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Short Overview of the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan!

The 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan is a seven-passenger minivan offered in four trim levels: American Value Package (AVP), SE, SXT and R/T. The attractively priced AVP provides a decent equipment roster that includes 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, power front windows, dual-zone air-conditioning, a second-row reclining/folding/removable bench seat, an overhead console, a conversation mirror and a four-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SE adds body-colored door handles/side molding, rear privacy glass, tri-zone climate control (with rear air-conditioning), second-row captain’s chairs with the Stow ‘n Go fold-into-the-floor feature, a front floor console and a six-speaker audio system.The SXT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, power rear windows and a larger floor console. Also standard is the Power Convenience Group, which includes a power liftgate, power sliding rear doors and power-adjustable pedals.

Stepping up to the loaded R/T nets you 17-inch alloy wheels with special tires, a body-colored grille, a performance-tuned suspension, remote start, automatic headlights, foglights, black interior accents, unique interior lighting, tri-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather first- and second-row seats, power front seats (with driver lumbar adjustment), a rear overhead console, a trip computer, a 115-volt power outlet, a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and an upgraded nine-speaker audio system with satellite radio, a USB port and 28 gigabytes of digital music storage.

The SE’s and SXT’s main package is a single-DVD entertainment bundle that adds the R/T’s standard touchscreen and audio system along with a 9-inch second-row display screen and an HDMI input. The SXT can be outfitted with a Dual DVD/Blu-ray Entertainment package that boasts 9-inch screens for both the second and third rows as well as the touchscreen display, rearview camera and a few other standard R/T features. A more affordable Uconnect Hands-Free Group offers Bluetooth audio connectivity. The R/T is eligible for the Blu-ray system as well, and all Grand Caravans with the touchscreen can be equipped with an integrated Garmin navigation system. The R/T’s Driver Convenience Group adds Bluetooth audio connectivity, heated front- and second-row seats, a heated steering wheel and second- and third-row window shades. The Safety Sphere Group (also R/T only) adds blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

If these sound nice to you then come to Woodys Automotive Group, where we have several to choose from! Call us at (888)869-0963! For hours and directions click here!Front angled view

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Review of the 2014 Ram 1500!!

The Ram 1500 pickup gets even better for 2014. On top of the handful of updates this year is a new turbo-diesel V6 engine. Ram will also continue to offer its 5.7-liter V8 engine as an optional upgrade over the base gasoline V6 engine. The torque ratings are very similar between the diesel engine and the gas V8, but the V8 has slightly higher towing capacities (depending on the cab/bed configuration you choose), and it’s actually a less expensive upgrade than the diesel.

STYLES. The 2014 Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup available in multiple body styles. The regular cab seats three and is available with either a 6’4″ or 8′ cargo bed. The extended cab (“Quad Cab”) can seat up to six and comes only with the 6’4″ bed. The crew cab increases rear-seat legroom, and is available with either a 5’7″ or 6’4″ bed. There are six main trim levels: Tradesman, HFE, SLT, Sport, Laramie and Longhorn. The Laramie trim level (available in extended and crew cabs only) comes standard with virtually all of the Sport’s features, with a few differences (such as chrome bumpers/grille and a front bench seat), along with added luxuries such as heated mirrors, driver memory functions, leather front seats, a six-way power passenger seat, wood-grain/chrome interior trim and an upgraded sound system with a subwoofer. The Longhorn (which is crew cab only) adds a mesh grille insert, the spray-in bedliner, tow hooks, a larger fuel tank, a remote start, front/rear parking sensors, HD radio, and a navigation system with traffic updates and a Yelp-based search engine. The Limited package adds some awesome features: air suspension, monochromatic paint, chrome side-step bars, automatic windshield wipers, automatic high beams, keyless ignition/entry, a leather and wood steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats.

PERFORMANCE. Standard on the Tradesman, HFE and SLT is a 3.6-liter gasoline V6 engine, generating 305 horsepower. The V6 is matched to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. Rather than a traditional shift lever, the eight-speed is controlled by a rotary “e-shift” knob on the instrument panel, which frees up storage space in the Rams with center consoles. Two-wheel or four-wheel drive is available. Standard on the higher trims (and optional on all other Rams) is a 5.7-liter V8 with 395 hp. The V8 is matched to one of two automatic transmissions, a six- or an eight-speed. The six-speed is used only on the Tradesman. EPA-estimated fuel economy when equipped with 2WD and the six-speed transmission is (14 city/20 highway) and (13 city/19 highway) with 4WD. With the eight-speed automatic, EPA-estimated fuel economy improves to (15 city/22 highway) with 2WD and (15 city/21 highway) with 4WD.

INTERIOR. The Ram 1500’s cabin is as good as it gets in the pickup segment. Even the lower trim levels boast an attractive design, with quality materials and intuitive controls that are reasonably easy to reach, while the luxurious Laramie’s wood-grain trim and leather upholstery is predictably posh. Truck owners might be thrown off at first by the rotary shift knob on the dashboard (which replaces a conventional shift lever), but it frees up useful space in the front seat, especially in Rams with a center console. The front seats themselves are soft, yet strike an adequate balance between support and comfort. The crew cab’s rear seat is very comfortable, offering loads of legroom and an agreeable seatback angle. Two touchscreen interfaces are available (one 5 inches, the other 8.4 inches) that do a great job of controlling simple and complicated tasks. The touch buttons are large and easy to see at a glance, while physical knobs and buttons provide much appreciated redundant control. Updates to the touchscreen system have made it even easier to use and more visually pleasing than previous models. Other modern convenience features include keyless entry/ignition, adjustable pedals, Bluetooth, voice recognition, smartphone app connectivity and even WiFi hotspot capability. Unique to the Ram 1500 is the optional RamBox feature, which places a pair of lockable compartments over the rear fenders inside the truck bed. With the right equipment levels, these compartments can even be locked and unlocked via remote.

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Yelp- Uconnect System

It’s Tech Tuesday which means we are going to share another cool tech Tuesday Tip brought to you by Jessica! The new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram vehicles have an awesome media center called Uconnect. These systems are capable of doing a lot of really cool things, one of the features I’m going to talk about today is the Yelp app. Imagine yourself in a new city (on business perhaps?) and you want to find a really good Mexican restaurant but you aren’t sure where to start. With the Uconnect system all you have to do is select Apps then Yelp. It will give you several different categories, or you search for something more specific. Of course, restaurants aren’t the only thing you can search for. Nightlight, entertainment, coffee shops, gas stations etc etc. Yelp also has some really good reviews so you can find the highest rated businesses right at your fingertips. Isn’t that convenient? The Uconnect system is only available in Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles. There are several different types of systems and features for each vehicle. If you’d like to learn more, just give Woody’s Automotive Group a call at 888-658-3616 and any of our sales advisers will gladly help. Stay tuned for another Tech Tuesday tip next week! enter image description here

2013 RAM 1500 LARAMIE CREW CAB- Navigation

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

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on your display, your navigation image will look like this!!

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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!!front angled exterior viewnavigation screen view