The all-new 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4xe is the first electric Grand Cherokee—and already it’s making big impressions. The rugged SUV dominated the annual Mudfest competition organized by the Northwest Automotive Press Association, earning it the title of Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year.
“The 2022 Jeep® Grand Cherokee 4xe marks a new era in the SUV market,” says NWAPA President John Vincent of U.S. News & World Report. “It’s a no-compromise vehicle that blends Jeep®’s legendary off-road capability with outstanding on-road manners, impressive fuel economy and the ability to travel on electricity alone.”
The all-new Grand Cherokee 4xe was also named the top Electrified Utility Vehicle in both the mid- and full-size family vehicle categories, marking the first time in the awards’ 27-year history that any vehicle wins those awards and the overall title in the same year. It also meant that Jeep® was the winner of nearly half of the vehicle categories.
How was the Grand Cherokee 4xe tested? Members of NWAPA spent two days testing 20 vehicles from 17 different manufacturers both on and off the road, including at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington.
At Motor Inn of Spirit Lake, we’re not surprised to see Jeep® performing so well — but it’s always nice to get industry recognition. See for yourself what makes the Grand Cherokee so good by visiting us in Spirit Lake, Iowa!
It’s finally here. The new Ford F-150 Lightning, the only full-size electric pickup truck with a starting price under $40,000, is ready to revolutionize how you work. And already, it’s better than expected.
According to the American automaker, both the standard and extended-range battery packs will deliver more horsepower than originally anticipated. When the truck was announced in May 2021, Ford had said the standard battery pack would produce 426 horsepower while the extended-range pack would produce 563.
Now these numbers have been bumped up to 452 and 580 ponies, respectively. Better yet, both packs can produce up to 775 lb-ft of torque, more than any other Ford F-150, and putting the F-150 Lightning at the forefront of electric towing capability.
Thanks to those increases in power, the F-150 Lightning’s towing capacity has been raised by an additional 2,235 pounds. It can also haul an extra 235 pounds compared to the original target.
“We were seriously focused on raising the bar on this truck, including after we revealed it, so we can deliver more for our customers,” said Dapo Adewusi, F-150 Lightning vehicle engineering manager. “And our drive for continuous improvement will get a big boost when we start getting feedback and ideas from customers when they receive their Lightnings.”
Summers can get plenty hot in Iowa, so now is the time to start thinking about how you’ll protect your vehicle from intense sun and heat. To get you started, here are a few simple heat-fighting tips from our team here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.
Care for the Exterior
The more the sun beats down on your car, the more the paint is at risk of fading and cracking. However, regular washes can banish damaging dust and dirt, while a good wax job will help protect the finish.
Protect the Interior
Too much sun exposure can fade, crack, and dry out your car’s seats, dash, and other interior surfaces. When you park, try to find a shady spot to limit the sun’s rays. You may also want to get a folding windshield visor and covers for the seats. It’s a good idea to wipe down surfaces frequently to remove dust particles, too.
Keep up with Maintenance
Heat can have negative effects under the hood as well. To prevent serious problems, be sure to keep your fluids topped up, have your battery and charging system inspected, and follow maintenance recommendations for your cooling system and A/C.
Ready to get a head start on the heat? Schedule a service appointment at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake so your vehicle will be prepared for summer’s worst.
The 2022 Toyota Tundra is an all-new truck this year. Toyota engineers have redesigned the truck to be more powerful, more versatile, and even more sophisticated. If you have been waiting for a truck with the right combination of features, the 2022 Toyota Tundra may be just what you need.
New Tundra models come with a new rear suspension, a completely overhauled frame, new powertrain options, and a modern interior with advanced features. There is an impressive lineup of seven trim levels: SR, SR5, Limited, Platinum, 1794, TRD Pro, and Capstone.
Under the hood, the Tundra now has a standard 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 389 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Choose between standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. The higher trim levels come with the same engine except it is paired with a hybrid system. This combination delivers 437 horsepower and 583 lb-ft of torque.
Along with its improved powertrain options, the Tundra also gets a boost in towing power. When properly equipped, the 2022 Tundra can tow up to 12,000 pounds. For comparison, the previous generation model could only tow up to 10,200 pounds.
The Tundra’s interior has been redesigned to be more comfortable, modern, and sophisticated. The user-friendly controls and straightforward layout will make you love driving the Tundra day after day.
To achieve this high rating, the Pacifica earned the top “good” rating in all six crashworthiness tests. This includes the difficult small-overlap front tests along with roof strength and other tests. IIHS also considers a vehicle’s crash avoidance technology. The Pacifica comes standard with an advanced automatic emergency braking system. The IIHS rated this system as “superior.”
These safety ratings continue to prove that the Chrysler Pacifica is one of the best minivans available today. It is currently the only minivan that comes standard with second-row Stow ‘n Go seating and the option of all-wheel drive.
All Pacifica models also come standard with Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Blind-Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane-Keeping Assist.
Along with its strong reputation for safety, the Chrysler Pacifica stands out with its excellent interior amenities. The base trim comes standard with a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen, tri-zone climate control, power sliding side doors, a power liftgate, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat.