All-New 2022 Jeep® Cherokee 4xe Wins Mudfest Competition

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Spirit Lake, IA

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!

New Ford F-150 Lightning Already Gets a Power Bump

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning | Spirit Lake, IA

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.”

Visit Motor Inn of Spirit Lake in Spirit Lake, Iowa, to learn more about the all-new Ford F-150 Lightning!

New Ford F-150 Rattler Is Ready for Off-Road Adventures

2022 Ford F-150 | Spirit Lake, IA
Pictured: 2022 Ford F-150

Whether you’re driving it on the street or the trail, the new 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler is sure to spark your sense of adventure. The F-150 Rattler boasts a Built Ford Tough design, a slew of advanced off-road equipment, and plenty of exclusive styling touches both inside and out.

For starters, the F-150 Rattler comes standard with a 4WD system and a whole host of all-terrain features based on the FX4 package. These include an electronic-locking rear differential, specially tuned off-road shocks, and hill descent control. Protective skid plates and all-terrain tires boost the Rattler’s off-road performance capabilities even more.

The F-150 Rattler’s exterior shows off a sporty dual exhaust system that emits a “bold sound,” dark-painted 18-inch wheels, and black accents, along with special F-150 Rattler fender badges and rattlesnake-like graphics. You can also choose from paint shades like Carbonized Gray, Iconic Silver, Antimatter Blue, and Avalanche.

Inside, the truck emphasizes a desert theme with snakeskin-patterned, contrast-stitched seats and burnished bronze instrument panel trim. 

The 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler will go on sale this fall. To learn more about how you can get behind the wheel of this unique F-150 variant, contact our team here at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

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