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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Fall in Love with a New Ride

Valentine’s Day may be over, but there’s no better time to fall in love with a new ride than on the day of love. Start shopping at Withnell Dodge.


If you’re a hard worker or you simply need a capable truck, there’s no going wrong with the Ram 1500. With a maximum towing capacity of 10,620 pounds when properly equipped, it’s practically a match made in heaven. Available with multiple body styles and a number of amenities, there’s no better partner than the Ram 1500.


If you to like to live on the wild side then the Dodge Challenger is the car for you. With an array of engines and a dynamic body style, this muscle car ensures that there are plenty of thrills to be had. After all, there’s nothing more exciting than tearing down a drag strip in the 808-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon.


If you’ve already found the perfect partner and need a vehicle to compliment them, there’s no better vehicle than the Dodge Journey. This popular crossover boasts a spacious interior and plenty of technologies, two factors that make family trips much more enjoyable.

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Five Valentine’s Day Gifts for Car Lovers

Shopping for car enthusiasts is no easy task. After all, what do they want except more cars? Here are some great Valentine’s Day gifts for car lovers.

Leather Driving Gloves

The Salem, Oregon, area isn’t known for its record-breaking low temperatures, but that doesn’t mean your loved one won’t need to don a pair of gloves this winter. When the weather gets chilly, leather driving gloves are the go-to hand warmer for car lovers. In addition to keeping hands toasty, the gloves will also protect the steering wheel from dirt and oil.

Dash Camera

Car accidents happen, and many are unavoidable. A dash camera can help your loved one streamline an insurance claim. Dash cameras start at under $100, too, making them a great and affordable safety gift.

Jump Starter

Traditional jumper cables require another car, but a powerful self-jump starter only needs someone to attach the cables. After that, it’s as simple as pressing a few buttons. A jump starter could help your Valentine out of a jam if there aren’t any other vehicles around.

Key Finder

A key finder is great to have on hand. After all, who hasn’t misplaced their car keys before? Many key finders attach to the key ring and sync to compatible smartphones. After that, all you have to do is open an app to find your keys.

Auto Care

A good helping of auto care supplies, ranging from car soap to a specialized nozzle, can make any car lover’s day. Microfiber towels and a collapsible bucket can certainly complete what surely will be a great Valentine’s Day.

For more ideas and to test drive the newest 2018 models, visit Withnell Dodge.

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Holiday Travel Tips

Traveling during the holidays isn’t something most people look forward to, but it’s a necessity for many to get together with their loved ones for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Large crowds and delays can be a major cause for stress, so check out these holiday travel tips to streamline your travel experience in the coming weeks.

Avoid Crowds

Did you know that you can likely avoid the massive holiday crowds and delays that come with them? Do your best to fly early in the morning or late at night when most people are at home or work. An early morning flight can mean the difference between leaving on time and a two hour delay. You could also manage to avoid some inclement weather, if the forecast calls for it.

Use Technology

Many airports and airlines have smartphone apps that provide customers with all the information they need. From airport layouts that can help you find your way to the right gate to getting your ticket in a short amount of time, utilizing the proper app can save you time and money this holiday season.

Leave Time

Make sure to leave a few hours of extra time when planning for holiday travel. Delays aren’t uncommon and can throw a huge wrench into your plans if you don’t plan for them.

We here at Withnell Dodge wish you safe travel this holiday season.

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Differences Between an Automatic and Manual Transmission

While manual and automatic transmissions are both available in modern vehicles, they are very different. From the driving experience to smaller details, both transmission types have their pros and cons. Check out the differences between an automatic and manual transmission, then come see us here at Withnell Dodge to test drive a new car!

Manual Transmission

A manual transmission, while it may seem outdated at first glance, has quite a few benefits to it. Cars with manual transmissions are less likely to be stolen due to the simple fact that many people can’t operate one. Opting for a vehicle with a manual transmission will also be cheaper than upgrading to an automatic. As any driver will tell you, the appeal of a manual transmission comes down to controlling the gear shifts and getting closer to the road.

One of the major drawbacks of a manual transmission is the learning curve. One mistake could lead to an accident or traffic ticket.

Automatic Transmission

Once considered a luxury, the automatic transmission nearly eliminated engine stalling and made cars more comfortable to drive, especially in heavy traffic. Automatic transmissions usually require less maintenance. New transmissions with more gears offer better efficiency as well.

On the downside, a vehicle equipped with an automatic transmission costs more than a comparable vehicle with a manual transmission. While maintenance often depends on the brand, a bad transmission usually means an extensive, and potentially costly, repair.

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Benefits of Four-Wheel-Drive in Your Car

There are many benefits of four-wheel drive systems in your car including the extra control over your vehicle on the road, which can provide you with added peace of mind.

Awesome Traction

4WD, also called 4×4, began as a way for off-road vehicles to handle the obstacles and unpredictable terrain that came with driving off the beaten path, according to the experts at DigitalTrends.com. As a result, 4WD vehicles are well-equipped to handle tough surfaces and provide stronger grip.

Power Goes to All Wheels

In RWD or FWD, power is only transferred to two of the wheels, while the other two simply spin because of momentum. This can be rough if you get stuck in a ditch or snow bank where your front or rear wheels are lifted off the ground. 4WD, however, delivers torque to all four wheels.

Modern Innovations

4WD used to have some issues, like draining fuel economy or making fast turns difficult. However, most modern 4WD systems allow you to turn your 4WD on or off depending on the situation, as well as utilize technology that allows wheels to spin at different speeds for better handling.

Have more questions about the benefits of four-wheel-drive? Contact us at Withnell Dodge, and we will be happy to answer them.

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