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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.

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.

The 2018 Dodge Durango in Calgary: What Factors Contribute to Towing Power?

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(Posted on May 28, 2021 at 06:00PM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=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/May_2021/Dodge_Durango_V8_towing.png"alt="Dodge Durango with a surfboard on its roof towing a small recreational vehicle"/></a>The 2018 Dodge Durango is an example of a highly capable SUV that can function as a transporter or a utility vehicle (for tasks like hauling). What factors make this auto ideal for towing? 

Engine Size

Engine size does matter when it comes to towing, and the figure that best illustrates hauling power is torque. Here is a look at the 2018 Dodge Durango's different options: 

 
Engine: Towing Max / Torque
3.6L Pentastar V6: 2,812 kg / 260 lb.-ft
5.7L HEMI V8: 3,265 kg / 390 lb.-ft
6.4L SRT HEMI V8: 3,946 kg / 470 lb.-ft

Fuel Economy

Though larger engines can pull more, they also use gas at a faster rate. The best strategy for auto shoppers, then, is to find a vehicle that meets their towing capacity needs, but does not exceed them. For many recreational users, the 2,812 kg maximum offered by the Durango's Pentastar V6 will be sufficient. If you select this option, you get a fuel economy rating of 9.6 L/100 km (highway).

Other Considerations

Other factors -  including axle ratio, suspension, transmission, and overall vehicle weight rating - affect towing prowess, too. The hitch receiver also matters. For example, Durango models have a Class IV unit, which is for heavy-duty hauling. 

To learn more about towing features on the used Dodge Durango, contact our Calgary dealership today.

The 2018 Dodge Durango in Calgary: What Are the Advantages of Larger Wheels?

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(Posted on May 28, 2021 at 10:23AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=1&t=0&filter=[Used%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/May_2021/Dodge_durango_wheels.png"alt="White 2018 Dodge Durango driving on a trail with hills in the background"/></a>For most people, the decision to opt for larger wheels is based on esthetics. Bigger (19 or 20-inch) units tend to look more appealing than smaller ones, which may appear disproportionate (especially on a full-size vehicle like the Dodge Durango.) 

The 2018 Durango, for example, owes its attractive appearance - at least in part - to its 20-inch wheels. However, there are other advantages to switching to larger tires. 

More traction

Larger wheels have more overall surface area, which means better contact with the road. This can significantly improve the traction and grip on the pavement, especially when it is wet or icy. 

Better handling around corners and curves

Again, since larger wheels translate to more contact with the ground, a stiffer sidewall, and a wider tread, 20-inchers perform better around corners and on curvy roads.

Better braking

The improved contact with the ground also increases stopping effectiveness. Paired with high-quality brakes, this can dramatically reduce the distance it takes to slow down. The 2018 Dodge Durango includes massive Brembo units, which increase power and help you take full advantage of the larger tire surface area.

To see the 2018 Dodge Durango for yourself and to discuss wheel options with us, contact our Calgary dealership today.

The 2018 Dodge Durango in Calgary: Why Is Axle Ratio Important?

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(Posted on May 28, 2021 at 09:42AM by Josh Lew)
<a href="https://renfrewchrysler.com/inventory#/?&orderBy=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/May_2021/2018_dodge_durango_axle_ratio.png"alt="Dark blue 2018 Dodge Durango parked in front of a silver wall"/></a>The axle ratio is a measure of how much torque gets channeled from your engine to the tires. It is usually represented by a number denoting how many driveshaft turns are required to make one complete revolution. 

For example, if you were using the 2018 Dodge Durango with AWD, the ratio would be 3.45:1. This means the driveshaft has to make 3.45 turns for the axle to perform one complete revolution.

Why is this figure important? 

It is vital if you expect to tow or haul heavy loads with your vehicle. A high axle ratio means more torque to the axles, and therefore, greater towing capacity. Depending on the engine, this trait may reduce speed and increase fuel use.

Most vehicles give you several options to choose based on your needs. The 2018 Dodge Durango, for example, has axle ratios of 3.45 (V6 AWD), 3.27 (V6 RWD), 3.09 (V8), and 3.70 (SRT). 

You could select the higher ratios if you expected to do a lot of off-road travel or heavy towing. If you don't need it, however, and preferred to preserve your fuel economy, you can choose a lower figure.

To inquire about the Dodge Durango and its axle ratio options, 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/May_2021/chrysler_dual_exaust.jpg"alt="New Chrysler 300 driving on a road at sunset with mountains in the distance"/></a>Dual exhaust systems are associated with performance vehicles. Though these components can bring additional power, some are not authentic. Cars may have a single pipe for airflow, but use a Y-split near the back bumper to make it appear like it has two. 

Legitimate dual exhaust systems allow the engine to breathe better by letting the gasses out of the cylinders faster, which, in turn, speeds up the combustion cycle. The auto typically has a catalytic converter and wider-than-normal tailpipes to prevent pressure from building up in any part of the powertrain. This helps to maximize performance and maintain a consistent power-band. 

A well-engineered dual exhaust system can increase both efficiency and horsepower. Performance vehicles like the Dodge Challenger and Charger offer this type of feature; but, more unexpectedly, you can also find it on premium trims of some sedans, including the Chrysler 300. These rides are no longer intended solely for everyday commutes. They instead promise exceptional outputs, branding them ideal for work and play alike. 

To find out which cars, SUVs, and trucks have the best dual exhaust systems, contact our Calgary, AB dealership today - and don't forget to schedule a test-drive in one of our available Dodge or Chrysler models as well.


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