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Check Out These Holiday Events Near Ottawa, IL

Enjoy these holiday events near Ottawa, IL.Looking for holiday events near Ottawa? There’s something for everyone among the following local activities.

Annual Holiday Jazz Soiree – Dec. 10

Enjoy the tunes of a live Jazz & Blues band as you dance through this evening of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. It’ll cost you a donation of $50, but all proceeds support the Warren-Sharpe Center’s youth programs.

Fiat Paint on Pine Christmas Party – Dec. 15

Part potluck, part arts & crafts party, this event, held at the St. Mary Immaculate Parish, is only $25 per person. For this fee, you will decorate your own custom piece of wood decor and enjoy free refreshments. To add to the spirit of the event, you’re encouraged to bring snacks to share.

Holiday Kids Fun at Eola – Dec. 16

Want to get some Christmas shopping done while the little ones are busy? This event lets the kids, ages two and up, decorate their own cards and ornaments while you’re free to explore nearby businesses. You can also win raffle prizes.

New Years Eve Pairing Dinner & Get Lit-Up Party – Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year in extravagant style at this event, which features a five-course dinner with beer and wine pairing, a party with a DJ, party favor, open bar, and, of course, champagne.

These holiday events near Ottawa are sure to be a blast this December! We at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram hope to see you out and about enjoying the season.

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk Packs a Punch

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee TrackhawkJeep® is a brand revered for creating some of the best off-road SUVs in the industry, a reputation it has upheld since the mid-1900s. Now the brand is going the extra mile to bring high-end performance to its most luxurious model. The 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is designed to go faster than any SUV ever has before.

In order to pick up the pace, Jeep® looked to its sister brand, Dodge, for some help. Achieving immense power isn’t easy, but fortunately Dodge had already raised the bar in the Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcat models.

While the exterior styling only sees a few minute changes, namely Trackhawk badging, the 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk boasts the same HEMI® V8 engine as the Dodge models. Mated to an all-wheel-drive system, the supercharged engine can produce 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. It even offers a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds when properly equipped.

2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee TrackhawkAfter all, who doesn’t want an SUV that can reach 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and tackle a quarter-mile run in 11.6 seconds?

In addition to the HEMI® V8 engine, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk also features Brembo® brakes, a new exhaust system, and an air intake and oil cooler.

We here at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram are pumped to see the 2018 Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk in action!

Throwback Thursday: Final Dodge Viper Made in August

Final Dodge Viper

The Dodge Viper is a much-beloved sports car, but eventually, even good things must come to an end. The final Dodge Viper was made at the Detroit, Michigan plant, and it’s just as epic as ever, according to RoadandTrack.com writer Mate Petrany.

The Dodge Viper first debuted in 1992, and has gone through five jaw-dropping generations. The modern Viper we know came into the market in 2013, impressing sports-car lovers and Dodge fans alike. Its style and power endured until 2017. Unfortunately, because it’s a mostly handmade car, Vipers eventually became too expensive to make, hence their swan song.

The Viper certainly went out with a bang, recently setting a record for the fastest manual transmission lap at the Nurburgring. Behind the wheel, Dominik Farnbacher whipped the 2017 Dodge Viper ACR around the track and broke the record at 7:03.45.

While they (probably) won’t be doing any track racing, the very last Vipers will still turn plenty of heads. Since the last batch of Vipers made were all custom orders, the final Viper sold boasted the spirit of individuality, with bright yellow exterior and bold black racing stripes.

The very last Viper made was a crimson-colored piece of history, heading over Dodge’s heritage collection where it will stay as a piece of history.

Goodbye, Viper. We at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram will miss you!

Need for Speed: Challenge Your Limits with These Local Races Near Ottawa, Illinois

Races Near Ottawa

At Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, we’re all about speed. That’s why we can never get enough of our favorite American muscle cars, the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger. If you crave speed and power, these two cars will satiate your cravings.

 

But, sometimes we’re also in the mood for a different kind of speed, the kind that makes a physical demand on our bodies. Illinois is home to dozens and dozens of half marathons and marathons. We know the Dodge Charger can go fast, but how fast can you go? Challenge yourself by entering one of these upcoming races near Ottawa.

 

Quad Cities Marathon – Sept. 24

The next exciting race on our radar is the Quad Cities Marathon in Moline, Illinois. Just an hour and a half west from Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram, this 20th annual marathon includes a half marathon, a 5K, and even a kids micro-marathon.

 

Chicago Marathon – Oct. 8

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chicago Marathon, which has been called the “People’s race anyone can come and enjoy.” Make your own short trek up north this fall to challenge yourself to a long run in the Windy City.

If you have any questions about local attractions, just let us know at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram and we’d be happy to help!

An Overview of 2017 Ram 1500 Reviews

2017 Ram 1500 reviewsThe 2017 Ram 1500 is one of the many full-size pickups on the market, competing with trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and more. With all the information that’s now online, it can be difficult to know what to look for when it comes to researching car information. That’s why the team here at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has condensed information from the top industry sites to let you know more about the 2017 Ram 1500 reviews.

When reviewing cars, the first place to look is Car and Driver. The reviewers at this website give in-depth details about every car, performing their own tests to make fair assessments. When tested by Car and Driver, the Ram 1500 had a 0 to 60 mph of 7.0 seconds flat, a top speed of 107 mph, and up to 395 horsepower. The writers also note that “few vehicles have such broad appeal as a full-size pickup, and the Ram, with nearly three dozen configurations, is no exception.” Take it from the experts: the Ram 1500 is great for an incredible variety of drivers.

Product reviewer US News also ranks the 2017 Ram 1500 among the best in the business. With a score of 8.7 out of 10, the Ram 1500 is listed as the truck with the smoothest ride, the most comfortable cabins, and an incredibly fuel-efficient turbodiesel engine. What also stands out on the Ram 1500 is the Quad Cab® configuration with seating for up to six.

Finally, Motor Trend has helpful reviews for any car buyer looking for reliable information. Motor Trend gives the Ram 1500 4 out of 5 stars, noting that the Ram 1500 is simply well rounded—it’s a truck that appeals to a broad audience. For instance, the optional air suspension is perfect for ride comfort, yet the driving dynamics allow for improved safety and handling. You also get a turbodiesel option to save at the pump, and the reliable build is bound to last for years.

Still unsure about the 2017 Ram 1500? Plan a test drive. It’s one of the few ways to see for yourself if you really like a vehicle. You can gauge things that are difficult to measure, such as comfort, blind spots, handling, and more.

Easy Weekend Fun: the Best Theme Parks Out West

theme parks out west

The final days of summer are quickly approaching, but there is still plenty of time to load the family into your trusty Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram vehicle and head to one of the many delightful local spots out west in the Golden State. Our road-trip and long-weekend-getaway experts here at Sierra CDJR have deduced that the perfect final trip for your summer is to pay a visit to one of the many wonderful theme parks out west.

Here’s our top three:

  1. Gilroy Gardens

Located in the “Garlic Capital of the World,” we think Gilroy Gardens is a charming destination definitely worth checking out. With adorable, garden-themed rides and a beautiful botanical garden for a truly unique theme park experience, Gilroy Gardens is truly a sight to behold.

  1. Safari West

Inside the stunning Sonoma Valley sits the breathtaking Safari West, an African wildlife park that is guaranteed to enchant every member of your household. Free-roaming animals graze over rolling hills and in lovely woodlands — this one feels like a true adventure!

  1. Belmont Park

Of all out little theme parks, here’s one that will bring you that warm glow of nostalgia. With a ride that’s been around since 1925, a classic merry-go-round, and bumper cars, Belmont Park is a real blast-from-the-past right in the heart of San Diego.

When you get back from your trip, be sure to share pictures with us at Sierra CDJR in Ottawa, IL!

Meet the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT: Luxurious Power

2018 Dodge Durango SRTThe Dodge Durango stands as one of the most adventurous three-row SUVs in the industry. Capable of seating up to seven passengers, the popular model offers incredible capability and a powerful engine that dominates its segment. When revamping the 2018 model, Dodge listened to its customers. Their desire for more performance spawned the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT.

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is one of the fastest SUVs to come off the production line. The standard 6.4-liter V8 engine delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque with an intimidating roar. The three-row SUV runs from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds and achieves the fastest quarter-mile time in its class.

In addition, the 2018 Durango SRT offers a best-in-class towing capacity of 8,600 lbs when properly equipped. This upcoming model is America’s most powerful three-row SUV.

The new model boasts seven available drive modes: Track, Snow, Tow, Eco, and Sport. Refined styling and muscular fenders plus a signature hood make the 2017 Dodge Durango SRT one SUV that no competitor will want to mess with.

The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT will burn rubber later this summer.

We here at Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are excited for the arrival of the Durango SRT!

Tips for a Great Day at the Beach

Few things sound as relaxing as a day at the beach. But when it comes down to it, taking the whole family to the beach can be a little stressful. As a family friendly dealership, Sierra CDJR can completely empathize with this. This is why we like to use these tips to make our beach days a little breezier.

Tips for A Great Day at the Beach - Sierrra CDJR - Ottawa, IL

Bring plastic bags

Having a stash of both ziplock bags and used shopping bags can save you in a pinch, in numerous situations. Use a ziplock to protect phones, keys, and other valuables from water, and shopping bags for things like trash or carrying home seashells.

Arrive early

Claiming a good spot early in the day takes away a lot of the hassle that comes from walking up and down looking for space on a full beach. Pack plenty of snacks and get there in the morning to make the most of the day.

Pack foods separately

When you’re packing your beach snacks, use individual plastic or glass containers for each item, if possible. Sometimes the name “sand”wich becomes too literal. With this tip, it’s possible to save the majority of items from an unwanted extra crunch.

Bring a soft-bristled dust broom

Having a small dust broom tucked away in your car gives you a convenient tool for gently brushing sand off of kids, feet, and shoes, so that you can leave most of the sand at the beach instead of in your car.

Two New Packages for Limited-Edition Ram 1500

limited-edition Ram 1500

Ram recently announced two new Ram 1500 models, the Sublime Sport and the Rebel Blue Streak. Both of these great new packages were revealed at the 2017 New York Auto Show, drawing praise from many around the world. There are tons of great interior and exterior details that truly set these new Ram 1500 models apart.

According to Fiat-Chrysler, the first limited-edition Ram 1500, the Sublime Sport, comes with a green exterior, body-colored grille, and black wheels. You’ll also find a sport performance hood, black badging, and 22-inch alloy wheels. The interior of the Sublime Sport has lime green details, sport mesh inserts, and anodized black trim rings around the cabin.

“The Ram 1500 Sublime Sport and Rebel Blue Streak expand our offerings in factory-custom trucks and give dealers a more extensive color palette to excite customers who are looking for something unique,” said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global.

The Rebel Blue Streak is unlike anything you’ve ever seen, with a new exterior paint scheme, door bezels, a special console, and a redesigned gauge cluster. You may also opt for the Rebel Black package with black decals, black wheels, a black grille, and two-tone paint. We couldn’t be more excited about the new Ram 1500 models here at Sierra CDJR.

First Look at the New 2018 Jeep Wrangler

For decades, the Jeep Wrangler has been an iconic vehicle option that promises to put the fun in driving. Its classic Jeep off-roading capabilities combined with its timeless design and the removable top options make the Wrangler the number one pick for those looking to get closer to nature. The newest upcoming model, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler, promises some compelling updates in addition to the traditional SUV America has grown to love.

2017 Jeep Wrangler - Ottawa, IL

The 2018 Jeep Wrangler looks to expand on the already classic 2017 Wrangler model pictured above.

 

For one thing, spy shots of the 2018 Jeep Wrangler seem to show that this new version will feature multiple roof options. The four-door Wrangler is said to be a three-piece hard top, where the roof panels are removable in separate chunks for versatile, open-air driving. Another rumor suggests that the 2018 Wrangler will offer a hybrid version. Jeep also seems to be looking into equipping the newest Wranglers with more autonomous features to aide in safety, plus even better handling and off-roading capabilities. The future of Jeep also promises a pickup version of the Wrangler, but this unique option won’t hit the market for another couple of years.

Even without that pickup version available, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler sure sounds like an exciting update to a favorite classic. We look forward to having some in stock at Sierra CDJR and offering you one of the first test drives in this new SUV.

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