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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.

How to Tow Your Boat to the Beach

RAM truck towing a boat

It’s about to be beach weather, and this weekend might be the perfect time to hitch your boat to your truck and take it out onto the water. If you’re not sure how to load and tow your boat or you just need a refresher, simply follow these easy tips.

Before you load the boat, redistribute the weight of the equipment on the boat so it’s roughly even in the front, back, and sides. This will make it safer to drive, especially when making turns. Secure the boat to the trailer with ratchet straps and make sure the trailer’s winch strap is attached to the bow eye.

Walk around the vehicle and inspect it to make sure everything is in place and the vehicle and trailer are parallel to the ground. Check the straps and winch again after driving it a mile, then check it again a few miles after that to make sure nothing has come loose.

When driving, give yourself more time to stop, as the boat’s weight will increase your vehicle’s momentum. Drive slowly, and avoid sudden stops or turns. Avoid passing, since you’ll need much more space than usual to do it and it will take longer to get up to passing speed.

These simple safety tips should help you get your boat to the beach for a fun-filled weekend!

Breaking Out of 2016: 2017 Jeep Renegade

2017 Jeep Renegade

It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017. If you want to start off the New Year with a blank slate, why not do so in one of the newest models from Jeep? The 2017 Jeep Renegade has the off-road capabilities that will help you let off some steam in the new year, while still offering an on-road style that can’t be ignored.


For 2017, the Renegade subcompact SUV continues to stand out from the competition. It has an off-road equipment package that truly leaves other subcompacts in the dust, taking on rough terrain with ease. Add the fact that it has a low starting price tag, coming in around $17,995, the Renegade continues to impress.


There are a number of standard features that will make your drive better, whether it is on or off road. These include cloth upholstery, a USB port, and push-button start. Available features are numerous and include a heated steering wheel, heated mirrors, and two unique removable sunroofs. These features all make heading on a road trip or an adventure off the beaten path even more appealing.


The Jeep Renegade is the perfect vehicle to help you get off on the right foot in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this model, stop in to Sierra Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for a test drive.

Chicago Holiday Shows: See The Nutcracker

chicago holiday shows - the nutcracker - sierra cdjr


The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition, and there are plenty of productions to attend in the Chicago area. This includes the Joffrey Ballet show at the Auditorium Theatre, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon—who previously worked on Swan Lake and An American in Paris—the annual Nutcracker show has been around since 1987.

According to Chicago-Theater, this production has an award-winning team and the famous Tchaikovsky score will be performed by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra. Believe it or not, several cast members are Tony Award winners, including Wheeldon. The set design is by the renowned Julian Crouch, and lighting is by Tony-Winner Natasha Katz. Stop by the Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre from now until December 30 for a truly revolutionary show.

What’s The Nutcracker about? Though this show has been a classic since the 1970s, the origins of The Nutcracker are largely unknown. The story became popular thanks to writers like ETA Hoffmann and Alexandre Dumas, and it was later adapted by Maurius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the ballet. Though initially a flop, the score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was extremely popular. In fact, it is one of the most recognizable tunes in the West.

The most common version of the story follows a poor girl, Marie, as she is presented with a wooden nutcracker by the mysterious Drosselmeyer. With the help of magic, the Nutcracker and Marie battle the Mouse King, visit the Sugar Plum Fairy, and more. One of the best Chicago holiday shows is The Nutcracker at Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University.

Highlights of Our ‘ Choose Your Adventure ’ Jeep Event

choose your adventure

From June until October, Sierra CDJR partnered with The Cliffs in Marseilles, IL, to bring our Jeep customers the event of a lifetime: the opportunity to Choose Your Adventure with us at the Insane Terrain Off Road Park. We picked a day once a month and invited all—yes, all—customers who bought a Jeep from us to join us in traversing the park’s 300 acres of terrain. Needless to say, the day was one of our highlights of the year.

All you needed to do in order to participate was (a) own a Jeep from Sierra CDJR and (b) fill out an RSVP form on our website. We spent the summer and early fall enjoying bonding with our customers, teaching first-timers with an official guide Jeep vehicle and a two-and-a-half-hour special training course, and sharing a free lunch with those who came.

At Sierra CDJR, we are so glad to have been able to provide the Choose Your Adventure opportunity as a token of our appreciation to all Jeep customers. We hope everyone had fun learning about and using their Jeep in The Cliff’s wild off-road park. We hope you’ll even get the great opportunity to venture off-road by yourselves in the future!

Car and Driver Gets a 2017 Wrangler Sneak Peek

Wrangler sneak peek

The Jeep Wrangler is an iconic and legendary mainstay of the automobile market, and it will probably also have a place in the industry thanks to its niche appeal to a cult following. However, insiders question its ability to stay up to date due to an exterior design that increasingly relies on nostalgia, as well as fuel economy numbers that are slowly falling behind the competition. Hopefully, Car and Driver’s Wrangler sneak peek at the new 2017 model will clear up some concerns.

Longtime Jeep fans won’t have to fear the possibility of their beloved Wrangler conforming to more modern design cues, retaining the rugged body-on-frame construction they know and love. However, it does sport a lighter and stronger frame, and parts of the body are rumored to be made from aluminum for an even more dramatic weight loss.

A glimpse at the underside of the 2017 Wrangler unveiled more changes, such as a new suspension and new axles. Car and Driver didn’t get any information on the engine lineup, but they speculate that a diesel engine could eventually make its way under the Wrangler’s hood.

Overall, the Wrangler sneak peek gave us a shot at seeing some of the exterior differences present between the current and upcoming models of the famous nameplate. Whether or not these will make a difference in the specs remains to be seen.

Celebrate Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum

Home Movie Day

You know those old, grainy camcorder videos of you when you were just a little kid, playing around in your backyard? It could be hard to believe that someday, your home movies could be seen as invaluable to historians. That’s what Home Movie Day at the Chicago History Museum is all about – celebrating these portals into the past that give us an intimate, firsthand glimpse of life in bygone decades.

The event is coming up soon on Saturday, October 15th and runs from 11 AM until 3 PM, and guests are welcomed to bring their personal home movies to the museum in order to showcase the past on film. From friends and family members that have passed on to the fashion trends of bygone eras to the documentation of old shopping centers, amusement parks, and stores that have changed or no longer exist, home movies are a wealth of information to history buffs.

So don’t be shy – come to Home Movie Day to celebrate and watch a variety of different home videos from many different backgrounds and eras. You’re also free to donate old reels you no longer want, or keep them after the event; it’s up to you. Admission to the event is free, so don’t hesitate to swing by for an unusual look into the past on film.

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