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Although the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T has enough seats for 7 people, this versatile vehicle is no minivan surrogate. It has a scooped hood, wide fenders and several other styling cues taken from the hot-rod SRT in the FCA stable. Add a powerful V-6 engine and this beauty has a lot of beast in it. Like other crossover SUVs, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T comes with a fully-independent suspension and unibody construction, along with a V-6 engine and available all-wheel drive on its GT, SXT and Citadel trims. But it’s muscular styling, incredible towing capacity and rear-wheel drive platform reveals the not-so-well-hidden beast within. To see for yourself, take one for a spin at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge.

Opting for the R/T or SRT trims really brings out the beast within. The SRT boasts a hot-rod like 475 horsepower, V-8, 6.4-liter engine that goes from zero-to-60 in a skimpy 4.5 seconds. Plus, it tows a beastly 8,700 pounds. The AWD version R/T is a beautiful beast which delivers an intriguing blend of both worlds for a base price that’s almost $17,000 under the SRT’s. The 2018 Dodge Durango R/T also borrows the wide fender flares, gnarly-looking vented hood and mesh-filled non-crosshair grille from the SRT to make it look more beastly, even though it seats seven.

The standard equipment on the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T includes the company’s marvelous 5.7-liter 360 horsepower Hemi V-8 engine with it’s 390 lb.-ft. of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The exhaust growls, the AWD vehicle tows an impressive 7,200 pounds and it’s two-speed transfer case provides it with the type of off-road capability most seven-passenger automobiles think is too amazing to even dream about. Plus, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T has gratifying acceleration. This gnarly-looking growling beast goes from zero-to-60 in a mere 6 seconds.

While buyers have the option to get a 2018 Dodge Durango SXT featuring two rows of seats, all the other Durango models come with three rows as standard equipment. It is also an option to get the Durango R/T with twin middle-row captain’s chairs. That gives it seating for six and a middle-row experience, replete with a floor console just like the one in the front. The front of the new Dodge Durango has a great deal of room, has a very comfortable middle row and its third row can easily accommodate two adults. Overall, the 2018 Dodge Durango R/T has 84.5 cubic feet of cargo room when the seats are folded down.

The 2018 Dodge Durango has tons of high-tech toys. The R/T has an impressive 8.4-inch touch-screen infotainment interface which boasts Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, optional rear-seat DVD video with twin screens. Lower trims come with 7-inch touch-screens. The Durango’s Technology Group offers adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning featuring auto braking as well as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2018 Dodge Durango looks cool, delivers a visceral driving experience, plus it has seating for the kids and all their friends.


Dodge’s new 2019 Ram 1500 has a wide array of changes truck enthusiasts are sure to love. The new truck is lighter, more fuel-efficient, has a quieter interior and is just plain better than its predecessors inside and out. It features a chiseled new, more aggressive-looking Ram logo, a 12-inch touchscreen and brand new hybrid technology. It all part of the ‘no compromise’ approach Dodge is unleashing on the full-size truck segment. Its unveiling was among the North American International Show in Detroit’s most highly anticipated events. And the Dodge Ram 1500 didn’t disappoint. If you want to see how great one is, take one for a spin at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge.

The 2019 Ram 1500 is 225 pounds lighter, can tow up to 12,750 pounds, features a Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen display that’s stunning and has new active systems that assist drivers and improve fuel efficiency. Plus, buyers can choose between a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and a second-generation Pentastar V-6 3.6-liter engine. The trucks are FCA’s first to use 48-volt mild hybrid technology to improve start/stop function and boost torque. The new Ram’s strategic use of aluminum in the tailgate that can be controlled remotely using the key fob, with an interior switch or passive entry, helps reduce its weight and improve fuel efficiency. It also has lift assist with help from an oil and nitrogen-charged strut.

A front air dam that’s active and deploys at 35 m.p.h., new grille shutters that close to stop air flow when it isn’t needed, as well as an optional suspension system which lowers the truck, all combine to make the 2019 Ram 1500 9% more aerodynamic than the 2018 model. Buyers can also choose from 15 new wheels and 12 different colors. Its center stack is closer to the driver and higher. There are 5 USB ports in the center console, the upper glove box doubles as a shelf, plus the flat-load floor makes storing things inside easier.

Slide the three-position cup-holder tray under the 2019 Ram 1500’s center armrest and there’s a storage tub created to accommodate a 15-inch laptop. There’s also a lined storage compartment large enough to hang a file or fit a tablet when you lift the center armrest’s lid. The console’s rear has two more cup holders and a tablet holder conveniently positioned for rear passengers. Plus, the truck offers countless safety features both standard and optional. They include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive front lighting.

With the new Ram 1500, produced at the company’s Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, FCA hopes to continue its momentum in pickup sales. They sold over 500,000 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups in 2017. Construction activity powered by strong economics boosted this versatile truck’s sales. With a hot truck market, industry analysts expect that trend to continue. The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 has plenty to offer. Every aspect of the truck has been improved. It has a well-appointed interior, comfortable rear seats, as well as an optional infotainment system no other truck can match. The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 looks like a big hit.


The 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public and it certainly makes a bold statement. Not only does it have a 12-inch touchscreen and hybrid technology, it is also lighter, more fuel-efficient and has a quieter interior than its predecessor. Fiat Chrysler Ram brand’s 2019 flagship vehicle is simply better than ever before. It has even ditched the grille cross hairs for a new chiseled, more aggressive-looking Ram logo. The unveiling of the new Dodge Ram 1500 was one of the North American Auto Show in Detroit’s most highly anticipated events. And it didn’t disappoint. And, if you take one for a spin at Chapman Las Vegas Dodge, you are sure to fall in love with the Ram 1500.

The 2019 Ram 1500 reflects the ‘no compromise’ approach FCA is taking when it comes to the full-size truck segment. It sure to please truck buyers with its leading-edge innovation, stunning 12-inch Uconnect touchscreen display and active systems designed to improve fuel efficiency while assisting drivers. Its towing capability is now 12,750 while the vehicle is 225 pounds lighter. Buyers can also choose either a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 or a second-generation Pentastar V-6 3.6 liter engine. To improve start/stop function and boost torque, the truck integrates 48-volt mild hybrid technology.

The 2019 Ram 1500’s strategic use of aluminum improves fuel-efficiency and light-weighting. It’s included in the new tailgate that drivers can drop with an interior switch or activate remotely using the key fob. The tailgate’s lift assist gets help from an oil and nitrogen-charged strut. To make it 9% more aerodynamic than the 2018 model, the grille shutters close when there’s no need for air flow, at 35 m.p.h. the active front air dam deploys and there’s a suspension system which lowers the truck.

This newest Ram 1500 offers 15 new wheels choices and 12 color choices. There are 5 USB ports on the center console, the center stack is closer to the driver and raised a little higher. There’s a flat-load floor to ease storage and the upper glove box doubles as a shelf. There’s a deep storage tub for a 15-inch laptop and a lined storage compartment large enough for a tablet or full-size files, both hidden under the center armrest. Rear passengers have a tablet holder at the back of the center console and there’s cup holders galore in the front and back.

The truck’s safety features, both standard and optional, are many and diverse. There’s adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive front lighting and more on this thoroughly modern truck. Add a well-appointed interior, comfortable rear seat and optional infotainment system and Ram has improved all aspects of the truck. Consumer perception of Ram trucks is high and rising and no truck can match what the 2019 Ram 1500 offers. FCA hopes the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant built vehicle will keep its pickup truck sales momentum going.

Pickup truck sales have been driving automakers profits in recent years. In 2017 FCA sold over 500,000 Ram pickups. With all its upgrades, the 2019 Ram 1500 is sure to be a big hit.