2020 Ford Expedition Limited Gets New Off-Road Features

If you want a rugged off-roading machine, but don’t want to sacrifice the creature comforts of a luxury vehicle, the 2020 Ford Expedition Limited’s all-new FX4 Off-Road Package can give you the best of both worlds.

If you are one of the nearly 20 percent of Expedition drivers who use your SUV for off-roading, you will love the tough features included with the FX4 Off-Road Package. This set of features includes seven skid plates, rugged all-terrain tires, a shortened chin spoiler, premium off-road shocks, chrome running boards, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine. When properly equipped, the Expedition Limited is capable of towing up to 9,200 pounds and can reach up to 375 horsepower.

The Ford Expedition Limited will also provide you with an unparalleled upscale SUV experience. The trim’s premium features include leather-trimmed seating, wood accents, Ford Co-Pilot360™ safety technologies, and touch-screen navigation. Whether you use the off-road capabilities of the Expedition’s FX4 package for hunting, fishing, camping, or simply exploring the not-so-beaten path, you’ll be able to enjoy your adventure in the lap of luxury.

Call the experts at Kevin’s Royal Auto of Cooperstown to schedule a test drive of the new 2020 Ford Expedition Limited FX4.

Take on Winter Roads in the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD

Muscle cars aren’t usually the ideal vehicle for icy roads — especially in brutal East Coast winters. While that preconception might be true of other muscle cars, the 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD breaks the mold by providing superior performance in all weather conditions.

All-Wheel Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD) technology monitors the traction of each wheel and sends power if a loss of traction is detected. AWD is especially important during the winter, when icy and snowy roads can lead to traction loss that could cause accidents. The new 2020 Dodge Charger GT is the only car in its class to make all-wheel drive available to its customers.  

No-Compromise All-Weather Capabilities: The 2020 Dodge Charger GT offers all-wheel drive capabilities without sacrificing the fun of a performance muscle car. The AWD variant of the Charger GT has a 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine that packs a punch of 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. When weather conditions are favorable, the Charger’s AWD functionality can be turned off to deliver a drive responsive enough to wow any thrill seeker. If traction loss is detected, AWD will automatically re-engage.

Contact the Dodge experts at Kevin’s Royal Auto if you want to take on the winter in style with a 2020 Dodge Charger GT AWD.

Ram Named Best Truck Brand by U.S. News

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 competitors.

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.

Ford Introduces the Electrifying Mustang Mach-E

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 unmatched style.”

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.

Try This Trio of New Year’s Driving Resolutions

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.

Get FordPass™ Remote Services for Free

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 them.”

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 services.

Learn more about FordPass™ when you visit Kevin’s Royal Auto in Cooperstown to test-drive one of our many outstanding Ford models.

Celebrate the Season with These Cooperstown Holiday Events

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.

Wassailing Weekend

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.

Candlelight Evening

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.

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.