New Jeep Models, New Compass, Pickup + Trackhawk

New Jeep models available at Kendall Jeep

Jeep lovers, if your lease is up in 2018, get excited because there are some new Jeep models coming your way. We briefly introduced you to the Jeep Wrangler Pickup truck and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Hellcat a few months ago, but now we have more information on the new models!

Jeep Wrangler Pickup

If you weren’t paying attention before, we hope you are now. Yes, Jeep is bringing back the Wrangler Pickup and though we still don’t know too much, we now know about the engine and some of the exterior materials.

The engine will be a  3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine and it will be available with a manual or an automatic transmission. The body frame will still be made from steel, however, the door panels will be wrapped in aluminum. The substitution of aluminum for steel will make the vehicle lighter, so it is safe to say performance and fuel economy will get a helping hand.

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Jeep Trailhawks’ Enhanced Off-Road Features

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There are a couple Jeep models that are available in the “Trailhawk” trim and for the 2017 model year, a couple more Trailhawk trims are joining the pack. “Trailhawk” trims feature additional off-roading equipment that help the Jeep earn its “Trail Rated” badge and help it conquer the toughest terrains. So, what is different on a Jeep Trailhawk trim that makes it so capable? Check it out below.  

Trailhawk Models + “Trail Rated” Badges

In 2017 there will be four Trailhawk trims — Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and Jeep Compass Trailhawk. Each of these models have a “Trail Rated” badge. This badge means that the vehicle is designed to perform in a variety of challenging off-road conditions identified by five key consumer-oriented performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording.

Tow hooks

Off-roading is fun, but can be frustrating if you get stuck, so every Trailhawk model is equipped with the Trailhawk’s signature red tow hooks. In addition to adding style, the vibrant red color makes the tow hooks easier to spot when stuck in mud or at night. There is one rear tow hook and two in the front. The rear hook can be used for towing and the front hooks can be used to pull out your own Trailhawk or someone else’s vehicle if stuck. [click to continue…]

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Look Out for Two New Renegade Models, Deserthawk + Altitude

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Joining the Renegade lineup for the 2017 model year, are two new Renegade models. If you don’t know about the Renegade, it is a CUV (compact utility vehicle) that challenges Jeep’s classic look, while not being unrecognizable as a Jeep. The base trim Renegade has is fuel efficient and versatile on and off the road, whereas the top level Renegade trims have everything needed for a day spent off-roading. Check them out below.

Limited-edition Jeep Renegade Deserthawk

The Renegade Deserthawk trim is what it sounds like – a Jeep that can fly when off-roading anywhere, even in the desert. This limited-edition trim is like the Renegade Trailhawk, but it has more stylized features.

The Renegade Deserthawk is available in a few color options including Alpine White, Anvil, Black, or the Deserthawk-exclusive Mojave Sand color. We recommend the Mojave Sand color because it is compliments the Renegade Deserthawk’s theme. Other exterior features like 17-inch black painted wheels, a Trail Rated badge, exclusive body decals and rock rails are all standard with this model. [click to continue…]

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Thanksgiving Road Trip with Jeep

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Kendall Jeep hopes you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. With that being said here are some fun Thanksgiving road trip tips and recipes that travel well. It won’t be long before you show up to the in-laws house with dish in-hand!

Road trips can be very fun or very stressful, especially with kids. If you are planning on road tripping to visit family or friends this Thanksgiving, it doesn’t have to be stressful. There are several ways to ease boredom and keep the family occupied and happy. Road trip games are a great way to make road trips go by quickly. We have a few favorites to share.

License Plate Game / Spot the Car

Both of these games are classic and very simple car games. The main point of both games is draw attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle. For the game, someone in the car writes down the license plate states or car brands that each passenger spots during the drive. The goal is to get as many car brands as possible! [click to continue…]

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Movember with Jeep – Raise Awareness and Have Fun

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Every November people from all over celebrate “Movember” or “No Shave November.”  These “holidays” are more than just a fun excuse for men not to shave their beards or moustaches, but a time to raise awareness and money.

For the month of November Jeep has partnered with the Movember Foundation, a foundation that generates awareness to raise funds in support of men’s health. One way the foundation gets people to participate by growing out their facial hair, but the idea behind the month long event is to spread awareness about men getting regular checkups, being healthy, and understanding the risks, prevention and warning signs of prostate cancer.

There are a couple different ways the Jeep brand is encouraging owners to support the cause by purchasing an exclusive Jeep ‘Stache by Carstache accessory moustache and also by taking photos and sharing them on social media. [click to continue…]

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Two FCA Vehicles Earn Top Awards at the Active Lifestyle Competition

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee might be the most awarded SUV, but Jeep and fellow FCA brands keep on earning awards and new titles every year. Last week, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram 1500 won major awards at the 13th Annnual Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition.

The Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition is an annual competition that brings in over 50 judges who are experienced off-road drivers and they evaluate vehicles for their handling on the road and off-road.

At this year’s competition San Marcos Golf Resort in Arizona, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel was presented with the top honors in “Green ALV” category and the Ram Rebel was presented with the award for “Best Value Off-Road.” Check out why both of these FCA vehicles won.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel

Why is this particular Cherokee so loved? Well, the simple answer is, it performs well in the city, on the highway and off-road without the excessive fuel emissions of similar vehicles. [click to continue…]

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Ready, Set, Ghost! Drive to Islamorada for a Festive Fright

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Luckily for us in Kendall, we are not too far from the island chain of the Florida Keys. So with Halloween just around the corner, we did some research on our own and talked to the famed ghost hunter, David Sloan, and found out that there are some spooky spots located in Islamorada, which is only an hour and twenty minutes away from our dealership in Kendall.

So if you like a little fright in your life, buckle up and take a quick little road trip to these spooky spots in Islamorada.

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

63 miles or 1 hour and 20 minutes

Islamorada is home several haunted spots. The first spot on this trip is the upper quarry pit at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, which David Sloan says is very haunted. Before the tragic category five hurricane (now known as the 1935 Labor Day hurricane) hit Islamorada, many people sought refuge at Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, but the storm surge killed them all. People still hear screams in the pit and get cold chills. [click to continue…]

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Get Smart About Credit Day 10.20.2016

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“I’m thinking of a number…it’s between 300 and 850.” Yeah, we’ve all probably seen the commercial at least once. That’s because knowing your credit score, and understanding how credit works is an important part of life these days. It’s the main reason banks started a holiday that happens once a year, “Get Smart About Credit Day”. However, just because it’s only happening today (October 20th 2016) doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year. You can learn a little about credit right now.

How to Start or Fix Bad Credit

Unless you’ve never borrowed money in some shape or form, then you probably have some form of credit. Whether or not you choose to know about it is up to you, but by signing up for a website like Credit Karma, you can find the answer easily. There are also credit unions such as Experian, Equifax, or TransUnion that are required to send you a free report at least once a year, so that’s three times you can check your report. You have nothing to lose.

Following that, there are three things to consider: How high is your credit score? If it’s low, it’s not so good. If you don’t have a credit score, that’s not bad, but it will hurt in the short term, until you can build your credit. So how do we build or fix bad credit?

  1. Start off by having a regular paying job, enough to cover your monthly expenses and then some. You can’t build good credit if you can’t pay your bills.
  2. Apply for a credit card, preferably a secured credit card. Unlike regular credit cards, a secured credit card uses your own money versus borrowing it from someone else. It’s like a pre-paid card that you fund yourself. All you need to do is replenish it at the end of every billing period, and your score will start to rise.
  3. Use that credit card often, but start small. This isn’t the time to buy a new flat screen TV, it’s the time to pick up some groceries or something relatively small that you can pay back in the next few weeks.
  4. Paying bills on time is key to building good credit. With a job and proper budget, that’ll be the easiest part.
  5. Keep control of how many accounts you open. Start small, one, two, maybe three, but that’s it! The more credit or loan accounts you open, the more attention you’ll get from creditors, and not all of it good. Plus, the more accounts you have, the harder they can be to keep track of. Start small, then work your way up.
  6. Keep tabs on your credit score via the organizations we mentioned above.
  7. After keeping everything in order and building good credit for a year, it’s time to graduate to a real credit card. Then, repeat steps 3 through 6, and you’re golden!

This is all there is to it. Seems intimidating at first, but you’ll see you can do this. Plus, next time you’re looking into getting a new car, you can smile knowing your credit is already taken care of.

Photo Source: Shutterstock; Copyright: Casper1774 Studio
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New Off-Road Features on Jeep Wrangler + Grand Cherokee

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Jeep is always looking for ways to make off-roading better. From the upgrades in the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and the new Off-road Pages in select Jeep Grand Cherokee models, off-road enthusiasts are sure to be pleased.

New Off-road Pages

Off-road Pages is a new function in 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee models with Uconnect 8.4. The new feature can be accessed through the vehicles 8.4-inch touchscreen and it displays vehicle diagnostics that are important when off-roading. Information displayed includes wheel articulation for front and rear wheels and air suspension mode showcasing the current air suspension height of the vehicle, gauges for oil, coolant and transmission temperatures, drive modes and steering angle.  So far, the new system is reserved for the Grand Cherokee but we hope to see it in more Jeep models in the future.

2017 Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler has always been an off-roading beast, as it only comes in 4X4 drive. The Wrangler’s off-road features include the two different 4X4 available systems, the Command-Trac system and the Rock-Trac system. The Command-Trac system is made to deliver equal power to all four corners/wheels of the vehicle to give the best off-road performance even in winter conditions such as ice and snow. The Rock-Trac system is made for exactly what you would assume, rock crawling. Rock crawling is much easier with this system because of the 4:1 low-gear ratio, which allows for a slower and more controlled ride over steep inclines such as rocks. [click to continue…]

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New Features on 2017 Jeep Renegade and All-New Jeep Compass

New Jeep Compass model coming to Kendall JeepTwo of Jeep’s most popular compact SUVs are the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass. To increase their popularity, Jeep is actually introducing an all-new Compass and is adding new features to the Renegade for the 2017 model year. Here’s what we know so far.

2017 Jeep Renegade

In comparison with current year-to-date sales between 2015 and 2016, the Jeep Renegade is leading the pack of Jeep models with a 112 percent increase in sales. With that being said, consumers still love the Renegade, which was only introduced in 2015. The Renegade offers city drivers an excellent and fuel efficient SUV, but it has great off-roading capabilities for when they want to explore.

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