Jeep® Wrangler Earns a Place on List for Best Cars for Dog Lovers

best cars for dog lovers | Knoxville, IA

Many American families consider their dog an important part of their family. So much so, that Americans are travelling with their furry friends more than ever. If this describes you, then you need to shop for a pet-friendly vehicle. Autotrader has made this easy with its list of the 10 Best Cars for Dog Lovers.

Earning a spot on this list was the 2019 Jeep® Wrangler. This off-road ready warrior was a natural choice for this list thanks to its go-anywhere nature and spacious cabin. It is an ideal choice for anyone who loves to take their dogs on outdoor adventures.

You can also add a variety of pet friendly Mopar® accessories to your Wrangler, including a lightweight pet kennel. The kennel comes with three doors, two pockets, tie-down straps, and a carrying handle. To keep dog hair and muddy footprints off the carpet, get a set of Mopar all-weather floor and cargo mats.

Once you are your dog are ready, the Wrangler can take you anywhere with its powerful 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It is rated at 270 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. If you need even more power, choose the available 3.6-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Experience all that the Jeep® Wrangler has to offer when you stop by Motor Inn of Spirit Lake for a test drive. 

Updates for 2020 GMC Models

Updates for 2020 GMC Models | Knoxville, IA

In just a few short months, we will start a new decade. With that, we will get some exciting updates for 2020 GMC models, including more safety technology, more comfort and convenience, and some new styling.

2020 Terrain

Starting in 2020, all Terrain trim levels will come standard with the GMC Pro Safety Package. This package includes front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance with lane departure warning, a following distance indicator, and IntelliBeam® headlights.

2020 Acadia

The mid-size 2020 Acadia will feature new exterior styling, including standard LED lighting and a new grille and front fascia. Another new addition will be a new nine-speed automatic transmission, rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert. There will also be a new AT4 trim level with aggressive styling and a new turbocharged engine.

2020 Sierra 1500

The biggest change for the 2020 Sierra 1500 is the addition of a newly available 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine. Other updates include expanded availability of the carbon fiber bed and 10-speed automatic transmission.

2020 Sierra HD

The heavy-duty GMC Sierra lineup is all-new for 2020. It will feature stronger towing capabilities, more technology, and more powerful engine options.

Experience the exciting new capabilities and features of these 2020 GMC models when you stop by Motor In of Spirit Lake.

We Are Thankful for Safety in Our Cars

Thankful For Safety | Ford SUV Safety Features In Iowa

As we approach the Thanksgiving season, there are a lot of things we are thankful for. However, as a car dealership, we are particularly thankful for safety. Here are five modern safety features we love having in our vehicles.

  1. Adaptive Cruise Control. While basic cruise control was great, adaptive cruise control is even better. Most systems will automatically adjust to the speed of the surrounding traffic and will even come to a complete stop, if needed.
  2. All-Wheel Drive. Modern all-wheel drive systems are smart and sophisticated. They can detect changes in traction in fractions of a second to send power to the wheels that need it most. This feature is particularly helpful during Iowa winters.
  3. Automatic Emergency Braking. Systems like this have the potential to avoid or at least reduce the severity of a front-end collision, which could potentially save lives. We all get distracted sometimes and this feature can act as a safeguard.
  4. Rearview Camera. All new cars come standard with a rearview camera. This camera lets you see what is behind while you back up, so you don’t accidentally drive over something.
  5. Blind Spot Warning. Even the most diligent drivers can’t account for things they don’t see. All cars have blind spots and a blind spot warning lets you know when another vehicle is hiding in yours.

Contact us at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, Motor Inn of Algona, Motor Inn of Carroll, Motor Inn of Estherville, or Motor Inn of Knoxville if your vehicle is in need of a service appointment before the holiday travel season begins.

Fall Attractions in Iowa

Children Enjoying Fall Attractions In Iowa

Autumn is a beautiful time of year here in Iowa. We love seeing the leaves changing and feeling the crisp coolness in the air. If you are wanting to spend some time outdoors, here are some great fall attractions in Iowa.

Hawk Valley Garden

Every fall, Hawk Valley Garden, in Spencer, Iowa turns into a pumpkin patch. Head to the garden to pick out some pumpkins, decorative squash, or even some fantastic pumpkin stackers to impress all your neighbors.

Pikes Point State Park

We all love to visit Pikes Point in the summer and spend a day on the beach. In the fall, you can visit the park to get a great view of the beautiful fall colors. You can even head out on the water to see the leaves on all sides of the lake.

Family Glow Walk

On Oct. 5, take your family on a fun nighttime adventure with a Glow Walk. The walk starts at the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 6:30 p.m. Bring glow sticks to wear.

Little Monsters Halloween Walk

Have your kids put on their costumes and head to downtown Spirt Lake on Saturday, Oct. 26. Downtown business will be handing out candy from 2-4 p.m.

Contact us here at Motor Inn to schedule your vehicle’s fall service appointment. We’re here to ensure that your autumnal travels are as safe as they are fun.

History of the GMC Denali

History of the GMC Denali Lineup | Estherville IA & Knoxville IA

The history of the GMC Denali dates back to 1999. Since then, the development of the Denali has turned it into one of the best pickup trucks and SUVs on the market. These steps throughout the past 20 years have placed the Denali at its peak:

The first instance of the Denali name can be traced back to the 1999 GMC Yukon. In an attempt to steal customers away from the Lincoln Navigator, the top trim level of the Yukon was called the Denali. The Denali trim level had improved wheels, front and rear heated seats, a Nuance leather upholstery, and a Bose® seven-speaker audio system.

The 2001 Yukon Denali redesign saw the introduction of the iconic honeycomb grille which later became synonymous with the Denali. 2002 brought the genesis of the GMC Sierra, which was the second model added to the Denali name. 2011 brought along the Acadia, the Terrain emerged in 2013, and in 2016 the Canyon was introduced.

Denali models now carry a wide range of attractive features. Noise cancellation, aluminum trim and wheels, and stitching and trim details which are unique to GMC now come standard with the Denali. 20 years of excellence have made the Denali one of the most refined and luxurious truck and SUV trims on the market.

Experience the Denali for yourself when you stop by one of our Motor Inn locations in Estherville, IA, or Knoxville, IA, to test-drive a Yukon or Sierra version of this offering.