Tis The Season

You never knew you needed a Dodge Hellcat Reindeer onesie in your life until now

Dodge has introduced a new Hellcat-themed onesie just in time for the holiday season.

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Your engine can roar to life, but when the fire is going and you're snuggled up on the couch with your loved one watching Netflix and sipping cocoa, there's only one outfit you should be wearing. Clearly it's the new Dodge Hellcat reindeer onesie, which has just gone on sale at Dodge's online lifestyle shop.

The 100-percent polyester fleece onesie has a bright red hue that is reminiscent of the red in the Dodge logo. It zips up in the front (naturally) and features a crew neck. It comes in sizes small through 3XL, proving it could be a good fit for most anyone, not unlike a Dodge Charger or Challenger.

Most importantly, the Dodge Hellcat Reindeer is embroidered on the right chest of the garment in contrasting white stitching. The Dodge word logo and rhombus are on the left in white and gray. The Dodge rhombus is also on the left leg in white.

Like Dodge customers, the garment is considered "one of a kind" according to the website.

If the $69.95 price tag of the onesie is too much of a stretch for your budget, consider the equally as handsome dark gray Hellcat Redeye Reindeer t-shirt which is just $17.95 (plus $5.95 shipping and handling - rush delivery is available for considerably more).

Among the other holiday gifts the automaker is touting are a 1320 Angry Bee ornament, "Ugly" holiday sweater, and a Demon whiskey barrel and stand.

Other FCA brands have holiday shops as well. Alfa Romeo's features finer items like a leather duffle bag and vanilla latte candle (with a leather wrap, natch) among the driving gloves and blanket choices.

Fiat offers a Fiat 500 children's pop up tent for just $30.95.

Jeep's gifts are among the coolest with two Hallmark ornaments to choose from: a 1982 CJ-8 Scrambler and a Wrangler Rubicon R/C Off-Road 1:16. There are Gladiator socks for the enthusiast and a drone and a pedal go-kart for the Jeep fan that just must have branded merchandise.

Ram has Stanley drinkware for sale, a Buck "55" lockback knife with the Ram logo featured on its blade, and a canvas and leather apron.

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The LEGO Speed Champions series is adding two new Dodge models to its lineup.

Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The new LEGO Speed Champions series is expanding by two. A 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A and Mopar Dodge//SRT Top Fuel Dragster are being added to the growing collection. They are the first purple vehicle and first Top Fuel Dragster in the Speed Champion series.

"Owning, or aspiring to own, a Dodge muscle car is as much about the lifestyle of joining the Brotherhood of Muscle as it is about the vehicle purchase," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "As a result, our brand enthusiasts are passionate about all things Dodge, including the latest cool collectibles. So, following the success of the Dodge 2018 LEGO Speed Champion building set, fans will now be able to build and show off not only the first ever 8-inch-wide (8W) muscle car, but also the first ever Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, along with an incredibly detailed 13½-long Top Fuel Dragster."

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge box The 627-piece Challenger T/A and Dragster include box art of their Rea-life counterparts. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

LEGO has had the Challenger over two inches high, five inches long, and 2.5 inches wide. The Dragster is four inches high thanks to its wing, and has a body that is 13.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide.

The set features a male Challenger driver in Dodge-branded clothing. The Dragster has a female driver in a Dodge race suit.

"In 2021, we are extremely excited to reteam with Dodge and expand the Speed Champions 8W Vehicle Collection even further by including new vehicle types and building experiences, for the first time, that appeal to vehicle fans of all ages," said Christopher Stamp, LEGO Design Lead.

LEGO Speed Champions Dodge The set includes two models.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The models will be released on June 1, 2021 at LEGO.com. Pricing for the models is not yet available.

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New Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra tires provide the right amount of stopping power and stability on the road.

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Testing vehicles is a great privilege and is also great fun, but having an opportunity to test a tire is almost better, as it brings the ability to dig deep on details and features from the comfort of my own vehicle. I was offered the opportunity to test the new Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra and jumped at the chance.

Before moving to Maine, I'd never given winter tires more than a passing thought, but they've quickly become an important part of my annual automotive maintenance schedule. So, before the weather warmed completely, I installed the Goodyears and got rolling.

Late winter and early spring here in Maine seem to drag on forever and can offer up weather that ranges from snow in the morning to deck-worthy sun in the afternoon. It's a tricky time of year to be a driver, because there are frequently times where tires can end up being drastically mismatched to changing conditions. This was the context in which I was able to test the new Goodyear WinterCommand Ultra.

A move to a new house and other challenges made it hard to coordinate a tire delivery, so the test was later in the season that I'd originally intended. In a way, I'm glad that the review took so long to come together, because it gave me the opportunity to try the tires in slushy snow, rain, and a warm sunny afternoon, all within the course of a couple of weeks.

It was 46 degrees and sunny the day I had the tires mounted to my 2015 Subaru Outback, and the first thing that stuck out was how quiet they are on the road. I usually rush to get the winter tires off once the snow slows down, because the tread patterns make a ton of noise on dry pavement. There's some noise here, to be fair, but far less of the typical winter tire "hum" than I've seen with the Bridgestone Blizzaks from winters past.

A couple of days after that blissful afternoon, the weather slipped back into a more typical cadence for March in Maine. Nearly eight inches of heavy, wet snow landed just in time for a run to kids' doctor appointments and an ill-timed shopping tip. We hit the road before the plows had been out in force, which meant inches of packed snow and slush. The Blizzaks I ran last season would feel planted and solid in these conditions, and surprisingly, the WinterCommand Ultras are nearly on that level.

We can debate whether or not winter tires are needed for all-wheel drive vehicles, but I'll always argue that winter tires are needed to improve stopping distance and traction on hills, and the WinterCommand Ultras did just that.

Of course, spring in Maine wouldn't be a thing without plenty of rain to make everything muddy. The Goodyears handled themselves well in the wet as well, and felt surprisingly confident in the near-freezing weather. There is no noticeable increase in hydroplaning or slipping under acceleration, and the tires retain their grip when driving quickly and cornering at higher speeds.

When it comes to pricing, the WinterCommand Ultras bring the value. Looking at Tire Rack, the Goodyears land at $171.92 per tire for my Subaru. Comparable Bridgestone Blizzaks start at around $180 and range up to $240 per tire. Michelins are also more expensive, starting at around $186 per tire. Though budget is important, price shouldn't be the only deciding factor when buying tires. In many cases, installation is free, and some tire shops offer free seasonal tire changes or tire storage.

The bottom line on the WinterCommand Ultra? It's a great tire for people who live in places that see varied weather in winter, especially if there are prolonged periods of dry weather. It's easily one of the quietest and most comfortable winter tires I've tested on dry pavement and it its snow/slush traction is lightyears ahead of even the best all-season tire. The Goodyears handled late-season Maine without complaint, and I suspect they'd be just fine in the thick of a nor'easter as well.

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