost $18 for children and $21 for adults. Buy your tickets early before they sell out.
The Farmers’ Museum is a local treasure here in Cooperstown. Every year, it hosts a Candlelight Evening to celebrate Christmas. There will be magical candle luminaries, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits from Saint Nicholas, holiday music, warm wassail, and delicious food.
Here at Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, we wish you a happy holiday season and a great time visiting these local celebrations.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2020 Ram 1500 Crew Cab and some 2019 Ram 1500 Crew Cab models with the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation. The Ram 1500 is the first ever full-size pickup truck to be named a Top Safety Pick+.
Top Safety Pick+ is the highest rating on the IIHS scale and
was introduced a few years ago to account for the growing use of driver
assistance technology in the auto industry.
To earn the Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle must achieve top
scores in all six IIHS crash tests, a high rating for its front crash prevention
technology, and a good headlight rating.
Ram attributes the Ram 1500’s impressive crash test
performance partly to its splayed front frame-rails, which are designed to
distribute energy better in some types of collisions to reduce the damage to passengers.
In addition to its perfect crashworthiness ratings, the Ram
1500 also earned a Superior rating on its Automatic Emergency Braking
technology. Using a combination of cameras and radar to detect a potential
collision, the system warns the driver when the Ram 1500 is approaching another
vehicle, then engages the brakes if the driver doesn’t respond in time.
Stop in at Kevin’s Royal Auto to test-drive the 2020 Ram 1500 and learn more about its outstanding safety features.
Autotrader recently released its list of the 10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers for the sixth consecutive year, and both the 2019 Jeep® Wrangler and the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica were included for their pet-friendly features.
The editors at Autotrader compiled the list so you can know which
cars are fit for road trips with a dog aboard. In order to make the list, a car
needs to have features that keep both canine and human passengers safe and
Since 2016, the Chrysler Pacifica has been the most awarded
minivan with over 100 industry awards under its belt. The latest accolade was
granted to the minivan because of features like the available Stow ‘n Vac
integrated vacuum powered by RIDGID, which is great for cleaning up messes your
The Pacifica also contains the Stow ‘n Go seating and storage
system with Stow ‘n Assist and Easy Tilt, which can conveniently make more room
for pets. The hands-free sliding doors and liftgate open with just a
kicking motion so you can more easily load your pets into the vehicle.
The Wrangler and the Pacifica are also considered among the best
rides for you and your dog because they both offer available Mopar®
accessories like a pet kennel, cargo mats, and floor mats.
The Jeep® Wrangler and the Chrysler Pacifica make road tripping with your pets more feasible. See which vehicle is right for you and your pet by taking a test drive at Kevin’s Royal Auto.
Winter is on the horizon, and that means you need to prep your car now for the changing weather. The following car maintenance tips will help ready your car for the season’s harsh conditions and cold temperatures.
To help prevent your engine from freezing, you need proper
levels of coolant and antifreeze. Check that your fluid levels are correct. If
you’re overdue or due for an oil change, now is the time for a service call.
You’ll also want to top off your windshield wiper fluid reservoir with fluid
designed especially for the season’s demanding precipitation.
Your vehicle’s most important safety feature is one that’s
easily overlooked — the tires. Proper inflation and tires free from damage, bulges,
and excessive wear and tear will help safeguard your journeys. Refer to your
owner’s manual for recommended PSI and check the tread on each tire. Since
Cooperstown gets a lot of snow each year, you might also want to upgrade to
Extreme weather will tax your car’s battery. Before you walk
out to a dead battery after a long day of work, test your battery’s charge and
replace with a new one if necessary.
Winter emergency kit
Stock your car’s emergency kit with winter-specific
essentials. Include a change of warm clothes, an extra blanket, spare pair of
gloves, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first-aid kit, water, a bag of sand
or kitty litter for when your tire gets stuck in the snow, a small shovel, ice
scraper, granola bars, nuts or jerky and a cellphone fully charged to be used
in case of emergency.
For all your car maintenance needs, in winter and throughout the year, contact Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown.
The 2019 Jeep® Wrangler is so good, it recently won an award for all the awards it’s won. That’s right — the Jeep® Wrangler is now the proud owner of Kelley Blue Book’s Most Awarded Car of 2019 title.
For 2019, KBB staff members analyzed and drove more than 350
vehicles for various awards. After closing the (blue) books on the 2019 awards
in preparation for 2020 models, KBB staff analyzed their award results to
determine which vehicle had earned the most.
In the 2019 model year, the Wrangler earned KBB’s Best
Resale Value for its segment, as well as Best 5-Year Cost-to-Own in the same
segment. The Wrangler also landed on the 10 Best SUVs Under $30,000 list for
“Kelley Blue Book’s expert editors drive and review nearly
every new car on the road each year, so we have an abundance of knowledge that
fuels our editorial awards and accolades, while our analysts evaluate
tremendous amounts of data to help determine which vehicles make the cut for
Kelley Blue Book’s awards,” said Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for
Kelley Blue Book. “Kelley Blue Book’s Most Awarded Car for 2019 is the Jeep
Wrangler, a recently redesigned icon and perennial favorite that excels in many
Interested in learning more about the award-dominating 2019 Jeep® Wrangler? Stop in for a test drive here at Kevin’s Royal Auto.
Over the summer, we got our first look at the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor package, a package designed specifically to make the F-250 and F-350 even more dominant off-road. This package is meant for drivers who often take their massive F-250s and F-350s off-road, perhaps towing a trailer full of ATVs or kayaks in search of adventure.
Ford reported that 70 percent of its customers accessorize
their trucks after purchase. To do so, they might spend anywhere from $2,000 to
$10,000. Rather than require customers to accessorize for off-road readiness
after they buy, Ford wanted to create an option through an available package.
Ford will offer the Tremor package starting at the XLT trim
and upwards on 4×4 single-rear-wheel SuperCrew trucks that have a 6.75-foot
cargo box. Why? Simply because this model’s design is easiest to take off road.
The Tremor package will include bigger shocks, an upgraded
suspension, a locking rear differential with electronic shift-on-the-fly,
raised off-road running boards, and skid plates. This package lifts the Super
Duty 10.8 inches off the ground.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty models go on sale at dealerships, including Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown, this fall. Ford has not yet announced pricing for this package, but we expect to get official numbers soon.