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.

Meet the Tougher, More Capable 2021 Ford F-150

2021 Ford F-150 Coming Soon | Spirit Lake, IA

America’s most popular pickup just got even better. The 2021 Ford F-150 has been fully redesigned, and it’s now tougher, more advanced, and more capable than ever.

Built on a high-strength steel and aluminum frame, the 2021 F-150 features a standout new exterior look — including 11 grille options, available LED lights, and fresh aerodynamic features for better efficiency. The bed comes with new tailgate-mounted tie-downs and an available flat Tailgate Work Surface. There’s even an optional Pro Power Onboard generator, perfect for Iowa worksites, campsites, and more.

Under the hood, the F-150 packs outstanding power and capability. The new 3.5-liter PowerBoost™ hybrid V6 powertrain provides up to 12,000 pounds of towing capacity and 700 miles of driving range, and it’s also likely to offer class-leading torque and horsepower when final specs are revealed.

The interior of the F-150 has received a full makeover. An available 12-inch touch screen, a flat Interior Work Surface, a rear locking storage vault, and the powerful new SYNC® 4 infotainment system with wireless smartphone integration are just a few of the features you can look forward to. To improve your peace of mind, the new F-150 also includes helpful options like Trailer Reverse Guidance, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, hands-free Active Drive Assist, and Intersection Assist for left turns.

Excited to test-drive this outstanding new truck? You won’t have much longer to wait. The 2021 Ford F-150 will arrive at Motor Inn of Algona and Motor Inn of Spirit Lake sometime this fall.

*Projected EPA calculated range. Actual range will vary. Final EPA-estimated ratings available later in the 2020 calendar year.  

Tips for Buying Your First Pickup Truck

Tips For Buying Your First Pickup Truck | Spirit Lake, IA

Here in Iowa, pickup trucks are a popular choice. If you’re thinking about buying one of your own for the first time, we have some tips for you to consider. Then, come visit one of our Motor Inn Auto Group locations throughout the state to get behind the wheel of your favorite model.  

Consider how you will use it. Are you planning on using your truck for work, towing, or just your family vehicle? Think about these needs when choosing the powertrain, bed, and cab configurations.

Trucks drive differently. Trucks are a lot bigger and heavier than a sedan or even some SUVs. This means they will handle differently and be harder to park. They also take longer to stop because of their heavier weight.

Do not overbuy. It can be tempting to buy the biggest, toughest truck on the lot. However, if you will realistically never go slogging through mud or tow a fully loaded horse trailer, you don’t need a truck with those capabilities.

Choose options carefully. Perhaps more than any other type of vehicle, trucks are available with a lot of options. Choose features that you need and then see how much room you have in your budget for more luxury and convenience features.

Still have questions about buying your first truck? Contact our experienced Motor Inn Auto Group sales staff to learn more about making the best choice for your wants and needs.