So many of the new 2013 and even newer 2014 models of Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler have one of the best, if not the best, navigation systems available for vehicles! For instance, this 2013 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab, has the Uconnect 8.4AN/RA4 system! It may sound just as plan as the rest but trust me, it’s not! The difference between the navigation in this system and the others, is that it shows the Nav in full 3D! So instead of seeing a image like this
on your display, your navigation image will look like this!!
The cool thing and probably I would say most helpful, is the arrows. So not only is this system telling you when to turn, it shows the actual road sign on the screen to double check with what you literally see. Also, for the tricky exits that say something like “Take the next right, stay left, merge left etc…” this screen shows you exactly which lane you will need to be in from the very beginning of the turns. Plus, instead of waiting until the last minute to give you a direction, this system is two directions ahead! So if this feature sounds appealing to you, check it out in one of our many vehicle here at Woody’s Automotive Group. For directions and hours click here!!
So many vehicles these days come with a sunroof. Most buyers know that the sunroof can cause the price of the vehicle to go up quite a bit. So lets talk a little bit about the different kinds. Pop-up sunroofs, spoiler sunroofs, inbuilt sunroofs (moonroofs), removable sunroofs and folding sunroofs. Most folding sunroofs come equipped on SUVS, such as Jeep or Hummer. In-built’s are installed on many makes and models, as well as removable and pop-up. This car, the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, for instance has an inbuilt sunroof (moonroof). So instead of the glass slanting over the top of the car, it slides in between two panels. This one also can vent if wanted. So if a sunroof sounds appealing to you check this car and many others out at Woody’s Automotive Group in Chillicothe, MO!! For hours and directions click here.
Many cars come with a very cool safety feature that sometimes gets over looked. Literally, we look at it every day and 95% of the time don’t know its there! Auto-dimming mirrors -electrochromatic!
So I’m going to give a little back ground, then explain why this is a good feature to have. Driving during a dark, eerie night, on a road with no natural or man-made lighting may be fun, as long as you and your car are the only ones on that road. When an incoming vehicle approaches, its headlights turn into your eyes’ worst enemy. When it comes from the front, for brief second, everything turns black. When it comes from the rear, your vision retracts, desperately trying to battle the glare of the other vehicle’s headlights. Dimming mirrors are intended to counteract the Troxler Fading Effect. This phenomenon occurs when you try to focus your vision to a single point in space for more than 20 seconds. This will make a stimulus outside the range of sight fade away. Check out this diagram for instance.
According to studies conducted to reveal glare effects on the eyes of the drivers,the Troxler effect increases driver reaction time by up to 1.4 seconds. This means that when traveling at 60 mph, it would take the driver 123 feet to see and react to road hazards. Dimming mirrors used in the automotive industry are fitted with sensors to detect the intensity of the light. Usually, there are two sensors, one pointed at the front and the other at the rear. The interior mirror’s sensors and electronics control the dimming of both interior and exterior mirrors. When they detect a change in light intensity, they trigger an electrical charge ,applied to the glass through a low-voltage power supply. The electricity travels through an electrochromic gel in between the two electrically conductive coated pieces of glass which make up the mirror. As a result, the mirror darkens accordinly to the light detected by the sensors. Since these are automatic, the drivers hand never has to leave the steering wheel! If this features sounds good to you check out the inventory at Woody’s Automotive Group! We have hundreds of cars with this feature!! For our hours and directions click here!
Some cool technology has come out recently and is becoming more standard in many cars and SUV’s. Electronic Stability Control (ESC). This safety features like I said comes standard with many vehicles now! Usually cars have traction control (TCS) and anti-lock brake system (ABS). However, in order to have ESC, the vehicle must have ABS and TCS. ESC and TCS are built on the Anti-lock Brake System, and all three use the same wheel sensors. In addition to the basic wheel sensors, electronic stability control systems typically require a yaw rate sensor, lateral acceleration sensor, and some method to detect the
movement of the steering wheel. Traction control, which is almost self-explanatory, monitors the traction on the drive train tires. So if you have front wheel drive, the sensors monitor and if the tires start to slip, it lowers the power delivered to help counter-act the loss of traction. Like anti-lock brakes and traction control, electronic stability control is an added safety measure. Electronic stability control systems consist of a number of sensors that compare a driver’s input with the way a vehicle is actually moving. If an ESC system determines that a vehicle is not responding correctly to the steering input, it is capable of taking corrective measures. Individual brake calipers can be activated to correct oversteer or understeer, the engine output can be modulated, and other actions can be taken to help the driver retain control. These systems won’t protect you from careless driving, but they can help keep you on the road under adverse conditions. According to the IIHS, electronic stability control reduces the risk of multiple car, single car, and rollover accidents. The reduction in fatal single vehicle rollovers is the most dramatic, and drivers with ESC are 75 percent more likely to survive those accidents than drivers who don’t have ESC. Another reason to care about ESC is the fact that it may be able to save you money on your insurance premiums. If any of this sounds like a feature you want/need then check out Woody’s Automotive Group in Chillicothe, MO, we have plenty of cars, like this 2013 Dodge Durango Crew for instance, with this safety feature!! For our hours and directions click here!! Check out other Dodge features here!
Yesterday we discussed the Ram 2500 SLT Crew Cab, today we have the Ram 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab! Much like the SLT, this Tradesman has crew cab doors and a mid box bed (6’4″). So this truck still has plenty of rear passenger leg room and also allows for the back seats to fold down. There are many differences though. The tradesman comes with less features but offers a little more durability! Out of all the Ram 2500’s the Tradesman has the highest towing capacity with 17,900 lbs. There is about a 4k difference in prices with Tradesman being the lowest! So if any of this sounds appealing to you, check out Woody’s Automotive Group! We have plenty to choose from! For hours and directions click here! If you would like to compare the two click here!
Ram Trucks come in many different shapes and styles! I will be going over them the next few days just to make drivers familiar with each kind and see which they like best. Today is the Ram 1500 Crew Cab! Crew Cabs can easily be confused with the Quad Cabs but there is a difference which sometimes goes unnoticed. The most noticeable difference is the rear door. On the Crew Cab the rear door is very simliar in size to the driver and passenger doors. This allows for extra leg room, unlike the Quad Cab where the leg room is about 6 inches shorter. It doesn’t sound like a big difference but when you are the back seat, it is. The next difference in the 1500’s is the bed. This happens to be the short box (short bed). There is the Short Box, Mid Box and Long Box. Since this is the short box, it is 5’7″ long! The Crew Cab gives passengers increased comfort and capacity, with the most passenger legroom in the Ram lineup. It’s a great option when you’re hauling your guys and your gear to any job site. So if this sounds appealing to you, we have plenty of these trucks at Woody’s Automotive Group in Chillicothe, Mo near Kansas City, Mo. For our hours click here. For directions from all major cities click here.
So many of us know we want 4X4 (Four-Wheel Drive) but don’t really know what it is or how it works exactly! Well, today I’m going to do my best to explain it! Most trucks and SUV’s come with 4WD these days, which is a great feature! So having a vehicle with 4WD means that the vehicle’s engine and transmission is capable of driving all four wheels at one time. This is great for traction while driving off-road in difficult conditions like mud, snow, sand or a mixture of slick conditions, however; it won’t do much for the driver on ice. The vehicle is basically redirecting power from the transmission to both the rear and the front wheels at the same time. Almost all 4X4-enabled vehicles require drivers to shift into four-wheel drive manually with a lever and small gearing shifter mounted next to the main gear shift, or in luxury off-road vehicles, there’s a button or buttons to push. Usually, vehicles with a 4X4 system only use two-wheel drive to get around in town or on dry pavement – until the going gets tough!! So if 4WD drives sounds and seems appealing to you stop in at Woody’s Automotive Group and check out our huge selections of Ram Trucks and SUV’s!!!