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<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2CGrand%20Caravan%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_chrysler_caravan_fuel_efficiency.jpg"alt="Chrysler Grand Caravan driving on the street"/></a>How you drive and maintain your car can have a significant impact on its fuel economy. Here are some tips to make your engine as efficient as possible.
 
Don't Overload the Roof

At highway speeds, up to 50% of engine power is used to overcome aerodynamic drag. Things like bike racks, cargo boxes, and loaded roof rails can significantly increase air resistance. You can limit this issue if you store items inside your vehicle. 

Slow Down

The faster you go, the less efficient your car gets. Acceleration can hurt fuel economy, and hard braking can waste the energy you spent getting up to speed. Using cruise control on the highway can help minimize gas use. 

Perform Regular Maintenance

Dirty spark plugs, blocked air filters, and contaminated motor oil can all hurt fuel economy. Follow your vehicle's maintenance schedule, and keep appointments at your service centre. These regular tune-ups can also increase the lifespan of your auto. 

To see which vehicles provide the best fuel efficiency figures, contact our Calgary, Alberta dealership today.

What Advantages Can Plug-in Hybrids Bring to Calgary Drivers?

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(Posted on Apr 27, 2021 at 03:36PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_Chrysler_Pacifica_Hybrid_PHEV.jpg"alt="Back view of 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid charging"/></a>Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) have high-capacity rechargeable batteries. Unlike standard gas-electric models, these autos can run solely on lithium-ion power for between 25-50 KMs (after which the regular engine kicks in). 

PHEVs do come with higher price tags than standard gas-electric vehicles. However, these cars, such as the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Jeep Wrangler 4xe, offer some advantages. 

First of all, plug-in hybrids consume up to 60% less fuel than regular autos. This leads to lower greenhouse gas emissions. If you care about your carbon footprint, PHEVs may be a practical and attractive choice. 

The limited reliance on fuel also means that PHEVs have a lower cost of ownership. Depending on your driving habits and the availability of charging stations, you may be able to handle your commute without relying on the gas engine at all. 

To learn more about the plug-in hybrid options for Alberta drivers, contact our Calgary dealership today.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_chrysler_300_sedan_.jpg"alt="Chrysler 300 sedan parked in front of a building"/></a>Despite the increasing popularity of SUVs, auto buyers can still find sedans on the market in Alberta. Are these traditional four-door family cars, such as the Chrysler 300, a worthwhile purchase? 

Here is a look at the advantages that sedans offer. 

They’re safe and secure.

One significant advantage of sedans is that they have closed trunks, which offer better security for your valuables and more visibility while driving.

They are more fuel efficient.

Sedans are lighter, and, in many cases, they come with more efficient 4-cylinder or V6 engines. They are also more aerodynamic. Combined, these qualities lead to less gas use compared to SUVs and pickups. 

They offer better handling.

Sedans are closer to the ground, giving them more stability and a lower chance of rolling over. Also, their height and stance provide the driver with a better feel for the road. 

To inquire about sedans like the Chrysler 300 or Dodge Charger, contact our Calgary, AB dealership today.

How to Care for Windshield Wipers on Your Jeep Vehicle in Calgary, AB

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(Posted on Apr 23, 2021 at 11:18AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CCherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/Jeep_Cherokee_Limited_windshield.png"alt="View from front seat of Jeep Cherokee Limited with steering wheel, windshield, and rearview"/></a>Windshield wipers may not be the most glamourous component on your vehicle, but they are vital for safe driving. Also, they require regular care and maintenance. Here is how to make sure they work correctly when you need them. 

Always Defrost

Heavy snow and ice can cause wiper blades to stick or even snap if they freeze to the glass. The best protection against this is to get a remote starter - like the one that comes standard on the Jeep Cherokee Limited - so that you can take care of the defrosting before you leave the house. 

Never Wipe Dry Glass

The blades are designed for wet windshields. The only time you should use them without precipitation is when you clean your glass using wiper fluid. 

Replace Every Six Months

Wipers have a short lifespan, so replace them regularly. The recommended schedule is twice a year. You will notice skipping or smearing when it is time for new blades. 

You can have the blades upgraded when you visit our Calgary service centre for an oil change or other regular maintenance. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How the Jeep Grand Cherokee's Quadra-Drive 4x4 Can Help You on Slippery Surfaces in Calgary

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(Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 12:12PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_jeep_grand_cherokee_quadra_drive_II.jpg"alt="Two Jeep Grand Cherokees pakred on a rock trail near a forest"/></a>The Quadra-Drive II is a 4x4 design available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Limited, Summit, and Overland. 

It uses a rear electronic limited-slip differential and an active transfer case to distribute torque quickly. It is a full-time system, so it is always on and does not require activation. 

Here is a closer look at the unique traits of this powerful 4x4 drivetrain. 

Quadra-Drive allows you to choose from five different operation modes via the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System. Auto is for everyday commuting, while the Sport, Snow, Mud/Sand, and Rock settings are for their respective driving conditions.

The system can send torque to a specific axle or tire. It can move up to 100% of the power to the wheel(s) with the most traction, ensuring that the driver always has maximum control of the vehicle. 

To learn more about the feature-rich 4x4 systems on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, contact our Calgary dealership today.

What Can the Uconnect Sirius Guardian App Do for Calgary Drivers?

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(Posted on Apr 22, 2021 at 11:15AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2CLimited%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/sirius_guardian_app_jeep.jpg"alt="Person looking at Sirius Guardian app on their smartphone"/></a>The SiriusXM suite of entertainment and security features comes standard (with a one-year membership) on Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and higher trims. These tools include Guardian, a remote access app that works in conjunction with Uconnect.      

What can you do if your auto has this unique system? 

Perhaps the most useful Guardian tool is remote unlocking. Using the Uconnect app on your phone, you can control access to your vehicle even if you are not nearby. This feature can be invaluable if you ever forget your keys or if your fob loses battery power. 

Remote lights and horn triggers, also activated by smartphone, can serve as a panic alarm or assist you as you try to find your vehicle in a crowded parking lot. 

Accident Response and Roadside Assistance services help you contact emergency or service personnel when you are in a collision or have a breakdown or flat tire. And finally, the Send and Go feature allows you to share destinations on a device nav app with your Uconnect system. 

Contact our Calgary dealership to learn more about which vehicles offer the Sirius Guardian app.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CGrand%20Cherokee%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_grand_cherokee_airbags.jpg"alt="x-ray view of airbag system on 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee"/></a>Side airbags are designed to protect passengers during perpendicular collisions and rollovers. These safety elements are common in most modern vehicles, including SUVs like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and sedans such as the Chrysler 300

There are two categories: chest protectors and curtain units. The former, also known as torso airbags, deploy from the door or the seat. They protect the body during a collision. 

Side curtain airbags are found along the ceiling of the vehicle and open across the windows, protecting the heads of all outboard passengers. These cover the first, second, and (if applicable) third-row seats. 

Because there is less buffer space on the side of the vehicle, these airbags deploy three times faster than those in the front. They also stay inflated longer to protect passengers in the event of a rollover. 

To learn more about the airbag coverage on Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, and Dodge vehicles, contact our Calgary dealership today. 
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CWrangler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_wrangler_trail_cam.jpg"alt="A view of the Jeep TrailView Camera video feed on Uconnect touchscreen"/></a>The Jeep Wrangler has two main cameras meant to increase safety. One is in the front and the other in the rear. 

The forward-facing unit, also known as the TrailCam, shows what is directly ahead of the vehicle. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen and features dynamic tire-path lines superimposed on top of the video feed. This view is for off-road conditions and allows the driver to see obstacles - such as boulders - in real time. The tool is available on models with 8.4-inch touchscreens. 

The rear camera, known as the ParkView, offers a wide-angle picture of the area behind the Wrangler. The image is displayed on the Uconnect touchscreen with dynamic gridlines to help guide the vehicle as the driver attempts to back into a parking space.

To see these unique tools in action yourself, contact our Calgary dealership to schedule a test drive in the 2021 Jeep Wrangler.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CChrysler%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/2021_dodge_grand_caravan_safety_locks.jpg"alt="A family outside a home entering their Chrysler Grand Caravan"/></a>Child safety locks are unique systems installed on the rear doors of most vehicles. They are especially relevant on family autos, such as the Chrysler Pacifica and Grand Caravan

When engaged, they prevent passengers (especially curious young children) from interacting with the lock from the inside, whether the auto is in motion or stationary. 

While most vehicles offer these child safety devices, models have different ways of engaging them. Some rely on a switch on the edge of the door. You can find this by opening it and looking along the side for a lever with a sign above it saying on-off or lock-unlock. 

Other autos have electronic controls on the steering wheel, the driver's door, or a different location in the front. If the child lock switch isn't immediately visible, you can find it by referencing the manufacturer's manual.

To learn more about the safety features of family vehicles like the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Pacifica, contact our Calgary dealership today.

Do Calgary Drivers Need a Hardtop for their Jeep Wrangler or Other Convertible?

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(Posted on Apr 9, 2021 at 03:01PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CJeep%2CWrangler%2C%2CSport%20Utility%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/April-2021/jeep_wrangler_convertible.jpg"alt="Interior view of Jeep Wrangler with retraced hardtop"/></a>If you want an open-air driving experience, like the one offered by the Jeep Wrangler, you are probably wondering whether you should get a soft or hardtop. In Calgary's four-season climate, the latter may seem to be a better option. 

Is a hardtop really more suitable? Let's take a look at the pros and cons. 

 
Pros

1. Hardtops offer better noise control, so if you value a quiet ride, they are the obvious choice. 

2. Due to its superior insulation, this option is better able to handle winter weather.

3. Hardtops are also easier to clean, and they do not require any special washing solutions. 

Cons

1. Hardtops take longer to remove and reinstall.

2. They do not have the classic "convertible" look. 

3. They take more space to store, which means you will be getting less cargo room than with a soft-top.

If you would like to see the Jeep Wrangler's soft and hardtop options, contact our Calgary dealership today. 
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