Ram 1500 Awards Honor the Truck’s Popularity

Ram 1500 Awards | Motor Inn | Algona, IA

Ram took home big honors at the 2019 AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards, receiving a duo of wins for the brand – Top Popular Brand and Top Overall Brand. Equally impressive, the brand’s popular, powerful Ram 1500 received top honors in the full-size pickup category.

The AutoPacific Ideal Vehicle Awards hands out honors to automakers and vehicle models based solely on customer satisfaction via surveys taken by new car and truck owners. According to AutoPacific president George Patterson, “the Ideal Vehicle Awards recognize vehicles that best meet their owner’s expectations and desires … these vehicles are ‘just right’ for their owners.”

Also impressive, the Ram 1500 has made headlines for being the first full-size pickup to receive recognition as being an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ when properly equipped with driver assist technologies and adaptive LED projector headlamps with high-beam assist.

The Ram 1500 is designed to handle tough work. With a best-in-class towing capacity of 12, 750 pounds when properly equipped, V8 HEMI powered Ram pickup can handle nearly anything you can put in front of — or behind — it.

The many Ram 1500 awards are a testament to its craftsmanship. To see what makes the Ram 1500 so capable, take it for a test drive at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

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

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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

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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.