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You may think that antifreeze isn’t important to your car’s engine when you drive in Arizona. But, you’d be wrong. Contrary to its name, antifreeze is not designed just for cold weather driving. It is the fluid that keeps your radiator from overheating and causing a mechanical failure. At Chapman Payson Service Center, we make sure your vehicle has plenty of engine coolant to keep your drive smooth and uninterrupted!

What is anti-freeze?
Most anti-freeze (also known as engine coolant) is a mix of water and glycol. Additional additives in coolant keep your engine from cording or rusting. Because the mixture takes on heavy metal properties as it is used, it must be disposed of properly. Payson Service Center ensures your used coolant is kept safe after service.

How does it work?
The glycol in an engine coolant mix has two important and different roles: it keeps the water within the coolant from freezing in frigid temperatures and also keeps it from boiling in extreme heat. Pure water actually helps cool your engine better (and that’s why you’ll see some high-end race cars using just water as a coolant), but that’s simply not practical for real life driving conditions.

Your car’s engine heats up as it runs – the coolant works to remove heat from the cylinder, cylinder heads and exhaust system. It works by carrying heat away from the engine to the radiator, where it is cooled and then sent back to the engine to remove more heat.

Why is it important?
Without enough coolant or antifreeze in your vehicle, your engine may overheat. This can cause a catastrophic breakdown because the engine simply gets too hot to work properly. Checking your coolant levels is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can do. If you suspect your vehicle is leaking coolant, call Chapman Payson to schedule service.

2014 Ram truck vs 2014 Silverado vs F-150

While electric vehicles and fuel-efficient compacts attract the attention of plenty of drivers, half-ton trucks quietly remain very popular in the U.S. auto market.  The popularity of trucks is bolstered by the fact that horsepower, hauling capacity, and creature comforts increase year after year. Three of the best to choose from in 2014 are the RAM truck, Chevy Silverado and the Ford F150, all of which are available at Chapman Payson.

2014 RAM

Reviewers say the 2014 Ram 1500 is a class leader with its exclusive diesel engine option, good fuel economy and car-like ride. The base Ram 1500 comes with a V6 engine that reviewers say makes reasonable power. New for 2014 is an optional turbodiesel V6, which reviewers say delivers smooth, refined power. A V8 engine is also optional, and test drivers say it is a great engine for anyone who plans to do lots of towing and hauling. An eight-speed automatic transmission is available with all engines, and reviewers say it shifts quickly and helps maximize fuel economy. With the V6 engine, the Ram 1500 earns up to an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

With plenty of high-end materials, solid construction and overall quietness, the 2014 Ram 1500 has one of the best cabins in the class. A six-speaker stereo and a USB port are standard. Major options include Ram’s voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system with Bluetooth and an 8.4-inch touch screen, navigation and a seven- or 10-speaker stereo system. Reviewers say that the available voice-activated Uconnect infotainment system, which offers smartphone app integration, is one of the best in the business, with legible touch-screen buttons and redundant buttons and knobs for the stereo and climate systems.

2014 F150

Although its key rivals have been redesigned more recently, reviewers say that powerful engines and many trim level choices make the 2014 Ford F-150 a compelling full-size truck. The Ford F-150 comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers write makes adequate power. For anyone planning on doing substantial towing or hauling, it is recommended to step up to one of the two optional V8s or the optional turbocharged EcoBoost V6. An automatic transmission is standard, with fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway with two-wheel drive and the base V6, 16/22 mpg with the EcoBoost V6 and 13/18 mpg with the largest V8.

Inside, the F-150′s cabin has a somewhat industrial look and seats up to six. The base trim comes with a stereo and air conditioning and few other notable standard features, which is normal for the class. Features available on upper trims or as options besides MyFord Touch include dual-zone automatic climate control, a backup camera, a 10-speaker Sony stereo system, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and Ford’s voice-activated SYNC system.

2014 Silverado

Reviewers applaud the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 for its comfortable ride, well-designed interior and range of refined and powerful engine choices. The Silverado comes standard with a V6 engine that reviewers say provides ample power for towing light trailers and day-to-day driving. For those with greater towing and hauling demands, it is recommended to step up to one of the optional V8s, which improve the Silverado’s acceleration and make it better-suited to hauling and towing heavier loads The Silverado achieves up to an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class.

The Silverado’s interior is highly functional, with an abundance of storage cubbies and multiple USB ports for charging electronics. Reviewers note that Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system is easy to use, with straightforward menus and redundant switchgear for climate and audio adjustments. The base trim comes standard with a four-speaker stereo and dual USB ports. Major options include MyLink with Bluetooth and an 8-inch touch screen, a backup camera, a Bose stereo system, navigation, dual-zone automatic climate control, lane departure warning and forward collision warning.

For more information on the 2014 RAM, F150 or Silverado, visit Chapman’s Payson Auto Center.

Top Five Best Used Cars for Winter Driving


Winter has many parts of the country tight in its icy grasp. With the chilly breezes come many questions at Chapman Payson about the best used cars for winter driving. Typical questions include “which cars handle well in snow and ice?” “What makes and models heat quickly and remain fuel efficient?”"How can buyers find a used car that both fits their needs and keeps them safe in winter driving conditions?” We’ve compiled a list of our five favorite used cars for winter driving. Our inventory at Chapman Payson is constantly changing, so you’ll want to stop by our showroom or check online to see what used cars for sale we have right now!

You’ll find that our list includes sedans, crossovers, SUVs and mini-vans. We looked for vehicles that have known reliability, good gas mileage and all-wheel drive (AWD), as well as other safety features that would be beneficial in winter driving conditions. AWD helps stabilize the car in case it starts to slip on slick snow and ice – each wheel moves independently, giving the car more power to move ahead.

Ford Taurus
With available AWD, heated outboard mirrors and dual-climate control, this option is perfect for buyers who want the size and gas mileage of a sedan, while still having the power needed to overcome snow and ice.

Toyota Sienna
The only minivan with available AWD, the Toyota Sienna is a perfect choice for family-minded drivers who don’t want a little freezing rain to hamper their trip over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house.

Chevy Tahoe
With its wide base and AWD, the Chevy Tahoe makes a great buy for anyone looking for the comfort and versatility an SUV brings.

Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep is known for churning out vehicles that can battle rugged and rough terrain and the Grand Cherokees are no exception. A powerful engine, AWD and height make this a perfect match for drivers who must face the elements.

Nissan Pathfinder
It’s rare to find a crossover that really combines the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV with the compact size and practicality of a sedan, but the Pathfinder does just that and handles like a dream in slick, icy weather!

Tell us what else you look for in a winter-ready vehicle! Heated seats? Remote start? What’s on your cold-weather car wish list?

Jeep Grand Cherokee gets EcoDiesel for 2014

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel

For 2014, the Grand Cherokee may look like last year’s model, but there’s huge news under the hood. For the first time in the U.S., buyers can select a diesel engine that should enable the Grand Cherokee to make quite the road-trip without having to stop for gas.

Combined with new eight-speed automatic transmissions now used across the model range, the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 diesel produces 240 hp and 420 ft.-lbs. of torque. It’s the ample torque that will enable diesel Grand Cherokees to tow up to 7,400 lbs. The engine, coupled with the eight-speed automatic, helps two-wheel-drive EcoDiesel Grand Cherokees with an EPA estimated fuel economy ratings of 22 mpg city and 30 highways.

On the safety front, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers technology of forward collision warning, select-speed control, which includes both hill-ascent and hill-descent control for steep grades. For city driving, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross path detection are available, which assist drivers when changing lanes or in parking lots. The Grand Cherokee has also earned a trailer-load of awards and honors, including being named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Also new for  2014 is the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment interface that 2013 Ram 1500 owners have enjoyed. It is available on Laredo and Limited models and standard on the upscale Overland and Summit Grand Cherokees. Internet apps and “hot spot” connectivity now is possible through an available six- or 12-month Uconnect Access feature. Owners of such vehicles will be able to perform tasks such as opening doors remotely, get help if their vehicle is stolen or doing local Yelp searches.

All 2014 Grand Cherokee models also come with a 7-inch driver information display that can be programmed to show analog or digital speedometer, display turn-by-turn navigation directions, and much more information.

For more information on the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel, visit the Chapman Payson Auto Center.

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The 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck is like no other. Winning the coveted “Truck of Texas” title for the second year in a row, the Ram mixes things up this year by offering the first full-size diesel half-ton truck on the market.

Texas is the best market for trucks and the Ram beat out the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado and the Toyota Tundra, according to USA Today.

The V6 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel gets 240 horsepower, but adds $2,850 to the price tag, according to Edmunds. This truck can tow up to 9,200 pounds, the V8 can tow 10, 450 pounds. The trucks are estimated to get about 25 miles per gallon on the highway.

Edmunds picked the 2014 Ram as its top choice in the full-size truck category. Edmunds said the truck rides well, is easy to handle and quiet. The optional eight-speed transmission improves fuel efficiency as well.

Edmunds reviewed the truck and said that the high-tech interface was easy to use. For those looking to make use of the cargo bed, the Ram 1500 has two options––a six foot and an eight-foot bed.

Safety features include antilock brakes, hill start assist, trailer sway control and of course airbags. A rear-view camera and parking assists make it even easier to avoid accidents.

If you’re in the market for a new truck, consider the Ram 1500. For those looking for a more fuel-efficient truck, the Ram 1500 is the best option. Its competitors do not have a similar offer. It has many optional features that will allow consumers to build a vehicle that is the best for them.

To check out a new Ram truck visit Chapman Payson.