Ram has redesigned their 2013 3500 Heavy Duty hauler to tow more than any other truck in its class.  Demolishing the tow capacity of the runner-up, this hardcore truck can tow 30,010 pounds, over 7,000 pounds more than its closest competitor.  The new Ram truck in Tacoma can do this with an updated 6.7-liter diesel engine providing a eye-popping 850 lb ft of torque.

This 15-ton hauler is also equipped with a transmission designed for large loads, a high-strength steel frame, improved cooling for each part of the drivetrain and a reinforced suspension.  The Ram Active Air intake system draws cooler air from vents to cool warm parts, but can also pull in warm air from the engine area to warm parts that are too cool for optimal performance.

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Pricing for the 2013 Ram 3500 HD has not yet been announced, but we should see some details soon.  Plenty of extras and higher trim levels will also be available.

For more information about the Ram pickup, or to take a look at any Dodge vehicle, contact Larson Dodge.

31 Jan 2013

The 2013 Dodge Dart model line will now have a new edition: The Doge Dart GT.  The new Dodge Dart in Tacoma is a sporty compact sedan with an optimal range of fuel efficiency vs. performance.  The Dodge Dart is perfect for urban commuting and as a small family runner.  The Dodge Dart has a lot of appeal, and the Dart GT not only has more power than the base Dart model, but plenty of extras outside as well as in.

The Dodge Dart GT uses the Dart Limited’s more powerful 2.4-liter engine providing 184 horsepower with a sports suspension and frequency sensing damping shocks.  Exterior additions on the GT include 18-inch wheels, integrated exhaust tips, black accents on the front headlights and grille and GT badging.

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The interior includes perforated and heated Nappa leather seats, the Uconnect interface with touch-screen, digital instrument cluster, backup camera and upgraded premium sound.

For more information about the Dart, or to take a look at any Dodge vehicle, contact Larson Dodge.

26 Jan 2013

The compact SUV crossover segment is one of, if not the most competitive arenas in the automotive industry. With over 25 different models to choose from, and that number growing each year, consumers may have a hard time choosing one over the other. Fortunately, with the upgrade of the Jeep Compass, the choice just became a whole lot easier.

In the Tacoma and South King areas, car buyers know that no one does SUV performance like Jeep. New Jeep vehicles can take passengers anywhere in the Washington wilderness and on the paved streets through any type of weather.

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Upgrades for the upcoming Jeep Compass include a new six-speed transmission that will help boost the Compass’ fuel economy to 30 MPG capabilities. Both the interior and the exterior styling have been updated for a bold and sporty look, and engineers have built a cabin with less road noise.

For more information about the Compass, or to take a look at any Jeep vehicle, contact Larson Dodge.

14 Jan 2013

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AOL Autos has been closely watching the world of automotive technology throughout 2012. This competitive category is constantly evolving and progressing, sometimes at surprising rates. For their very first ever Technology of the Year award, they have chosen Chrysler’s upgraded Uconnect infotainment system, found in the 2013 Ram 1500 and Dodge Viper, and soon to be seen in all Chrysler, Dodge Ram and Jeep models.

“A vehicle’s quality has long been decided on by its design, engine performance, fit and finish, but as technology becomes more prevalent in our lives, this award aims to determine quality by how well in-car connectivity and feature controls work,” David Kiley, editor-in-chief of AOL Autos, told media. “It’s one thing to conceive a solution to a problem through technology, but Chrysler Group’s Uconnect Access has done it in such a way that drivers find it intuitive and easy to use. We’re excited for Chrysler to be the inaugural winner of Technology of the Year and look forward to this year’s new offerings. It should be another great showing.”

For more information about Dodge, Chrysler, Ram or Jeep vehicles, contact Larson Dodge.

8 Jan 2013

Filed under: Car Buying , Sedan , Safety , Acura , Chrysler , Dodge , Ford , Honda , Kia , Nissan , Subaru , Suzuki , Volkswagen , Volvo The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed its annual list of Top Safety Picks, an award that highlights automobiles it says offer “superior crash protection.” A new and still more significant award , the Top Safety Pick+ honor, is given to those vehicles that earn good ratings for occupant protection in four out of five areas of measure. And while some 117 vehicles were given the TSP seal of approval for 2013, just 13 passed muster for TSP+. To be fair, IIHS only evaluated 29 vehicles with its new testing procedures for TSP+ (we’d expect that the number of qualified cars will rise substantially for 2014). Luxury and Near Luxury midsize cars were the first groups evaluated, followed by midsizers in the Moderately Priced Cars category – unsurprisingly, it’s only midsize cars that you’ll find among the class this year. Only two luxury sedans made the list of 13 for 2013: the Acura TL and Volvo S60 . The other 11 cars on the list included entries from domestic, Japanese and German car makers: Dodge Avenger , Chrysler 200 , Ford Fusion , Honda Accord (sedan and coupe), Kia Optima (but not its close kin, the Hyundai Sonata , strangely), Nissan Altima , Subaru Legacy and Outback , Suzuki Kizashi and the Volkswagen Passat all made the grade. Scroll down below for the full IIHS press release, and some more information about the methodology behind the institute’s new Top Safety Pick+ testing. Continue reading IIHS says these are the safest cars of 2013 IIHS says these are the safest cars of 2013 originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

3 Jan 2013