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.

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.

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.

Most American Car Is Jeep® Cherokee

Most people know which car brands are based here in the U.S. and which aren’t. However, just because a manufacturer has its headquarters here, that does not mean all of its vehicles are produced here. If you want your new car to be truly made in America, you should buy the 2019 Jeep® Cherokee. For the second year in a row, the Jeep® Cherokee was named the most American car

Each year, Cars.com analyzes new vehicles to determine not only where they are assembled, but how much of their individual parts are made in America. Cars.com considers five factors for its American-Made Index (AMI):

  • Assembly location
  • Origin of parts
  • Country of origin for its engine(s)
  • Country of origin for its transmission(s)
  • Number of Americans employed at the factory level

The Cherokee is assembled in Belvidere, Illinois and has engines and transmissions built in the U.S., as well. The Jeep® Wrangler held the top spot in 2017, giving FCA a three-year streak for producing the most American-made vehicles.

The Cherokee is available in eight trim levels: Latitude, Latitude Plus, Altitude, Limited, High Altitude, Trailhawk®, Overland, and Trailhawk® Elite. It is also available with three engine options so buyers can choose how much power they really need under the hood. To test-drive any of these Cherokee models, stop in to see us here at Kevin’s Royal Auto.