Chrysler Pacifica: New Award, New Trim and Waymo

By chloelykes | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Chrysler Pacifica News

We thought the news about the Chrysler Pacifica would start slowing down, but that’s definitely not the case. In the last few weeks, Chrysler has kept us busy with all types of great news about the Pacifica.

Popular Mechanics

First and foremost, the Chrysler Pacifica was named Best Minivan in Popular Mechanics’ Automotive Excellence Awards. Popular Mechanics praised the vehicle’s creative storage options and smooth ride. Nice work, Chrysler.

Waymo

Chrysler is delivering “waymo” Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids to Google’s autonomous driving company, Waymo. Next month Chrysler will begin the production of 500 Pacifica Hybrid minivans, which Waymo will then outfit with self-driving technology. This new order of minivans is especially exciting because it must mean that the original 100 Chrysler provided were a good fit for the tech.

New Trim

This week Chrysler announced that they are adding a new Touring Plus trim to the Pacifica’s lineup. The new trim has been introduced to help Chrysler meet consumer demands and offer more trims varying in price and standard features. The Pacifica Touring Plus will be in the middle of the lineup and it offers a power liftgate, three-zone automatic temperature control, upgraded exterior lighting and more. Price of the new Pacifica Touring Plus trim starts at $32,360.

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is one of South Florida’s top Chrysler dealerships, so if you are on the hunt for the new Chrysler Pacifica come by the store to test drive one today.

Photo Credit: FCA US Media

Jeep and Chrysler Vehicles Are Ready for Summer All-Year

By chloelykes | Posted in Life Style, Local on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 7:55 AM
Chrysler and Jeep vehicles are ready for summer

If you asked South Floridians what is most important to them in a car? There’s a good chance a lot of people, especially those with children, are going to say a vehicle that is built for summer.

With the exception of a couple months, South Florida experiences summer-like conditions almost all year, so not only does that mean their vehicles are always hot, but vehicles are also always full of equipment needed for outdoor activities. Thankfully, Chrysler and Jeep have designed their cars with summer in mind.

Tinted Windows

Several Chrysler and Jeep models come standard with deep-tinted sunscreen glass and those who have a car with it, love it. Not only do these windows help a car stay cool when baking from the sun rays, but sunscreen glass actually helps protect drivers from UV rays.

Sunroofs

The Chrysler Pacifica and all Jeep models are available with some type of sunroof feature that allows drivers to open up the roof and feel the breeze. If a sunroof is really your thing, check out the Chrysler Pacifica. The Pacifica is available with the award-winning tri-pane panoramic sunroof and it is a glass roof that stretches across the second- and third-row seats. The sunroof has an automatic open and close for the glass and for the built-in shade.

Storage

Floridians can be outside almost 365-days a year, so the outdoors are a big part of everyday life. Whether a beach bum, sports-player, golfer, angler or all of the above, the Chrysler Pacifica and Jeep vehicles have plenty of room for all of the equipment (big and small) needed for the outdoors.

Remote Start-Stop

Most Chrysler and Jeep models and trims are either available or come standard with remote start-stop. Say you are in the grocery store and you know your vehicle is going to be an oven when you get back to it? Well, before you go back to the car you can turn it on, either with a key or the Uconnect app for smart phones. Once the vehicle is turned on, it will also turn on the A/C (only if A/C was turned on before you got out of the vehicle) and start cooling the car down before you are there.
Ready to ditch your ride for something that is more convenient for the temps in South Florida? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and come see what we are talking about.

Are You Heading Out to Jeep Beach in Daytona?

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 2:34 PM
Hollywood Chrysler Jeep attends Morris 4x4 Jeep event

We had a blast at last Saturday’s (April 22) Jeep event at the Morris 4×4 Center. There were Jeeps for dayz and we had a great time seeing members from the local Jeep clubs, all of the unique Jeeps and talking with everyone. But that event was just a small taste of everything that is at Jeep Beach, which starts today (April 25) and we hope you are able to go!

There’s no doubt everyone who attends will have a blast. In addition to all of the events planned for the next five days, organizers have changed up the logistics for this year’s “World’s Largest Jeep Beach Cruise,” so it should be better than ever.

Aside from the big beach cruise on Sunday, there are two days of events scheduled at the Daytona International Speedway, a block party and fireworks scheduled on Daytona Beach on Thursday, and dozens of vendors will be attending and raffling off more than $150,000 in prizes!

If you need any last-minute parts or tuneups before you head to Jeep Beach, reach out to us! Our parts and service departments are very efficient and knowledgeable, so we’ll get you on your way as soon as possible! You can also search for a new Jeep online here.

New Jeep Compass Trailhawk Trim is Awesome

By chloelykes | Posted in Fleet, Jeep News on Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 3:47 PM
All-new 2017 Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

This year Jeep redesigned the Jeep Compass and they did a great job adding modern technology and more advanced features into the new lineup, and as a brand known for building vehicles to explore all types of terrain, Jeep’s redesign included the addition of a new off-road specific trim, the Compass Trailhawk.

Unlike the other three Compass trims, the Compass Trailhawk has some exclusive features that make it an off-road demon. The Compass Trailhawk is the only Compass trim equipped with on/off road tires, as well as red tow hooks, which are a signature Trailhawk characteristic.  

To make sure the Compass Trailhawk won’t be hindered when on the trails, it features a lot of off-road mechanical equipment, like its 4×4 drive system, Jeep Active Drive Low, which has a 20:1 crawl ratio. Additionally, the Compass Trailhawk has the SelecTerrain system (like the other Compass trims) but the Trailhawk’s system has a fifth drive mode (rock).

In comparison to the other Compass models, the Compass Trailhawk also boasts an improved ground clearance (8.5 inches) and better off-road angles (30.3-degree approach angle, 24.4-degree breakover angle, and a 33.6-degree departure angle).

Want to test it out for yourself? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to see our available Compass inventory and check out all of our available Trailhawk models.

First Ever Hybrid Minivan, Chrysler Pacifica, Hybrid Arrives Soon!

By chloelykes | Posted in Local, New Inventory on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 at 8:26 AM
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid coming to Hollywood Chrysler soon

It’s only a matter of time before the first Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans start appearing at on the lot at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep! Yesterday (April 17), a fleet of brand new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids left the Windsor Assembly Plant to be delivered to dealerships across the country.

The new Pacifica Hybrid is the first and only hybrid minivan on the market and Chrysler didn’t sacrifice any minivan must-haves to make it work as a hybrid. The Pacifica Hybrid has seating for seven passengers and some pretty impressive engineering that gives the minivan a range of 33 miles on pure electricity. Not only does the electric-only range mean the average person can do a lot of driving without ever stopping to get gas, but that also means the average person can do a lot of driving without releasing any harmful tailpipe emissions!

Like the Chrysler Pacifica, the Pacifica Hybrid has a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, but the engine in the Pacifica Hybrid has been slightly tweaked to accommodate the battery and dual electric motors system. In addition to its electric range of 33 miles, it has a hybrid fuel economy of 84 MPGe and it can travel more than 560 miles when the battery is fully charged and the gas tank is full.

If you’ve been waiting to buy or lease the only hybrid minivan, stay tuned!

Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and SRT – Which is For You?

By chloelykes | Posted in News on Monday, April 17th, 2017 at 2:14 PM
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk

If you were a fan of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, a full-size SUV with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, you will definitely be a fan of the new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, a full-size SUV with a much, much more powerful engine.

Introduced at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with a 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, which makes the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the most powerful and quickest SUV ever made. It surpasses all of the competition, including the Grand Cherokee SRT, in power and track times.

While the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk may be faster and quicker than the Grand Cherokee SRT, that doesn’t mean the Grand Cherokee SRT is sluggish or weak. The Grand Cherokee SRT produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is extremely impressive.

When on the track, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk definitely leaves the Grand Cherokee SRT behind, especially when comparing 0-60 mph times. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk accelerates from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, which is 1.4 seconds faster than the Grand Cherokee SRT’s 4.9 seconds. When it comes to quarter-mile times, the Grand Cherokee SRT has a time of 11.9 seconds and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is .3 seconds faster (quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds). So, they are a bit closer on this statistic.

Despite the differences in power and track times, both SUVs have some similarities. Both the Grand Cherokee SRT and Trackhawk have been produced with the help of SRT, “Street and Racing Team,” and because of SRT’s helping hand, both SUVs have a handful of performance features on the inside and outside of the vehicle. Additionally, both Grand Cherokee models feature an advanced all-wheel-drive suspension, Brembo brakes and beautifully designed interiors.

Want to put both of them to the test to find out which one you want to be your next SUV? Sounds like fun, right?! The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is not quite available at dealerships yet, but the Grand Cherokee SRT is and you can test drive it at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. You can also view all of our Jeep Grand Cherokee inventory online here.

Going on Tour This Summer? Check Out the Chrysler Pacifica

By chloelykes | Posted in Life Style, People on Friday, April 14th, 2017 at 1:56 PM
Chrysler Pacifica is perfect for a band

Minivans like the Chrysler Pacifica might be thought of as vehicles for moms and dads, but they are actually one of the best vehicles for a traveling band. Not only do they offer seating for 7-8 passengers, but there is plenty of room for instruments, too. Also, the Pacifica is one of the most fuel efficient minivans on the market, so it won’t break the bank at the fuel pump. If you have a band and are in need of a vehicle to travel around for shows this summer, check out all of the reasons a Chrysler Pacifica would be perfect for the band.

Passengers and Cargo Capacity

The number one reason a Chrysler Pacifica is ideal for a band is because it offers versatile solutions for passengers and space. The Pacifica is available with seven- or eight- passenger  seating, but if there are only four or five band members, the unused seats can easily be stored away with the innovative Stow ‘n Go seating storage system (built-in floor storage compartments.)

However, if there are seven or eight passengers and the seats are not folded into the floor, the empty floor storage compartments can be used to store instruments or other band equipment. There are two floor storage compartments for the second-row seats and they are 22” x 21” x 9.5”, so there is definitely room for some drum toms, cymbals or the snare. Additionally, the Pacifica has a massive trunk compartment that offers up to 32.3 cubic feet of space for additional instruments and equipment.

Let’s say you only need seating for five passengers. Use the second-row of seats for passengers and use the two floor storage compartments for equipment or some drums. Then, fold the third-row seats into the built-in floor storage compartments to open up 87.5 cubic feet of flat cargo space.

Engine Fuel Economy and Towing

So the other reason a Chrysler Pacifica is great for a band is because it is fuel efficient (19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway), and it is also powerful enough to tow up to 3,600 pounds, which is enough weight for a small trailer that is full of instruments and equipment.

Want to check out the Chrysler Pacifica in person? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to test drive one today. We have a brand new showroom and several Chrysler Pacifica models available.

Why You Need to Clean your Jeep After Mudding and How To Do It

By chloelykes | Posted in Life Style on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 12:36 PM
clean jeep after mudding

Driving around with a mud all over your Jeep is kind of like a “badge.” Some Jeepers love  nothin’ more than showing off their rig after mudding. However, the fame of showing off some mud isn’t always the best idea.

Cost of Caked on Mud

  • The longer mud remains on the Jeep, the more it dries and the harder it is to scrub off later.
  • If mud dries on the vehicle’s wheels it can cause imbalance the wheels of the vehicle and can cause it to shake and drive unevenly.
  • When mud dries on the front of the vehicle it can cake onto the radiator. This is a huge problem because it can cause the Jeep to overheat.
  • Mud on lights can make them less bright and more ineffective, which is especially dangerous for night-time driving.

Tips for Washing a Muddy Jeep

  • Pressure wash, pressure wash, pressure wash. Especially the undercarriage. Even just a couple of hours after mudding, mud can be very difficult to get off with just a normal hose.
  • Clean EVERYTHING. A professional car wash does this the best, but if you decide to yourself don’t forget about the lights, underside, and inside the wheel wells.
  • When cleaning the engine or under the hood be very careful. Use a sponge with a bit of water as opposed to spraying everything under the hood. Water getting into the air intake sends it on a straight line to the engine which is a bad way to end an adventurous day.

Need a new Jeep to take mudding? Check out our entire inventory of Jeeps at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

All-New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is Most Powerful SUV Ever

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Thursday, April 13th, 2017 at 8:57 AM
New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

This year FCA brought the horsepower to the New York International Auto Show. In addition to Dodge’s unveiling of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Jeep unveiled the all-new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is the most powerful and quickest SUV ever.

The new 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is equipped with the SRT Hellcat engine that powers the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat models. The engine is a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. This engine makes it possible for the Grand Cherokee to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds.

The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is the second SRT vehicle to join the Jeep family and SRT did more than just add an SRT engine to make it a true performance SUV. The Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s engine is paired to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, that includes a five-mode driving system and a Bilstein adaptive damping suspension. SRT also equipped the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with large Brembo brakes that give the vehicle incredible stopping power.

The interior of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has been upgraded to compliment the Trackhawk’s performance engine and exterior. The new engine gives the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk a top speed of 180 mph, so it has an upgraded instrument cluster that has a 200-mph speedometer.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be available in dealer showrooms in late 2017, and so far Jeep has not released pricing information. In the meantime, you can go for a test drive in Jeep’s other performance SUV, the Grand Cherokee SRT at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. Come by and see us!

Chrysler Pacifica Named Crossover of the Year, What Can’t The Pacifica Do?

By chloelykes | Posted in News on Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 9:57 AM
Rocky Mountain Automotive Press Chrysler Pacifica

One of the biggest names in the off-roading world, the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), just named the Chrysler Pacifica (a minivan) the Crossover-SUV of the year. So all we are left wondering, is what can’t the Pacifica do?

While the award seems a little odd at first, it makes sense. The parameters of what makes up an SUV or a  crossover have been blurring over the years, and when the Pacifica was introduced last year, those lines became even more unclear. It is not an SUV or a crossover by looks, but by capabilities, it could be.

The Pacifica is equipped with a powerful 287-horsepower 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, which is also the same engine used on legendary SUV models like the Jeep Wrangler. It has a powerful front-wheel drive and handling system that make it ideal for navigating steep inclines.

Rocky Mountain Automotive Press President, David Muramoto backed up RMAP’s award.  “There’s no doubt about the strength of the crossover segment in the Rocky Mountain region,” he said. “And while the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is not a ‘conventional’ crossover, it impressed RMAP voters with its ability to deliver innovative features to customers in that particular market segment.”

While you may not be bringing the Pacifica to the next mudding event, when you make a road trip through the Great Smoky Mountains, you know it’ll be able to handle the challenge.

Want to get a better idea of how versatile the all-new Pacifica is? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. We have a great selection Chrysler Pacifica inventory.

Photo source: Inside EVs

Transportation Tips for Tortuga Music Festival

By chloelykes | Posted in Life Style, News on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 at 3:45 PM
transportation to tortuga music festival

Tortuga Music Festival takes place on Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend and if you live in the area, you know how much fun it is, but also how much of a nightmare traffic can be. If you are going and have never been, be prepared for a fun weekend, but also make it stress-free with these transportation tips.

Plan for Traffic

Traffic delays shouldn’t be much of a surprise, anytime tens of thousands of people drive to one location, the roads get jammed. With that being said, give yourself plenty of extra time (at least 30-60 minutes) to get there and park.

 

Find Out Parking Locations and Bring Cash

Let’s be honest, you aren’t going to find parking on the street. There are designated places for parking and you are going to have to shell out some cash for them. Before going there, look up your options for parking and make sure you have enough cash to pay the lot that works best for you.

 

Consider Alternatives to Parking at the Festival

Sure, parking super close to the festival is nice, but not very practical because you could spend a lot of time looking for an available spot. Not only can parking and shuttling to the festival save you travel time, but they may also be cheaper than what you are going to pay to park closer. This year Tortuga Music Festival is offering a water taxi service from two locations and a Park ‘N Ride Shuttle from one location. Location, time and cost information on those alternatives is available here.

 

Do NOT Drink and Drive

Go and have a blast. Go and have the best time ever! Just don’t drive after you’ve been drinking! If you didn’t plan on being drunk and you get drunk before you leave this weekend, don’t worry, just use Uber, Lyft or call a cab and leave your car where it is parked.

 

Tailgate Thieves

Tailgating in a parking lot is a lot of fun before heading into the festival, just don’t leave your things outside of your vehicle when you head to the festival grounds because it is likely someone else will take (or drink) what you didn’t lock up.

Jeep Easter Safari Around the Corner, Ready for Moab?

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at 8:23 AM
Jeep easter safari concepts past and present

The annual Jeep Easter Safari held in Moab, Utah is one of the biggest Jeep events in the nation. Jeep drivers from all over the country head out to the picturesque red desert to ride and off-road together. To make things a little more special, each year Jeep designs and brings a couple exclusive Jeep models to the event and they are always awesome.

This year’s Easter Jeep Safari is scheduled for April 8-16 and Jeep has already teased two concepts, here’s a sneak peek.

2017 Concept Teasers

The first concept Jeep has teased so far for the upcoming Jeep Safari is the Jeep Switch Back.  Based on the leaked photos it appears as if the Jeep somewhat resembles the past Safari concept from 2015, the Africa MOAB concept. Features that can be spotted in the photo for the Switch Back include a Wrangler Unlimited platform, front brush guard, unique doors with cutouts in the center, and of course off-road tires.

The other leaked concept for 2017 is the Quicksand concept. For this concept, Jeep only leaked a sketch that reveals little detail. It looks as if it will be a two-door Wrangler JK with off-road tires (duh) and a roll cage. We can’t wait to see the model and learn more at the Easter Safari this year.

Favorite Past Concepts

2016 Trailcat

The Jeep Trailcat is an unforgettable concept that was at last year’s at Easter Jeep Safari. Imagine an off-road beast with the huge tires, a roll cage, rock rails, LED headlights and fog lights,and a vented power dome hood. Then take that off-road beast and add the SRT Hellcat engine. Yep, the 707-horsepower 6.2-liter SRT Hellcat engine. Thus, the birth of the all-mighty Trailcat.

2015 Jeep Chief

In 2015 the awesome Jeep Chief concept was released. This is one of our favorites now in 2017 there is a Chief trim available as a special edition for the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. The Chief concept encompasses a classic 1970s style with a hawaiian and beachy feel. The concept had features like 17-inch slotted mag rollers, an ocean blue exterior color, surfer pink, blue and white flowered cloth and leather trimmed seats, and a white roof.

Planning on checking out Easter Jeep Safari or another Jeep event this year and are interested in a new Jeep to roll up in? We have plenty of options from you to choose from at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. Check out our entire Jeep inventory here.

Photo source: Autoevolution

From the Pacifica to the Portal – Chrysler Continues to Set the Bar

By chloelykes | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 3:36 PM
Chrysler Pacifica and portal hollywood chrysler jeep

From the Pacifica to the the Portal, Chrysler has set the bar for innovation and creativity in the auto industry. Really though, did you ever imagine a minivan could have a “cool” reputation? If you think the Chrysler Pacifica is cool, learn about Chrysler’s Portal concept below.

The Chrysler Portal is a concept (for now) that has been seen at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the Detroit International Auto Show. Chrysler’s goal behind the Portal is to create a spacious and tech friendly vehicle geared towards millennials. Based in the concept, it seems like they did an awesome job.

With features like a fully electric powertrain that can travel up to 250 miles per change, face and voice recognition, and autonomous driving technology what isn’t there to love? A wider cabin, futuristic cockpit feel, dual articulated doors (better known as swing doors), and the capability for drivers and passengers to listen to their own music without disrupting other are just some more of the Portal’s advanced features.

You are probably thinking “ugh, why is this just a concept!”, but don’t worry, it probably won’t just be a concept forever. FCA’s CEO, Sergio Marchionne confirmed that Chrysler is seriously considering the production of a Portal type vehicle within the next few years. Cool!

For now, check out the Chrysler Pacifica inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for developing news on the Portal and other FCA news as it is released.

Photo source: PR Newswire

The Jeep Wave Program, Just Another Benefit of Owning a Jeep

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 3:29 PM
Jeep wave program hollywood chrysler jeep

If you own a Jeep, you probably know about the “Jeep wave,” a friendly gesture Jeep drivers share when they pass each other on the road. But that wave shouldn’t be confused with the Jeep Wave program, a special program by Mopar and Jeep that is offered to select Jeep vehicle owners.

The program is a rewards program that offers Jeep owners unique and exclusive benefits.

  • 24/7 support via live chat or phone which includes a towing service when needed.
  • Two free oil changes and tire rotations.
  • First-day rental allowance and up to $1,000 in trip interruption coverage, because let’s face it, on an off-roading trip, things happen!
  • VIP treatment at nationwide Jeep brand events.
  • Access to a calendar that has ALL of the nearby Jeep events.
  • Exclusive member discounts on parts and services that can help owners save up to $500.

Interested in the Jeep Wave program? First you need a Jeep! Come down to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to look through our huge inventory of Jeep vehicles and ask any questions you may have about the program/qualifying vehicles. Our sales team is here to help! You can also check out our entire Jeep inventory online here.

Happy Jeep shopping!

Photo source: The Jeep Guide

‘17 Jeep Renegade is a Loved CUV

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 2:19 PM
Jeep Renegade 5-star rating

Jeeps are awesome cars for those with an adventurous side. The newest Jeep, the Renegade, joined the lineup just a few years ago and has grown in popularity ever since. The Renegade may be smaller and have a different body style than most other Jeeps, but it still encompases the aggressive appearance and capabilities look Jeeps have always had. Plus, the Jeep Renegade is very affordable.

The 2017 Renegade lineup consists of seven trims. For the 2017 model year, Jeep has made some simple design changes and people and reviewers are loving them. In fact, even very reputable vehicle reviewing companies like AutoBlog, Car and Driver, Kelley Blue Book have given the ‘17 Renegade great reviews and it even scored a five-star rating from AutoBlog! Here’s why:

  • It’s a CUV with Incredible capabilities both on and off-road.
  • Upscale, good-looking, and comfortable cabin with plenty of space.
  • It has a classic Jeep look with its own twist and personality.
  • The Renegade is equipped with plenty of standard and optional user-friendly technology.  
  • Great handling and impressive fuel economy for both the base 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and the upgraded 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 engine.

Interested in test driving a Jeep Renegade for yourself? Come on down to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep any day Monday through Sunday! Or, check out our large Jeep Renegade inventory online here.

Photo source: Harley Rothfeld

Introducing Chrysler’s First PacifiPuppy, Foley!

By chloelykes | Posted in Life Style on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 8:46 AM
Foley PacifiPuppy

Chrysler recently launched their partnership with BraunAbility to create affordable and user friendly wheelchair accessible Pacifica vehicles. Now, Chrysler has another partnership and this one with Canine Companions for Independence, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about service dogs in addition to training new service dogs.

Chrysler and Canine Companions for Independence have adopted the PacifiPuppy, a cute little golden retriever/ lab mix pup named Foley, who is the face of the joint initiative called the “Give a Dog a Job” campaign.

The Give a Dog a Job campaign is a fundraising and awareness campaign that helps place trained service dogs with adults, children and veterans with disabilities. To help people connect and understand the type of training and skills service dogs learn, Foley will be filmed during the two-year process. Fans and followers will be able to see everything from training classes to vet visits and interact with Foley along the way.

Foley may be the first official PacifiPuppy, but there will be more along the way. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about and keep up with Foley along the way as well as the introduction of other dogs and more information regarding the campaign.

If you are interested in supporting the Chrysler brand that is making all of this happen, check out our entire inventory of Chrysler vehicles at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Attending Fort Lauderdale Auto Show

By chloelykes | Posted in Local, News on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 10:15 AM
Jeep Renegade at Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is returning to the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show this year, and there are opportunities to win some awesome prizes and to speak with our credit guru, Willie.

At our booth (booth 31) guests are going to have the chance to sign up to win prizes — two 3-day passes to Tortuga Music Festival , $2,000 toward Mopar parts and/or labor, or a 2-year lease on a new Ram truck! Additionally, we’ll have a credit specialist that guests can talk to about their credit and learn about the types of leases and financing options on a variety of our cars.

We are bringing some of the best new Jeep models including Jeep’s newest Trailhawk models (Grand Cherokee and Renegade) and a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. For the first time ever, the Chrysler Pacifica will be on display at the Fort Lauderdale Auto Show and guests will be able to check out all of its awesome features.

Like last year, we are sharing a display space with University Dodge and this year they are bringing some serious muscle cars. Since there has been a lot of talk about the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon that will debut at the New York International Auto Show next month, University Dodge is bringing a mint-condition 1971 Dodge Demon. But, this Demon is unlike any other, we guarantee it — this Demon has “666” in the VIN number —  eerie or bad a$$? You tell us.
We hope to see you at the Broward Convention Center this weekend!

Photo credit: Harley Rothfeld

New Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Trims Added to Lineup

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, March 17th, 2017 at 8:36 AM
Jeep Wrangler Big Bear trim Hollywood Chrysler Jeep

Earlier this year, Jeep added the upgraded off-road capable Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon to the lineup, and now there are a few more limited edition trims. Standing strong with 14 trims, the newest limited edition Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited trims include the Chief, Smoky Mountain and Big Bear.

Here’s a look at some of the new highlights on the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited lineup.

Jeep Wrangler/ Wrangler Unlimited Chief

Say “Aloha” to the new Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited Chief, which is all about the Jeep heritage and style. Sporting a retro beach vibe and a power dome vented hood, the Jeep Wrangler Chief looks has a unique white hard top accented with high-gloss white beltline decal lines. Buyers have the option of three exterior colors including the signature Chief Clearcoat Exterior Paint and there are silver accents on the vehicle’s grille, logos and the rims are high-gloss aluminum. To further accentuate the Chief’s retro look is a heritage four wheel drive decal in white on the rear swing gate. The vehicle’s interior includes heated leather-trimmed front seats with light diesel gray stitching.
Starting MSRP $34,445.

Jeep Wrangler/ Wrangler Unlimited Smoky Mountain

Whether forging a new path in the foothills or taking the scenic route, the new Jeep Wrangler/ Wrangler Unlimited Smoky Mountain has all you need to enjoy the drive. The Wrangler Smoky Mountain encapsulates a rugged appearance as it is available in four smoky gray shades and white and the exterior is covered in high-gloss black accents. Additionally, the new trim has a sculpted hood design that provides a more aggressive look.To keep passengers and the driver comfortable as they explore off-road, the vehicle is fitted with Black McKinley heated leather-trimmed front seats.
Starting MSRP $34,345

Jeep Wrangler/ Wrangler Unlimited Big Bear

The Jeep Wrangler/ Wrangler Unlimited Big Bear has one of the coolest hood designs that we’ve ever seen on a Jeep. This Wrangler trim has an exclusive hood decal that is a topographical map of the legendary John Bull Trail in California’s Big Bear Mountains. To make the Jeep as tough as the John Bull Trail, the Big Bear is equipped with rock rails, All-Terrain KO2 tires and the Command-Trac 4×4 System. Other features include mid-gloss black aluminum wheels, Sedodo seats, Jeep’s power convenience group and connectivity group packages.
Starting MSRP $28,695.

Fall in love yet? Which is your favorite? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and explore our collection of Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models.

Photo source: Jeep.com

Get Ready for These Spring Jeep Events Across Florida

By chloelykes | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 10:55 AM
Get Ready for These Spring Jeep Events Across Florida

While a lot of the country is still thawing out from winter, March and April are one of the best times of the year in Florida. The weather is beautiful, people are visiting and there are tons of awesome outdoor events, especially for Jeepers. Take a look at some of the cool events going on across the state this spring.

Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show

March 23-26 in Fort Lauderdale
Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is heading back to Fort Lauderdale’s annual auto show at the Broward County Convention Center. We will have several stock and lifted Jeeps on display as well as the new Pacifica. At our display, guests will have the chance to win a toolbox or money to use on Mopar parts! Come by and see us.

Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival

April 7-9 in Fort Lauderdale
We’re throwing this event in here because a lot of Jeepers love country music and come by when Dina B., from the country music radio station, KISS 99.9 visits Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. If you are looking for a country music fix, buy a ticket to Tortuga Music Festival to see some of the top country music singers perform live on Fort Lauderdale Beach and support various organizations like REEF and the Coral Resortation Foundation that support, research and protect our oceans. This would be an awesome event to show up in the Jeep Wrangler JK Guy Harvey Edition!

Wrenching Party

April 15 starts at 8:00 a.m. in Davie
Ready to get down and dirty? Black Sheep 4x4s is a local Jeep club that is active in the community and they are gearing up to host a wrenching party in April. The event is open to anyone who wants to come out and lend a hand or hang out. Bring your own chair as they are limited. Only members’ Jeeps will be worked on, but it is a great opportunity to learn how to do mods to your own Jeep and meet some other Jeepers. For directions email Scott at info@blacksheep4x4s.org.

Third Annual Morris Jeep Event

April 22 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Pompano Beach
Hundreds of Jeeps and Jeepers head to the Morris 4×4 Center to show off their vehicles and talk with other Jeep lovers at what is the area’s biggest Jeep event. There will be vendors, prizes and plenty of unique Jeeps and KISS 99.9 will be in attendance as well. Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to buy parts and upgrade your Jeep before heading to the event.

Jeep Beach 2017

April 25-30 in Daytona Beach
Though Jeep Beach is a bit farther than the other events, this is a must-do event for Jeep lovers because it is one of the few places in Florida you can drive your Jeep on the beach. This is one of the nation’s biggest Jeep-only events and events take place on the beach and at the Daytona International Speedway. Events include concerts, block parties, and awesome off-road courses and obstacles to test your Jeep!

And, don’t forget about Go Topless Day, scheduled for May 20! We will fill you in with more details about local activities in the next few weeks.

In need of a new Jeep?

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has all of the latest Jeep models, including the Jeep Renegade, Grand Cherokee and Cherokee. We just opened our new showroom, so come by and see us today!

80,000 Miles and The Entire Continent of Africa in a Jeep Wrangler

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 10:43 AM
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon africa ride

“After driving 6,000 miles through six countries in six months across West Africa, Dan Grec a.k.a. The Road Chose Me, is truly living the adventurous Jeep brand life.” – Jeep

We stumbled upon Dan Grec’s “The Road Chose Me” Facebook page via a post on Jeep’s Facebook and we were instantly obsessed. If you are a Jeep fan who dreams of adventure, this The Road Chose Me is a Facebook page you will want to follow. Dan Grec, the man behind the page is a writer, adventurer, and true lover of the Jeep brand who takes crazy trips and shares them along the way. This is his job (jealous, right?).

Dan’s latest adventure is a two year trek across the entire continent of Africa. He will ride roughly 80,000 miles and explore all kinds of new places in his modified Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Check out some of the features and mods to his awesome Jeep Wrangler Rubicon:

Mechanical and Performance

  • 2011 Jeep JK Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited
  • 3.6-liter V6 gasoline engine.
  • Six-speed manual transmission.

Off-Road Equipment

  • 4.10 axle ratios and a 4:1 transfer case ratio.
  • 34-inch all-terrain BF Goodrich tires and steel Mopar 17-inch wheels.
  • Front, rear and engine skid plates.
  • 2.5-inch lift with Geometry Correction brackets.

Exterior and Interior

  • Pop-up camper roof.
  • Removed back seats with custom cabinets and storage space.
  • Awning/sun shade built into the rear.

Turning the Jeep into a Home

  • 12 gallon drinking water tank built under body.
  • 35L Dometic CTX-35 fridge built into interior with backup batteries so it can run without the engine being on.
  • Built-in single burner gas stove.
  • Solar panels to charge batteries.
  • Additional filled gas tanks.  

Want your own Jeep Wrangler to mod out for adventures? Check out our huge inventory of Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: The Road Chose Me – Dan Grec

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep’s New Showroom is Open!

By chloelykes | Posted in Life Style, Local, News on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 3:50 PM
New Hollywood Chrysler Jeep showroom is open

Construction is complete and Hollywood Chrysler Jeep’s new showroom is finally open a year and a half after a fire tore through the original building. Hollywood Chrysler Jeep turned the unfortunate accident into an opportunity to rebuild and upgrade the dealership showroom for customers and employees.

The new state-of-the-art building reopened in late-February and customers and employees love it. The building’s interior and layout is entirely new and the new space has several new amenities like complimentary bottled water, fresh coffee and even two electric vehicle charging stations open to the public.

Customers waiting for service to be complete can relax or work in the new customer lounge that is complete with a TV, outlets to charge mobile devices and leather seats that have foldout laptop desks. The new building also features sustainable features like bright LED lighting, automated A/C control and daylight harvesting lights.

The Hollywood Chrysler Jeep service department was not affected by the fire and it has remained open through the entire process. Our service department is one of the area’s best service departments and it has 20 service bays, eight auto body bays, and two paint spray booths.

Come by and see the new store today! We have a large selection of Chrysler and Jeep models in addition to used cars. View our inventory online here or visit us in Hollywood for a test drive.

 

2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Comes With a Tax Credit

By chloelykes | Posted in News on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 10:17 AM
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid hollywood chrysler jeep

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid does much more than save drivers money at the fuel pump. In addition to an excellent fuel economy, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid also gives drivers the satisfaction of reducing their carbon footprint and it is also qualifies for a federal tax credit! Unlike many standard “hybrids” that don’t have a plug to recharge the battery, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is actually a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and that means it is eligible for federal and even local (if available) tax credits.

The Pacifica Hybrid qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit, or in other words, buyers are eligible to receive a $7,500 tax credit on their federal income taxes of the year they purchased the vehicle. In addition, some states and local governments also have their own tax credits for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Other Reasons to Purchase the Pacifica Hybrid:

  • Help the environment. Just because you need a big family car, doesn’t mean you need a gas guzzler.
  • Save money on gas.
  • Most advanced minivan yet with available features including a theatre system and a panoramic sunroof.
  • Coolest, best looking, and most powerful van on the market, not to mention the only hybrid minivan.
  • Plenty of space!

Don’t worry, the Pacifica Hybrid isn’t a slow car. The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a modified 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that is in the non-hybrid model, but it also has dual electric motors and a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. The Pacifica Hybrid can travel 33 miles on pure electricity and it has a hybrid city/highway fuel economy of 80 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). Even though it is a hybrid and a minivan, it is actually pretty powerful, too. The Pacifica Hybrid produces 260 horsepower, impressive!

Interested in a Chrysler Pacifica or Pacifica hybrid? Check out our entire Pacifica inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: Forbes

Check Out a Jeep Jamboree Ride in a New Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 AM
Jeep Jamboree in a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

There has never been a better time to purchase a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Jeep Jamboree season is here and if you want to attend an event or two, a new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited would be a great investment. Check out why the Wrangler Unlimited would be a great vehicle option for Jeep Jamboree along with a list of events this year closest to us here in South Florida.

Why You Want a New Jeep Wrangler Unlimited for Jeep Jamboree

  • You can put the miles on your new Wrangler Unlimited without a worry.
  • Rather than a two-door Wrangler, a four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited model also provides more space for your cargo and passengers.
  • Sure your old Wrangler is awesome, but having the newest tech and brand new Wrangler Unlimited assures you the utmost safety throughout your Jamboree adventure.
  • Also, the new Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon can get you literally anywhere you need to go off-road. So you won’t have to get stuck along the way!

Closest Jeep Jamboree Events to South Florida  

Uwharrie / Troy, North Carolina / Oct. 5-7

The Jeep Jamboree event that is closest to South Florida is held in Uwharrie, North Carolina, which is about an 11-hour drive. Guides take riders on four long trail rides that include trails rated from easy to demanding. Registration is still open.

Cullman–Stony Lonesome 2017 / Cullman, Alabama / Sept. 21-23

The next closest Jamboree is located in the Appalachian Mountains of Cullman, Alabama (12-hour drive). Registration is still open so if you want to attend, sign up soon.

Tennessee Mountains 2017 /  Oak Ridge, Tennessee / April 26-29

With an estimated driving time of 13 hours, Oak Ridge, Tennessee is located within a day’s drive. Trails have difficulty ratings between 4 and 8 and the trails go through the beautiful Tennessee mountains. Registration is closed for this year’s event, but if it sounds like your dream ride, put it on your list for 2018.

Check out our inventory of brand new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited models at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Chrysler Minivan Legacy: Then and Now

By chloelykes | Posted in New Inventory on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Chrysler Pacifica v old minivan

From a box on wheels to the masterful mobility machine that is available today, Chrysler’s minivans have successfully evolved over the last three decades.  Here’s a look at Chrysler’s minivan evolution beginning with the Chrysler Town & Country to today’s new Chrysler Pacifica.

First Minivans

The first minivans to hit the streets were the Dodge Grand Caravan and the Plymouth Voyager and they were introduced in the ‘80s. Though they were made by Dodge and Plymouth, Chrysler can still take credit for them because Chrysler owned those brands. However, the first minivan to come out under the Chrysler brand was the Chrysler Town & Country in 1990.

The 1990 Chrysler Town & Country was fairly similar to the Grand Caravan and Voyager, however, Chrysler made the Town & Country into a more luxurious minivan that had more features. A far cry from the look of minivans today, the first Town & Country was very boxy and it had one sliding door and wood paneling on both sides. The original Town & Country was equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 engine or a 3.3-liter V6 engine, both of which were paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0L engine produced 142 horsepower and the 3.3L engine produced 150 horsepower.

New Features

In 1996 the Town & Country was re-designed and its new design was a lot closer to the look of minivans today. The new 1996 Town & Country had the first ever driver’s sliding door and a new seating system, Easy Out Roller Seats, which is the origin of Chrysler’s revolutionary Stow ‘n Go seating system. The engine options had also changed and improved, so the Town & Country could max out at 180 horsepower.

Better Features

In 2001, Chrysler re-designed the Town & Country again and this was the first time consumers were introduced to the Stow ‘n Go seating system. The new seating system made it possible for users to fold up the second- and third-row bench seats and store them into built-in floor storage compartments or use the floor storage compartments to store other objects. The new design also included a new engine that produced 215 horsepower.

Best Features

The final generation of the Chrysler Town & Country was introduced in 2008 and it was produced through 2016, when Chrysler ended production on the minivan. The Town & Country was replaced by the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which like the Town & Country once was, is revolutionary.

After many successful months, Chrysler then introduced the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, the world’s first plug-in hybrid electric minivan.

The engine in the Pacifica is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that puts out 287 horsepower, which is more power than the Town & Country ever had. In the standard Pacifica the engine is paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with a modified version of the 3.6L Pentastar engine, a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery and dual electric motors that produces 260 horsepower.

In addition to the boost in power, the new Pacifica models are also a lot more fuel efficient. The Pacifica averages 28 mpg on the highway and the Pacifica Hybrid averages 84 MPGe when the battery and engine are working together — wow!

When it comes to technology, and unique features Chrysler truly outdid themselves with the Pacifica. Features like SiriusXM radio comes standard in every model above the base LX model and a 5.0 touchscreen with UConnect 5.0, a six-speaker audio system, active noise cancellation technology, and integrated voice command via bluetooth come standard on all models.  

Those were just the standard features. The Pacifica is available with more features and options than any Chrysler van before. The award winning panoramic sunroof, the UConnect infotainment system with dual DVD players and bluetooth connection, UConnect 8.0, and a Harmon Kardon audio system with 20-speakers are just a few of the hundreds of options. The Chrysler Pacifica is truly the most advanced and good-looking van not just by Chrysler, but in the market now.

Check out the newest Chrysler minivan inventory, the Chrysler Pacifica at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: Car and Driver

A Look at the All-New 2017 Jeep Compass

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 3:32 PM
All-new Jeep Compass

The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass is an advanced and fuel efficient vehicle with world-class capabilities both on and off-road. Between the engine and transmission options, the new Compass Trailhawk trim option, and the redesign, the Compass is different than ever before, and people are loving it. Don’t worry, the style still resembles a rugged and sleek SUV Jeep wouldn’t have it any other way.

Engines and Performance

There are two engine options for the new 2017 Jeep Compass. Both of these engines are capable and fuel efficient, especially in comparison to other SUVs.

  • 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine: This engine is the base engine which comes standard on the base Compass trim and lower level trims. This engine produces up to 158 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque. This engine has amazing fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
  • 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 engine: The 2.4-liter engine is the upgraded engine option, which comes standard on with the Trailhawk trim. This engine produces up to 172 horsepower, 165 lb-ft of torque, and has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Technology

Technology is important. This SUV is technologically advanced in both entertainment and safety technology. Check it out.

Safety

  • Anti-lock brakes.
  • Traction control.
  • Stability control.
  • Emergency braking assistance.
  • Dusk sensing headlamps.

Entertainment

  • SiriusXM radio.
  • A four-speaker audio system.
  • AUX input and USB port media hub.

Style

The exterior of the new Jeep Compass keeps the aggressive style you look for in a Jeep, but has gone through a pretty large redesign. The interior is comfortable and spacious.

Exterior

  • Painted 17-inch alloy wheels.
  • All-season tires.
  • Seven-color options.

Interior

  • Two interior color options.
  • Standard cloth seats, available leather option.
  • Leather tilt and adjust steering wheel.

New Compass Trailhawk Trim

The Trailhawk trim is not new to Jeep, but is new to the Compass. This model is an off-road beast, with standard features to ensure a safe and capable off-road ride through pretty much any terrain.

  • Red tow hooks for safety when your get stuck (two in the front, one in the back).
  • Skid plates, raised ride height, and “trail-friendly” front fascia.
  • All-terrain tires, and 18-inch wheels.
  • Standard 2.4-liter I4 engine.
  • 4X4 drive and a Trail Rated badge.
  • Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 system and Selec-Terrain system. The Selec-Terrain system has the ability to control and change traction depending on terrain to allow for optimal safety. Terrain modes include rock, mud, snow, auto, and sand. The Jeep Active Drive Low system includes a rear axle disconnect system, a 20:1 crawl ratio, and low-speed traction when needed (for example pulling your boat trailer out on a lake).

Check out our inventory of Jeep Compass vehicles at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: Jeep.com

Virtually Modify Your Jeep with Interactive Garage

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style on Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 10:06 AM
Jeep Jamboree Interactive Garage

If you have a Jeep Wrangler (or want one) and have the need or want to modify it, there is an easy way to do so! Googling different parts and buying them from all over can be frustrating,  but Jeep Jamboree’s Interactive Garage is an excellent and easy alternative where you can do it all in one place.   

Interactive Garage

The interactive garage can be found here.

With the online tool, users have the choice of modifying a Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited made between from 2007 to the current model year. Once the model is selected, users can choose all types of mods like front and rear bumpers, running boards, lift kits, hoods and roofs. Each item that is selected is then added onto the Jeep so users can actually see what the modification would look like.

Then, once a user has figured out what they want to purchase, they can do so right on the site. With Jeep Interactive Garage there is no longer a need to Google different parts and risk getting the wrong one.

The garage is super simple to use. Just follow the following steps and that’s it!

  • Pick your Jeep from the options.
  • Click on different types of mods (they are separated by categories to allow for ease of searching).
  • Watch your Jeep come to life on the screen.
  • Keep what you like, take off what you don’t. The items you like automatically go to your shopping cart.
  • When you are done, click on the shopping cart and check out. It is seriously that easy!

Check out our entire Jeep Wrangler inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: Screen shot taken from Jeepjamboreeusa.com

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Named Dealer of the Year in Florida for Jeep

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News, Local on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 at 10:49 AM
Hollywood Chrysler Jeep - dealer of the year in florida

DealerRater, a trusted resource for car consumers and dealerships, named Hollywood Chrysler Jeep the 2017 Dealer of the Year in Florida for Jeep. The dealership earned the award for all of the positive reviews employee’s accumulated throughout 2016.

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep takes customer service very serious. From leasing or financing a new or used car, or taking care of your car, our staff wants all of our customers to be happy with their experience.

Our sales staff are knowledgable and friendly and will help you find the best car for your needs and at a price within your budget. Our service department is a team of trained professionals who are passionate about what they do. We not only value your business, but we also value your time and we don’t play waiting games with our sales or service customers.

Though Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is a Chrysler and Jeep dealership that has a dedicated Mopar parts and service department, we also have a variety of used vehicles available and they can be serviced at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep as well.

Thankfully, our new building will be open soon and it is going to be one of the most modern dealerships in the area. Stay tuned on our Facebook for the grand opening!

Photo source: Images Guru

Midsize SUV Comparison: Jeep Cherokee and Mitsubishi Outlander

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 10:38 AM
Jeep Cherokee vs. Mitsubishi Outlander

Jeep Cherokee or Mitsubishi Outlander? We’ll let you decide.

Midsize SUVs and crossovers have been hogging the spotlight in the last year. Manufacturers have reported steady sales increases in SUVs and crossovers and in return, they are amping up production.

One brand that is making a big switch to SUVs and crossovers is Mitsubishi. In fact, they are becoming so SUV-focused, Mitsubishi has even ended production on the Lancer to make room for a new SUV. So will Mitsubishi last against a competitor like Jeep? Let’s take a quick look and see how their two midsize SUVs, the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Jeep Cherokee, compare.

Engines

The 2017 Jeep Cherokee is equipped with a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine that is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Cherokee produces 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque and it has an average fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander also has a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and its engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Jeep Cherokee is slightly more powerful as the Outlander produces 166 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. The Outlander has the same 30 mpg highway fuel economy as the Cherokee, but a slightly higher city fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city.

Drivetrain

Both vehicles have the option of two drivetrains. The Jeep Cherokee is available with front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and the Mitsubishi Outlander is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel control, which is Mitsubishi’s all-wheel drive system.

Features

Both the Cherokee and Outlander are equipped with touch screen displays, Bluetooth capabilities and rearview cameras systems. The Jeep Cherokee ‘s touchscreen is synced to Uconnect, which is FCA’s integrated infotainment system that has a variety of pre-programmed apps and features. The Outlander doesn’t have an infotainment system, but it does have an HD radio. Both vehicles have three 12-volt outlets throughout the vehicle and they each have convenient built-in floor storage consoles.

Winner

It looks like Jeep and Mitsubishi were both on to something with each of these midsize SUV models. Though they each have their own unique identity, the Cherokee and Outlander come standard with many of the same features ranging from engine to technology. Just as similar as their specs are is the price. The Jeep Cherokee starts at $23,595 and the Mitsubishi Outlander starts at $23,495.

So which one will you choose? That depends on you. Do you want to be a member of the Jeep family? They are pretty welcoming … and fun … and Mopar makes their parts.

If you do decide on a Jeep Cherokee, come to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and check out our available inventory.

New BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica is Most Spacious Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

By chloelykes | Posted in Fleet, Life Style on Friday, February 17th, 2017 at 4:51 PM
Braunability Chrysler Pacifica is wheelchair accessible

The possibilities of the new Chrysler Pacifica are endless. In 2016, Chrysler partnered up with Google’s self-driving company, Waymo, to create a self-driving Pacifica, and Chrysler has recently partnered with BraunAbility to introduce a wheelchair-accessible Pacifica.

Called the BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler and Braunability transformed the Pacifica into the most spacious wheelchair-accessible vehicle in the industry. To make the vehicle ideal for wheelchair-bound consumers, the new Pacifica has AccessAbility tech, which includes an aerospace-inspired sliding door extension and a side-entry ramp. To maximize space, the base of the seats are supported by cantilevers and this small modification makes it easier for all types and sizes of wheelchairs to maneuver in the cabin.

The new partnership and product also inspired another opportunity. Chrysler and BraunAbility have partnered with Canine Companions for Independence.

“The synergy between adapted vehicles like the BraunAbility Pacifica and the intelligence and life-changing skills of a Canine Companions assistance dog are seamlessly giving independence — and giving a dog a job,” said Canine Companions CEO Paul Mundell. Seeing a Canine Companions assistance dog working with their partner in and around an adapted vehicle is a testament to the adaptability of our assistance dogs and their ability to enhance independence for a person with a disability.”

This isn’t the first time Chrysler has been involved in the automotive mobility industry. The Chrysler brand was the first in the industry to offer drivers with physical challenges up to a $1,000 cash reimbursement for expenses related to adaptive equipment.

If you or a family member is interested in the new BraunAbility Chrysler Pacifica, please contact Hollywood Chrysler Jeep.

Not Your Typical Jeep Wrangler Style Mods

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Thursday, February 16th, 2017 at 8:53 AM
Jeep Wrangler modifications

If you drive a Jeep you are probably familiar with the “normal” mods (new tires, lift kit, LED light bar, rock rails) many owners add to their Wrangler and you may even have some on your Jeep). But, have you ever considered stepping out of the box by adding some more unique mods? Check out what’s available.

Get Lit

LED light bars and off-road lights are common additions to Jeep Wranglers, but there are tons of lighting options. Some unique exter light mods like colored fog lights, rock lights, and Jeep logo LED laser projectors. Both fog light and rock light mods come in a variety of colors, a lot of Jeep driving choose red as it gives a aggressive look. The LED laser projectors (also called pulled lights) are installed on the interior of the doors and then appear on the ground under a door when opened.

The interior of your Jeep can be just as lit up and stylish as the outside! Interior LED light strips, rugged LED courtesy lights, and even LED lit cup holders. The light strips run along the floor and under seats in the Jeep, which allow the entire floor to light up (in the color of your choice of course!). The courtesy lights and cup holder lights are of course less flashy, but still add personality to your Jeep like no one else’s.

“Let Me See Your Grille”

“Let me see your what?” Jeep grilles are already rugged and famous, but why not add your own touch to the grille? Grille lights, chrome or colorful inserts, all sorts of grille inserts, and grille paint can all add a personal touch to your wrangler.

If you want to light up your grille, you can put in LED light inserts in the grille. Red, green, blue, whatever the color, everyone will see you coming at night. Chrome, color, and design inserts also provide a different look for your Jeep. We even found a couple american flag inserts if you are feeling patriotic. The best part about grille inserts is there are many that are reasonable priced. You can always have your grille painted or wrapped too, many Jeep lovers like to make the grille matte black.

If you need a new Jeep Wrangler to modify, you’ve stumbled into the right place! Check out our entire and large inventory of Jeep Wrangler’s at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here. We can do any modifications and help you get Jeep parts!

Origins of the Jeep Brand’s Iconic Seven-Slot Grille

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 2:16 PM
Jeep Seven Slot Grille

One of the most recognizable features of the Jeep brand is the iconic seven-slot grille that is on every Jeep model. But where did that design come from? It’s actually pretty cool.

The Jeep Wrangler was the first Jeep made and it was originally called the Willys MB. The Willys MB was an formally named the U.S. Army Truck, 1/4 ton, 4×4  and it was created by Willys-Overland to be used in World War II. Though this original model had many of the style elements that the Wrangler has today, the seven-slot grille was not one of them. The grille on the first Willys MB was a welded flat iron “slat” radiator grille.

Willy’s got a step closer to the famed seven-slot grill in April 1942 when they implemented a new vertical-slot grille design by Ford. Since Ford and Willys-Overland were both creating military vehicles, it wasn’t a stretch for Willy’s to use the new grille design on their World War II vehicles.

In comparison to the original Willys MB grille, the Ford design was beneficial because it was lighter, more affordable and easier to produce. But, this was not the birth of the seven-slot grille, it was the birth of a very similar looking nine-slot grille.

After the war in 1945, Willy’s wanted to produce the Willys MB for civilians. However, the nine-slot grille was Ford’s design, so Willy’s couldn’t trademark it. So Willys subtracted two of the nine slots to make it a seven-slot grille and this was enough of a change to get a trademark. By the end of the year, Willys had produced the Willys CJ (Civilian Jeep) and this became the face of the Jeep brand.

Do you want your next vehicle to be a part of the seven-slot grille family? You can search all Jeep models at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep.

Should we add a call to action for readers to search for their own 7-slot grilled vehicle?

Be a Courteous and Safe Driver and Practice Good Driving Habits

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style, Local on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 9:00 AM
Practice good driving habits

Driving in Florida can be stressful, especially during the first couple months in the year. From January to May, there are a lot of tourists who are unfamiliar with all of the Florida driving laws and the local roads. While gestures and name calling may be a first reaction to bad drivers and driving mistakes, neither method is an effective way at staying safe and avoiding accidents. So here’s a look at some effective ways to stay safe.

Know and Accept That There are Bad Drivers

First and foremost, the best drivers are good drivers because they do not get overly angry or frustrated when other drivers are not perfect drivers. Good drivers anticipate that there are bad drivers on the road and they are always ready to avoid mistakes that bad drivers make. When good drivers dodge a bad driving mistake, they just keep going on their way and don’t get distracted by telling someone else off.  

Look Over Your Shoulder Before Changing Lanes, at Any Speed

You should always, always look over your shoulder before changing lanes no matter how fast you are going. Almost every car has blind spots, and mirrors give a false sense of security. You never know when there is a car or a motorcycle coming up behind you at a very fast speed or just in that right spot to not be seen.

Parking Matters

Yes, parking matters. Good drivers don’t park crooked or position themselves too close to one side of a parking spot. That doesn’t mean they perfectly park every time, but it means when they don’t park great, they fix it. Also, good drivers know how to parallel park and they don’t park too close or too far to the car infront or behind them.

Use Your Turn Signal to Change Lanes and Turn

A lot of drivers do not use their turn signal before changing lanes or turning and this can cause a lot of problems.  When you use your signal before changing lanes or turning, you are letting other drivers know that you are getting ready to make a change in your driving, so they need to be cautious.

Check the Driveway Before Reversing

You never know when there is a pedestrian or biker in your path.

Left Lane is For Passing

Check out this video by Vox. It is a great refresher that the left lane is only for passing. Drivers that are driving the speed limit in the left lane cause unintended problems.

Use Caution When Moving Through an Intersection

A lot of cars run red lights, so if you are first through an intersection, be sure to check the lanes before moving forward.

Do Not Block Other Drivers to Change Lanes

Driving in a new area can be frustrating because you don’t always know where you are going, but good drivers know that it is okay to pass the street they were supposed to turn on they can simply make a U-turn or go around the block.

It is never okay to prevent other drivers from moving forward during a green light because you are taking up two lanes trying to change lanes and make a turn that you did not anticipate. Same thing applies when trying to get over to make an exit, do not unsafely change lanes just so you can make the exit. If you miss it, you miss it and you can take the next exit. It is not a big deal.

Stay safe out there! Have any other tips we should share with our audience? Share them with us on our Facebook.

Jeep Introduces New Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 9:54 AM
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon

Jeep just announced a sweet addition to the Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited lineups, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition. Built for Jeepers that love pushing their off-road vehicle to its limit, the Wrangler Rubicon Recon Edition has improved components to help it conquer all types of terrains and trails.

The Wrangler Rubicon Recon is an excellent rock climber as it’s standard manual transmission has a crawl ratio of 73.1:1 and electronic-locking front and rear Dana 44 axles. Other improvements include a half-inch lift and heavy-duty cast front and rear differential covers.

The Wrangler Rubicon Recon rides on 17-inch painted aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch BF Goodrich KM off-road tires. However, the vehicle’s new enhanced rock rails provide enough space for owners to increase tire size of 35 inches without needing to modify the vehicle’s body

Jeep spruced up the new model’s interior with a lot of excellent convenience features. Jeep’s Connectivity Group, Power Convenience Group, Satellite Radio, remote starter and auto temperature control are standard. There is also an eight-speaker audio system, black leather heated seats with a “Rubicon” embroidered logo and red accents throughout. The vehicle is also fitted with a premium Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with added readouts, such as oil pressure, transmission and coolant temperatures, digital speed and individual tire pressure.

The new Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon will be available at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep at the end of February. If you need a new Jeep before then, come by and test drive a new model today.

Photo source: AutoGuide

Jeep’s FOUR WHEELER SUV of the Year + New Possibilities

By chloelykes | Posted in Jeep News on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at 9:40 AM
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk SUV of the year

The year just started and the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk has already been named FOUR WHEELER “SUV of the Year,” but we know this is just the beginning of new award-winning possibilities for the Jeep brand.

After the brand’s 12 percent sales increase in 2016, FCA announced their billion-dollar expansion plan in the U.S. and the Jeep brand will largely benefit. With the maneuvering of manufacturing and labor at the Jeep production plants, Jeep will be able to produce three new models, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Wagoneer and the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck.

While many people are very excited for the comeback of these models, others are wondering if this could be a bad move for Jeep. In response to the doubts, Mike Manley, CEO of the Jeep brand, explained at the Detroit Auto Show why the move is a good idea and after hearing the details, we are certain the Grand Wagoneer will be a hit.

Manley explained that the Jeep brand name has always been associated with rugged style SUVs. Although the brand may have diversified their products with the Renegade and now the Wagoneer, the Jeep image remains. Jeep will always keep the iconic seven-slot Jeep and will continue to only produce SUVs. Really the only difference for the future Grand Wagoneer is that it will not only be a rugged and classic looking Jeep, but will incorporate luxury features allowing it to compete with vehicles like the Range Rover.

Once this vehicle is released, it is sure to take home many awards and continue the “winning streak” and high sales numbers for Jeep.

This Grand Wagoneer may not be out for a while, but we do have the SUV of the year, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk as well as many other Grand Cherokee trims. Check out our entire Grand Cherokee inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: Motor Trend

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Texas

By chloelykes | Posted in Life Style on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 at 9:31 AM
Off-road Locations in Texas

Want to explore new territory with your Jeep? How about Texas! Texas is full of off-road trails and beautiful wildlife. It doesn’t matter what area of Texas you visit, there are places to go in every corner!

Lake Buffalo OHV Area

Lake Buffalo is located in Iowa Park, Texas and there is a specific area of the lake that has dried up and is open to off-highway and off-road vehicles, including Jeeps. Be sure to bring a handkerchief to cover your face because it is a dusty place with several obstacles that will be sure to test your Jeep’s rock crawling skills.

Bolivar Peninsula/Crystal Beach

Jeepers in Texas love Crystal Beach because it is a beautiful place to off-road and it is the location of a few annual Jeep events like “Go Topless” event as well as “Jeep Weekend.” Imagine driving your Jeep on the beautiful coast of the Bolivar Peninsula. Just make sure to avoid riding over the sand dunes, that is against the rules!

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

For a Jeep and adventure lover, Lake Meredith is the spot to go in Texas. Visitors can enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, off-roading and more! There are several different trails for all levels of drivers and ATVs, Bikes, and Off-roading vehicles are all welcome. This is a large area, so we recommend checking out the Blue Creek and/or Rosita trails and climbs.

Red River on the Texas/Oklahoma Border

Kill two birds with one stone and adventure in two states at once. The Red River sits on the boarder of Texas and Oklahoma and has plenty of space to ride off-road. Here you can find an ATV park, motorcycle trails, and full-size vehicle trails as well. There is a park dedicated to off-roading with trails in Hendrix, Oklahoma called the Red River ATV park.

Want to read up on more locations and states where you can have a great off-road experience. Check out the other articles we have written for our monthly series! If you go off-roading, don’t forget to tell your #MyJeepStory with Jeep and with us!

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Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Costa Rica

Four 4WD Off-Road  Locations: Southern California

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 1

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 2
Need a new Jeep to take out an explore new places? Check out our huge inventory of Jeep models at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

How Not to Jump a Car and How To Jump a Car

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Service on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at 3:04 PM

If you haven’t watched the TV series, The Office, we highly recommend it. However, we want to be sure to inform our audience NOT to jump a car like Michael shows in the season three show, “Ben Franklin.” Of course, it’s not meant to be taken too seriously, however, we can only imagine that some people might actually do it. Don’t.

To properly jump a car you have to connect the red clip to the positive terminal on the car’s battery and the black clip to the negative terminal (smaller). It’s also important to note that some car’s battery’s do not have an accessible negative terminal and the cable should be connected to a good ground section of the car. Then you do the same thing on the car that is jumping the dead car. Then turn the car on and the dead car should be able to start up.

Another thing we wanted to point out is jumping a moped with a car because South Florida has a lot of mopeds. Not all mopeds can be jumped by a car!  Before you try using a car check to see what type of battery your moped has and if it can be safely jumped with a car. If your battery can be jumped with a car, do not EVER turn the car on! All you need to do is connect the cables as you would to jump a car and the power from a car battery will transfer without being turned on.

LaneSense in the Chrysler Pacifica Gives Your Family Extra Protection

By chloelykes | Posted in News on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 at 11:28 AM
Chrysler Pacifica LaneSense

As we have discussed many times the Chrysler Pacifica is cool, unique, fun, and it is full of surprises. But apart from the minivan being cool, it is also extremely safe and that’s a priority for consumers looking for a minivan.

The 2017 Pacifica received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and it is also an I.I.H.S Top Safety Pick. In addition to the Pacifica’s many standard safety features, it has a few available features to assist the driver and keep everyone safe and one of these is LaneSense Lane Departure Warning with Lane-Keep Assist.

So how does it work and how can it be shut off?

Lane keep assist uses the vehicle’s cameras and sensors to detect and measure the vehicle’s position within lane boundaries (dashes and lines on the road). If the system senses unintentional lane drifting (no turn signal), it will provide gentle corrective action via the electronic steering system and notify drivers of the drifting with a visual warning.

If the driver continues to unintentionally drift out of the lane, the LaneSense system provides a visual warning through the Instrument Cluster Display to prompt the driver to remain within the lane boundaries.

If driver’s prefer not to have the system on, there’s a button to disable Lane Assist on the dash under the radio. If the light is on, it means that the feature is turned off.

Chrysler realizes “stuff happens” and a fraction of a second can result in a devastating accident, so the available lane keep assist is there 24/7.

Interested in a Chrysler Pacifica to add this safety feature to? No problem! Check out our large inventory of Chrysler Pacifica vehicles at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.  

Photo source: Magazine Automotor Youtube

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Means Saving Money and Fewer CO2 Emissions

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Friday, January 27th, 2017 at 9:28 AM
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has improved emissions and fuel economy

Not only is the Pacifica Hybrid one of the best PHEVs available, but it is also helping to reduce our carbon footprint. It’s true, when compared to three popular brands of PHEVs, Chrysler comes out ahead. Let’s take a look.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

First let’s review. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of the award-winning Chrysler Pacifica. It runs on a a 16-kWh lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery with two electric motors and an upgraded version of Chrysler’s award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. On battery power alone, the Pacifica Hybrid can travel up to 33 miles with zero emissions, and when the motors and engine work together, the minivan has a total range of 566 miles.

The engine is so great, that it was named on WardsAuto list of 10 Best Engines. In December, we learned that not only can the Pacifica Hybrid travel 33 miles without emitting a single emission, but the EPA has officially rated its hybrid fuel economy of 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent). On top of all this good news, Pacifica Hybrid buyers are eligible for a full $7,500 federal tax credit due to the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and use of alternative fuel.

Environment + Emissions

So how does all of this affect the environment? According to FuelEconomy.gov, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid uses only four barrels of petroleum per year. That’s a third of how much the Audi A3 e-tron uses (5.9 barrels), and the Pacifica Hybrid is a much larger vehicle! Fossil fuels won’t last forever, and sooner than later they’ll run out – not to mention, they also pollute the environment with C02 and greenhouse gasses (GHGs).

FuelEconomy.gov also gave the 2017 Pacifica Hybrid a 10/10 rating for tailpipe CO2 emissions, as it only releases an average of 106 grams of CO2 emissions per mile. That’s 52 grams less than the Audi A3 e-tron. These measurements don’t just benefit the planet though. On top of that $7,500 federal tax credit, FuelEconomy.gov estimates that Pacifica Hybrid owners will save $2,250 in fuel costs over the course of five years. By buying a Pacifica Hybrid, you’re practically getting back $10,000 in your first year of ownership- wow!
If these are the savings the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid can do for owners and the world, then we can only go up from here.

Don’t Get Stuck Off-Roading in a Jeep Wrangler with These Mods

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Parts on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 2:43 PM
Jeep Wrangler Off-road Hollywood Chrysler Jeep

Getting stuck off-roading is never fun, especially in a new Jeep Wrangler. Not to mention, getting stuck can damage the underside of the vehicle, and mud or water can get into the exhaust, which could possibly get into the engine, as well as a variety of other issues. Of course, sometimes getting stuck just happens, but here are some mods for your Jeep Wrangler that will decrease the chances of you and your Jeep from getting stuck.

Tires + Lift

Adding a big set of mud tires and a lift kit is one of the best ways to decrease your chances of getting stuck off-roading. Adding tires and a lift kit can range anywhere from $900 to a couple thousand dollars. However, if you plan on mudding or going through water in your Jeep Wrangler, the money you spend will be worth it. The higher the ground clearance the deeper a vehicle can go in mud and water without flooding your Jeep’s engine. Also, the increased ground clearance increases departure, approach and breakover angles and it is great for rock climbing.

Engine Performance

Adding horsepower and torque is another great way to try to prevent getting stuck in the mud. One way to add horsepower is doing an engine swap for a bigger engine, but that can be costly and void the manufacturer’s warranty. Other ways to increase your Jeep Wrangler’s horsepower include a performance chip, modifying the vehicle’s exhaust, adding headers, and adding on a cold air intake or a supercharger.

Lighting

Do you go off-roading at night? What looks like a puddle could turn out to be a deep rut or maybe you didn’t see that big obstacle in the way and next thing you know, you’re stuck. The standard headlights on a Wrangler might not provide enough light when off-roading at night, so adding more light with a light bar or getting brighter headlights can be very helpful.  

Winch

In some cases getting stuck is unavoidable and a winch is almost always going to help you free your vehicle. A winch has a rope or chain (comes in various sizes and strengths) with a claw at the end for hooking. The winch device is secured on the front of the Jeep. So, to get pulled out, all you need to do is hook the chain/rope to another vehicle’s tow hooks, or to a tree and pull yourself out. Very simple, affordable, and easy!

We don’t just have you covered on Jeep advice, we also have you covered when it comes to purchasing a brand new Jeep Wrangler or any other Jeep model. Check out our Jeep Wrangler inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: Shutterstock

Differences in Ground Clearances

By mdickman | Posted in Life Style on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 at 10:11 AM
Aventura Ground Clearance Differences w/ watermark

Off-road mayhem. Crawling over rocks, driving through bumpy terrain, and going over dunes  in your Jeep is great fun — until you get stuck or hear the sound of metal scraping. Then, panic sets in. Uh oh, what did you do? Well, maybe you wouldn’t have done that if you knew the ground clearance and angles of your Jeep. So take five minutes to learn a little.

Running Ground Clearance

Let’s start with the big one. Running ground clearance is also commonly referred to as ride height or ground clearance. They all mean the same thing. Running ground clearance is the total distance between the underside of the vehicle and the ground. Usually, drivers take an inch or so off this measurement to consider any low-hanging drivetrain components. No point in cutting it close. I.e. if the running ground clearance is 12”, consider it to be 11” or 10.5” to provide the slightest buffer.

See It from Every Angle

There are three types of angles to consider when going off-roading. All that bouncing around the vehicle does when going off-road is caused by the uneven terrain. Two common angles you will encounter are the approach and departure angles. Both have an effect on the tires and front or rear of the vehicle.

The approach angle is the maximum angle from the ground a vehicle can ride over before it comes into contact with the lowest part on the front of the vehicle. Too bad parking lots don’t have these angles, because it’s very easy for the front lip to eat concrete. The other angle is the departure angle, the maximum angle the car can descend without dragging. Not as difficult as the approach angle, but still not something to mess with – don’t guess it.

Lastly is the break-over angle. The break-over angle is the measurement of the angle a vehicle can safely drive over without the midsection touching anything else. This is typically measured from the middle of the underbody to the lowermost point of the wheel arches.

That’s it. Grab some measuring tape, find out these four measurements, and you’re good to go.

Photo Source/Credit: Jeep from Chrysler Ad Planner; Edits by Jordan Rodriguez

Pacifica’s Stow ‘N Go System is for More than Seats and Cargo

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Friday, January 20th, 2017 at 11:29 AM
other purposes for stow n' go seating in the Chrysler Pacifica

By now you may have heard about the Stow ‘n Go seating and cargo system that is in the new Chrysler Pacifica. But have you ever thought of the other ways Stow ‘n Go seating can be used?

What about using the compartment bins for another type of storage or using the flat space the seating provides for something other than cargo? Below are two things to do with Stow ‘n Go storage apart from using it to haul cargo!

Cooler

Have you seen people use the storage compartments on the side of a Ram truck as a cooler? It’s a pretty cool feature and you can do something similar with the Stow ‘n Go seating in your Pacifica. The Stow ‘n Go compartments don’t have a drainage cap like the Ram truck’s compartments, but there’s an alternative! There are removable bins made specifically for the Pacifica and there are also soft-side coolers that fit in the Stow ‘n Go storage compartments. Just get the plastic bins, get your ice, empty into the cooler or removable bins and you’re ready to go. This is perfect for people who make short camping trips! No need to fear bears getting into your food anymore.

Flat space for camping

People use the bed of their truck as a bed, why not the floor of the Pacifica? With all the Stow ‘n Go seats down there is plenty of space for a tall adult to stretch out. If you really want to get fancy, add in an air mattress! Whether you need a quick cat nap while your kids are at soccer practice or you want a more comfortable sleeping space when camping, the seats in the Pacifica fold flat in seconds!

Picture laying in your Pacifica on the makeshift bed and looking at the stars through the award-winning panoramic sunroof. Sounds pretty nice to us.

Try out all the possibilities with Stow ‘N Go seating for yourself and get a Chrysler Pacifica at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep today!

Photo source: Motor Trend

Your Jeep Wrangler Wants to Experience Driving in the Winter

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 4:14 PM
Jeep Wrangler in snow

Florida has the beach, sun and awesome weather year-round. However, Florida’s clan of Jeep Wranglers may be missing out on something — mountains, inclines and the challenging yet fun conditions that winter brings! So why not head to the Smokey Mountains and give your Jeep Wrangler a break from all of the sand? The driving conditions will be different and the temperature might be cold, but your Wrangler will thrive under the wintry conditions.

Engine/Performance

The Jeep Wrangler’s standard 3.6-liter V6 engine is powerful enough to trek through even the toughest of terrains, like a snowy mountain. The engine produces up to 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is plenty of power and torque to power your Wrangler up or down a mountain, even in the winter.

4×4 Drivetrain

The engine isn’t the only reason the Jeep Wrangler can handle winter mountains. All Jeep Wranglers have a 4×4 drivetrain. That makes the Wrangler one of the only SUVs on the market that comes standard with 4×4.

Off-Road Equipment

The off-road equipment that comes standard on the Wrangler further enhances the vehicle’s 4X4 capability. Standard off-road equipment includes a fuel tank skid plate, a rear stabilizer bar, transfer case skid plate, two-front tow hooks and one-rear tow hook in case of getting stuck, and 16-inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear brand tires.

If you are looking to really experience the toughest of mountains for more experienced rides, the Wrangler Rubicon comes with even more off-road features. Some of the standard off-road features on the Wrangler Rubicon include 17-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires, a matching spare wheel just in case, rock rails, trailer sway damping, all-weather floor mats are optional.

Off-road systems

Another reason the Jeep Wrangler loves winter mountains and can handle the conditions of winter mountains is the standard off-road systems and safety features. The off-road system on the Wrangler Sport, Sport S, and Sahara trims is the Command-Trac 4X4 system. This system gives drivers control to distribute the right amount of traction to two wheels or all four wheels.The system is a shift-on-fly system that provides a low range for rock crawling and neutral for flat towing.

The Wrangler Rubicon and Rubicon Hard Rock are a bit more prepared for any off-road or rough terrain situation, especially mountain crawling in expert or high-risk places. All Rubicon trims come with the Rock-Trac 4X4 system. This system allows for off-roading even in the most extreme rock crawling situations. The system features a transfer case with a 4:1 low gear ratio, a Tru-Lok electric braking system, and a electronic disconnect sway bar. Additionally, all Wrangler models, including the base model, come with hill-start assist, a feature that helps drivers keep the car going forward on an include.

Need a Jeep Wrangler to road trip to the mountains? We have plenty to choose from, including the all-mighty Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Check out our entire inventory of Jeep Wranglers at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Photo source: Shutterstock

Celebrate 80 Years of Innovation with Mopar

By Harley R | Posted in News on Friday, January 13th, 2017 at 12:06 PM
Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Mopar 80 Years

 

It’s been 80 years since Mopar came into the auto market, and ever since it hasn’t been the same. This year marks Mopar’s 80th Anniversary, and they’ve come a long way. Today, Mopar is a do-it-all team ranging from custom auto parts to auto service.

Serving more than 150 markets and featuring over 500,000 performance parts and accessories for Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram vehicles, Mopar has made a name for itself in the auto industry. Last year, Mopar was recognized by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and won the Manufacturers Cup, they put together very stylish truck and SUV concepts and they are still creating new parts and tech to improve engines.

Have you noticed Wi-Fi hotspots popping up in vehicles? The new Hum by Verizon? Technology like that started with Mopar. They even have smartphone apps that can relay vehicle information to drivers. It’s clear to see Mopar does a lot more than work with car products and auto parts.

Ever hear of Mopar Complete 360? It’s a maintenance plan developed by Mopar for protecting vehicles and providing service to keep them running like new. It covers the entire vehicle, maintenance, wear and tear, and even provides towing and roadside assistance services. This isn’t the only way to experience what Mopar can do for your vehicle. Many service centers around the country have Mopar working with them to tune-up cars, install parts, and more.

If you’ve been looking for ways to get the most out of your Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, or Jeep be sure to check out the Mopar Performance catalog. They have cold air intakes, catback exhausts, suspension kits, leveling kits, and a lot more. Be sure to check them out around August too, as they may do a little something special to celebrate 80 years. You never know.

A big thanks to Mopar for changing up the auto market in a big way.

Photo Source: automobilemag.com

Big News for Jeep and Chrysler Pacifica

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 11:33 AM
Jeep Wagoneer Woody

There’s always a lot of big news in the auto industry in January and FCA is definitely one of the big newsmakers this year. So far in 2017, the Pacifica has snagged another big name, three new Jeep models have been announced and FCA has some big plans for the U.S.

3 New Jeep Models Confirmed

Some of the most exciting news is the confirmation that Jeep will produce a pickup truck, Jeep Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Production of all three cars has been rumored for some time, but FCA confirmed the news on the first day of the the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. The announcement of the new models corresponds with FCA’s recent focus in the SUV and pickup truck market.

FCA is Increasing Manufacturing in U.S.

Alongside the announcement of the new models, FCA also announced they will be strengthening FCA production in various manufacturing plants across the U.S. FCA says their plans should create 2,000 new jobs.

Pacifica Named 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year

On Jan. 9 of the NAIAS, the Chrysler Pacifica was named the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. The award was determined by a panel of automotive experts and is just another notch on the Pacifica’s lengthy belt of awards.

Debut of All-Electric Pacifica

Held just before the start of the NAIAS was the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and this year, Chrysler debuted an all-electric concept of the Chrysler Pacifica, the Chrysler Portal. The concept features a variety of advanced tech to keep the van connected to the internet and make it a safe self-driving vehicle. The Portal has a 100 kWh lithium-ion battery and can travel up to 250 miles on a single charge.

FCA Bright Initiative

Finally, FCA announced the plans of their new “FCA Bright Initiative.” With help from Revolux LED Solutions and GE Lighting, FCA will replace and add new Light-Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. The new lights will increase the amount of light at FCA dealerships at night and will cut the dealership’s electric costs by as much as 50 percent.
Stay tuned on Hollywood Chrysler Jeep’s blog and Facebook for more announcements.

Uber or Lyft Driver? Easy Ways to Improve Your Car’s Interior

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Local, New Inventory, People, used cars on Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 9:26 AM
Uber of Lyft driving tips

Ridesharing programs like Uber and Lyft have rapidly grown in popularity over the years. Not only do both programs help people without a car or in need of a driver get a safe ride, but they are also great ways people can use their car to make a little extra cash.

Any Jeep or the Chrysler Pacifica or spacious Chrysler 300 make excellent vehicles for drivers interested in being an Uber or Lyft driver.  No matter the model, Jeep and Chrysler vehicles all have four-doors and spacious seating for five passengers. And on top of that, they are efficient and very comfortable for drivers and passengers.

So whether you want to use your vehicle to make some extra money or you already are a driver, here are a couple ways you can jazz up your car’s interior to keep your passengers comfortable and protect it from damage.

Weatherproof Mats

Weatherproof mats are a great way to ensure that the floor of your car isn’t going to get torn up, sandy or covered in mud on a rainy day. Weatherproof mats are easy to clean and reasonably affordable.

Plastic Bags in the Seatback Pockets

This is totally free and extremely important if you frequently take the night shift. A large part people use Uber of Lyft is for a sober and safe ride because they have been out drinking. Well, sometimes with drinking comes sickness and that is just a fact. So avoid a headache, stains and awful smells and keep a couple plastic bags in the back seats so someone can use one when they need it. Trust us, this is very helpful.

Spare Charger

You are going to need to keep your phone charged, but passengers usually need to charge their mobile device as well, so keep a spare they can use during the ride. Providing this little extra service can really help when your passengers provide you with a rating!

Air Freshener

This just keeps it nice and fresh for everyone. Nothing too strong though. Keep it simple.
In need of a new car to be driver? You can check out Hollywood Chrysler Jeep’s inventory here. We have new and used cars for any budget.

Chrysler and Waymo Team Up to Produce Self-Driving Van

By Harley R | Posted in News on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 3:11 PM
self-driving pacifica hollywood chrysler jeep

Prepared to be amazed (again) by the Chrysler Pacifica? Chrysler announced its new partnership with Google’s self-driving car company, Waymo, and their plans to produce 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacificas.

Before you know it, you can nap with the kids on the way to school while the van does all the work. There aren’t too many details, but what we do know is pretty impressive!

What we know:

Below are the facts of what we know so far regarding the Pacifica Self-driving minivan. These facts have been released either by FCA themselves or the Waymo CEO (John Krafcik)

  • On January 8, the self-driving Pacifica will be released at both the North American Auto Show and the Detroit Auto Show. This is where the vehicle will be shown, demonstrated, and more information will hopefully be released!
  • We also know that the self-driving Pacifica will be built on the same platform as the Pacifica Hybrid. This means, the self-driving model vehicle will have the Pacifica Hybrid’s same 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with the dual electric motor system. So, not only will the vehicle drive itself, but it will be fuel efficient.
  • The prototypes have undergone extensive testing, including over 200 weather related tests, and Waymo still isn’t done testing. So, when the vehicles are ready to be released we believe they will be very safe.
  • When testing goes to the next step and consumers are involved, the Pacificas may be used in a ridesharing type service like Uber or Lyft before they are sold to the public. Waymo CEO, John Krafcik, says that Waymo wants consumers to test out the vehicle by doing day-to-day tasks like shopping, going to work and taking the kids to school.

It will be interesting to learn more details of the self-driving van as they are released. If everything goes as planned, Krafcik says you will start seeing these vehicles on the road by the end of this year (2017). Self-driving vehicles are finally literally right around the corner.

To learn more details about the self-driving Pacifica as they are released follow us on Facebook, and Twitter, and keep up with our blog! Until then, check out our current inventory of Chrysler Pacificas here.

Photo source: Digital Trends

Introducing the All-New 2017 Jeep Compass

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 at 3:26 PM
2017 Jeep Compass

Coming in early 2017 is the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass and consumers are excited. The new Compass debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2016 and it had a modern look and sophisticated interior features. The Compass will remain a compact SUV and a new Compass Trailhawk will join Jeep’s growing pack of Trailhawks.

All Compass models will come standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 engine that has an excellent highway fuel economy of 30 mpg. The engine comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, however buyers have the choice of a 6-speed automatic transmission for 4×2 models or a 9-speed automatic transmission on 4×4 models.

New rectangular LED tail lights are a nice new design element and the addition of a power liftgate is a great new convenience feature. Buyers who want the Compass to feel spacious and like open views when off-roading will want to opt for the available large dual-pane sunroof.

The Compass will remain a comfortable five-passenger compact SUV.  It will be available with a 5-, 7- or 8.4-inch touch screen and four UConnect systems and three of the Uconnect systems are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto features.

Consumers will be happy to learn about all of the standard and available safety features. Built for those who like to explore, the Compass is built from 65 percent high-strength steel. Buyers that want the latest in preventative safety technology can opt for a few different features like Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Departure Warning-Plus, Blind-spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path detection.

Compass Trailhawk

Like the other Trailhawk models available on the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Renegade lineups, the Compass Trailhawk will be the fiercest Compass trim. Equipped with the signature red tow hooks, a 4×4 drivetrain, off-road tires and many other special features, the Compass Trailhawk is Trail Rated and eager to explore.

We can’t wait to get the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep! You can check out our available Jeep inventory here.

Photo source: Jeep.com

2016 was Great for Jeep and Chrysler, Here’s to Another!

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at 1:46 PM
Jeep and Chrysler 2016

‘Twas a banner year for both Chrysler and Jeep vehicles.The Chrysler Pacifica was definitely the star of the show for FCA this year, but there was plenty of action for a variety of vehicles. Check out all the details below!

Chrysler

Let’s start with the Chrysler Pacifica, because as we said, it was a star this year! The all-new minivan was successfully able to change the “bland” and “boring” reputation minivans have, and transform it to a cool vehicle to buy and drive. That’s probably why it was included on three WardsAuto lists in 2016 including “10 Best Interiors,” “10 Best UX” and the Pacifica Hybrid’s engine was on the “10 Best Engines” list.

The Pacifica was also named on three different “Best Buy” lists, one by Consumers Digest, Kelley Blue Book and the other Consumer Guide. The Pacifica also has a five-star safety rating by the NHTSA and made it on the short list of the IIHS’s Top Safety Picks. Those are just some of the MANY titles and awards the well-deserving Pacifica won in 2016.

The Pacifica isn’t the only Chrysler vehicle that took home awards this year though! The Chrysler 200 was also a IIHS “Top Safety Pick”, and received a five-star NHTSA safety rating. Then, the Chrysler 300 earned it’s fifth time on the Consumer Guide’s “Best Buy” list in 2016 for the brand new 2017 model.

Jeep

Many Jeep vehicles were given different awards and named on several publications this year. The Wrangler always seems to win awards, and this year took home several including the Most Loved Entry SUV from Strategic Vision and it was also named the “4X4 of the Decade” by Four Wheeler. And, for the seventh consecutive year, the Jeep Wrangler was named “Hottest SUV” at the SEMA.

The Jeep Cherokee earned the title as “CUV of Texas” from the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA). The Jeep Grand Cherokee won the AutoPacific “Ideal Vehicle” award, the SUV made it on Autobytel’s  “Top 10 SUVs” list, and also took home the “SUV Vehicle of Texas” from TAWA. In addition, the EcoDiesel Grand Cherokee Summit took home the “Green ALV” award at the Active Lifestyle Awards in 2016.

Despite the Renegade being a newer model, it is a fierce competitor in its class. The Renegade was a “Best Buy” by Consumer Guide and it was named “Best SUV for the Money” by Autobytel and was named one of the best vehicles for millennials by Digital Trends.

Here is to another awesome year of great vehicles in 2017.

Interested in one of these award winning vehicles? Check out our full inventory of both Chrysler and Jeep vehicles here!

5 Ways to Improve Your Stressful Daily Commute

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 9:10 AM
5 Ways to Improve Your Daily Commute

Some people are faced with daily commutes that are just plain awful. Accidents, congested roads, construction, rubberneckers, and just about any tiny thing can cause a significant delay during the morning or evening rush hour, especially in South Florida. Long commutes are not only frustrating when you are sitting in the car, but they can start to change your mood when you are not in the car. However, with the right mindset, you can conquer your commute and use the time in the car to your benefit, here’s how.

Visually Turn the Pages

A daily commute that exceeds 30 minutes is a great way to get into the next book on your reading list. Whether you want to try out the latest fiction or start a book that will help you advance in your career, there are a variety of audiobooks and apps with subscriptions to audiobooks that make it really easy to use your time in the car for some literature.

Daily News Briefing

If you like to be informed about the latest news and you find yourself sneaking to read up on the latest headlines at work, tune into your local NPR station during your ride. NPR is known for excellent reporting, and they cover local, national and international news.

Get Amped

Not everyone is comfortable singing their lungs in their car, but if you are someone who likes to sing, putting on your favorite songs and singing during the morning or evening commute is a great way to get energized and pass the time.

Ask Your Employer If You Can Start Earlier or Later

If your rush hour commute is really starting to drive you nuts, talk to your employer and see if there is any room for flexible hours. A lot of times, leaving an hour or two earlier or later can drastically reduce the amount of time you spend commuting. If there is no reason you have to be there strictly from 9-5, your employer might be willing to work with you — if not, five days a week, maybe two or three.

Map It Out

If you travel during rush hour and there is always a lot of bad traffic, you should start using a navigation system before you leave. The system should be able to notify you if there are major delays and it can provide you alternate routes that are faster.
If you have any other ideas or ways that you made your commute a little better, please share with us on our Facebook. We’re sure other South Floridians would love to hear your ideas.  

Pacifica Hybrid Has Innovative and User-Friendly Tech

By Harley R | Posted in New Inventory on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 at 7:07 AM
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid tech

Chrysler was just as careful to ensure the PHEVs usability and driveability as they were its drivetrain. In addition to the Pacifica Hybrid’s unbeatable fuel efficiency, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid helps drivers maximize fuel economy in a few different ways.  

Clear Numbers

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid has a couple different displays to ensure that drivers have quick and easy access to the vehicle’s operating information. The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with an 8.4-inch touchscreen in the dashboard and it provides drivers to all types of information, like power flow and driving history, and access to Uconnect. The vehicle also has an improved 7-inch information cluster located behind the steering wheel. In addition to the usual information included in a vehicle’s information cluster (mileage, speed, RPMs) the one on the Pacifica Hybrid shows whether the vehicle is operating in the hybrid or electric modes and the vehicle’s remaining distance.

Built-in Guidance

Since PHEVs are new and they operate differently than gas engines, another visual available in the vehicle’s displays is the “efficiency coach.” This system guides drivers on how to modulate the throttle in order to optimize battery and energy consumption while accelerating. It also provides helpful braking information to help drivers maximize the vehicle’s regenerative braking system, which transfers kinetic energy into electrical energy that is used to charge the battery while on the go.

Access at Your Fingers

Finally, Chrysler created a smartphone app, called Uconnect Access, to give drivers access to vehicle information when they are not in the car. One of the app’s coolest features is the ability for a user to schedule charging times and avoid charging the vehicle during peak rates. The app also provides estimated charging times, the battery’s current level of charger, and makes it possible for users to remotely turn the vehicle on and off.

Interested in a Chrysler Pacifica?

You can view Hollywood Chrysler Jeep’s available 2017 Chrysler Pacifica inventory online here. Or you can come by and test drive a Pacifica and check out its interior seven days a week.

WardsAuto Names Pacifica’s Hybrid to List of 10 Best Engines

By Harley R | Posted in New Inventory, News on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 at 10:06 AM
2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid engine

WardsAuto has awarded the Chrysler Pacifica with several awards this year and recently, they named Pacifica Hybrid’s engine on their list of 10 Best Engines for 2017.

To create the most-fuel efficient minivan and the only PHEV minivan, Chrysler modified the engine in the non-hybrid Pacifica to maximize efficiency and to make it compatible with the Pacifica Hybrid’s two electric motors and lithium-ion battery.

“FCA’s powertrain engineers did all the hard work to make the first plug-in hybrid minivan a success,” says WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “They not only reworked the V-6 engine for a hybrid application, but undertook in-house development of an innovative transmission capable of effectively coordinating power from two electric motors and the gasoline engine.”

Unlike the non-hybrid engine, the Pacifica Hybrid’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine runs on an Atkinson Combustion cycle, which is popular among hybrids as it replaces the traditional four-stroke engine process with a more fuel efficient process.  Additionally, the power is transferred to the vehicle’s wheels by an electrically variable transmission, called eFlite. This specially designed transmission directs power from vehicle’s engine and motors without a noticeable feel of the transfer of power.

All of the careful engineering has resulted in the Pacifica Hybrid’s electric range of 33 miles, hybrid range of 84 MPGe combined city/highway and total hybrid range of 566 miles. These numbers are not only better than any other minivan, but they are truly revolutionary in the minivan segment. Go, Chrysler!

A Closer Look at the 4 Jeep Grand Cherokee Engine Options

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet on Friday, December 16th, 2016 at 1:28 PM
Jeep Grand Cherokee engine options

The Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup is big and strong as it offers consumers plenty of choices ranging from advanced off-road capabilities to luxury to tons of power. There are four different engine options on the Grand Cherokee lineup and each of them is very different and has unique performance qualities. Here’s a closer look at all four engines.

3.6L Pentastar V6 Engine

The 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine is the standard engine on the Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup and it is a great engine that balances power, fuel economy and towing capacity.

The 3.6L Pentastar engine has a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC), which is it’s a valvetrain configuration that is known for performance and efficiency. Due to the placement and use of two camshafts (one to lift the intake valves and one to lift the exhaust valves), engines with a DOHC valve train are known to be efficient and produce a substantial amount of power.

The engine produces 295 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque and has a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds. When equipped with this engine, the Grand Cherokee has a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined.

5.7L HEMI V8 Engine

A step up from the 3.6L Pentastar engine is the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine. In addition to having more cylinders and larger displacement, this engine has a couple different designs, like HEMIs and VVT, that help it to increase power.

HEMI refers to the engine’s unique hemispherical combustion chambers in the cylinder and their design decrease heat loss and creates more room for valves. VVT stands for variable valve timing and it is a relatively new technology that alters the timing of valve lifts. VVT helps to improve fuel economy, power and emissions.

The 5.7L HEMI engine pushes out 360 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque and gives the Grand Cherokee a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 to 7,400 pounds.

3.0L EcoDiesel V6 Engine

Much different than the three other engines on the Grand Cherokee lineup is the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine. Due to the different qualities of diesel fuel, diesel engines often produce more torque, have higher towing capacities and increased fuel efficiency in comparison to gasoline engines of the same size.

Diesel fuel requires a much higher temperature to ignite and burn, so diesel engines need to have a much higher compression and their fuel burns more efficiently. One way to achieve higher compression is with a bore-stroke ratio that is undersquare or less than 1:1, meaning the bore is smaller than the stroke. In addition to an increase in compression ratio, undersquare engines produce more torque than square over oversquare engines.

For instance, the compression rate of the 3.0L engine is 16.5:1 and the bore-stroke is 3.27×3.60, which is a bore-stroke ratio of .9:1. However, the compression rate of the 5.7L engine is 10.5:1 and the bore-stroke is 3.92×3.58, which is a bore-stroke ratio of 1.09:1.

All of that explains why the much smaller EcoDiesel engine produces more torque and has the same towing capacity (7,200 to 7,400 pounds) as the 5.7L V8 engine. Additionally, the EcoDiesel engine has the best fuel economy of all of the engines, which is 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.

6.4L SRT HEMI V8 Engine

Then finally, there is the performance engine, the 6.4-liter SRT HEMI V8 engine that is only available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. This engine produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque and it is the fastest engine in its class.

Short for “Street and Racing Technology,” SRT is a group of engineers within Dodge that are focused on creating performance engines and parts. This engine is the same performance engine that is available on the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger lineup.

This engine is the biggest engine, it has HEMI combustion chambers and it is an oversquare engine, which means the bore is bigger than the stroke. While a smaller bore-stroke ratio produces more torque, a larger bore-stroke produces more horsepower. With a larger bore, more intake and exhaust valves can fit in the cylinder, so air travels better and produces a larger combustion and more power.  

Want to check out all of these engines for yourself?

Come test drive all of them at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and you can view our Jeep inventory here.

Gift Ideas For the “Jeeper” in Your Life

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, People on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 2:52 PM
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With the holidays just around the corner, do you know what you are getting for the “Jeeper” in your life? If you need help, don’t worry, we have several ideas for you that your Jeep lover will love, and they are all affordable!

Accessories

One thing Jeep people have in common is loving to make their Jeep THEIR Jeep by adding accessories to personalize their Jeep, as well as modifying the vehicle so it is more off-road capable.

LED Light Bar

An LED light bar goes across the entire length of the vehicle and is secured to the hood and/or on top of the windshield. Not only does this allow for a bright and visible off-road ride at night, but also adds an aggressive feel to the vehicle that Jeep lovers appreciate.

Grille Guards

Grille guards are another feature Jeepers like that add both off-road protection and aggressive style. A grille guard is made of heavy duty material and is placed on the front of the Jeep to cover the grille. This protects bumps, dents, and scratches from brush, sticks, rocks, and other debris that may damage your car off-road. Not to mention it looks awesome.

Tools

For the Jeep mechanic in your life there are a couple “must have” tools.

Metric Tool Set

A metric tool set comes with all the necessary tools you could need for DIY mechanical work. There are some 227 piece sets that come with everything from ratchets to sockets and everything in between. These sets can surprisingly bought for under $150.

Cordless Impact Gun

A cordless impact gun is needed for tightening and loosening of bolts, which could be useful for adding the accessories mentioned above as well as fixing mechanical car issues. The best part is, because it is cordless, you can leave it on the Jeep and have it whenever you need it, including emergency issues on the road.
If the Jeeper in your life needs the biggest gift of all, a new Jeep, we have you covered in that department as well! Check out our Jeep inventory here.

Plenty of Good News for Chrysler Models

By Harley R | Posted in News on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 4:46 PM
Hollywood Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler may only have three different models in the 2017 lineup, but they are sure making a lot of news. We’ve been raving about the Pacifica since it was released earlier this year and the good news regarding the Pacifica and the other two Chrysler models, just keeps on coming.

Chrysler 200

The 2017 Chrysler 200 was evaluated by the NHTSA and it passed the safety rating tests with flying colors. The Chrysler 200 was given a five-star overall safety rating, which is the highest rating possible. The Chrysler 200 is available with over 60 safety features, including preventative safety features like full-speed forward collision warning plus. In case of a collision, more than 60 percent of the Chrysler 200’s body is made of high-strength steel, so the driver and passengers are protected by a durable frame.

Chrysler 300

Some people might be surprised to hear that the Chrysler 300 is considered to be in the luxury car class, but the 300 is actually one of the more affordable luxury sedans on the market. Consumers Digest has been named the Chrysler 300 “Best Buy” in the luxury car segment for five years and it comes standard with high-end features like stylish and comfortable seating, an 8.4-inch touchscreen and an updated version of Uconnect 8.4, which is FCA’s built-in infotainment system.

Chrysler Pacifica and Pacifica Hybrid

There’s a lot of good news surrounding Chrysler’s newest minivan, the Pacifica and the Pacifica Hybrid. Recently, the Pacifica Hybrid was evaluated by the EPA and it earned higher fuel economy numbers than Chrysler estimated. The EPA has given the Pacifica Hybrid a combined hybrid fuel economy of 84 MPGe and an all-electric range of 33 miles.

Additionally, the Pacifica is also the only 2017 minivan to earn a Top Safety Pick+ from the I.I.H.S. and it is a TenBest pick by Car and Driver and it was also named Consumers Digest “Best Buy” in the minivan category.

Interested in a Chrysler model?

You can search our Chrysler inventory online here.

Is Jeep Expanding Diesel Engine on Various Models?

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 2:36 PM
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As automakers explore ways to improve fuel economy and lower emissions, diesel engines are popping up. In 2016, Jeep only had one diesel engine option and it was available on the Grand Cherokee, but it looks like they might expand their diesel engines for the 2017 and 2018 model years as well.

Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

The Jeep Grand Cherokee first received the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine in 2014 and with a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, it is the most fuel efficient engine on the Grand Cherokee lineup. That engine is the same engine that makes the Ram 1500 HFE, another FCA vehicle, the most fuel efficient light-duty truck in its class.

All-New 2017 Jeep Compass Diesel Engine

With the complete re-design of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass, Jeep is adding two diesel engines to the Compass lineup. Though Jeep has stated “fuel-efficient 2.4-liter Tigershark four-cylinder engine will power the Compass,” it is unclear if both or one diesel engines will be made available as options in North America. There is a chance that Jeep could reserve those engines for markets in other countries.

2018 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel Engine

According to a graphic from FCA, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler will be available with the same 3.0L EcoDiesel engine that is on the Grand Cherokee lineup. The addition of the diesel engine will come alongside the Wrangler’s redesign, which is also set for 2018.

Following the diesel engine, FCA also indicates that they are aiming to release a hybrid version of the Jeep Wrangler in 2022.

Stay tuned for more updates on Jeep’s moves with diesel engines.

Get in The Spirit with These Holiday Events in South Florida

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style, Local on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at 1:39 PM
Black Sheep 4x4 Jeep club in a holiday parade

The holiday season is in full force and there are ton of events over the next few weeks for those looking to share the holiday spirit with locals. From kid friendly to adults only, Broward and Miami Dade counties have a variety of holiday activities, including some Jeep events for our Jeepers out there.

Light Up Your Jeep with Black Sheep 4X4 — Dec. 10!

Decorate your Jeep in holiday lights and light the night with your Jeep with our friends at Black Sheep 4×4. Everyone and all Jeeps are welcome and the event takes place at Sparez Bowling Alley in Davie on Saturday, December 10 from 7-11 p.m.

Holiday Fantasy of Lights

The holiday spirit is lit at Tradewinds Park in Broward County. The Holiday Fantasy of Lights is a drive-thru light show that has been put on for 22 years. There are over three miles of light displays and shows and it is open every night until January 9, so there is plenty of time to check it out. Strap your kids in, put on some holiday themed music and enjoy the long, beautiful, and festive light show.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Kids love Santa and he has taken a break from the North Pole to warm up at Santa’s Enchanted Forest in Miami! This is another one of South Florida’s annual classic holiday events. Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a magical place especially for those kids with vivid and wild imaginations. From rides, to shows and attractions, and of course Santa, there is definitely fun for everyone in the family.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Swag

Who doesn’t love an ugly sweater event? Ugly holiday sweaters are a must, as is the crazy parties that come along with them. This year, you can throw on your ugly sweater and head down to Ft. Lauderdale for the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl. It begins at America’s Backyard and ends at Off the Hookah. The event is a fundraiser for the Broward County Humane Society, so get in the holiday spirit of giving and save some pups! The pub crawl is on Saturday, December 21 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Need a new car for yourself or a family member for the holidays?

Give the gift of a Chrysler or Jeep. Check out our full Hollywood Chrysler Jeep inventory here. Let us know which events you check out and what you think on our Facebook. Happy Holidays!

Photo credit: Black Sheep 4×4

Improved Fuel Economy of Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

By Harley R | Posted in Local, News on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 at 1:47 PM
Hollywood Chrysler Pacifica improved fuel economy

The highly anticipated Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid will be at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep soon and its fuel economy is even better than expected. In early December, the EPA rated the minivan at 33 miles on only electricity and 84 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent.)

The Pacifica Hybrid is the world’s first minivan plug-in electric hybrid (PHEV) and Chrysler has successfully designed it as an eco-friendly, fuel efficient and comfortable for a large family.  

Pacifica Hybrid Fuel Economy

When the Pacifica is running on the battery, zero tailpipe emissions are released, this means that the Pacifica Hybrid can travel a total of 33 miles and not release a single gram of CO2. The Pacifica has an MPGe of 84 miles, which is a result of the gas engine and battery working together. With a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas, the Pacifica has a range of 566 miles.

Pacifica Hybrid Engine

The Pacifica Hybrid’s “twin” is the Pacifica and it was introduced in spring 2016. Though a new van, the Pacifica has won many awards for its comfortable and technologically advanced interior design and it was also named an I.I.H.S. Top Safety Pick.

The Pacifica Hybrid is equipped with an upgraded version of the Pacifica’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a 16 kWh lithium-ion battery and a dual-motor. These systems can all work together in hybrid mode or the van can be powered only by gas or only by battery.

Due to the placement and size of the Pacifica Hybrid’s battery, the Pacifica Hybrid will not have second-row Stow ‘n Go seating. But the Pacifica Hybrid will have third-row Stow ‘n Go seating and it will have all of the same interior and exterior features as the non-hybrid Pacifica.

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is expecting to get the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid on the lot soon and we will keep you posted with details! In the meantime, you can check out our Chrysler Pacifica inventory here.  

2016 Jeep Renegade is Perfect for Millennials

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 8:57 AM
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A few things come to mind when it comes to Millennials. Tech, affordability and the look of a have-it-all lifestyle and that has a lot to do with the reasons that the 2016 Jeep Renegade was named on the list of 10 best cars for Millennials by Digital Trends.

The 2016 Renegade is practical but stylish, affordable but well-equipped and it is fuel efficient when driving in the city or on the highway. Check out all of the reasons it is an excellent car for the young professional.

Size and Space

The Jeep Renegade is a subcompact crossover utility vehicle (CUV), that measures out to be 167 inches long and 67 inches high (the Renegade Trailhawk has a one inch lift), so it isn’t a big and bulky vehicle. It is a four-door five-seater CUV, which is perfect for Millennials because they tend to travel with friends.

Cargo space is also important to those who like to travel a lot of explore and the interior of the Renegade is surprisingly spacious and comfortable for a subcompact CUV. The Renegade has 18.5 cubic feet of trunk space and 50.8 cubic feet of total space when the back-row seats are folded down.

Customizability

The Jeep Renegade still has the classic Jeep look, but it also has its own unique style and plenty of options for personal customization, which is another big thing for Millennials. There are six different Renegade models for the 2017 model year and they are all available with a variety of interior and exterior options to help the consumer get the exact car they want and need.

Price

Affordability has always been a big thing for young professionals and right now, the young professionals are Millennials. The Jeep Renegade is an extremely affordable car to buy, lease or finance.  The starting price for the 2017 Jeep Renegade Sport (base trim) is $17,995, which is excellent for a new car. Here are the other starting prices for the other Renegade trims:

Renegade Altitude, $21,495; Renegade Latitude, $21,495; Renegade Limited, $25,195; Renegade Trailhawk, $26,645; and Renegade Deserthawk, $28,140.

And, since the Jeep Renegade is fuel efficient, it won’t cost drivers a lot of money in gas.  The Renegade has an average fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Do we have you convinced the Renegade is your next car? Check out our inventory here, or come out for a test drive, we have plenty!

Photo source: Jeep

Updated Details on Future Jeep Vehicles – Keep a Look Out!

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, News on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 1:37 PM
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There has been a lot of news about changes to the Jeep lineup and some talk about new Jeep models, so we wanted to recap the recent news we have heard about the newest Jeep models. Here’s a quick look.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

As you know from the previous post the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be a fast, powerful and luxury-grade Grand Cherokee trim. The engine in the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk vehicle will be a modified version of the supercharged 6.2-liter SRT Hellcat HEMI V8 engine that is available on the Dodge Charger and Challenger lineup. This means the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be able to produce around 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque and it will be one of the most powerful SUVs to hit the street.

So, what’s new? When the news of this vehicle was released there was a question in many minds of whether it would replace the Grand Cherokee SRT or not. Now, it is officially known that it will not be replacing the SRT. Jeep CEO Mike Manley was quoted saying there is room for both of the vehicles in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee lineup.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck

Yes, the wait is finally almost over. Soon enough the Jeep Pickup truck will be more than just a Jeep lovers dream. The Jeep Pickup truck was discontinued over 25 years ago and it has been missed. Last time we discussed the model, all we knew about the pickup was that it is going to be released in late 2017 and it will have an 8-speed automatic transmission.

We know a few more details now that we are very excited about! What we know now is that the vehicle’s chassis will be made partly from the usual materials Jeep uses, but it will also have quite a bit of aluminum on the panels and body. Aluminum is a growing popular material in the automotive industry because it is better for the environment, helps with performance, and allows for a lighter/better handling vehicle, so the move towards aluminum seems like a good one.

Other News

Jeep has been keeping us on our toes lately. While they have been releasing bits and pieces of information about the pickup truck and the Trackhawk, they surprised us with the overhaul and redesign of the 2017 Jeep Compass. We still don’t know too many details about the all-new Compass, but we expect to learn more about it soon.

Oh, and remember talks of the Jeep Woody? The status of the return of that model is still unclear.

We will keep you updated on these future Jeeps as more information is released. Keep up with our blog or Facebook account for more information as it becomes available. Till then, feel free to check out our current Jeep inventory.

Photo source: Motor Authority

Freedom to Explore with Jeep Trailhawk Trims

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet, Life Style, New Inventory on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 8:43 AM
Hollywood Jeep Trailhawk Trims

Do you want to have more freedom to explore? Then check out the Jeep Trailhawk trims. Equipped with enhanced off-roading systems, durable equipment and a 4×4 drivetrains, the various Jeep Trailhawk trims will help you drive from the highest peaks to the lowest valleys and everywhere in between.

There are four Jeep Trailhawk trims, the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk and Jeep Compass Trailhawk. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk and the Compass Trailhawk were introduced for the 2017 model year, while the Cherokee and Renegade Trailhawk trims were previously available in 2016.

Each Trailhawk trim has a “Trail Rated” badge, which means it can perform in five off-road performance categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation and water fording. To help each Trailhawk trim perform well in each category, Trailhawk models have special off-roading systems, suspensions, tires, and exterior equipment.

Ground clearance is an important aspect when it comes to off-roading because rock crawling, water crossing and driving on rocky terrains and uneven roads can cause problems when a vehicle is low. So to add a few inches between the bottom of the vehicle and the ground, Jeep Trailhawk models have special suspensions, larger tires and bigger wheels than the other trims.

However, in case the bottom of the vehicle does touch the ground, Trailhawk models have a variety of protective skid plates to protect the vehicle’s systems from damage. Various skid plates include a transfer skid plate, fuel tank skid plate and front suspension skid plates.

Another unique off-roading system that gives the Jeep Trailhawk trims an advantage is the Selec-Terrain system. Selec-Terrain gives the driver the option to program the vehicle into one of five modes, Auto, Snow, Sand, Rock and Mud. Each driving mode has special settings that will help the Jeep maneuver in those road conditions.

Additionally, the Jeep Trailhawk trims can be easily recognized because they have the Trailhawk red tow hooks. There is one tow hook in the rear and two tow hooks in the front and they are an excellent and easy way to help a fellow off-roader out of the mud when they are stuck.

In need of a Jeep for your journey? Check out the Hollywood Chrysler Jeep inventory here.

Get a New Jeep or Chrysler with Month-Long Black Friday Discounts

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Local on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 at 9:11 AM
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There is nothing like Black Friday, but thankfully Hollywood Chrysler Jeep isn’t going to make you get up early and fight crazy crowds to get a good deal on a new car. This year our Black Friday deals are on fire and they last all-month!

Jeep

We have unbelievable and unbeatable prices on several Jeep SUVs and crossovers. Specials include affordable deals on leases on the Compass Sport, Patriot Sport, Cherokee Latitude, Grand Cherokee Laredo, and Renegade Sport. Leases range from 24 months to 42 months depending on the car and deal you choose. You can check out the flyer with all the specific details here! Leases on select Jeep models are as low as just $119 a month! We sure think a new Jeep is a great Christmas gift for your significant other or the new driver in your family.

Chrysler

Chrysler lease specials are as low as $229 per month! From the awesome Chrysler Pacifica LX to the sophisticated Chrysler 300 Limited and Chrysler 200 Touring, there is something for everyone. These deals are unbeatable, which means you better get down here and celebrate Black Friday early while supplies last! Whether you want a family car or a car for just you, there is no way you won’t fall in love with one of our several Black Friday Event Chrysler deals.

Check out our entire inventory of both Jeep and Chrysler vehicles here! Happy Thanksgiving from our Hollywood Chrysler Jeep family to you and yours! Happy shopping.

Brands Chrysler Uses in Their Cars

By Harley R | Posted in New Inventory, Parts on Monday, November 21st, 2016 at 4:13 PM

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Many consumers know that the automakers and other brands work together to create a better product, and Chrysler embraces those partnerships. Chrysler works with a variety of premium brands to make their interior, entertainment, and exterior features some of the best on the market.

Interior and Technology

Chrysler has partnered with a few brands to make the interiors of their vehicles unique. A signature type of leather found in many Chrysler vehicles is Nappa leather, but McKinley leather is another option. The Pacifica is available with Ravine cloth seating, and the Pacifica’s built-in vacuum cleaner is made by RIGID, a trusted brand of professional tools, including vacuum cleaners.

When it comes to entertainment and other technology, variety starts to differ even more. Take the audio system for example – each Chrysler vehicle has a different brand-name system. The Pacifica is available with Harman Kardon Premium speakers, the 200 has Alpine premium speakers, and the 300 has BeatsAudio premium speakers. They also all have Bluetooth hands-free voice command systems, often linked with UconnectPhone, and SiriusXM. All three Chrysler vehicles come with the following plans: 1-year of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Service, 5-years of SiriusXM Traffic, and 5-years of Travel Link Service.

Mopar and Chrysler Packages

Here is where Chrysler vehicles get a little more style. The following packages are offered by Mopar through Chrysler, and are only available on select trims of the Chrysler 200 at this time. Here are their options:

Exterior Body Kit by Mopar includes a Front Chin Spoiler, Rear Air Diffuser, and Side Sills, and deletes the Fascia Applique, or the lower front end of the car typically below the grille. It’s unclear why one would want to delete this. The first three components are also available separately.

The Interior package offered includes All-Weather Floor Mats, a Cargo Tray, and Stainless Door sill guards. Stainless door sill guards are also available separately.

All Chrysler Brands are also under Mopar Vehicle Protection. Two plans are available that cover a lot of the mechanical components past their original warranty duration. The two plans are Maximum Care, covering 5000+ components, and Added Care Plus, covering 800+ components. Both come with a $100 deductible, first day rental allowance, car rental allowance, $100 towing allowance/roadside assistance, $600 key fob repair/replacement coverage, $1000 trip interruption protection, and the ability to transfer the remaining Mopar coverage to a new owner at the time of vehicle sale.

Just in! New Jeep Renegade Altitude and Renegade Deserthawk

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 9:04 AM
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For the 2017 model year, Jeep has introduced two new Renegade models — the Renegade Altitude and the limited-edition Renegade Deserthawk. For those of you who don’t know much about the Jeep Renegade, it is a relatively new Jeep with production beginning in 2015. It is a compact SUV (CUV) that encompasses Jeep’s classic look but it has its own unique personality and these new models are great additions to the lineup.

2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude

The Renegade Altitude is permanently joining the Jeep lineup and it perhaps the most aggressive looking Renegade. This blacked-out Renegade is perfect for those who want style and off-roading capability.

The Renegade Altitude rides on 18-inch black gloss wheels, and there black accents all over the exterior including the rear badges, the grille, and taillamps. It is available in a variety of exterior colors, but we recommend black to go along with its all-black features.

The Renegade Latitude interior highlights include a blacked out look with premium cloth black seats, gloss black finishes and accents, and metal diamond accents on the shifter knob and door handles. A backup camera and keyless go are also standard features as well.

The upgraded 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 engine that is standard on the Renegade Trailhawk is standard on the Renegade Altitude. The engine comes paired with Jeep’s nine-speed automatic transmission. However, the model is also available with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine with a six-speed manual transmission, if that is more your style. Pricing for the 2017 Jeep Renegade Altitude begins at $22,390.

New Limited-Edition Jeep Renegade Deserthawk

Next up, the Renegade Deserthawk. This model is similar to the Renegade Trailhawk in that it is made for extreme off-roading, such as going on a wild ride through the desert. Available in exclusive exterior colors (Alpine White, Anvil, Black or Deserthawk-exclusive Mojave Sand exterior) and sporting a unique camo hood design, Jeep succeeded in making the Renegade Deserthawk look fierce.

The Renegade Deserthawk has 17-inch black painted wheels, exclusive body decals, rock rails and it is fitted with the trailer tow group. Designed for the most extreme conditions, this Jeep is Trail Rated. To help it withstand tough conditions it has skid plates, an 8.7-inch running ground clearance, tow hooks in the front and rear, hill descent control and up to 18 inches of water fording capabilities.

This model also comes with the capable 2.4-liter Tigershark I4 engine mentioned above and it is paired with the same nine-speed automatic transmission as well. A rear ParkView backup camera is standard on the 7-inch cluster information display screen. The pricing for this model is surprisingly affordable, beginning at just $28,140.

Interested in a Jeep Renegade? We have plenty! Check out our full inventory here.

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Shopping for New or Used Jeep Wrangler – What to Know

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 at 2:44 PM

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It’s been 75 years. 75 years of Jeep heritage that has branded a community of its own. It all began in 1941 with the first Jeep ever, the Wrangler, used in WWII. Since then, the Jeep brand has blown up into a full line-up of vehicles, from SUVs to crossovers, but the Wrangler is one of the most iconic.

Jeeps were made to be played with and to get dirty, and they are also meant to be shared. That’s why earlier this year, Jeep started a new online campaign to honor its 75th anniversary. It’s the “My Jeep Story”, a global outreach program for Jeep owners to share their stories about their Jeep. Whether it’s your favorite vehicle to drive, or given you a sense of community, Jeep is there.

Versatility is another thing that comes to mind for a Jeep. Sure, you can race them and become off-road racing champion. You can also go camping with them, there’s plenty of accessories to choose from. But let’s face it, Jeeps are made for off-road adventures and individualization. That’s why the Wrangler is one of the most popular in the line-up – it really is like a giant lego set, able to switch out the door panels, roof, and can be modified for whatever you wish.

So if you’re looking for a Jeep Wrangler, there’s some stuff you should know.

Dig Deeper

No, we don’t mean dig up some dirt, although the Wrangler is known to get dirty. We mean dig up some information. Before any automobile purchase, a smart shopper is an informed shopper. Do some research on the Wrangler, learn about its eight trims and the features on them. This Wrangler landing page might help. Or maybe the Wrangler Unlimited is more your style? We have a few of each in stock.

Also learn about Jeep’s Trail Rated off-road performance, and its 4×4 systems. Jeep vehicles, like the Wrangler, can handle snow, rock, sand, and mud, and will ride on through effortlessly. They’re also powered by a 285-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The real shine though is in the Wrangler’s two 4×4 systems, the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4. The former delivers equal power to all four wheels to keep it balanced at all times; for more control and torque, the Rock-Trac 4×4 is made for going off-road, with a 4:1 low-gear ratio for rock crawling at a lower speed but with greater torque.

All that’s left is, do you want a new or used Jeep Wrangler?

Buying it Used

If buying a used Jeep Wrangler there are two things you should do when shopping — require a history report if going to a dealer or a private seller. You want to know if it’s been in any accidents and if it has had any major repairs due to lemon laws or flooding. Basically, you don’t want to get stuck with a vehicle that will cost more in repairs than it’s worth.

Going for that New Car Smell?

You may want to wait for 2017 to roll around if you want a new Jeep. The 2017 Jeep lineup is getting pretty fierce, and a Jeep Wranger Pickup Truck is already in the works. Still, no one can blame you if you can’t wait. There’s still plenty to love about the 2016 Wranglers still in dealership lots around the world.

When buying new though, keep in mind the price and the cost of aftermarket add-ons. Unless you’re buying a Wrangler for your daily commute (haha, sure you are), then you need to consider how much more you’re going to be paying in the end for water crossing and mudding Jeep mods. So keep your budget in mind.

Once all is said and done, know that the customization doesn’t end with the roof and the doors. There are plenty of Mopar Custom Auto Jeep accessories for making your Wrangler one of a kind. We even have a few popular accessories we regularly install at our Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Service Department.

Either way you slice it, the future of Jeep is bright, and if you’re a Jeep Wrangler owner, you’re in for some surprises in the future of Jeep construction.

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Increase Fuel Efficiency on Thanksgiving Trip to Save Gas + Money

By Harley R | Posted in Green, Life Style on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 10:24 AM
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means some of us are preparing for a road trip to a relative’s house. Road trips and the holidays can be very fun, but they can also be stressful. There’s no telling what will happen to gas prices for Thanksgiving weekend and everyone probably wants to pinch some pennies around the holidays and overpaying for gas is probably something you want to avoid.

So, we have some tips for you on how to increase your vehicle’s fuel economy. It doesn’t matter what you drive, a Jeep Wrangler or a Chrysler 200, there are a few ways to make your fuel economy better.

Speed and RPMs

Maintain a speed at or around the speed limit. The harder you make the engine work to maintain higher speeds, the more fuel you use. In fact, speeding has the capability of reducing fuel economy to up to 33 percent. So sit back and enjoy the ride!

Another way to maximize fuel economy is to pay attention to your RPMs (revolutions per minute). If you are exceeding 3,000 RPM, the chances are you are accelerating in a lower gear. Doing so makes the engine work harder which of course results in a less efficient fuel economy. Generally, try to keep your car below 3,000 RPMs and don’t push the engine when not needed and you will save some gas.

Driving Habits

The way you drive directly correlates with your average fuel economy. Some driving habits that can affect fuel efficiency are accelerating too fast, speeding, tailgating, and traveling at uneven speeds.

Not only is tailgating very dangerous, but you will also have to brake a lot more, and braking kills fuel economy. The more even and constant your speed the better the fuel economy because you’re keeping your car’s RPM’s at a steady level. A good trick to maintain an even speed is by using cruise control. Set your cruise control to a reasonable speed and you will stay in that constant speed until you have the need to change it.  

Prepping for Your Trip

Even if you know how to get to your destination use a navigation system to check the traffic before you head out and 30 minutes before you get to a big city. Sitting in stop and go traffic is terrible for fuel economy. Also, if you know where you are going, chances are you will need to make less stops to re-route in case you get lost.

Cargo Outside of the Car

If you have some things to bring on the trip that don’t fit inside your car, it is best to use a cargo case that attaches to the back of your car rather than the roof. Cargo on the roof makes a vehicle less aerodynamic, which reduces fuel economy.

Fill Up Your Tires

Tires with low pressure are harder to move than properly inflated tires, so it is always wise to make sure your tires are properly inflated before a long trip.

We hope these tips were helpful! Happy Thanksgiving from our Hollywood Chrysler Jeep family to your family! If you are in need of a family vehicle capable of fitting everyone, luggage, and keep them entertained for hours, check out the Chrysler Pacifica here.

Explore Florida – Jeep 4X4 Style

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style on Thursday, November 10th, 2016 at 1:56 PM
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Florida is known for beaches, fishing, luxury, and relaxation. However, there is a lot more to Florida that many don’t know about. Florida has an adventurous and daring side. Florida has many off-road trails and mud holes for off-roaders to go off-the-beaten path and explore. You might even see a gator or a Florida panther — pretty cool. Here are some off-road locations less than five hours (driving distance) from South Florida.

Redneck Mud Park

Redneck Mud Park, previously known as Redneck Yacht Club is located in Punta Gorda, FL. The mud park offers a variety of mud holes and trails for all skill levels of off-roaders. The park hosts several events each year and is always a party of like minded adventure seeking people. This park in Punta Gorda is about a 2.5-hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale.

Hard Rock Off-road Park

Hard Rock Off-road park is located in Ocala, which is about a 4-hour drive. This park has several trails, one of which is exclusively for Jeepers and other off-road vehicle drivers! There is also a track for racing if you feel inclined.

Lazy Springs Recreation Park

Lazy Springs is a short two hour drive from south Florida in Felda. This park has a 4.7 out of 5 star rating and is very reasonably priced. This park offers trail, rocks for climbing, and mud holes for ATVs, dirt bikes, and 4X4 vehicles like Jeeps. In addition, camping, fishing, and ziplines are available for even more fun.

Need a Jeep to take out ot these awesome off-road parks? Check out our full Jeep inventory here.

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Free to Be in the Jeep Community

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 3:51 PM
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If you are new to the Jeep world or if you are interested in getting a Jeep, you might not know about the Jeep community. Here are a couple things every Jeeper should know about the Jeep brand and Jeep community. Hint: Exploration is key.

Heritage

There’s a couple reasons there’s a big and strong Jeep community and one of those reasons is the Jeep heritage. The Jeep brand began in 1941 with the creation of the Jeep Wrangler, which was created for and used in WWII. Since its beginnings 75 years ago, the Jeep brand has evolved into a large and diverse lineup of SUVs that combine ruggedness with comfort and with that evolution came loyal and dedicated Jeep owners.

Purpose

Jeeps are durable and off-road capable vehicles and people love taking them off road to explore places and roads other vehicles can’t dream of visiting. So over the years, Jeep owners and drivers have started up communities and clubs to go out exploring, riding and off-roading together. And though there are other vehicles that have clubs, none of them are quite like Jeep clubs because off-roading and exploring is more than just a monthly meeting, it is also a lifestyle.

There are Jeep clubs based in cities around the nation and they are even located around the world. Each year there are tons of Jeep events held around the nation including Go Topless Day and the annual Easter Jeep Safari in Moab. There are two big annual events in Florida, Jeep Beach held in Daytona Beach and Jeepin’ Beach Jam in Pensacola.

If you are looking for a Jeep club to join, reach out to us. South Florida Jeep Club meets at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep every other month and Black Sheep 4×4 is another Jeep club that is very active in the South Florida community. If you need help getting in contact with anyone, let us know, we can help you.

Jeep Wave

Jeepers, especially Jeep Wrangler owners, wave at each other. So don’t get caught not returning the gesture.

Jeep Mods

The Jeep community is big about modifying their Jeeps. Whether it’s a matter of adding some personal touches or turning a Jeep into a 4×4 off-roading demon, Jeep lovers are good and passionate about tweaking, tuning and personalizing their Jeeps. There are a ton of aftermarket parts stores, and Mopar is the official Jeep parts dealer.

If there’s something you want to change on your Jeep, our parts and service department can help you with it.

Trail Rated

As mentioned, off-roading is a big theme in the Jeep brand and community and over the years Jeep has created a handful of Trail Rated 4×4 models. Jeep’s Trail Rated models are specially designed to withstand the challenges of almost any terrain. Trail Rated models have special 4×4 systems, durable off-roading equipment higher ground clearances and improved traction and handling. Once Jeep has created something that it thinks can withstand off-roading conditions, they test it out to see if it earns the Trail Rated badge.

Interested in joining the Jeep community?

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has been specializing in Jeeps for years and we have a huge selection of all types of Jeep models. Whether you want an off-roading Trailhawk model, the performance Grand Cherokee SRT or a compact Jeep for the city, come by and test drive out a Jeep model today.

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Why the Chrysler Pacifica is Better Than 3-Row SUVs

By Harley R | Posted in New Inventory on Monday, November 7th, 2016 at 12:32 PM
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The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is shaking up the minivan segment, but the Pacifica is so great it is winning over some traditional three-row SUV drivers, too. Safety, efficiency, tech, convenience, cargo and passenger space — the Pacifica not only has everything three-row SUVs have, but it has it in spades. Check it out.

Seven or Eight Passenger Seating

Like most three-row SUVs (Chevy Tahoe, Honda Pilot, GMC Yukon, Toyota Highlander and more)  the Chrysler Pacifica comes standard with seven passenger seating, but the minivan is available with eight-passenger seating, too.That means the Pacifica can haul around as many people as the behemoth SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Nissan Armada, but …

… Fuel Economy on the Pacifica is Way Better

With the Chrysler Pacifica, families don’t have to sacrifice fuel economy for passenger seating. The Chrysler Pacifica is one of the most fuel efficient minivans on the market averaging 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.  Most three-row SUVs have a highway fuel economy ranging somewhere around 20-25 mpg: GMC Yukon 16/23 mpg city/highway; Ford Expedition 15/21 mpg city/highway; Toyota Highlander 20/25 mpg city/highway; and the Nissan Armada 14/19 mpg  city/highway.

Storage and Cargo Galore

So the Pacifica has something that no other SUV has — Stow ‘n Go Seating and Storage, which is a unique system offering tons of cargo space, with or without all passengers. Standard on all Pacifica trims is second- and third-row Stow ‘n Go seating, which allows the seats to fold flat into the floor storage bins. When the seats are left in the upright position, the floor storage bins can be used as storage for other types of cargo and equipment.

Stow ‘n Go seating also makes it very easy to transform the minivan into a big open flat space, which offers up 140.5 cubic feet of cargo space. However, the rear cargo area measures out to 32.3 cubic feet of space, so even when all of the seats are up there is plenty of easy-to-access space in the rear cargo area.

Convenience

The Chrysler Pacifica is loaded with convenience features that most SUVs can’t even touch. All Pacifica models come standard with the aforementioned Stow ‘n Go seating, a touchscreen and a rear view backup camera and Keyless Enter ‘n Go. The Pacifica is also available with a built-in vacuum cleaner, which is a great feature for busy parents.

Standard Safety

Knowing that the Chrysler Pacifica would be a family vehicle, Chrysler designed the Pacifica with safety in mind. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and it is available with over 100 safety features. The Pacifica comes standard with a rearview backup camera, so drivers have some help when backing up, either out of a parking space or the garage.

Ready to check out the Chrysler Pacifica?

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has a variety of Chrysler Pacifica models on display and ready to test drive. Come by and check them out today.

Mopar, Jeep and Chrysler Bring Cool Concepts to SEMA

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, News on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 11:02 AM
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Car and truck lovers rejoice as all the new, unique, and never seen before concepts are being displayed this week at SEMA. The show has everything from self driving cars to highly modified versions of already existing cars. As major players in the auto world, Jeep and Chrysler both brought cool concepts decked out with unique Mopar styling and features. One of Jeeps concept even won the Hottest 4X4 SUV Award for the seventh consecutive year in a row.

Jeep Wrangler Trailstorm

The Jeep Wrangler Trailstorm is the Jeep that is taking home the “Hottest 4X4 SUV Award” from SEMA this year, and for good reason. The Trailstorm is awesome. It looks good, it has high off-road capabilities, and it is full of Mopar performance parts inside and out.

The Trailstorm’s exterior is both “hot” and capable. Its off-road capabilities are fairly advanced as it has 17-inch off-road wheels, 37-inch tires, and a 2-inch lift kit. Other features include a winch guard, a satin black grille, LED headlamps, fog lights, high top fenders and a big brake kit add a fierce style. Inside the Trailstorm has all-weather mats (of course), Katzkin seat covers, and a modified interior with Trailstorm specific accents and stitching.

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Jeep CJ66

Imagine a mix between a Jeep TJ Wrangler, a ‘66 Jeep CJ Tuxedo Park, and a Jeep JK Wrangler with all newly engineered Mopar parts. Yeah, hard to imagine, but it was done. Mopar named this concept the Jeep CJ66 and it is currently proudly on display in all its glory at SEMA. This concept comes with great mechanical features like an upgraded Jeep engine with a Mopar cold air intake, a cat-back exhaust system, and is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Of course, like any other Wrangler this concept is a great fit for off-roading with features like Mopar Dana 44 Crate Axles, a two-inch suspension lift, and 35-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch wheels.

The style and design of the Jeep is also cool as all get out, how could it not be when you put Jeep and Mopar together? The exterior consists of features from the Mopar 10th anniversary Jeep JK including front and rear bumpers, skid plates, and rock rails. Mopar added their own personal touch to the vehicle with their custom made LED amber fog lights and fuel-cap filler. The interior comes with unique Viper style seats, a custom roll cage, and a custom 50th anniversary Moab Easter Safari steering wheel. Sounds pretty cool, we certainly hope Mopar and Jeep consider making this concept a reality in the future.

Chrysler Pacifica Cadence

The Chrysler Pacifica has already transformed people’s opinions of minivans from lame to cool. Chrysler wanted moms and dads to drive a minivan because they actually like it. They succeeded with the Pacifica, but if the Pacifica concept on display at SEMA were to become a reality, the Pacifica would really give the competition a big challenge.

Like the Jeep CJ66, Mopar also plays a huge role in the Pacifica concept. The van at SEMA shows over 100 different accessories and upgrades offered by both Chrysler and Mopar. 20-inch wheels with blue Mopar accents, the M logo on the cap filler, a exterior Mopar decal, molded rear splash guards, and roof storage are just some of the many Mopar exterior features on this van. Upgraded interior features and technology including a wireless phone charger, a pet kennel and vinyl second-row floor mats are also unique Mopar features on display. The features both inside and out allow for awesome style, convenience, and capability. We would love to see this concept come to life as well. It would be a huge hit with the minivan dads!

Let us know what you think of these concepts on our Facebook page. If you are in need of a Chrysler or Jeep we have plenty to go around, check out our full inventory here.

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Use of Aluminum in Autos + Future Use in New Jeep Wrangler

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 1:55 PM
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The use of aluminum in car production is higher than ever and aluminum is becoming more popular each year. This is for a good reason. Using aluminum in the body frame of a vehicle has many benefits and many automakers like Ford, BMW, Chevy and Audi use a lot of aluminum and Jeep is expected to start using it, too.

More Aluminum in New Generation Jeep Wrangler

According to many reputable sources including Road and Track, Jeep will incorporate a lot more aluminum in the production of the new generation Wrangler models debuting in 2018. Sources say Jeep will use aluminum on the hood and doors of the 2018 Wrangler to lighten the vehicle. If this is true, the 2018 Wrangler would have an improved fuel economy, performance, and overall safety could benefit, too.

So why aluminum?

Performance

The use of aluminum in a body frame has a surprisingly large impact on vehicle performance. An aluminum body means a lighter weight vehicle, which directly affects performance and results in better handling. According to the Aluminum Association, “When applied to an optimized automotive body structure, aluminum can provide a weight savings of up to 50 percent compared with traditional mild steel structure.”

Environmental Pros

The use of aluminum is also environmentally efficient, which is awesome. The lighter the vehicle weight, the better fuel economy. Which means, the use of aluminum will actually save the driver money on gas, all while helping the environment one drive at a time by producing less fuel emissions. In addition to the fuel economy, an aluminum car can help the environment because aluminum is recyclable. This means, when the car is all run down and no longer useable, the aluminum can still be sold for scraps, recycled, and used again, as opposed to filling up a landfill.

Safety

Safety of cars is also impacted (in a good way) by aluminum. Aluminum is able to absorb more crash energy than steel. So, even though the weight of aluminum is lighter, it is very protective. Since safety is a huge item on everyone’s list when searching for a vehicle, it is a good reason for more companies in the automotive industry to consider switching to aluminum of their main material for the structure of vehicles.

Follow us on Facebook for updates on Jeep and the use of aluminum for future vehicles, until then check out our inventory is brand new Jeeps at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

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Modifications So You Can Drive Your Jeep in Deep Water or Mud

By Harley R | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 8:43 AM
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Some Jeepers love cruising the city, but a lot of Jeepers love getting down and dirty in mud, swamps and ponds. Though Jeeps love it as much as their drivers, before a Jeep can be submerged in water or mud, it needs a couple modifications to ensure the engine and electrical equipment doesn’t get destroyed. Here’s a rundown on the equipment needed to waterproof a Jeep.

If you plan to be crossing water, especially deep water, it is important to completely waterproof your Jeep. This means that water will not get inside the Jeep or impact any of the mechanical parts or electrical components.

Electrical Parts

For starters, the electrical parts must be protected because electronics do not like water — just ask your cell phone. There are devices (harnesses for ignition switches, kits for waterproofing fans, and waterproof power distribution packs) that will protect all of the electric components from water.

Exhaust

You know how people tell you not to drive through deep water? That’s not because water will go through the car doors, but because if you get water in your car’s exhaust (the bottom of the vehicle) it will stall out and possibly damage the engine.So with that in mind, your Jeep’s exhaust must not take in water.

There are kits that can be purchased that help protect the exhaust such as an exhaust fording kit. The exhaust fording kit comes with everything you need to protect your exhaust from water such as vent tubes and raider ties. You can also purchase a smog pump to keep the water out, or DIY with a pipe and weld.

Caps

Caps, caps and more caps. Things like gas caps, oil caps, steering caps, and distributor caps (on older models) are all highly important when it comes to the functionality of your Jeep, and caps might not be enough to keep water out if they are completely submerged in water. So if you plan on crossing water in your Jeep it is important to seal these caps before doing so.

Caps are easy to seal, but just be sure you get them all. To seal the caps on your Jeep, just use room temperature vulcanization (RTV) silicone around the entire cap and make sure the seals is watertight before taking the Jeep out.

Suspension, lift and tires

Lifts and big tires don’t only look great, but they also provide much better functionality and capability when off-roading, especially when going through water. Having an upgraded suspension made for off-roading, a lift kit (sizes vary), and large all-terrain tires will give you your best bet when it comes to water crossing.

Larger tires, higher lifts and suspensions all have one thing in common, and that is creating higher ground clearance, which is great for trekking through deep mud and water. Though it is harder to change these things on some 4×4 vehicles, Jeeps are made to accommodate custom off-road features like wider tires and lift kits. In fact, 2015-2017 Jeep Wrangler models have backspacing that allows for tires up to 35 inches, making tire modifications a much easier process.

Snorkels

Last  but not least, snorkels, and yes, like the snorkels people use. Just like humans use snorkels to breathe underwater, a snorkel on a Jeep supplies the engine with air when under water.

Snorkels connect to the engine air intake and go all the way up the side of the Jeep to the top of the windshield. Where the top of the snorkel opening sits, is where the air is going into the Jeep.  So as long as a Jeep is fitted with a snorkel that is big enough to feed the engine with enough air,  the Jeep can be submerged in water. Snorkels are particularly great and almost necessary for those who plan on off-roading often into muddy terrain or through bodies of water.

Interested in a Jeep or in need parts to waterproof your Jeep?

You can check out our Jeep inventory here, or contact our parts department here.

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Kia Cadenza v. Chrysler 300C, Both Spacious + Luxurious Sedans

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 3:22 PM
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The Kia Cadenza and Chrysler 300 are luxurious four-door sedans made by non-luxury brands, but they are both fairly different. So we put them head-to-head in a comparison between both of the highest trim levels of both models — the 2016 Kia Cadenza Limited and the 2016 Chrysler 300C Platinum. Check it out and let us know which vehicle you think is the winner.

Engine Specs and Fuel Economy

First, we will start with the fun stuff — speed! The 2016 Kia Cadenza comes standard with a 293-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 engine. This V6 engine comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission that helps it achieve 255 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Cadenza Limited has a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Next up, the Chrysler 300C Platinum! The 300C Platinum  is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, and buyers have the option of an upgraded 5.7-liter V8 engine. The V6 engine produces 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the V8 engine produces 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to fuel economy, the Chrysler 300C Platinum with the V6 engine edges out the Kia Cadenza Limited with an average of 19 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

Interior highlights

Both of these vehicles are spacious five seaters with upscale leather interiors. The trunk space/cargo volume for both these sedans is pretty good, but the 300C Platinum has the Cadenza beat in this department, too. The trunk space in the Cadenza is 15.9 cubic feet, where the 300C can hold up to 16.3 cubic feet of cargo.  The Kia Cadenza is equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen display UVO system that has SiriusXM traffic and the 300C Platinum comes with a bigger 8.4-inch touchscreen digital display and it is equipped with UConnect 8.4 system that has navigation and voice command features.

Exterior features

Of course when it comes to vehicles, the exterior and style counts a lot too. As previously mentioned, both of these vehicles are four-door sedan body styles, but what makes them unique? The Cadenza Limited has exterior features like a panoramic sunroof, projection headlights, LED fog lights, and 19” alloy wheels. Then there is the 300C Platinum which has awesome exterior features such as platinum chrome details and accents, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, HID headlights, and much more.

Price

These two vehicles aren’t too far off when it comes to price, but the Cadenza is about $2,000 more than the 300C Platinum. The Cadenza Limited has an MSRP of $44,090, while the MSRP of the 300C Platinum is $42,690.

We don’t know about you, but we think there is a clear winner of this comparison. The 300C Platinum comes with a more powerful engine option, better fuel economy, a lower price, a larger display screen, and more interior cargo space. If you love the Chrysler 300 as much as we do, check out our available inventory here.

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A Closer Look at the 2016 Jeep Renegade

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 11:23 AM

2016 Jeep Renegade StockFor adventure enthusiasts everywhere, Jeep has answered the call. The new beast in the lineup, the Jeep Renegade, has turned heads and driven into the hearts of all who live by the Jeep name. At first, drivers were a little unsure about the Renegade. A compact crossover? From Jeep? Heresy!

The off-road capabilities soon silenced the non-believers, for the Renegade is still everything a Jeep lover could want. It’s also got that sleek Jeep-style. So when looking for a blend of rugged terrain movements that still shine with elegance, drivers know of one pick: the 2016 Jeep Renegade.

Engine

To start, the standard engine for the Jeep Renegade is a 1.4-liter I4 MultiAir Turbo Engine. It generates 160 horsepower, and with Jeep’s signature MultiAir technology, drivers can expect better performance and fuel efficiency. Currently, the fuel economy stands at 24 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway.

Looking for a little more bang for your buck? On the Renegade Trailhawk and Limited trims, drivers can get a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter MultiAir standard. The same engine is available to the other trims as an upgrade. This engine has a fuel economy of 21/29 MPG city/highway.

Driving and Handling

The Jeep Renegade base trim is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission, but buyers can select a nine-speed automatic transmission if preferred. The Renegade Dawn of Justice Edition, Trailhawk, and Limited trims come standard with the automatic transmission.

Known for “Best-in-class” 4×4 capabilities, two 4×4 systems are available on the Jeep Renegade. Both systems feature a rear axle disconnect system for seamless switching between two and four-wheel drive. Various trims come standard with one of each system – Jeep Active Drive, available on the Renegade Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims; and then there’s Jeep Active Drive Low, exclusive to the Trailhawk.

Judge a Jeep by its Exterior

They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but it’s a very different story for the Jeep Renegade. Known for signature style such as the seven-slot grille, the Jeep taillights have the classic “X” accents that tie Jeep to its original roots in the military. They also make the Renegade unmistakable on the road. Available in nine exterior colors, and with the ability to purchase decals and accessories, drivers can personalize their 2016 Jeep Renegade their way.

Drivers have the option to give the Renegade a little fresh air during the next mountain climb with a sunroof. The My Sky open-air dual-panel roof is on select trims. For additional cargo space, roof rails can also be added as an upgrade.

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Five passenger capacity? Check. Seat trim options? Check the cloth and check the leather. Extra space for cargo? Double check for a standard 60/40 split second row (not present in the Limited) and a 40/20/40 seat back that comes standard in the Dawn of Justice Edition and Limited trims.

Drivers will also find some neat features during their next joy ride. Selec-Terrain traction control, steering wheel mounted audio controls, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel can all be found on most trims. Plus, a personalized instrument cluster available as a 3.5-inch or 7-inch display.

Entertain Me

Are you not entertained?! Fix that with a 4-speaker or 6-speaker system and 5.0-inch touchscreen. Speak in your Jeeps ear through integrated voice command with Bluetooth. Or, just enjoy the media hub with USB and auxiliary input. Oh, and standard on all trims (upgrade for the Sport) is the famous Uconnect system.

Safety Features and Warranty

The Jeep Renegade has many standard and advanced features for safety. These include, but are not limited to, an advanced multistage front airbag system and supplemental side airbags in the front and rear, electronic roll mitigation and stability control, panic brake assist, and a ParkView Rear Back-up Camera (standard on all trims but the Sport).

The Jeep Renegade comes with a basic 3-year/36,000 mile warranty, a 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.

You Can Find Your 2016 Jeep Renegade at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Today!

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Haunted South Florida – How Brave Are You?

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at 8:27 AM
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We are less than a week away from Halloween and if you didn’t know, South Florida is actually full of haunted and spooky locations. We have mapped out a “mini” South Florida roadtrip from Miami to Boca Raton, stopping at several haunted spots. If you take this trip, we encourage you to share your opinions with us and tell us the scariest part on our Facebook page.

Miami Dade County

The Biltmore Hotel located off of Anastasia Ave in Miami is more than just a beautiful hotel. It is home to many hauntings. The hotel was built in 1926 and was converted into a military hospital during WWII.  Soldiers did meet their demise there, but apparently some of those soldiers never left.

The Biltmore was restored back into a hotel in 1983 and is not the same as it once was. According to many guests and staff of the hotel ghosts in military uniforms have been seen, people have reported seeing soldiers wave and then disappear. Also lights flicker on and off  and strange unexplained noises have been heard at the hotel as well.

Next up, the City of Miami Cemetery. Cemeteries are already spooky and creepy without hauntings and paranormal activity. However, for those that are brave enough, the Miami Cemetery is even spookier than most. We like this location because there is some history behind it. The cemetery is the oldest in the city (around since 1897) and was the burial location for many pioneers. It is so old that it is split up in sections, a white section, black section, and Jewish section. The cemetery has been home to many weird happenings including unexplained animal deaths, which many believe are a part of a sacrifice.

Broward County

By now you are probably ready to stop and eat. So, why not kill two birds with one stone and stop at the Davie Waffle House. Yep, that’s right, a Waffle House that is haunted. This is the Waffle House located in Southwest Ranches. In 2002, two men walked in and robbed the Waffle House at gunpoint and two employees were unfortunately killed and many people believe that the Waffle House is haunted by the two dead employees. People claim to feel a creepy or ghost-like presence and also some see the blood stain where the employees were shot appear on the floor. Hope it doesn’t ruin your appetite!

Now onto the New River Inn in Fort Lauderdale. This inn was built by a farmer in 1905 as a place for railroad workers to stay while coming through town. You can visit the Inn today as a museum, but no longer stay there. According to professional ghost hunters, the New River Inn is very haunted. The presence of ghosts are mostly active between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Some people have allegedly see a man in a leather coat pacing in an angrily manner, others report sightings of a little girl.

Palm Beach County

Stop at the Boca Raton Resort and Club to see if you can find the well known ghost that lurks through the resort and club. The ghost is said to be a former maid of the hotel that died when the hotel was a Ritz-Carlton back in 1926. She had died in a fire that occurred at the hotel, and even though she died, her spirit never left.

We are sure by now you are on edge and ready for some fun! That is why for the final “haunted” location of the trip we are taking you to a fun and not so real haunted house. Enigma Haunt in Boca Raton is on the list as number one for scariest haunted houses in Florida. There are three separate houses. You can visit just one, or all three if you are brave enough. The actors and actresses are said to be extremely realistic and will absolutely make you jump. Let us know what you think of this haunted house and if it is truly scarier than Halloween Horror Nights!

Need a new Jeep or Chrysler to ride in style to these haunted locations and make the ghosts jealous? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and or check out our inventory online here. 

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Off-Road Racing and the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Friday, October 21st, 2016 at 2:30 PM
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You have probably heard of drag racing, track racing, and NASCAR, but have you heard of off-road racing? If not, you are in for a treat. Off-road racing is for those with a need for speed and adventure. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out and see how the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is perfect for this sport.

Off-road racing

Off-road racing is a sport in which Off-road vehicles from dirt bikes and ATVs to tricked out Jeep’s compete in various types of races. Some examples of the more famous off-road races include Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, TORC Series, and Baja 1000 (check out the link for the video). If you like what you see, and think you have what it takes Lucas Oil Off-Road allows for entries on their website, as do many other off-road racing series.

Jeeps + Features

The good thing about Jeeps, particularly the Jeep Wrangler, is that they are meant for off-roading. However, if you plan on entering, learning, or testing out off-road racing or racing tracks at any point, there are some necessary features to keep in mind. First, it is important to either get a Jeep and upgrade it with all the needed off-road features like drivetrain systems, tires, wheels, and so on. Or, you can take a short cut and invest in the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, because that Wrangler trim comes standard with most off-road features needed for tough or difficult terrains.

Some features that are excellent for off-road racing and that are standard on the Wrangler Rubicon include the 285-horsepower V6 engine that produces 260 lb-ft of torque, Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 Systems, skids plates, and a stabilizer bar. These features allow for a fast, smooth, and safe ride. But just remember to maker sure you know what you are doing, and only try it out with trusted and reliable companies and tracks.   

Click here to see some of the off-road racing Jeeps that we love! We have plenty of off-road capable Jeeps at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. Check them out here.

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Jeep Cherokee v Dodge Journey

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 8:32 AM
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Are you in need of a new, small compact SUV? The 2016 Jeep Cherokee and the 2016 Dodge Journey are two excellent choices and they both have a couple unique features that make each a great buy for different consumers. The Jeep Cherokee was an Editor’s Choice Pick by the editors at Car and Driver, but the Dodge Journey is also a good SUV and it is available with seven passenger seating. Here’s how they stack up.

Engine and Performance

Both of these vehicles have a standard 4-cylinder engine with the option of an upgraded 6-cylinder engine. The standard engine on the Jeep Cherokee is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, and the Journey has a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine as well. Jeep’s engine can produce up to 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque, and the Journey engine produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb-ft of torque. Though the Jeep Cherokee has more horsepower it is also better on fuel economy. The Cherokee gets 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, and the Journey gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Technology

Both of these vehicles, like every other vehicle today, are loaded with standard technology features. However, the Jeep Cherokee has more standard tech features. The Jeep Cherokee and Journey both come with display screens, the Jeep Cherokee a 5-inch screen with UConnect 5.0 technology, and the Journey has a 4.3-inch screen. Both vehicles have 6-speaker systems, steering wheel mounted controls and aux outputs. Other than these features, the Jeep Cherokee also offers standard Bluetooth voice commands.

Reviews

If all the specs above haven’t persuaded you yet, reviews certainly will.  Consumers are also falling in love with the Jeep Cherokee. Consumers on cars.com give the Cherokee an average score of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Both professional and consumer reviews rate the Cherokee higher than the Journey. Car and Driver appreciates the look, capability, and trim options for the Jeep Cherokee.

Price

These vehicles are relatively close in price. The Cherokee is just a bit pricier due to the added features the Journey lacks. The MSRP for the base model Cherokee is $23,595 and for the Journey it is $21,145.

Looking for a Jeep Cherokee? We have plenty for you to choose from at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. Check out our Cherokee inventory here, we have over 70 Jeep and Chrysler models available.

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Understanding Hybrids and the New Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, News on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 10:58 AM
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Hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly popular and they are here to stay. In the next few months, Hollywood Chrysler Jeep will be getting our first new hybrid model — the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The Pacifica Hybrid will be the first hybrid minivan ever.

Why the increase in hybrids? They benefit both drivers and the environment. Hybrids produce lower fuel emissions because they run on both battery and gas, not just gas. That means the driver saves money on gas and reduces their impact on the environment..

Despite the increase in interest for hybrid vehicles, many people may still not fully understand them, how they work, and the terminology that comes with them. We are here to clear some of that up and introduce you to the soon-to-arrive 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid!

Common Hybrid Terms

Since hybrids are a new type of car, there’s some new terminology. Nothing too complicated, but important to know when you are shopping for a hybrid vehicle.

  • MPGe: This term is pretty simple, it means miles per gallon equivalent. This term is used for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) — because both of those vehicles can operate only on electricity. PHEVs can also operate on only the gas engine and/or a combination of the battery and gas. So, there are three numbers when used for the fuel economy of a PHEV — total distance on electric power, MPGe when the engine and battery work together and MPG when the vehicle is only operating with the gas engine.
  • Battery terms: There are two terms that automakers may use to refer to a hybrid vehicle’s battery — volts and kWh (kilowatt-hour.) Voltage is the potential energy in a battery. Kilowatt-Hour is a unit used to describe how much electricity is “put into” a battery. The Pacifica’s 16 kWh battery pack has enough energy to power the car for 30 miles.
  • Regenerative braking: Regenerative braking is a system that recycles the energy used when braking the car to re-charge the hybrid’s battery. This helps to keep the car’s battery charged and extends the mileage the car can use the battery for power without stopping at a charging station.
  • One-pedal system: A one pedal system is very similar to regenerative braking in that it stores the energy from one system and stores it to reuse later. Except instead of braking the energy simply comes from taking your foot off of the gas. Basically, when you remove your foot from the gas the car slows down almost as if you are braking, and stores the energy for later.

Hybrid Basics

The The Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) definition of a hybrid vehicle is “two or more energy storage systems both of which must provide propulsion power, either together or independently.”  

There are a variety of types of hybrid runs, which is why some have a longer range than others. The Pacifica Hybrid is a plug-in hybrid. Plug-in hybrids have larger batteries than regular hybrids and the larger battery allows the vehicle to travel farther on pure electricity, but the battery needs to be recharged as well.  

The all-new 2017 Hybrid Pacifica

The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid is powered by a combination of a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, a 16 kWh battery and a dual-motor electrically variable transmission (EVT). Together the engine and transmission can produce up to an impressive 260 horsepower. Basically this hybrid minivan uses a one-way clutch which allows the motor (usually used as a generator) to deliver torque to the wheels. The van can detect when the battery’s energy is running low, and then switch to both gas and electric driving. The power to the wheels comes from the electric drive system or the specifically made V6 engine when needed.

As mentioned, if the 16 kWh battery pack is fully charged, the Pacifica can travel up to 30 miles on electricity — meaning no gas and no emissions! In the city, the Pacifica Hybrid has a fuel economy of 80 MPGe.

Follow us on facebook for updates on the Pacifica hybrid including arrival date! If you have any questions or comments regarding the hybrid feel free to reach out to us with those as well.

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Closer Look at the 2016 Jeep Cherokee

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at 11:16 AM
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The Jeep Cherokee has been a staple on the Jeep lineup for a few decades, and in 2016 the Cherokee lineup is stronger than ever. With nine trims, the Cherokee lineup includes the base Cherokee Sport and the special off-roading trim, the Cherokee Trailhawk, and a special luxury trim, the Cherokee Overland. Here are some basic details about the lineup and special Jeep Cherokee trims.

Engine and Fuel Economy

So what’s powering the 2016 Jeep Cherokee? A 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine is standard on all of the Cherokee trims.  A 2.4-liter I4 PZEV M-Air engine and a 3.2-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine with electric stop/start as options, but the latter is standard on the Cherokee Overland 4×4. When equipped with the 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir and two-wheel drive, the Jeep Cherokee has a fuel economy of  21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.  The 3.2-liter V6 gives the Cherokee Overland 4×4 an average fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Interior and Exterior

The interior of the Jeep Cherokee is definitely sophisticated. Available options include personalized instrument cluster, Keyless Enter ‘n Go engine starter, and steering wheel mounted controls and the Uconnect 8.4 with a built-in navigation system. Whether switching up seating arrangements or carrying cargo, there are multiple set ups for storage options. The second-row has a 60/40 split fold, and the front passenger is a fold-flat seat. There are also storage spots in the Jeep brand cargo management system, in-seat storage, and a full-length floor console, a new feature popping up in vehicles today.

The Cherokee’s body design is sleek and stylish, built with aerodynamics in mind. Though sleek, the Cherokee is built for on and off-road driving, so it is durable as well. The CommandView dual-pane panoramic sunroof is an available option on five of the Cherokee trims and it’s a standard feature on the Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition.

Technology

Three innovative 4×4 systems are available on the Jeep Cherokee – Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 for rock crawling, the single-speed Jeep Active Drive I 4×4 with superb traction control for driving in any weather condition, and the Trailhawk’s Trail Rated Jeep Active Drive Lock 4×4 system with 4-Low and a rear locker.

“Selec-Terrain all-weather warrior” is the name Jeep has given to the Cherokee Trailhawk. With Selec-Terrain traction control, with Auto, Snow, Sport, Sand/Mud and Rock modes available, it sounds well-earned.

2016 Jeep Cherokee Overland

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee is the most high-end trim of the nine, and it’s got some key features that make it stand out from other nice SUVs on the market. The Jeep Cherokee rides on 18-inch polished wheels, and it features Uconnect 8.4 with 3D navigation and a nine-speaker premium audio system. The front two seats are ventilated, and all of the seats are heated and trimmed in Nappa leather. There are also select features that earned it an award-winning interior, such as a leather-wrapped instrument panel, and Jeep’s Active Drive II 4×4 system for class-leading 4×4 capability. Oh, and the Jeep Cherokee Overland is available in five exterior colors and has a starting MSRP of $34,695.

Safety and Security

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee has all the necessities of safety, over 70, in fact. On select trims, one can find preventative safety tech like Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist, ParkSense Front/Rear Park Assist, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Path Detection, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. The Cherokee also has the option of forward collision warning-plus, automatic headlamps, and a ParkView Rear Back-up Camera.

Interested in one of the Jeep Cherokee trims?

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has a variety of Jeep Cherokee models available! You can browse our Jeep Cherokee inventory online here, or come test drive one today! All that sounds great to us! Have you purchased a 2016 Jeep Cherokee lately? Let us know what you think on our social media!

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Accessorize Your New Pacifica at Your Chrysler Maintenance Visit

By Harley R | Posted in Parts on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at 9:52 AM
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If you have a Chrysler Pacifica you are already the coolest parent on the block, if not, what are you waiting for? The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is the coolest minivan with the most technology and cargo space around. There are also several accessories that you can add to your Pacifica to make it look even cooler and next time you bring the Pacifica to Hollywood Chrysler in for regular Chrysler maintenance, we can add on the new accessories for you. Here is what we can do for your Pacifica.

Go Chrome

Chrome accents are a subtle yet *shiny* way to make your minivan stand out. Exterior parts such as wheels, roof rails, trailer hitches, door handles, and door sills are available in chrome and can be swapped out for the body-color parts that are currently on your Pacifica. There is also a beautiful chrome grille that definitely adds a luxury feel to the minivan.

To find the right part(s) for your vehicle, you can reach out to the parts department at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and we’ll help you get the best deal on what you want.  Then, once the parts are in, our service department can put them on for you.

Carry Even More

140.5 cubic feet of room for cargo is a lot of space, but if you need even more room, you can make that happen with the Pacifica. There are a couple different accessories like roof rails, roof racks, and roof mounted storage containers, that offer additional space outside of the minivan. Roof rails are excellent for getting the Christmas tree and storage containers are great for long road trips or camping.
Interested in getting a new Chrysler Pacifica? You can view our available inventory online here. Or if you already have a Pacifica and want any new parts or accessories for it or just need regular maintenance,  call us today and make an appointment.

Trans-Continental Off-Roading Expedition and Vehicle Specs

By Harley R | Posted in Green on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 11:47 AM
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Want to combine your love of off-roading with world travel? Jeep can help you achieve that. A few weeks ago we wrote about worldwide off-roading trips and adventures offered by the German-based company, Extrem Events (Extrem isn’t a typo, it’s the German spelling of the word!)

Owned and founded by Matthias Jeschke, the company organizes some of the most extreme off-roading trips in the world — like traversing and scaling the Andes Mountains and an around the world road trips — and they make their trips in a Jeep.

Today, we are taking closer look at the modifications the company made to the fleet of their the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon JK’s for the the expedition, “Paris / New York – Transcontinental,” a cross-continental trip from Paris to New York in 2008 and 2009. The trip would be very long and the winter conditions would be some of the harshest in the world, so equipping the Wrangler Unlimited with all of the correct equipment was a very important part of the process.

Also, the trip was focused around traveling across the world in a vehicle with renewable energy and low emissions. According to the trip’s webpage (PNY2009.com), “It is our intention not to leave any traces in nature during this expedition. Instead, we rather want to leave our mark in contemporary history.” So, to achieve this goal, there were a variety of changes made to the vehicle’s engine and energy systems to make this possible.

What the team came up with was pretty brilliant and in 2009, OFFROAD, a magazine dedicated to off-roading, presented Jeschke’s team with the “Tuning Vehicle of the Year 2009” award for one of their expedition vehicles

First it’s important to know the conditions they were up against. Aside from powering through various mountain ranges, brutal winter conditions with extreme low temps, wind and snow, and traveling more than 25,000 miles, the most challenging part of the trip would be crossing the Bering Strait. The Bering Strait is about 50 miles wide and it partially freezes in the coldest part of the season. That partial freezing would (hopefully) make it possible for the convoy of Jeeps to float/drive across.

To prepare for the trip, many of the modifications made to the Jeep vehicles were to make it as waterproof as possible and to make sure it could endure a lot of ice and temperatures in the tundra. Here are some of the highlights, but trust us, there were a lot of mods.

Tires and Wheels

The tires on the fleet of vehicles were very important because of all of the snow and ice, even many of the best off-road tires wouldn’t be enough. The vehicle’s 17-inch Procomp Extreme Alloy 17×9 wheels were wrapped in specially designed Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires 40×13.5R17.

In an interview with Jeschke on Off-Road.com, Jeschke gives the special Goodyear Wrangler MT/R tires a lot of credit stating, “For me, the Goodyear Wrangler MT/R are the absolutely best off-road tires in the world. I used the MT/Rs for all my expeditions so far … No other tire can perform like this one.”

Water Proofing

The vehicle had a lot of extra equipment for the crossing of the Bering Strait. The trip was scheduled to cross the strait in one of the coldest times of the year with hopes it would be as frozen as possible.  Did you notice we didn’t say completely frozen? That means the Jeep vehicles would need to be able to float, drive and be waterproof.

To allow the vehicle to float and to drive through the water, the Jeep vehicles were fitted with a special swimming system complete with an outboard motor. This special system is two large pontoon-like floats that sit on both sides of the Jeeps. The floats had a buoyancy force of 7.9 tons, so they were able to provide a lot support if necessary.

So the freezing water wouldn’t infiltrate the vehicle, they were completely sealed up to the middle of the windshield. Additionally there was a double air-snorkel system for the engine and passenger compartment.

An Eco-Friendly Promise

Jeschke made the vehicles and the expedition as eco-friendly as possible. The fleet of Jeeps were powered by biofuel and the vehicle’s batteries were powered by solar energy. The biofuel used on the trip was produced by Switzerland’s’ only bio-ethanol manufacturer. The company makes the bio fuel from from wooden waste, which is one of the most efficient ways to grow biofuel. All of the fuel for the trip was transported with the convoy.

In addition to the mechanics, other aspects of the trip were green. The time allotted in between daily spots was enough to allow the convoy to travel at fuel-efficient speeds. While the cold temperatures may have been more challenging for the vehicles and humans, the frozen tundra would absorb less of the C02 emissions that were released. And finally, after the trip, the expedition team will plant enough trees to neutralize all of the trip’s recorded emissio

So what happened in the end?

From our research, the convoy was stopped due to the winter storms before crossing the Bering Strait. However, Jeschke vowed to return to the same spot in 2010. The expedition “Paris / New York – Transcontinental” succeeded in March 2010.

All-New Jeep Compass to Strengthen Jeep’s Compact SUV Lineup

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 12:59 PM
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Jeep’s line of compact SUVs is getting a little stronger in 2017. Jeep just announced their overhaul of the 2017 Jeep Compass.

When Jeep released the 2017 model highlights of their compact SUV, the Jeep Compass, on September 1, there was no talk about the Jeep Compass being redesigned, only that the Compass line would be condensed into two trims rather than five. Well at the end of the month, Jeep surprised everyone with the debut of the all-new 2017 Jeep Compass at one of the Jeep production plants in Brazil.

As a part of the Jeep brand’s global expansion, the all-new Compass model will be available with 17 different powertrain options and it will be available in over 100 countries.

Jeep has not released many details on the new model, but everyone will learn more about it at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. So far, there is no word on if Jeep is going to stick to limiting the model to two trim levels or if they plan to exceed their original number, but in the pictures the Jeep brand supplied, it does look like the Compass will join the off-roading group of “Trailhawk” models.

With the news, we wonder if this will result in Jeep ridding the lineup of the Jeep Patriot model. There were a lot of rumors that Jeep would merge the Compass and Patriot models into one new model, but perhaps Jeep is going to axe the Patriot and make enhancements to the Compass.

Also, it will be interesting to see how the new Jeep Compass stacks up against the Jeep Renegade, one of the brand’s best-selling models that is also a compact SUV. The new Renegade will largely be the same vehicle everyone loved in 2016, but it will get some improved standard features like Keyless Go on all models, passive entry on the Renegade Limited and available HID headlamps and automatic high-beam headlamps.

Looking for a compact SUV?

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has a variety of Jeep models, including the Jeep Compass, Renegade and Patriot — all of which are excellent for driving around Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Come by and test drive one today or you can view our inventory online here.

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Off-Roading Just Got Better on the Jeep Grand Cherokee

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style, Local on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 8:17 AM

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For the 2017 model year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) released a new fourth-generation Uconnect system and a special new off-roading feature on 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee models with Uconnect 8.4.

Uconnect is FCA’s in-vehicle connectivity system that is designed to keep consumers connected, entertained and focused on the road. Its features include communication, navigations and entertainment features and now Uconnect 8.4 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee will offer Off-road Pages.

Basically, Uconnect’s new Off-road Pages aims to improve the off-roading experience by telling drivers the details of their Grand Cherokee and what it is doing while it is off-roading. The new system can help protect drivers when off-roading because they will now know if something is wrong and can provide information to help drivers determine the problem.

Off-road Pages display four key components: the Selec-Terrain driving modes; drivetrain information (current steering angle, transfer-case position and rear differential lock); suspension information (wheel articulation and air suspension height); and accessory gauges (coolant, transmission and oil temperatures, battery voltage and oil pressure readings).

This new feature comes with the introduction of the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the newest Grand Cherokee model. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is equipped with off-roading equipment that take the Grand Cherokee’s Trail Rating to another level. Other new Grand Cherokee technology features include an available self-parking system and lane departure intervention.

Keep an eye out for these vehicles coming soon to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. Until then, check out our current Jeep Renegade, Wrangler, and Grand Cherokee models here.

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FCA Warranty Basics & Mopar’s “Complete 360” Protection Plan

By Harley R | Posted in Service on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 3:26 PM
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Driving and buying a car that is still under warranty can make a driver a little more relaxed. All Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands, like Jeep and Chrysler, are backed by the same warranties. They are a three-year or 36,000-mile basic limited warranty, a five-year or 60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a five-year unlimited mile corrosion warranty. Additionally, Jeep offers five years and unlimited miles for roadside assistance. Do you know what is covered by these warranties? Check out the specifics.

Basic Limited Warranty

The Basic Limited Warranty covers the cost of all parts and labor needed to repair any defective item on your vehicle from when it left the manufacturing plant. Two parts that are not covered by this warranty are un-wired headphones and tires, and there is a partial 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty on the vehicle’s  brakes and wiper blades.

Additionally, no aftermarket parts (or systems that have been altered for the aftermarket parts), will be covered under the warranty.

Powertrain Limited Warranty

The Powertrain Limited Warranty covers the parts related to a vehicle’s powertrain, like the engine, drivetrain, and transmission. These parts can be the most expensive to repair,  so having a warranty that covers that cost can be very beneficial.

Auto-Corrosion Warranty

FCA backs the outer sheet metal of its vehicles with a five-year and unlimited mileage corrosion warranty. Corrosion includes rust or holes that may appear in the outside sheet metal during this time limit.

Mopar “Complete 360” Protection Plan

For drivers that take their warranty seriously, there is now a new Mopar “Complete 360” protection plan that offers a little extra peace of mind.

The “Complete 360” protection plan is a one-of-a-kind service offered by Mopar that includes a combination of features and benefits, as well as offers regular maintenance and comprehensive care that car owners won’t find covered in a basic warranty.

The Mopar “Complete 360” protection plan goes above and beyond by extending these warranties up to 6 years or 75,000 miles. Furthermore, it includes special care features that really make the warranty a “Complete 360” warranty. Some of the features included on the “Complete 360” plan include:

  • Vehicle maintenance (scheduled and recommended) including parts and services
  • Coverage for the entire vehicle and its 5,000+ components
  • Coverage for mechanical wear and tear, everything from the ground up, including: wheel alignments, battery, brakes, shock and struts, and much more
  • There is also an all-in option for Road Hazard Tire and Wheel protection

The base “Complete 360” plan starts at $3,245 and it provides the above services and protections for a car for five years or 60,000 miles.

Interested in a Mopar Complete 360 plan?

Call or come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep today. We can help you get extra coverage on your FCA vehicle.

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2016 Compact SUV Comparison: Jeep Renegade and Toyota Rav4

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 8:18 AM
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One of the top-selling new vehicles in 2016 are SUVs and the versatility and efficiency of compact SUVs makes them a popular choice among SUV shoppers. Two compact SUVs on Kelley Blue Book’s “10 Best SUVs Under $25,000” include the Jeep Renegade and the Toyota Rav4, so we decided to take a closer look at engine, towing capacities, fuel economy and pricing between both of these SUVs.

Overview

The newest of these subcompact SUVs is the Jeep Renegade, and despite its young age, it is one of the best small SUVs on the market. The Jeep Renegade is the only one of the three compact SUVs that was an Editor’s Choice pick by the trusted auto publication, Car and Driver.

The Toyota Rav4 has dominated the compact SUV market since its introduction in 1994. The Toyota Rav4 is currently in its third generation and it’s been a consistent Top Safety Pick on the annual IIHS list.

Pricing

With a starting price of $17,995, the 2016 Jeep Renegade is substantially more affordable than the 2016 Toyota Rav4, which starts at $24,350. Despite its affordability, the Jeep Renegade also offers comparable horsepower, fuel economy and more towing capacity than the Toyota RAV4.

Engine Specs

The 2016 Jeep Renegade Sport (base model) is powered by a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder MultiAir turbo engine that produces 160 horsepower. The Toyota Rav4 LE (base model) is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 176 horsepower.

Though the Rav4 has a slightly higher horsepower, the Renegade has a higher towing capacity. The Rav4 has a maximum towing capacity of 1,500 pounds and the Renegade offers a maximum towing capacity of about 2,000 pounds, which is enough to trailer a couple of jet-skis to and from Hollywood Beach. Both vehicles are available to buyers as front-wheel or four-wheel drive, with the front-wheel drive options being more affordable.

When comparing fuel economy, the Renegade and Toyota RAV4 both offer one of the best fuel economies out of most compact SUVs. Both vehicles have an average fuel economy of 24 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

Available Models

The Renegade’s most basic trim is the Renegade Sport, and there are also six other 2016 models, including the off-roading model, the Renegade Trailhawk, and two limited-edition models, the Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition and the Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition.

The Toyota Rav4’s base trim is the Toyota Rav4 LE and in 2016 there are six different Toyota Rav4 trims, two of which are hybrid options. The full Toyota Rav4 lineup includes the Rav4 LE, Rav4 XLE, XLE Hybrid, SE and SE Hybrid.

Interested in a Jeep Renegade? 

You can search our selection of Jeep Renegade models here.
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Did You See the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid in Miami?

By Harley R | Posted in New Inventory, News on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 2:41 PM
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This year’s Miami International Auto Show was all about the latest fuel-efficient models and the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was one of show-stoppers. Though minivans aren’t usually attention-grabbing, especially when beautiful Lamborghinis and Mercedes-Benz are present, the Chrysler Pacifica is the world’s first-ever hybrid minivan and it has awesome features.

While the non-hybrid Chrysler Pacifica was released in the spring of 2016, dealerships and drivers are still awaiting the release of the Pacifica Hybrid, expected for fall 2016. The Pacifica Hybrid is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6, a 16-kWh battery pack, and a twin-electric-motor setup.

This energy and electric duo is expected to have a an all-electric range of 30 miles on a single charge and an average of 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city. Despite a great fuel economy, the Pacifica Hybrid is also pretty powerful as it produces between 240 and 260 horsepower, actual numbers are still waiting to be confirmed.

Like other hybrid and electric cars on the market, the new Chrysler  Pacifica Hybrid is expected to be eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit for vehicles that use alternative electric energy.  

As the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was stealing the show at the annual car show held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Chrysler Pacifica earned another top-award from WardsAuto.

Last week, WardsAuto named the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica to the first-ever Wards 10 Best User Experience List for 2016. The Pacifica offers drivers and passengers convenient and comfortable tech options like Stow ‘n Go seating, an integrated vacuum and handsfree sliding doors and liftgate.

As it stands now, the non-hybrid version of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is powered by a 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that offers one of the best fuel economies among minivans, averaging 18 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.

Conquer the World in a Jeep with Extreme Events

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style, People on Friday, September 16th, 2016 at 8:34 AM
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We recently stumbled across a really unique and cool company that we think explorers and Jeepers will love. Extrem Events (spelling would be Extreme Events in English) is a German-based company that organizes extreme driving trips and provides support to drivers around the world.

Travel, business, pleasure or exploration, Extrem Events will help you get to where you need to go no matter how remote or extreme. Extrem Events makes it possible for every off-roader to experience their dream trip, no matter how intense. The team provides support and company on drives, so no matter what happens, there is always someone who is reliable and experienced to solve the issue.

While we are just hearing about this company, it has been established for a while. The company is run by Matthias Jeschke, a 45-year-old German man. Jeschke has established his company over the years as a trusted brand, as Extrem Events has been featured in the news and on television several times.

Currently, there are organized trips that range from three weeks to five weeks that trek through Patagonia or the Andes Mountains in Chile and Argentina. Accommodations on each trip vary and some include a mix of camping and lodging, but every trip is a self-drive trip that has challenging terrains.

The company has set a few world records as well. The Extrem Events team set a double world record in 2014/15 when they reached 6.675 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.) in a 11-ton diesel-powered truck. That altitude had never been achieved before — pretty cool, right?.

One of our favorite and trips that we find most inspiring is the cross-continent trip he led from Paris all the way to New York! Yep, it is possible, but very difficult according to Jeschke. In an interview with off-road.com he discusses his Jeep, the trip, and all the obstacles along the way.

The hardest part according to him was trying to get through the rough conditions of snow and ice, and at one point the tires were completely covered in ice. The 2.5 year trip traveled through 20 different countries and was more than 26,000 miles. The team made it successfully with just a few bumps in the road, which thankfully didn’t matter when the Extrem Event experts know how to fix pretty much any mechanical issue along the way.
Are you a dare devil? Doing a trip with Extrem Events, or even creating your own trip could be great. But, to do so, you might want a new Jeep Wrangler, to assure yourself that the Jeep is in good condition and can put some miles on it. Good thing Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has a vast selection of Jeep Wranglers to make your dream off-roading trip possible. Click here to view our latest inventory.

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Four 4WD Locations: Tennessee-Style

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Life Style on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 9:16 AM
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Home to the Great Smoky Mountains, one of America’s music capitals, Bonnaroo and Jack Daniels, Tennessee is the perfect mix of culture and nature. From Miami, the Great Smoky National Park is a 12-hour drive and it is a must-see area for people who prefer living life outside and exploring in their Trail Rated Jeep.

Aside from the national park, there are some awesome off-roading sites scattered around the state. Fall is just around the corner and Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains are beautiful in autumn!  Here are four off-roading spots in Tennessee where you can explore and test out your four-wheel drive Jeep.

Adventure Off-Road Park – South Pittsburg, TN

Adventure Off-Road Park is located in south central Tennessee and it has approximately 500 acres of land that you can explore in your Jeep. This park includes over 120 trails for drivers of every skill level from new to professional. There are also bathrooms, showers, RV hookups, and campsites so plan to stick around for a few days.

Wheelin in the Country – Summertown, TN

Wheelin in the country is a popular off-road spot located in Summertown, Tenn., which is about an hour south of Nashville. The land includes over 700 acres of off-roading land for beginning offroaders all the way up to the most skilled 4×4 drivers. The park is packed with a variety of challenging obstacles like gullies, rock ledges, mud pits, and there’s even a rock garden and flex ramp.There is also camping, restrooms, showers, and concessions available, so why not stay a while?

Golden Mountain Park – Sparta, TN

This park is spread across 500-acres and it has room for all sorts of outdoor activities. There are trails for all levels ranging from intense rock climbing Jeepers to beginners. The park’s land is open to campers, fishermen and hikers and anyone who wants to enjoy the mountains and lakes. There are also observation decks that offer beautiful views.  

Outdoor in the Smokies – Cosby, TN

Outdoor in the Smokies is outdoor facility and private training establishment located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The park has tons of trails open to off-road vehicles and hosts Jeep club destination rides. In addition to Jeeping, there are variety of other activities on-site like paddle boarding, a gun range and camping. This is also the closest off-roading location to the annual Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion, a huge annual event and expo for Jeeps held each year in August!

Need a new Jeep Wrangler or other 4×4 Jeep to check out one or all of these Tennessee spots? We got you covered, check out our Jeep Wrangler inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Want to read up on more locations and states where you can have a great off-road experience. Check out the other articles we have written for our monthly series! If you go off-roading, don’t forget to tell your #MyJeepStory with Jeep and with us!

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Alaska

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: North Carolina

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Utah

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Arizona

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Costa Rica

Four 4WD Off-Road  Locations: Southern California

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 1

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 2

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Lease or Finance? Regardless, We Have a Vehicle for You

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Local, News, used cars on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 8:41 AM
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Choosing a new car is exciting, but it can be complicated if you are deciding whether leasing or financing is best for you. So, we are here to help you decide. Many of the factors that will help you decide depend on your budget, driving expectations, and personal preferences.

Budget

Money is a large factor that motivates people to lease or finance a car. Some people prefer the lower or no down payment when leasing a vehicle, in addition to what can be lower monthly payments.

Depending on the amount being financed, lease payments might be lower because rather than paying off the entire vehicle like one does when financing. Monthly lease payments are based on the difference between the MSRP and the “residual” balance, or what the car is worth when your lease term is up. This means you pay monthly payments based on the portion of the car value you “use”. However, this is why there is an annual mileage cap and why the car must be in near-perfect condition when it is returned, the manufacturer doesn’t want the car to be too overused and depreciate a lot of value during its lease.

However, financing a car isn’t always more expensive. Depending on the amount being financed, one might have lower monthly payments than leasing a car. If one doesn’t have to finance a large amount of money to own the car, monthly payments might not be too high. However, this depends on credit as well.

Driver Preferences

So leasing might ideal for different types of drivers or people with different needs. For example, if you need the car for work purposes that require a lot of driving, the annual mileage cap on a lease could result in expensive overage payments at the end of the lease.  But if you just need a car to get to a close commute and for routine driving and errands, a lease could be a good choice.

If you’re someone who doesn’t take excellent care of the interior or exterior of their car and you drive in tough conditions that might damage your vehicle leasing could also result in expensive repair costs at the end of the lease.

On the other hand, if you prefer driving a car that always has the newest technology and innovation, leasing could be a great option. When you lease a car, you are not stuck with it forever, so people that continuously lease cars are usually driving the most modern cars available.

But, if you like to keep a car as long as possible and run it till it’s dead financing is for you (duh!). Also, if you like to customize a car or truck and make it your own, than financing is best for you. With a lease you don’t have the liberty to alter the vehicle’s appearance or performance.

Whether you want to lease or finance, we have something for you at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, check out our inventory here.

Highlights of the New 2017 Model Year Chrysler and Jeep Lineup

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, New Inventory, News on Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 9:58 AM
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Recently, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) released details on all of the 2017 Chrysler and Jeep models. With the exception of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which was released in June, no other 2017 model Chryslers or Jeeps have hit the road yet. However, we hope to see them at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep before long, not only do the new models have some new convenience features, but buyers have a few new ways to upgrade the 2017 models.

Chrysler

Well the biggest news on the 2017 Chrysler model lineup was the discontinuation of the Chrysler Town & Country and the introduction of its replacement, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. As we mentioned, the new minivan model was released earlier this year, however it is still making waves.

A few highlights on the 2017 Pacifica model include its powerful 287-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that has one of the best fuel economies in the minivan segment. With an average of 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, families are sure to go the distance without the penalty at the pump. The Pacifica is also fitted with a touchscreen, Stow ‘n Go seating, and an available built-in vacuum cleaner. A hybrid version of the Pacifica will be released in fall or winter of 2016.

The Chrysler 200 lineup is getting a few updates. Rather than seven trims, the Chrysler 200 lineup will be condensed to five trims and a few of them will get a few additional features. The 2017 200 Touring will get the option of a new Dark Appearance Package. The new package will include 18-inch Jet Black Gloss wheels, halogen headlamps with black molding and a gloss black exterior treatment.

The 200S is also getting a new optional package, the Alloy Edition Package. This package includes a sport-tuned suspension for driving enjoyment and advanced all-wheel-drive systems with Sport mode for added all-weather traction and handling. The 200S Alloy Edition also has dark bronze and titanium finishes that showcase the Chrysler brand’s leadership in color and material design.

Like the 2017 Chrysler 200, there are only a few small changes to the 2017 Chrysler 300 lineup. One of the biggest changes will be the addition of the all-new fourth-generation Uconnect System with smartphone integrations on all of the Chrysler 300’s trims. The improved system will feature a new 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation and will offer multi-touch gestures with pinch, tap and swipe capabilities.

Additionally, the Chrysler 300S has an updated interior. New features include heated and ventilated seats, and new interior accents and buyers will now have the option of an all-new Black with Sydney Gray leather interior. Finally, the Chrysler 300S will also have a few new appearance package options — the Exterior Sport Appearance, Interior Sport Appearance and an Alloy Edition packages.

Jeep

As one of FCA’s best-selling brands, there haven’t been too many changes to next year’s Jeep model lineup. Specializing in SUVs and off-road capabilities, Jeep has added a few new features and trims specifically for off-roading, in addition to added luxury features to a couple models. Here’s what Jeep has planned for the 2017 model year.

The entire line of Jeep models have received available or standard headlight upgrades. After some car brands did not get optimal results on the headlight study done by the IIHS, many brands have upgraded the lights on their vehicles, and Jeep was quick to make improvements.

The biggest change by Jeep is the addition of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, a new Grand Cherokee trim, built for off-roading. This new Grand Cherokee trim will have an improved ground clearance, a unique version of Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system and a revised suspension.

In 2017, the Jeep Renegade will have Keyless Go standard on all trims (late availability) and the Renegade lineup will go from six models to four because production will end on the two special-edition Renegades.

Like the Renegade, the 2017 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited lineup will also be condensed as the limited-edition trims like the Rubicon Hard Rock, Backcountry and Black Bear trims will no longer be available. The Wrangler Sahara and Rubicon trims will get upgraded LED headlights and fog lamps, and those will be available add-ons to the Sport and Sport S trims.

Like the Jeep Renegade, the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Patriot lineups will also downsize. Rather than having four available trims, Jeep has condensed many of the features and capabilities of the Compass and Patriot into just two well-equipped trims.

Finally, there is the Jeep Cherokee. In 2017, all Jeep Cherokee models (except the Cherokee Sport) will have high-intensity discharge headlights and there are several improved features on the Cherokee Trailhawk. Alongside all of the Cherokee Trailhawk’s off-roading capabilities, the Trailhawk will now have luxury features like Nappa leather seats that are heated and ventilated, a remote start system and a power liftgate.

Stay tuned on the Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Facebook page for news and updates regarding the new 2017 Jeep and Chrysler models!

Pack Up the Pacifica and Travel to this Month’s Florida Events

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Local, News on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 8:39 AM
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Summer is ending and fall is beginning and that just means the weather across Florida gets event nicer. If you are looking for something to do this September and you also want explore different Florida locations, here are some awesome events that are local or just a road trip away.

South Florida

DWTWN Art Days

Miami – September 9 – 11

This is a three-day event dedicated to art and culture in downtown Miami with many free events. Museums that will host free events include the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami-Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, and the Micro/Macro Cinema. Various activities include live music, art shows, art classes and activities, and writing exercises.

44th Annual Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run

Florida Keys and Key West – September 15-18

Calling all Florida bikers, this event is for you! This is an annual organized ride down the All-American road in the Florida Keys. The group of bikers leave Miami on the 15th and have planned stops at various locations in the Keys until the ride ends in Key West. Even if you aren’t a biker, you can join the group for a fun celebration in Key West at the end of the day.

Riverwalk Fall Festival

Fort Lauderdale – September 24

Fall-themed events, activities, and competitions will celebrate the end of another hot South Florida summer at this year’s second annual Riverwalk Fall Festival. Pets on a leash are welcome and families can bring blankets or lawn chairs to set up a camp for the day to catch all of the live music food, and the company of many other locals.

Reef Fest

Various Key Largo Locations –  September 29 – October 2

Jeep owners are adventurists and in South Florida, one of the great ways to explore the natural habitat is to go underwater. Reef Fest is a four-day event in which participants can attend diving seminars and join others, diving, kayaking, snorkeling or paddleboarding. Seminars are free for those who need a lesson before heading out to the Reefs.

Central Florida

Pioneer Days Festival

Englewood – September 4 -5

Ever wanted a look into the life of pioneers? You can watch pioneer impersonators re-enact the tasks and daily routines of pioneers. Activities include include crafters, a free architectural carriage tour, entertainment and an Antique Car Parade.

I Like it Hot! Festival

Minnreg Hall, Largo – September 10-11

This event is a must-do for foodies and spicy food lovers. Attendees will put their tolerance for spicy and hot foods to the ultimate test as they taste their way through different spicy rubs, sauces, jellies, peppers and more.  Also, if you think you can handle it, participate in the jalapeno eating contest to see how you stack up against other spice loving Floridians.

Horsey Yard Sale

Ocala – September 24-25

For those of you who don’t know, Ocala is the horse capital of Florida. During this events any kind of horse riding paraphernalia you could need is being sold at discount prices. Not to mention, meet other horseback riders while bonding over hamburgers and hotdogs (yum!).

Ranch Rodeo and Cowboy Heritage Festival

Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee – September 30 – October 1

This is a family-friendly event and competition for the ranch hands, cowboys and cowgirls of Florida. Real-life cowboys and cowgirls will compete in a variety of competitions to show off their ranching skills in a horse ranch competition, cow dog competition and ranch rodeo. The final day’s activities include a steak dinner followed by the final round of the competition.

North Florida

27th Annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride

Fernandina Beach – September 11

The summer weather and warm temperatures last almost year-round in Florida, so, why not embrace the hot weather and go outside? This is a timed bike ride for singles and families with five different set mileages ranging from 21 miles up to 103 miles. If it’s a sunny day, participants are sure to enjoy a beautiful ride down A1A through the Talbot Island State Park.

The Fuzzy Pineapple Festival

Tallahassee – September 17

With a name like the Fuzzy Pineapple Festival, you know it is going to be fun. Enjoy Indie music from musicians showcasing their stuff, arts and crafts, and activities for people of all ages. Some activities include tie-dying, short films, scavenger hunts, and much more. This is a great event for the kids!

All of the events listed are family friendly, and would be great for a road trip. If you’re looking for a family-friendly minivan for road trips this September, check out the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan available at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. The Pacifica is loaded with features to keep both parents and children happy and entertained no matter how long the drive.

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Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee: Similarities and Differences

By Harley R | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 at 9:27 AM
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The Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are two Jeep SUV models that have many similarities and some differences. To some, the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee look similar, and since both models have a similar name, many people don’t realize that the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are actually two different models. While the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee have many of the same basic interior features, the engines and exterior of both vehicles are different.

As Jeep products, both of models come standard with six speakers, a 5-inch touchscreen display and Uconnect 5.0 for entertainment. The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are also available as two-wheel or four-wheel drive vehicles and both modes have the option of a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. And both models are five passenger SUVs with off-roading capabilities.

Engines

The Jeep Cherokee has three engine options — a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine, a 2.4-liter I4 PZEV M-Air engine, and a 3.2 -liter V6 engine with electronic start-stop. All three engine options are  paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Cherokee’s smaller size and engines give the Cherokee a slightly better fuel economy than the Grand Cherokee. When equipped with the 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine, the Cherokee has a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

The Grand Cherokee is available four engine options. The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 engine, but buyers have the option of a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine, a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, and the performance SRT 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. When the Grand Cherokee is equipped with the standard 3.6-liter engine and 8-speed automatic transmission, the Grand Cherokee has a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

Exteriors

The Cherokee is a more rugged vehicle that is intended for off-road driving, and the Grand Cherokee, although suited for off-roading, is more of a luxury SUV. The Jeep Cherokee is slightly smaller than the Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee has a cargo capacity behind the first-row of seating of 67.5 cubic feet and the Cherokee offers 54.9 cubic feet. This Jeep Cherokee’s more compact body makes it a little easier to navigate tight roads that are off the beaten path.

The Jeep Cherokee rides on 17-inch steel wheels and all-season tires, and the Grand Cherokee has 17-inch aluminum rims. The 2016 model year Cherokee features a new headlight design that finally gives it a more distinctive look from the Grand Cherokee’s traditional boxy headlights. The Cherokee’s new headlights are narrow and slanted that have LED running lights and Bi-Function halogen projector headlamps.

Interested in seeing the differences and similarities between a Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Cherokee for yourself? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to test drive both models today. You can also search our inventory online here.

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Maintenance – We’ll Keep You Going

By Harley R | Posted in Service on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 9:15 AM
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Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has an excellent reputation in regards to its Jeep and Chrysler maintenance department. That’s because at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, our service technicians go above and beyond. Our techs check all aspects of a vehicle and they make honest and fair recommendations for repairs and maintenance. The Hollywood Chrysler Jeep service and maintenance department strives for customer service, speed and quality work.

Additionally, Hollywood Chrysler Jeep’s service department is not limited to Jeep and Chrysler brand maintenance and their trained Mopar technicians repair all makes and models. Common maintenance tasks that can be completed at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep include: oil and filter changes, alignment correction, wiper and headlight maintenance, tire balance and rotation, coolant and transmission flushes and much much more.

Don’t just take our word for it, here are some customer reviews on Google+.

Joshua B.

“Took my car in for service. William Maya, the service rep, was very professional and immediately addressed any issue that came up. Over the time my car was there, the were some other issues, but the dealer fixed it before I got my car back.”

Nancy M.

“Took my Challenger to Hollywood Chrysler for check engine light and ticking sound coming from engine. Worked with Service Manager Ricky Ogle and Assistant Service Manager Jeff Issner. They isolated the problem which resulted in a major engine repair under warranty. They took great care to keep us informed. The technician working on the car was very knowledgeable and meticulous and thorough in his work. They noted a few areas of potential future maintenance concerns so all work was done in 1 shot. They were honest and accurate about their assessments. The car was ready exactly when they projected it to be. We highly recommend Hollywood Chrysler.”

Lissette M.

“I would like to thank Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to provide me with such great service. I have been servicing my car at this location for over a year with no issues, however I had just one bad experience to the point where my car is no longer in my hands. The team at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep helped me gained confidence again by helping me on getting a brand new vehicle.”

Come down to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and have your own positive Chrysler Maintenance experience. We look forward to seeing you!

Have you been keeping up with your Chrysler’s maintenance and oil changes? Bring your Chrysler to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and our team of Mopar technicians will give you and your car excellent service!

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Not Your Ordinary Jeep Cherokee Trims

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 1:28 PM
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The 2016 Cherokee is a sleek and adventurous SUV made by Jeep. There are currently six trim levels for the Cherokee, one of which is the special-edition 75th Anniversary Edition trim. Two of the other Cherokee trims are specifically made for off-roading and adventuring past the blacktop, the Cherokee Overland and Trailhawk trims.

2016 marks Jeep’s 75th anniversary! For this reason, Jeep created a special-edition 75th Anniversary Edition trim for every Jeep model. They are all very similar, but as the vehicles are different, each trim is slightly different. Some key features for the Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition include the badging, chrome accents, dual-pane sunroof, and standard 8.4-inch UConnect screen. This trim is available in six colors, but the special-edition color created by Jeep for this trim is Recon green. Jeep chose this color to represent the first Jeeps ever made, Jeeps for the military.

75th Anniversary Edition badging is on both the exterior and interior of the Cherokee and it is a surrounded in bronze accents. Speaking of bronze accents, the 75th anniversary Cherokee is covered in them inside and out. Besides the badges, wheels, roof rails, fascias are all accented in chrome. The interior has chrome accents as well. The CommandView Dual-Pane sunroof allows for an open feeling all the time, whether it is open or closed.

The Jeep Cherokee Overland trim is designed with the adventure seeking drivers specifically in mind. This trim has off-road features such as the available Jeep Active Drive II 4×4 system and unique design features like 18-inch 10-spoke wheels with ContiProContact TX tires that provide an incredible grip.

Other features unique to the Cherokee Overland the exterior color, UConnect premium audio system, and the interior seats. There are five colors available for this Jeep trim, but the cool part is, no matter what color you choose, it matches the color of the Jeep’s front and rear fascias, as well as the wheel flares, sill moldings, and door claddings. An 8.4-inch touch screen system with Uconnect 8.4 and navigation is standard, just like the beautiful leather interior is a huge selling point for the Cherokee Overland trim. The trim comes standard with black and pearl leather trimmed ventilated seats.

The Trailhawk trim is another Cherokee trim and it is dedicated to drivers interested in off-roading. The Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is equipped with standard off-road features that earn it Trail Rated badge. A few of these off-road features are the Active Drive 4X4 system, skid plates, a locking rear differential, a lifted suspension (one-inch), Selec-Terrain Traction Control Management with modes for auto, snow, sand, mud, and rock modes for the off-road.

The Trailhawk is available in nine different colors, rides on 17-inch rims and all-terrain tires and it has a couple of other high-end features like the 75th Anniversary Edition and Overland. These other features include UConnect 8.4 with voice command technology, and Bluetooth connection for phone calls, texts and music.

Check out our extensive inventory of Jeep Cherokee models and trims at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

Jeep Renegade Limited Trims: 75th Anniversary + Dawn of Justice

By Harley R | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 8:26 AM
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For those that don’t know, the Jeep Renegade is a subcompact Jeep vehicle that proves Jeep can not only make big SUVs like the Grand Cherokee, but smaller ones as well. The Renegade combines the classic Jeep look of the 7-slot front grille with a rounded, yet boxy, body that gives it a unique a new bubbly feel. In total there are six Jeep Renegade trims, two of which are special edition models, the Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition and the Renegade Dawn of Justice Edition.

2016 Jeep Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition

2016 year marks the 75th anniversary of the Jeep brand and one of the ways that Jeep is celebrating their anniversary is with special-edition 75th Anniversary Edition trims created for every Jeep model. The 75th Anniversary Edition trims all feature special logos and unique options that are not available on any other Jeep models or trims.

The Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition is available in eight different colors including the special 75th Anniversary color, Jungle Green, which is a green hue that was selected because the first Jeep models were used for military purposes, so they were also green. Unique stylings on the Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition include new 18-inch wheel, grille surrounds, fog lamp bezels, roof rack, tail lamp applique, rear fascia and tail lamp applique and badges, all in bronze. Like the other 75th Anniversary Edition models, the 75th Anniversary logo can be found on the vehicle’s interior and exterior. Finally, this special Renegade also has removable MySky panels.

The Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition comes standard with many great interior and technology features as well. The interior upholstery is premium cloth material available in black or black and sandstorm, and the seat headrests have the 75th anniversary logo embossed on them. The leather wrapped steering wheel and moroccan sun interior accents are also elements that make this limited-edition trim different than other Renegade trims. Technology features like a back-up camera and Beats audio system both come standard on the Renegade 75th Anniversary Edition as well.

2016 Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Edition

The second special-edition Renegade trim added to the Renegade lineup this year is the perfect car for Batman fans, the Renegade Dawn of Justice Edition. Bruce Wayne, also known as Batman, drives this exact Renegade trim in the movie, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. This dark and mysterious looking Renegade was a perfect substitution for the batmobile.

This special-edition Renegade model is available in two exterior color color choices, black, like the one in the movie, or a dark granite crystal color. A two tone roof, black 18-inch wheels, a capless fuel filler and exterior Batman v Superman badging are all features that add a darker feel to the Jeep and make the Dawn of Justice trim stand out.

Special interior features also add to the appeal of this Renegade trim. The interior upholstery is dark black cloth with gloss black accents to fit the feeling of it being a car Batman would drive. The seats are embossed with the seven-slot Jeep grille, and the shift knob, and door handles are trimmed with metal diamond accents.

You can check out Hollywood Chrysler Jeep’s selection of Jeep Renegade models here.

5 Exterior Mopar Accessories for Your Jeep Wrangler

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Thursday, August 18th, 2016 at 8:47 AM
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Jeep Wrangler owners take pride in their vehicle and anyone driving around South Florida can see that. From looks to performance to customization, Wrangler owners strive to make their Jeeps unique and personal and that is why Mopar is such a popular name among the Jeep community. From accessories to performance parts, Mopar covers it all. Check out these five awesome exterior Jeep Wrangler accessories made by Mopar.

Looking for a way to make your Jeep Wrangler look a little more aggressive?

Mopar makes a satin black grille that can replace the standard body-color stock Jeep Wrangler grille. The all-black grille still features the signature 7-slot Jeep grille and the Jeep logo is in a black glossy finish. Installation of this part can be affordably done by an individual or by the service department at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep.

More views of the trials

If you want to see more of the outdoors, but don’t take your Wrangler’s side doors off, the half door kit made by Mopar are what you need. Half doors help provide a clear view of the trail and keep the driver and passenger from falling out of the side of the while off-roading with the factory doors removed. Front half door kit comes with both driver and passenger side doors, primed ready to paint. The kit includes door hinges, but does not include trim panels and exterior mirrors. Installation is also fairly easy.

Increased visibility at night

Front bumper light bars are an available add-on to Wranglers made from the 2007 model year to the newest 2016 model year. To increase visibility when off-roading at night, drivers can add up to three round LED lights to the light bar. The bar is easily installed as it bolts on to existing holes on the Wrangler.

Add a little shine with a chrome mirror covers or a chrome exhaust

Want to add a little flare and shine to your Jeep Wrangler? Mopar makes both chrome exterior covers and a chrome exhaust that add flare and shine to the sides and back of your Jeep. Both parts can be easily installed.

First step, purchase the perfect jeep. Second step customize! Third step, keep up with your maintenance. Hollywood Chrysler Jeep can help you with all three steps, we have a fantastic selection of all Jeep models including the Jeep Wrangler. Additionally, our service department can help you order and install any Mopar parts for you. You can check out our Hollywood Chrysler Jeep inventory here.

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New Chrysler? Regular Maintenance Will Keep It Going for Years

By Harley R | Posted in New Inventory, Service on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at 12:02 PM
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New Chrysler? Regular maintenance and care will keep it going for years and years. There are many factors that go into properly maintaining a car to keep it lasting as long as possible with very little issues. Here are some tips and tricks for maintaining your new Chrysler as long as possible.

Basic car service and care

Basic car service and car sounds really obvious, however, many people put it off, or don’t know what they need to have done and when to do it. So, we are here to clear this up for you!

The first question most people have is, how long do I wait between oil changes? It depends because each car is different. Looking in you car’s manual is the best way to find out for your car specifically. However, as a general rule of thumb for most cars is between 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

The next question people have is, what exactly gets done at an oil change? Generally at regular oil change checks oil levels are checked and re-filled, and a brief inspection of the car and engine is done to see if anything else needs to be done.

For cars with higher mileage, you will want to make sure your service visit includes things like tires, brake pads, suspension and belt. Additionally, the transmission fluid might need to be changed out.

Besides service checks what can you to prolong the life of your car? It is really simple, clean it! Keeping your car clean will protect the paint for longer, and keep the inside in good condition for possibly selling in the future. Get monthly car washes and put a coat of wax on the car every couple months. If it rains in your climate, you might want to rinse it off after it has rained because the acidity in the rain can actually damage the car if there is prolonged exposure.

Repair problems and how to detect them

Another important component of car care to pay attention to is knowing when something with your car is wrong, and not ignoring it, ever! Some relatively common car issues to never neglect are engine problems, air conditioning issues, and a missing gas cap.

Engine problems are frustrating and unfortunately happen at the worst times. You will notice engine issues if the car isn’t starting, or cranks but won’t start. Engine issues can be caused by a few things, but three common causes for engine issues are a dead battery, wiring issues within the battery, or a leak. The easiest fix is a dead car battery because this just requires a jump start to fix. However, the other two reasons require a mechanic’s help.

Air conditioning issues are common, and horrible down here in the Florida heat. Determining air conditioning issues is easy because obviously, you’re A/C doesn’t work or doesn’t get cold. The most common reason that A/C systems stop working is a leak in the system. This issue can be fixed by a mechanic in no time.

A missing gas cap is also a common problem especially when a car is older and worn, but it is such an easy fix. It may not seem like a big issue, however it is. It can be a big problem because without this cap gas will escape causing a decrease in the car’s fuel economy, and a waste of the drivers gas money. Generally, this can be replaced for little to no money, so get it done as soon as the cap is missing or broken.

Car tips to maintain a healthy car

How you drive has more of an impact on the health of your car than you may know. Some things you can do as a driver to keep your car in good condition include: not waiting till you car is on the verge of running out of gas to fill up, avoiding potholes, drive slowly over bumps and train tracks, and come to a full stop before switching from reverse to drive and the other way around.

Now that you know how to maintain a new Chrysler, check out our new Chrysler lineup here.

 

Standard Jeep Cherokee Equipment

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, August 12th, 2016 at 1:16 PM
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The Jeep Cherokee is one of Jeep’s most established models. It also is available in a variety of trims and options so each buyer can customize their Jeep to their needs or budget.

There are a total of nine different trims and all but the Jeep Cherokee Overland come standard with a 187-horsepower 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine. MultiAir engines were designed to increase engine power and torque while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. There is the available option to change the engine however to a 2.4L I4 PZEV M-Air engine, a “partial zero emissions vehicle”, in case you’re going green.

The Jeep Cherokee trims also come with a 9-speed automatic transmission. Some of the higher end trims have the option to switch out for a 9-speed transmission with Jeep Active Drive II. This is a 4×4 system with low-range made for extra-low speeds and a neutral mode when flat towing behind a vehicle such as an RV.

The Jeep Cherokee’s standard engine has an average fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg when on the highway, which is above average for an SUV.

Interior

The seating capacity of a Jeep Cherokee is five passengers, and a 60/40 split rear folding seat comes standard. Eight cargo tie down loops also come standard, along with rear seat heat ducts and electronic vehicle information center. For a little luxury, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather in all trims except for the base Cherokee.

Other standard features across Jeep Cherokee trims are the overhead console, a rear view mirror with microphone for controlling the hands-free phone system, and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Exterior

All of the Cherokee trims ride on different rims and have different tires, but they all come with a compact spare tire. All trims have LED daytime running headlamps, LED tail lamps, a rear window wiper/washer, and a Jeep cargo management system with utility hooks and a bag kit on the roof.

Safety and Security

Most if not all safety features are shared across the Jeep Cherokee trims. This includes: advanced multistage airbags, driver inflatable airbag knee-bolster airbag, supplemental front and rear side bags, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, LATCH ready child seat anchors, keyless entry with panic alarm, and an enhanced accident system.

Warranty

The warranty is the same across all Jeep Cherokee trims – 3-year/36,000-mile basic limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for 5 years or 100,000 miles.

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Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Alaska

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 1:41 PM
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Alaska is more than just a cold area with awesome animals, and it is a huge state with a lot of great activities like hiking, fishing, skiing, and plenty of off-roading opportunities. If you are an active off-roader and have never been to Alaska, you need to add it to your off-road bucket list. These are four must ride, well known off-roading trails in four different Alaskan cities perfect for a four-wheel drive Jeep and off-road enthusiast.

Bald Mountain

This off-road trail stretches 22 miles through Bald Mountain in Wasilla, Alaska. This trail is mostly dirt and there are several wide mud pits along the way for some dirty fun. Take the side trails for extra fun, you may run into an interesting and slightly gruesome surprise. On one of the side trails there is a memorial for an Air Force tanker that crashed into into the mountain in 1956. All eight crewmembers on the KB29, a tanker version of the World War II B29, perished. There are no costs to ride this trail, so enjoy.

Coal Mine Road

The Coal Mine Road trail located in Fairbanks, Alaska is only accessible by 4X4 vehicles, and is perfect for the true outdoorsman. There are eight lakes along the trail with good fishing, cabins for camping, and plenty of beautiful mountain views.There is no charge for the cabins, just be sure to make a reservation at least six months in advance as the cabins fill up fast.

Eureka

Eureka is located in Palmer, Alaska and has more than 140 miles of off-roading trails for all skill levels. Terrain includes: mud, snow (in winter months), dirt, rocks, flat gravel roads, and steep hills. There is a nearby hotel, and restaurant, so feel free to take your time and explore all the trails over a few days. During winter months, people ride snowmobiles through the trails as well.

Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass is a great off-road trail in Willow, Alaska. The area is most well-known for the beautiful scenic mountain views. The trail is a dirty one (pretty much all mud), and it is generally open through the month of July. Camping is also allowed for those who plan on exploring the trails and loops for more than one day.

Need a new Jeep Wrangler to take to Alaska? No problem, check out our Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, Jeep Wrangler inventory here.

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Three New Jeep Grand Cherokee Trims: SRT Night, Summit and Trailhawk

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Local on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 12:07 PM
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Jeep has been working on their SUV lineup for decades and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the brand’s top selling models. This year, Jeep added four trims to expand the Grand Cherokee lineup to a total of six different trims. These new trims add off-roading capabilities, luxury amenities, performance and style to the Grand Cherokee lineup.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition

2016 marked the of Jeep’s 75th year since the beginning of the brand as a military vehicle in 1941. To celebrate the anniversary, Jeep unleashed special-edition 75th Anniversary Edition trims on the entire Jeep model lineup.

The 75th Anniversary Edition trim is available on both the Grand Cherokee 4×4 and 2×4 drivetrains and the trim is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine. The 75th anniversary edition Grand Cherokee has an all-new, unique front fascia seven-slot grille that is reminiscent of the traditional Jeep grille. The vehicle is available with exclusive 18- or 20-inch wheels, tow hooks, roof rail and badges, all in a bronze low gloss finish.

The vehicle’s interior features cloth inserts or leather trimmed heated seats with embossed 75th Anniversary logo and Tangerine accent stitching. There is also Gloss Black painted body accents, a blind-spot monitoring system, power sunroof, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect NAV-ready radio.

You can view our collection of Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition models here.

Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit and Trailhawk trims were introduced at this year’s New York International Auto Show. The Grand Cherokee is the third Jeep model that features a “Trailhawk” trim. As seen on the Cherokee Trailhawk and the Renegade Trailhawk, the Trailhawk trims are equipped specifically for off-roading. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk made its first debut as a concept vehicle at the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah in 2012, and it is making its way to dealerships in late summer.

The Grand Cherokee’s standard exterior features help make it a capable off-roading vehicle include Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD). This is a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension that offers improved articulation and total suspension travel, as well as Selec-Speed Control with Hill Ascent Control.

Unlike the other Grand Cherokee trims, which have an 8.6-inch ground clearance, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk will have more than two inches of additional clearance putting the total ground clearance at a total of 10.8 inches. Protective skid plates and a Trailhawk-specific red tow hooks, Mopar rock rails and Trailhawk and Trail rated badges are also on the vehicle.

The interior of the vehicle features helpful off-roading features like a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen includes updated off-road pages showing wheel articulation and other vehicle 4×4 systems, such as suspension height and 4×4 and Selec-Terrain modes.

Grand Cherokee Summit

The Grand Cherokee Summit is the most equipped Grand Cherokee trim and features a variety of standard high-end amenities that make it the most luxurious vehicle in the full-size SUV class.

The Grand Cherokee Summit has a Laguna leather interior, Berber floor mats and the interior is  available in four different color schemes. The Grand Cherokee Summit features an excellent sound system that includes, 19 Harmon Kardon premium speakers, three subwoofers and acoustic windshield and Active Noise Cancellation.

The Grand Cherokee Summit also comes standard with safety tech features that are both convenient as well as safe. These new systems include Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning and Parallel and Perpendicular Park Assist. The Grand Cherokee Summit inventory is available here.

Grand Cherokee SRT Night

The first new trim introduced to the Grand Cherokee lineup was the SRT Night at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2015. The SRT Night trim is equipped with the same 475-horsepower 6.4-liter V8 engine used on the Grand Cherokee’s performance model, the Grand Cherokee SRT.

To complement the vehicle’s performance engine, the SRT Night trim features a sleek and fierce appearance with a rear spoiler, black front grille and satin black badging on the hood and rear liftgate. The vehicle has split five-spoke lightweight 20-inch satin black rims that complement the vehicle’s aggressive Brembo brakes. The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Night was first made available to dealerships early in 2016.

Looking for a Jeep Grand Cherokee?

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep has an extensive collection of Jeep vehicles, including many of the new trims and the 75th Anniversary Edition. You can view all of our new Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles here and our used Grand Cherokee models here. To learn a little bit more about the Jeep Grand Cherokee here.  

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The Jeep Renegade is Perfect for the City and Off-Roading

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet, Life Style on Friday, August 5th, 2016 at 8:49 AM
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Though the Renegade is the newest Jeep model, it has enjoyed much success since its release in 2015. One of the coolest aspects about the Renegade is its versatility. Jeep designed the Renegade to be a compact crossover SUV to make it ideal for city driving and they also designed it for the outdoorsy-types that like to get outside, explore and off-road.

The Jeep Renegade has a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that has a fuel economy of 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, but buyers have the option of a 9-speed automatic transmission if they prefer.

Though a bit smaller than other Jeep models, the Renegade still has a pretty decent towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, more than both the Toyota Rav4 or Honda CR-V, which can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. This towing capacity is enough to trailer a couple jet skis to a marina, or give another vehicle a good pull to help it out of the mud.

Intended to go off-road, the Renegade features an excellent ground clearance of 7.9 inches. This is more than an inch of extra clearance in comparison to most other small SUVs.

The Renegade is also available with two different off-roading systems like Active Drive 4×4 and Active Drive 4×4 Low. These systems both feature different driving modes to help the vehicle navigate different terrains like snow, mud and sand. The Active Drive Low 4×4 system is reserved for the Renegade Trailhawk trim, which is a trail-rated SUV.

How to record a time-lapse video of your drive with a GoPro

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 8:57 AM

Ever see something really cool while driving along the lonesome road and thought to yourself, “Man I wish someone else could see this”? Well now you can share those experiences with anyone by using a dash-cam GoPro camera. It’s easy to capture footage with the GoPro, and it’s just as easy to shoot a time-lapse video. It’s one of the best ways to share the beautiful road with friends or as a personal reminder to yourself.

We just need the right equipment and the correct settings and we’ll be on our way.

GoPro Time-lapse Video Settings

Before you shoot a time-lapse video, you need to figure out what settings you’re going to use and there are a couple ways to do it.

Interval settings that take photos one-by-one

This setting is the easiest way to go about shooting a time-lapse video because photos are taken at intervals, so you are not stuck with a lot of extra footage that needs to be sped up.

With the interval method, the user just needs to set-up their camera with a mount and then set an interval rate for how frequently the camera should take pictures. Depending on your GoPro, you will either need to make the final video in GoPro Studio; some of the newer GoPros can do it for you such as GoPro Hero4.

Shoot a video over time

This is another way to go about time-lapse videos, and it’s as old as the concept itself. Set up the camera, press record, and let it do its thing. Then whenever you have all of the footage you want, upload it into a program such as GoPro Studio and speed up the footage to a rate you prefer. The downside is how much memory this method takes up and the large file can really wreak some havoc on a slow computer. So although this method takes a little time and effort to set up, the end-result will take double the amount of time and resources.

Equipment Needed for a Time-Lapse Video

  • Fully charged GoPro camera with a formatted memory card. Take an extra card or two depending on the method you use and how much memory you’ll need.
  • Is this a long trip? If so, bring a couple of batteries for your GoPro or buy a power inverter that will allow you to plug it straight into the car.
  • You need a level surface or mount for the GoPro to sit. A GoPro windshield mount would work. Also, all cars are different so you’ll need to find a spot on the dash that won’t have a huge glare.
  • Check out and download the GoPro smartphone app. This will allow you to preview footage in real-time without looking through the camera.
  • Your car

GoPro Camera Settings for a Time-Lapse Video while Driving

  1. How long do you want to film for?

Basically, how long of a time-lapse do you want? An hour? Three hours? A day?! Think about that and plan ahead. The best part about shooting a time-lapse video is you can condense an entire day of driving into a few minutes with the appropriate interval setting.

  1. How long will you be driving for?

This is an important question to answer because how long you drive for will help you determine what interval to set the GoPro on (if using that method).

Let’s say we’re taking a 30-minute car ride

A single second of footage requires 24-30 pictures. It depends on your preferences, but today’s standard is 30 frames-per-second (fps).

With that in mind, let’s say the following examples are using 30 fps for their frame rate.

A GoPro camera set at 0.5 second will take 120 photos in a minute. So in one minute you will have 120 frames and at 30 fps , you will have 4 seconds of recorded footage.

Now let’s say we’re driving for 2 hours

Pictures being taken every 0.5 seconds is going to be boring and will take up a lot of memory.

Instead, let’s set the interval to 5 seconds. In one minute, 12 pictures will be taken, which will translate to about a half-second of film. So in two hours, you get 48 seconds of footage for the your time-lapse video. It feels like a lot of work for a little result, but that’s the nature of time-lapse videos.

Now with this knowledge in mind, you can plan ahead if you’re going to shoot a time-lapse video over the course of a long road-trip. Depending on the length of your road trip and the intervals you shoot at, you’ll get different results.

Setting the interval at 10 seconds will result in 6 photos per minute. In five minutes you’ll have 1 second of footage; (6 x 5) / 30fps = 1 second of footage. Over the course of an hour, that’s 12 seconds, and over the course of 4 hours, that’s 48 seconds.

Setting the interval at 15 seconds will result in 4 photos per minute. It will take 7.5 minutes to get a single second a footage; (4 x 7.5) / 30fps = 1 second of footage. Over the course of an hour you’ll get 8 seconds, and in 8 hours you’ll have 1 min, 4 seconds of footage.

Some Things to Keep in Mind while Filming

Be aware of your surroundings and the amount of light coming in through your windshield. Too much can create a glare and ruin the footage. You may want to do some test runs at different times of the day. Also test out the different time intervals and figure out which works best for your video.

Once you are done, post your timelapse on social media and share it with us on Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to see the results!

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Written by Jordan Rodriguez

Florida August Events

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 2:21 PM
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August is the last chance for summer vacations and time with the kids before school starts again, so take advantage of these August events in Florida. Check out a few of our favorites across the state!

3rd Annual Tallahassee Summer Extreme Rodeo

August 19 – 20 in Tallahassee

If you are a rodeo lover, this rodeo is worth the drive to Tallahassee. This annual rodeo showcases the talents of extreme cowboys and cowgirls as they compete in some exciting and intense rodeo events. Alongside bucking broncos and rearing cowboys, guests can enjoy food, music and comedy. Visit bit.ly/2aFBuQR.

Plant City Strawberry Classic Car Show

August 20 in Plant City

This is a must-do car show for classic car lovers and a great end of summer quick road trip.  The Plant City Strawberry Classic Car Show is held the third Saturday of every month and August’s theme is old trucks. There will be over 90 trucks on display. Visit facebook.com/PlantCityCarShow.

Happy 100th Birthday to the National Park Service

August 25, Various national parks in Florida

August 25 marks the 100th year for the National Parks and Services. To celebrate their centennial event, the National Park Service is offering free admission to all national parks on the day. Florida is home to several national parks, preserves and memorials, four of which are located in South Florida. Show your support and head out to explore a national park on August 25. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FindYourPark. Visit nationalparks.org.

Blues, Brews, and BBQ

August 25 in Jacksonville

Music, cold beer, and BBQ, what could be better to end the summer? The food and music festival will feature two local musicians, Mama Blue and Smokestack, local craft beer, and local BBQ catering from local restaurants. Sounds like a great way to end the long, hot month of August. Visit floridatheatre.com.

Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic

August 27 in Jupiter Beach

The Hang 20 Surf Dog Classic is for a good cause and is also unique, hilarious, and adorable. On August 27 at Carlin Park in Jupiter Beach, you and the family can watch courageous water loving dogs get out in the Atlantic Ocean and surf. Thats right, surfing dogs. You can even register your dog, if you happen to have a dog who knows how to surf. The event is put on by Furry Friends Adoption, and proceeds go to the Jupiter Humane Society. Visit furryfriendsadoption.org.

Clearwater Island Party End of Summer Funday

August 27 in Clearwater

Located on the west coast is Clearwater which is a great beach town year-round. But since school is starting up again, party lovers gather on Compass Island to end the summer with a bang. The island is located between the mainland and Sand Key, just off of Belleair Country Club. Bring your friends, food, and drinks and have a great time. Don’t have a boat or jetski to get to the island? That’s okay, boat ride transportation will be provided for a fee. Visit facebook.com/clearwaterislandparty.

Come down to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep before heading out to these events, and find the perfect road trip vehicle for you and your family.

 

Jeep’s Grand Cherokee Wins AutoPacific’s Ideal Vehicle Award

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 8:36 AM
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Every year, AutoPacific awards vehicles with the Ideal Vehicle Award, and for the sixth consecutive year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee won the award. This award is unique because winners are based on customer reviews rather than car executives.

To determine the winner, AutoPacific surveys 65,000 new car owners who have had their vehicle for more than 90 days, and then they use the reviews to determine the winner across the four different award categories: the Vehicle Satisfaction Award; the President’s Award; the Ideal Vehicle Award; and the Motorist Choice award.

The Ideal Vehicle award is given to vehicle that meets owner expectations. Categories asked on the survey include: ride/handling, interior storage, safety features, power/acceleration and technology.

The Grand Cherokee seems to consistently win this award because the car meets and exceeds owner expectations. Infact, Grand Cherokee owners admit that they want very little to change in the next few years.

Come down to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, and check out the Grand Cherokee. Or, take a look at our online inventory here, we have plenty in stock.

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Two Great Chrysler Vehicles Perfect for Uber Drivers

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 11:21 AM
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Do you want to be an Uber or Lyft driver, but need a new car to accomplish that goal? Both the Chrysler 300 and Chrysler 300 have great features on the interior and exterior (including technology features), different engine options, and good warranties. Any Uber or Lyft rider would be happy to go for a ride in either of these Chrysler models!

Chrysler 200

Interior: The Chrysler 200’s interior is spacious and luxurious. Available interior features are leather seats,  heated front seats with memory feature that remember certain drivers’ seat preferences.

Exterior: Unique exterior features for the 2016 Chrysler 200 include a horizontal grille and headlights that are integrated into the grille, a variety of colors, dual exhaust pipes, and LED taillights.

Engines: The base engine for Chrysler models is a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with an automatic nine-speed transmission. The 2.4-Liter engine engine gets up to 184 horsepower and has an average fuel economy of  23 city mpg and 36 highway mpg. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is also an available engine option. The 3.6-liter V6 engine gets 19 city and 32 highway mpg and produces up to 295 horsepower.

Chrysler 300

Interior: The interior features of the 2016 Chrysler 300 a new design that incorporates more comfort and style features than previous model years. There are some upgraded standard interior features that many people wouldn’t expect to see on a Chrysler. The 300 is available with heated leather seats, push-to-start button, and a back-up camera/digital display screen.

Exterior: The exterior of the 2016 Chrysler 300 maintains a similar look to past models, but has a couple features that give it a more sleek appearance. In comparison to the Chrysler 200, the 300 is bigger and slightly more boxy. Basic exterior features included are automatic LED lights, several different color choices and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Engines: There are two different engine options available on the Chrysler 300. There is a standard 300 horsepower, 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, and an available 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces up to 363 horsepower. Both of these engines come paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Warranties: Both the 200 and 300 have the same warranties, a 3-year or 36,000-mile basic limited warranty, and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Chrysler offers new car buyers unlimited roadside assistance for five years or up to 60,000 miles as well.

Want to check out a Chrysler 200 or 300 so you can join the Uber or Lyft workforce?

Come test drive one at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to see which vehicle fits you best. We are conveniently located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, in the city of Hollywood!

Customize Your Jeep with Mopar

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Parts on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 8:35 AM
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Mopar is an automotive parts and accessories supplier for FCA vehicles. Mopar also has some select customized vehicles made for FCA companies as well. All Jeep vehicles (Wrangler, Wrangler Unlimited, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Renegade, Liberty, and Compass) have parts and accessories available through Mopar. Check out these Mopar accessories and parts for your Jeep.

Interior Style

Mopar has a variety of interior accessories that make a Jeep more comfortable and durable. Some of these accessories are floor mats, trim kits, cargo trays, and a locked cubby. Do you go off-roading or go to the beach a lot? Mopar makes some great all-weather floor mats. The mats help protect the vehicle’s interior, but are also very easy to clean.

There are also some interior trims kits, which come in different color upholstery and stitching. Cargo trays and locked cubbies are good accessories for those who need to carry a lot of cargo including tools and off-road supplies.

Want your Jeep to look even more rugged?

Lift kits and top/door/window kits improve appearance and off-road performance. Jeep Wranglers still come with a spare tire and Mopar offers wheel covers to add some style. Upgraded wheel sizes painted in different colors are also sold by Mopar.

Want more entertainment features in your Jeep?

Mopar also has some impressive technology and entertainment add-ons. Got the base model Jeep, but later on decided you wish you had gotten a digital display screen? No problem. Mopar offers a touch screen with both DVD and radio options, as well as a UConnect system for navigation and more. Amplifiers and subwoofers are both items sold by Mopar that will increase the volume, base, and overall sound quality of the sound system in your Jeep.

Mopar Performance Enhancers

Increase the performance of your Jeep with Mopar performance parts. Some of the available parts are crate axles, cold air intakes, differential covers, and a steering stabilizer. All of the mentioned performance parts are helpful for those who want to take their Jeep off-roading and have the smoothest and safest ride. 
Love these ideas, but have no Jeep to order the parts for? No problem, check out our Jeep inventory at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep here.

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Understanding Your Credit and How it Affects a Car Loan

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 1:33 PM
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Credit scores … such a headache and yet a vital part of everyone’s financial life. Many people don’t know their credit score, and many more  people only have an “idea” of the meaning of a credit score. Today, we’re going to go through a crash course of credit scores, how to get them, how to build them, and why you need a good score when applying for a car loan.

Simply put, a credit score is a number that tells lenders and other organizations how risky or responsible you have been with money and bills throughout your financial history. This score is one way lenders evaluate how likely it is that a person will pay back the borrowed money. Nearly everything that has to be paid on a routine basis can count towards a credit score. How on-time one makes a payment can affect their credit score; paying on time can raise it, paying late or not at all will lower it.

A FICO credit score is a score based on a credit calculation method based on the Fair Isaac Corporation. Most lenders and agencies use FICO when making a decision to offer a loan, credit card, etc. This is just the beginning however. Not only are there multiple types of credit scores, there are multiple types of FICO scores. The one we’ll look at today is “FICO Auto Score 8.”

Starting out and Building Credit

Here’s a quick crash course on how to build your credit if you are just starting out or in the process of trying to rebuild your credit.

  1. Get a credit card with a low credit limit that you can pay off every month. A secured credit card is also an option; it works like a debit card, but every time you replenish the money, it positively affects your credit score.
  1. Use the credit card every month and pay it off every month. Simply having a credit card isn’t enough. You need to prove you can manage debt, so you need to build it and pay it off in a timely manner. Start small and develop a spending plan. Sometimes it helps to limit yourself to certain expenditures, like using it to pay for your gas each week.
  1. Pay on time. Once you receive your bill, pay by the due date. Some credit card or loan companies have a grace period, but do not plan on working this into your regular payment routine. A grace period is for use in a time of emergency. Be sure to be very clear on your particular company’s grace period and late fee penalties.
  1. Control how many accounts you have. More isn’t always better, and credit organizations keep a tab on how many accounts you have open. Start with one, and slowly move up from there. Some people recommend that people play by the number “3.” Use one card for essentials like bills, one card that you can use to spend on yourself, and one card that is only used in case of an emergency – and watches and shoes don’t count as emergencies. Just make sure you pay all of them off on time.
  1. Check your progress. After six months, check your score. You can receive a report free from TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian.
  1. If you have been using a secured credit card, consider applying for an unsecured credit card after a year. If you have proven that you can manage debt with a secured credit card, having a card without a safety net could be another way to increase your credit. Keep following steps 2-5 and you should have a strong credit score within another year.

FICO Auto Score 8

FICO Score 8 is the most widely used version of credit score, and is used as a baseline score for someone seeking credit. This base credit score can then branch out for industry specific scores, such as the automotive industry. When seeking a car loan, most lenders will look at the FICO Auto Score 8  because this score indicates the likelihood their car loan will be paid-off and on-time.

A FICO Auto Score 8 ranges from 250-900 versus the base FICO score of 300-850. Like the base FICO score, a higher score means lower risk. Unfortunately, the public can’t view the FICO Auto Score 8. This type of FICO Score tells a lender the following information:

  • Do you have other auto loans, current or previous, and if so, have you made on-time payments?
  • Have you ever settled an auto loan or had it repossessed?
  • Did a lender have to send your auto account to a collections agency?

These are the main factors that will either send up a green or red flag to an auto lender. Remember, they want to know if lending you money for a car is a risk, and if so, how high of a risk.

How does a FICO Auto Score Affect a Car Loan?

It comes down to whether or not the FICO Auto Score is good or bad. If you have a poor score, then you might get rejected, even if you have a stable income. Another consequence for people with a low credit score is the possibility of a larger required down-payment and higher interest rate. The higher interest rate would result in a larger monthly payment than someone with a better credit score and lower interest rate. Applying for and receiving a car loan with bad or no credit isn’t impossible, but be prepared for these two factors to change.

Sadly, having a stable income isn’t enough. Someone can have a six-figure salary, but if they have a low credit score or no credit at all, they will most likely face hardships when applying for credit or loans. Even if they get approved, they may get hit with a higher interest rate and a large down payment. It’s best to be patient and build good credit. It may take awhile, but it’ll be with you for life.

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The Most Luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Summit Trim

By Harley R | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 11:01 AM
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Jeep vehicles are known for adventure, off-roading, traveling and the outdoors. Though Jeeps were originally developed as rugged military vehicles in 1941, today the Jeep lineup has a lineup of vehicles that are equipped with a variety of luxury features and maintain their off-roading capabilities.  Here’s a look at the most upscale Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit is available as a two- or four-wheel drive vehicle and it sports the Grand Cherokee’s sturdy yet sporty exterior design. The Grand Cherokee Summit is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve VVT engine paired to a 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. This engine gives the Jeep Grand Cherokee an average fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Interior

As the most upscale Grand Cherokee trim, the Summit is loaded with several convenience and technology features on both the inside and outside of the vehicle. Buyers have plenty of options to customize their vehicle as there are three interior and seven exterior color options.

The vehicle’s buckets seats are leather trimmed and heated and the front seats are ventilated, making it a great vehicle in summer or winter. The back row seat is a 60/40 split folding seat, so when extra cargo space is needed drivers can easily make extra room.

Entertainment and Tech Features

The entertainment and audio system in the Grand Cherokee Summit is top-of-the-line. The Summit has 19 Harman Kardon speakers and a subwoofer that provides great sound for music listening. There is an 8.4-inch touchscreen display, which links up to the media hub, HD radio, SiriusXM and the 8.4 Uconnect infotainment and navigation system.

In addition to the interior tech, there is also ParkSense Front / Rear Park Assist with Stop, which is an exterior safety tech feature that comes standard on the Grand Cherokee Summit.

The safety system uses sound waves to detect nearby obstacles in and near the rear path of the vehicle to help drivers maneuver in tight spaces at parking speeds. It also provides an automatic stopping function when it detects possible collisions or obstacles when in reverse gear.

Exterior

The Grand Cherokee Summit and a few of the other Grand Cherokee trims, like the Overland and the High Altitude, come standard with heated side mirrors, and a beautiful dual pane sunroof, which allows for great views when off-roading in mountainous terrains.

Exterior features that are unique to the Grand Cherokee Summit trim include platinum accent claddings and a sunscreen acoustic laminate glass on the rear window. Additionally, the Grand Cherokee Summit rides on all-season tires and 20-inch aluminum polished wheels, but 20-inch satin carbon rims are an available option to buyers. The vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system and a compact spare tire in case of a flat.

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Get Your Chrysler 200 Before It Is Too Late

By Harley R | Posted in News on Friday, July 22nd, 2016 at 10:51 AM
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In case you haven’t heard, the 2016 Chrysler 200 is in its last year of production, so you might want to get yours before it’s too late.

We’re sad to see the 200 go because it’s a great 4-door sedan for professionals or families. Priced affordably, and built safe and fuel efficient, the Chrysler 200 is just as dependable as it is nice looking. Here’s a couple vehicle highlights of the Chrysler 200.

The Chrysler 200 is available in seven different trims and the standard engine on all of the trims is a 2.4-liter I4 MultiAir engine paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. With help from all of those gears in the 9-speed transmission and smart engine engineering, the 200 has a great fuel economy, averaging 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg when on the highway.
The Chrysler 200 has a sporty yet classy exterior and a sleek and comfortable interior. Passengers and drivers can ride with peace of mind because the 2016 Chrysler 200 was given a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). A few of the Chrysler 200’s standard safety features include advanced multistage front airbags, supplemental side-curtain airbags in the front and rear seats and brake assist.

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Affordable Summer Convertibles at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep

By Harley R | Posted in used cars on Friday, July 15th, 2016 at 3:02 PM
Used convertibles available at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep.

Car shopping in South Florida on a budget? Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, we have two affordable used convertibles that would be perfect for your wallet and for cruising on the beach or on a hot summer day. Check ‘em out below.

2008 Chrysler Sebring Touring

For under $10,000 you can get your hands on this 2008 two-door soft-top convertible. This Chrysler Touring is equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16V Dual VVT engine paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission. This front-wheel-drive vehicle gets an average of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg when on the highway, so it won’t take a toll on your pocket.

You can view this vehicle here.

2010 Chrysler Sebring Touring

This used soft-top convertible Chrysler Touring is black. Under the hood there is a 2.7-liter V6 engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission and it rides very smooth. It is a fuel efficient vehicle too, the 2010 Chrysler Sebring Touring has a fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg when on the highway.

You can view the 2010 Chrysler Sebring here.

 

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Custom Jeep Wrangler JK Guy Harvey Edition

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Local, People on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 6:59 PM

One of the local South Florida custom truck and Jeep outfitters, California Custom Sport Trucks,  collaborated with Guy Harvey to create the Jeep Wrangler JK Guy Harvey Edition, which is one of THE coolest Jeeps that we’ve seen around town.

The best part about it, this Jeep was designed to accommodate the needs and lifestyle of the fishing culture that is native to South Florida. Using a Jeep, which is already built for those with the outdoors and nature in mind, California Customs and Guy Harvey went a step farther to design a custom Jeep that incorporates the local culture in both the look and functionality of the vehicle.

If you missed it at our display at the Fort Lauderdale Auto Show, or at the dealership during the Jeep Go Topless Day event, here’s a run-down on some of the Guy Harvey Wrangler’s very cool custom features.

Exterior

The first thing anyone notices about any vehicle is the exterior, and the Wrangler JK Guy Harvey, is quite the show stopper. The Wrangler JK Guy Harvey is covered in a custom wrap made by Guy Harvey specifically for this Jeep. Soon there will be a few other versions like a Mako shark version, in-shore fishing version and a backcountry fishing version.

If you’re familiar with Guy Harvey’s work, it is very obvious to tell that the mural is his work, not to mention there are a few Guy Harvey signatures that can be found around the wrap. The wrap is predominantly Guy Harvey’s “signature” bright blue and it has a school of bait fish and a few different local sport fish, like a mahi mahi and a marlin.

Fishing Equipment and Accessories

As mentioned earlier, this custom Wrangler is perfect for any angler because it is equipped with a few awesome fishing accessories!

For convenient storage and easy access, fishing rod holders have been affixed to the Wrangler’s ceiling. The fishing rods are included with the purchase of the vehicle, too.

The Wrangler’s tailgate has a custom flip down small table and two hooks to hold and store the two custom Guy Harvey backpacks, that are also included with the Wrangler.

The Wrangler’s cargo space has a Yeti Roadie 20-inch cooler to keep drinks and the day’s fresh catch cold as well as a tackle box. Both of these items can be removed and used elsewhere.

Two custom Guy Harvey insulated cups are also included with the truck.

Guy Harvey’s Signature Blue Accents

Guy Harvey has a particular blue hue that he uses in a lot of his work. That exact blue is the main color on the vehicle’s exterior wrap and it was custom added to various car parts found in and outside of the Jeep. The vehicle’s rims and tailgate have been painted blue and accents of it are found on the car’s dashboard and interior.

Lighting

Do you fish at night? The Guy Harvey Wrangler JK has plenty of lights if you are fishing from a dock. The vehicle has LED headlights and taillights as well as LED off-road lights on the hood, front bumper, and windshield pillars. There are also has blue undercarriage rock lights that illuminate the underside of the Jeep.

Interior

In addition to the blue accents on the dashboard, A/C vents, the vehicle’s interior seating is custom two-tone leather. The vehicle’s front seats and dashboard have Guy Harvey’s licensed logo.

Interested in a Jeep Wrangler?

Come see us at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, so you can test drive one today! If you want to customize your own Jeep or other vehicle, stay tuned, we’ll be doing a DIY post on how to make a custom fishing vehicle for yourself.

Tips and Tools for First-Time Off-Roading Trips

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 8:22 AM
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One favorite hobby of Jeep drivers and owners, is testing their vehicle to the limits and going off-roading. While off-roading is a lot of fun, there are definitely some basic tips and rules first-timers need to consider before planning and driving on their first off-roading experience.

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep wants you to have fun and stay safe. Here are some do’s and don’ts, and the basic must-haves for your first summer off-roading trip.

Do’s and Dont’s:

Do go with several friends, and at least two vehicles.

Don’t go alone or with just one vehicle, if something goes wrong being alone could be extremely dangerous.

Do bring a tool kit and first aid kit (details below)

Don’t  assume accidents won’t happen that purchasing a tool kit is not worth the money.

Do make sure service is up to date on your vehicle.

Don’t go off-roading unless your vehicle is 100% ready.

Basic Checklist

Service – Service is the first and most important step on the checklist. It is imperative to make sure all aspects of the vehicle are up-to-par. This means check the air in the vehicle’s tires, check the oil, and do a brake check. All mechanical aspects of your Jeep should be checked before pushing the vehicle’s abilities.

Emergency kit for the car – An emergency kit is everything that might be needed in the unfortunate event that a vehicle gets stuck, flips or crashes. Every kit should include a couple 30 ft. long tow straps (in case you get stuck) and a fire extinguisher, just in case! All Jeep vehicles come with a spare tire and a jack, but if you are reading this article and you don’t drive a Jeep, make sure your vehicle has a spare.

First aid kit – It’s always good to have a first aid kit in the event of an emergency. This kit should include bandages, basic pain killers such as advil or tylenol, a burn kit, gauze, and a wound cleaning kit.

Extra Clothes – No one wants to sit in the car on the drive home in wet muddy clothes, so just to be safe keep and extra pair of clothes and shoes in a plastic bag in the rear cargo space of your Wrangler.

Food/water – Water, water, water. You will be out in the heat all day and you might have the windows down, so bring water to avoid dehydration. You can never go wrong with a few snacks in the car as well, just incase someone gets hungry.

Now that you know what you need, go have fun! If the one thing you are lacking is a new Jeep, we have you covered!
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Future Jeep Vehicles Coming in 2017 and 2018

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 1:58 PM
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There are a few awesome new Jeep vehicles coming in 2017 and 2018 and they have been creating quite the buzz in the car industry. The 2018 Jeep Woody Wagoneer and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is powered by a SRT Hellcat engine, are both forecasted to be top-selling vehicles.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, powered by a SRT Hellcat Engine

Move over people, a The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk might be released as early as July 2017, according to Jeep CEO Mike Manley. The engine in the unique Grand Cherokee will be powered by the same Hellcat engine used in both the newest Dodge Chargers and Challengers. The SRT Hellcat engine is a 6.2-liter V8 engine produces 707 horsepower, and 650 pound-feet of torque. The Grand Cherokee SRT is already the fastest SUV in its class, and now it will be faster than ever.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck

After being whispered about for years, the return of a Jeep pickup truck is no longer a rumor, it is a reality. After production ended in 1991, the Jeep Wrangler pickup truck will return to dealerships again in late 2017. At the moment, we don’t know much about the design. What we do know is that the pickup will go from a 5-speed automatic to an 8-speed automatic.

2018 Jeep Grand Wagoneer a.k.a. “Woody”

Last but not least, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer is rumored to make its return debut in late 2018 and it will be interesting to see how Jeep combines the old “Woody” features and style with a twist of modern day tech and entertainment features. The vehicle is the Jeep brand’s way of bringing back the past, but with more up-to-date technology. According to Car and Driver, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ CEO, Sergio Marchionne, said the 2018 Grand Wagoneer “Woody” will be a luxury style SUV competing with a Range Rover and it will have three rows of seating.

Don’t worry, we’ll keep you updated on more information on these vehicles when we hear more! In the meantime, visit Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to test drive the other Jeep vehicles that are currently available.

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Festivals and Events in July Throughout Florida

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Local on Friday, July 1st, 2016 at 3:56 PM
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Summer is about exploration and freedom, so be sure to get outside and explore a festival or city in Florida. Just don’t forget the suntan lotion.

CULTURE

4th of July

Florida and the nation will light up during the 3-day Fourth of July weekend. No matter where you are located in Florida, there are a variety of awesome Fourth of July parades, celebrations and Fourth of July Fireworks.

Hemingway Days

July 19-24, various locations in Key West
This July a flood of men attempting to look like one of the literary greats, Ernest Hemingway, will gather in Key West to participate in a variety of Hemingway-inspired events. As a well-known home of Hemingway, each year Key West holds a week-long festival to pay tribute to the author. Festival events include a 5k run/walk, a fishing tournament, a short story competition and a “Papa” Look-Alike Contest.

MUSIC

Weeki Wachee Legendary Sirens Show

July 2-4 at Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee mermaids from past decades will reunite for a unique underwater performance held at one of Florida’s most popular natural springs. After catching one of the shows, visitors can head over to nearby Buccaneer Bay to hang out in Florida’s only spring fed water park. Visit weekiwachee.com.

Underwater Music Festival

July 9 at Looe Key Reef outside of Big Pine Key
The Underwater Music Festival is one of the many music festivals that takes place in the Florida Keys, however, it is the only music festival in the world that takes place underwater. Each year in July, hundreds of boats and snorkelers head out to Looe Key Reef, located in the Florida Reef Tract (the world’s third largest barrier reef) to catch the zany underwater performances by mermaids and mermen equipped with special instruments “playing” along to a live radio broadcast of ‘60s and ‘70s songs.

Elvis 60th Anniversary Bash

July 30 at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville
This summer the Florida Theater is celebrating the 60th anniversary of Elvis’ first concerts at the theater with a performance by two famed Elvis impersonators. Whether you can remember Elvis like it was yesterday or you learned to love Elvis’ music from your parents, this will be a pretty realistic show. If you don’t like the sound of women screaming in adoration — bring your earplugs! Visit floridatheatre.com.

FOOD AND DRINK

Key Lime Festival

July 2-4, various locations in Key West
Planned around 4th of July weekend, the Key Lime Festival pays tribute to one of the Florida Keys’ native citrus fruits and it is delicious. Whether you’re on the hunt to find the best Key lime pie, or you want to see all of the ways that a Key lime can be incorporated into cooking or drinking, you’re in luck. There will be a variety of Key lime infused foods and drinks and a Key lime pie eating contest for those that think they can handle more than a slice.

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July 30 at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach
For one day Jacksonville will host their own version of Epcot’s around-the-globe food and drink sampling experience. More than 40 food trucks serving up international flavors will congregate at the Seawalk Pavilion to feed a lot of hungry mouths. There will be a variety of options for any type of diet and there will also be a “kids zone.”

NATURE

Wicked Plants

July 1 – Jan. 15 at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville
Botanists and plant or nature lovers will love the Wicked Plants display that opens in July. The exhibit will feature a large collection of some of the world’s most deadly or debilitating plants. There will be hands-on displays and demos like sniffing stations and computer simulations of the psychotropic side effects of special plant species.

Mini Lobster Season

July 27-28
Floridians can live off the delicious fresh seafood that come from the local coasts year-round and each year the Florida FIsh and Wildlife Commission opens up a special 2-day mini lobster season before the official season opens. The regular 8 month season will open August 8.

Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks Around South Florida

By Harley R | Posted in Local, News on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 12:30 PM
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Hey South Florida, are you ready for fireworks?

I said, “ARE YOU READY FOR FIREWORKS?!”

Good, because we’ve got a great list of Fourth of July events and celebrations scheduled around Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

City of Weston 4th of July Parade – Black Sheep 4x4s, one of the local South Florida Jeep clubs will be leading the 4th of July parade in Weston. Visit: http://bit.ly/28XG8Ky

Following the parade, the American Legion Post #321 and Black Sheep 4x4s is hosting an all-you-can eat BBQ event. In addition to getting the chance to spend the day eating delicious BBQ, there will also be a number of military vets from the Black Sheep 4x4s attending the lunch too — very American. 😉  Food will include burgers, chicken, hot dogs and plenty of sides. American Legion Post #321, 9081 SW 51st St. in Cooper City.

Independence Day Fireworks & Family Fun DayActivities start at 1 p.m. on the ball fields, free cake (limited supply), fireworks at 9 p.m. Pine Island Park, 3801 S. Pine Island Road, Davie. Visit: http://bit.ly/28QbRLq

Fourth of July SpectacularBeach games and live entertainment from 4-9 PM, DJ from 1-4:30 PM, fireworks at 9 PM. Fort Lauderdale Beach, A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. Visit: http://bit.ly/28VPBS9

July 4th Star Spangled SpectacularDJ, tattoos, music and games from 1-6 p.m. Fireworks start at 9 p.m.. Hollywood Beach Theater, 100 Johnson St. in Hollywood. Visit: http://bit.ly/28Vq39g

4th of July 2016 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea – Parade and activities start at 10 a.m, live music and picnic on Town Hall grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., fireworks at 9 PM. El Prado Park, Bougainvillea Drive, 4501 N. Ocean Drive. Visit: http://bit.ly/28VC5jw

Fireworks Viewing at Vista View Park – Watch fireworks from the highest man-made elevated land in Broward. Opens at 8 a.m., closes at 10 p.m.. Before 7:30 p.m., park fee is $1.50 per person. Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142nd Ave., Davie. Visit: http://bit.ly/28VDS80

For those of you looking to go party to Miami, there are several 4th of July celebrations taking place in Miami, too. Here are two of the events located closest to Hollywood.

Key Biscayne 4th of July Parade – 4th of July Parade at 11 a.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m. Crandon Boulevard, Biscayne Bay. Visit: http://bit.ly/28Qd19S

America’s Birthday Bash- Music, food, and entertainment. Budweiser Beer Garden 12-10 p.m. Kid’s Zone 3-7 p.m. Fireworks at 9 p.m.. Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Visit: http://bit.ly/1BSxRBq

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Florida Road Trip Ideas for this Summer

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Local on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 8:15 AM

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Here are five road trips to take this summer for Florida Residents:

Orlando

Okay, this one may be overdone and full of out of state tourists, but if this is a family trip it may be unavoidable. In Orlando there is plenty to do for kids such as: Sea World, Universal parks, and Disney World. However, there is good news! There are also some hidden spots for those who are so tired of theme parks. Some other Orlando activities include: Leu Gardens, Rock and Roll Heaven, and Scenic boat tours.

Leu Gardens is a tropical paradise for anyone fond of large gardens. More than 50 acres of landscaped grounds and lakes that include trails that are shaded by 200-year oaks and forests of camellias. Leu Gardens is also known for its wedding ceremonies.

Rock and Roll Heaven is a used record store and a mecca for vinyl enthusiasts! Of course, there are also those, now antique, items known as cassettes and CDs as well as other music-related memorabilia.

Kayak Eco-Tour is the complete opposite of the hidden motorized track guiding you through a faux jungle with fake hippos and zebras. Exercise your paddling muscles on a kayak eco-tour through mossy, cypress-lined Shingle Creek, the headwaters of the Everglades. Here, visitors may spot alligators, bald eagles, and more.

There is much more to Orlando to theme parks and strip malls selling T-shirts. Take some time to do some research and then head to Orlando for a completely different experience!

Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway

Tired of all the typical Florida roadtrips? Try this one! Many Florida residents don’t even know about it. Drive through Bluffs Highway, and on the way stop for sightseeing, and historic Florida landmarks. Don’t forget to get out of the car and enjoy the unique nature and wildlife native to the Pensacola area.

Explore some history while exploring Bluffs Highway. Old Chimney Park is a great place to start on your trip. The chimney was built in the 1850’s on land purchased  by Henry Hyer. In 1857 the Hyer Mill Planning property was built in Bluffs entirely by slaves. It remained there and in working condition until March of 1862, when there was an order put out to destroy all machinery that could possible be helpful in anyway to approaching Union forces. This is when all of the plant, but the Chimney was destroyed. The Chimney still stands and can be visited today.

Of course, there is tons of nature sight seeing to do along the drive on Bluffs Highway as well. A beautiful view of the Gulf can be experienced, as well as a bridge surrounded by beautiful Magnolias and Oaks. Don’t forget to stop at one of the many one-of a kind old fashioned restaurants along the way.

Black Bear Scenic Byway

Black Bear Scenic Byway is another hidden Florida gem. Enjoy hiking, wildlife, and fishing along this scenic route. Also, you are bound to run into a Florida black bear as this spot is the most populated bear spot in Florida.

This scenic byway is great for the outdoors people. If you don’t just want to drive around and look at views, this is the place for you. Stop and park and enjoy miles of hiking trails, beautiful woods and lakes and rivers where all types of wildlife can be spotted.

Fishing and hunting are other activities that happen off the Black Bear Scenic Byway. Enjoy six different lakes and rivers. Depending on which body of water you visit, all different kinds of fish can be caught. Some popular fish that tend to be caught a lot include: striped bass, sunfish, bluegill, and sunshine bass. Many of the bass tend to be large, even up to 24 inches. This is one of the favorite sports of many Florida anglers.

Florida Keys

I’m sure as a Florida resident you have been to the Keys at least once. But, have you ever road tripped and stopped at every single key? Each Key has different things to offer. Fish, swim, tan, and enjoy what each Key has to offer. I suggest starting in Key West and working your way back up.

Every island among the Keys have charter boats to take you out fishing, diving or snorkeling. A range of fish can be caught: from Marlin and Sailfish to Yellowtail Snapper and Grouper. If you love the water, fishing or boats, making a couple of these stops along the way will be great for you. Most of the places will ever filet the fish for you at the end of the trip, so they are ready for cooking.

While in Key West, you have to go to the big buoy on the southernmost end. It is written on the buoy “Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A.” It is right on the edge of the water. This is an iconic spot in Florida that every resident should visit and take a picture.

Bok Tower Gardens

Located in Lake Wales, this attraction is beautiful. Enjoy a historical tower tour, a picnic in the gardens, and a nice walk. This is a somewhat hidden Florida spot, that is a great starting place for a road trip. Whether you come from North, Central, or South Florida there are many unique stops along the way to Bok Tower Gardens.

There is a lot of history locked in the Bok Tower Gardens. The original founder of the Gardens was an American immigrant from the Netherlands. He thought life was beautiful, because of the opportunities he was afforded here in the United States. So, he decided he wanted to create something beautiful to share. This is why he built the tower, and the expanding beautiful gardens.

Hit this spot during the day to enjoy hiking, but stay for sunset. It is said to be one of the most dramatic sunset areas in Florida. It is a great place to take some truly breathtaking photography.
Stop by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, and find the perfect road trip vehicle.

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Summer with a Jeep Wrangler

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style, Uncategorized on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 8:09 AM

Today (June 20) is officially the first day of summer, so that means it is the season for mudding, late night bonfires, and camping. There is nothing like a Jeep Wrangler to assure your summer is nothing but fun. Feel the breeze in your hair with a topless Wrangler, push your car to the brink in the mud, or just go off and get lost. Here are some summer activities that are even better with a Wrangler.

Off-Roading and Mudding

Sure, these activities can be done in a variety of SUVs or trucks. However, there is just nothing like riding out in a Jeep Wrangler on a summer day with the top down and doors off. Florida is home to many awesome off road trails to explore this summer. Check out one of our previous articles, 3 Off-roading locations in Florida

Camping

Yep, you can certainly drive any vehicle to camp, even smaller cars. But, with a Jeep any camping spot is within reach. Even that spot off the trail, and across the river. Not to mention, having a Wrangler while camping will no doubt lead to checking out some off-road trails.

Bonfires
Bonfires are a great part of summer parties. Of course, you don’t need a vehicle to have a bonfire. It is fun to have those bonfire spots that you can only get to via off-road vehicle or foot though. With a Wrangler you are not limited to the places you can go and start a summer bonfire.

Enjoy your freedom to explore!

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Jeep 75th Anniversary Special-Edition Vehicles

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Sunday, June 19th, 2016 at 8:31 AM

If you haven’t checked out the 75th anniversary special edition Jeep models, we recommend you take a look. Jeep did a great job of including the classic Jeep feel, along with the new Jeep technology and style. All nine Jeep vehicles have been available to order in the anniversary special edition since the beginning of 2016.

The main aspect of the vehicle that brings back the old Jeep feel, is the exterior features. Jeep incorporated the classic army Jeep color, along with bronze highlights on the wheels, jeep logo, and front bumper. In addition to the colors, Jeep also channels the 75th anniversary experience with the Jeep 1941 logo. The special logo is displayed on both the outside and inside of Jeep special edition vehicles. More information can be found here.

Jeep’s have certainly changed a lot over the years. But, they have been able to maintain a strong, rugged image. Prices for these special edition vehicles begin at $40,000. There are still some new 75th edition vehicles for sale, and used ones are starting to be sold as well.  

Visit Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to get your own special edition Jeep while you can! There is a limited supply of the special edition Jeep being sold here.

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Big Island of Hawaii

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 1:52 AM

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The Jeep Wrangler is a popular and very practical vehicle for any of the Hawaiian islands, including the Big Island. With the top off, drivers can enjoy the year-round beautiful weather and easily take their surfboards in and out of the car. The Wrangler’s four-wheel-drive also makes it a safe choice when driving on Big Island’s rainy coast, Hilo. But most importantly, the Wrangler’s four-wheel-drive is an essential feature to be able to explore the stunning views, nature and geography of Big Island from top to bottom.

Here are four locations in Hawaii you can only get to with four-wheel-drive — just don’t tell the locals we’re telling Haoles about them!

Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea is a 14,000 ft. dormant volcano located near the center of the Big Island. Due to its height, the summit of Mauna Kea is a very sacred place to native Hawaiians and it is also an amazing location for star-gazing. Located near the top of the volcano is Mauna Kea Science Reserve, one of the world’s best astronomical viewing observatories that is equipped with 13 high-powered telescopes. Located above the clouds and on a small island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, the observatory has very little light pollution, both of which make the observatory one of the world’s best places for viewing and photographing the night sky. The visitor center, located at 9,200 feet, is open 365-days a year and is accessible with 2-wheel drive vehicles, but visiting the summit requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle due to steep roads and the icy, winter-like conditions.

Green Sands Beach

Green Sands Beach is a must-do when visiting the Big Island because it is gorgeous and it is one of the most unique beaches in the world, but it is one of the lesser known locations. Yes, the beach literally has green sand, and it is a beach located in a cove, which gives the beach a fun and big wave break. In contrast to the green sands, the beach’s waters are a brilliant, bright turquoise.

Getting to Green Sands can be tricky because there is no road, the route is only a maze of roughly-carved out trenches. Though there aren’t organized tours of the area, there are a couple trucks located around South Point that charge a fee to take visitors to and from the beach. Hiking to the beach is possible but be prepared — it is 2.5 miles each way.

Close to Green Sands Beach is South Point, the southernmost point of the United States. The views of the water are beautiful and there is a 50’ cliff jump called, End of the World. Do it!

Waipio Valley

Does the photo above look familiar? Scenes of Jurassic Park were filmed at Waipio Valley. Beautiful views of Waipio Valley can be seen from the scenic viewing point, but making the journey into the valley really adds to the experience. Those who make the drive down to the valley get a view of all of the valley’s many waterfalls and can get to the valley’s remote rocky beach. There are several roads along the road are very steep and some are only wide-enough for one car, so it is very important for driver’s be aware of oncoming traffic. Those who hike, need to be ready for a challenging journey back to the top.

Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa is another volcano on Hawaii and based on mass and volume, it is widely considered the biggest volcano on the planet. There is another observatory, the Mauna Loa Observatory (MLO), located at the summit of Mauna Loa. The MLO is a research facility that has been continuously monitoring and collecting data related to atmospheric change ‘50’s. The undisturbed air, remote location, and minimal influences of vegetation and human activity make it ideal for monitoring constituents in the atmosphere that can cause climate change. Whether hiking or driving to the top of Mauna Loa, visitors need to use caution as they are both challenging.

Photo credit and copyright: Steve Yancar

Want to read up on more locations and states where you can have a great off-road experience. Check out the other articles we have written for our monthly series! If you go off-roading, don’t forget to tell your #MyJeepStory with Jeep and with us!

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: North Carolina
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Utah
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Arizona
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Costa Rica
Four 4WD Off-Road  Locations: Southern California
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 1
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 2 

Five Father’s Day Gifts For Jeep Dad’s

By Harley R | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 8:31 AM

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Grandads and fathers rejoice — Sunday, June 19th is your day. While the annual day-long tribute is great for dad, sometimes kids or mothers don’t know what to get for their their loved one. Does your father-figure drive a Jeep? If so, check out these items to get the fatherly-man in your life.

  1. A Jeep only parking sign. Dad, can hang it in the garage or at his work parking spot, regardless he is guaranteed to love it.
  2. Jeep beer glasses. Beer and Jeep… it doesn’t get better than that for Dad (besides his family of course).
  1. We know, Dad probably hates searching for art work, but I have a feeling he will like this art! Find him an antique Jeep sign this Father’s Day.
  1. A Jeep style picture frame would be a great gift for Dad. He will love it for his desk at work.
  1. Everyone knows Dads love jokes! So, you can’t go wrong with some funny bumper stickers.

When all else fails, you can never go wrong with a brand new Jeep from Hollywood Chrysler Jeep hollywoodchryslerjeep.com.

Sneak Peak of the Jeep Trailcat Concept: 707-HP Wrangler

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, News on Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 8:10 AM

This 707-HP Jeep Wrangler is an absolute monster, it is named the Trailcat. The engine in this bad boy is the same Hellcat V8 engine that has been used in both the Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger for years. The engine has always been nothing short of powerful and ridiculously fast, but now it has been taken to a new level. The Trailcat was specifically made for and introduced at the annual Easter Safari in Utah.

Besides the insane engine in the Trailcat, some added features include: bucket seats from the Dodge Viper (for added safety), a custom shift knob with the Hellcat logo, rock rails, and LED headlights. Jeep also had to increase the wheelbase 12 inches over what it is in a standard wrangler, just to be able to fit the Hellcat engine in there.

The Jeep will reach 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and can reach up to 170 mph, which for a Jeep is insane. No doubt, this vehicle is terrifying and all kinds of hazardous. But as Jeep fans, let’s all admit we would love to drive it. We are sure it will quickly adapt to the nickname “helljeep.”

The release date for the 2016 Trailcat has yet to be leaked, as well as the price. However, it is rumored that despite all the craziness of this Jeep, it will still be sold for an affordable price for what it has to offer.

Other Jeep Concept Vehicles 

Keep an eye out for this Jeep at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep after the release date has been announced.

 

 

Drive to These Famous South Florida Movie Locations

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 8:32 AM

When family and friends are visiting, it is fun to take them around South Florida to show them the coolest and prettiest places, but don’t be surprised if they feel like they’ve “been there before” — there’s a lot of popular places in South Florida that have been featured in some very famous movies.

Check out these popular tourist destinations that have also been used in some of your favorite movies.

Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive is a hot spot for films with a Floridian theme and there have been many, many movies filmed there. Two very well-known movies that had memorable scenes on Ocean Drive are “There’s Something About Mary” and the classic gangster movie, “Scarface.”

“There’s Something About Mary” is a classic comedy starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz. Most of this movie was filmed in Miami and in in the movie Ted (Ben Stiller’s character) stays at the Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive. The hotel is featured in the movie several times, so it is pretty recognizable when you are strolling around on Ocean Drive on South Beach. Consider taking the family to lunch at this iconic hotel, who knows, you might see the owner Gloria Estefan!

Released in 1983 and still widely popular today, “Scarface” is a classic American movie featuring the legendary character — Tony Montana. One of the movie’s most iconic scenes — the chainsaw scene that takes place in a hotel and outside the hotel was filmed right on Ocean Drive. Unfortunately, the building is no longer the former apartment complex that it was during the time of filming — it has been turned into a Johnny Rockets.

Boca Raton Resort

The Boca Raton Resort is the location of many scenes used in the hilarious film, “Caddyshack.” You can see the Boca Raton Resort in the movie’s second club scene, where drunken dancing and debauchery takes place. You can still visit the resort, and walk through the room where that the scene was filmed.  And, located about 30 minutes from the Boca Raton Resort is the Grande Oaks Golf Club, which was the golf course used in the movie. So if you have any visitors that are die-hard fans of “Caddyshack” grab something to eat at the resort and then buy them a round of golf and spend the day on the golf course, they will be SO happy!

Seven Mile Bridge

Another iconic South Florida location used in a few movies is the Seven Mile Bridge. This bridge was seen in two famous movies: “True Lies” and “License to Kill.” Aside for being famous because it is used in movie scenes, it is well-known because it is the only way to drive down to Key West, and for its absolutely beautiful views. While driving over this bridge to get to any one of the Keys, imagine these movie scenes.

The famous helicopter scene in “True Lies” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was not actually over the Seven Mile Bridge, however the scene in the movie was meant to look like it was. To many, it was filmed over the Seven Mile Bridge, because it was replicated extremely well. However, the bridge is still well known for being portrayed in this famous movie.

“License To Kill” is a James Bond film, in which the Seven Mile Bridge is featured in a driving scene. The bridge can be seen when Felix Leiter is riding with James Bond and Sharkey on the way to Leiter’s wedding. They are headed north on the Seven mile Bridge.

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Driving to Bonnaroo?

By Harley R | Posted in Life Style on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 10:21 AM

If you’re into music, like really into music, like you like almost every type of music and you can never get enough music and you like music so much you want to be surrounded by music and other people that like music as much as you do so you can all listen to music together — go to a music festival where you can camp — go to Bonnaroo.

Bonnaroo is for die-hard music lovers like Paris is for fashionistas, you have to do it. Bonnaroo is a four-day music festival that takes place every year in June in Manchester, a tiny town in Tennessee. Beginning in 2002, the festival’s popularity grows every year and this year about 90,000 campers will camp alongside each other at the festival. Sometimes it’s hot, sometimes it rains, it’s definitely not super clean, but it’s not about the weather, it’s about the music.

Lucky for Floridians interested in making the trek to the festival, Bonnaroo is a fairly easy drive. From Miami to Manchester the drive is about 12 hours, and while that might be a little bit daunting for some people, it’s worth it.

However, there are some important things drivers should know before making the trek.

  1. Getting into the festival can take hours — and that’s how it is every year, so be patient. That being said, before you get too close to the festival grounds, fill your tank up with gas. You can very easily burn through a lot of gas while you are waiting to get into the festival, so fill up.
  2. Once you find your camping spot, turn off all of the interior and exterior car lights. Chances are you are going to be leaving some items in your car, and you will need to go in and out of it, so turn your lights off or your battery will need a jump before the weekend is over.
  3. If you have a new car and you want to keep it clean, before you leave on your trip get some type of protective layer for the seats and carpets. If your vehicle didn’t get dirty as you went in and out of it all weekend, it will get dirty once you put all of your camping supplies and yourself back in it to go home. So avoid any worries and invest in some type of temporary covers to protect the interior
  4. Lock your valuables up and don’t leave your keys out in the open. While Bonnaroo is full of awesome, loving, peaceful people, there’s always potential for someone to like what you have a little bit too much. Even if it is not out of bad intentions, your Jeep Cherokee looks like all the other Jeep Cherokees and someone who might be a little groggy or something could mistake it for theirs and get comfortable in it.

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Dream Road Trip With Chrysler

By Harley R | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Ever been on one of those family road trips that seems to be doomed before the van even leaves the driveway? Loading the van took way longer than it should have, and then once you’re finally in and ready to go, the kids can’t agree on what movie to watch and they won’t settle with listening to “old people” music. Not to mention once you finally get to your destination, your friends will likely make fun of you for driving a minivan on vacation.

Say goodbye to boring minivans most people make fun of, and hello to the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Ride with comfort, ease and style. With the Pacifica, you’ll never experience one of those terrible road trips again.

Cargo and Storage

Tired of packing, unpacking and then repacking in an attempt to make enough room for all of the passengers just to find out that all of the stuff you are bringing on your trip doesn’t fit? That’s no longer an issue with the Pacifica.

Storage space in the Pacifica is plentiful. There’s 197 cubic feet of cargo capacity and there is additional storage in cargo bins located in the second and third rows. Not only does the Pacifica have the Best-In-Class cargo volume among minivans, it is also equipped with Stow ‘N Go Seating for more storage space. The Pacifica also has handless sliding door openers, allowing for more ease when packing the van. Also, there is a vacuum conveniently stored in the car, ready to go when needed.

Entertainment

The 2017 Pacifica is a major win for both parents and children. With features including, SiriusXM Radio, multiple Uconnect screens, USB charging ports in the front seats and back rows, there’s no need for arguments about entertainment options.

With the Uconnect system, Mom and Dad can listen to their favorite SiriusXM Radio station, while both children in the back can use Bluetooth to connect to their favorite Netflix shows and listen to them through wireless headphones. Once they’ve watched everything on Netflix, they can choose to play any of the built-in games that come with Uconnect, or pop in a BluRay DVD.

There is also an option to add a wireless hotspot in the Pacifica. Save on your mobile data plan, by subscribing to the in-vehicle hotspot, which will makes it possible to stream Netflix, Pandora, Hulu and more from any mobile device, tablet, or laptop. Drive on, and have fun.

Want to go on a road trip that will be fun for everyone?

Check out the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica available at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep!

Both Jeep and Chrysler Had a Record-Breaking May

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, News on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at 8:47 AM

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Jeep is celebrating its best sales month ever, with a 14 percent increase in sales. The Jeep brand has held a record of hitting monthly sales records since November 2013 (FCA US). The Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Compass both had increases in monthly sales. Also, Patriot and the Renegade both had record selling months in May.

The Renegade is the newest addition to the Jeep line, the first model year being 2015. The 2016 Renegade was awarded as one of the top ten coolest cars for $18,000 by Kelley Blue Book. It was a great month for Jeep.

Chrysler

Chrysler also had a great month. Both the Chrysler 300 and the Town & Country had large sales increases in comparison to May sales from previous years. Sales of the Chrysler 300 were up 38 percent, making May 2016 its best sales month since May 2012. Chrysler Town & Country sales were up 48 percent, having its best May sales since May 2014.

While The great sales of the 300 and Town & Country are impressive, the real star in May 2016 was the all-new Pacifica, which was just released in April 2016. By the end of May, the total number of Pacifica’s sold was 2,495, which is up from just 487 units sold in April. Additionally, the minivan was also named Family Car of Texas at TAWA’S Texas Roundup. The minivan also took two other awards home from the TAWA’s as well included: Best New Interior and Best New Feature. The Pacifica’s sales are expected to keep increasing over summer months.  

Awesome Events Taking Place in Florida Throughout June

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Florida’s lucky to have such a variety of climates and communities. All of the diversity makes for a great way to experience something new without going very far. Check out these events taking place in Florida throughout June — there is a variety of events from BBQs to paddleboard races. Check ’em out so you don’t miss out!

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National Trails Day

June 4, various locations throughout Florida
Each year on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day events take place throughout the nation, including Florida. Planned events include hikes, biking and horseback rides, paddling trips, birdwatching, geocaching, gear demonstrations and more. It’s also a great excuse to take out your Jeep for an off-road excursion! Check out this link for local events near you, nationaltrailsday.americanhiking.org.

Silver Spurs Rodeo

June 10-12 at Osceola Heritage Park/Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee
Commonly referred to as the “largest rodeo east of the Mississippi,” the Silver Spurs Rodeo has been an annual event since the 1940s. As the second of the two Silver Spurs Rodeos scheduled this year, the June event will have a variety of Western riding events like bareback bronco riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down wrestling and – for the little ones – mutton bustin’ — think cowboys and cowgirls imitating bronco riding but on sheep. Visit silverspursrodeo.com.

Sarasota SUP Championships

June 18 at Lido Key Beach in Sarasota
Dubbed the “Battle of the Paddle,” the fourth annual event returns to Sarasota waters with a 5K, 10K, team sprint races, obstacle courses, and other events for paddleboard enthusiasts. Aside from competitions there will be live music, food, drinks, board and SUP equipment demos, and raffle prizes at Lido Key’s most lively event of the year. Visit sarasotasupchampionships.com.

MUSIC+ FOOD

60th Annual Panhandle Watermelon Festival

June 24-25 in Chipley, City of Chipley Pals Park
This festival is based around watermelon and country music, the perfect pairing for a warm summer day. This two-day festival, held in the in the small Panhandle town of Chipley, will include an excellent country music lineup including Jeff Hyde, Clint Daniels, and Gene Watson. There will also be a road race, pancake breakfast, parade, and watermelon auction. Visit panhandlewatermelon.com.

Blues & Brews on the Bay

June 11 in downtown Crystal River (Bayside Citrus Avenue and Kings Bay Park)
Blue and Brews on the Bay brings a huge selection of Floridian-made beer, wine, and food to the usually quiet town of Crystal River. Held alongside the picturesque river that gives the town its name, kayak and paddleboard rentals will be available and there will also be blueberries ripe for picking. Visit facebook.com/blues-and-brews.

Battle of the Beach BBQ and Bluegrass Festival

June 10-11 in Fernandina Beach

Combining the sweet sounds of Bluegrass with the savory (and sometimes sweet) flavors of barbecue is the Battle of the Beach BBQ and Bluegrass Festival in Fernandina Beach. This year’s annual cook-off will feature 35 top BBQ teams from the Southeast as they compete for awards and titles. In addition to food, the event will have live bluegrass music, fiddle and banjo battles, activities for kids, and arts and crafts vendors. Visit facebook.com/bbq-bluegrass.

CULTURE

Drake’s Raid

June 4 at Fountain of Youth Park in St. Augustine
This year marks the 29th year of the authentic reenactment battle between the British and Spanish in 1586. While reenactment participants look just like those who battled more than 400 years ago, attendees are encouraged to dress up as they imagine battlers would have looked. The Historic Florida Militia usually has loaner clothes available, but you must bring your own period-correct shoes or purchase a pair of sandals on site. Visit hfm.club/drakesraid.

Zephyrhills Summerfest

June 25 at Zephyr Park in Zephyrhills
Only in its second year, the Zephyrhills Summerfest is a free day-event for children and adults. Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to set up a base camp in Zephyr Park, where there will be a variety of activities for kids like bounce houses, slides, a rock wall, and trampoline jumpers. Adults will get to enjoy live entertainment, food, beer, arts and crafts, and the day’s events will come to an end with an evening fireworks show. Visit facebook.com/SummerFestZephyrhills.

Various Pride Events across Florida

Key West, Wilton Manors and St. Petersburg
Pride events and festivities are scheduled to take place in various locations in Florida and nationwide throughout the month of June. While each city has different plans and themes for their Pride events, each festival or event will include a large and diverse crowd coming together to celebrate their unique identities and equality among all humans.

Camping Accessories for your Jeep

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet, Parts on Thursday, May 26th, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Jeep vehicles are the ultimate camping vehicles. They have the power, maneuvering and accessories to make any camping trip unique, enjoyable and memorable. A Jeep fitted with the right accessories, can bring you to the most remote locations and make you comfortable for a couple days to a few weeks. Below are three accessories made for Jeep vehicles that add a lot of comfort to campsite.

Jammock

Originally created for Jeeps, Jammocks are great accessory for anyone who goes camping with a Jeep Wrangler. A Jammock is similar to a hammock but uses the outer frame of a topless Wrangler as the supports for the hammock. Jammocks are easy to use and can be installed in under a minute. They are made of Cordura nylon, which is one of the strongest and most wear-resistant fabrics around so a Jammock will last for many, many camping trips.

Tents Specially Designed for Jeep

Mopar and other brands that are dedicated to creating vehicle accessories, have created tents complete with awnings and mosquito nets that are specially designed for Jeep models. The nice part about that is it allows you to easy access your Jeep and the valuables inside without having to leave the covered in space. Whether it’s raining and you want to change, or you want to avoid the sun or mosquitoes, you can conveniently get what you need.

Want Jeep camping luxury?

Mopar has created two different camper trailers designed especially for Jeeps. Available as the “Trail” or “Extreme Trail” trailers, both units feature a queen-size bed, a sofa with storable table, a built-in aluminum cabinet, a 110-volt power supply and a premium canvas enclosure. Designed specifically for Jeep, these trailers won’t be problematic on tough terrain and they are just as durable as a Jeep itself.

Jeep and Chrysler Vehicles Are the Perfect Road Trip Companion

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 8:40 AM

We’ve got a variety of vehicles for your summer road trip needs. Also, all of our new vehicles come with a 2-year owner care maintenance plan, which includes two annual complimentary oil changes and complimentary roadside assistance.

Fuel Efficiency and Affordable Luxury: 2016 Chrysler 200 Limited

If you’re going on a summer adventure with a few friends and want a ride that offers a good fuel economy and affordable, convenience features, check out the Chrysler 200 Limited. The 2016 Chrysler 200 has a very smooth ride as it is equipped with a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that produces 184 horsepower. The engine configuration and 9-speed automatic transmission help it achieve an excellent fuel economy of 23 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway.

The 200 Limited is fitted with excellent convenience and entertainment features. The vehicle has a  6-speaker sound system and a 5-inch touch screen that is located in the car’s dash and provides easy access to the car’s 5.0 Uconnect infotainment system. The car has passive keyless entry, a feature that allows a driver with the key fob to unlock the car without pressing a button within close proximity of the car.

The Chrysler 200 is also a safe ride for you and your group. The 2016 200 Limited comes standard with a rearview backup camera and all of the 2016 200 models received a 5-star overall crash safety rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.

A Few Friends and 4WD: Jeep Wrangler

The Wrangler is the only SUV that offers 4-wheel-drive and the option to take in all of the scenery and ride topless. Whether you’re headed to a beach town or on a trip to discover the unique hard-to-get to spots in one of America’s national parks, the Jeep Wrangler is sure to please.

The Wrangler comes standard with a 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder engine that has a fuel economy of 17 MPG in the city and 22 MPG when on the highway. Built for heading off the beaten path, the Wrangler comes standard with the essential off-roading features like a front and rear stabilizer bar, fuel tank skid plate, two front tow hooks and one rear tow hook.  And, if you are taking your Wrangler on a camping trip, there are tons of accessories that are Wrangler compatible and add a lot of convenience to your camping spot.

A big group of people, tons of storage and fuel efficiency: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The all-new Chrysler Pacifica is the ultimate road trip vehicle. The Pacifica has an extremely well-designed and well-equipped interior that make it a comfortable trip up to seven passengers and there is several convenient storage options throughout the vehicle. Entertainment features include a 5-inch touch screen, 5.0 Uconnect system and a great sound system. An additional cool feature that is great for long road trips where passengers are eating in the vehicle, or tracking dirt or sand, is the Pacifica Stow ‘n Vac — an in-car vacuum for easy cleaning while on the go./span>

As one of the most fuel efficient minivans on the market, the Chrysler Pacifica’s engine and aerodynamic exterior was carefully configured. The Chrysler Pacifica is equipped 3.6-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission which has an EPA-rated fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway.

Come by Hollywood Chrysler Jeep to test drive one or all of these vehicles today!

Local Memorial Day Weekend Ceremonies and Parties

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 4:23 PM

South Florida takes advantage of the 3-day Memorial Day weekend, and Hollywood is centrally located near some of the best events and activities. But just as important as the fun BBQs, parties and sales, are the ceremonies and services honoring veterans who have lost their lives serving our country. So we’ve compiled a list both the fun and meaningful ways you can celebrate this weekend.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES

Town of Davie Parade and Memorial Service

Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Davie

The Town of Davie and the Boy Scouts of America South Florida Council Scoutmasters Camporee Committee have organized a Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony to give tribute to fallen soldiers and our veterans. The  parade begins at 10 a.m. and will run along Orange Drive to the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds. Veterans and military members are asked to wear their uniform.  The Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and this year the ceremony is commemorating the 50th anniversary of America’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

Pembroke Pines Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 30 at 9 a.m. at the Fletcher Arts and Cultural Center
The city of Pembroke Pines is honoring fallen soldiers with a presentation of colors, wreath placing and speakers.

Riverwalk Memorial Day Ceremony

Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the Sandy Nininger Statue on the Riverwalk behind the Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale.
This year’s Riverwalk Memorial Day Ceremony will be hosted by the William C. Morris American Legion Post 36. Participants are to include the William C. Morris American Legion Post 36 and Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Post 220 and Ladies Auxiliary, 82nd Airborne Veterans Color Guard, and the American Freedom Riders. The ceremony will also include the placing of brick in the Wall of Honor and a speech by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.

MEMORIAL DAY PARTIES

Memorial Day Weekend BBQ

Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 at Marenas Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach
From noon to 3 p.m., Marenas Beach Resort, a  popular spot Sunny Isles, is holding a 2-day Memorial Day BBQ that includes delicious food, live music and drinks. There will also be activities for kids like face painting and a movie night. Following the day event, there is an after-party that continues till 11 p.m.

Great American Beach Party

Saturday, May 28, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fort Lauderdale is hosting a free daylong beach party located right outside of downtown Fort Lauderdale and Las Olas. Activities include live music, soccer and volleyball tournaments, a classic car show and a sand castle-sculpting contest. Traffic will be heavy, so try to take alternative method like biking, the Sun Trolley or walking from parking garages.

Jeep Cherokee v. Ford Escape: Similarly Priced, Cherokee is Better Equipped

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 at 8:35 AM

The increasing fuel saving technologies seen in light trucks and SUVs sales has once again made SUVs a hot commodity. Two popular SUVs made by American manufacturers that are currently available on the market are the 2016 Ford Escape and 2016 Jeep Cherokee. Below is a review comparing both of the most basic trim configurations — a Cherokee Sport and a Escape S.

Engine and Fuel Economy

Both SUVs have similarly-sized engines, however the car with the smaller engine is able to produce more horsepower and it has a better fuel efficiency. The 2016 Ford Escape S is equipped with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission that generates 168 horsepower. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport has a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, 184-horsepower engine paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission.The Cherokee Sport has an average fuel economy of 22 MPG in the city and 31 MPG when on the highway. The Escape S receives an average of 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG when on the highway.

Drivetrain and Towing

The Cherokee Sport and Escape S come standard with 2-wheel drive that is powered through the vehicle’s front wheels. Both vehicles can be upgraded with four-wheel-drive capabilities. The Cherokee has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds and the Ford Escape has a towing capacity of 1,500 pounds.

Interior and Exterior

Both the Cherokee and the Escape have many of the same standard features like cloth seating and front bucket seats, multiple USB ports, an auxiliary jack and steering wheel controls. While both vehicles are fitted with modern convenience features, the specific features do differ.  

The Cherokee Sport features a 5.0-inch touchscreen display which is the main access point to the Cherokee’s 5.0 UConnect system. UConnect is Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) built-in entertainment system that  has Bluetooth streaming, voice command and a hands-free texting capability. The Altima also has a variety of safety features that helped make it a 2016 IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The Ford Escape has a rearview camera that displays on the car’s dashboard display. The Focus is equipped with SYNC, Ford’s entertainment system that includes a voice-activated communications and entertainment system, so drivers can easily control media options while keeping their hands on the road.

Price and Warranty

The 2016 Jeep Cherokee starts at $23,495 and the Ford Escape S is priced at $23,600. Both Jeep and Ford offer the same standard 3-year or 36,000 mile basic limited warranty and 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Walter P. Chrysler Museum Re-Opens Its Doors to the Public Again

By Harley R | Posted in News on Friday, May 20th, 2016 at 8:48 AM

Making a road trip up to Michigan this summer? Make a stop to the recently re-opened Walter P. Chrysler Museum, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, which is a 40-minute drive from Detroit.

Paying tribute to Chrysler Corporation, one of America’s and the world’s biggest auto manufacturers, the museum is a must-see for history buffs and car lovers.

The museum has various interactive displays and historical exhibits that give a comprehensive look at the evolution of an American automaker giant. In addition to focusing on the history of the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands, there is also tons of information on predecessor marques such as DeSoto, Hudson, Nash, Plymouth, Rambler and Willys-Overland.

The 55,000 square-foot 2-story museum also houses a huge collection of antique, classic and concept cars spanning more than a century.

There’s also a permanent exhibition space dedicated dedicated to the prestigious Dodge Viper. The exhibition looks at all five generations of the Viper, the Viper’s success on the track, and the owners that love them.

Jeep Celebrates National Military Appreciation Month in Multiple Ways

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, People on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 at 8:21 AM

US Military Soldiers Memorial Day

Jeep has had close ties to the armed service since its origins as a military vehicle 75 years ago in 1941. Aside from historical ties, Jeep pays tribute to the U.S. military and its members in a number of ways, including participating National Military Appreciation Month.

Each submission to #MyJeepStory is a contribution to the USO

To participate in National Military Appreciation Month, for the entire month of May Jeep is making a donation to the USO for each #MyJeepStory submission entered on Jeep.com. Additionally, this month’s features stories include U.S. veterans and military members.

Memorial Day Discounts and Incentives

To celebrate Memorial Day, Jeep is also offering national incentives on all of their vehicles, and there is a $500 Memorial Day Bonus Cash offer for anyone who purchases a 2016 Jeep Cherokee.

Aside from this month’s efforts, Jeep makes donations and participates in causes, events and offers discounts for current or former military members year-round.

Jeep Military Incentive Program

All active, active reserved, retired military, retired military reserve or honorably discharged veterans (within 12 months of discharge date), are eligible for up to $500 in Military bonus cash towards leases or purchases on 2016 new vehicles under the Jeep Military Incentive program.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition

For those who want their ride to be as patriotic as their hearts, Jeep has created the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition and a portion of the sales of each Freedom Edition vehicle is donated to the USO.  The special-edition trim features one-of-a-kind details like distinctive silver accent stitching, “Freedom Edition” badging and leather-trimmed seats that are embroidered with the logo of Oscar Mike, a clothing company that  helps veterans stay active.

Photo source and copyright: Shutterstock / Infinite_Eye

Go Topless with Your Jeep Wrangler at Hollywood Chrysler Jeep on Saturday

By Harley R | Posted in Local, People on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 6:46 PM

This year marks the 9th annual Jeep Go Topless event held on May 14 and Hollywood Chrysler Jeep welcomes you to take your top off with us at the dealership this Saturday.

The event was started as a way to celebrate the beauty of the month of May and remind everyone to take the top off their Wrangler because winter is over! Jeep clubs and dealerships across the nation hold gatherings, trail rides and organize events to bring Jeep enthusiasts and Jeep owners together to enjoy the temperate weather.

There are a number of events and activities going on in different cities in Florida and our event is the perfect one for all Jeep owners in South Florida. Whether a member of one of the local Jeep clubs or if you just want to hang with a fun group of people for a few hours, come out to Hollywood Chrysler Jeep from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday! We’ll have drinks and everyone who brings their Jeep will receive a coupon for 20% off genuine Mopar parts*.

This is our first year participating but we hope to make it a tradition. Hope to see you there! Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is located at 2100 N. State Rd. 7 in Hollywood, Fla.

*Limit One Coupon Per Customer. Offer cannot be combined. Prior sales excluded. Plus tax. Only good At Hollywood Chrysler Jeep. See parts department for complete details.  Must present this coupon to receive offer. Offer Expires 05/31/2016

Photo credit attribution and copyright: Chris Curtis / Shutterstock.com

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: North Carolina

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet, People on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Knowing the best places to go off-road can make the difference between a trip and an awesome adventure. Below are four places located within North Carolina where you can have a great time driving your Jeep through easy to difficult trails and have a beautiful view while you are doing it.

The Outer Banks of North Carolina

Unlike Florida which doesn’t allow vehicles on most beaches, North Carolina has a few different beaches that allow off-road vehicles. Located in the Outer Banks region in North Carolina is the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which allows permitted off-road vehicles to drive on the shore right up to the ocean. The National Park Service monitors vehicle use to ensure protection of important wildlife habitat and access does change frequently during the breeding seasons of protected birds and sea turtles. Additionally, the national park has four campgrounds that offer campers an immersive experience of North Carolina’s barrier islands.

Badin Lake in the Uwharrie Mountains

Located about an hour and a half east of Charlotte is the Uwharrie National Forest and the Uwharrie Mountains. Within the national park is the Badin Lake OHV area which consists of 17 miles of rocky and mountainous terrain that are open to 4×4 vehicles. The area is made of former logging and mining trails cut into mountainous terrain and the Uwharrie River basin so there are several drop off points that make for beautiful views. The trail ratings range from a 3-8 and are suitable for beginner-to-intermediate drivers. The trails are typically open from March – December.

Fort Fisher State Park

The Fort Fisher State Park offers six miles of beach and trails through salt marsh at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, a park touching both the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. The entrance to the beach has looser and deeper sand which makes it fun and sometimes a little challenging to drive through. The north end of the beach is not typically crowded. Also located in the parks is a state aquarium, Civil War-era historic site and a boat ramp and paddling launch nearby. The park is open to campers.

Brown Mountain OHV Trail System

The Brown Mountain OHV area is located an hour and 45 minutes northwest of Charlotte in the Pisgah National Forest. This is Pisgah’s only OHV trail system open to off-road vehicles and it is made up of various trails recommended for intermediate to experienced drivers. While the entire Brown Mountain OHV system spans about 34 miles, 4×4 vehicles are limited to a certain group of trails that span about 8 miles. Typically trails are open from April to January and they are popular among 4x4s, ATVs, mountain bikers and hikers.

 

Want to read up on more locations and states where you can have a great off-road experience. Check out the other articles we have written for our monthly series! If you go off-roading, don’t forget to tell your #MyJeepStory with Jeep and with us!
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Utah
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Arizona
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Costa Rica
Four 4WD Off-Road  Locations: Southern California
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 1
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 2 

 

 

Check Out these local Cinco de Mayo fiestas

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 at 1:39 PM

South Florida has deep roots with various Hispanic cultures from across the Caribbean, South and Central America. As Cinco de Mayo is celebrated across the nation on May 5th, South Florida is one of the best places to celebrate the Mexican holiday. Across the South Florida region there are several restaurants and neighborhoods scheduled to host excellent parties complete with dancing and delicious margaritas.

Tacocraft Street Party

May 5 at Tacocraft in Fort Lauderdale
Favorite South Florida band, Xperimento, will be performing at Tacocraft’s free street party for Cinco de Mayo. While it costs money to eat and drink, the music and dancing are free.

Rocco’s Tacos

May 5 at Rocco’s Tacos in Fort Lauderdale
Starting the festivities at noon, Rocco’s Tacos will host a 15-hour street party featuring all of the Mexican drink and cuisine classics like tequila, margaritas and Mexican beer. The day’s events will include giveaways and a mustache contest.

Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Coyo Taco

May 5 at Coyo Taco in Wynwood, Miami
Cinco de Mayo or not, Coyo Taco in Wynwood is always packed, and for Cinco de Mayo expect it to be one of the “hot spots” in Wynwood. Their block party will include a live mariachi band, a pig roast and a wrestling match from Blue Demon Jr., a masked luchador wrestler. The party is scheduled for 5 to 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 for adults.

Cinco de Mayo Brickell

May 5 in the Mary Brickell Village
The Mary Brickell Village Cinco de Mayo party spans several blocks in Brickell, one of Miami’s neighborhoods that is known for its vibrant nightlife and excellent restaurants. The fiesta will include dancers, mustaches, mariachis, two DJ stafes and tequila shots — so be sure to bring a designated driver or Uber. The party begins at 2 p.m. and will continue until 11 p.m. and admission is $10 and includes a large beer.

May Events Throughout Florida

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 12:00 PM

While May Day (May 1st) is a celebratory day that represents the onset of spring in the northern states, May is just another month of beautiful, sunny weather in Florida. Aside from fun themed days like May Day, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day, there are several awesome events scheduled to take place in May throughout Florida.

SOUTH FLORIDA

Fleet Week Port Everglades

May 2-9 at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale
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This annual Fort Lauderdale event allows civilians to tour the interior and exterior of active Navy and Coast Guard ships like a nuclear submarine, an amphibious assault ship, destroyers and a Coast Guard Cutter. The event is free but registration in advance is required and availability is limited to up to 12,000 available people.

Key West Songwriters Festival

May 4-8 at various locations in Key West
Keywestsongwritersfestival.com
This year marks the 21st annual event in which big names in several various music genres converge in the quirky streets of Key West. The four-day event will include intimate performances held on a variety of waterfront venues. Headliners include Robert Earl Keen, Jake Owen, Rhett Atkins and Natalie Hemby.

Fort Lauderdale Air Show

May 7-8 at the Fort Lauderdale Beach
Fortlauderdaleairshow.com
One of the air show’s highlights is an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which will fly with a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter. The display of the unique F-35 will be the first time it has been shown at a civilian air show. Pilots and teams showing off their skills come from three nations: the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Canadian Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team from France.

Stuart Sailfish Regatta

May 21-22 at North side of the Stuart Causeway bridge in Stuart
Stuartsailfishregatta.com
The two-day regatta is a racing event filled with hydroplanes, powerboats and race boats competing off the coast of Stuart. The regatta is open to 10 classes of inboards, four classes of outboards and the Powerboat P1 SuperStock Series and winners in each class will earn prize money.  In addition to the races, there will be live music, kids events, food vendors and a swimsuit contest.

 

CENTRAL FLORIDA

New Smyrna Beach Blues Festival

May 7-10, various venues in New Smyrna Beach
nsbfla.com/bluesfest
The quiet East coast town of New Smyrna Beach comes alive during the four-day blues festival. Over the weekend, over 15 performers and bands from soul, blues and rock genres will entertain audiences in a variety of New Smyrna’s best bars and restaurants along Flagler Avenue.

MegaCon Orlando

May 26-29 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando
Megaconvention.com
Gamers, comic book lovers and cult film enthusiasts will dress in costume to attend this year’s Megacon. As one of Florida’s biggest comicon events, there will be several legendary actors, writers and artists for guests to meet and greet. Some of this year’s guests include William Shatner, actors from Harry Potter, The Karate Kid’s Ralph Macchio, Marvel Comics legendary creator Stan Lee, and Star Trek actor and social media celeb George Takei.

Sunset Music Festival

May 28-29 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
smftampa.com
Sunset Music Festival is a smaller rendition of Miami’s Ultra Music Festival. National and international DJSs are set to perform at Raymond James Stadium on Memorial Day Weekend. Headliners include Hardwell, Jack U and The Chainsmokers as well as 30 other performances scheduled for the weekend-long event.

NORTH FLORIDA

The Player’s Championship

May 10-15 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach
pgatour.com/tournaments/the-players-championship/tickets.html
The Players Championship held at the luxurious golf resort, TPC Sawgrass, is a major PGA tournament. This year’s competing golfers will include Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. In addition to world-renowned golfing, there will be several food and beverage vendors, a performance by Toby Keith and various other activities.

Great American BurgerFest

May 20-22 at Francis Field in St. Augustine
Greatamericanburgerfest.com
Hungry festival attendees and local judges will sample, devour and vote for their favorite burger from the selection of crafted burgers available at this year’s festival dedicated to the craftiness of today’s burgers. To wash all of the delicious flavors down, there will be a large spread of craft and speciality beers presented by local breweries. In addition to food and drinks, there will also be tons of arts and crafts vendors, live music and a kids’ zone. All proceeds go to Great American Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports veterans and active duty military in need.

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

May 26-29 in downtown Jacksonville
jacksonvillejazzfest.com
The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is an annual free music festival that offers locals three days of access to live jazz performances. This year’s event will span across 15 blocks in Jacksonville’s downtown and will feature more than 20 performances by artists including the Noel Friedline Quintet, Snarky Puppy, Jon Batiste & Stay Human and the Yellowjackets.

Follow the Sun Music Festival

May 27-29, various cities and venues
followthesunfest.com
Traveling from St. Augustine to Gainesville and finally to Cedar Key, the Follow the Sun Music Festival features local bands playing at a two venues in each location. The lineup includes over 15 different bands and each day performances begin in the early evening and continue until late hours.

 

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Photo copyright: Veronica Marit

FCA Fleet Tour Comes to Orlando

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 10:41 AM
2016 Jeep 7th Anniversary Special-edition

To acquaint businesses and consumers with new vehicles and model changes, FCA vehicles will be visiting 15 different cities in April and May and will make its final stop in Orlando on June 1.  The voyage around many of the nation’s largest cities will introduce FCA Fleet customers to the variety of the new 2017 model year Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and Fiat vehicles.

This year’s tour will focus on the all-new minivan, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.  Each stop includes a Pacifica Experiential Drive to showcase the Pacifica’s interior, storage options and advanced safety features, including ParkSense Parallel/ Perpendicular Park Assist.

Each half-day event will provide in-depth fleet product overviews, product walk-arounds, service presentations, driving routes and ample time to talk with the FCA Fleet team. The vehicles on tour include several that have been upfitted for specific vocations.

Performances at the Jeep Red Rocks Summer Concert Series Also Coming to South Florida

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News, Local on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 1:07 PM

For music fans, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver is the equivalent of Fenway Park to baseball fans. It is THE legendary venue where all of the biggest names play. It is known for its amazing sound as it is the only naturally occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheatre in the world. Like Red Rocks, Jeep is a name known for its unique, outdoorsy quality,. sSo, Jeep’s sponsorship of the venue’s summer concerts, known as the Jeep Summer Concert Series, makes perfect sense.

While every Jeep can handle the very long, scenic road trip out to Red Rocks, not everyone has the leisure of taking such a spectacular trip this summer. So in case you’re bummed about missing some of the shows scheduled for the Jeep Summer Concert Series at Red Rocks, several bands and performers are also scheduled to perform in South Florida this summer. In addition to the four concerts below, there are several other shows playing locally and at Red Rocks, visit Ticket Master for more shows.

The 1975 / Wolf Alice / The Japanese House

May 11 at Bayfront Park Amphitheater Park, Miami
Seven days after the performance at Red Rocks, all three of these bands will be performing at the outdoors Miami venue, Bayfront Park Amphitheater. Their May performance is one of many, many more shows scheduled for the rest of the summer as all three bands tour North America.

Steely Dan and Steve Winwood

June 29 at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater at the S. Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach
Though over two-thousand miles away, Steely Dan fans will feel the same atmosphere of funk and fun that will be presented at Red Rocks, while they are at the Steely Dan show in MiamiSouth Florida. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, made their big following of fans very happy when they announced their nationwide tour “The Dan Who Knew Too Much” earlier this year.

Twenty One Pilots

July 2 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise
Twenty One Pilots are performing at almost all of the major summer music festivals and big cities all-summer long. While Red Rocks gets them for two shows, the band’s performance in South Florida will be at one of the biggest music venues in the area. Interested in going? Buy your tickets fast! Both of their shows scheduled at Red Rocks are sold out!

Brand New and Modest Mouse

July 8 at Bayfront Park Amphitheater in Miami
Similar to The 1975, Brand New and Modest Mouse will be playing at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater only seven days after the groups perform a sold-out show at Red Rocks. The bands have paired up to play back-to-back shows for 24 days starting June 28 and wrapping up July 30.

Free Admission to National Parks, Check out the Dry Tortugas this Weekend

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Friday, April 22nd, 2016 at 2:43 PM

Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of free admission into national parks for National Park Week, so take advantage of it. Lucky for us in South Florida, Florida’s three national parks — Dry Tortugas National Park, Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park — are fairly close.

While Biscayne National Park and the Everglades National Park are probably going to be a little crowded, Dry Tortugas National Park will be a little quieter because the isolated islands are not quite as easy to get to, but the trip is totally worth the journey.

The Dry Tortugas are a cluster of islands located about 80 miles west of Key West, and they are only accessible by seaplane, the Yankee Freedom II or a personal boat. The isolated islands are home to excellent fishing, beautiful coral reefs that surround the island, a Civil War-era fort and a collection of beautiful birds. Park guests are able to camp on the island over night or visitors can just make their visit a day trip.

From South Florida, the drive to Key West is about four hours. Then guests can get to the islands by seaplane, which takes about 45 minutes, and by the Yankee Freedom II or boat, the trip takes about two and a half hours.

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Photo Copyright: Varina Patel

Make the Activities You Already Do, Good for the Environment, Too

By Harley R | Posted in Green, Local on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 at 2:31 PM
Aerial photo of the Florida Keys

If you drive a Jeep chances are you live for adventure and the outdoors. Here are some ways that you can transform the adventurous activities you already do into activities that also help our local environment.

Also, don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day this weekend. There’s tons of local events scheduled for Friday, April 22 (actual Earth Day) and during the weekend.

Fishing

Catch as many Lionfish as you possibly can. Lionfish are an invasive species that is damaging our local marine life and reefs. No marine life can eat the predatory fish and they breed rapidly. While spearfishing is the most common way to get Lionfish it is possible to catch them on a line. The best part is — Lionfish are actually really delicious to eat. Who knew?! Catch some Lionfish, you’ll love eating them and it will make everybody happy.

Kayaking

Trash that lands up in the water can often be found in the winding roots of the mangroves that surround South Florida and the Florida Keys. Next time you go kayaking or paddleboarding bring a trash bag and a stick or a net with you and spend a couple minutes picking out some of the trash in the mangroves. All it takes is a few minutes of time in a place that you were already going.

Diving or Snorkeling

Use a mooring buoy at dive sites because dropping an anchor on our fragile coral will damage them. And only use a sunscreen that is safe on the coral reefs. You can identify sunscreens that are safe for coral reefs by looking at the ingredients. Do not use a sunscreen that contains oxybenzone (Benzophenone-3, BP-3), butylparaben, Octinoxate (Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate), or 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC). These products are proven to cause coral bleaching, a problem which our local coral reefs are already suffering from. Also, water resistant sunscreens are more likely to stay on your skin in and out of the water.

Walking

Pick up trash that you see on land and in the water — it’s not hard. You don’t have to make huge lifestyle changes to help protect the environment. When you see trash within reach, just pick it up and throw it away. It doesn’t take any extra time to throw away trash that will eventually end up in the ocean. It’s easy and it will make a big difference.

 

 

 

Pay Attention! April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 2:30 PM

Distracted-Driving-Month-April-Hollywood-jeepIf you’ve been paying attention to the local highway electronic message boards on the big highways and interstates, you’ve seen that April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If you haven’t seen the signs — have you been distracted while driving?

While law enforcement agencies make a year-round effort to decrease the number of deaths and accidents that are a result of distracted drivers, Distracted Driving Month during April brings a heightened awareness to the subject. Throughout the month federal, state, and local law enforcement are focusing on raising awareness about the dangers of distracted driving to change behavior and save lives.

In 2015, there were more than 45,700 distracted driving crashes in Florida resulting in more than 39,000 injuries and more than 200 fatalities. Distracted driving crashes accounted for 12.2 percent of all crashes in Florida last year, of which, 7.4 percent were fatal crashes and 15.4 percent resulted in injuries.

In addition to the messages on highway electronic message boards, the state of Florida is running a month-long campaign on the radio and social media outlets that reminds and informs drivers and passengers about the risks of distracted driving.

“Operating a motor vehicle is a tremendous responsibility which requires a driver’s full attention,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “The department is reminding drivers of all ages to keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and your mind on driving.”

To participate in the conversation about distracted driving, use the hashtag, #FocusOnDrivingFL.

And please, always drive safely. It’s not only your own life at risk, we all share the road with thousands of people.

 

 

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Utah

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet on Thursday, April 14th, 2016 at 8:07 AM

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Utah has hundreds of trails on public land that are great for off-roading adventures. In fact, Utah is such an excellent place for off-roading that each March, Jeep hosts the Easter Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah, an event in which Jeep owners gather and make day-long trips through the various trails in the Moab area. In addition to Moab, there are several places in Utah where Jeep enthusiasts can go off the beaten path and test their 4×4 vehicle to its limits.

Here are four excellent trails that visitors and residents of Utah drive each year.

Chokecherry Point Trail

Located near the center of the state just outside of Boulder, is Chokecherry Point Trail, a very challenging off-road trail. The 9.3-mile trail is only recommended only for experienced off-roaders and winds through rocky sections and loose terrain in some areas. The trail begins as a fairly easy ride through the Stink Flats, Beef Meadows and Willow Draw, but eventually the flat land transforms into deep ruts and steep inclines. The trail gets progressively harder as it crosses large rocks and boulders. The trail offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the Caineville Mesas on clear days. The trail is open to from June 16 to October 31.

Corn Creek Road

Corn Creek road is an easy, scenic, off-roading trail that offers awesome views of the Table Cliffs. The road follows Corn Creek for about two miles before climbing into the Escalante Mountains where there are views over the Table Cliffs. The trail then descends into a forest of junipers, pines and sagebrush. The total distance of the trail is a little over 12 miles and will take about an hour and a half to complete. The trail can occasionally have some muddy spots after rainfall, but otherwise the drive is fairly simple. Corn Creek Road is usually open from May to November.

Tantalus Creek Road

Tantalus Creek Road is regarded as a trail and is recommended for drivers with a moderate skill level. While on the trail, visitors see the red rock desert and beautiful pine forests as they pass the Lower Bowens Reservoir and eventually enter into the Capitol Reef National Park. The trail is almost 18 miles and ends at Capitol Reef National Park’s information center. The section of the trail that crosses into the national park is subject to park fees and regulations and there are also several different campsites. The Tantalus Creek Road Trail is typically open from May to November.

Wolverine Loop

Wolverine Loop is an easy, 21-mile trail located in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Wolverine Loop runs past the Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Area, which is  petrified forest made up of the remaining logs from trees that lived over 200 million years ago. Located off the Wolverine Loop are the slot canyons, which offer beautiful scenery Visitors are warned not to enter the canyon if there is a chance of rain because the flash flooding is impossible to escape. The trail crosses many creeks, and is generally open year-round.

Want to read up on more locations and states where you can have a great off-road experience. Check out the other articles we have written for our monthly series! If you go off-roading, don’t forget to tell your #MyJeepStory with Jeep and with us!
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Arizona
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Costa Rica
Four 4WD Off-Road  Locations: Southern California
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 1
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 2 

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4 Surfing Essentials for Your Car

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Surfer Dusk

Surf conditions at local beaches here in South Florida are not nearly as consistent as the East Coast beaches located a few hours north of us. But thankfully, there are still many days throughout the year in which the waves reach heights big enough to surf.

Here are a couple car accessories that will make you be more prepared and help to make the most out of a day spent surfing at the beach. Hurricane season is just around the corner and you never know what this summer’s season will bring.

Key Vault for Your Trailer Hitch

Of all the items on this list, this one is by far the most useful and important. If you’ve been surfing for a while, you or someone you know has probably been a victim of car theft while surfing. Why? Because unless you have a keyless entry code, your keys are probably “hidden” on one of your tires or left out somewhere while you are in the water.

Thankfully, the key vault takes care of that problem and is great for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors. The key vault transforms the hitch on an SUV or truck into a little vault that can only be opened with a 4-dial combination. Inside the vault there is enough room for you to store your car keys and a credit card. With the key vault, there is no need to worry about your valuable items like your cell phone or your CAR!

Window Shades or Tinted Windows

There’s nothing like being exhausted and sunburned from a day of surfing and getting into a blazing hot car. Not only does your car feel like a sauna, but your board wax has been melting into your car’s interior all day — not super fun. While tinted windows are a great and very convenient way to keep your car from reaching high temperatures, foldable shades for your car’s windshield, are a cheap and easy way to keep your car cooler.

Yeti Cooler for the Car

Yeti’s are all-the-rage right now for a good reason — they are extremely effective. Yeti products are made out of extremely durable equipment and keep things cold, even if they are inside a hot car. Even better, their coolers don’t sweat, so the interior of your car won’t get soaking wet and start to mildew. Leaving a cooler inside your car is the perfect place for your sunscreen, drinks and your wax so it doesn’t melt in your car.

Yeti coolers cost a bit more than other coolers, but if you are a fisherman, camper or tailgater, it’ll totally be worth the investment. Check out our custom Guy Harvey Jeep Wrangler JK , it comes with a Yeti cooler in the trunk.

Portable Shower

The shower is a really useful accessory for those who go to a beach that doesn’t have a shower or who go surfing before work. One of the most popular showers is the RinseKit. RinseKit is a two gallon jug with a spray nozzle that can sit in the back of your car before you need to wash yourself or your wetsuit. Before leaving the house for the day, fill it up with water and it’ll be ready for you when you are done surfing.

Do you have any tips or know of any other car  accessories that would be perfect for a surfer? Let us know — we’re always on the hunt for tips and tricks to make our lives easier. In the meantime, check out our Jeep Wrangler inventory — they are the perfect SUV for every surfer.

Photo source and copyright: Shutterstock / Phase4Studios

SUV Comparison: Jeep Grand Cherokee + GMC Acadia

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet on Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at 8:09 AM
SUV comparison Jeep and GMC

In recent months, sales of light pickup trucks and SUVs have been steadily increasing. Lower gas prices and increased technology in fuel efficiency has helped Americans see these vehicles as smart purchases. Two SUVs that are currently available are the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo and the GMC Acadia SL. With slightly different configurations, each vehicle has characteristics that appeal to different buyers. Here are some of the specs that set the two vehicles apart.

Engine Specs

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo comes with an impressive engine configuration that comes standard with a 3.6-liter, 6-cylinder engine that can churn out up to 2936-horsepower. The engine is paired with a 8-speed automatic transmission and buyers have the option of front-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive capability. The Grand Cherokee Laredo is capable of towing up to 6,200 pounds.

The 2016 GMC Acadia SLE-1 is equipped with a 3.6-liter, V6 engine mated with a  6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-cylinder engine can produce as much as 281-horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Similar to the Grand Cherokee, buyers have the option of two different drivetrains, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Acadia has a maximum towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds, which is significantly less than that of the Grand Cherokee.

Fuel Economy

As far as fuel economy is concerned, the Grand Cherokee Laredo is slightly more fuel efficient than the GMC Acadia. The Grand Cherokee Laredo gets an average fuel economy of 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the  highway.The GMC Acadia receives about 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway.

Interior features

The new Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo has a lavish interior décor complete with modern technological elements, like a 5-inch touchscreen display that provides access to Uconnect.The SUV also has three auxiliary power outlets, a USB charging port, a 6-speaker sound system and variable intermittent windshield wipers.

Acadia by GMC comes with sliding second-row seats, GMC IntelliLink functionalities for smartphone integration, and touch-operated controls for safety and entertainment. There is a rearview backup camera and a 6-speaker sound system.

Price and Warranty

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is priced more affordably than the GMC Acadia SL. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo has a price of  $29,995 and the GMC Acadia starts at $30,975. Both vehicles have a 3-year or 36,000-mile limited basic warranties and 5-year or 60,000-mile limited powertrain warranties.

We Don’t Make Jeep, You Do. Share Your #myjeepstory

By Harley R | Posted in Jeep News on Thursday, April 7th, 2016 at 8:09 AM
Jeep social media campaign

Today (April 7) is the first day of Jeep’s new year-long social media campaign, #myjeepstory. Held in congruence with Jeep’s 75th anniversary, Jeep has created a special platform for their audience to share personal stories that embody the adventurous, authentic, free and passionate spirit of the brand which were enabled by Jeep vehicles.

Participants can share their stories by using the hashtag #myjeepstory via the social media channels, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The stories can be told with text, videos or pictures. In addition, fans can go to www.jeep.com/myjeepstory to post video of their own “My Jeep Story” directly onto the microsite.  

There will also be monthly “Story Sessions” that will have a focus and topic. As part of the Jeep brand’s shared history with partner USO, both marking 75 years in 2016, the brand is making a $1.4 million dollar donation to the organization. The year will culminate with a digital compilation of “75” stories that speak authentically to the spirit of the brand.

Go ahead! Share your story! Don’t forget to tag #myjeepstory

 

Jeep Had Record-Breaking Sales in March 2016

By Harley R | Posted in News on Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Jeep Business Sales Increase

A big “thanks” to the Jeep community here in South Florida and across the nation!

In March, Jeep saw a 15 percent increase in new vehicle sales, making March 2016 the best month for sales that Jeep has ever seen. This also made Jeep’s sales the largest sales gain of any Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US (FCA US) brand in March.

The Jeep Wrangler, Cherokee and Renegade had record-breaking March sales, and the sales of the Jeep Compass increased by 53 percent.

Why the Compass?

“As consumers continue to shift their buying preference toward utility vehicles and trucks, they are walking directly into the FCA wheelhouse,” Reid Bigland, FCA’s head of sales in North America, said in a statement.

Aside from the change in buying trends to SUVs and trucks, the Compass is an attractive purchase because it is fuel efficient and with a starting MSRP of $19,595, it is also affordable to purchase or lease. The Compass also comes standard with some great convenience features like flat fold seats for extra cargo space when needed, 1 year of free SiriusXM satellite radio service and a remote USB port.

From the excellent Jeep sales and the 11 percent sales increase from two other FCA US brands, Dodge and Ram, FCA US saw their total March sales increase by 8.1 percent.

With this month’s introduction of the the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan to dealerships, FCA US may continue to see a great increase in sales. The Pacifica has unparalleled levels of functionality, versatility, technology and bold styling and at an affordable price. The Pacifica Hybrid will also be on our lot this fall.

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Jeep’s New Models at the New York Auto Show

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016 at 10:14 AM

With the announcement and unveiling of several new cars, and multiple interactive displays and booths, FCA’s presence at the New York Auto Show is strong especially with the Jeep brand.

At the auto show’s press day on March 23, Jeep broke the news of its expansion to the Grand Cherokee trims with the new Trailhawk — which is considered the most capable factory-produced Grand Cherokee ever.

Inspired by the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk concept that was introduced at the 2012 Easter Jeep Safari in Utah, the new Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is equipped with many features for off-roading. Among some of the included features are Jeep’s Quadra-Drive II 4×4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) for all powertrains, a unique version of Grand Cherokee’s Quadra-Lift air suspension – developed for the Trailhawk. Trailhawk-specific anti-glare hood decal and skid plates are also standard.

Jeep also revealed the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit and all of the new luxury features that now come standard on the trim. The 2017 Grand Cherokee Summit boasts a new exterior look with an updated front fascia, grille and LED fog lamps, and new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. Additionally, the Summit will now have a full-wrap Laguna leather interior that will be available in four different color schemes.

Both of the new Grand Cherokee models are scheduled to arrive at Jeep dealerships across the nation in late summer.

Florida’s Top Events in April

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Friday, April 1st, 2016 at 8:42 AM

Bike Show Hua Hin Thailand

Time sure flies when you can be outside having fun year-round. It’s already April and all of the fun events planned for the month are already here!

South Florida

Longines Global Champions Tour

April 7-9 at Collins Park on Miami Beach
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Miami Beach is the first location of the 2016 Longines Global Champions To
ur, which stars some of the best equestrian riders and trained horses in the world. Two of the major events over the weekend are the  44th American Invitational and the $600,000 Grand Prix.

Rock the Ocean Tortuga Music Festival

April 15-17 at Fort Lauderdale Beach
tortugamusicfestival.com
Be sure to bring your bathing suit and sunscreen for this one! For the fourth year in a row, Fort Lauderdale Beach will be transformed into an oceanfront multi-stage festival for country music lovers. Though still a relatively new festival, Tortuga brings in big names in the country music scene and this year’s performers include Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Sam Hunt.

The Blue Wild

April 23-24 at the Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale
thebluewild.com
The two-day ocean adventure expo is organized to bring  “people in and on the water” together. Experts, business owners and attendees will all convene to learn and discuss any topic related to the water. There will be several booths related to saltwater and freshwater fishing, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, boating, SCUBA diving and underwater photography

SunFest

April 27-May 1 in downtown West Palm Beach
SunFest.com
This year’s SunFest lineup includes over 50 acts by some of this year’s top performers across a range of music genres. Big acts include the Alabama Shakes, Meghan Trainor, The Roots and Steve Aoki. The four-day event will also include an art show, multiple bars, fireworks and delicious food curated by the organizers of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival.

Central Florida

Night in the Islands

April 2 at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs
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Greek culture will come alive at this year’s first seasonal evening event of Night in the Islands. The monthly Saturday night event held in the summer and spring months features delicious Greek food served outside on the famed Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. There will be live music performed by outstanding Greek musicians and Greek dancing. Free dance lessons will be offered by Levendia Dancers. “Opa!”

Florida Film Festival

April 8-17 in Maitland and Winter Park
floridafilmfestival.com
The Florida Film Festival is an Oscar-qualifying festival that premiers some of the best current, independent and international films. Over ten days, movie-lovers, actors, and directors will travel to various venues in the Orlando-area to watch over 170 films.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

April 15-24 at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach

sugarsandfestival.com
The sandy shores of Clearwater Beach transform into a canvas for world-class sculptors to build intricate sculptures in the sand. Voted as the “2016 Best Beach in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor, Clearwater Beach is known and loved for its soft white sand. Novice builders and families can attend sculpting classes and enjoy live entertainment and fireworks.

Leesburg BikeFest

April 22-24 in Downtown Leesburg
leesburgbikefest.com
Over 250,000 people gather in the small city of Leesburg, Fla. to enjoy the perfect riding weather, talk motorcycles and listen to live music. Music acts will range from hair metal to radio rock, swamp music and blues. Other event activities include bikini contests, bike shows, poker runs and a tattoo expo.

North Florida

21st Annual Rhythm and Ribs Festival

April 1-3 at the Francis Field, St. Augustine
rhythmandribs.net
Fill your stomach up with award-winning BBQ from local and visiting vendors. Ribs won’t be the only thing served, food will include other classic barbecue favorites like pulled pork, grilled chicken and smoked meats. Aside from food, Marc Broussard and the Marshall Tucker Band will headline the event and there will be arts and crafts vendors, rides and kids’ activities.

Suwannee River Paddling Festival

April 1-3 in Suwannee River State Park, near Live Oak
Paddleflorida.org
Florida’s famed river, the Suwannee River, and its neighboring river, the Withlacoochee River will be flooded with people paddling up and down the rivers in canoes and kayaks. The festival also includes paddling demos, evening ghost tour and local experts speaking on preserving North Florida’s waterways. Paddling segments range from 12-20 miles.

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Manatee Appreciation Day

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 7:26 AM

West India Manatees Crystal River

As a dealer of Jeep vehicles, a brand that is a favorite among people who love to explore the outdoors, we wanted to take part in National Manatee Appreciation Day — and honor the beautiful, wild animal found in our own backyard. You can also join in on the conversation on social media by using the hashtag, #ManateeAppreciationDay.

The Florida manatee, also called a sea cow or the West Indian manatee, is a native species to Florida. Manatees typically grow to be between eight and 10 feet long and when fully grown, they weigh between 800 and 1,000 pounds.

They spend their days floating in the water looking for plants to eat. Manatees can be found in all types of waters like rivers, estuaries, the ocean and natural springs. Florida’s best-known location to see manatees is the Three Sisters Springs Wildlife Refuge, located in central Florida. Three Sisters Springs maintain a constant water temperature at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, which provides an essential warm water refuge for the manatees in the winter months.

Though Manatees are a very special animal to see in its natural habitat because of their gentle and sometimes curious nature, it’s also special to see them because they are an endangered species. Over the years, the manatee population has dwindled, but the manatee population has seemed to be making a comeback. Around 20% percent of manatee deaths are the result of human behaviors like hunting and our destruction to their environment.

Manatees are quite vulnerable to hunters as they are large, uber-slow moving creatures.  Hunters target manatees for their bones, oil and hides.  Though there are state and laws in place to protect manatees from human predators, the laws are difficult to enforce.

Aside from hunting, the decrease in the manatee population can also be attributed to accidental human activity. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission 25-30% of deaths to manatees is when they are hit by boats and the propellers of boats. A second source that harms or kills manatees is contamination of their water and food source by buildings and agriculture.

How to Help Manatees

If you ever see anyone poaching, hunting or taking manatees from their natural environment, tell the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission immediately. Second, always clean up after yourself. Never litter anywhere because trash will always find its way to the water. See trash in the water that you can reach? Throw it away. Third is boat awareness. For more FWC resources, see their website myfwc.com/research/manatee.

Boat Awareness

Abide by the posted speed zone signs while in areas known to be used by manatees or when observations indicate manatees might be present. Wear polarized sunglasses to reduce glare on the surface of the water, which will enable you to see manatees more easily.Try to stay in deep-water channels whenever possible and avoid boating over seagrass beds and shallow areas. Manatees are often found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, lagoons, and coastal areas. Remain at least 50 feet away from a manatee when operating a powerboat.

Photo source and copyright: Shutterstock / Greg Amptman

 

Gearhead: Piston Rings

By Harley R | Posted in Parts on Friday, March 25th, 2016 at 12:19 PM
Piston rings

Maybe you have, or maybe you haven’t heard of a piston ring. Heck, maybe you’ve never heard of a piston! Well, we’re going to give you some details about what a piston ring does to help make your engine run smoothly.

First, let’s talk about pistons. A piston is one of the moving parts within your car’s engine and there is one piston for each cylinder of your engine. The function of pistons is to create pressure in the engine, which turns into combustion and combustion is what creates the power of your engine. So, pistons play a very vital role in the power and performance of a car’s engine. Pistons are also subjected to extreme pressure and heat.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how some of the pertinent engine parts are associated to each other. The piston rings are on the pistons. The piston is located in the cylinder and multiple cylinders are usually arranged side by side in what is known as a bank. The bank is known as the engine block. 

Now, let’s get into the function of the piston rings and describe how these three rings protect your engine as well as help maintain the performance of your engine.

As the piston travels back and forth within the cylinder, oil is dispensed to lubricate the piston and the cylinder walls. Since the piston is moving at a high rate of speed, friction can create an immense amount of heat and without the oil to lubricate, the metal piston could fuse itself to the metal cylinder wall, stopping the engine — not good.

In the image below, you can see that we have labeled the three rings. The top ring is the Compression Ring. This ring helps keep the pressure within the combustion chamber without letting it “leak” down the sides of the piston. The second ring serves a dual purpose. It too helps keep the compression from sneaking by. Because the rings float within their space, the compressed air can slip by the top ring and sometimes the second ring. This is known as blow by. The second function of the second, or middle ring, is to wipe the cylinder walls and pull any oil back down into the engine, keeping it from traveling up into the Combustion Chamber. The last ring, or lowest ring is strictly there for the purpose of collecting oil from the cylinder walls and returning it to the engine.

As engines get older, piston rings can become worn and the chances of blow by get higher, just because the rings are not as tight as they once were. This can affect the performance of your engine. If a ring were to break, it could cause serious damage to the cylinder and cylinder walls. Unfortunately, inspecting rings is not something that is easy and quite frankly does not make sense. You would need to “tear down”, or take apart, your engine to see these rings and that can be very expensive. If you were to do this, you might as well replace the rings while you have everything exposed.

The most effective way of helping your engine and piston rings last a long time is follow the owner’s manual for regularly scheduled maintenance, including oil changes.

Parts of a piston

 

Jeeps on Display at the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet, Local on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 at 8:15 AM

We’re super excited to be at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show because we know the audience is going to love the special-edition and custom Jeeps that we have on display. While each of these vehicles have their unique style, one thing is consistent on all of them — Jeeps are for adventurers.

We hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, stay tuned we may be bringing these three Jeeps, along with the other cars on display, to another event somewhere near you soon.

Jeep Wrangler: Guy Harvey Custom JK

Fisherman, meet the Jeep Wrangler Guy Harvey Custom, the SUV built and designed for you.

The Jeep Wrangler Guy Harvey JK is a customized Jeep Wrangler designed by famed-artist, fisherman and marine life conservationist, Guy Harvey. The Jeep’s custom exterior is a canvas for Guy Harvey’s signature artistic-style of realistic portrayals of the wildlife found off the local shores of South Florida. The paint job is paired with blue accents found on the Jeep’s rims, fuel cap and in the car’s interior. The vehicle has leather bucket seats adorned with Guy Harvey’s signature.

For all of the fishermen’s needs, the vehicle’s trunk is outfitted with a Yeti cooler, Guy Harvey branded canvas gear bags for equipment storage and a convenient fold-able table attached to the back door.

Jeep Renegade: Dawn of Justice

Playing off the idea that even villains need cars, FCA partnered up with Warner Bros. Pictures to use Dodge and Jeep vechicles in the new Superhero movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. One of the products that came from the partnership is the special-edition Jeep trim that was specifically made for the movie, the Jeep Renegade: Dawn of Justice, which debuted in February.

Inspired by the dark undertones of the Superhero action flick, the Dawn of Justice trim has an all-black outer shell and a black interior accented with high-gloss black and metal diamond details. The special Renegade is equipped with four-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter Tigershark engine with MultiAir2 and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Also standard on the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice is the Popular Equipment Group, which includes remote start, power driver’s seat and dual-zone automatic temperature control.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 75th Anniversary Special-Edition

2016 marks the 75th year of the Jeep brand manufacturing some of the best SUVs in North America and to celebrate Jeep has rolled out a 75th Anniversary special-edition trim for each of the vehicle’s in its lineup.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee 75th Anniversary Edition features an all-new unique front fascia, grille and headlamps and exclusive 18- and 20-inch wheels. The special-edition Grand Cherokee is equipped with all of the off-roading essentials the  tow hooks, grille rings, fog lamp bezels, lower fascia applique, roof rail and badges, all in Low Gloss Bronze. Interior features include

seating that is with embossed 75th Anniversary logo and Tangerine accent stitching. Safety and entertainment features that comes standard on the trim are blind-spot Monitoring, power sunroof, and an 8.4-inch Uconnect NAV-ready radio.

We’re giving away free movie tickets and 5 $100 Visa gift cards at the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 8:49 AM
Batman v Superman

Inspired by the recent special relationship between FCA US and Jeep and Dodge for the new movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and University Dodge will be offering auto show attendees chances to win free movie tickets or $100 gift cards for social media engagement during the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show from March 24-27.

20 people who “like” the Facebook pages of Hollywood Chrysler Jeep or University Dodge Ram, will be selected at random to win a free movie ticket to see the movie. An additional five people that post a picture of their favorite superhero to either dealerships’ Facebook page will be randomly selected to win a $100 Visa gift card.

In conjunction with the social media promotion, the Jeep Renegade: Dawn of Justice Special Edition, which was specially created and used in the new Batman and Superman film, will be present for attendees to get a first look.

The full press release including information about Hollywood Chrysler Jeep and the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show is below.

Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice

TWO SOUTH FLORIDA DEALERSHIPS TO REPRESENT FCA AT THE FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – To assist Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) at the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show, two local dealerships, Rob Lambdin’s University Dodge and Hollywood Chrysler Jeep, have partnered up to display the FCA brands, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram.

Held at the Broward County Convention Center from March 24-27, the Chrysler, Ram, Dodge and Jeep exhibit will include a diverse collection of the unique and award-winning models that have helped FCA to 71 consecutive months of year over year sales increases.

In addition to the exhibit, both dealerships are offering auto show attendees a chance to win prizes. Inspired by the recent special relationship between FCA US and Jeep and Dodge for the new movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both dealerships will be offering auto show attendees chances to win a free movie ticket or $100 gift cards for social media engagement during the show. 20 people who “like” the Facebook pages of Hollywood Chrysler Jeep or University Dodge Ram, will be selected to win a free movie ticket to see the movie. An additional five people that upload a picture of their favorite superhero and tag either of the dealerships will be selected to win a $100 Visa gift card.

The exhibit will include some of the best selling and top performing vehicles from both dealerships. As a brand that is known for horsepower and speed, University Dodge will have a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Edition and a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a vehicle that produces a jaw dropping 707 horsepower.

In addition to displaying several Jeep and Chrysler models, Hollywood Chrysler Jeep will be presenting two very exclusive Jeep models. In conjunction with the social media promotion, the Jeep Renegade Dawn of Justice Special Edition, which was specially created and used in the new Batman and Superman film, will be present for attendees to get a first look. The exhibit will also include the Jeep Wrangler Guy Harvey Edition, a special trim that combines the natural lifestyle of Jeep owners with the marine aesthetic of famed marine artist, Guy Harvey.

The Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show is produced by the South Florida Automobile Dealers Association and benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. Over the past 40 years, the association has donated more than $7 million to numerous charities including Habitat for Humanity, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine, Sheridan House and several others.

About Hollywood Chrysler Jeep: Located in Hollywood, Fla., Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is a full service car dealership selling new Jeeps and Chryslers, as well as used and certified pre-owned vehicles. Serving the South Florida region, the auto shop services all makes and models for repair, maintenance, and oil changes and carries OEM and MOPAR parts.

Hollywood Chrysler Jeep is located at 2100 North State Rd. 7 in Hollywood, Fla. and can be reached at 954-342-5070, www.hollywoodchryslerjeep.com or on Facebook.

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Jeep’s Concept Cars at Easter Jeep Safari

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet on Friday, March 18th, 2016 at 3:20 PM

In addition to celebrating Jeep’s 75th Anniversary as a brand, 2016 also marks the 50th anniversary for the annual Easter Jeep Safari. To celebrate both events, Jeep is going to display some wild concept cars, like a Jeep Hellcat, at Easter Jeep Safari held from March 19-27 in Moab, Utah. Here are three of the special concepts that will be present. 

Jeep Wrangler Trailcat

Following up on Jeep’s January announcement at the North American International Auto Show of a Jeep equipped with a Hellcat engine, Jeep will have a Jeep Wrangler Trailcat on display. Using the 707-horsepower V8 Hellcat engine, the special Wrangler will sit on 17-inch wheels wrapped in 39.5-inch BF Goodrich Krawler tires. The SUV will also be equipped with Dodge Viper bucket seats to help keep passengers in their seats while off-roading in the red deserts of Utah.

Jeep Comanche

This concept car is the combination of a Jeep Renegade and a Jeep Comanche into a mini-pickup truck. Equipped with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, the miniature truck will be small enough to maneuver tight roads and turns and durable enough for steep and rocky terrain. Painted in “Beige Against the Machine,” the Jeep will feature a soft-top roof, winch package and 32-inch tires.

Jeep Crew Chief 715

Inspired by the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep’s military roots, the Jeep Crew Chief 715 sports a front grille unlike any of the other Jeep models and is equipped with parts that make it great for off-roading. Combining the practicality of seating five passengers in the car’s exterior and a truck bed, the Crew Chief 715 would be an eye catcher on the roads if Jeep started mass producing the concept. The vehicle will have a 4-inch lift, 20-inch black rims and 40-inch NDT military tires.

South Florida’s St. Patrick’s Day Parties and Events

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 at 8:06 AM
South Florida St. Patrick's Day events

While many of the St. Patrick’s Day Festivals were held on the weekend before the holiday, there are still several St. Paddy’s Day parties and bar crawls that will be held in South Florida on the actual holiday. Here are four of the biggest local St. Paddy’s Day parties taking place on March 17. If you are a serious St. Patrick’s Day celebrator, skip the party and come buy a green Jeep!  

St. Patty’s Day Wynwood

Mana Wynwood, 2250 N.W. 5th Ave., Miami
Begins at 2:00 p.m.
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One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in South Florida, St. Patty’s Day Wynwood is always a fun day of celebration. Best of all this is a free event and open to the public. The event includes a DJ and music and everyone is able to bring their own green beer or other festive drinks.

Gulfstream Park St. Paddy’s Bar Crawl

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gulfstream Park, 901 S Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach
GulfstreamPark.com
After picking up a beverage passport in Champions Plaza, guests can enjoy $2 beers at locations such as Cantina Laredo, Martini Bar, Frankey’s Sports Bar and more. Frankey’s Sports Bar will also offer traditional Irish food as well as drinks at half price.

Paint the Promenade Green for Three Days at the World of Beer

World of Beer at 4437 Lyons Rd, Ste. E-101 in Coconut Creek
Begins at 3 p.m.
worldofbeer.com
Beginning the three-day event on Thursday will be a St. Patrick’s Day Party that will include specials on traditional Irish drafts and Friday’s specials will feature local Irish-style beers. Saturday’s finale event will be an all-day and night block party.

Maguires Hill 16

Maguires Hill 16, 535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Begins at 8 a.m.
maguireshill16.com
Beginning with a traditional Irish breakfast, partygoers at Maguires Hill can get an early start to festivities on St. Patrick’s Day. All the fun will be held in the large outside tent and will include Irish dancers, bagpipes and cloggers. Traditional Irish food will be served throughout the day and night.

We hope you have a great St. Patrick’s Day! Drive safe, South Florida!

 

Fuel Economy of the New 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

By Harley R | Posted in Fleet, Green on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 at 8:13 AM
2017 Chrysler Pacifica

The minivan has long been a go-to vehicle for drivers who wish to haul large groups of passengers or extensive cargo, yet it has never been a very fuel efficient vehicle. However, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica aims to change this negative perception.

Since Chrysler’s January announcement of the redesign of their current minivan, the Town & Country, into a more fuel-efficient minivan Pacifica, we’ve been waiting to hear specifics. From FCA’s release last week, we can now share the information with our readers!

When equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and nine-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica achieves an EPA-rated highway fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon, which is unsurpassed by any other minivan on the market. Other available minivans, like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna, only get 25 MPG when driving on the highway. Additionally, the Pacifica’s city fuel economy is 22 MPG, beating out the Nissan Quest, Dodge Grand Caravan and Toyota Sienna.

Despite being more fuel efficient, the Pacifica will still be powerful.The minivan hags 287-horsepower, which is more power than the Dodge Grand Caravan, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna.

The Pacifica’s improved fuel economy can be attributed not only to its excellent transmission and upgraded V6 engine, but also to its use of lighter and more durable materials and more aerodynamic design. The 2017 Pacifica is 250 pounds lighter than the previous version and is leading its class in drag — which significantly impacts a vehicle’s fuel economy.

It doesn’t stop there!

In the second half of this year, the Pacifica Hybrid will also be available at dealerships. The Pacifica Hybrid will be the auto industry’s first electrified minivan. While we are still waiting for exact numbers on the new vehicle’s fuel efficiency, the van is estimated to have a range of 30 miles on only electric power a combined fuel-electric economy of 80 MPGe.

Stay tuned for more details — we’ll be one of the first to know!

Daylight Saving Time and It’s Effects on Driving

By Harley R | Posted in People on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 10:45 AM
Daylight Savings Time South Florida

Holidays are known as a popular time for an increase in traffic accidents due to drinking and driving and increased traveling. Lesser known is the increase of accidents after the spring time change on Daylight Saving

Time, which will occur early Sunday morning on March 13.

According to a study conducted by a student of the University of Colorado at Boulder, “there is a 17% increase in traffic fatalities on the Monday after the clocks spring forward.” In large part, the increase in accidents and fatalities are the result of people driving when tired or fatigued.

While the data on increased fatalities after the spring time change is fairly new, the dangerous effect of fatigue on drivers is not new information — but the problem continues to occur throughout the year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that each year there are an estimated 1000,000 car accidents and 1,500 deaths that are a direct result of driver fatigue.

While part of the reason for people driving when tired is the feeling that they “have” to keep driving for various reasons, many people aren’t aware that their sleep habits affect them behind the wheel.

In an effort to inform Americans about the importance of sleep, the National Sleep Foundation has organized a social media campaign #7Days4BetterSleep for Sleep Awareness Week 2016 held from March 6-13. The week-long campaign is held on the week before Daylight Saving Time, to remind the public to prepare and adjust their sleep routines before they lose an hour of sleep.

Drive safe, South Florida!

 

Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Arizona

By Harley R | Posted in People on Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 8:28 AM

Sandstone Cliffs Sedona-Arizona

Arizona is ripe with breathtaking landscape and exhilarating off-roading trails leading to some of Arizona’s harder to get to spots. The best trails have benefitted from the conservationist minded community and are kept in great condition, although the popularity has increased traffic. Below are four rides that stand out for the natural beauty of their environment, stunning landscapes that are well worth having to brave the crowds on occasion.

Backway to Crown King

Located north of Phoenix, Backway to Crown King is a trail of about 34 miles of moderate to difficult routes. Some of the trails (particularly the last four miles) have suffered from heavy erosion over the years and have become difficult for stock four-wheel-drive vehicles, but there are a number of bypasses, so it is prudent to study a map beforehand. Beefed-up vehicles with good articulation will have the most fun, but watch out for ATVs and dirt bikes during the weekend. Spectacular views, ghost towns and historic sites make this ride enjoyable on multiple levels. Opt for the dry seasons of fall, winter and spring for this trip as rainy days will further expose the terrain and create deep ruts.

Broken Arrow

Popular for its stunning red rock scenery and moderate to difficult trails, at a length of about 3.4 miles, Broken Arrow is the definition of “short but sweet.” The trail is located in central Arizona within the Coconino National Park, and the trail has several points of interest including Devil’s Dining Room and Submarine Rock,  as well as The Steps.  Skid plates are recommended as scraped bottoms are common for beginners, but the trail is well marked, features intermittent pull-outs and is easy to follow. There is a “go-no-go” section at the very beginning of the trail which determines which vehicles will be able to complete the trail. As one of Arizona’s “favorite trails”, heavy traffic is common for Broken Arrow, which typically places the completion time at about 2 hours for the entire ride.

Four Peaks Mine

These 28 miles of beginner level off-roading in the Tonoto National Forest makes for a visually rewarding mountain ride. Plenty of hiking trails combine with a lot of ATV and dirt bike traffic that can make it a crowded ride during peak season in the spring. This ride is regarded as easy to moderate in difficulty, but high ground clearance is recommended as the trail can be rutted in several areas. Many trails of varying difficulty make this an off-road paradise, but the most fun parts require four-wheel-drive.

Box Canyon

Northeast of Florence lies Box Canyon, a steep-walled and adventurous canyon ride that is commonly regarded as being easy, but still offers some challenging moments throughout its almost 16 mile drive. Elevated ground clearance is advised for this 2 to 3 hour trail. Fall, winter and spring are the preferred months for riding through Box Canyon and flash floods are common when it rains. Impressive scenery is the big draw for this ride, but for drivers that want to increase the difficulty level do the ride up-hill.

Want to read up on more locations and states where you can have a great off-road experience. Check out the other articles we have written for our monthly series! If you go off-roading, don’t forget to tell your #MyJeepStory with Jeep and with us!
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Utah
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Costa Rica
Four 4WD Off-Road  Locations: Southern California
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 1
Four 4WD Off-Road Locations: Colorado, Part 2 

Photo source and copyright: Shutterstock / EdgeOfReason

No Matter your Barbie’s Persona, a Wrangler is the perfect car

By Harley R | Posted in News on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 8:14 AM

Barbie has not always been on the favorable side of the discussion over the years. However, we can say, without a doubt, that Barbie has always been a passionate Jeep owner and we think that’s pretty cool.

Why a Jeep? Because regardless of the type of persona Barbie’s owner has given her, a Jeep is a great vehicle for any type of adventure Barbie might get into. And, quite frankly, everyone looks good with a Jeep!

Malibu Beach Barbie? A Jeep Wrangler is also a top car choice amongst surfers. Not only is there plenty of space for surfboards but when the weather is really nice, they can cruise to the beach with the top down.

Professional Barbie? Jeep Wranglers are excellent cars for everyday living. Not only do they have plenty of space for friends and family, but there’s also a lot of room for taking the pets to the vet or picking up the groceries.

Is your Barbie more of the Park Ranger or outdoors explorer type? Jeep Wranglers can handle rocky and pathless routes. She’ll love being able to go off-roading in the designated park areas.

How about a snowboarder or skier? Snowbunnies with Wranglers don’t need to worry about steep elevations or snow from stopping their next trip to the slopes. The Wrangler has great traction control and 4WD. Since Barbie’s Jeep it’s equipped with a winch, she’ll also be able to tow her friends out of the snow in case they get stuck.

What about a Military Barbie? Well, Jeeps were used as military vehicles in the past, so yep, a Jeep would be a great vehicle on any military base.

Shopaholic Barbie?  Barbie can take the top off that soft-top Wrangler after a long day of shopping and cram tons of shopping bags in the back seat.

Happy Birthday Barbie! You don’t look a day older than the first day we met you. (Maybe it’s the Jeep that keeps you young!)

Four Women Changing the Auto Industry

By Harley R | Posted in People on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Danika Patrick Indy Race Car Driver

In honor of  Women’s History Month, we took some time to reflect on four women who are currently changing the auto industry.

Danica Patrick

While Danica Patrick is not the first or only professional woman race car driver, Patrick is largely credited with popularizing and opening up the traditionally male dominated sport of auto racing to women. In 2013, Patrick was the first woman to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole and she did so with the fastest qualifying time since 1990. Patrick has earned several titles in both the IndyCar and NASCAR circuits and she holds many records as a competitor and as woman. Without a doubt, Danica Patrick has made a life-long contribution to the sport of auto racing and to the auto industry.

Michelle Christensen

With a background in art and with a passion for cars, Michelle Christensen is the first woman lead designer for a supercar. Hired by Acura to complete their NSX concept vehicle, Christensen and her team combined raw power with innovative aerodynamic styling to turn the NSX into a supercar reality. The NSX will be a hybrid equipped with all-wheel-drive and a twin-turbocharged, mid-mounted V-6 engine sits behind the two-seat cockpit. 

Jean Jennings

As an award-winning auto journalist of many years, Jean Jennings swung the doors of the auto industry wide open for women. Throughout her long career, Jennings has driven and written about all types of cars alongside the male-dominated field of the auto industry and auto-related media. She has earned many awards and held top positions in some of the auto industry’s biggest magazines and publications. While Jenning’s focus was not purely on women, her columns and stories were known to better inform and engage women on car mechanics and the car buying process and her unique voice was known to make women them feel less alienated when talking cars.

Mary Barra

Having joined the ranks of General Motors at the age of eighteen, Mary Barra has risen through the ranks and is now the first woman CEO of General Motors Company, one of the largest global car manufacturers. Most importantly, Barra is known as one of the main characters that helped General Motors make a successful come back from the 2008 Great Recession.  In 2014, Barra was included on Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” With a fresh perspective and passion, Barra’s expected to help GM soar to heights in engineering, marketing and sustainability. 

Photo source and copyright: Shutterstock / TechWizard

Badge of Honor is Jeep’s Newest App

By Harley R | Posted in People on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 10:59 AM

When it comes to customer pride, loyalty and enthusiasm, Jeep owners stand out from the crowd. In recognition of this loyalty, Jeep created the Badge of Honor program to give back to the community and its off-road aficionados. To enhance the program and make its features easier to use on-the-go, Jeep has introduced the Badge of Honor smartphone app.

The Badge of Honor mobile app, available for both Android and IOS, connects Jeep owners and trailblazers in ways never before possible. At its heart, the app is designed to provide off-road enthusiasts with a way to showcase their trail experience and earn points and badges based on the routes they’ve conquered. The app provides detailed maps and information about dozens of trails across the U.S. Currently, there are 44 documented trails on the app, with a difficulty rating from 1 (beginner) to 10 (expert). Additional trails are planned for the future.

Drivers start the app at the beginning of the trail and track their progress along the way. As they travel the route, they’ll get access to detailed trail information and photos from other users.

When the drive is complete, users earn points based on the trail length and difficulty, and the results are posted to the Badge of Honor website for others to view. Drivers can add additional trail comments, upload photos and interact with other offroaders. As points accumulate, users are awarded honor badges to showcase their accomplishments. These are in the form of virtual badges on the website as well as stickers to display on vehicles. Users begin as a “Newbie” and with enough logged trails can achieve the rank of “Trail Expert.”

The app also includes important offroad driving information and pointers. These range from basic off-road driving lessons to more specific information about how to deal with the most challenging situations encountered on the trail. Especially handy is the pre-ride checklist. This allows drivers to ensure they have the kit they need for the trip as well as ensuring all safety precautions are followed for a safe ride.

The Badge of Honor program and app is available for anyone to use. However, only Jeep owners who register their vehicles using the Jeep’s VIN and provide a mailing address are eligible to receive the vehicle badge stickers for completing trails. Visit the Badge of Honor website to register, download the app and get started earning points.

March is Prime Time for Festivals and Fairs in Florida

By Harley R | Posted in Local on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 at 8:43 AM

Outdoor Music Festival Crowd

March is one of the best months in Florida. Usually temperatures are hovering around a beautiful 70-85 degrees, the sun is out and everyone is filled with the energy of spring. From this list of events, it seems like everyone will be getting outside to celebrate.

 

 

NORTH FLORIDA

Florida International Dog Surfing Competition
March 25-27 in Amelia Island
fidsc.com
Three days of dogs surfing on the beautiful shores of Amelia Island. Not much more explanation needed.

All about the dogs?
Head south and check out Woofstock in the Florida Keys held from March 18-19.

20th Annual Suwanee Springfest
March 17-20, Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park, Live Oak
suwanneespringfest.com
Folk lovers will come from across the Southeast to enjoy North Florida’s beautiful temperate weather and the Suwanee springtime music festival. For four days, the Suwanee Music Park will feature performances by significant folk singers like Grammy winner John Prine, Brandi Carlile and the Americana band, Railroad Earth. There will be over 40 acts and attendees looking for a truly all-around music experience will be able to camp on the park’s beautiful grounds.

CENTRAL FLORIDA

Florida Strawberry Festival
March 3-13 at 303 N. Lemon St., in Plant City
flstrawberryfestival.com
In tribute to one of Florida’s most popular crops, the Florida Strawberry Festival dedicates 10 days to strawberries. Whether blended in a milkshake, served up as a topping for shortcake or funnel cake, or just served as is, strawberries will be hard to resist. Aside from strawberries, the festival will feature carnival rides, pig racing, and tons of contests and exhibits.  

 

Gasparilla Music Festival
March 12-13 in Downtown Tampa
gasparillamusic.com
A relatively new festival to Tampa, this year’s 3rd Annual Gasparilla Music Festival will feature Erykah Badu, Lucero, Stephen Marley and Talib Kweli. Set in downtown Tampa, the festival’s line up includes over 30 performances on Saturday and 22 performances on Sunday.

 

National Cuban Sandwich Festival
March 20-22 in Ybor City, Tampa
thecubansandwichfestival.com
Restaurants and chefs from Tampa and Miami will compete for the title of “best Cuban sandwich.” For three days, festival-goers and taste-testers will swarm the historic streets of Ybor City to get a sampling of what chefs are bringing to the table as the best sandwich.

 

SOUTH FLORIDA

South Florida Music Madness: Okeechobee Music Festival, Ultra, Jazz in the Gardens
Throughout March
okeechobeefest.com; jazzinthegardens.com; and ultramusicfestival.com
South Florida will host three major music festivals during March. This is the first year of the Okeechobee Music Festival and the festival is supposed to be big! The festival has a lineup of performers across many musical genres like rap, rock, EDM, folk, and Indie, so a large crowd is expected to attend. Unlike Okeechobee’s appeal to all type of music aficionados, Jazz in the Gardens will feature jazz, R&B, Neo-Soul performers, and Ultra’s performances are dedicated to EDM.

Miami Open
March 21- April 3 at Crandon Park Tennis Center in Miami
miamiopen.com
Competition will be fierce as tennis pros and legends like Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic compete for the top title at the Miami Open. Huge crowds come out to watch some of the world’s best tennis athletes while basking in the warm Florida sun.

 

Broward County Waterway Cleanup
March 5 in various locations in Broward County
Tourists and residents will gather at more than 30 coastal locations in Broward County to do some much needed “trash talking” and cleaning in the local waters. After helping clean up the ocean, there will be a Trash Bash for volunteers to enjoy food, drinks, win raffle prizes and live music.

 

 

Calle Ocho
March 13 on Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami
carnavalmiami.com
Calle Ocho, one of Miami’s internationally known streets, will be flooded with festival goers during the 39th Calle Ocho Festival. Serving as the grand finale to Carnaval Miami, Calle Ocho will include street performers, activities for kids, vendors, exhibits and lots of people getting outside to celebrate in Miaim’s Little Havana.

 

Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo
March 10-13 at the Arcadia Rodeo Arena, Arcadia
arcadiarodeo.com
This event features amateur and professional riders competing in a variety of Western rodeo events. The 88th annual event will include events like barrel racing, bull ri