Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gadget Lust: Dodge Charger SXT Is a Muscle Car That’ll Make Your Heart Go Boom! Boom! Boom!

By David Weiss
Filed: 7/30/14
Source: Newsweek

Being from Detroit confers upon the claimant instant bad-ass status, deserved or not, as if surviving into adulthood is some kind of accomplishment unto itself. I don’t try to deter people from so ‘misunderestimating’ my mettle – let ‘em think I might carjack their sorry asses at a red light or twirl a tire-iron menacingly if they disparage my godforsaken Detroit Lions. Caveat emptor.

Lately, the Motor City is enjoying a comeback of sorts, if only in the national media, which loves to broadcast how many disused homes one can purchase for $1,000 (10, by the way), or what it might cost for blight removal ($2 billion, according to some estimates). My beloved and bankrupt hometown is showing flickering signs of life, but most folks with money fled to the suburbs decades ago, and rarely ever head into the city proper except for pro sporting events or the odd concert.

I buck that trend when visiting the folks back home, as I did for six weeks this summer. Not only did I venture into the central city often for my fix of nonpareil chili dogs at Lafayette Coney Island, I did so from behind the wheel of a 2014 Dodge Charger SXT, the kind of muscular wheels that put Detroit on the map, and continue to fuel profits for an industry that almost went belly-up a half-dozen years ago.

Well, okay, Chrysler is part of Fiat now, but can’t a brother represent 313 without waving the Italian flag at the same time? As I cruised the pot-holy freeways of metropolitan Detroit (truly a sensurround experience – the roads are woefully neglected), I attracted much attention from fellow gearheads, many of whom nodded their grudging approval as I left them in the proverbial dust. Sadly, I wasn’t stomping on a 470-hp Hemi V-8, but my 292-hp V-6 delivered more than enough power to intimidate the neighbors.

Admittedly, one’s soul can only take so much “ruin porn” before depression sets in, so I took to the road toward northern Michigan, an unspoiled part of the world Ernest Hemingway depicted in The Nick Adams Stories. Cherry orchards and rolling green golf courses were a blur as I whizzed by in my candy-apple Charger, blasting Sirius jams (confession: the Sinatra station) from the 506-watt stereo system, and hugging the asphalt confidently on the SXT’s sport-tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels.

Given that gasoline costs about as much as top-shelf vodka nowadays, I was expecting to go broke if I tested the engine’s outer limits, but the onboard computer told me I was averaging a thrifty 30-mpg on the open highway, and a respectable 20 or so in the city. At 70 mph the Charger’s engine was only spinning at 1500 rpm, and a mere 2400 when one is, ahem, doing 110, not that I would ever flaunt the law of the land so wantonly (at least not for more than 30 seconds at a time).

Verdict: this Detroit boy gone Hollywood felt 17 again behind the Charger’s smoke-tinted windows, whether abiding by the speed limit or not. This big, rear-wheel drive sedan is a worthy successor to the GTOs, Mustangs and Barracudas that fueled my teen dreams. Base price starts around $30K. (

Monday, April 28, 2014

Celebrate the End of April at Monroeville Dodge

There’s no official holiday to celebrate the end of April, no official reasons to take off of work or open presents or have a delicious backyard cookout and we at Monroeville Dodge think that is an outrage.  In order to give you something to celebrate, the professionals at Monroeville Dodge are having a huge end of April sale!
The start of May signifies the beginning of our transition into summer, which means it is time to start planning road trips and other outings.  No matter what your vehicle needs, the end of April Sale at Monroeville Dodge has you covered!

Looking for a fuel efficient road trip machine?  The 2014 Dodge Avenger and the 2014 Dodge Dart both save at the pump and have enough room to comfortably enjoy extended driving trips.  However if you want a pedal-to-the-medal muscle car experience, they have deals on the stunning 2014 Dodge Challenger and Charger!
Or maybe you need a vehicle that works as hard as you do, the award-winning 2014 RAM can get the job done.  And for the larger families who need the extra passenger space, the 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan and Durango are dreams come true.

To find out more about these amazing deals and specials at Monroeville Dodge visit here!  Or you can stop by the showroom and take a test drive at 3633 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, Pennsylvania or give them a call at 412-856-1700 and celebrate the end of April today!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Monroeville Dodge is Ramming Ahead

Ramming forward, ramming ahead and ramming the competition is what the 2014 Dodge Ram truck is doing to its competitors.

The 2014 Dodge Ram has just been awarded several Best-in-Class features.

These include Best-in-Class cargo capacity, Best-in-Class highway driving range and Best-in-Class commercial grade assets.  With this segment gaining momentum, Ram is honored to be ramming the competition.

All of the Best-in-Class features are designed to reduce the customer’s total cost of ownership.  The cargo capacity is larger, the payload is heavier and the cargo length is longer and wider, which means fewer trips hauling materials.  The driving range is further which means you can drive longer distances on one tank of gas.  Also, you can control your load with an optional deluxe load floor feature with storage bins, hideaway tie down loops and antiskid strips that allow you to load, secure and unload cargo with ease.

These features are so good you will feel like you have been rammed in the head, but be sure to steady yourself quickly so you can take advantage of these features in the 2014 Dodge Ram.

Monroeville Dodge in Pittsburgh, PA, also serving Monroeville, PA and Penn Hills, PA is proud to be an automotive leader in their area. Since opening their doors, Monroeville Dodge has kept a firm commitment to their customers. They offer a wide selection of vehicles and hope to make the car buying process as quick and hassle free as possible.

For more information, questions or comments contact them at 412-856-1700 or visit

Thursday, April 3, 2014

2014 Dodge Durango: Tough but Civil

It has embraced a car-like, fully-independent suspension and unibody construction but retains a truck-like rear-drive bias that helps give it best-in-class towing muscle of more than three-and-a-half tons.

It comes with a standard 290-hp V-6 that provides fuel economy as high as 25 hwy mpg but still offers the option of a hairy-chested, 360-hp Hemi V-8.  It claims a best-in-class V-6 highway cruising range of more than 600 miles but offers available four-wheel vented performance disc brakes for when you've got to stop fast, even if you don't need gas.  It provides standard seven-passenger seating that includes a 50/50-split third-row bench that actually can accommodate two adults.  It is also one of the most stylish vehicles in its segment.

This redesigned 2014 edition is available in SXT, Rally, Limited, R/T and Citadel trims. You will find the ride smooth, quiet, powerful and comfortable, with loads of room and endless tech toys.  There really is no downside.   The Durango's seats-folded cargo hold is a very respectable 84.5 cubic feet.

The exterior got some updates as well.  The most obvious change is the look, highlighted by a slimmer grille, new projector-beam headlights and fog lamps and, out back, LED taillights that sweep east-to-west, just like on the Dart and Charger passenger cars.  Inside are a handsome new center stack, a customizable gauge display and a steering wheel with paddle shifters.

Come see why everyone raves about this one today at Monroeville Dodge 3633 William Penn Highway Monroeville, PA or give us a call at 412-856-1700 today!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monroeville Dodge and March Markdown Madness

March doesn’t just represent the beginning of spring, or the much-anticipated NCAA Championship, or even the end of cold, dreary weather.  It also represents March Markdown Madness at Monroeville Dodge.

March Markdown Madness is a deal you won’t want to miss.  Be sure to act fast because a deal this good won’t last long.  In fact, it ends March 24th, 2014 at 9pm.

March Markdown Madness allows customers who are still making payments on a car that is a few years old to get into a brand new vehicle at or below their current payment.  It provides customers the option of receiving a new car with new features and upgrades for the same or even lower monthly payments.  That is madness in my opinion, madness you don’t want to miss!

Monroeville Dodge is so certain that they can work this deal for all of their customers that they are offering two complimentary movie tickets just for taking a test drive.

Monroeville Dodge employs the most skilled sales staff and most highly trained service technicians in the industry and they strive to exceed their customer’s expectations.  If this deal doesn’t do it, then nothing will.

Monroeville Dodge in Pittsburgh, PA, also serving Monroeville, PA and Penn Hills, PA is proud to be an automotive leader in their area. Since opening their doors, Monroeville Dodge has kept a firm commitment to their customers. They offer a wide selection of vehicles and hope to make the car buying process as quick and hassle free as possible.

For more information, questions or comments contact them at 412.856.1700 or visit