Top Three Skiing Resorts in Iowa

Top Three Skiing Resorts in Iowa | Spirit Lake, IA

Many people assume that Iowa is a flat state full of miles and miles of corn fields. But, there are more than a few skiing resorts peppering the Hawkeye State. While these resorts might not offer extreme vertical heights of other states’ slopes, they can still give you and your family a lot of fun in the winter.

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

The Mt. Crescent Ski Area is in the mountainous terrain of the Iowa Bluffs about 15 miles northeast of Omaha, Nebraska. This has become a popular place to learn to ski or snowboard. They are open every weekend through the winter and, thanks to their snow machines, there is always a “100 percent chance of snow.” Even if you’d rather not ski or snowboard, you can come here for the great sledding hills.

Seven Oaks

Located in Boone, Seven Oaks is a great place to go in central Iowa if you love skiing. The resort features 11 runs that vary in difficulty. It also offers a trail yard, a beginner’s area, and a terrain park. In addition, the park routinely offers late-night skiing events for the more adventurous skiing fan in your family.

Sundown Mountain

Located near Dubuque, Sundown Mountain is always ready for winter fun. The resort features 21 scenic trails, two terrain parks, and two mountaintop lodges with spectacular views. If you’re looking for an extended ski vacation, Sundown Mountain might just be the perfect destination. Iowa has much to offer for the adventurous skiing fan.  For an outdoorsy SUV you can take your skis and snow clothes in, check out the newest vehicles at one of the Motor Inn Auto stores.

Are You a Chevy Truck Legend?

Are You a Chevy Truck Legend? | Spirt Lake, IA

In 2016, at the State Fair of Texas, Chevrolet introduced its Chevy Truck Legends program. This program was the start of a big celebration for the 100-year history of Chevy trucks, which occurred in 2018. The goal of the Chevy Truck Legends program is to reward the most loyal Chevrolet truck owners.

It is free to join the program; however, there are some criteria before you can earn your Legend status. You must fit into one of two categories:

  1. Be the owner of a Chevy truck with at least 100,000 miles on the odometer
  2. Own a Chevy truck, and have purchased or leased at least two new Chevy trucks in your lifetime

Once you are part of this legendary group, you get to enjoy a wide range of benefits. All members receive an exclusive Truck Legends cap and Legends decals. Chevrolet will also occasionally send out special invitations to exclusive events.

Online, you can share your truck photos and stories with other members in the group gallery. You will also be eligible to receive special discounts from Chevy partners and purchase exclusive merchandise. In just over three years, the Truck Legends program has grown to more than 60,000 members from all across the country. If you want to join this prestigious group and become a Chevy Truck Legend, you can purchase a new or pre-owned Chevy truck from the Motor Inn Auto Group.

Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV Promises Performance & Efficiency

Ford Mustang Mach-E | Spirit Lake, IA and Algona, IA

Since the Ford Mustang debuted 55 years ago, the pony car has become an icon. Now, the American carmaker is looking to expand the Mustang lineup with a vehicle that represents two firsts: The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the first-ever Mustang-inspired SUV, and it is the first all-electric Mustang, shaking up the way people see electric-only performance.

The Mach-E is a sleekly designed SUV that embodies the Mustang’s rebellious spirit with its low stance and sculpted hood. With its spirited performance, there’s no doubt that the newest addition to the Mustang lineup is a one-of-a-kind ride.

Set to arrive in late 2020, the Mustang Mach-E will come with either rear- or all-wheel drive. You can also opt for either a standard or extended-range battery. When the Mach-E is equipped with the extended-range battery and rear-wheel drive, it will be capable of an EPA-estimated range of at least 300 miles. It will even boast a targeted 332 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque –extremely impressive numbers for an all-electric vehicle.

This new vehicle will even have the option of two special-performance variants. The GT model can hit 60 mph in just under four seconds, while the GT Performance Edition will hit 60 mph from a standstill in the mid-three-second range.

Motor Inn of Spirit Lake is excited to see this new innovation from Ford and look forward to having it among our wide selection of Mustang sports cars.

Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

Toyota LQ Concept Car | Spirit Lake, IA

Autonomous driving and artificial intelligence are no longer material from science fiction novels – and Toyota is ready to highlight how much this advancement can improve everyday life.

The Japanese carmaker recently introduced the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. Displayed earlier this year at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, this concept car looks to take the bond between car and driver to an entirely new – and more emotional – level.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

The Toyota LQ combines automated driving options with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to discover the driver’s habits, learn from them, and provide a personalized driving experience for each individual driver. Yui looks to engage the driver in a variety of ways, including interactive voice communications, lighting, fragrances, air conditioning, and in-seat functions that reduce stress and increase the driver’s alertness behind the wheel.

The AI will also choose the music you want to play based on the driving environment, and will even give you real-time information on topics you’re interested in. With this driver-focused, emotion-based AI interface, Toyota is changing the way we think of our vehicles, bringing us into the future of transportation.

For the latest available safety and driving assistance technology from Toyota, visit Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Earns Ninth Ideal Vehicle Award

Jeep Grand Cherokee | Spirit Lake, IA

For the ninth consecutive year, the Grand Cherokee has outclassed every other midsize SUV in the AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards. 

Approximately 50,000 new vehicle owners who purchased their vehicle toward the end of 2018 were surveyed by AutoPacific at the beginning of 2019. People answer questions based on their own opinions of the vehicle after having driven it for at least 90 days, and the awards are allotted out based on customer satisfaction per the surveys.

AutoPacific president George Patterson had this to say about the awards: “The Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires.”

The excellent Jeep® Grand Cherokee quality helps it fare so well in the AutoPacific competition; it is uniquely customizable with four available 4×4 systems and a host of other features suited to both driving on the road and off. Selec-Terrain traction management system is unique in its class and delivers an optimal driving experience across a multitude of terrains.

Receiving awards based solely on customer satisfaction is a huge honor for Jeep®, and Motor Inn of Spirit Lake is proud to continue to, as Patterson says, to sell vehicles that are “just right” for owners.