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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.

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.

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