Aventura CJDR 2018 Dodge Durango

The Perfect Road Trip Vehicle is a Dodge Durango

Aventura CJDR 2018 Dodge Durango

Spring is here, Summer is already barreling down on us with that South Florida heat, and those of you who are still in school, classes are coming to an end soon enough. Once school’s out for summer, that means it’s time for a family vacation, and what better way than to take a long trip for some sight-seeing and making new memories? Even better, why leave home when you can take a piece of it with you by ditching the airfare and taking a road trip to the next vacation spot? With SUVs and Crossovers like the 2018 Dodge Durango, there’s plenty of space, power, and entertainment.

Interior Space

Not just for cargo, the 2018 Dodge Durango can seat up to five or seven passengers. Coming standard with a second-row 60/40 split bench seat, smaller families can can fit a lot of cargo in the back of the vehicle and not feel crowded. If looking for a little more comfort, triple-zone automatic a/c control comes standard and leather upholstery options begin with the Dodge Durango GT trim. When it comes to carrying more cargo, that 60/40 split-bench comes in handy when space is only needed for two passengers, because when the second-row seat is folded down there is 84.5 cubic-feet of space for cargo.

Is this a bigger family expedition? By opting in for the third-row seating group (only possible for the SXT and SXT Plus trims), the 2018 Dodge Durango can seat seven people. If the family is still small and you just have kids who require a little more personal space when sitting next to each other for long periods of time, consumers can opt-in for second-row captain chairs instead of a bench seat on all 2018 Dodge Durango trims except the base (SXT). Changing to captain chairs will limit the seating capacity to four in all trims where the option is possible though, so keep that in mind too.

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Miami Lakes uConnect Features Theatre

A Closer Look at the Uconnect Systems and Features

Miami Lakes uConnect Features Theatre

Ever hear of Uconnect? For those unaware, it’s the brand name of the infotainment system used by the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). That means every Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram truck, Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, and, of course, Fiat vehicle can come equipped with Uconnect, depending on the trim and options and/or packages chosen by the consumer. If you never heard of an infotainment system before, it’s a technological combination of one’s stereo system and numerous apps and services that connect the driver to their car and third-party networks. So let’s talk about Uconnect and what it does.

What’s the Deal with Uconnect?

Depending on the type of Uconnect system a car has, Uconnect can include anything from working the stereo to music and games, as well as traffic reports and even car data. There are multiple versions of Uconnect denoted by a number, but in reality, there are only two versions of Uconnect out now. The previous generation and the next-generation Uconnect 4. Past versions of Uconnect one may see include Uconnect 5.0 and Uconnect 8.4, and it is actually the same version of Uconnect (possibly with additional functions) on a different screen size, i.e. five inches or 8.4 inches.

“Uconnect is the feature-packed navigation, entertainment, and communication system that lets drivers live their lives, connected. The award-winning system takes a bunch of great features and drops them into an elegant and customizable 8.4-inch touchscreen.” – driveuconnect.com

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Is A Lot of Horsepower All That Necessary?


With performance cars as powerful and fast as the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, sometimes people ask us if all that speed really necessary or if all that horsepower really is worth it? Does someone really need all of that power to have a good time? It may be fun on the speedway, but who really needs 707 horsepower to hit the road and have a good time? Sure, there’s a bit of an adrenaline rush, and the feeling of hitting a g-force or two will be one to remember, but is it any better than hopping in a sporty sedan and cruising down the highway?

Someone looking for speed, should look for no other vehicle other than the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Powered by a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 SRT Demon® engine, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon comes with 97 new parts integrated into the engine, including a new crankshaft, new connecting rods, new pistons, a new steel camshaft, and a new valvetrain, to read a maximum output of 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, and covers a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at a a max speed of 140.09 mph. Unless visiting the local speedways in Miami often, then what’s the point? It’ll be tough to enjoy all of that horsepower without getting pulled over every couple of minutes.

There’s other Dodge vehicles that are great to get, like the Dodge Charger. One doesn’t need to go too high with it. The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has a starting MSRP of $39,995 and is powered by a 392 V8 SRT® HEMI® MDS engine, with an output of half the horsepower (485hp) and is still very fun to drive. Plus, with the Scat Pack Dynamics Package by Dodge and the Hellcat Drag Pack, if speed is really the reason to buy a car, may as well try to do it on a budget with Hellcat style and a boost of power. Your insurance bill will thank you.

The Chevrolet Corvette is known for its speed and prowess, but let’s go a little smaller. Take the Chevy Camaro. Also known for speed and power, but the base trim (1LS) starts at $26,900. Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter SIDI engine with variable valve timing, it only has an output of 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. With all the packages and options offered, anyone can make their Camaro look like the high-tier top of the line without breaking the sound barrier.

Other automakers make great vehicles that are fun to drive without break 100 units of horsepower. Mitsubishi Motors has a fun little hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage, only able to generate a maximum of 78 horsepower, powered by a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC three-cylinder engine. Due to the low horsepower, not only will insurance get cheaper, but so will the weekly visit to the gas station. The 2018 Mitsubishi Mirage gets 37 mpg in the city, 43 mpg on the highway.

If looking to break at least 100 units of horsepower, Kia Motors is another automaker that makes great cars without breaking the bank or the speed limit. The 2018 Kia Optima is spacious, stylish, and fun to drive. With options like a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 185 horsepower, or a turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, able to generate 245 horsepower.

Of course, is looking for that muscle car style while keeping the safety of a sports sedan, then the new 2018 Kia Stinger is the way to go. Dressed up like a coupe, able to generate up to 365 horsepower when powered by a twin turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine, this is the vehicle revolutionizing the auto industry. Winning awards from AutoGuide, Roadshow by CNET, and other big names have announced awards for the 2018 Kia Stinger. With a starting MSRP of $31,000*, it’s a great vehicle to get while keeping the pocketbook in check and the tires from melting.

According to CarScoops.com, the average horsepower most drivers want is 300hp. It’s enough to have fun without burning through too much fuel or cash. But what do you think? Is more really better? Whatever your fancy, we have Dodge, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, and Kia all at Miami Lakes Automall.


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Similarities + Differences Between Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger


Just like some people have a hard time being able to tell twins apart from one another, some people have a hard time distinguishing the Dodge Challenger from a Dodge Charger, but just like twins, the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger both have their own unique qualities, but they also have a lot in common, too. If you are one of the people that just can’t seem to ever remember which Dodge muscle car you see whizzing past you, here are a couple similarities and differences between the two.

Size + Doors

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger are very similar in size and they are both five passenger vehicles. The Dodge Charger is just over 198 inches and the Dodge Challenger is a hair under 198 inches, however, the Dodge Charger has four doors and the Dodge Challenger has two doors.

Exterior Design

The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger have pretty different exterior designs, but one thing that’s for sure is they both have an aggressive look that lets people know they are muscle cars without ever hearing the sound of the engine. Specifically speaking though, the Dodge Challenger has a more of a traditional muscle car look and the Dodge Charger has a more modern look.

From the front to the back, the Dodge Challenger is designed to look like a blocky, widebody muscle car. Just like the original designs of the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger, the 2018 Dodge Challenger has a front grille, headlights and taillights that stretch the entire width of the vehicle.Just like the original Dodge Challenger, the 2018 Challenger has four round headlights and the taillights are two long rectangles that are separated in the middle of the vehicle by “DODGE.”

Additionally, Dodge took the Challenger’s traditional muscle car look a bit further for the 2018 model year. Instead of just making the Challenger look like a widebody muscle car with its blocky design, wide grille and wide tail lights, Dodge actually made two widebody Challenger models. The new Challenger models that have the wider stance are the Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody and the Challenger SRT Demon, and they both have fender flares that are 3.5 inches wider than non-widebody Challenger models.

In comparison to the Challenger, the 2018 Dodge Charger has a curvier front end and the headlights aren’t round, there are only two instead of four, and they don’t look like they are embedded into the grille like they do on the Challenger. In the rear, the Charger has a long strip of tail lights, which is a trait of the original Dodge Charger models.


Up until the 2018 model year, the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger had identical engine lineups. The Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger were both available with the same four engines, the 3.6L V6 engine, 5.7L HEMI V8 engine, 6.4L HEMI V8 engine and the supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine. However, in 2018 a new engine was added to the Dodge Challenger lineup, and it is the most powerful engine Dodge has ever made. The new engine is the supercharged 6.2L HEMI Demon V8 engine and it produces a record-breaking 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque.


Starting in 2017, the Challenger and Charger were both offered with rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. Previous to 2017, AWD was only an available option on the Charger, so that gave the Charger a bit of an edge over the Challenger for consumers living in places that experience ice and snow, but now customers can get the same handling with either model.

Shaker Hood

If you ever see a modern-day Dodge muscle car and it has a “thing” sticking out of the middle of the hood, that is a shaker, and the model you are looking at is a Dodge Challenger. A shaker is a air intake that is mounted on the top of the hood, and it is only available on the Dodge Challenger.

You can come take a look at the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger at Miami Lakes Automall. Once you see both vehicles up close, you’ll be able to figure out which one you want to take home.