3 Car Care Tips to Help You Weather an Iowa Winter

Winter Care Tips | Spirit Lake, IA

Winter is coming to Iowa, and you need to make sure your vehicle is prepped and ready for the challenges that come with it. From icy roads and salted streets to freezing temperatures and heavy snow, here are some winter car care tips so you can keep your ride in top shape.

Test the Battery

Your car battery might have difficulty operating during the winter, since cold weather is worse for cars than warm weather. To combat the possibility of a dead battery during the winter, you should perform a volt test on your battery before freezing temperatures hit. If the battery isn’t in good condition, buy a new car battery to ensure you won’t end up stranded in a cold parking lot when your car won’t start.

Check the Tires

With snow and ice on the roads, you’ll want to make sure your car tires have good traction. Especially if the temperature drops below 45 degrees frequently, you should equip your car with winter tires. Better tires mean increased confidence when you are accelerating, braking, and turning on cold pavement. You should also check your tire pressure, since it can drop along with air temperature. If your tires have low pressure, fill them to the recommended levels.

Replace Faulty Lights

Winter means less daylight, so you want your car lights to be in excellent shape. Replace any bulbs that may be out. If your headlights are foggy or yellow, it’s time to have them replaced.

For assistance with any of these winter car care tasks, be sure to contact our service department here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Silverado 1500 Gets New Tailgate and Trailering Tech for 2021

Silverado 1500 Tailgate Tech | Spirit Lake, IA

With new mechanical and technological updates, the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offers an enhanced tailgate and trailering experience.

The 2021 Silverado 1500 welcomes the addition of the most capable tailgate in the model’s history. The Multi-Flex Tailgate offers six unique functions so that Silverado owners can access the bed cargo easier and enjoy enhanced loading solutions and a standing workstation. With a weight capacity of 375 pounds, the new tailgate will make work easier if you are tackling home DIY projects or outdoor activities around Iowa.

The 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500 will also feature increased trailering capability thanks to two of its most efficient engines. No matter the configuration of the 2021 Silverado 1500, the 2.7-liter Turbo engine adds thousands of pounds of trailering capacity. With the Cab Short Box model, the rating increases by 2,500 pounds for a max capacity of 9,300 pounds. The newly available Regular Cab Long Box gets a maximum tow rating of 9,600 pounds. The 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine combines increased towing capacity with industry-leading fuel economy, adding 1,900 pounds of trailering capacity while achieving an EPA-estimated 33 mpg on the highway.*

With enhanced trailering technology, such as Trailer Length Indicator, Jack-Knife Alert, Rear Side View enhancement and Cargo Bed View enhancement, the latest generation Silverado makes trailering even simpler and more user-friendly.

To check out these new features or to test-drive the new Silverado 1500, stop in for a visit at Motor Inn’s locations in Carroll, Estherville, and Knoxville, Iowa.

*EPA estimated. Silverado 2WD with available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine.

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.