2017 SUV of the Year is Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

2017 SUV of the Year

Serious off-roaders need serious SUVs that can handle the rigors of crawling over rocks, crossing streams, and climbing mountains. This year, FOUR WHEELER magazine has named the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk its 2017 SUV of the Year.

 

With this award, the Grand Cherokee continues its legacy as the most-awarded SUV ever. The SUV of the Year award is given to the best-performing model after a rigorous week of intense testing. FOUR WHEELER’s judges take the contenders through more than 1,000 miles of testing that includes mud, snow, rocks, sands, dirt, gravel, and pavement. They consider visibility, four-wheel-drive system performance, tire performance, and more when making their decision.

 

“Our new Trailhawk model is the most capable Grand Cherokee ever produced, and we’re delighted the FOUR WHEELER editors have recognized its outstanding combination of off-road features,” said Mike Manley, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA Global. “Trailhawk instantly provided Grand Cherokee customers even more legendary Jeep 4×4 capability, quickly becoming one of the fastest-selling and most sought-after models in our lineup.”

 

When you drive home in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, it will come equipped with some remarkable equipment, including Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system, a unique version of the Quadra-Lift air suspension, Selec-Speed Control, skid plates, and more. All features are aimed at letting you have the time of your life when you head off the pavement.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Valentine's Day Gifts for Car Lovers

A detail would be the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the car lover in your life.

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you haven’t planned a gift for the love of your life yet, we have some ideas. If your significant other loves his or her car almost as much as they love you, or they just spend a lot of time in their car, here are some Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.

  • Bluetooth adapter. If your love has an older car that doesn’t have Bluetooth, help them catch up to modern times with a Bluetooth adapter. They’ll be able to enjoy the convenience of hands-free control.
  • Satellite radio. Give them the gift of music with a subscription to satellite radio. Once they’ve experienced commercial-free radio, no matter where they are, they’ll never want to go back.
  • Remote starter. There’s nothing quite like climbing into a warm car when its freezing outside. Give them a remote starter (include installation) so they can enjoy a warm car in the winter and cool car in the summer.
  • Car detail. We all love having a clean car, but nothing can beat having your car detailed. Let your loved one feel like they’re driving something new again by getting their car detailed inside and out.

What are you planning to get for the car lover in your life?

What Do Dashboard Lights Mean?

Dashboard lights

We’ve all been in the situation where a dashboard light flickers on. But sometimes, we don’t know what it means. Here are some of the most common dashboard lights and what they mean.

Check Engine Light – This is a common light that flashes on (it looks like a mini engine). If this light is on, it means that there might be a variety of problems with your engine, small or serious. Take it to an auto mechanic to get it checked out.

Engine Temperature Light – Do you see a light that looks like a thermometer floating in the sea? This is your engine temperature light. If it’s on, it means that your engine is at risk of overheating.

Fuel Indicator Symbol – You should know what this light means. It’s a tiny gas pump that tells you that you’re running low on gas and should hit up a gas station soon.

Tire Pressure Warning Light – This light looks like a half-open tire with an exclamation point in the middle. What it means is that the pressure in one or more of your tires is low.

Oil Pressure Warning – This little genie-lamp means that you are running low on engine oil.

Have more questions? Just ask Rochester Hills CDJR!

How to Drive in Bad Weather

Drive in bad weatherWhen the snow and ice hits the road, it can become more difficult to control your car on the road. It can be difficult to drive in bad weather, which is why we’re here with some tips on handling the rough road.

Stay Back – When you’re driving in bad weather, try to increase your following distance. Since your brakes might react more slowly, you’ll want to leave more space between you and the person in front of you.

Slow Down – It’s amazing how much slowing down to the speed limit will help. It allows you to have more control over your car and lessens the chance of slipping on the road.

Hands On – Keep both hands on the wheel. Even if you’re usually a one-hand driver, having two hands on the wheel will give you more control when driving over ice.

One Lane – Try to stay in one lane as much as possible. Changing lanes unnecessarily could cause problems to you or other drivers if it’s a busy traffic time.

Headlights On – Even if it’s bright out, you’ll want to put your headlights on in snow or rain. It makes it easier for other cars to see you.

Now get out on the road and stay safe! If you need anymore tips, give us a call!

How to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Getting your car ready for winter is important to keeping it running throughout the season. Cold weather is hard on your car, so making sure your parts are in good shape before the worst of the weather hits will save you time and money by preventing breakdowns and the need for serious repairs.

The first thing to do is get an oil and filter change. Along with coolant, engine oil is one of the most important things in keeping your engine running well, and having dirty fluid is even worse in winter. Speaking of coolant, make sure it’s at the right level and add some if necessary. They may also do this during your oil change.

Have your battery tested and clean build-up off of the terminals. If your battery charge is weak, you may run into problems with starting it or maintaining power while driving.

Check your tire pressure. Cold compresses the air in tires, lowering the pressure, which reduces traction. Especially in winter when the roads are icy, it’s important to have good traction, so add air when necessary. Also, if you’re planning on switching to winter tires, now is the time.

Finally, put together a winter emergency kit with items you might need if you break down like flashlights, flares, blankets and warm clothes, and food and water. These are just a few of the things you should do before winter—check out more here!

Jeep Vehicles in Snow

Prepare your vehicle to perform as well as possible in the snow!

Holiday Events in Rochester, Michigan

Rochester, Michigan, is a wonderful place to live during the holidays because of the many events we hold throughout December that provide tons of fun for families. Here are some of the events we’re most excited for, and if you’re looking for more holiday events in Rochester, check out their event calendar.

One event that will be going on all month until January 1st is the Bright, Bright Light Show. Every evening from 5 pm to midnight, downtown Rochester will be lit up with over a million lights for the public’s viewing pleasure.

One has already passed, but on December 13th you can go to the Meeting House and eat sweets and drink cocoa while watching the Bright, Bright Light Show. You can also enjoy Friday Night Carriage Rides, where you can ride around downtown Rochester while enjoying the sights.

In early December, Rochester holds Kris Kringle Market, inspired by the European tradition of open-air Christmas markets and the Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. If you missed these, make sure to come next year!

And though it’s after the holidays, we’ll celebrate the winter season with the Fire and Ice Festival in January, which will feature TasteFest, fireworks, sledding, ice skating, broom ball, and more..

Holiday Light Display

Head downtown to see beautiful light displays!

Could Ram Diesel Be Disappearing?

Could Ram Diesel Be Disappearing?

Hoverboards, flying cars, time travel, the disappearance of Diesel … these are all things which have been projected into the vague and distant future. While we didn’t have time travel figured out quite as early as Back to the Future predicted, technology does continue to surprise us. Some of these possibilities seem more likely than others.

 

Recently, Germany made it known that they wish to outlaw diesel and combustion engines by 2030. The German Federal Council passed this resolution and asked the European Union as a whole to consider doing the same. It isn’t legally binding, but it has put the potential disappearance of diesel on every truck-lover’s mind.

 

Recently, a member of a Ram forum made a post about this European movement. This got other users worked up when they were forced to ask, could Ram diesel be disappearing? Members of the forum made speculations and discussed the potential alternatives of the future. One member shared a press release from a truck company named Nikola who claims to be developing a hydrogen fuel semi truck.

 

If and when diesel and combustion engines are out of the picture, drivers will turn to electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. GM has been working on hydrogen fuel for some time, but argue that they are currently lacking the infrastructure needed to really make it happen. Refueling in remote locations would not be possible … yet.