2019 Pickup Truck of the Year is Ram 1500

The 2019 Ram 1500 has been completely redesigned to be more impressive than ever. In fact, it is such an impressive truck that the jurors at TRUCK TREND® named it the 2019 Pickup Truck of the Year. It beat out the competition after a week of intensive testing in California, establishing it as the reigning and defending king of the full-size pickup segment.

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Sean Holman, Group Content Director for TRUCK TREND, said of the 2019 Ram 1500, “The new truck breaks ground in many areas and is the gold standard of what to expect in regard to comfort and technology without giving up any of the functionality or utility of a truck.”

TRUNK TREND put all the trucks through a series of demanding tests that included off-roading, hauling, towing, performance testing, and even fuel economy calculations. The jurors also spent a lot of time evaluating the interiors for things like comfort, ergonomics, build quality, and ease of use. At the end of it all, the Ram 1500 rose to the top.

One big way the Ram 1500 stands apart from the competition is with its gains in fuel efficiency. It uses a new eTorque mild hybrid system on both the V6 and V8 engine options. In addition, engineers were able to cut about 225 pounds from the Ram 1500’s curb weight, while still making sure it was strong enough to tow up to 12,750 pounds.

Awards are nice and all, but the best way to know for sure that the 2019 Ram 1500 is the right truck for you is to feel what it can do for yourself. Stop into Gossett CDJR and take one of these incredible trucks for a test drive.

Enjoy Thanksgiving in Memphis the Right Way This Year

You have the pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and stuffing all taken care of, but are you still looking for the best ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving in Memphis this year? Check out a few of these delightful events in the region, and have a gobblin’ good time this Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving in Memphis - Gossett CDJR - Memphis, TN

68th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Get your shopping done early and feel good about where you’re spending your money at the 68th Annual Holiday Bazaar Fundraiser at the Memphis College of Art. Find unique gifts for your friends and family on Friday, Nov. 16, from 5-10 p.m.

Memphis Hungry Turkey 5k

Have fun and feel less guilty about that second serving of pumpkin pie by taking part in this year’s Memphis Hungry Turkey 5K. The run/walk takes place on Thanksgiving morning, making it a great way to work up an appetite. Over 60,000 Americans take part in “turkey trots” across the country, so make 2018 your year to join in this healthy American tradition!

Taste of Hope

Keep the deliciousness of the season flowing this year at the American Cancer Society’s Taste of Hope event. Here, you can sample fine wines and delectable dishes while taking part in a silent auction and live entertainment. This event takes place eight days after Thanksgiving, so hopefully you’ll be able to stomach the thought of stuffing your stomach by then!

From everyone here at Gossett CDJR, here’s hoping for a happy Thanksgiving!

2018 Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition Premieres in Texas

The 2018 Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition was unveiled in Texas in September. This luxurious heavy-duty truck adds even more content to lead the segment in durability, capabilities, and style.

2018 Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition

“The 2018 Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition is the ultimate combination of capability, refinement and towing content,” said Jim Morrison, Head of Ram Truck Brand, FCA – North America. “Truck buyers at this level expect to see and feel the highest quality materials. The Ram Rodeo brings together the advanced technology and towing content in America’s longest-lasting truck.”

With a fantastic array of premium content, the Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition comes with a suede headliner that contrasts interior colors like Cattle Tan and Black. Outside, body-colored side steps and bumpers along with “LONGHORN” badging across the width of the tailgate give the Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition a more distinctive look.

To increase its capabilities, the Ram Rodeo Edition comes with a fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailer prep package that includes a bed-view camera. It also features a rear air suspension for additional comfort and load-leveling for heavy payloads and trailers.

The 2018 Ram Heavy Duty Longhorn Ram Rodeo Edition is available now in Crew Cab and Mega Cab configurations. It comes standard with a 6.4-liter HEMI® V8 or an available 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo-diesel. To learn more, stop into Gossett CDJR.

Fall Events in Memphis, Tennessee

Many people travel to Memphis during the fall months to catch some beautiful fall foliage. But there is so much more to see and do. Here are some fun fall events in Memphis that you should add to your calendar.

Fall Events in Memphis TN

Levitt Shell Fall Concert Series

Every Thursday through Sunday evening through Oct. 21, you can catch free shows at Overton Park’s historic Levitt Shell. Live performances will include local musical favorites and other touring acts.

A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper

Experience the spectacle and hard-rocking tunes of Alice Cooper, who visits the historic Orpheum Theatre on Oct. 19. Known as much for his on-stage antics and set pieces as he is for songs like “Eighteen” and “Feed My Frankenstein,” Alice Cooper promises to put on a show you’re not soon to forget.

Cooper Young Beerfest

Sample some of the best beers from Memphis’ local breweries at the Cooper Young Beerfest, which takes place on Oct. 20. Whether you prefer a pale ale or a strong lager, be sure that you have a designated driver on tap.

Día de los Muertos Parade and Festival

Celebrate the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos in the Tower Courtyard at Overton Square starting at 11 a.m. on Oct. 27. After the parade concludes, the festival commences at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art starting at noon.

There’s much, much more to do and see around Memphis this autumn. For a stylish and reliable vehicle to do it all in, stop by Gossett CDJR.

Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Clean

We all aspire to keep our vehicles clean and tidy, but sometimes life gets in the way and makes it difficult to stay on top of all the washing, waxing, and vacuuming required to keep our rides looking like they just rolled out of the showroom. Fortunately, there are a few steps that you can take to better ensure that you keep your vehicle clean even when you’re busy.


Tips for keeping your car clean

Blow away pet fur

Do you bring your dog with you on rides sometimes? Then that likely means that your vehicle has dog hair on the seats and upholstery. If you want to remove it easily, use the static electricity of an inflated balloon — rub it around on the areas covered with fur and watch the magic happen.


Break out the baby wipes

If you want to clean off your dashboard and other surfaces quickly and effectively, steal a baby wipe from out of your baby’s diaper bag and give everything a once over. If you like the results, start keeping a spare package of wipes in the glove box for future cleaning.

These tips for keeping your vehicle clean are all well and good, but our quickest and soundest advice for maintaining a clean vehicle is to get it professionally cleaned and detailed every time you stop into Gossett CDJR for service. You’ll like the way you feel driving out of our service bay.

Fun Road Trip Games to Play This Fall

With smart devices and in-vehicle infotainment all the rage, there may not seem like much need for playing games as a family during a road trip. However, if you can drag the kids away from their phones for a second and engage them in a fun activity, you’ll wind up having an even more memorable trip thanks to the added bonding.

Fun Road Trip Games

I spy

One of the original car games, I Spy involves giving your fellow passengers hints about some visible object that everyone can see. For example, you can say “I spy with my little eye something that’s white” in reference to a cloud, following it up with clues about fluffiness, shape, size, and so on. The person who guesses correctly gets to be the next spy.


Would you rather

 This game can turn a bit raunchy without some pre-set parameters, which is why Lauren Smith of Good Housekeeping recommends looking into themed versions of the game or drawing up questions of your own. You can play it however you want if you have friends your own age in the vehicle, but when the kids are around, you may want to limit it to something they’re interested in like sports or comic books.

There are a ton of different road trip games that you can play with your family on your next road trip. Or, if you prefer the peace and quiet, the infotainment and convenience technologies available in new vehicles here at Gossett CDJR should keep everyone occupied.

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram Improve in New 2018 APEAL Study™

J.D. Power is a leading researcher in the auto industry and produces yearly studies and reports on overall quality and customer satisfaction. This year, we at Gossett CDJR are thrilled that all Fiat Chrysler Brands including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram showed marked year-over-year improvement in the 2018 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study™, showing just how much customer satisfaction these new models garner.

2018 APEAL Study

FCA U.S. brands performed well overall in the APEAL Study™ and performed well in terms of improvement. Ram and Dodge both placed in the top five of all mass-market brands ranking third and fourth – and Dodge and Jeep® ranked among the top three most improved brands. Not only were FCA brands recognized, but individual vehicles as well. The Chrysler Pacifica distinguished itself by achieving the top spot among minivans for the second year in a row, while the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 ranked second and third in the Large Car segment, showing just how competitive these vehicles truly are.

To determine the vehicle rankings within the APEAL Study™, J.D. Power measures customer gratification and satisfaction after 90 days of ownership and driving at the same time they collect data for their Initial Quality Study (IQS). The comprehensive APEAL study considers 77 vehicle attributes.

To see the appealing and satisfying vehicles in the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, and Ram lineup, stop into Gossett CDJR for a test drive.

Common Dashboard Indicator Lights Meanings

We’ve all been there: a dashboard indicator light come on and we have no idea what it means. To make sure you’re prepared when one comes on, here’s a brief guide to common dashboard indicator lights and what they mean.

Dashboard Indicator Lights

  • Lit up engine light — Check Engine 

    This light warns you that your vehicle has detected something wrong with the engine. You will want to get this looked at by a professional as soon as possible.


  • Lit up battery — Check Battery 

    You will not want to ignore this light, as it means that your battery is low, has failed, or that it’s having trouble charging. If you don’t address this issue, you may be left stranded somewhere unable to start your car.


  • Lit up tire with exclamation point — Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Alert 

    This light comes on when your TPMS detects low tire pressure. You will want to check your tire pressure and inflate them if they’re low, as low tire pressure decreases control and efficiency while driving.


  • Lit up odometer — Cruise Control Active 

    This light means that your cruise control is set and active. A yellow light indicates that the system is activated but not engaged, and a green light indicates that a speed has been set and the vehicle is traveling without your foot needing to be on the accelerator.

There are many, many more lights that you may notice on your dashboard during the life of your vehicle. To figure out what they mean, you can consult your owner’s manual or contact the experts at Gossett CDJR.

How to Get the Most from Your Car’s Air Conditioning

Some of the hottest days of summer are still to come here in Tennessee. This means that you want your vehicle’s air conditioning to be in prime working order. You also want to make sure you get the most from your car’s air conditioning in the most efficient manner possible way, which you can do with these handy tips.

get the most from your car’s air conditioning

  1. Don’t Pre-Cool:  While it might be tempting to turn on your car and let it cool down before you get it, it just wastes your fuel. Your A/C compressor works most effectively while you are driving. The best thing to do is to crank up the fan and open the rear windows for about 20 seconds while you drive.
  1. Use the Coldest Setting: By using the coldest air setting, your air conditioner will run more efficiently. When you turn up the temperature, it has to work harder to reheat the air, which burns more fuel.
  2. Get a New Filter: If your cabin air filter is dirty, you will not get the best airflow. Get a new filter to ensure your air conditioner is working effectively.
  3. Don’t Recirculate (with backseat passengers): While using the recirculation mode is best to cool the air down quickly, don’t use it if you have backseat passengers. It pulls the air from the front of the cabin back through the system so the air in the back can get hot and stale.

These are just some of the many steps you can take to optimize your vehicle’s A/C this summer. To get a check-up and make sure that it’s in the best working order possible, bring your ride into Gossett CDJR.

2019 Dodge Charger Lineup Gets Upgraded

For the 2019 model year, Dodge is revamping the Charger and adding new, more versatile options to the lineup. The 2019 Dodge Charger lineup will be as exciting as ever with thrilling power and advanced features.

2019 Dodge Charger lineup

Steve Beahm, head of Passenger Car Brands, FCA North America, said, “Charger is on track to lead the large car segment in the United States for the fifth straight year in 2018, and we intend to keep that string alive by updating the product to deliver the performance and capability that our customers demand.”

In 2019, the Charger will get a new SXT all-wheel-drive model. It will be powered by the award-winning Pentastar® V6 engine rated at 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is expected to deliver up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive system comes with an active transfer case to help minimize powertrain losses.

Another exciting addition is a new Dodge Charger GT performance model. It too will come with the 300-horsepower Pentastar® V6. It will have unique performance-oriented styling like a performance hood, sculpted side sills, a spoiler, and seats. It will also come standard with a performance suspension and enhanced steering with paddle shifters.

To learn more about all the new and exciting changes coming to the 2019 Dodge Charger lineup, stop into Gossett CDJR and speak with our experts.