Dodge Durango Beats The Competition – Don’t Take Our Word For It

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The auto market is swarming with SUVs and crossovers these days, and with all of the available options it’s hard to know how to separate the good from the not-so-good. That’s why it’s important to do one’s research when car shopping. It’s even better if you have a go-to blog to read about the choices out there. Excuse us while we plug in this neon sign. Today, we’re talking about the Dodge Durango.

Stunning Reviews

Let’s get past the fluff and the sale and right to why the 2017 Dodge Durango beats the competition. A quick Google search shows you many reviews for this SUV, and we can’t say we’re surprised when they’re all great. U.S. News gives it an 8.4/10; Car and Driver gives it a 4/5; gives the Durango a 4.9/5; and KBB gives it a 9.1/10. That’s a whole lot of sources giving the Dodge Durango superb ratings.

U.S. News highlights the powerful V8 option for those that want to tow and haul cargo (7,400 pounds towing capacity). However, if you don’t need to tow, the Dodge Durango has 84.5 cubic-feet of cargo space*. Just look at the picture above, that’s ridiculous. Plus, Uconnect has gotten so good these days, available with Bluetooth connectivity and a Wi-Fi hotspot, and if you consider the available dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment systems, drivers and passengers can find many ways to be entertained.

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Do You Know These Popular Dodge Terms?

Miami Lakes Popular Dodge Terms

Dodge has been making a name for itself since the late 1950’s, and since the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, they began their muscle car legacy. From that point on, they developed new terms for all of their special performance car features.

Shaker Hood

Also known as the “shaker scoop,” a shaker hood has a scoop-shaped unit attached to the air intake of a car engine that protrudes through an opening in the hood. As the engine makes use of air and fuel, the vibration of engine combustion causes the scoop to shake, giving the illusion that the entire car is shaking due to the power of the engine. It was used on many cars, such as the 1969 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, the 1969/1970 Boss 302 Mustang, as well as the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda before appearing on the 1970 second generation of the Dodge Challenger. Today however, no one thinks of the shaker hood without immediately also thinking of Dodge.

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Spruce Up Dad’s Dodge This Father’s Day

Miami Lakes Fathers Day Dodge Packages

“Dada” is usually said to be the first word a baby can pronounce. Fathers like to take a little pride in this, but it’s actually the first word because it’s easier for babies to pronounce. However, if you have a loving father in your life, then you’ve probably made them proud more than once, and learned to share joy, love, and laughs. Why not return it this Father’s Day with some thoughtful gifts, especially if your old man drives a Dodge.

Does He Like Speed?

Is Pops driving a Dodge Challenger or Charger? There’s many muscle car enthusiasts out there, and he may be one of them. However, not everyone can afford SRT or Hellcat model prices. Check out the Bondurant Racing School. For a single day, dad can drive in cars like the SRT Hellcat and on the track in a Viper GT. Experience the speed without the $60,000 price tag.

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Dodge Durango Brass Monkey is One Funky Monkey

Miami Lakes Dodge Durango Brass Monkey

The Dodge Durango Brass Monkey will crush other SUVs by appearance alone. Some of the finer accessories have been made available to the consumer, and the Brass Monkey package brings back the look of the Durango Limited, a trim that is no longer available. The package was released as an option for the Durango R/T first, but Dodge knows not all of its consumers can jump the gap to $40k+ with ease. So they recently unleashed the Brass Monkey for the Dodge Durango GT for people who are more budget conscious, and it’s one funky monkey. (they did the same thing with the Dodge Scat Pack Dynamics Package)

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The Dodge SRT Demon Pricing Announced by FCA

Miami Lakes 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Pricing

Just when you think the hype about the SRT Demon is dying down, Dodge is like “Naw, we just getting started.” We covered the Demon pretty in-depth not too long ago, with a page on Dodge Challenger SRT Demon performance, but this next bit of news will shock everyone. Seems that the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, more powerful than the SRT Hellcat, will actually only cost $20k more than its predecessor to own. The starting MSRP is $84,995; with all the goodies in the Demon, that’s a steal.

Anyone who’s been following the SRT Demon already knows the kind of power it’s packing. With the highest horsepower V8 production car engine ever made, the starting output is 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque. We say starting, because with the Demon Crate (see below), you can get the most out of the Demon, a whopping 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. Able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds, and covering a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds, it’s almost hard not to opt in for that little extra. Before we dive into it though, check out what comes standard on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Standard Features

Under the hood is the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8, paired to a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with factory-production car exclusive TransBrake. The TransBrake can be used by the driver to rev up the engine and then release for that wheelie-popping launch, along with Torque Reserve that delivers a little extra oomph in all the right ways. With the largest functional hood scoop of any production car (45.2 square inches), the Air-Grabber induction system sucks in the the most air possible to burn through the Demon’s engine. With all that fuel and air burning, the engine needs to keep cool, and that’s why Dodge installed a factory-first, an innovative SRT Power Chiller liquid-to-air intercooler chiller system. This reroutes some of the power of the air conditioner system as part of the air intake to keep the engine cool.

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Brotherhood of Muscle

Miami Lakes Brotherhood Of Muscle

For those of you that haven’t heard the news, Vin Diesel, the actor that portrays Dominic Toretto in the Fast & Furious film series, recently joined the Dodge family. Wow, that’s actually kind of cool if you think about it. Dodge and Diesel recently worked together to make three commercials for Dodge, a mini-series called “The Brotherhood of Muscle.” They all star Diesel whilst he drives a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and a Dodge Durango R/T. But is it all just business? No, not entirely.

The newest Fast & Furious film, Fate of the Furious, knocked it out of the park on a global scale. It grabbed the number one film spot in the entire world and had the world’s biggest global opening of all time. Furious 7 held the title for one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide, so we have to wonder if the numbers are due to the plot of The Fate of the Furious where Dom turns on his own, or if it had to do with the recent debut of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Both came out around the same time.

“Dodge and SRT vehicles have an attitude and presence that provide their owners with much more than just transportation … Customers who choose to purchase a Dodge from among nearly 300 available vehicle nameplates intentionally do so to make a personal statement. As Dom Toretto, Vin has played an integral part in the development of the Dodge attitude, since his 1970 Charger appeared in ‘The Fast and the Furious.’ It is very fitting to now have Vin become an official member of the Dodge brand family.” – Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.

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Prepare for Hamburger House Party and Go Eat Burgers, We Did

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To prepare for the Hamburger House Party, we sent out one of our writers, Jordan Rodriguez, to a few of the 23 local burger places attending the event to give us the inside scoop and idea of what to expect at this year’s competition. Ready to tempt your tastebuds? Here are his thoughts.

Miami Lakes Automall Hamburger House Party Pincho Factory Pincho Burger

Pincho Factory

The first burger I tried was at the Pincho Factory; at first glance of the logo you wouldn’t guess it, but a direct translation would say “Skewer Factory”. I definitely saw a couple of skewer-eating patrons during my visit, but this is about burgers, people. The Pincho Factory is actually creating a special burger for the Hamburger House Party this month, but it was unavailable at the time – top secret, hush hush. When asked about their most popular, they suggested the Pincho Burger or the Toston. The Toston burger is served using plantains as the bun, and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about that, so I decided to go with the burger named after the restaurant. I’m glad I did.

The Pincho Burger comes with lettuce, tomato, onions, cheese, potato sticks, and a secret pink sauce; I’m not a fan of onions so I requested mine be sans onion. It all comes on a brioche bun, a welcome change of pace. The potato sticks added a nice salty taste – not overwhelming, but enough to not make me regret passing on an order of fries. Although a little on the thin side, the burger patty was full of flavor that hit me immediately; it’s cooked medium and had a bit of that off-the-grill taste.

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Miami Lakes Automall Returns to Burger Beast’s Hamburger House Party

Miami Lakes Automall Hamburger House Party

Attention: all  foodies! Have you heard about Burger Beast’s Hamburger House Party taking place on Friday, May 26 from 7-10 p.m. at the Magic City Casino? That’s the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, and that would be a great way to start the three-day vacay.

Hamburger House Party

Miami Lakes Automall is a long-time sponsor of the Hamburger House Party and several other Burger Beast events throughout the year. This year’s Hamburger House Party will have burgers from 23 local burger establishments (unlimited samples), and all of them will be serving up their most delicious burger to compete for the Hamburger House Party Trophy.

At the end of the event, a group of judges will pick the best burger at the party, but party goers will also have a say to vote for their favorite as well. The judge panel consist of SoBeFest’s Founder Lee Schrager, NBC 6 in the Mix’s Roxy Vargas, Pastry Chef & Donut Creator Extraordinaire Max Santiago, Director Billy Corben, and Latin House & Madlove’s Chef/Owner Michell Sanchez. A great mix they got there, with not just chefs but also everyday folk. With that in mind, we’d like to point out we put together a little teaser for the Hamburger House Party.

Tickets to the event are $40, and trust us, you’ll be stuffed once you leave the event. Tickets include unlimited samples from all 23 of the Hamburger House Party competitors plus chips from Chifles, french fries from McDonald’s, and desserts by Bocas House & Night Owl Cookie Co. Collaboration, Dough Miami, Sweetness Bakeshop, and Velvet Creme Doughnuts. Drink options include cocktail samples from Tito’s Vodka by DRINK Miami, craft beer Samples from Concrete Beach Brewery, Funky Buddha Brewery, MIA Beer Company & TANK Brewing Co as well as soft drinks and water. All attendees must be 21+ to enter the event.  

You can purchase tickets to the Hamburger House Party here OR try to win a pair of tickets in our Facebook social media contests that are currently live! In addition to free tickets, winners of the Miami Lakes Automall competition receive free admission to the Burger Museum (yes, Burger Beast has made a BURGER MUSEUM), and they can enter the event an hour early!

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Performance Parts Explained – Dodge

Miami Lakes Performance Parts Dodge

Ever find yourself reading about a Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger, and all these high-tech terms stand out? It’s a little irritating reading about cold air intakes and dual air extractors, having no idea what any of that means. What’s worse is automaker websites seem to forget their average consumer didn’t grow up in an auto shop, so a lot of us don’t know what’s so special about all those components they add that make a performance vehicle so powerful. That’s why we’re starting this series – Performance Parts Explained. This week, we’re looking at many of the performance parts found on Dodge muscle cars.

What’s Under the Hood

The most important part under the hood of a vehicle is, without a doubt, that powerful revving engine. Here’s some of the components you might notice on, or under, the hood of a Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger.

Air Catcher Scoop – Take a look at the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. See that huge opening that nearly stretches across the entire hood? That’s an air catcher scoop, and you can find a similar, smaller version on the Hellcat and other trims. They’re designed to increase the volume of air introduced to the engine, for more power of course. Some are operated by a vacuum to suck even more air in as the car drives along. When it comes to the SRT Demon, the engine sucks in about 1,000 cubic feet of air per minute.

Cold Air Intake – If you’ve ever browsed the Mopar Performance Parts catalog, this component has most likely come up. A cold air intake replaces the factory-installed air intake, moving the origination point of intake outside of the engine compartment so that colder air is introduced into an engine’s cylinders, versus the warmer air already in and around the engine. Colder air is denser than warmer air, and the more oxygen the engine can burn, the more power it can deliver.

Headlight Air Catcher - Here’s a neat design. Sometimes, a headlight in a vehicle isn’t just a headlight. Today, halogen headlamps are being replaced by LEDs, which are a lot smaller and offer some room for modification. On the Dodge SRT Demon, being that the headlamps are powered by LEDS, a small 2.6-inch passage lies in the center, acting as another air intake to feed air directly into the airbox and then the engine.

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The Dodge SRT Demon, Then and Now

Miami Lakes Dodge SRT Demon Then Now

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuted this year at the New York International Auto Show, and it pretty much impressed everyone. Of course, it has its challengers, mostly after-factory vehicles, but we’re not here to duke it out. It’s time to take a look at the ol’ Demon and its journey from 1971 to now. You may be surprised to learn it wasn’t always a Challenger, and had a lot of controversy for several reasons.

1971 Dodge Dart Demon

In 1971 the Dodge Dart got a new addition to the lineup, and the new model was based off the Plymouth Duster platform, a Chrysler vehicle. However, Dodge called their model the Dodge Demon, and it was available in two trims – a 1971 Dodge Demon two-door coupe and a 1971 Dodge Demon 340 two-door coupe. Basically, one was more powerful than the other. Both featured a grille different than their parent vehicle, the Dart, as well as differing rear taillight assembly.

Buyers had the choice of fourteen body paint colors, and four High Impact Paint colors for a little extra style. The base model could be powered by either a 198 cubic inch slant six or a 318 cubic inch V-8. engine. A vinyl roof was optional, and vinyl front bench seat came standard with three available interior colors – blue, tan, or black. All of this, and the part that really brings a tear to our eyes? The base model was priced at a mere $2,343.

1971 Demon Controversy

Initially, the Demon was to be called the “Beaver”. This was short-lived after Chrysler’s marketing department learned it’s slang for a certain part of female anatomy. So, to avoid confrontation, it was renamed the Demon, but that turned out to be problematic as well. Some religious groups didn’t take kindly to the name, “Demon”, nor were they fans of the devilish cartoon character sporting a pitchfork as the Dodge Demon logo.

This was probably more so because when offering to show off the car, the term used was a “demon-stration”. Not the smartest move, but Dodge wasn’t going to crumble under the pressure and continued on with the Dodge Demon name.

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