2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Named The Most Efficient Full-Size Pickup Truck

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Purchasing a pickup truck can sometimes be a tricky process, specifically concerning how big the bed is, its towing capabilities, and engine power, among other things. Unfortunately, when buying a pickup truck, fuel efficiency usually isn’t at the top of the priority list. Today, as modern technology evolves, fortunately, so does engine technology. Currently, a lot of trucks offer impressive horsepower, plenty of torque, high payload ratings, and all while saving consumers a few bucks at the pump. And so, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has launched a new eTorque 48-volt mild hybrid system on its all-new 2019 Ram 1500 V8 and V6 engines – prompting some impressive MPG figures.

When equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 engine, 4×2 configuration, and the new eTorque technology, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the 2019 Ram 1500 can deliver 20 mpg in the city, 25 on the highway, and 22 mpg combined (with real-wheel drivetrain). Additionally, once the pickup truck has the four-wheel drive added, all three MPG numbers drop by one number – 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. Those are significant improvements in comparison to last year, which without the eTorque system, the Ram 1500 had a maximum fuel efficiency of 17 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined.

Furthermore, when the 2019 Ram 1500 is loaded by the more powerful 5.7-liter V8 eTorque system, the EPA figures show 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway, and 19 mpg combined – once in two-wheel-drive. Clearly, the numbers decrease a little bit and are still good. Fortunately, because of the mild-hybrid capabilities of the 48-volt system, the 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque system essentially combines the advantages of idling on battery power when the engine is on and the effortless acceleration of an electric motor before slowly transitioning to all-gas power.

In taking the place of the standard alternator, the 2018 Ram 1500’s eTorque system offers a ten-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack, along with the conventional lead-acid battery. For the 2019 model year, the body of the Ram 1500 is the model for efficiency through engineering. Due to the Ram’s innovative multi-link coil and solid-rear axle arrangement, frequency response damping shock absorbers, and the enhanced aerodynamics, the smaller electric motor delivers more refined and smoother gear shifts. Also, the Ram 1500 sheds about 225 pounds thanks to those improved aerodynamics, and with a towing capacity of nearly 13,000 pounds, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 certainly doesn’t sacrifice capabilities either. All-in-all, it’s clear why the 2019 Ram 1500 wins the title as the most efficient full-size pickup truck on the market.

As the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 continues to make headlines, we look forward to whatever else the Ram brand throws our way. Here at the Miami Lakes AutoMall , we have the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 in stock and waiting for a new home. Stop by for a test drive at our location in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection. If you are on Florida’s west coast, stop by our sister Ram dealership in Cape Coral.

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Maximize Your Tailgating Experience With These Easy Tips

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Ah, yes…Football season is upon us and we all know what that means – TAILGATING! Usually consisting of eating and drinking before a big game event, tailgating is truly a uniquely American tradition. According to the American Tailgaters Association, the first occurrence of tailgating occurred in mid-summer of 1861—a full eight years before the first football game—in Manassas, Virginia, before Confederate forces and Union soldiers met in the First Battle of Bull Run on—you guessed it—a Sunday. Today, tailgating has gotten pretty involved. What used to be a six pack of beer and sitting on the back of your buddies pickup truck has now turned into an elaborate party. So, to ensure you’re prepared for gameday, we’ve put together some tips to maximize your tailgating experience.

Be Prepared

It’s super important to be as prepared as possible, especially if you’re hosting a huge tailgate party. We recommend making a list of all the necessities and then some. Also, visit the stadium website for rules and regulations on tailgating and take advantage of the apps specifically made for tailgating prep. Cook as much as possible before arriving at the stadium, and for those using a grill, cook in large quantities before guests arrive to avoid spending the whole time parked behind the grill. Additionally, get creative with food while sticking to the classics (homemade buffalo chicken dip, yummy). Did you know if you throw some sage and rosemary on bbq charcoals, it acts as a natural mosquito repellent? You’re welcome.

Stay Clean

As exciting as tailgating can be, it’s important to stay mindful of your area and clean up after yourself. Fortunately, football stadiums typically have dumpsters located throughout the property and trash bins at just about every corner in the parking lot. An awesome tip in creating your own garbage bin is using a pop-up and folding hamper. Additionally, using a cardboard six-pack container works great to store condiments and utensils – which also makes for an easy pass around. Also, by filling an empty industrial-sized laundry detergent container, you can create a convenient hand-washing station for guests.

Rain or Shine

If you’re a South Florida resident or have previously visited, it’s no secret that South Florida is notorious for random thunderstorms happening at any given moment of the day. So in order to be prepared for whatever mother nature throws your way, it’s essential to not only be aware of any potential passing rain clouds but also have necessary rain supplies readily available. Also, pop-up tents make for perfect shelter during rainy weather, and just in case it gets a little windy, bring something heavy to weigh down the legs.

Tailgating Entertainment

As previously mentioned, Tailgating usually consists of drinking and eating, but why not mix things up a bit? There are plenty of tailgating games that get everyone involved and even some neighboring tailgaters too. Sure, tailgaters can always opt for the classic back and forth football toss, but tailgate games like bean bag toss, ladder golf, and washer pitching are also big hits.

Tailgate Not Required

Pickup trucks are usually the initial go-to for tailgating, but SUVs and minivans are great alternatives for those pregame festivities. In fact, a van or SUV can provide for a very usable space that can quickly be closed in the event of poor weather. And, the back hatch can serve as a bit of protection from the weather.” Pre-gamers should consider packing plastic storage containers that are clearly labeled to keep those tailgating supplies organized.     

Please keep in mind that tailgating is an all-day event, hydration is key! Packing frozen bottles of water will not only keep things in the cooler cold, but ice-cold water will be readily available once that hot weather kicks in. Here at Miami Lakes Auto Mall, we offer plenty of trucks and SUVs that are perfect for any tailgating experience. Stop by our store located in Davie, FL or follow us on social media for more tailgating tips!   

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The 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab: The Beast Of Luxury

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In today’s world, we’re a little spoiled in terms of demanding more than just the average function from your vehicle. These days, consumers require state-of-the-art technology while lusting after a beautiful exterior style. Fortunately, the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has just that and then some.

Under The Hood

For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has a powerful 395 horsepower 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT) and a Multi-Displacement System (MDS) included. According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), VVT improves engine breathing, which improves engine efficiency and power. Ram’s fuel-saving MDS seamlessly alternates between smooth, high-fuel-economy four-cylinder mode when less power is needed, and V-8 mode when more power from the new 5.7-liter HEMI engine is in demand. The 5.7-liter engine has the option of upgrading to an eTorque System and is matched at an eight-speed automatic 8HP75 transmission.

Once equipped with the 5.7-liter V8 engine, the Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab has a maximum towing capacity of 11,340 pounds and a payload capacity, when properly equipped, of 1,770 pounds. The HEMI engine also allows for a pretty sweet entry-ramp acceleration on the highway. The Ram 1500 Laramie has a fuel economy of 20 mpg on the highway, mainly due to the active air dams and upper grille shutters to improve its aerodynamics at higher speeds. FCA engineers also decreased the Ram 1500s weight by 225 lbs. This is due to the high-strength steel, composites, and aluminum to shave the extra pounds.

Inside + Out

The exterior style of the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab is sleek and can make anyone look like a Star Wars Villain – thanks to the sculpted hood, shiny headlamps, and elaborate in-your-face grille design. As mentioned in our “2019 Ram Storage Compartments, Even Some Hidden Ones Too” article, the interior and exterior of the 2019 Ram 1500 are loaded with plenty of storage space and hidden cargo compartments. The interior cabin screams luxury and comfort, specifically with the full leather trim, chromed-metal fixtures, and a large bench seat in the second row. For the 2019 model year, the interior cabin has been expanded by 4-inches, so the second row now has 45.1-inches of legroom and the seat can recline up to eight degrees.

Additionally, all of the seats in the Laramie trim come heated, and only the front seats offer A/C venting. So, why not in the second row? That’s due to the 40/20/40 fold-down bench seat that can be configured in order to make more room for cargo that isn’t able to be stored in the pickup bed. Along with the under seat storage option, the Laramie trim also offers RamBins. 5.5-inches longer than the previous Ram model, the RamBins can fit up to a 4-inch drop hitch with integrated tie-down loops for additional assistance in securing extra cargo. Returning for 2019 is the RamBox Cargo Management System that can be installed into the sides of the truck bed (optional add-on).

In terms of entertainment, no expense was spared in the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie trim level. Given the option of a 12-inch touchscreen, the Laramie trim is standard with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. The impressive 12-inch touchscreen is easy and intuitive while having split-screen capabilities allowing two applications to operate at the same time. For our techie friends, there are numerous USB ports around the cabin including a USB-A and the newer USB-C for ultra-fast charging. Furthermore, a 19-speaker Harman Kardon Premium Sound System is an optional feature, while a 9-speaker system with a subwoofer comes standard. The 8.4-inch display includes Uconnect 4 that features Apple CarPlay/Google Android Auto capabilities for added convenience.    

We won’t lie, parking this beast is a bit of a challenge in the city but some added walking distance really does the body good! Come test drive the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab at the Miami Lakes Automall today!

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2019 Ram Storage Compartments, and Even Some Hidden Ones Too

While any Ram pickup truck, used for personal or commercial use, offers premium capabilities to take on any job – sometimes hard-working truck owners require additional storage and organizational options. The 2019 Ram 1500 is equipped with a Best-in-Class interior storage volume, in-floor storage, and a RamBox Cargo Management System among other cargo compartments that are available.

RamBox Cargo Management System

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Available in either 6-foot-4-inch (quad cab) or 5-foot-7-inch (crew cab) truck beds, the Class-Exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System is a secure storage compartment that can be installed into the side rails of a light-duty or heavy-duty truck. Durable and efficient, the RamBox system allows truck owners to have an additional place to store tools and other items. Not only does the RamBox offer a convenient location for more massive objects, but it can also be locked for additional security by utilizing the remote keyless entry, class-exclusive all-secure central locking system. The RamBox includes cargo box lighting, cargo bed extender and divider, and car bed rails with four adjustable tie-down cleats.

As previously mentioned, the RamBox is available on either 6-foot-4-inch or 5-foot-7-inch truck beds. To give consumers a better idea of just how much the Rambox is capable of, it can hold about 140 standard beverage cans. Furthermore, the maximum cargo bed volume for the 2019 Ram 1500 is 61.5 cubic feet and has the ability to hold a significant amount of 4×8 sheets of plywood.

Hidden Storage Compartments

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Along with the RamBox Cargo System, the interior cabin of the 2019 Ram 1500 also includes some hidden storage compartments. Beginning with the rear flat-load floor, this hidden storage compartment, according to Ram, provides additional passenger comfort, usability, and extra cargo storage. The under-seat storage is another concealed cargo compartment. The Class-Exclusive under-storage can be located after folding up the rear bench seat and is capable of storing up to 40 liters using the fold out feature. Lastly, 5.5-inches more extended than the previous Ram models, the Ram Bins can fit up to a 4-inch drop hitch with integrated tie downs for added assistance in securing extra cargo.

The 2019 Ram 1500 also features a class-exclusive reconfigurable center console. Yes, a center console isn’t necessarily hidden, but the amount of storage space is surprising. The center console can charge up to five cell phones, hang file folders, has space for a 15-inch laptop, and also includes Type-C USB high-speed charging ports.

The under-seat storage feature is optional on the Big Horn/Lone Star, Laramie, and Rebel crew cab models only and the floor console is standard only on the Rebel trim.

Mopar Cargo Accessories

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For the 2019 Ram model year, the folks at Mopar decided the all-new pickup truck would not be complete without some sweet accessories.

Some of those optional accessories include:

  • Class four hitch receiver – tow rating of 12,750 lbs
  • Ball mount adapter kit – three drop sizes available
  • Pickup box adjustable utility rails
  • Cleats that slide along the rail system to secure cargo of just about any size
  • Cargo bed divider
  • Bed sliding toolbox
  • Bed mount cargo carrier
  • Ski and snowboard carrier   

Along with all the previously named storage options, it’s definitely safe to say that consumers can pack their Ram 1500 in full, stay organized, and not waste any space. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory lineup. Stay updated with all things Ram by following us on social media.

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The Seven-Year Itch Is No Match For The Ram 1500

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We’ve all heard the common phrase “The Seven-Year Itch.” You know, the supposed decline of happiness in a marriage after (you guessed it) seven years. Fortunately for Ram enthusiasts, this won’t be an issue. According to a study administered by iSeeCars.com, Ram 1500 owners are more inclined to keep their pickup trucks over seven years. Here’s why…

The survey consists of analyzing over six million used vehicles that are at least five-years-old or older. Researchers only examined vehicles that were owned for more than five years and in production for more than nine years, in order to avoid effects from short-term leases. The average age of each vehicle was determined when they were first listed for sale. The study discovered that pickup trucks, as a segment, are owned longer than the overall average of 7.4 to 7.7 years. Comparatively, there is little difference in ownership within the pickup truck segment as it ranges from 7.2 to 7.8 years.

“Pickup trucks are often used as work vehicles and are known for their durability,” said iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly. “Pickup truck drivers are likely to place more value on function and reliability rather than keeping up with modern design and technology trends.”  

When it comes to brand names, the Ram 1500 offers long-lasting durability and affordable parts. A common misconception is that older cars are less reliable, but when properly cared for, Ram trucks can hit over 200,000 miles with minimal maintenance issues. That means any truck developed by the legendary Ram brand can still be found in phenomenal condition. Not only that, but parts are affordable and easy to find. For example, consumers can find a part that once belonged to a 2014 or 2015 Ram 1500 model, and chances are, there won’t be an issue installing it into a more recent model.

Aside from durability and affordability, the Ram 1500 also has great overall safety and a plethora of standard safety features onboard. Some of those safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Traction Control
  • Driver Airbag
  • Passenger Airbag
  • Front and Rear Head Airbag
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks

Additionally, any model that is equipped with Uconnect has the ability to immediately connect to 911 in the event of an emergency situation. So, whether consumers prefer a new or used Ram 1500, there is little room for disappointment. Come test drive the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 today at the Miami Lakes Automall. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, we offer a huge variety of new and used cars. For more information, visit our website or follow us on social media.

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All Cars Go To Heaven, Even The Chevrolet City Express

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All good things must come to an end – General Motors announced their decision to discontinue their small work van, the Chevrolet City Express. But fret not, there are still plenty of work van options to choose from. Final orders were taken in September of 2017, so this will be its last production year. Since its debut in 2014, General Motors partnered with Nissan Motor Company to develop the City Express – a spin-off of the Nissan NV200.

At the time of its release, the Chevrolet City Express was set to be a direct competitor to the Ford Transit Connect and the Ram ProMaster City. According to the U.S. Vice President of GM fleet and commercial sales, Ed Peper, he stated that the company saw “tons of opportunity” in the small commercial van market. Yet, with what seemed like a promising future, where did the City Express go wrong?

Since its initial debut in February of 2014, the Chevrolet City Express gained little traction from the public in the emerging segment. The only time sales peaked (at 10,283 units sold) was in 2015, which was also its first full year on the market. To date, less than 30,000 City Express units have been sold since its official release in November 2014. Contrary to the City Express, its direct competitor, the Ram ProMaster City was also released in 2015. However, their sales did significantly better – more than 11,000 units to be exact. Furthermore, Nissan sold more than 17,300 NV200s and Ford also sold more than 52,200 Transit Connects.

Fortunately, the discontinuation of the Chevrolet City Express will not affect the sales of the Chevrolet Express. Since its launch in 1995, the Chevrolet Express has received minimal updates including a small facelift in 2003 and occasional engine updates. The traditional commercial style and truck-like construction of the Chevrolet Express is ideal for workers on the move. Moreover, for those consumers interested in looking outside of the Chevrolet box, the Ram ProMaster City is another quintessential option for commercial workers.     

The 2018 Ram ProMaster City is a smart choice for fleet operators, due to its low price and high functionality. Considered the most capable work van in America, this commercial van offers plenty of capability for small-business consumers. All variants of the Ram ProMaster City are offered standard with a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir I4 engine and a class-exclusive nine-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4-liter engine delivers a best-in-class 178 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. The ProMaster City provides two configurations – the Tradesman Cargo Van and Passenger Wagon; each offer their own trim levels as well.

In order to provide commercial works a reliable work van, the Ram ProMaster City offers a best-in-class 131.7 cubic feet cargo capacity paired with a best-in-class 28 highway mpg. Due to this, workers are able to transport more, use less gas, and save money on maintenance costs. According to Ram, due to the front-wheel-drive configuration, the ProMaster City has fewer mechanical parts than rear-wheel-drive system that requires a rear differential. As a result, maintenance costs are significantly lower. Furthermore, servicing the ProMaster City isn’t required as often, due to the 10,000 mile oil change intervals.

Some additional standard features include, 60/40 split rear doors, a Parkview rear backup camera, 5-year/unlimited-mile rust through limited warranty, and dual sliding doors that open up to 26-inches. Lastly, the Ram ProMaster City has a starting MSRP of $23,995 (plus destination fee). Here at the Miami Lakes Automall, we offer plenty of 2018 Ram ProMaster City work vans. Located in Miami Lakes, FL, consumers can also visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection. Keep up with the conversations and follow us on social media!

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Two Ram 1500 Versions Sold At Dealers – Which Is Which?

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“Out with the old and in with the new” – or in Rams case, in with the old and in with the new. What Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is now referring to as the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic actually launched back in 2012. While gradual improvements were made to the Ram over the years, surprisingly the basic design has actually been on the market for the past six years.

“As we launch the all-new 2019 Ram 1500, we didn’t want to walk away from a key part of the light-duty truck market,” explains Mike Manley, head of Ram Brand — FCA. “Ram will continue to produce the 1500 Classic targeted at entry and commercial buyers.”

The 2019 Ram 1500 Classic will feature three cabs and three bed lengths, plus 4×2 and 4×4 drivetrains. Available engine options include a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and an optional 5.7-liter V8 engine. Later on this year, a 3.0-liter V6 engine will be available as well. Lastly, a new “Classic” badge will be the cherry on the Ram cake and will set it apart from the rest. Pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic has yet to be announced, however, it will be sold simultaneously with the next-generation 2019 Ram 1500 – its replacement. Consumers can expect pricing towards the fourth-quarter launch of the truck.

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For those consumers interested in a more economical option, the 2019 Ram 1500 is the perfect choice. For the 2019 model year, the Ram 1500 will be available in two flavors – 4×2 and 4×4. The Ram 1500 will also be available in four trim levels – Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, and Special Services Vehicle (SSV). The standard engine is a 3.6-liter V6 24-valve (that generates 305 hp and 269 lb-ft torque) and an optional 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine (that generates 395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque. The V6 and V8 engines are paired to an eight-speed 850RE automatic transmission, with the V6 able to opt-in for an eight-speed 8HP75 transmission.The interior cabin has also been enhanced, and one of the most popular optional upgrades is the 12-inch touchscreen display. Also, there are five USB ports in the center console and a wider docking area available for optional wireless charging of a small tablet, 15-inch laptop, or smartphone.

However, besides the amazing features included, the 2019 Ram 1500 is actually longer, lighter, and wider than the Ram 1500 Classic. Depending on the body style, the 2019 Ram 1500 wheelbase and cab increase by 4-inches and the truck itself is 0.5-inches wider. Additionally, if consumers prefer the popular crew cab 4×4 variant, they might notice a change in the weight of the truck – 225 lbs to be exact. Not to worry, other versions have also dropped a few pounds as well.

When asked about the potential confusion that consumers may have between the Ram 1500 and Ram 1500 Classic, head of Ram Brand FCA-North America, Jim Morrison had this to say, “One of the things that clearly delineates it is the new trucks all have the new body style and the R – A – M grilles,” he said. “The old trucks are the old body style with the crosshair grille, so at 50 feet you can tell them apart.”

As previously mentioned, pricing for the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic has not been announced so follow us on social media for all the latest updates on everything Ram. Interested in test driving the all-new 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory selection..    

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Everything You Need To Know About Google’s Android Auto

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There seems to be a three-way-tug-of-war between Google, Apple, and car companies on who can take over your entertainment system the fastest. While most automotive companies prefer drivers use the standard infotainment included in the vehicle, rivaling techies offer a change of pace with a more intuitive and better packaged option – Google’s Android Auto.   

So what exactly is Android Auto? Basically, it’s a way to encourage drivers to focus on the road by minimizing distractions. By taking the features Android users know and love, Android Auto puts them directly into the vehicles infotainment display. Pretty cool, huh? Not only that, the information is displayed on an easy-to-use interface that includes legible menus, large icons, and apps you can swipe out of the way. Another really cool feature is the Google Maps-powered navigation system. This feature provides a step-by-step GPS while automatically finding alternative routes if necessary. As part of the minimizing distractions premise, drivers aren’t required to manually type in their “home” or “work” address – if it’s saved, Android Auto has got you covered.

Additionally, all previously mentioned features respond to basic voice commands as well. Drivers can ask anything from “Hey Google, is it going to rain today?” to “Hey Google, what is Android Auto?” Drivers can also reply to text messages using the speech-to-text technology. Don’t have voice-recognition technology in your car? No big deal, Android Auto’s features are accessible using the touchscreen. However, keep in mind that once Android Auto is active, the smartphone’s screen will be locked. Lastly, specific apps like Pandora, iHeartRadio, Skype, WhatsApp, and Spotify are also included.

While most new cars are compatible with Android Auto, there are some manufacturers that charge consumers more for the feature and some that choose not to offer it even on the base trim levels. Some of those compatible vehicles include, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Kia, Maserati, Mitsubishi, and Ram. Interestingly enough, Hyundai, Kia and Chevy were actually one of the first companies to develop Android Auto-compatible cars back in 2015. Unfortunately, Toyota has continued to go against Android Auto for unknown reasons. Oh well!

For those consumers who have recently purchased an Android Auto compatible vehicle, you’ll need to connect your device. Here’s a step-by-step process to get your device up and running:

  • Make sure your phone is running the latest Android system and you’ve already downloaded the Android Auto app.
  • After turning on your car, plug-in your device using the USB port and review all the Safety Notice and Terms & Conditions
  • Allow Android Auto to access your device’s features and apps.
  • Once you see it on your vehicles display, select the Android Auto app, follow the instructions, and you’re all set!

…and please, drive responsibly.

And don’t forget! The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie trim features an incredible 12-inch touchscreen display that comes standard with Google Android Auto. Just imagine how amazing it will look, or the convenience of the split-screen feature to choose what music to listen to while keeping GPS navigation at the forefront. Interested in test driving a 2019 Ram 1500? Stop by the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for more information on our entire new car inventory.  

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2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition – Rugged Luxury

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We see it everyday – those typical truck commercials that usually put on a display of trucks cruising on a dirt road while hauling a load of equipment or towing a trailer. Well, that’s what trucks are commonly used for, duh! However, Ram changed things up a bit for the 2018 model year. The 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is the epitome of combining luxury and style into a solid work truck. Available in the Ram 1500, Ram 2500, and Ram 3500 lineups, Ram made the initial announcement of their plans to add the Limited Tungsten Edition back in 2017. Considered by Ram to be the most luxurious package offered by the brand, the Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is fitted with all the bells and whistles one can think of when including a gorgeous interior cabin design with exceptional convenience and style.  

“The Limited Tungsten Edition is the highest trim level Ram has made available…The new Tungsten Edition is an example of how Ram directly responds to customer input by offering the industry’s most luxurious pickup. Premium truck buyers will recognize the attention to detail, surrounded by quality materials.” – said Mike Manley, Head of Ram Brand, FCA – Global.

The 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition really is a step above the rest offering consumers a premium level of sophistication. Featuring a shiny Tungsten Chrome on the wheels, grille, accents, and badging, the Tungsten Edition trim levels are also available in classic but bold colors. Some of those color options include Delmonico Red Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic, and Pearl White. Additionally, the Tungsten’s chrome grille will feature “RAM” spelled out in huge letters. This branding will also be on the trucks tailgate. Some additional upgrades include black headlight frame, a sportier hood, body-painted bumpers, mirrors, and door handles.

Now for the interior cabin – boy, oh boy! Claimed as a segment-first, a Light Greystone suede headliner is probably one of most significant additions to the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition. Additionally, “Natura Plus” front and indigo-colored premium leather and carpeting are included with rubber floor mats and carpeted inserts that snap the floor, for added protection. One of the most exceptional enhancements featured on the 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition is the-state-of-the-art entertainment system, which provides drivers and passengers with the ultimate listening experience. Equipped with an 8.4-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen display system, this beauty also comes with smartphone integration and SiriusXM Guardian.

So why the name Tungsten? It’s actually a rare metal that has unique properties as well as an eye-catching shiny silver appearance. Out of all the metals, tungsten has not only the highest melting point, but it’s harder in comparison to most steels. As a result of it’s durability and resistance to heat, tungsten is often used in high energy industries, including the aerospace and automotive industries. Even though, tungsten that is found on trucks like the Ram isn’t necessarily pure, once the metal is combined with other metals, it increases their strength and it looks exceptionally amazing.

 The 2018 Ram Limited Tungsten Edition package is expected to arrive by late winter of this year. Here at the Miami Lakes Ram, located in Miami, FL, we offer a huge selection of Ram trucks and vans. For more information on our 2018 Ram inventory, please visit our website or follow us on social media for all Ram updates! 

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2019 Ram ProMaster is the Strongest Yet

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What makes the upcoming Ram ProMaster lineup special is how innovative their lineup is over other brands. Each year, these vehicles become stronger, lighter and better vehicles to own. Perfect for business owners, the Ram ProMaster is a great choice to help grow your business and handle the work you need done. With more space added and increased options, let’s go over why the newest Ram ProMaster commercial vehicles are better and stronger than ever. The new Ram ProMaster trucks are also looking as sleek as can be. Let’s go over why!

Sleeker and Stronger For a Reason

These new Ram ProMaster vans are lighter and more aerodynamic with an available eTorque small electric assistive motor that is available addition to the 3.6-Liter Pentastar V6 and 5.7-Liter HEMI V8 engine options. This torque provides up to 90 lb-ft of torque over last year’s model for the V6 and up to 130 lb-ft of torque in short-term torque, boosting fuel efficiency for the gasoline engines.

More Maximum Payload Means More Results

Have a lot of work to do? Good. The Ram ProMaster is here to help. With a payload increase that allows for more cargo hauling and strength, the jobs will get done fast in the new Ram. 2019 Ram ProMaster 1500 allows up to 4,000 pounds for a maximum payload. The ProMaster 2500 moved up to 4,230 pounds and the newest ProMaster 3500 is up 240 pounds to 4,680 pounds of maximum payload. The Ram ProMaster boasts Best-in-class maximum-payload, way more than the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

With a greater maximum towing capacity, up to 6,800 pounds for the 1500, the 2019 ProMaster is definitely stronger the previous model year and only costs $30,195 (plus destination fee) for the 2019 base model. The 2019 Ram ProMaster also costs significantly less than rivals Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit. When it comes to adding a new commercial van to your fleet, just know the latest Ram ProMaster now performs with greater strength and payload capacity at a friendly cost for owners.

More Ram, Please

Ram fans can show off their Ram ProMaster like never before with the addition of the RAM script on the front of the grille for certain trims. Already boasting the Best-in-class cargo height, width and lowest floor height, the Ram ProMaster has introduced the 126-inch wheelbase that includes a low roof for the 2500 trim. The 3500 trim can have a low or high roof for the first time ever. Best of all, Ram will include three configurations in this years lineup.

Find Out Why the Ram ProMaster is Ideal With a Test-Drive

If you want to see for yourself, stop by Miami Lakes Automall and we’ll help you with any buying, selling, leasing or trade-in offers. We’re proud of the Ram ProMaster and will help you find any option you need for your business. Come back for any maintenance work on any vehicle you go with or your current vehicle.

Our professional staff will be able to do your repairs, oil changes and other upkeep all at the same place. With an appointment, you’re on your way to having your vehicle running in top shape again. We look forward to providing a wonderful customer experience for you soon!

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Then and Now: Ram Power Wagon

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The Ram Power Wagon has definitely evolved since its debut in 1945. Despite the fact that the Power Wagon hasn’t really changed, numerous variants have been developed throughout the past 73 years. This Military inspired pickup truck has quite an extensive background, including its “Power Wagon” name.

History + Variants

FUN FACT! Prior to the “Ram Power Wagon” name, its original name was actually the Dodge Power Wagon.

The Dodge Power Wagon was mechanically derived from Dodge’s 1942-1945 WC series military trucks and was developed with the intention to compete with military-based Ford/Marmon-Herrington and GMC trucks. The following year after making its debut in 1945, the Dodge Power Wagon became the first civilian 4×4 truck available. It was powered by a 230-inch flathead Inline six-cylinder (I6) engine and paired to a four-speed transmission, a two-speed transfer case, and included a part-time four-wheel drive (4WD) drivetrain. This specific model was equipped with 16-inch wheels and had a power take-off switch to reroute the power to the auxiliary equipment. Lastly, the Power Wagon had a maximum payload capacity of 3,000 pounds and a gross vehicle rating of 8,700 lbs.

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There weren’t many significant changes made to the power wagon from 1945 to 1956. As previously mentioned, the Dodge Power Wagon models were derived from the original “Military Type” model. In 1952, the Willock Chassis Swivel debuted. The most interesting aspect of this pickup truck, is that it allowed for the wagon’s truck bed and cabin to rotate independently from one another. Unfortunately, it was short lived and production ended six years later in 1958. By 1957, significant changes began and Dodge introduced the light-duty W100 and W200 pickup trucks for their segment at that time. Throughout the next few years, the W300, W500, and W600 were introduced to the lineup. Yet, in 1977, the Dodge brand discontinued production on all medium-duty models.

As the Power Wagon began to grow in size and weight, a big block 383 V8 engine became an available option starting in 1967 – including various engineering and styling enhancements. Although the basic “look” of the Power Wagon was preserved, in 1972, significant changes were introduced like various grille designs and exterior paint options. A couple years later, the extended “Club Cab” was released and brought along several benefits with it. Not only did sales numbers increase, but it became noticeably popular with families and campers. Over time, the four-door Crew Cab grew to be far less common, and because of its rarity, it became a collectors item.

“What’s In A Name?”  

All good things unfortunately must come an end, and in 1981, the Dodge Power Wagon nameplate was discontinued. As a result, it was exclusively called “Power Wagon” and the name “Dodge Ram” began. The name “Dodge Ram”, depending on your generation, might sound familiar. In 1989, the Cummins turbo-diesel engine was released as an available option, but that only lasted until about 1993. Soon after the respective name plate “Dodge Ram” made its return in 2005 with the Dodge Ram 2500 model, however, the Ram Brand split from Dodge for good in 2009.

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2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

Today, consumers can expect a lot from the 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Powered by a 6.4-liter Heavy Duty V8 HEMI engine that’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the 6.4-liter V8 can produce 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Exclusive standard features include: front and rear locking differentials, a 4.10 axle ratio, a maximum towing capacity of 9,910 pounds and a payload capacity of 1,470 pounds. With the Power Wagon’s 8.3-inches of ground clearance, the optional side steps might come in handy. Finally, the Power Wagon is only available as a Crew Cab with a 6’4” box.

Interested in test driving a 2018 Ram 2500? Visit the Miami Lakes Automall located in Miami Lakes, FL or visit our website for our entire new car inventory selection. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.  

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