Ram 1500 Celebrates Unprecedented IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

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.

Wrangler and Pacifica Among Best Cars for Dog Lovers

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 comfortable.

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 dog makes.

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.

Car Maintenance Tips for Winter

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.

Fluid checks

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.

Tire checks

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 winter tires.

Battery test

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.

2019 Jeep® Wrangler Is KBB’s Most Awarded Car of 2019

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 2019.

“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 categories.”

Interested in learning more about the award-dominating 2019 Jeep® Wrangler? Stop in for a test drive here at Kevin’s Royal Auto.

Check Out the 2020 Ford Super Duty Tremor Package

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.