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EDITORS LETTER........................................................ 4

TRUCK REVIEWS....................................................... 14

CAR REVIEWS ........................................................... 20

SWEEPSTAKES.......................................................... 24

SUV REVIEWS..............................................................28

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FISHING....................................................................... 42

DESTINATION............................................................. 44

INDUSTRY NEWS........................................................ 46
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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying a fabulous spring. You have a

great Sportsmans Gear issue ahead of you with lots of new cars, trucks and
SUVs to check out. I think youll especially enjoy the trucks with a look
at the 2017 Ram Night Edition. You can read all about them beginning on
page 14.
Love the outdoors? Then you will love a trip to Capital City/Lake
Murray Country, South Carolina. The beautiful Midlands region is
conveniently located off Interstates I-77, I-26 and I-20 in the central part
of the Palmetto state. From a bird watching phenomenon you wont see
anywhere else, to dozens of gorgeously challenging golf courses to water
sports for all, this stunning Southern destination is natures wonderland.
Read more on page 44.
Whether a sportsman, fisherman or a family looking for time on the
water, West Point Lake in LaGrange, Georgia, offers something for thrill
and retreat seekers alike. Ideally located less than an hour from Atlanta and
near the Alabama border, West Point Lake is an Army Corps of Engineers
reservoir that offers over 26,000 acres of sparkling waters and over 525
miles of shoreline. This Southern recreation destination is surrounded by
the yellow pine dotted hills of West Georgia, a serene backdrop for anyone
looking to escape. Read all about this paradise on page 42.
I hope you enjoy reading these pages and will pass it along to friends
and family once you are done.

Until next time,

Becky J. Beall

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Inside, the Tacoma TRD Pro incorporates

grade-specific pieces like black leather-
trimmed heated front seats with TRD Pro
logos on the headrests, TRD shift knob,
and TRD Pro floor mats. It is also equipped
with a 4-way adjustable drivers seat with
lumbar support and a 4-way adjustable
front passenger seat, leather-trimmed tilt/
telescopic steering wheel with audio and
2017 Toyota Tacoma Welcomes All-New Bluetooth hands-free phone controls,
TRD Pro to Its Work-Hard, Play-Hard Entune Premium Audio with Integrated
Lineup Navigation and App Suite, Rear Parking
Born from Toyotas long history of off- assist sonar, and Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
road racing success and knowhow, the TRD and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Pro vehicles are aimed squarely at the most
dedicated adventure-seeking, off-road-
loving, work-hard-play-hard enthusiasts. 2017 Toyota Tundra
Toyota offers the TRD Pro models for The Toyota Tundra, recognized for its
Tundra and 4Runner, and now, for the second value and dependability, offers detail changes standard amenities: a 4-way power passenger As its name suggests, the CrewMax
time, the next generation Tacoma. for 2017, enhancing value and comfort in a seat to compliment the 10-way power prioritizes room for people. Its longer cab,
Youd be hard pressed to mistake the hard-working, hard-playing full-size pickup drivers seat. larger rear doors, and shorter 5.5-foot bed
2017 Tacoma TRD Pro for something else. truck. The Tundra is powered by a V8-exclusive make for a limo-like 42.3 inches of rear
Its heritage-inspired TOYOTA front grille A tow hitch receiver is added to the 4.6- engine lineup and is offered in three cab seat legroom. Limited trim Double Cab
with color-keyed surround, blacked out liter V8, making this feature standard on styles: two-door Regular Cab, four-door models come standard with a power sliding
hood scoop and graphic, color-keyed power all Tundra models. Tundra Limited models Double Cab, and the super-sized four-door horizontal rear window, while all CrewMax
outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, switch) or six-speed automatic, the Tacoma TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate will now include power front bucket seating CrewMax. Within those configurations are models have a power vertical sliding rear
color-keyed door handles, black overfenders, TRD Pro comes ready to conquer hill and Rigid IndustriesLED fog lights as standard, including a four-way front six model grades: the high-value, hard- window.
and color-keyed rear bumper all distinguish trail. In addition to 4WDemand and all Projector-beam headlights with black passenger seat. working SR; volume-leading SR5; comfort- All Tundra beds are 22.2 inches deep and,
it as the most adventurous grade. Available traction features of the TRD Off-Road grade, bezels, LED Daytime Running Lights With more than four dozen possible focused Limited; two premium grades, the when properly equipped, offer a payload
TRD Pro exterior colors includes Cement, the Tacoma TRD Pro adds: (DRL), and auto on/off feature configurations and a towing capacity of up luxurious Platinum and unique 1794 Edition; capacity of up to 2,080 pounds. The lockable
Barcelona Red Metallic, and Super White. 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels Taillights with black bezels to 10,500 pounds, the 2017 Toyota Tundra and the off-road-astute TRD Pro. easy-lower-and-lift tailgate lowers slowly
The TRD Pro not only looks tough, but G o o d y e a r Wr a n g l e r A l l - Te r r a i n TRD Pro badge on front door with doesnt do anything in a small way. Such The Tundra Regular Cab models, popular with no slam and can easily be removed.
is designed specifically to perform in the Kevlar-reinforced tires diamond-pattern knurled finish is the case for this full-size pickup truck as work trucks, come exclusively with an Carrying larger items is made easy with the
toughest of off-road environments.Based TRD-tuned front springs with a 1-inch lift Unique TRD Pro hood assembled exclusively in San Antonio, 8.1-foot long-bed. Double Cab models, available deck rail system and a spray-in
on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4x4 Double T R D - t u n e d r e a r s u s p e n s i o n w i t h Black TRD Pro and 4x4 rear tailgate Texas. For 2017, the Texas-bred Tundras offered with either a 6.5-foot standard-bed or bed liner. A potential money-saver down the
Cab short-bed model with either a six-speed progressive-rate off-road leaf springs badging color palette includes Barcelona Red long-bed configurations, use forward-hinged road, the front and rear bumpers use three-
manual transmission (with clutch start-cancel FOX 2.5-inch Internal Bypass shocks Standard V6 Tow Package Metallic, Super White, Black, Inferno, and rear doors, and offer 34.7 inches of rear seat piece construction for reduced repair costs.
tuned by TRD Quicksand. The Limited grade adds two new legroom.
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down cleats and dual-purpose bed extender/ Inside, a Jet Black interior features unique
divider, Sport performance hood and leather-appointed, heated and ventilated front
Black running boards. Additional Mopar seats exclusive content in the Canyon
performance parts options include a cat-back lineup along with unique instrument panel
exhaust and cold-air intake. The 1500s link- and console trim and Denali-logo sill plates
coil suspension, which delivers the industrys and floor mats. Additional standard features
best ride and handling, can be enhanced with include:
the addition of an optional Active-Level Heated steering wheel
Four-Corner Air Suspension System with GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an
multiple driver-selectable ride heights and 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen
load leveling features. 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
2017 Ram 1500 Night Edition Automatic climate control
The 2017 Ram 1500 Night starts with Full-color driver information center
key Sport appearance cues, including body- 2017 GMC Canyon Denali Remote start
color fascia and body-color rear bumper Like all GMC Denali models, the new Bosepremium seven-speaker audio
with dual chrome exhaust tips, body-color Canyon Denali is distinguished by chrome system
power-folding mirrors and door handles. exterior details and unique wheels, along Two USB charging ports on the rear of
Also adopted from the Sport are black-bezel with exclusive interior trim and content. It the center console and another inside the
bi-functional projector headlamps with LED also features a new 3.6L V-6 engine thats console
marker lights and black-bezel tail lamps to paired with a segment-first eight-speed Forward Collision Alert and Lane
match forward lighting. automatic transmission. Departure Warning SG
The new Ram 1500 Night package adds: In addition to its Denali-signature chrome
A black grille surround with black Hex grille, the 2017 Canyon Denali features
Perf pattern inserts specific wheels 20-inch ultra-bright
Bold RAM stamped tailgate with machined aluminum with painted accents
blacked-out lettering from Ram 1500 along with tubular chrome assist steps,
Rebel model polished exhaust tip (V-6 only) and spray-on
Black Ramshead grille badge bedliner.
Flat black Ram 1500 door badge
Flat black 4x4 tailgate badge (if
Flat black 5.7L HEMI door badging (if
20 x 9-in. gloss black aluminum wheels
P275/60R20 black sidewall all-season tires
The Night package is available on Regular
Cab, Quad Cab and Crew Cab 1500 Sport
models, in both two- and four-wheel drive,
long and short bed lengths and with a choice
of 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or 5.7-liter HEMI
V-8 engines.
A long list of options and upgrades
are available on Night editions, including
the lighted and lockable RamBox cargo
management system with adjustable tie-
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The lid design of the new Professional Series truck tool boxes allows
for easier access than conventional styled boxes. This is especially
helpful with todays higher riding trucks. The heavy gauge diamond
tread aluminum and roller cam T-handle latches will provide years of
rugged daily use.

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.4 A thumping 315-watt Harman Unlike other cars in the segment, the the Sedan, with the pleasure of open-top All-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider Named Best
Kardon5premium audio system with Cadenza is available with two different enjoyment. New for 2017, the Cabriolet New Convertible by
eight speakers, including a center channel grilles. Lower trim models will come with includes exterior enhancements such as a Experts atCars.comconsider the all-
and subwoofer, navigation and 8-inch the Diamond Butterfly front grille that new rear bumper and diffuser insert with new2017 Fiat 124 Spiderbest in its segment,
touchscreen display is also available. Other features the same three-dimensional pattern standard S-line exterior appearance on naming it the Best New Convertible
new options for the 2017 model year are as several siblings within the Kia lineup, Premium Plus and Prestige models and of 2017. With the honor, the Spider is
convenience systems such as Rear Cross but has its own unique appearance thanks to interior improvements such as standard six- nominated for the Best of 2017
Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection are the concave shape. Higher trim models will way power front seats with four-way power award.
2017 Kia Soul also available6. come with the Intaglio grille, featuring lumbar support. The acoustic folding roof The 2017Best of Awardsis the annual
Its hard to make something great vertically oriented, faceted blades. can be opened or closed in approximately 18 show hosts in Detroit during the
Exterior styling is further enhanced by
even better, but Kia did when it added a LED technology inside the piano key seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. North American International Auto Show.
optimized dimensions. While the new
201-horsepower turbocharged engine to one 2017 Kia Cadenza taillights helps create visual depth while The S3 Sedan expands upon the already This years categories include Best of 2017,
Cadenza has the same overall length as
of its best-selling, most-iconic and most Head on, the Cadenza is more expressive also complementing the Z-shape lighting sporty character of the A3 with additional Best Pickup Truck of 2017, Eco-Friendly Car
the outgoing model, its slightly wider and
beloved vehicles. Fans of the Soul had long thanks to the newly designed front signature. Other thoughtful details include S model details that underscore the high- of the Year, Family Car of the Year, Luxury
lower in height. The wheelbase has been
lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite fascia. While the signature Kia tiger the chrome garnish that extends through the performance qualities for which Audi S Car of the Year and Play Car of the Year.
stretched slightly, contributing to nearly
ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim didnt nose grille is still an unmistakable design trunk lid, accentuating the Cadenzas wide models are known. Delivering greater
a half-inch of increased legroom for rear
disappoint when it was revealed to media trait, it has evolved into a new hexagonal stance, and tasteful chrome accents on the performance for everyday use, available
passengers. Achieving Cadenzas sportier
today. shape that emphasizes the Cadenzas visual side mirrors and rear quarter windows. Audi magnetic ride sport suspension,
profile was achieved by extending the
Though the 1.6-liter turbo engine adds width with lines extending underneath the available 19 5-V spoke summer
roofline rearward more than two inches,
40 horsepower, fuel economy is 28 miles- headlights. But the more substantial change performance tires and a unique S-model
while maintaining rear headroom and slightly
per-gallon, city and highway combined1 to the grille is its distinct concave form, exterior kit round out the aggressive position
improving trunk space.
slightly better than the combined mileage which curves in toward the engine bay, of this sporty model.
of the 2.0-liter normally-aspirated 161-hp giving the Cadenza its handsomely chiseled
engine in the Soul Plus and in the Soul Base face.
2017 Audi A3
1.6-liter, which produces 130 horsepower.
The A3 Sedan and Cabriolet models
Performance in the turbocharged Exclaim
continue to come equipped with a 2.0 TFSI
is further enhanced by the addition of a new
quattro all-wheel drive turbocharged four-
7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT),
cylinder engine with six-speed S tronic
which, via quicker and smoother shift points
dual-clutch automatic transmission.
and no shift shock, makes for more dynamic
Additionally, the model line offers a host of
acceleration and contributes to a more
standard premium features such as leather
engaging driving experience.
seating surfaces, power sunroof, dual-
In addition to the turbo engine, the
zone automatic climate control, xenon plus
Exclaim includes specialized trim and
front lighting with LED daytime running
sportier features, including: exclusive
headlights and LED taillights.
18-inch wheels; red-accented body trim;
New for 2017 is a redesigned exterior that
chrome grille surround, unique Soul tailgate
includes a new headlight design and updated
badge; and, for the first time on Soul, dual
design cues such as an all-new front fascia
chrome twin-tip exhaust.
with a wider Singleframe grille, making the
The Exclaim also gets a standard
A3 appear even sportier and more aggressive
leather-wrapped, D-shaped steering wheel,
on the road.
pushbutton start with smart key and
The A3 Cabriolet offers the excellent
UVO32with e-Services with integrated
ever yday dr i vi ng char act er i st i cs of
Android Auto3 and Apple CarPlay
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For 2017, the new Elantra receives two

all-new powertrains designed for improved
fuel efficiency and everyday drivability
performance. The standard engine available
on the base SE and Limited trim is a 2.0-
liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine
producing a peak 147 horsepower at 6,200
rpm and 132 lb. ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm
(estimated). This Atkinson cycle-type engine
reduces pumping loss by delaying the close
timing of the intake valve in the compression
stroke, therefore maximizing the expansion
ratio it is the only Atkinson cycle engine to
be combined with multi-port injection in the
Each car represented on the list excels in in a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. The engine compact class. This greater expansion ratio
three key criteria; quality, innovation and delivers 160 horsepower and 184 lb.- is made more efficient by allowing additional
value. All vehicles are 2017 models and Best ft. of torque on Classica and Lusso, 164 energy to be produced. Furthermore, this
of 2017 nominees must be all-new or fully horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque on engine features a high compression ratio of
redesigned. Abarth, and is available with a six-speed 12.5.
According to, Look at this manual transmission (26 mpg city/35 Other enhancements include intermediate
thing: Its pretty. Next, drop the top, rev the mpg highway) or a six-speed automatic valve cam phasing that increases the
engine, listen to the sweet 1.4-liter engine, transmission (25 mpg city/36 mpg highway). operational range of the intake valves and
find a twisty road and see if your cares helps to reduce pumping loss. High energy
disappear with the wind. Were betting they ignition coils are also adopted to increase
will, and thats why the Fiat 124 Spider is 2017 Hyundai Elantra combustion efficiency through increasing
our Best New Convertible of 2017. Hyundai revealed its all-new 2017 Elantra spark intensity. A new electronically
The all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider at the Los Angeles Auto Show. As one of controlled thermostat decreases pumping
brings classic Italian styling and proven Hyundais all time best-selling models, energy and allows the thermostat to open at
performance to a new generation of buyers. the new Elantra enters its sixth-generation a higher temperature. Finally, piston cooling
Paying homage to the original 124 Spider, building on the momentum and success jets are added to cool down the piston by
the all-new Spider delivers the ultimate of its proven award-winning formula and spraying oil at the lower position of the
Italian roadster experience with driving strong value proposition by offering a bold piston resulting in knock stability and fuel
excitement, technology and safety combined aerodynamic design with sophisticated economy improvements. All of this results in
with iconic design. styling, all-new efficient powertrains for up to a 2.2 percent increase in efficiency for
The roadster comes standard with the enhanced fuel economy, better ride quality optimized fuel economy, and an anticipated
proven 1.4-liter Multi-Air Turbo four- and noise insulation, and comprehensive 29 city / 38 highway / 33 combined mpg
cylinder engine, the engines first application safety with class-above features. (internal estimate for 6-A/T). SG
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The GX 460 carries up to seven in renowned

Lexus comfort.
Underscoring the three-row GX 460s
all-weather capability and comfort, Lexus As with all Volvos the powertrain offer
has made heated/ventilated front seats is based on the Drive-E 2.0 litre turbo- and
a standalone option for the base model super-charged engines designed and built in
(standard on the Premium and Luxury Sweden at Volvos engine factory in Skvde.
2017 Hyundai Santa Fe bodycolor heated exterior power mirrors with models). In addition, available for the first TheDrive-E rangeof low emission, high
The award-winning Hyundai Santa Fe drivers blind spot mirror, LED headlight time in the Lexus line-up, the top-line GX performance petrol and diesel engines offers
lineup continues to dramatically improve accents, daytime running lights, steering- 460 Luxury now comes standard with a perfect blend of driver enjoyment and fuel
for the 2017 model year. The improvements wheel-mounted audio and cruise control and captains chairs second-row seating, an economy, whilst retaining a responsive feel
span everything from fresh exterior design Bluetooth hands-free smartphone system. option for the Premium. 2017 Kia Sportage Stiffer structure, new suspension, for city driving.
and LED lighting signatures to additional Premium features such as HID Xenon The Lexus signature spindle grille gives The all-new 2017 Sportage, the fourth advanced driver assistance systems, and The XC60 offers a full range of
infotainment, convenience and safety headlights, panoramic sunroof, navigation the GX 460 a distinctive, standout style. generation of Kia Motors Americas longest- premium materials take Sportage to the head connectivity options that include Volvo On
technologies and new Drive Mode selection and an updated 12-speaker Infinity For 2017, the new available Sport Design running nameplate, wraps a stunning and of the class Call, a phone-based app that allows you to
with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. Logic7 audio system which features Package puts an extra accent on that design contemporary design around a structure Cutting-edge design, engaging driving control certain features in your car, such
All Santa Fe powertrains now offer QuantumLogic Surround and Clari-Fi with special details such as an exclusive front that is both stiffer and more spacious than dynamics and intelligent packaging stand out as pre-heating, locking and unlocking,
new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Music Restoration Technology are available. bumper, rear bumper spoiler, special exhaust ever before. Advanced driver assistance in a staid compact CUV segment navigation and vehicle location services.
Eco and Normal settings. The 2017 Santa Also available is Hyundais innovative power tailpipe tip, a redesigned side mirror case and technologies, significant suspension and First Kia to offer UVO3, featuring Volvo On Call now works with wearables
Fe line-up continues to offer front- or all- Hands-Free Smart Liftgate with Auto Open, unique 18-inch split-six spoke alloy wheels. steering improvements, and available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay (April such as Apple Watch and Android Wear and
wheel drive and seating options for five, which makes it even easier for owners to Comfort, easy maneuverability and intelligent AWD vastly improve the availability), 14 telematics services, and 8 also has Windows 10 compatibility, meaning
six or seven passengers. The 2017 Santa gain access to the cargo area whenever their Lexus quiet and comfort make the GX 460 Sportages driving dynamics while premium GB of music storage, all free of charge. that Volvo On Call can now be operated from
Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4- hands are full. This system makes it easy for ideal at performing family duties during materials and world-class craftsmanship your PC as well as your smartphone.
liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine the driver to keep both feet comfortably on the week, and then easily stepping into an create a class-up experience in an otherwise As with any Volvo, safety comes as
with 185 horsepower or the more powerful, the ground by simply standing within a few active, demanding 4x4 environment on the utilitarian segment. 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 standard. The XC60 comes with one of the
turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine feet of the rear bumper with the key fob in a weekend. The standard and sole engine is a The all-new Sportages roomier, more The consistently popular XC60 is Volvos most comprehensive standard safety offers
with 240 horsepower. 2017 Santa Fe (three- purse or pocket for a few seconds. 301-horsepower 4.6-liter V8 that issues 329 luxurious cabin features an impressive 5-seat, mid-size premium SUV and has available in the segment, including City
row) uses the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda lb.-ft. of peak torque. Combine that with level of craftsmanship, with high-quality, been Volvos best-selling model since 2009. Safety, which offers a range of collision
II V6 engine, with 290 horsepower. All 6,500-lb. towing capacity, and youve got soft-touch materials and a range of Launched in 2008, the XC60 has allowed avoidance and mitigation functionalities
Santa Fe engines utilize high-pressure direct 2017 Lexus GX460 5-Door SUV an ideal boat hauler. Making towing easier technologies improving overall comfort, Volvo to compete head-on with and beat its including pedestrian and cyclist detection.
injection and Dual Continuously Variable A member of a rare breed, the GX 460 is a is Trailer Sway Control, a function of the convenience, and connectivity. Updates to German competitors in the segment, one of A range of optional safety and convenience
Valve Timing (D-CVVT). A six-speed full-capability luxury SUV thats as at home Vehicle Stability Control that enhances the drivetrain provide enhanced efficiency the most competitive in the market. In 2015, systems are also available in the 60 Series
automatic transmission is standard on all on the trail as it is in the city or suburbs. straight-line tracking. and performance, while changes to the it was the most sold mid-size SUV in Europe. cars.
Santa Fe models. Active Cornering Control suspension deliver better ride and handling.
and a windshield wiper de-icer is also Like the outgoing model, the all-new
standard on AWD Santa Fe models. Sportage is built at Kias production facility
Standard Santa Fe features include in Gwangju, Korea, and is available in three
a Rearview Camera, automatic on/off distinct trim levels (LX, EX, SX Turbo).
headlights, remote keyless entry with alarm,

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drive performance on- or off-road and in sand, rocks, mud and snow at elevations
any weather condition. For even greater ranging from sea level to more than 9,000
Trail Rated off-road capability, Selec-Terrain feet.During the off-road portion of testing,
includes Selec-Speed Control with Hill- judges evaluated visibility from the driver
descent Control on Trailhawk models. seat, four-wheel-drive system selection and
performance, tire performance and durability,
engine power and cooling, transmission
Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk Named function and cooling, suspension tuning
2017 Jeep Compass of which can send 100 percent of available FOUR WHEELER 2017 SUV of the and performance and traction control
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass torque to any one wheel: Year system function. Judges spent time on-road
expands the brands global reach with an The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee evaluating driving characteristics, such as
unmatched combination of attributes that Jeep Active Drive full-time 4x4 system Trailhawk the most capable Grand handling, ride quality, interior comfort and
includes legendary and best-in-class 4x4 Jeep Active Drive Low class-exclusive Cherokee ever has been named FOUR steering feel. Other factors also taken into
off-road capability, advanced fuel-efficient full-time 4x4 system with 20:1 crawl ratio WHEELER 2017 SUV of the Year. The consideration include price, fuel efficiency,
powertrains, premium and authentic Jeep award is given annually by the editors of tire size and ramp travel index (RTI), which
design, superior on-road driving dynamics, Both Jeep Active Drive and Active the opinion-leading off-road enthusiast tests suspension articulation.
open-air freedom, and a host of innovative Drive Low 4x4 systems include the Jeep publication. The 2017 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
safety and advanced technology offerings. Selec-Terrain system, providing up to Over the course of a week, FOUR exemplifies Jeep 4x4 capability with a
The all-new 2017 Jeep Compass delivers five modes (Auto, Snow, Sand and Mud WHEELERs judges conducted a variety distinctive, aggressive look, backed by Jeep
best-in-class off-road capability, courtesy of modes, plus exclusive Rock mode on the of tests spanning more than 1,000 miles of Trail Rated hardware, resulting in the most
two advanced, intelligent 4x4 systems, each Trailhawk model) for the best four-wheel- terrain that included pavement, gravel, dirt, capable SUV ever. The Grand Cherokee


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Trailhawk includes Jeeps Quadra-Drive II

4x4 system with rear Electronic Limited-
slip Differential (ELSD) for all powertrains,
a unique version of Grand Cherokees
Quadra-Lift air suspension developed for
Trailhawk that offers improved articulation
and total suspension travel, as well as
Selec-Speed Control with Hill-ascent and
Hill-descent Control, skid plates, 18-inch
Goodyear Adventure off-road tires with
Kevlar reinforcement, an anti-glare hood
decal and signature red tow hooks.
senses slippery roads or rough terrain and aerodynamic performance an athletic
automatically adjusts power to each wheel. statement youll also appreciate when it
2017 Nissan Pathfinder
When things smooth out, it switches back to comes to fuel efficiency.
No other SUV*in this class gives you
2WD. Consider it your base camp for big
the choice of 2WD, 4WD, and Auto Modes.
A more rugged design greets you adventures. Nissan Pathfinder offers a
Turn the available All-Mode4x4-i dial,
from every angle, while the signature premium spacious interior with available
located just behind the gearshift, to lock
character lines flow low on the body, navigation and Bose Premium Audio
into 4WD on rough terrain and in varying
providing a spacious interior filled with System. Leather-appointed seats, wood-tone
weather. Turn it again to switch into 2WD
light. Strategically located spoilers and trim, chrome accents are just a few of the
for better mileage. The intuitive Auto Mode
deflectors help improve Nissan Pathfinders luxury touches available on board. SG
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Westin Automotive announces the

availability of Snyper Rock Slider Steps
for Jeep Wrangler
You need a way to climb into your Jeep,
but ground clearance is key! For the true
Jeep enthusiast, traditional steps are out of
the question. Westin Snyper Rock Slider
Steps are made to protect your Jeeps rocker
panel from off-road hazards while providing
a fully functional step. They mount snug to
the rocker panel which provides maximum
off-road ground clearance. Step areas feature
heavy textured epoxy non-skid step plates
for maximum traction. They also feature two
off-road jack points per side. Available for 2
door and 4 door applications.

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West Point Lake

An Ideal Getaway forFishermen and Families
A nationally recognized fishing spot, with abounding watersports, nature trails and public
beaches-anglers arent the only ones who will enjoy this LaGrange, Georgia gem

West Point Lake in LaGrange, Georgia, offers big time family fun

hether a sportsman, fisherman line from either of the fishing boats they most sought out fishing spots in the country. and big time catches for fishermen.
or a family looking for time on have available to rent. Southern Harbor has Its no wonder West Point Lake is home to
the water, West Point Lake boats both big and small to accommodate over 70 fishing tournaments every year. This Credit: LaGrange-Troup County Chamber Commerce
inLaGrange, Georgia, offers something for your group. Adventurers, look no further November, Highland Marina Resort will
thrill and retreat seekers alike. Ideally located than GLL Marine. This watersport shop play host to the prestigious Georgia State
less than an hour from Atlanta and near the offers kayak and paddleboard rentals. With Tournament for the 30th year in a row. Want
Alabama border, West Point Lake is an Army 30 public recreation areas with boat ramps, to fish, but have never held a rod? Let an
Corps of Engineers reservoir that offers feel free to bring your own watercraft to expert help you catch a big one with a guided
over 26,000 acres of sparkling waters and West Point. Whether you prefer sailing, wind fishing tour.
over 525 miles of shoreline. This Southern surfing or power boating, West Point Lake is At West Point Lake, dive into fun. Boat
recreation destination is surrounded by the a boaters paradise. the open waters, breathe in nature by hiking
yellow pine dotted hills of West Georgia, After a day in the water, head for dry gorgeous trails or hunt the perfect catch.
a serene backdrop for anyone looking to land, stopping by one of the many parks that With so much to do, youll end up returning
escape. surround the lake. Hit up the tennis courts, to these gorgeous waters again and again.
Before diving into the cool water, first ball fields, basketball courts or cast a line
find the perfect place to put down your bags. off the fishing piers. These Army Corps of Looking to host a fishing tournament?
West Point Lake offers a variety of vacation Engineer parks also have more than a dozen West Point Lake is the ideal spot to host
rentals. At Highland Marina find waterfront nature and hiking trials. Get lost in these angler competitions of many varieties.
cabins for the couple on a romantic getaway, beautiful tree-laden paths that accommodate Contact the LaGrange-Troup County
a fishing group on a tight budget or a hikers of every skill level. Each trail has its Chamber of Commerce for details,706-884-
sprawling home for a big family. Whether own unique feature--like waterfront views, 8671.
you prefer a laid-back knotty pine feel or benches, rest shelters and playgrounds. This
vaulted ceilings with gas fireplaces, there is a is also a bird watching haven. Keep eyes About LaGrange
cabin to suit your needs. Plan on bringing the peeled while walking the paths, because Ideally-located less than an hour from
home with you? Highland Marina also has an this area is home to purple martins, herons, both Atlanta and Columbus and sharing a
RV site. egrets, osprey and several pairs of bald 35-mile border with Alabama, LaGrange-
As another option, vacationers can cozy eagles. Had enough excitement for one day? Troup County named for the estate of
up in one of Southern Harbors cottages. Kick back by digging toes in the sand at French and American hero General Marquis
These charmers are one-, two- or three- one of the three public beaches or reserve de Lafayette and Governor Troup is
bedrooms, equipped with all of the comforts a picnic shelter to share a meal together, al home to 67,000 residents and plays host to
of home. Prefer to spend the night under the fresco. popular annual events like Februarys For
stars? Southern Harbor has 145 campsites, Finally, both experienced and novice Love of the Arts celebration, Marchs Azalea
complete with bathhouses and laundry. The fishermen will rejoice with the bites Storytelling and Octobers Hummingbird
U.S. Army Corps of engineers also operates available in West Point Lake. With a dozen Festival. The sophisticated Southern city
four campgrounds with hundreds of sites creeks and the more than 40 square miles harbors the nearly 26,000-acre recreational
available. of lake, there are plenty of good fishing wonder known as West Point lake, two
Next, your crew will need a vessel to set spots for the thousands of anglers who visit four-year liberal arts and science colleges,
off on the vacation voyage. Whether you feel here regularly. In fact, fishermen from all LaGrange College and Point University, and
the need for speed, prefer to float the days over the world flock to this lake year-round West Georgia Technical College. A cultural
away or want to break a sweat, you will find where six-pound bass are common and the hub, LaGrange offers three galleries, two art
whatever youre looking for with a variety lake record largemouth bass is 14.2 pounds. museums, a history museum, the LaGrange
of boat and watersport rentals available. Fishermen can reel in largemouth bass, Symphony Orchestra, three performing arts
Highland Marina offers standard and deluxe crappie, hybrid bass, stripers, channel catfish theatres and more than 80 mouth-watering
pontoon boats for big crowds. Or, cast a and spotted bass--making this one of the restaurants. SG

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Destination Destination

Capital City/Lake Murray Country

An OutdoorLovers Paradise
Witness a one-of-a-kind bird-watching phenomenon,zip lineabove a nationally recognized zooand cruise
along the sparkling watersof the Jewel of South Carolina in Capital City/Lake Murray Country

Purple Martin Phenomenon over Lake Murray.

Credit: Capital City/Lake Murray Country

shore. With two lakefront camping areas, Set a leisurely pace by kicking back and the Southern Patriot Tour Boat for dinner
campers have scenic views and easy access dropping a line. Lake Murray is home to and a front row seat as these amazing birds
to the water. There are also five lakeside some of the best striped and large-mouth circle the cotton-candy skies. Check out
villas offering cozy accommodations. bass fishing in the South. Want to reel one Lake Murray Boat Club for the perfect boat
Enjoy all the convenience of home, yet feel in, but have limited fishing experience? Fish rental https://www.lakemurrayboatclub.
like youre a world away in these quaint with local guide Michael Murphy. Through com/ or call (803) 749-8594 to schedule a
waterfront cabins. To make reservations call a Fisheries Biology degree from Purdue dinner tour.
1-866-345-PARK. University and vast tournament experience, Head for dry land and tee up at your
Take time to explore the 50,000 acres Murphy offers a wealth of knowledge. If choice of 33 champion golf courses. The
of Lake Murrays sparkling waters. Grab you have a bass fishing trip planned to natural beauty of the Midlands creates a
Zip line above the gorgeous Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina. a board and oar and catch the views Lake Murray or are just looking to have variety of stunning and challenging courses.
Credit: Capital City/Lake Murray Country while paddleboarding the gemstone fun, Murphy will accelerate your fishing The best part--you can hit the links year-
lake. California Republic can get you up success. All drinks, life jackets, gas and round! If you happen to be coveted badge
and gliding in no time with a variety of fish provided. Fishing equipment can be holders of the Masters Tournament, Capital
Love the outdoors? Then you will love a a rickety bridge and zooming 1,000 feet thousands of lightning bugs simultaneously rentals. Never paddleboarded? No worries! provided on request. Call (803) 567-5263 to City/Lake Murray Country is only 70 miles
trip to Capital City/Lake Murray Country, above the Saluda River. The canopy tour light up the park making for a remarkable The experienced staff offers lessons for make a reservation. from The Augusta National and is the
South Carolina. The beautiful Midlands also gives riders a scenic view of the more sight. This wonder is so special; there are beginners. On warm summer nights, the Purple perfect place to stay and play. Want to hit
region is conveniently located off Interstates than 170 acres of the zoos exotic animal- only three other known places in the United CalRepublic/. Martins take flight. Each summer the skies up multiple courses during the stay? Golf
I-77, I-26 and I-20 in the central part of filled grounds and botanical gardens. For States that experience this type of magical Anchors aweigh! Sail the day away over Lunch Island on Lake Murray come packages are available. Call 888-501-0954
the Palmetto state. From a bird watching the ultimate contest, take the moonlight zip light show. This awe-inspiring spectacle with Lanier Sailing Academy. This team to life as the Purple Martins arrive for their or email for
phenomenon you wont see anywhere else, from March through October. Prices range typically takes place in May and June. For of experts will have you setting sail with vacation. It is estimated that more than one a variety of golf package options.
to dozens of gorgeously challenging golf from $40- $80, book tickets here: http:// more information, go to https://www.nps. their comprehensive lessons. You can also million birds venture here to roost on the Between natural wildlife displays, a
courses to water sports for all, this stunning gov/cong/index.htm. rent a vessel of your own. The Academy island. Watch the Purple Martins take over plethora of water sports and coveted golf
Southern destination is natures wonderland. and-attractions.shtml#zip-the-zoo. Continue the outdoor venture by sleeping pairs guests with the perfect boat to fit their the sunset filled skies from the end of June courses, Capital City/Lake Murray Country
Fly high on Riverbanks Zoo and Slow down and watch the fireflies light under the stars. Pitch a tent, bring an RV abilities. Take a sunset sail with your special to the beginning of August. For a close up is the outdoor lovers dream escape. Come
Gardens zip line tour. Challenge yourself up the night sky at Congaree National or even reserve a cabin at Dreher Island someone or cruise with friends and family. of this phenomenon, rent a boat from Lake here once and see firsthand why this natural
to the ultimate adventure while whizzing Park. Unlike the sporadic blinking you may State Park. The park is a three island natural Call (803) 317-9070 for availability and an Murray Boat Club and drive to the middle paradise is one that has guests returning
through the seven treetop courses, crossing be used to seeing in your backyard, here escape that spans 12 miles of Lake Murrays initial review of your sailing skills. of Lake Murray. You can also climb aboard again and again. SG

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Industry News Industry News

RAV4 Prepares for Intense Battle at the

Oregon Trail
Ryan Millen and Rally RAV4 Leaving No
Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Victory
Rally RAV4 driver Ryan Millen looks to
extend his points lead in the American Rally
Associations 2WD Class in this weekends
high-octane Oregon Trail Rally, which
promises to be among the fastest events on
the calendar.
By some estimates, nearly 20 percent
of the route consists of paved surfaces.
And even when the tarmac ends, vast
gravel-covered straights will see the RAV4
sometimes surpass 100 mph. Such pace
actually places Millen and company at a
bit of a disadvantage to their competitors,
many of whom run significantly lighter
and more powerful machinery. As a result,
the Toyota-Millen team is preparing even
harder than usual for what it expects to be
the toughest event of the season. Still, the
massive mechanical grip, better suspension
travel, and bulletproof Toyota reliability are
all advantages that play in the favor of the
In an effort to gain an advantage, the
Rally RAV4 team is taking its preparation
to extreme measures. Said Millen of the
challenge hes facing, There are a couple
spots where its very straight, very fast,
very wide open road, and then they throw
a lot of chicanes in them. To help make
up the difference, tire strategy is going to
be a big factor. For most of the rallys 18
stages, the RAV4 will be fitted for the first
time with very fast Pirelli rally tires that
are specifically designed for grip off the
When faced with three purely tarmac
stages, however, the team is opting to run
the ultra-soft Hoosier A7, a barely-street-
legal competition tire that was developed
for autocrossing. Translation: its soft
enough that it doesnt need much time to
come up to temp in order to perform well.
Its about as fast as a DOT-legal tire can be
on tarmac, but it doesnt last terribly long.
Its a gamble, but if all goes well, it could
help Team Millen save up to two or three
seconds per mile, at a rally that Millen and
the Rally RAV4 won by a mere ten seconds
last year.
The team is hardly stopping at tires,
though. Gasoline weighs about six pounds
per gallon, so by precisely estimating how
much fuel is needed to complete each stage,
the RAV4 can forego the excess fuel, and
reap the performance benefits of the saved
In the past, Millen said, Ive always
been like, Just fill it all the way up and
give me two spare tires. Ive been that Photo courtesy of Toyota.

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way because, initially, this program was, training facility, said John Fox, Director students are better prepared technicians
Dont have any DNFs and lets see what of the FCA Performance Institute. So far, regardless of choosing a dealership or
we can get out of it. Now, we have to try FCA US has successfully enlisted 50 local independent shop. The ease of integrating
everything we can to win. community colleges, technical colleges the Mopar CAP LOCAL curriculum into an
As one last touch of fine-tuning, Millen and vocational schools that are training the existing general service automotive program
and co-driver Rhianon Gelsomino, now in next generation of highly skilled dealership makes it an all-around win for the college,
just their fourth rally together, are working service technicians. FCA, local dealers and most importantly
on continuing to refine their pace notes. FCA US established Mopar CAP students.
The goal is to ensure that the RAV4 ends LOCAL in July 2015 in partnership with the In addition to the Mopar CAP and
up coming out of the turns carrying as National Coalition of Certification Centers Mopar CAP LOCAL technician training
much extra speed as possible onto the long (NC3) of Kenosha, Wisconsin. programs, FCA US has a variety of
straights of the Oregon Trail. When FCA launched Mopar CAP programs in play to attract, train and
Its about trying to look at where we LOCAL in 2015, we estimated that we had retain service technicians, as well as other
can refine the notes more, to make sure that roughly 5,000 technical job openings in our dealership employees.
we never lose momentum, according to dealerships, Fox said. As we continue to For example, in conjunction with
Gelsomino, so when we get through the expand our network of training sites, we Strayer University, FCA US launched
corner and were going down the straight are helping our dealers to staff their service its Degrees@Work program in 2015 that
weve not lost any RPM. bays with technicians that already have the enables a dealership service technician
While the fast and paved stages are all knowledge and the experience to hit the (or any other dealership employee) and
about keeping some of the bigger power ground running when they are hired. their immediate family members to earn a
cars in sight, theres one area where Millen Mopar CAP LOCAL prepares no-expense college degree while employed
expects to carve back large swaths of time technicians to work as Level 1 Certified by participating dealerships.
from his competitors: night stages. Technicians upon graduation from a NC3 FCA US also has introduced a
I enjoy the night because, typically, certified two-year training institution. NC3 technician-exemption policy that allows
were a lot faster than most people, he certifies each Mopar CAP LOCAL school to technicians to work one level above their
says. Whats cool about the night is you ensure they meet the stringent requirements certification if the technician is in training
just focus on where your lights point. In necessary for success. for the next certification level; launched its
some senses, youre almost faster at night, In as little as 24 months, students can Mopar Top Tech program to recognize its
because youre not looking for other things. earn a two-year associates degree in top-performing, elite technicians at FCA US
All you have is whats in front of you and Automotive Technology or equivalent. dealerships, and partnered with Snap-On
the notes. Mopar CAP LOCAL graduates are qualified Inc. to equip students in training with the
More information on the Rally RAV4 to handle a variety of customer pay and necessary tools of the trade at a significant
program can be found atwww.RallyRAV4. warranty work for FCA US dealerships. discount.
com. Mopar CAP LOCAL is one of the
Information on the Oregon Trail Rally most forward thinking technician training About FCA US LLC
and the American Rally Association can programs in the country, said Patrick Hart, FCA US LLC is a North American
be found at, Executive Director, New York Automotive automaker with a new name and a long & Diesel Institute in Jamaica, N.Y. history. Headquartered in Auburn Hills,
Incorporating Level 0 and Level 1 training Michigan, FCA US is a member of the Fiat
into high-quality, entry-level training will Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family
FCA US Recruits 50 Schools to Train produce a highly skilled workforce now of companies. FCA US designs, engineers,
Next Generation of Dealership Service and for years to come. This should be the manufactures and sells vehicles under the
Technicians training model all manufacturers in all Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT
More than 100 training facility sites are industries use. brands, as well as the SRT performance
sought by end of 2018 Mopar CAP LOCAL is an extension vehicle designation. The company also
FCA US dealerships expect to hire 5,000 of FCAs traditional Mopar CAP program distributes Alfa Romeo vehicles and
service technicians by end of 2018 that has been training service technicians Mopar products. FCA US is building
to work in Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and upon the historic foundations of Chrysler,
FCA US LLC has recruited 50 technical Ram dealerships since 1984. The traditional the innovative American automaker
training schools from across the country Mopar CAP has 31 colleges training service first established by Walter P. Chrysler in
to train the next generation of automotive technicians primarily in metropolitan 1925; and Fiat, founded in Italy in 1899
service technicians for its U.S. dealerships. areas of the country. The new Mopar CAP by pioneering entrepreneurs, including
Through its program Mopar CAP LOCAL program is enlisting schools in Giovanni Agnelli.
(Career Automotive Program) LOCAL secondary and rural markets as well. FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in
FCA US will continue to grow this network The 50 training sites enrolled so far by the world based on total annual vehicle
of schools in the U.S. Ultimately, FCA US Mopar CAP LOCAL are elated to be part of sales, is an international automotive group.
would like to have more than 100 certified the burgeoning network. FCA is listed on the New York Stock
training sites across the country to help its The Mopar CAP LOCAL program has Exchange under the symbol FCAU and
dealerships combat the industry shortage of been a great way to infuse OEM training on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under
service technicians. into our General Service automotive the symbol FCA. SG
We envision that the majority of our classes, said Matthew Janisin, Instructor
dealerships will be located within roughly and NC3 coordinator at Gateway Technical
an hours drive from the nearest certified- College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This way,

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