2018 Dodge Durango SRT

The Dodge Durango stands as a powerful SUV designed for families who are constantly in search for their next great adventure. While the standard SUV does its job well, some drivers (and engineers) thought it could use higher performance. For that very reason, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is coming with more power under the hood than ever before.

2017 Dodge Durango

Power

Don’t be alarmed! The Dodge Durango SRT will still be the family-friendly, three-row SUV that drivers know and love. It will just come stocked with a larger engine: a 6.4-liter V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. And that’s not all the new Durango SRT has to offer.

Options

The new model will also boast a best-in-class towing capacity of 8,600 lbs when properly equipped. It’s also America’s most powerful three-row SUV with a 0-to-60-mph time of just 4.4 seconds and the fastest quarter-mile run in its class. The upcoming three-row SUV will also feature seven drive modes: Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Valet, and Eco.

You can expect to see the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT heading to the dealership later this summer.

We here at Rochester Hills Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can’t wait to hear the Durango SRT’s engine roar!

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Three Michigan Road Trips You Should Take This Spring

There’s no better way to hit the reset button than with a trip away from home. Fortunately, for those living anywhere near Rochester Hills CDJR in Rochester, Michigan, there are plenty of excellent Michigan road trips that are perfect for the spring season. Hop in the Jeep—top off, of course—and head on one of these excursions.Jeep Road Trip

Holland State Park

A drive on I-96 West will take you over to Holland State Park, where the water is welcoming and the sunsets are out of this world. Bring a tent and camp for the weekend, or pack your bicycles in the back of your Ram pickup to enjoy riding over 25 miles of roadside trails.

Lake of the Clouds

Late spring is the perfect time for a trip to the Upper Peninsula, where you can find breathtaking natural wonders like Lake of the Clouds in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. There’s plenty of hiking, camping, and fishing to be done at this natural resort.

Mackinac Island

As much as we love our vehicles at Rochester Hills CDJR, we also know that it’s good to get away from things like cars and cell phones for a simpler way of living. It’s during these times that we like to visit Mackinac Island, where cars are left behind, and life seems to slow down in the most pleasant of ways.

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner and everyone at Rochester Hills CDJR is making their plans for a fantastic weekend. But Memorial Day is about more than just barbecues, parades, and a long weekend from work; this holiday has its roots in an American tradition that deserves to be honored and remembered as we move into the season of pool passes and long summer nights.Memorial Day

The history of Memorial Day starts in the mid-1800s, just after the American Civil War ended. Thousands and thousands of American soldiers were killed in combat, a toll that required the creation of some of the first national cemeteries. People all across the county were looking for a way to honor and remember these fallen veterans, and many of them did so by visiting, decorating, and praying over their graves.

In 1868, General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic declared May 30th as “Decoration Day,” making it a unified time to remember these American soldiers. However, it wasn’t until after World War I that Decoration Day became widely practiced across the country to honor all fallen soldiers, not just those from the Civil War. In 1968, Memorial Day become a federal holiday and landed a permanent position as the last Monday in May.

Today, many families still use Memorial Day to remember the soldiers in their lives who have served or are serving. This year, make your Memorial Day about more than just relaxing with a plate of ribs. Take the time to honor those who have served our great country.

Best Jeep Accessories to Add to Your Wrangler

Best Jeep Accessories

The Best Accessories for Your Jeep Wrangler

If you’ve got your hands on a Jeep that you intend to take off-road, odds are you’re wondering about the best Jeep accessories on the market. Here’s a quick overview of what you should be keeping in mind when shopping

Lift kit

You’ve probably seen Jeeps and trucks with lift kits before, but the Wrangler gets an extra kick out of a lift kit because improved ground clearance equals better off-roading adventuring.

Mud tires

If you enjoy crawling over rocks and through swampy, muddy terrain, a set of solid mud tires will help your Jeep perform and handle better.

Fender flares

If you’ve got the lift kit and bigger tires, you’ll need to be able to fit those tires on your Jeep. Bigger fender flares will make more space for your wheels.

Recovery winches

No matter how prepared you are for going off-road, odds are you’re eventually going to get stuck somewhere. This is why you should opt for a recovery winch with a capable rope for pulling a trapped Jeep out of perilous places.

Off-road lights

Visibility is important in the wild. That’s why you should give your Jeep some extra lighting, preferably with LED bulbs.

If you have any more concerns about the best Jeep accessories, don’t hesitate to call or stop in to ask us here at Rochester Hills CDJR. We’ll give you all the information you need to make a good decision.

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Car

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning the Car

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to just be about your house. Why not clean out your car as well? Here are some spring cleaning tips for getting the most out of cleaning your vehicle.

Toss any trash, keep what you want

Sort all the stuff laying around in your car into a “trash” pile and a “keep” pile. Toss out the fast food wrappers you’ve been hiding in your backseat and bring your gym clothes into the house and wash them for once.

Scrub and vacuum

Vacuuming is a great idea, but you should clean out any dirt that’s stuck in the carpet or in the nooks and crannies of your car’s interior by using a bristled brush to scrub it until it’s loose.

Don’t forget the tires

Use a non-acid product to clean off your tires without causing any damage. If you need to get dirt or grime trapped in tight places, use a toothbrush to scrub it out.

Wash the outside

Instead of taking your car through a drive-through car wash, bring out some car-friendly soap and get down and dirty with an old-fashioned hand-washing.

Clean the windows last

If you start with your windows, grime from the rest of the car is just going to get on them again, so wait till you’ve cleaned everything else first.

Our team at Rochester Hills CDJR knows how special it feels to get into a clean, like-new car, so make sure to follow these spring cleaning tips to experience the feeling of driving a car that’s been taken care of.

Jeep Concepts and Models Shown Off in Chicago

Jeep concepts and models

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon

Known for its daring design and capable cars, Jeep didn’t disappoint with its range of Chicago Auto Show offerings. Jeep’s model lineup for the event consisted of all of its most popular nameplates, plus a new vehicle making its debut and a slick concept, to keep things interesting. These Jeep concepts and models drew attention from Jeep enthusiasts like us at Rochester Hills CDJR, bolstering excitement.

In terms of production vehicles, Jeep brought nameplates like the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, and of course, the classic Wrangler. With the recent popularity of SUVs and crossovers, Jeep’s lineup has been creating a bit of buzz in the industry. However, Jeep didn’t want to leave its fans empty-handed, so it took the opportunity to debut the new 2017 Compass, which combines Jeep’s signature off-road capability and power with refined modern comforts.

Jeep also took the opportunity to introduce the CJ66 concept, a performance-focused off-roader with a 383 horsepower HEMI V8 engine, a performance exhaust, and Mopar suspension parts.

The Jeep concepts and models at the Chicago Auto Show posed a promise to Jeep fans everywhere – the brand is going to keep cranking out quality, all-terrain vehicles with an updated flair that adapts to modern sensibilities.

Tips for Off-Roading in Your Jeep

Tips for off-roading in you Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler Is The Perfect Off-Road Companion.

Want to venture into the wild world of going off-road in your Jeep? Here are some tips for off-roading, from your thrill-seeking friends here at Rochester Hills CDJR.

Do Your Research

It’s always better to be prepared. Look up any off-roading locations beforehand and get an idea for skill level ahead of time. Be sure that your Jeep has all the accessories you need to handle the wild.

Get a Feel for Your Vehicle

It’s important to get a feel for the way your Jeep handles off-road terrain, so consider taking it to a beginner course or even to Forest Service roads to test its capabilities ahead of time.

Pack for Emergencies

You never know what might happen. Bring along recovery gear in case your wheels get stuck, and of course, some food. You don’t want to get tired or hungry halfway through a long day of off-roading.

Check the Weather

Download some kind of weather app or check the weather just before you go. You never know when a sudden storm is going to blow in.

Bring a Friend

When you’re venturing off into the woods, it’s always good to make sure that somebody is there to help you and be your companion just in case. Be sure to tell others where you are going, too.
We know our way around a Jeep, which is exactly why we want everyone else to experience the fun! Use these tips for off-roading the next time you go on an adventure.