The All-New Jeep® Wagoneer Is Making Its Debut

Jeep Wagoneer Debut | Spirit Lake, IA

The Jeep® Wagoneer is one of the most beloved nameplates in automotive history. The original was in production for 29 model years before it ended in 1991. Now, it’s making a comeback as an all-new Jeep® Wagoneer with an impressive body-frame design and plenty of room for the whole family.

The 2021 Jeep® Wagoneer will be a three-row SUV. You will be able to choose either the Wagoneer model or the more refined Grand Wagoneer model that will rival other luxury SUVs. The Grand Wagoneer model will have a longer wheelbase as well as more interior space for your family and cargo.

Jeep® has not officially released the trim lineup, but it is expected to be similar to the Grand Cherokee lineup. This means there will be a wide range of models, including budget-friendly options, premium options and off-road-focused trims.

Not only will it provide an incredible performance, but the Wagoneer will also offer some advanced technology options, perfect for any Iowa family. Expected technologies consist of a 10.25-inch touch-screen display along with a range of driver assistance features, like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go. We at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake are excited for the return of this great full-size Jeep® SUV. If you’re interested in purchasing a Jeep® vehicle, check out the models we currently have available in our online inventory

2021 Toyota Tacoma and Tundra Get Exciting Updates

2021 Toyota Tacoma | Spirit Lake, IA

For the 2021 model year, both the Toyota Tacoma and Tundra are gaining new features to enhance the ride. The latest updates to these trucks help them stand out from the crowd by giving them stylish appearances.

2021 Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is already a popular option in the midsize pickup segment and is known for its rugged personality. For 2021, the TRD Pro model is available in a new Lunar Rock color. A new Tacoma Trail Special Edition is also available for better storage options and improved style. This model is based on the SR5 trim and comes with 16-inch TRD Off-Road wheels, black badging, lockable bed storage boxes and a 120-volt power outlet in the bed.

2021 Toyota Tundra

If you need a dependable full-size pickup, choose the Toyota Tundra. It comes standard with a powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine that delivers 381 horsepower and 401 lb-ft of torque. Like the Tacoma, the TRD Pro model also comes in the Lunar Rock color, and a Trail Special Edition is available. The 2021 Tundra Nightshade Edition gives the truck a bold look and features black mirror caps, black door handles, black badging and a dark chrome grille.

Want to learn more about these capable models and how they enhance drives in Iowa? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Is an SUV to Get Excited About

2021 Ford Bronco | Spirit Lake, IA

Ford recently released details on the 2021 Ford Bronco, and this rugged new SUV is just as exciting as we’d hoped it would be.

Whether you’re exploring trails in Iowa or driving on the open road, the 2021 Bronco will make your trip a great one with practical and advanced features like EcoBoost® powertrains, off-road technologies, and the next-generation SYNC® 4 infotainment system.

The Bronco offers two 4×4 systems to choose from: the base system with a two-speed electronic transfer case or an available system with an auto mode for on-demand selection.

The Bronco’s optional Trail Toolbox includes Trail Control — cruise control for driving at low speeds on trails — and Trail Turn Assist to improve turning with torque vectoring. There’s also a Terrain Management System™ with G.O.A.T. (“Go Over Any Terrain”) modes.

Bronco engine options include either a 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 with best-in-class gasoline horsepower or a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® with best-in-class four-cylinder torque.

You can order the Bronco in a two-door or four-door configuration with removable doors and roof. Inside, advanced tech includes a multifunction LCD instrument panel, an available 12-inch SYNC® 4 infotainment system, and safety features like the Ford Co-Pilot 360™ driver-assist suite. 

The 2021 Ford Bronco is coming to dealerships early next year, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to offer it right here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

FWD vs. AWD: Which Is Best for Your New Truck or SUV?

AWD vs FWD Lineup | Spirit Lake, IA

With winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider whether you need front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Which powertrain is right for you?

Vehicles with FWD have with several advantages. First, they’re often more affordable and less complex, which means they’re easier to repair and maintain. Most FWD models are great for driving in town, as they’re designed to save fuel by sending power to just the two front wheels. If you’re driving in dry conditions or light snow, most FWD models will do fine — especially when equipped with anti-lock braking and traction control.

If you need to drive in heavy snow, travel rough roads, or head off the beaten path, AWD is a smart choice. AWD systems work by monitoring wheel spin on all four tires, sending power where it’s needed. While it doesn’t necessarily improve handling, AWD will prevent you from getting stuck and slipping at low speeds. Fuel economy is usually lower with AWD, but it’s also better for driving off-road.

In short, if you’re looking to spend less and you mostly drive in town, consider buying an FWD model. You can always opt for winter tires if you need more traction in Iowa’s snowy conditions. However, if you commonly find that your car has trouble getting traction, an AWD model will save you time and trouble in the long run.

At the dealerships of Motor Inn Auto Group, we stock a wide variety of AWD and FWD vehicles for you to test-drive. Stop in soon at one of our locations to find the ride that’s right for you.

Toyota Introduces 2020 RAV4 Prime PHEV

2020 Toyota RAV4 | Spirit Lake, IA

If you don’t want to compromise on either quickness or efficiency, the 2020 Toyota RAV4 Prime is a thrilling development. Arriving at dealerships this summer, this plug-in hybrid compact SUV comes with a 302-horsepower engine that can go 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds — and it also yields up to a manufacturer-estimated 94 MPGe in combined city and highway driving.

The RAV4 Prime pairs a retuned 2.5-liter gas engine with electric motors, an enlarged underfloor lithium-ion battery, and an efficiency-enhancing heat-pump HVAC system. This powertrain offers outstanding range, letting you drive the RAV4 Prime for up to 42 miles in all-electric mode.

The RAV4 Prime also comes equipped with electronic on-demand AWD, which uses an electric motor to send power to the rear wheels as necessary to provide superior traction. This system also features a selectable Trail mode to reduce wheel spin if the vehicle gets stuck.

Toyota is offering the RAV4 Prime in a pair of sporty trims: the SE and the XSE. The SE comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, unique exterior accents, and interior features like heated front seats and a power liftgate. The XSE offers available two-tone exterior colors, 19-inch wheels, a moonroof, and an expanded 9-inch touch screen.

Each RAV4 Prime model also features a suite of standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 systems, including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist.

The 2020 RAV4 Prime will be available soon at Iowa’s Motor Inn of Carroll, and we look forward to getting you behind the wheel of this advanced SUV.