2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn Earns Truck of the Year Title

2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn in Salem, OR

The first annual Southwest Lifestyle Media Drive consisted of 18 journalists who evaluated trucks in areas that include safety, comfort, and performance. In the end, the 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn reigned supreme and earned the title Southwest Lifestyle Truck of the Year.

Ram 1500 Updates

The Ram 1500 features an eTorque system that maximizes performance and improves fuel economy compared to conventional powertrains. The V6 engine comes standard with eTorque technology, while the V8 engine offers this available system as an add-on.

Thanks to its redesign, the 2019 Ram 1500 sheds 225 pounds compared to the previous model. The new generation includes a standard 12-inch touch-screen display.

“The Ram 1500 Longhorn really captures the spirit of what the Southwest is all about. It perfectly handles our rugged landscapes when we’re out exploring, yet is exceedingly comfortable for everyday driving,” said Becky Antioco, president of the Southwest Lifestyle media group.

Ram 1500 Configurations

The Ram 1500 is available in two cab configurations with two box lengths and two drivetrains to suit different preferences for truck bed capacity and engine potency. Five trim levels ensure there’s a model for drivers from all walks of life.

Experience the 2019 Ram 1500 for yourself when you stop by Withnell Dodge for a test-drive.

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Dodge Durango and Charger are Named Best Family Cars


2018 Dodge Durango in Salem, OR

For those shopping around for the best family cars around, check out the Dodge Durango and Charger. These two vehicles were redesigned to fit up to three car seats in one row, which makes them well-suited for transporting young children. In fact, both vehicles were listed in a special report by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2018 Durango has seating for up to seven people, smartphone connectivity, and tons of space for families. The Charger — typically known as a sports car — can also fit three car seats, thanks to more extensive LATCH seating. Now these two models have special anchors designed to secure modern car seats.

U.S. News and World Report contributor Eileen Falkenberg-Hull comments on both the Durango and Charger’s expanded features which cater to families.  “Each of the outboard second-row seats in the Durango features a full set of LATCH connectors. In the second and third rows, the middle seats have upper tethers. The Charger makes an argument for being a family car with its spacious seats, high safety scores, good-quality interior, and user-friendly infotainment system with standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.”

Bring along the whole family to test-drive the Durango and Charger at Withnell Dodge. You’re sure to fall in love with one of these capacious models.


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Drive Your New Car to These Beautiful Destinations In Oregon

Travel Destinations in Oregon

So you have your new Dodge vehicle, but where do you go with it? These destinations in Oregon are scenic and beautiful, so start planning your weekend trip soon.

Little Crater Lake

Crater Lake and its smaller sibling, Little Crater Lake, are both world-famous for their depth and their crystal-blue waters. Though Little Crater Lake is 45 feet deep, visitors can easily see the bottom due to the water’s clarity.

Toketee Falls

Check out this 113-foot waterfall, right where the Umpqua River and Clearwater River meet. Most of Oregon’s countless waterfalls can’t compare to the sheer height of Toketee Falls.

Steens Mountain Wilderness

Immerse yourself in nature, as far away from human civilization as possible, in this seemingly endless 428,156-acre wilderness area. Don’t bother bringing your cell phone, since there’s no reception in this remote area.

Alvord Desert

During the daytime, ride ATVs over this dry lake bed that spans 12 miles by 7 miles. At night, camp out under the autumn sky, to enjoy the lack of light pollution that allows for excellent stargazing.

Painted Hills

Located in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the stunning Painted Hills are a natural marvel of colorful scenery. It makes the perfect backdrop for a photo op.

Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area

Glimpse many of Oregon’s native Roosevelt elks this winter in this 1,114-acre wildlife sanctuary. Located near Seaside, this site provides four different viewing areas for visitors.


Stop by Withnell Dodge if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from these picturesque destinations.

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New 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye - Salem, OR

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Following the success of the Dodge Demon, the brand recently announced the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The Redeye is a supercharged, performance-oriented model. The new model can do zero to 60 in just 3.4 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds. In other words, the Redeye is one fast car.

While the Redeye doesn’t quite have the Demon’s whopping 840 horsepower, it still generates an impressive 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque thanks to a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI high-output V8. According to The News Wheel, the tuned performance model has a sculpted twin-snorkel hood to complement the powerful new engine under the hood, adding aesthetic appeal while also improving airflow.

2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Interior - Salem, OR

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What else is new about the Redeye? In addition to a tuned powertrain and a dual-snorkel hood, the Redeye has a high-performance suspension and an available power-bulge aluminum hood. Hearkening back to the 1971 Dodge Demon while also adding a few modern components, the Redeye is perfect for any auto enthusiast who wants supercar performance without spending six figures. In short, the Redeye is an all-around excellent choice for a muscle car.

For more news on the 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, contact us at Withnell Dodge. You can also stop by to test-drive your favorite model.


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2019 Ram 1500 Classic Brings Current Styling to New Generation

Big changes are coming to the iconic Ram 1500 light-duty pickup truck. The total redesign of this pickup for the 2019 model year is something that a lot of people in the automotive world are looking forward to. It’s getting a new aggressive design and a frame made of 98 percent high-strength steel.

Still, big change doesn’t always feel easy to swallow, so Ram has a plan that will make the transition easier for those who are still all-in on the current Ram 1500 design. In addition to the new 2019 Ram 1500 trucks, Ram will release the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, a model that is based on the current Ram 1500 DS model. This will let buyers opt for the more traditional Ram styling if they’re not ready to leap into the modern, muscular face lift worn by the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500.

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will even come with its own options for customization. It will be available in four trim levels: Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and SSV (Special Services Vehicle). It will also offer three exclusive packages: Chrome Plus, Express Black Accent, and the Tradesman SXT. The ride quality improves too, with better handling and a lighter weight thanks to a link-coil rear suspension system.

Stop by Withnell Dodge to test-drive the 2019 Ram 1500 for yourself.

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Ram Mid-Size Truck to Arrive by 2022

Ram’s current lineup only includes the Ram 1500, a full-size pickup truck, but that may change in the next few years. With truck sales on the rise and Ford is introducing a competitor for the Chevy Colorado, Ram will soon assert its domination in the mid-size truck market.

In June, Ram announced that it will bring its own mid-size pickup to the market by 2022, but it kept quiet on details surrounding the new truck. Auto journalists and truck enthusiasts have speculated that Ram may bring back the Dakota, the brand’s long-running mid-size truck that ended production in 2011.

Jalopnik contributor David Tracy confirmed that the new mid-size truck will be available for sale in the U.S. as well as Mexico and outside North America. Car and Driver contributor Joseph Capparella speculated that the mid-size truck could be based on the Ram 1200, which is sold in the Middle East.

Per Caparella, the new mid-size might use a shortened version of the Ram 1500 platform with V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder engine options. As Steven Ewing, contributor with CNET, articulated, model  will most likely feature a hybrid system, since Ram plans to add electrification to its whole lineup.

For the latest updates on the Ram mid-size truck, contact us at Withnell Dodge. You can also stop by to test drive your favorite Ram model.

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One of the Fastest Cars for the Money is the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T

There is nothing quite like the thrill of driving a fast car. That speed usually comes with a big price tag. However, if you are looking for speed on a budget, you are in luck. U.S. News & World Report recently released its 2018 list of the Fastest Cars for the Money and the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T earned a prime spot.

This thrilling vehicle can satisfy both your heart and your head without draining your bank account. It comes with the practicality of a four-door sedan, but with a powerful 5.7-liter HEMI® V8 under the hood. That engine sends 370 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels.

“Dodge builds many flavors of the Charger sedan, from the plain vanilla base model that populates rental car fleets to the earth-shaking 707-horsepower Charger Hellcat. In the middle, you’ll find models that offer a great balance of price and performance. The 2018 Dodge Charger R/T is one of them,” said John M. Vincent, contributor with U.S. News & World Report.

Along with its powerful engine, the Charger R/T comes standard with a leather-wrapped performance steering wheel, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display equipped with a Uconnect® system, a ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, and a ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera.

Experience the 2018 Dodge Charger R/T for yourself when you visit us at Withnell Dodge.

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Ram Introduces Ram 1500 Limited Kentucky Derby Edition

The 144th annual Kentucky Derby happened this past Saturday, May 5th. In honor of being the celebrated “official truck” of Churchill Downs® and the derby itself for nine years in a row, Ram debuted a new special limited edition model of the Ram 1500. The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Limited Kentucky Derby Edition honors the event with a number of exclusive features, including the phrase “Run for the Roses” imprinted on its fenders.

Other upgrades and cosmetic touches found of the Limited Kentucky Derby Edition include a 12-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect ® audio system, a leather- and wood-trimmed interior, power-retracing running boards, and a four-corner auto-leveling air suspension. Plus, truck enthusiasts who actually own horses will find smart safety features like automatic trailer detection and a trailer hitch with sway control on the limited edition model. The Kentucky Derby Edition will be available in 4×2 or 4×4 Crew Cab  with a 5-foot, 7-inch bed, and drivers will be able to choose from the 2019 Ram 1500 Limited model’s five available colors.

Only 2,000 models of the Ram 1500 Limited Kentucky Derby Edition will be produced. If you’re interested, make sure you get your hands on the limited edition pickup soon.

For more information about this special offer, or for more details about the current Ram inventory at Withnell Dodge, give us a call.

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Autotrader Awards 2018 Ram 1500’s Inner Beauty

Despite its affordable price tag within the light-duty pickup truck segment, the 2018 Ram 1500 packs a premium interior that piques the interest of auto experts. While searching for the vehicles that would make its 10 Best Car Interiors List, Autotrader knew that they had to consider the Ram 1500. This exceptional truck proved not to disappoint and easily earned a spot on Autotrader’s list. The 2018 Ram 1500 was the only truck to be featured on this competitive list, and was honored due to its interior’s exceptional design, premium materials, and advanced infotainment system.

The 2018 Ram 1500 understands that the interior design of a vehicle is incredibly important, as drivers and passengers spend a lot of time within their vehicle’s interior. As you go up in the Ram 1500’s trim levels, drivers receive more and more comfort, entertainment, convenience, and connectivity features. In fact, the Ram 1500’s upper-most trims achieve interiors as fully-equipped as luxury vehicles, in terms of comfort, sophisticated design, and intelligent technology. The 2018 Ram 1500 offers an available Uconnect® 4C infotainment system, which features an 8.4-inch color touchscreen display and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility. These latter technologies allow you stay connected while on the go, allowing you access to your music, messages, and more on the system’s display. You can also control the system with the available Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth® feature, so you can keep your hands safely on the wheel and your eyes on the road while enjoying infotainment perks.

Check out the 2018 Ram 1500 for yourself when you stop by Withnell Dodge for a test drive.

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All About Trim Levels

During the car-buying process, it’s important that you get the features you’re looking for in a new vehicle. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to decipher what each models’ trim levels mean. Here is a quick overview of trim level basics to help make the car-buying process a bit easier.

What is a trim level?

A trim level is the nomenclature used to identify a model with a particular set of features. Trim levels that are higher in the model lineup will have more features than that of the entry-level or base model. An example of this nomenclature can be seen on the Dodge Grand Caravan, which has three trim levels: the base SE, the mid-range SE Plus, and the premium SXT.

While it might seem difficult to keep track of trim information, carmakers tend to apply a consistent set of hierarchy to their models’ trim levels. For example, in Dodge, every SE will be considered the base model.

Which trim level should you buy?

With the vast array of trim options available to you, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which one you should buy. There are two things you should consider, though, when making your decision: your “must have” list and your budget.

If you’re looking at a particular model, you first need to think about what you want in regard to comfort and performance. Then, find the right trim level that fits your budget and offers the majority of the features you want.

Visit Withnell Dodge; our expert sales staff is ready to help you discover which vehicle trim is the right trim for you.

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