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The Best 2018 SUVs & Trucks for Winter

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When other drivers allow winter to take control of their lives, you’re venturing out into the wild, exploring the icy roads north of Roanoke, sampling the snowy landscapes of Salem. It’s just in your genes. That’s why it’s imperative that you have the right vehicle for all your wintery adventures. Take a look at these 2018 SUV and truck models, and tell the cold weather that you mean business.

New 2018 Jeep Compass - Photo: jeep.com

New 2018 Jeep Compass – Photo: jeep.com

2018 Jeep Compass

As the most proficient compact SUV on the road, the new Jeep Compass doesn’t take “no” for an answer.

With best-in-class 4×4 capability (Jeep Active Drive) and an innovative Selec-Terrain® Traction Management System, the Compass barely even notices snow, ice, and sleet. Raised ground clearance helps this SUV tackle off-road treks with ease, and ruby-red tow hooks (Compass Trailhawk trim) give off that “there’s no place like home” look while also providing a max tow rating of 2,000 pounds.

But let’s get back to the Selec-Terrain system: from your luxurious driver’s seat, you can control how your Compass handles the road. Choose from five unique drive settings, including auto, snow, sand, mud, and rock to enhance your ride and keep you safe. You can also adjust the throttle control, accelerator response, transmission shifting, transfer case operation, traction, and stability control.

Thanks to a beefy 2.4L Tigershark® engine that makes 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque, the 2018 Jeep Compass shouldn’t have a problem getting you over the river and through the woods.

View our current selection of new Jeep Compass SUVs for sale in Roanoke.

2018 Dodge Durango – Photo: dodge.com

2018 Dodge Durango – Photo: dodge.com

2018 Dodge Durango

Making your way to Grandma’s house for the holidays? With the new 7-seater Dodge Durango, you and your entire brood can get there without hassle. Both front and rear seats sit high—nice—and legroom is never a problem, unlike some of its rivals. Plus, the upgraded cabin is a sweet touch. A larger 7-inch touchscreen sits in front, offering an exceptionally vibrant display and connectivity with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s also whisper-like quiet when traveling at highway speeds, beating out competitors in its class by a wide margin.

Towing capacity is another great perk to owning a Durango in the winter; hook up over 7,400 pounds to transform any winter vacation into something special. The 5.7L HEMI V8 churns out 360 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque to great effect in other areas, too. Like Dodge’s lineup of muscle cars, the Durango accelerates well and hustles when merging into busy Roanoke traffic.

While we wait (im)patiently for the 2018 Durango to arrive, you can still test drive the 2017 Dodge Durango at our Dodge dealership near Salem, VA.

2018 RAM 1500 – Photo: ramtrucks.com

2018 RAM 1500 – Photo: ramtrucks.com

2018 RAM 1500

We touched on the benefits of owning a RAM pickup just last month, but we’ll say it again: RAM is producing some of the best trucks on the road, and it all starts with the 1500.

Known as a do-it-aller, the RAM 1500 makes great use of its 5.7L HEMI V8, producing a wicked 395 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque. Unleash that power with your heel, and bathe in those luscious growls emanating from the hood. When properly equipped—ask our Roanoke RAM dealers about your RAM 1500 options—this beastly truck can tow up to 10,700 pounds. Pair that capability with Hill Start Assist, and you’ve got a rugged truck that’s built to make any winter trip worth taking.

While high-end features are not normally a selling point for full-size trucks, the RAM 1500 is an exception to the rule. Depending on trim level, the RAM 1500 comes with heated seats, an 11-speaker premium sound system, a moonroof, Ram Box cargo storage, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, remote start, and a nifty in-floor storage compartment that acts as camouflage for your electronics and luxurious winter mittens.

Don’t spend time looking at other winter trucks when the 2018 RAM 1500 is ready to serve you well. Take a look at our current inventory of RAM trucks for sale in Roanoke.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Photo: jeep.com

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee – Photo: jeep.com

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee

A supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8. Over 700 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Towing capacity reaching up to 7,200 pounds. Advanced Quadra-Drive® II 4×4 System that transfers 100% torque to a single wheel. What more can you ask for from a winter SUV?

How about Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension, which allows you to raise or lower your Grand Cherokee’s ground clearance based on off-road conditions? Bump the height up 10.8 inches for those rocky, icy mountainous Roanoke roads. Lower it 1.6 inches for easier access to the cabin. With five default height settings available (Park, Aero, Normal, Off-Road I, and Off-Road II), you shouldn’t have a problem finding the ideal range for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

If that isn’t enough incentive to buy a 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, how about the onboard driver-assist technology? An 8.4-inch touchscreen offers luxurious and bright colors and navigation through Uconnect® 4C Nav. A personalized instrumentation cluster is a nice touch, as is the rear DVD Entertainment Center with dual 9-inch screens. But it’s the inclusion of “Off-Road Pages” that makes the Grand Cherokee sing.

What are “Off-Road Pages”? This feature provides useful in-action data and diagnostics regarding wheel articulation, transmission temperature, suspension, height settings, drive modes, and more—all filtered by your customized settings and shown on the large display screen. Know how you’re driving, and make corrections to ensure you’re making the best use of this award-winning SUV.

Speedy, efficient, and incredibly capable of making wintery roads its playground, the all-new Grand Cherokee is finally available for sale and lease at our Roanoke Jeep dealership! Come take a test drive in the 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee before December’s first snowfall.

Need Help Finding a Winter Vehicle in Roanoke?

At Berglund Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we want nothing more than to help you take on winter with confidence. If one of the above vehicles aren’t your style, allow us to help you find the right make and model for your next journey. We have various new 2017 and 2018 vehicles for sale, as well as hundreds of used trucks and SUVs available. Simply call us at (540) 345-9881 to schedule a test drive or stop by our Roanoke auto dealership at 2525 Franklin Rd SW to see what’s in stock. Your Winter Wonderland awaits!

 

 

Sources & Photos:

https://www.dodge.com/2018/durango.html

https://www.jeep.com/2018/compass.html

https://www.jeep.com/2018/grand-cherokee.html

https://www.ramtrucks.com/2018/ram-1500.html

https://www.edmunds.com/jeep/compass/2018/review/

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-jeep-grand-cherokee-in-depth-model-review

https://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2018-dodge-durango-in-depth-model-review

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