Dodge Expands HIP Colors, Adds New Shakedown Package + New Stripes


Dodge likes their vehicles to stick out, and whether that means with bold color choices, unique designs or powerful engines is up to the buyer. Not only is the 2018 model year the most powerful lineup of Dodge vehicles, but it is also one of the most unique looking thanks to the new HIP colors, the new Shakedown Package and the new stripes and interior package available on the Dodge Durango.

New Shakedown Package

In 2016 Dodge debuted a new set of stripes on an old school 1971 Dodge Challenger at SEMA, and the new stripe design is available to buyers with the addition of the new Shakedown Package available on Challenger Shaker models (Challenger R/T Shaker, Challenger R/T Plus Shaker and Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker). The special stripe design is only available on Challenger Shaker models because the stripe design actually accentuates the shaker by outlining the shaker, but only on one side of the shaker. And not only are the lines unlike traditional racing lines because they don’t only go down the center of the vehicle, but they are actually different thicknesses, which is not typical for racing stripes. The Shakedown Package also includes an improved Alpine speaker system as well as white face gauges on the instrument cluster. The MSRP of the new Shakedown Package is $995, and the package is available with any exterior color.

Dodge Durango’s New Stripes + Carbon Fiber Interior

Before Dodge announced the new Shakedown Package, Dodge announced new stripe options and a new interior option. The new stripe options are available on the Dodge Durango R/T and Durango SRT and they are dual-center stripes and buyers have the option of five different colors. The new interior option, the SRT Interior Appearance Group, is Dodge-Charger-shakedown-package-miami-lakes-automallonly available on the Dodge Durango SRT and it adds carbon fiber to the vehicle’s instrument panel and door bezels as well as a premium-wrapped instrument panel, a Dinamica soft-touch headliner and accent paint on speaker trim rings. The starting MSRP on the SRT Interior Appearance Group is $2,495.

HIP Colors

As Dodge enthusiasts may have expected, Dodge brought back some High Intensity Paint (HIP) colors, (HIP colors are a select group of bright and bold colors that originated back in 1969) to the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. The two new HIP colors, Plum Crazy and B5 Blue, join the other available HIP colors, TorRed and Go Mango, as well as several other bright hues. The two new HIP hues are available on all 2018 Charger models and on the Dodge Challenger, their availability is limited to the Dodge Challenger T/A, T/A Plus and T/A 392.

Want to get a new vehicle that already has a custom look? Dodge makes it easy for owners to get a unique look. Come by Miami Lakes Automall to check out our available Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger and Dodge Durango models. We have many of the unique looking models available right now, but if there is something you want that we don’t have, we can get it for you.


Hamburger House Party 2018

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party

After surveying burgers for the Hamburger House Party 2017, I just had to go check out this year’s event. The party took place on March 10, and oh man, was I stuffed. My name is Jordan, and I’m the same guy that played the part of food critic for burgers by reviewing several burger joints that were available at last year’s Hamburger House Party. Here’s a little recap from this year’s event.

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party Boss Burgers

The Party

Alright, so at the 2018 Hamburger House Party, there were 19 burger joints showing off their best burger. That’s a whole lot of burgers, but they were all miniature sliders, like the picture to the right. They definitely weren’t anything like the one below:

Miami Lakes Hamburger House Party 2








That behemoth would put someone into a coma by the second burger patty. No, they were all small, and I prepared by fasting for 24 hours, so I was good to go. Now, I couldn’t try all 19. With unlimited beer and wine samples, I couldn’t do more than try nine burgers before I turned to dessert to wrap up the night. The sole dessert I tried was “Sweet Fix,” a brulee cake with rum creme and mango butter, by the “Bottoms Up” GastroPub and Tap House. They didn’t win, however – some empanada did.

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Want to Start Racing? We Have Some Pointers for Beginners


If you are finally ready to purchase the muscle car of your dreams, like a Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger or Chevy Camaro, or start racing the muscle car you already own, there’s some questions you probably have, so we’re here to help answer them.

How do I find out about races?

Of course you can always use the internet to find about events and local race tracks, but if you are ready to start racing your vehicle, you are definitely going to want a group of people to talk with about mods, tracks, races and meets, and just learn more about your local race community, so joining a local group, whether that’s a local group of racers or a local group of people that all have the same type of car (there are a lot of groups dedicated to certain car models), is probably one of the best ways to start learning about your new hobby.

I joined a group, now what?

Go observe races and see what it is really like. See what other cars look like and how other people perform. Drag racing is more than just going to the track and driving in a straight line. Go to the track and observe the amount of time and energy it takes to make a car perform at an optimal level on the track. Most tracks have Test & Tune days/nights where your everyday driver can test what their car can do in the 1/4 or 1/8th mile depending on the track. These T&T sessions are usually posted on the tracks website or Facebook page.


Practice is key to being good at anything, and it’s definitely key to becoming a good racer, but DO NOT practice anywhere except the track. Do not practice on the road, you could hurt yourself and others and you also run the risk of getting tickets and even losing your license. Only practice on a track. If you are serious about racing and being good at it, you should really consider taking a couple driving classes where professionals can teach you a variety of new techniques and help you understand things to recognize and feel when you are behind the wheel.


After you have met some people, watched some races and even practiced going at high speeds, then you are finally ready to start investing some money into making your car faster. It’s good to wait to modify your vehicle until you have actually experienced how it handles on the track, and it’s also important to hear about other people’s experiences with their car, maybe they modified something that you thought you wanted it, but they didn’t see great results. Also, modifications can get really expensive fast. You typically can’t modify one thing without modifying something else, so it is important to price things out before you get started. You don’t want to get lightweight wheels before you can get the best tires for them. You don’t want to buy bigger wheels only to realize you don’t have the money to expand your wheel wells enough for them to fit. Don’t rush into things because that can make your project a lot more expensive and take a lot longer.

Finally, don’t forget that when you take drastic measures to add power to your vehicle, you’re also going to need to increase your vehicle’s braking power. While speed is the goal, stopping is what makes it possible for you to try and reach that goal over and over again.

Do you race? Do you want a car you can race? Miami Lakes Automall has the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and the Chevy Camaro, and all of those vehicles are built for the track. If you want to get started, come by Miami Lakes Automall, we can either help you find a new car or find the parts you want to modify your vehicle.


Dodge Durango Makes Upcoming Road Trips Fun and Comfortable


If you are on the hunt for a new passenger vehicle and you want an SUV you’ll be able to use for spring break and summer road trips for years to come, the Dodge Durango should be high on your list. Named by Consumer Guide Automotive as the Large SUV Best Buy for the sixth year in the row, the Durango has more than the basics covered when it comes to going on an awesome road trip.

Passengers + Cargo Capacity

Whether you are in need of a vehicle that can accomodate everyone in your family or a group of friends, the Dodge Durango has a comfortable cabin for up to seven passengers as well as plenty of room for suitcases and all of the gear you need for the beach, camping or anything else you might be doing on your journey.

The Durango is available with more than 50 different seating configurations and buyers have the option of a two-row five-passenger vehicle or a three-row seven-passenger vehicle. There are a couple different seating options for the second and third row seats. The five-passenger configuration features a second-row three-passenger bench seat, and the seven-passenger seating configurations consist of a three passenger 60/40 second-row reclining bench seat and a two-passenger 50/50 split-folding third-row seat, or a three-passenger third-row seat and two captain’s chairs in the second-row.

Towing Capacity

The Durango makes a great vehicle for road trips because it has a maximum towing capacity ranging from 6,200 pounds to best-in-class 8,700 pounds — which is plenty to tow jet skis, a small trailer or a small boat. Also, the Durango is also available as a rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive vehicle, so that makes towing up inclines a breeze.

The Durango is available with three engines, a 3.6-liter V6 engine, a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine and the all-new Durango SRT is available with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. The 3.6-liter engine provides a towing capacity of 6,200 pounds, the 5.7L engine increases the Durango’s towing capacity of 7,400 pounds and the 6.4L engine gives the Durango SRT a best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 8,700 pounds.

Entertainment and Tech

Worried about a car full of people getting bored on the road? The Dodge Durango is available with the Premium Entertainment Group package and it includes available single- and dual-screen options, wireless headphones and a six-speaker BeatsAudio Premium Speaker System.

Of course, the Durango’s standard entertainment and tech options are impressive as well. The Durango comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display, Uconnect 4, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a six-speaker audio system. The Durango is also available with a few different USB ports and that helps all passengers keep their mobile devices charged up while on a long trip.

Year-Round Versatility

Road trips aside, the Durango is an excellent daily driver SUV. It has a comfortable and modern cabin that provides a safe and quiet ride. The Durango’s seating options are great for reconfiguring the vehicle to accomodate a vehicle full of family or friends or a vehicle full of groceries and the big items you just bought for the house.

Dodge Durango Availability

Miami Lakes Automall has a large selection of Dodge Durango models, including the newest Dodge Durango SRT, and you can come by and test drive them today. Miami Lakes Automall is home to seven brands, so if you want to test out more than just the Durango, you can test out our other available seven-passenger vehicles at Miami Lakes Chrysler (Chrysler Pacifica), Miami Lakes Kia (Kia Sedona) and Miami Lakes Chevy (Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Equinox and the Chevy Suburban).


Dodge Challenger Named Most Dependable in Midsize Sporty Car Class


J.D. Power recently released the results of the 2018 Dependability Study which examines 2015 model year vehicles and the 2015 Dodge Challenger was ranked the Most Dependable in the midsize sporty car segment.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger had better results than its competitor, the 2015 Chevy Camaro. The 2015 Dodge Challenger earned five out of five ratings in three of the four dependability categories, which include: Feature and Accessory Dependability; Body and Interior Dependability; and Overall Dependability.

J.D. Power Dependability Study

The J.D. Power Dependability Study examines the number of issues reported in the last 12 months by original owners of 3-year-old vehicles to determine which vehicles are the most reliable. Vehicles and brands are evaluated based on the number of problems per 100 models.

J.D. Power has been one of the most trusted resources in the automotive world and their surveys rely on data provided by tens of thousands of participants. In addition to the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), the other major automotive studies that J.D. Power conducts each year include the Initial Quality Study (IQS) and the Automotive Performance Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

2015 Dodge Challenger

There were a lot of enhancements made to the Dodge Challenger in the 2015, so we’re not surprised to see it earn the top spot in its class. In 2015, the Challenger lineup expanded with the addition of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, and it became the most powerful V8 muscle car in the world (at the time, that title now goes to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon). The Challenger SRT Hellcat produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. In addition to the new Challenger SRT Hellcat, Dodge also introduced three new performance ‘Shaker’ models to the 2015 Challenger lineup, giving consumers powerful and affordable options.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger also earned numerous awards during its model year. In 2015, the Dodge Challenger was named Highest in Initial Quality in its class in .J.D Power Initial Quality Study, it earned the top spot in its class in the J.D. Power APEAL Study and it’s Best Retained Value Award in the entry sports car segment.

Miami Lakes Automall Has the Dodge Challenger

Interested in the Dodge Challenger? Come by Miami Lakes Automall to check out our Dodge Challenger inventory and take a model for a test drive. We have a number of new Dodge Challenger models as well as used Dodge Challenger models. While we don’t know which vehicle will rank highest in next year’s J.D. Power DVS, the 2015 model year was just the beginning of all of the improvements Dodge has made to the Challenger lineup.

Safety and Warranty

When it comes to safety and warranty, Kia shines. Kia is one of the few brands that makes all safety features the same on all trims. Kia also back all of their vehicles with a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and a five-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty.

Want to take a look at the highest ranked small car in the 2018 J.D. Power Dependability Study? Come to Miami Lakes Kia and check out our selection of Kia Rio models. If you are looking for something a little bigger, we have all Kia models available for you to test drive.



History Review of the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Dodge Challenger History

Over 50 years ago, the first Dodge Challenger was built in 1958, known as the Dodge Silver Challenger, to rival the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. Following that was the Dodge Charger, produced to introduce the new 426 HEMI engine from Dodge. Today, both vehicles are still going strong thanks to constant innovation like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, or simply the performance and control a Dodge vehicle delivers.

Dodge Charger

The first of muscle cars to come from the Dodge automaker was actually a sedan that soon transformed into a bit of sports car with pony car power. When the Charger was first introduced as a concept in 1946, the national public didn’t care too much for it, and the concept was shelved until 20 years later. The first-generation Dodge Charger was produced in 1966, only six years after the first generation Challenger.

Based off of the Dodge Coronet, the first-generation Dodge Charger was designed to be a high-speed street racer with a fastback roof design and full-width tail lamps. Although based off of the Coronet, early Dodge Chargers could easily be mistaken for a Dodge Challenger given that early Dodge Chargers also came with a two-door setup. In its seventh generation today, the Charger resurrected the aerodynamic look of its second generation and consisted of only three trims – the SE, R/T, and R/T AWD, all powered by the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

Nowadays, the 2018 Dodge Charger has nine trims to its name, two of which come with an all-wheel drivetrain, two more are a blast from the past, and then we have the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, the sedan version of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The most powerful, of course, is the SRT Hellcat, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine, capable of generating 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 204 mph for the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

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Don’t Forget To Do These 3 Things When Towing Your Boat


Boats are a lot of fun, but they come with a lot of responsibility, especially if you need to tow your boat to the water each time you want to use it. While the Dodge Durango has excellent towing capabilities (best-in-class towing capacity of 8,700 pounds) and convenient towing features, there are still a lot of things drivers need to remember each time they tow their boat to the water!

When Towing Your Boat to the Water, Don’t Forget To:

 Know the Numbers Before Buying

It doesn’t matter whether you bought the boat or your tow vehicle first, but when it comes to buying the second item (boat or vehicle), you better make sure it is compatible with the first item you bought. For example, if you already have the vehicle you plan to tow with and you know its towing capacity is 8,000 pounds, don’t buy a boat that weighs 8,000 pounds when it is out of the water! In addition to the weight of the boat trailer, stocking up the boat with ice, water and fuel adds a lot of weight to the boat and that could exceed the safe amount of weight your vehicle can tow. On the other hand, if you already own the boat and you need to buy a vehicle to tow it, make sure you know the weight of the boat and trailer so that you can make an educated decision on which capable tow vehicle to buy.

Secure Items in the Boat

When it comes to towing your boat to the boat ramp, your responsibilities start before you even leave the house. Before you leave with your vehicle and boat, be sure to check that all of the items in the boat are secured so they won’t fly out! Not only is it really expensive to replace things like floats and cushions, it is also really dangerous for large items like that to fly out of the vehicle while on the road!

2 Essentials

There are two very, very important things drivers need to do right before heading down the boat ramp to get the boat in the water, and all too often, they are forgotten. Don’t forget to put the drain plug in and don’t forget to engage all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. If either of those steps are forgotten, a driver has a really good chance of sinking their boat or their vehicle!

Towing Power of the Dodge Durango

The Dodge Durango offers best-in-class towing capabilities. New to the 2018 model year is the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT and it is equipped with a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is enough power for the Durango SRT to tow up to 8,700 pounds. A step below the 6.4-liter engine is the available 5.7-liter engine and it produces 360 horsepower, 390 lb-ft of torque and gives the Durango a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, which is also best-in-class. The third available engine option is a 3.6-liter V6 engine and though it is the smallest on the lineup, it still has a great towing capacity. The 3.6-liter engine produces 290 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque and helps the Durango achieve a maximum towing capacity of 6,200 pounds.

In addition to powerful engine options, the Durango is also a great vehicle for towing because it has some helpful features. The 2018 Durango is available with a rear mounted camera that provides clear video of the items being trailered behind the vehicle, which is super nice when you are a little worried about how everything is going while you are driving. Secondly, the Durango is available with all-wheel-drive that has a low-range transfer case which helps ease certain maneuvers like pulling a boat up a steep launch or backing up with a trailer.

Interested in a 2018 Dodge Durango? Come by Miami Lakes Dodge to check out our available selection of Dodge Durango models. We have everything from the base trim to the all-new Durango SRT. We are open seven days a week, so come by and test drive them today!


No Production Car Has Ever Been Built Like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Miami Lakes Automall 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

When it comes to high performance pony cars, many consumers think of Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford. The top contenders for the muscle car market are the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Corvette, and Ford Mustang. Thanks to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Dodge name will be holding the gold medal of muscle cars for years to come. Even with their latest incarnations, neither the Mustang nor the Corvette can match the Demon’s racing times, and no other automaker has done what Dodge did to make the SRT Demon a reality.


The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the only vehicle made to be a drag strip racer from the moment it hits the lot. Many cars can be tuned up with aftermarket components and engineering, such as the infamous Chevy Corvette Exorcist, one aftermarket creation designed to take on the Dodge Challenger Demon. The Dodge SRT Demon is made to be the end all muscle car with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine that can generate up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque.

Those numbers aren’t even the standard. The only way consumers can achieve that kind of output is by making use of the parts and accessories found in the Dodge Demon Crate. Does that still count as factory produced? Maybe there’s a little controversy there, but when it comes to racing times, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon speaks for itself, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph and finish a quarter mile faster than the big names in the muscle car market, including the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Wins Roadshow Driveline Technology of the Year Award

Miami Lakes Automall Dodge SRT Demon Roadshow Driveline Award

Though the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was introduced to the public a little less than a year ago, it’s still owning the spotlight among car enthusiasts and being awarded by auto professionals for its prowess. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the world’s fastest factory production car. It produces 840 horsepower, accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and finishes a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds.

While the Challenger SRT Demon’s track numbers are the winning point for most car enthusiasts, the winning point for car professionals is its original, innovative and meticulous engine design, and it just snagged another award for its engineering brilliance. “Roadshow by CNET” awarded the Challenger SRT Demon with the 2018 Roadshow Shift Award in the Driveline Technology of the Year category.

Roadshow Shift Awards

The Roadshow Shift Awards highlight the technologies and products in the automotive world today and each year, the Roadshow Shift Awards measure how innovative and important developments in the car industry are. Those that win an award aren’t just setting a standard, they’re leading the industry in a better direction for a smarter, more sustainable, and entertaining future.

2018 Roadshow Shift Award for Driveline Technology of the Year

This year, the Challenger SRT Demon was recognized by Roadshow Shift Awards for its driveline technology.  

“Our performance-minded designers and engineers worked tirelessly to shake the foundation of the entire performance car industry with the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon … In the quest for domination at the drag strip, Dodge//SRT engineers reviewed and strengthened every piece of the drivetrain to ensure it provides the ultimate in performance and durability.” – Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America.

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Bondurant Racing School Now Open to the Dodge SRT Demon

Miami Lakes Automall SRT Bondurant Racing School Demon

Remember back when we discussed the Bondurant Racing School? It’s the driving school that partnered up with Dodge/SRT to deliver the education and skills necessary to not only handle the power of Dodge muscle cars and SRT vehicles, but also gives them a chance to do a little drag racing. Well now that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is making the rounds and orders are being delivered, Bondurant has opened a new program designed specifically for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Strap into your racing harness, because you’re going to need it when this beast goes from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds.

How to Get into the SRT/Bondurant Racing School

Is your adrenaline pumping already? Settle down, cowboy. There’s a few requirements before one can get behind the wheel of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. All automotive enthusiasts that wish to participate and attend classes at the Bondurant Racing School need to be of 18 years old or more to be eligible. Second, only drivers can attend the school, it’s not a place to socialize and take pictures.

There’s a third pseudo-requirement if wanting to take classes for free. If having purchased or leased a US-market SRT vehicle with a VIN from 2015 – 2018 (or the present) after April 1, 2015 will immediately have the fee for the classes waived. Meaning the cost of the classes are included in the vehicle, but owners or lessees of an SRT vehicle produced after 2015 only have a year to redeem the free day at school. Otherwise, they, and those who have not purchased or leased an SRT vehicle, will need to pay the standard price of admission – $699.

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