History of the Dodge Durango

Next year marks the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of the Dodge Durango. The model first made its debut in the 1998 lineup as a competitor to the popular Toyota 4Runner and Ford Explorer. In honor of the anniversary and to celebrate the upcoming 2017 model, we thought we’d go over the history of the Dodge Durango.

The Durango was originally created to mirror the Dodge Dakota truck, having a similar front body style but with a covered back, making it a mid-sized SUV. The second generation debuted in 2003 at the North American International Auto Show and was considerably larger, therefore classifying it as a full-sized SUV.

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Since its introduction in 1998 the Durango has been a popular staple in the Dodge lineup.

The third generation of the Dodge Durango received a noticeable facelift and plenty of remarkable features, both inside and out. It was originally thought that the Durango would no longer exist after the 2009 (second generation) model, but Dodge unveiled teasers online that proved otherwise.

With outstanding features on the 2017 Dodge Durango, such as personalized memory seating, an available dual-screen Blu-ray entertainment system, and a customizable digital cluster display, it’s no wonder that this vehicle has been able to last this long in the automotive world.

We’re excited to see what’s to come for the Dodge Durango in the years ahead! Visit us today at Corwin Dodge Ram to test drive the all-new 2017 Dodge Durango.

Diesel vs. Gas: What’s Best for Trucks?

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Every truck owner has to make the decision of whether they prefer diesel or gas.

Power. Durability. Grit. These are common words that are associated with trucks, and that’s for good reason. Trucks are used every day for some of the toughest jobs in the world. In order to keep these beasts running smoothly, some drivers have concerns about which type of fuel to use on a daily basis. The common concern is the battle of diesel vs. gas as the best option.

Fuel Efficiency

Right off the bat, diesel wins in the category of fuel efficiency, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Diesel engines outperform gasoline engines in fuel economy by over thirty percent because diesel engines burn less fuel while operating. Additionally, diesel fuel has a high energy density and therefore less fuel is needed overall to create the same amount of power as gas.


Next, we get to cost. Unfortunately, everything isn’t perfect for diesel engines. The cost of diesel is usually higher than that of its gasoline counterpart. Although overall gas prices have gone down in recent years, diesel still remains about ten to fifteen cents higher than regular gas.


Initially, you may think diesel is less environmentally friendly. Historically, this has been true, but thanks to EPA diesel emissions requirements that went into effect in 2010, the emissions of both regular gasoline and diesel have been almost the same since then. This section ends in a tie between the two.

Making the decision between diesel and gas may be something to seriously consider based on what you’ll be doing with your truck, so be sure to keep all factors in mind when choosing. If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit us here at Corwin Dodge Ram.

Dodge Special Editions for Charger and Challenger Revealed

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Dodge has some big plans in store for two of its signature vehicles.

In mid-August, ahead of the legendary Woodward Dream Cruise, Dodge paid homage to the vintage muscle cars of past decades by unveiling two new Dodge special editions for the Charger and Challenger. Referred to as the 2017 Charger Daytona and the 2017 Challenger T/A, the two new cars are inspired by the race cars of the 1970s and designed to overlook modern amenities in favor of focusing on one important detail: delivering unparalleled performance.

FCA’s American head of passenger cars, Tim Kuniskis, weighed in on the concept behind these new Dodge special editions at their debut, “What these cars are not: They are not autonomous. They are not hybrids. They do not get 50 miles per gallon. And you cannot summon them with your smart phone. But what they can do is maybe remind you of why you fell in love with driving in the first place.”

You will be able to place orders for the Dodge special editions of the Charger and Challenger sometime this month for just under $40,000. Both of them offer customers the choice between a 485-horsepower Hemi V8 or a 375-hp Hemi V8 with an electronic performance exhaust system.

The Woodward Dream Cruise has been an important annual event for Dodge for several years now, and this year they did not disappoint.

Local Fall Festivals in Springfield, Missouri

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Springfield is the place to be every fall!

There’s a lot to do in downtown Springfield. Even as the weather cools off, there are plenty of local fall festivals where you can socialize, play games, and have fun. Check out any of the festivals below, or check town event calendars for more that you may have missed!

Harvest Fest

Held at the Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park from September 30th until October 30th, this festival invites attendees to spend weekends at the farm. Loaded with hayrides, a pumpkin patch, carnival games, a corn maze, and even Halloween activities, it’s fun for the whole family.

Cider Days

On September 17th and 18th, Cider Days comes to Historic Walnut Street to provide visitors with over 100 local artists, as well as several other activities such as live performances, food vendors, and a scarecrow village.

Hotel of Terror

Hailed as one of the oldest haunted houses in Springfield, the Hotel of Terror opens for the fall 2016 season on September 9th and continues until October. Don’t forget to check out the Dungeon of Doom, too!

Fall is a time for harvesting ripe crops, warm apple cider, and scary Halloween-themed attractions. Jump right into the action with these local fall festivals in Springfield, Missouri.

Check Out Ram’s New Power Wagon for 2017

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Ram is taking the 2016 Power Wagon to the next level for this upcoming model year.

Are you drawn to the rugged power and capability associated with the Ram name, but want something with top-of-the-line off-roading prowess? The new Power Wagon for 2017 sits on the same platform as the three-quarter-ton Ram 2500 crew cab, but adds on improvements to the powertrain and underpinnings that make it one of the most powerful off-roading trucks available on the market. If you don’t want to sacrifice capability or maneuverability, the 2017 Ram Power Wagon is your guy.

Wherever you look on the new Power Wagon, you’ll be sure to find something that catches your attention in a good way. From the 33-inch off-roading tires from Good Year, to the Bilstein shocks, to the 12,000-lb capacity Warn winch, the Power Wagon is fitted with all the best equipment to help it conquer every obstacle on and off the road. Aggressive styling and a best-in-class 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engine tops of the Power Wagon’s unstoppable, bold strength.

With plenty of standard features and electronic systems like Hill Descent Control, the new Power Wagon from Ram for the 2017 model year is designed and built to handle everything you can throw in its path. Coming this fall, this is a pickup truck you won’t want to miss out on thanks to its seamless combination of brute force and smooth driving experience.

2017 Dodge Viper Special Editions Celebrate End of Production

2017 marks the end of an era. As the Dodge Viper comes up on its 25th anniversary, Fiat Chrysler has also announced the nameplate’s end of production; after 2017, the legendary Viper will be no more. The final generation of the Viper, introduced in 2013, will be getting one last upgrade as well as six Viper special editions, in order to commemorate the Dodge Viper’s final year on the market. Get ‘em while you can!

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We’re going to miss the Dodge Viper, but these special editions are a great farewell present!

FCA didn’t cite a reason for ending production of the model, but doing a little research points towards slowing sales numbers and tighter emissions regulations as the underlying cause. When the announcement was made that the Viper would be going into retirement earlier this June, the brand rolled out five special edition models, but enthusiasm for the Viper was so high that Dodge saw fit to add a sixth to the lineup.

For the 2017 model year, Viper special editions include the Viper 1:28 Edition ACR, GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR, two Snakeskin Editions (GTC and ACR), VoooDoo II Edition ACR, and Dodge Dealer Edition ACR. These special editions will be sold alongside the standard models, and all will be powered by the same 645-HP V10. Prices have not yet been revealed, but industry insiders speculate the base model will start around $85k.

Ram 1500 Minotaur Could Take On Ford Raptor

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Can the Minotaur take down the Raptor?

The 2017 Ford Raptor may look tough, but the Ram 1500 Minotaur is one monstrous truck that can eat it alive. Prefix Performance is offering the Minotaur aftermarket package to owners of a 2013 Ram 1500 and newer models. The package, available from participating dealerships, offers a whole new off-roading experience.

With the base package running in at just under $22,000, the Ram 1500 has never looked more powerful. The package is available on Ram 1500 models 2013 and newer, or drivers can buy the Ram 1500 Minotaur brand new.

Riding on 35-inch all-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch aluminum wheels, the Ram 1500 Minotaur is intimidating to say the least. Throw in red painted tow hooks, an aluminum front skid plate, LED fog lamps, and Minotaur badging and it only gets fiercer.

While the package doesn’t include any engine or exhaust changes, performance enthusiasts rejoice! Prefix Performance also offers the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine for $12,995 as well as a Dodge Viper-inspired performance side exhaust system for $2,595.

While the Ram 1500 Minotaur isn’t the cheapest truck on the road, it offers off-road performance few competitors can match.

Corwin Dodge Ram can’t wait to see what happens when the Raptor and Minotaur go head-to-head off-road!

2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Performance

The 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat blew everyone away with over 700 horsepower while running in at less than $70,000. Few muscle cars can compete with that kind of power so it comes as no surprise to learn that Dodge will one-up themselves with the 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Actually, that might be a little surprising to those who aren’t too familiar with Dodge.

Considering the 2016 Dodge Challenger boasted a whopping 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, it’d be understandable is the Hellcat’s performance went unchanged for the 2017 model year.

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Like the 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat? Then you’ll be in for a treat with the 2017 version.

Proving that every car has room for improvement, the 2017 Dodge Challenger Hellcat will boast a firestorm of 900 horsepower. The increased power comes as result of Hennessey Performance and Dodge working side-by-side on the monstrous muscle car.

Combined with Hennessey’s custom HPE1000 package, the Hellcat’s performance jumps to 1032 horsepower. That package adds twin turbocharged that work alongside the Hellcat’s supercharger and includes steel turbocharged headers and high flow fuel injection.

That package also throws in custom badges, floor mats, a one-year/12,000-mile warranty and a whopping 987 lb-ft of torque. Performance enthusiasts, be warned. This isn’t a muscle car for those that just want a touch of power in their ride.

We’re happy to see the Dodge Challenger Hellcat get even more power!

Ram Sweeps the Automotive Excellence Awards

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For many reasons, Ram is the king of trucks.

We love our Ram trucks. If you have not driven a Ram truck, you are missing out!

Popular Mechanics has recently included the 2016 Ram lineup in their annual Automotive Excellence Awards. The Ram lineup offers the best combination of performance, technology, and value when compared to other full-size pickups.

The article from Popular Mechanics named Ram the “Best Truck” winner and stated that from “top to bottom, this is the model to beat.” The editors of the magazine visited factories, interviewed engineers, and drove each vehicle before reaching their decision.

The fact that the Ram is the only pickup with a ZF-designed eight-speed automatic transmission helps to set the vehicle apart from the competition. Ram is committed to innovation, efficiency, and durability. The truck boasts of great looks, refined interiors, and durable engines.

The 2016 Ram beat the competition in many of the sought-after titles including the following:

  • Best-in-class torque – 900 lb.-ft. with Ram 3500 Cummins Turbo Diesel
  • Best-in-class payload – 7,390 pounds with Ram 3500
  • Best-in-class fuel economy with exclusive EcoDiesel – 29 mpg with Ram 1500
  • Best-in-class towing capability – 31,210 pounds with Ram 3500

Ram trucks are designed to deliver the whole package. Stop by Corwin Dodge Ram of Springfield to experience the excellence of the Ram Truck lineup!

8 Reasons You Should Buy a Dodge Journey

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For many reasons, the Journey is one of Dodge’s most versatile options.

Choosing the right vehicle can be a difficult decision. With so many models on the market vying for your dollar, every option may seem appealing. But, when it comes to quality, few cars follow through with their promises.

The Dodge Journey crossover doesn’t disappoint, though, and that’s one of the many reasons to buy one. Here are some others:

  1. Seating for seven: The Journey comfortably seats two more passengers than other crossovers which only seat five people.
  2. Cargo space: With its versatile interior layout, the Journey offers up to 67 cubic feet of storage room.
  3. Efficiency: For being a large vehicle, the Journey doesn’t use much fuel; it reaches up to 26 mpg on the highway.
  4. 500 miles per tank: Combining efficiency with capacity, the Journey can take you further than you thought possible on a single fill-up.
  5. V6 engine: If strength is important to you, the Journey can be outfitted with an available V6 engine.
  6. Hot tech: The latest Journey comes with loads of fun stuff, like a W-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.
  7. Dodge brand: You know you’re getting a quality product because of the reputation behind the Dodge insignia.
  8. Low price: For all of this, the Journey starts at an incredibly low MSRP under $22,000.

If you’re convinced to buy a Dodge Journey, or ready to see one in person, visit us as Corwin Dodge Ram of Springfield!

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