Kelley Blue Book Names Impala, F-150, and Expedition Best Buys for 2018

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We are excited to announce that Kelley Blue Book has named the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, the 2018 Ford F-150 and the 2018 Ford Expedition as Best Buys for 2018!

The Best Buy awards choose the best value vehicles in 12 categories, as well as an overall winner. They compare features like pricing, cost to own, use-ability, consumer reviews, and more.

This is the fourth year in a row that the Chevrolet Impala was named the best full-size sedan by Kelley Blue Book! You can get yours at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL or Runde Chevrolet Buick GMC in Platteville, WI!

“Whether it’s a matter of price, size, style or features, the 2018 Impala will give you 2018_chevrolet_impala_sedan_premier_fq_oem_4_1280.jpgsomething to appreciate every day you own it,” Kelley Blue Book noted in its announcement. “And speaking of owning it, in addition to collecting KBB’s Best Buy Award for full-size cars, last year’s Impala took home our 5-Year Cost-to-Own Award in the full-size-car category for its sixth straight season.”

This is also the fourth year in a row that the Ford F-150 has won the best truck category! Take one for a test drive at Runde Ford Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Manchester, IA.

2018-ford-f-150-thumbnail-4cms“Expected niceties like leather seats are available, of course, but so are unique features like Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which lets you more intuitively align your trailer using a simple knob on the dash,” according to Kelley Blue Book. “There are power-operated running boards available, a remote-release tailgate, and even a tailgate with an integrated, slide-out step. Then there’s adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, accident detection and avoidance, lane keeping assist, and all the safety and convenience features you’d expect in a nicely equipped luxury sedan. Along with its excellent reliability and resale value, there’s no question that the 2018 Ford F-150 earns its Best Buy honor.”

The re-designed 2018 Ford Expedition won the full-size SUV/Crossover category.

“With its elevated seating position helping deliver excellent visibility, the Expedition 2018-Ford-Expedition-front-three-quarter-in-motion-02-e1486485894126-1.jpgdrives like a smaller vehicle than its large footprint would lead you to believe,” Kelley Blue Book said. “Thanks to its independent rear suspension, it also has a decidedly non-truck feel to its ride. A host of driver assists, including blind spot warning and lane keeping assist, make it easy to keep the Expedition on track.”

Kelley Blue Book is a longtime trusted resource for helping consumers research, price and shop for vehicles.

Learn more about the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards.

Shop Runde Auto Group’s 2018 Chevy Impalas, 2018 Ford F-150s, or 2018 Ford Expeditions.


2017 Chicago Auto Show Recap


The Chicago Auto Show concluded earlier this week. If you didn’t get a chance to make it this year, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down and take stroll through the show with our recap.


-Chevrolet –  

® Batmobile from Chevrolet

Perhaps the most interesting display in the entire show belongs to the Lego® Batmobile from Chevrolet. It’s 17-foot long, nearly 7-foot high and a little over nine feet wide. It weighs over 1,695.5lbs with each tire weighing over 100lbs! It took 344,187 Lego® bricks to create, using a total of 17 different colors. The interior frame weighs over 282lbs and is made of more than 86sq-ft of square-tube aluminum! The “vehicle” is featured in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie “The LEGO® Batman Movie”.

Chevrolet created a hilarious webpage dedicated to the Batmobile complete with “features” and “stats” such as the 60.2L V100 engine producing 7,450 lb-ft of torque! It also lists competitive vehicles such as the “Notorious Lowrider” and the “Riddler Racer”. Check out the page for a laugh:

2018 Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Traverse has a fresh new exterior styling along with a redesigned interior. It can comfortably seat up to 8 people and is expected to offer best-in-class max. Passenger volume (98.5 cu. ft.) and third row legroom in its segment.

Two new trims are available for 2018: the RS and High Country. Exclusive to the RS trim is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 255hp. Standard Traverse models will come with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 305hp. All engines are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

  • Available Features: hands-free programmable lift-gate, Intelligent Stop/Start, heated or ventilated front seats, adaptive cruise control, power-fold third-row seats, Twin Clutch AWD, and rear seat reminder alerts you that the second-row door is open with 5 audible chimes.
  • Available Technology: USB ports in all three rows, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Available Safety Features: 360-degree camera, teen-driver monitoring, forward-collision alert, low- and high-speed forward automatic braking, lane-change alert, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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The 2018 Traverse will be available this fall.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2018 Equinox is redesigned inside and out and offers 3 engines to choose from – all paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The engines include a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 170hp, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 252 horsepower and a 1.6-liter turbocharged diesel four-cylinder producing 136hp.

  • Available Features: 4G LTE wi-fi, OnStar, teen-driver monitoring, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an infotainment system.
  • Available Safety Features: 360-degree camera, forward-collision alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, lane-change alert, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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The 2018 Equinox will be available this spring.


Production vehicles and concepts from Chevrolet are displayed below as follows:  2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 • 2017 Chevrolet Trax Redline Edition • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Desert • 2017 Malibu Redline Edition • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado Redline Edition • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV


– GMC –

2018 GMC Terrain Denali

The 2018 Terrain is completely redesigned for 2018. The redesigned grille, new C-shaped LED lighting and a floating roof are just a few of the eye-catching changes GMC made for 2018.

Three new turbocharged four-cylinder engines are available for the Terrain: a 1.5-liter @ 170hp, a 2.0-liter @ 252hp, and a 1.6-liter diesel @ 137hp.

  • Available Features: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-car Wi-Fi hotspot, power liftgate, heated steering wheel, electronic precision shift system.
  • Available Safety Features: side blind zone alert, surround vision camera, low speed forward automatic braking, semi-automatic parking assist, lane keep assist with lane departure warning.

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The 2018 GMC Denali will be available this summer in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims.



– Ford –

2018 Ford F-150

The 2018 F-150 has a refreshed front and rear styling and comes with an all-new standard 3.3-liter V6 generating 282hp. Available engines include a new 3.0-liter turbo diesel and the returning 2.7-liter EcoBoost v6 as-well-as the 5.0-liter V6. Ford also decided to make Automatic Start/Stop standard equipment across all models and engines.

  • Available Safety Features: pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, 360-degree camera, lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring.
  • Available Technology: Ford Sync 3 Multimedia and infotainment system, adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and in-truck Wi-Fi hotspot.

The 2018 F-150 will be available this fall.



2018 Ford Mustang

The 2018 Ford Mustang packs a new look and a newly available 10-speed (6-speed also available) automatic transmission paired with a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or a 5.0-liter V8. The Mustang will no longer offer a V6 engine as an option.

  • Available Features: Ford SYNC, heated steering wheel, magnetic-ride suspension, LED headlamps and tail lamps, and a 12-inch LCD Screen.
  • Available Safety Features: Lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, driver-alert system, dual-front airbags, and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection.

The 2018 Mustang will be available this fall.



2018 Ford EcoSport

Ford revealed a new compact SUV with the 2018 Ford EcoSport. It promises to have plenty of head and leg room and has some very impressive options for a compact SUV. Two 6-speed automatic engine options are available: a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Both available in front or all-wheel drive.


  • Available Safety Features: Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert. This system uses sensors to alert you of vehicles in your blind spots, indicated by your side mirrors.  Auto Start-Stop can help reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
  • Available Technology: Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 8-inch Touchscreen, USB, satellite radio and an available 8-inch color LCD touchscreen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability.

The 2018 Ford EcoSport will be available early 2018 in S, SE, SES and Titanium trims.


2018 Ford Expedition

Debuting at the auto show is the 2018 Ford Expedition! With updated styling, more power and nearly a foot longer, it’s the best iteration of the Expedition yet. The new Expedition has a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower has not yet been confirmed by Ford. Seats for up to eight people that fold flat when you need the cargo space.

  • Available Features: USB, wi-fi hotspot, hands-free liftgate, wireless charging, SYNC 3, cargo management system, panoramic sunroof
  • Available safety features: adaptive cruise control, blind-spot information system and 360-degree camera.

The Expedition will be available this fall.



2017 Ford GT

While not a debut vehicle, the 2017 GT is a showstopper with it’s wicked looks. Powered by a 2.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 producing 647hp and blazes a top speed of 216mph.



-Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, Jeep-

2018 Durango SRT 

Making it’s world debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the Dodge Durango SRT offers a 6.4 -liter “Hemi” V8 producing 475hp paired with a eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Durango SRT will have unique exterior and interior design differences from other Durango models. An available body-color rear facia and four-inch dual exhaust tips are just a few examples  of the styling differences.

  • Available Features: Uconnect infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, stability control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-path detection.

The 2018 dodge Durango SRT will be available this fall.



2017 Chrysler Pacifica

Chrysler debuted a wheelchair accessible version of the Chrysler Pacifica called the 2017 Braunability Pacifica. The main difference versus the standard Pacifica is a ramp that comes out of the side door for wheelchair accessibility.


2017 Jeep Compass

Completely redesigned for 2017, the Jeep Compass seats 5, comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180hp paired with one of three transmissions: A nine-speed automatic, six-speed manual, or a six-speed automatic.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be available this spring


2017 Ram Power Wagon

Concept variations of the Ram Power Wagon: the 2017 Ram Macho Power Wagon & the 2017 Ram Rebel TRX.