IIHS Top Safety Pick: 2021 Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 once again has proved why it’s the best truck on the market, earning a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This award is given to vehicles that prove that they are dedicated to reducing motor accidents and improving the safety of motor vehicle collisions. The 1500 is the first pickup to win back-to-back IIHS Top Safety Pick awards, proving that Ram has been dedicated to providing us with top quality safety.

Ram’s Brand Chief Executive Officer, Mike Koval Jr. iterated how important safety is to the brand, saying, “A Top Safety Pick for the Ram 1500 solidifies our long-standing commitment to our customers through advanced technology and engineering expertise … this validation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety builds consumer confidence in our trucks and in the Ram brand.”

The 1500 earned this award because of their sensor-fusion automatic emergency braking system. This system combines cameras with radar sensors to determine potentially hazardous frontal impacts. If there is no response from the driver after several alerts the system will automatically engage the truck’s brakes to avoid or mitigate the impact.

If you’re interested in a pickup that is best in class and will keep you safe, look no further than the Ram 1500. If you want to test drive the 1500, or if you have any other questions, come on down to Briggs Dodge Ram. We’d love to help you out and make sure you leave the lot satisfied.

2021 Ram 1500 Multi-function Tailgate Features

We previously discussed why the Ram 1500 is the best truck on the market right now, whether it’s the 1500’s incredible towing capacity, impressive safety ratings, or its comfortable interior. Today though we’re going to show you another reason why you should consider going for the 2021 Ram 1500.

That reason is the multifunction tailgate. This may not sound like much, but Ram designed this with the thought of making everything you use a pickup truck for easier. The ease of access to the bed of your truck is greatly improved with the 60/40 split swing-away doors, giving you more ease of access than a traditional tailgate when using the bed of your truck. Whenever you use your 1500 to tow you want to be able to get to the bed of your truck easily. Where traditional tailgates are restricted by trailers, Ram’s multifunction tailgate is not, making your life that much easier.

Mitch Holthus showing off the tailgate functionality.

The multifunction tailgate will function like a traditional tailgate when that’s what the job calls for as well, giving you options that other trucks can’t provide. The bed of the 1500 supports up to 2,000 pounds, meaning you can fit pretty much anything you desire. Class exclusive Rambox cargo management system is featured, offering you versatile, weatherproof, lockable, illuminated drainable storage bins on each side of the bed, as well as a 115-volt auxiliary outlet, giving you more accessibility.

Functionality and ease of access were clearly at the top of the list when it came to designing the tailgate and bed of the 1500. If you want a truck that has carefully put in though to every aspect of its design then look no further than the 2021 Ram 1500.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Exterior Driver Side Front Profile

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Release Date

We’re absolutely stoked to talk about the newest member of the SRT Hellcat family. Joining its siblings as the pinnacle of performance, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat entered production earlier this month in Detroit, and we couldn’t be more stoked about its upcoming release date. It’s scheduled to arrive across the country sometime this spring, so any time over the next few months. We thought we’d dive into some of the details we already know to get you as hyped as we are.

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Which 2021 Dodge Challenger models are available in Gold Rush?

Back when the 50th Anniversary Challenger was released, it was available in a limited-edition exterior color option called Gold Rush. Now, Dodge is bringing the limited-edition color back on select 2021 Challenger models. So, if you were a fan of the Gold Rush color option and have been waiting for another opportunity to get your hands on it, the time has come! Below we’ll go over which models are available with the color, as it’s not available on the entire lineup.

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“Muscle Cars” Adopting EV Tech

If you’ve been paying attention to the car industry you may have noticed the trend of vehicles shifting to being primarily electric. Dodge’s CEO, Tim Kuniskis, recently remarked that their iconic muscle cars will get the powerful electric vehicle technology sooner rather than later. How will Dodge make this shift towards all electric powered vehicles a reality, and how will this affect your favorite muscle cars? 

If you’re concerned that Dodge will move away from the muscle car, don’t worry. Tim Kuniskis is a strong advocate for the muscle car style, being instrumental for shifting the style back to the traditional muscle car body back in the 2010’s. As you know, muscle cars get their power from large internal combustion engines, but with the evolving technology of electric powered vehicles it’s possible to create this power without the traditional gas powered engine. This means less pollution, as well as Dodge not having to worry about meeting the regulations for emissions from engines.

Kuniskis has put an emphasis on wanting the EV technology they adapt for their vehicles to be available for all consumers, saying, “The whole world’s going to electrification and when it does, the price point of that technology is going to come down and … the crazy people are going to take the electrification that has now become accessible from a price point and make that performance-based instead of economy-based.” This is great for the regular consumer.

We’ll be patiently waiting to see what Dodge does with their idea to shift towards electric powered muscle cars. Stay tuned for more information, we’ll keep you updated as more gets released.

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How Powerful is the 2021 Ram 3500?

2021 Ram 3500 Engine Power and Performance Specs

If you’re looking for a truck that has the power to handle all of your heavy-duty jobs, look no further than the 2021 Ram 3500. This truck can tow up to 37,100 pounds and carry a payload of up to 7,680 pounds. These numbers are thanks to the three available engines for the Ram 3500. To see how powerful the 2021 Ram 3500 is, keeping reading as we explore the engine power and performance specs.

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2021 Dodge Durango vs Ford Explorer

We’ve written about the 2021 Dodge Durango previously, and we had a lot of great things to say about it, ranging from its great capabilities as an SUV, to its incredible power when equipped with the Hellcat engine. How does it compare to one of its biggest competitors, the Ford Explorer though? Let’s stack these two against each other and see which one comes out on top. 

The Durango and the Explorer are both larger midsize SUVs, both having the ability to seat seven people. The Durango is slightly larger all around by a few inches, meaning you’ll have more room for your cargo and passengers. The Durango has a pleasant, comfortable interior, but it’s geared more for performance. You’ll have more power, better towing abilities, and a bigger 10.1 inch infotainment screen, making the Durango more sport oriented. If you really want to have fun while driving, the Durango is for you.

If you want more customization choices, then the Durango is on top again. The 2021 model year has seven different variants to choose from, the SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel, SRT 392, and an SRT Hellcat, boasting four different engine options. The Explorer has five different variants to choose from and only three engine choices. More choice provides you the ability to really make your Durango exactly how you want it.

If you want an impressively powerful SUV that can both take your kids to school while also having the capability to tow like a work truck, then compete in (legal) street races, the Dodge Durango is for you. The Ford Explorer is a fine SUV, but it feels more tame and bland than the Durango, not having the handling, speed, or work capabilities the Durango has. If this SUV has piqued your interest, come on down to Briggs Dodge RAM to give it a test drive.

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Where Can I Get Coffee in the Topeka, Kansas Area?

If you work in the morning, you most likely need something to help wake you up. Many people like to have a cup (or two) of coffee to get some energy to power through the workday. While it’s nice to make coffee at home, sometimes you don’t have the time to prepare it while you also get ready. Many people will choose to stop at Starbucks or Dunkin, but we prefer to get our coffee from local coffee shops. Keep reading to find out where you can get coffee in the Topeka, Kansas area.

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The 2021 Dodge Challenger Lineup

There are few vehicles that are as recognizable as the Dodge Challenger, being one of the most popular muscle cars on the market. How does the Challenger fair for the 2021 model year, and what are some of the new additions you can expect? We’ll answer these questions today as we take a peek at the new 2021 Dodge Challenger.

The 2021 Challenger has five different trim levels to choose from, the SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, and the SRT Hellcat. Both the SXT and the GT give you the choice of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, while the other three only have rear-wheel drive available. Depending on the trim you select you’ll get one of four different engines. The first engine, which is featured on the SXT and the GT, is a 3.6L V-6 that generates 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft of torque. Next is a 5.7L V-8 in the R/T which produces 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft of torque. Third is the more powerful sibling to the R/T, the R/T Scat Pack, which has a 6.4L V-8 that creates 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft of torque. Finally there’s the SRT Hellcat, which has the most powerful engine of them all, a 6.2L V-8 engine that generates a staggering 717 horsepower and 656 lb.-ft of torque. 

The styling of the 2021 Dodge Challenger is what you would expect for Dodge’s flagship muscle car, having the bold and aggressive exterior style. The interior has the simple design that is reminiscent of the original muscle cars from the 1970’s, while having the comfort of modern vehicles. The Challenger has more room for your passengers than its muscle car competitors, and has plenty of cargo space for your stuff. Every Challenger has Dodge’s Uconnect infotainment system, which is highly intuitive. The Uconnect system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, making playing your favorite tunes while cruising down the road effortless.

If you want a muscle car that is fast, attractive, and comfortable, the 2021 Dodge Challenger is the right option for you. If you’re interested in giving the new Challenger a test drive come on down to Briggs Dodge Ram. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to give you a hand.

2021 Ram 3500 red exterior front fascia driving through puddle outside of warehouse

What Safety Features Are Available for the 2021 Ram 3500?

2021 Ram 3500 Available Advanced Safety Features

When looking for a highly-capable pickup truck, many people turn to the 2021 Ram 3500. This heavy-duty truck can handle heavy loads, rough terrain, and long drives. Whether you’re out on the road for work or for play, you need to keep yourself and any passengers safe. The 2021 Ram 3500 is equipped with several available advanced safety features to ensure that you feel secure on the road. Keep reading as explore each of these features.

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