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<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=1&t=0&filter=[%2CDodge%2CJourney%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/2018_Dodge_Journey_FWD.png"alt="2018 Dodge Journey with headlamps on driving on a street near tall buildings"/></a>The 2018 Dodge Journey offers the 3.6L Pentastar V6 on the SXT, Crossroad, and GT trims. This is a 6-cylinder engine, and it comes with some advantages for those seeking a balance of power and practicality.

What is a V6? 

This engine has six cylinders (three on each side) arranged in a V-shape. A fuel injector sprays gas into the containers, and a spark plug ignites the liquid. The resulting combustion activates a piston, which, in turn, powers the motor. 

More Power

The Dodge Journey’s V6 engine, like most of its type, serves up more horsepower and torque than a 4-cylinder option, which makes it useful for those who need extra speed, better acceleration, and greater towing muscle. 

Compact Design

V6s are also more compact than so-called straight-sixs (where the cylinders aren’t arranged in a V-shape). Due to their layout, they can fit into a tighter space, making a smaller overall engine bay possible. 

Efficiency 

V6 engines also provide a fuel-efficient alternative to larger V8s, making them a great middle option for drivers who want power but need a measure of practicality, as well. 

To learn more about the 2018 Dodge Journey and its V6 engine, contact our Calgary dealership today.

What Advantages Does a 4-Cylinder Engine Bring to Calgary Drivers?

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(Posted on Jun 17, 2021 at 01:00PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=1&t=0&filter=[Used%2CDodge%2CJourney%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/Dodge_Journey_I-4.png"alt="2018 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package (CVP) parked in front of a white background"/></a>The 2018 Dodge Journey has a 2.4L I-4 engine on its CVP and SE Plus trims. This 4-cylinder powertrain offers some significant advantages related to value, practicality, and efficiency. 

What is a 4-cylinder engine? 

A cylinder is simply a small container in the engine. The fuel injector sprays gas into this receptacle, the spark plug ignites it, and the resulting combustion pushes a piston, which, in turn, powers the motor. 

Efficiency

A 4-cylinder engine is more fuel-efficient than a V6 because it has fewer pistons requiring gas. If you are looking for a vehicle that costs less to operate, an I-4 like the Dodge Journey CVP is the perfect option. 

Eco-Friendliness 

4-cylinder engines are generally more environmentally friendly than their V6 peers. Since there are fewer pistons consuming fuel, there is also less exhaust produced. This means your vehicle will have a smaller carbon footprint overall.

Value

Finally, 4-cylinder engines are often lower-priced because they are lighter and easier to manufacture. The 2018 Dodge Journey CVP and SE Plus both offer this balance of value and practicality. 

To learn more about the engine options of the 2018 Dodge Journey and to ask about other 4-cylinder vehicles for sale at our Calgary dealership, contact us today.

What Are the Advantages of the 2018 Dodge Journey’s Front Wheel Drive (FWD) in Calgary?

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(Posted on Jun 16, 2021 at 10:00AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=1&t=0&filter=[Used%2CDodge%2CJourney%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/2018_Dodge_Journey_FWD.png"alt="2018 Dodge Journey driving on a city street with headlamps on"/></a>The 2018 Dodge Journey gives buyers the option to get front-wheel drive. This design offers a few distinct advantages to owners. Here are some of the benefits of a FWD vehicle. 

Better traction on slippery roads

Since both the engine and transmission are located right above the front axle, your vehicle will get better traction when traveling on slippery roads or going up hills. Also, because the driving wheels are used for steering, skidding and spin-outs during turns are less of a worry. 

Better fuel economy

AWD, RWD, and 4x4 vehicles have a long driveshaft. These components lose some energy as they transfer it from the engine to the back. Furthermore, all-wheel drives need more power to rotate both axles. 

A FWD has a shorter driveshaft, meaning less power gets lost. Also, this design features fewer components, which makes the vehicle lighter, improving fuel economy. In general, this is the most efficient option on the market. 

Good overall value

Since FWD drivetrains are simpler than the other options on the market, they are generally easier and cheaper to maintain. The initial price tag for a new vehicle may be lower, too. 

Contact our Calgary dealership to find out more about the FWD system on vehicles like the 2018 Dodge Journey.

What Braking Features Are Important for Safety in Calgary?

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(Posted on Jun 15, 2021 at 02:00PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=1&t=0&filter=[%2CDodge%2CJourney%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/Dodge_Journey_braking_systems.png"alt="A woman and a girl walking in front of a white 2018 Dodge Journey"/></a>Brakes are essential for safety. Family-oriented vehicles like the 2018 Dodge Journey come with a range of systems, including ABS and  Rain Brake Support.

Here is a closer look at the elements on the 2018 Dodge Journey that help you stop effectively and safely in any weather conditions. 

Rain Brake Support

The Rain Brake Support feature optimises performance in wet conditions. This system works on a circuit with the windshield wipers, and it activates whenever they are on. 

Rain Brake Support works by applying a small amount of pressure to get rid of water from precipitation and road spray that has built up on the pads and rotors. 

Ready Alert Braking

Ready Alert Braking reduces the stopping time. It determines the severity of the situation by monitoring how fast the driver releases the throttle. If you step off the gas pedal quickly, the system starts the slowing process preemptively so that you reach a complete standstill faster. 

Anti-Lock Braking System

The ABS prevents slippage by continuously pumping the brakes and modulating the hydraulic pressure when the driver presses the pedal. This system works automatically if it senses skidding. 

To learn more about the braking systems on the 2018 Dodge Journey and other new and used vehicles at our Calgary dealership, contact us today.

Vehicle Safety in Calgary: What is Electronic Roll Mitigation?

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(Posted on Jun 13, 2021 at 11:35AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=1&t=0&filter=[Used%2CDodge%2CJourney%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/Dodge_Journey_ERM_System.png"alt="2018 Dodge Journey driving on a snowy surface at speed with hills in the background"/></a>The 2018 Dodge Journey has a full range of safety features. While elements like anti-lock brakes and front and side curtain airbags are familiar to every driver, some tools, such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with roll mitigation, are less understood (but equally essential).  

The electronic roll mitigation (ERM) feature uses the ESC’s sensors to track and prevent any movement that might result in the tires lifting off the pavement. In particular, the system monitors the speed of the vehicle and the rate of turn of the steering wheel. 

If it detects possible wheel lift, the electronic roll mitigation feature takes control of the brakes, applying them as needed to reduce the chances of a rollover. It can also cut the engine if necessary to lower the speed of your vehicle.

The roll mitigation component is a part of your vehicle’s electronic stability control, and therefore, it won’t work when the ESC system is off. Also, it does not trigger unexpectedly and will only deploy in response to high speeds or very aggressive steering. 

If you would like to learn more about the electronic roll mitigation system on the 2018 Dodge Journey or any of our other vehicles, contact our Calgary dealership today.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/durango_sxt.png"alt="2021 Dodge Durango SXT with a white body parked in front of a white background"/></a>Choosing a material for your upholstery can be a difficult decision when you’re buying a vehicle. The two main options, of course, are leather and cloth. 

If you buy the 2021 Dodge Durango, you can choose from both. The SXT trim comes with cloth, and other models offer leather. While the latter is a popular choice, there are some compelling reasons to opt for fabric upholstery. 

Cloth costs less upfront

Leather is a premium material that is usually offered on higher trims. Cloth, on the other hand, often comes standard on entry-level models, such as the Dodge Durango SXT. 

Cloth doesn't get too hot or cold

Leather gets hotter or colder depending on the outside temperature. Cloth, on the other hand, does not respond as readily to weather conditions. It will remain comfortable during the summer and warmer in winter. 

Cloth is easy to clean

While leather seats are easier to wipe down, they also need to be conditioned with special compounds every few months. To wash cloth, you only require a vacuum. Most service centres or specialist auto detailers can use a steamer to perform a deep clean if that is needed. 

Contact our Calgary dealership today to see the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT or other vehicles with cloth upholstery.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/dodge_durango_leather_seats.jpg"alt="Leather front seats with SRT badge inside 2021 DOdge Durango"/></a>When purchasing a car, the choice of seat material is an important consideration. You will often have to choose between cloth and leather upholstery. Luckily, SUVs like the 2021 Dodge Durango offer both options. 

Leather may seem tempting, but is it worth the investment? Here are some reasons why you should choose this premium upholstery.

Leather seats are harder to stain and easier to clean

Leather is more resistant to liquid and dirt stains than cloth. It also has a smooth, less porous surface, which makes it easier to clean.

Leather is comfortable

Leather is soft and smooth to the touch, and it provides natural cushioning. If you’re planning on going for extended trips or have lengthy daily commutes, an upholstery upgrade is worthwhile.

Leather harbours fewer allergens

If you are allergic to dust, dirt, or pollen, leather is the ideal material for your seats. This is because fewer particles stick to its surface, and those that do are easy to wipe or vacuum away.

Your vehicle will have a higher resale value

Leather is a premium material, and it is in high demand for second-hand cars. As long as you maintain the surface, you recoup more of your investment upon resale.

To see the leather interior of a Dodge Durango for yourself, contact our Calgary dealership today.

How Does the Hands-Free System Work on the 2021 Dodge Durango in Calgary?

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(Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 11:41AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/Uconnect_closeup_dodge_durango.jpg"alt="Closeup of Uconnect screen with icons and vents on either side"/></a>Hands-free features attached to vehicle media centres have different capabilities. Some simply allow for Bluetooth-powered calls and texting on a smart device, while others will enable you to completely control the infotainment system (and more) using your voice. 

The 2021 Dodge Durango, for example, features an advanced hands-free system that lets you do almost anything, from making calls to updating your shopping list to interacting with the navigation app. 

The Durango uses the Uconnect 5 interface, which allows you to connect two phones via Bluetooth. You can manage input from both and interact with them over the vehicle's voice-activated system.

The Uconnect also has a built-in Alexa function. Once activated, you can speak directly to the interface and issue commands to which it will respond. In addition to navigation address input and music selection, you can use it to perform basic tasks, such as unlocking the doors or starting the SUV with your voice. 

The 2021 Dodge Durango’s entertainment system also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This element makes it possible to interact with smartphone apps from your device using the voice controls. 

To learn more about the hands-free features on the 2021 Dodge Durango and other vehicles, contact our Calgary dealership today.
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[New%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/dodge_durango_lane_departure_warning.jpg"alt="Two Dodge Durangos driving side by side on an open road with a hill in the background"/></a>Lane departure warning is a safety tool that helps drivers stay between the lines when they are on the road. It is typically part of a suite of sensor-powered features that are available on most modern vehicles, including the 2021 Dodge Durango

The system uses a camera mounted on the rearview mirror to keep an eye on the road ahead. The sensor looks for yellow or white lane markings and sends a signal through the onboard computer when the driver crosses these lines. 

On the Durango, you get an alert when you start drifting out of your lane, and the system intervenes to correct the steering if you fail to respond. 

Here is a closer look at what these safety tools do:

Lane Departure Warning

This provides audio and visual feedback if the vehicle gets too close to or crosses lane markings. If you activate your turn signal, the system sees it a planned change and will not issue a warning. 

Lane Keep Assist

This system takes the protection a step further. It gently turns the steering wheel or applies the brakes to keep the vehicle within its lane when it detects that you are crossing road lines without activating your signal. 

To learn more about Lane Departure Warning and other sensor-powered features on the 2021 Dodge Durango, contact our Calgary dealership today. 

Why Is a Good Instrument Cluster Display Important in Calgary, AB?

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(Posted on Jun 11, 2021 at 10:01AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=5&asc=1&t=0&filter=[%2CDodge%2CDurango%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C%2C]"><img src="/images/upload/June_2021/2021_dodge_durango_in_cluster.jpg"alt="Close up of in-cluster display with back lighting on 2021 Dodge Durango"/></a>An instrument cluster display is a screen with different indicators and gauges that provides useful driver information. This data can keep you updated on vehicle performance, but it can also alert you of any issues that may arise.  

Vehicles like the 2021 Dodge Durango have customisable displays. However, the most common components that you will see on the dashboard include the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, oil pressure gauge, and turn signal indicator. 

On many cars, there are needle-driven gauges, though other vehicles have digital displays. Some combine the traditional and modern. The Durango offers a full-colour screen with several customisable elements. 

If you look at the Dodge Durango, you will see a variety of readings and icons on the in-cluster display that go beyond the basics. For example, you get fuel economy data, engine performance specifications, and warnings about gas levels, tire pressure, and other factors. This system also offers turn-by-turn navigation directions so that you can plan for upcoming manoeuvre without having to glance at the centre-mounted interface.

The Durango, and many other members of the Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and RAM lineups, provide additional vehicle data and settings on the centre Uconnect console. To learn more about the customisable in-cluster displays, contact our Calgary dealership today.
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