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Challenger Only Pony Car With All-wheel Drive

People who live in Payson and the surrounding Rim Country are faced with the perpetual challenge: Do you buy a sporty car or one that will get you home in the snow? Thanks to Dodge, now you can have both with the introduction of the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT AWD. The Dodge Challenger has long been one of America’s favorite muscle cars, but now it offers consumers the handling advantages of all-wheel drive. Having a car that delivers power to all four wheels is not only advantageous on snow days, but you’ll also notice the difference as you power through corners on your weekend mountain runs. Check in with the pros at Chapman Payson Auto Center to see when the Challenger GT AWD will be available for a test drive.

Shares Underpinnings With AWD Charger

Dodge already offers an AWD Charger, so it wasn’t that complicated to transfer the powertrain over to the Challenger. Since the AWD setup adds a couple of hundred pounds to the Pony car, Dodge is using the heavy spring and suspension setup from the Charger police car in the Challenger GT AWD. The result is a firm ride and superior handling that comes in handy whether you’re battling black ice or just trying to improve your run time from Payson to Phoenix.

Free-wheeling Axle Improves Mileage

Cars with AWD typically pay a huge penalty in fuel efficiency, but not so with the new Dodge Challenger GT AWD. The Dodge all-wheel system disconnects the front drive axle when all-wheel drive isn’t needed, effectively turning the Challenger into a two-wheel drive car. Once the system detects any slippage, the front clutch re-engages and provides traction to all four wheels. You also have the option to engage all-wheel drive at any time by selecting Sport mode.

Challenger Comes With a Variety of Options

In order to offer all-wheel drive to the most consumers, Dodge only provides it in the V6 version of the Challenger. That engine provides 305 horsepower along with an estimated 30 mpg on the highway, but if you want more power there are a whole slew of other Dodge Challenger models available. Start at the top with the 707-horsepower Hellcat and work down through the 392 HEMI versions until you get to the base Challenger SXT. Stop by Chapman Payson Auto Center and peruse the entire Challenger inventory until you find one at the price point with the right options that makes sense for your needs.

Winter is Coming to Jeep Lineup

No White Walkers Need Apply

In the popular HBO show “Game of Thrones,” actors spent the first few seasons warning that “winter is coming,” and that the various kingdoms had best be prepared to fight the mythological White Walkers. Jeep has also issued a decree on the arrival of Winter, but this time it’s a special edition of the Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited. Inspired by all the skiers, skaters and snow boarders who battle the elements to go the extra mile in pursuit of personal records or championships, the Wrangler Winter edition combine a unique style with the iconic ability of the Jeep to go places where no other vehicle dare tread. Check in with Chapman Payson to see about the availability of the new Winter Wrangler.

Special Features Make Winter Wrangler Unique

Start on the exterior and you’ll see the Winter Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited have special features that make them distinct from other models. Seventeen-inch mid-gloss black wheels, black grille accents, a black fuel filler door and black taillamp guards set the tone for the vehicle design. Special BF Goodrich KO2 tires provide plenty of grip for off-road excitement, as well as the ability to plow through drifts for those snow days around Payson. Off-road steel bumpers and premium off-road rock rails also provide a little more protection should you encounter some obstacles foolish enough to stand in your way. Step into the interior of the new Winter Wrangler and you’ll immediately enjoy the warmth of the heated leather-trimmed front seats. Gray stitching provides a touch of class to the seats, armrests and center console, with more black accents throughout.

Capability is the Winter Wrangler’s Middle Name

If Winter is the first name and Wrangler is the family name, then the middle name of this special Jeep has to be Capability. Along with the afore-mentioned protective devices, the Winter Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited come with a Dana 44 rear axle with Trac-Lok limited slip differential. It works in conjunction with the Command-Trac 4×4 system to offer shift-on-the-fly ability to switch between four and two-wheel drive for maximum traction. This gives drivers the ability to enjoy the fuel efficiency of two-wheel drive, then switch to the four-wheel system when the going gets tough.

Comfort Might be the Other Middle Name

Okay, the Wranglers are widely known for their capability, but comfort is catching on as another important characteristic of this mighty Jeep. With a connectivity group that includes tire pressure monitoring, a remote USB port and voice command, the interior of the Jeep Wrangler has the features you might expect to find on a luxury car. You’ll enjoy the remote start system when its cold outside and the power group including door locks, windows and heated exterior mirrors. Call Chapman Payson today to see when the first Winter Wrangler will be ready for a test drive.

Off-road Powerhouse Gets Stealth Look

For people who like to explore the back country around Payson and the Mogollon Rim, you can’t do any better than the Ram Rebel. This off-road monster comes with a factory lift kit, 33-inch aggressive tires, skid plates, special shocks and tow hooks to help you overcome any obstacle that might pop up on the trail. The recent Detroit Auto Show was the scene of the unveiling of the new Rebel Black package that includes a number of special features to make your truck unique. “Adding the Rebel Black package to an already aggressive off-road truck will continue feeding the momentum Rebel is creating for the Ram Truck brand,” according to Mike Manley, Ram Brand chief.  Stay in touch with the folks at Chapman Payson to see when the Rebel Black Ram will make its first appearance.

Custom Features Adorn Rebel Black

The Ram Rebel is already a unique looking truck, with its high lift and aggressive stance, but the Rebel Black takes the look a step farther with black anodized door bezels as well as black trim on the console, gauge cluster and instrument panel. The heated seats are also black with “Rebel” embroidery and gray stitching. You can opt for premium black leather seats if you wish. The Ram Rebel Black is only available in crew cab but you do have a choice of a 5.7L HEMI V8 powerhouse or the 3.6L Pentastar V6.

Ram Leading the Way Since 2009

Ever since the Ram truck brand was launched as a stand-alone division of Fiat Chrysler America in 2009, it has emerged as one of the industry leaders for hauling, towing and off-road fun. By separating the truck business from the cars and SUVs, Ram executives have focused on the needs and wants of customers who have varying requirements of pickup trucks. The result has been a wide choice of options from standard work trucks to highly sophisticated vehicles with premium trim. Look over all the options at your next trip to Chapman Payson, but pay particular notice to how the new Ram Rebel can make your next off-road exploration a lot more fun.

Some of the industry-leading features of the Ram lineup include:

  • Use of link coil springs and air suspension to deliver best-in-class ride
  • Only full-size pickup to offer diesel option in 1/2 ton category
  • Best in class towing for gas engine
  • Most interior room
  • Most capable off-road pickup in the Power Wagon, or as we like to call it, the pickup version of “The Incredible Hulk.”

Newest Addition to Minivan Field Just Keeps Adding Firsts

The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is the only entrant in that field to earn Top Safety Pick + honors from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This is in addition to the highest possible safety rating from the National Highway Safety Administration, making the Pacifica the indisputable champion of minivan safety. “With more than 100 available safety and security features, everything from Forward Collision Warning to 360-degree Surround View Camera to the ability to parallel park itself, the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is designed and built to check the box on key attributes many families value above all-others – safety and security,” according to Chrysler car brand chief Tim Kuniskis. Head to Chapman Payson for a test drive of the new Pacifica today.

Tests Cover Five “Crashworthy” Evaluations

The IIHS conducts five different tests of each vehicle to determine the result of different kinds of impacts. These tests replicate what would happen if you had a side impact with a larger vehicle, two different types of offset front crashes, a rollover and a rear impact where a driver or passenger could get whiplash. Chrysler engineers generated computer studies to help determine the best body design, then implemented that design using high-strength steel in 72 percent of the construction. The engineering studies also helped Chrysler design a structure that divides the crash energy among multiple components, funneling as much as possible away from the interior.

Driver Assist Features Help Avoid Collisions

The best way for no one to be injured in a crash, of course, is to avoid the collision in the first place. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica has an Automatic Emergency Braking system that earned a superior rating from the IIHS. The system utilizes a combination of radar and cameras to identify a potential crash, alert the driver, and then apply the brakes if the driver fails to react. This is just one of 100 safety features the new Pacifica offers. Talk to the pros at Chapman Payson today to see why this is the perfect vehicle for transporting your loved ones.

Six Models Available

Including the new hybrid model, the Chrysler Pacifica has six different configurations to fit buyers of every need and pocket book. The base LX comes with Chrysler’s patented Stow ’n Go seating, where the second and third row seats fold neatly into the floor. It also has active noise cancellation and a rear view camera as standard equipment. Step up to the Touring model for power sliding doors, while the Touring L adds leather trimmed seats that are heated for the driver and front passenger. The Touring L plus adds a theater for your rear occupants, while the Limited offers the height of sophistication, with Nappa leather seats and a panoramic sunroof.

New Jeep Compass Loaded With Fun Features

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Another Choice for Serious Off-roading Coming This Spring

If you can make it through another mountain winter with your current vehicle, good things are coming to Chapman Payson Auto Center next spring. That’s when Jeep takes the wraps off the 2017 Compass, a totally redesigned vehicle with an available best-in-class 4×4 system, standard skid plates and a raised ride height to make snow drifts, trail obstacles and erosion all beg for mercy. The aerodynamic design of the 2017 Jeep Compass is sporty, serious and sophisticated, making this the perfect vehicle for a daily driver, night out on the town or weekend adventures tackling the toughest trails on the Mogollon Rim.

Dual Pane Sunroof Lets Nature In

People love the Jeep Wrangler because of the open air freedom it gives when traveling the backroads and trails of America. But, let’s be honest, if a sudden rainstorm comes out of nowhere, it can be a bit of a pain to get the soft top back up without getting drenched. The new Jeep Compass has an available dual-pane sunroof that opens up to give you all the fresh air you can possibly use. It closes in seconds should the weather get bad, or you just want to concentrate on the tunes coming out of your concert-quality sound system.

High-strength Steel Frame Protects Occupants

Whether you’re traversing a steep incline with serious drop-offs on both sides or simply traveling down the Beeline Highway for your monthly Phoenix run, driving can be dangerous. That’s why Jeep reinforced the new Compass with a high-strength steel frame and numerous airbags to keep you and your passengers safe. A suite of sensor and camera-operated driver assistance features are also available to help avoid wrecks, or at least minimize damage in the event a collision should occur.

Trailhawk Edition Ready for Off-road

When the new Jeep Compass comes to Chapman Payson next spring, make sure and take a close look at the new Trailhawk edition that is already outfitted for some tough off-roading. With Jeep Active Drive Low 4×4 selected, you’ll have the capability to slow to a 20:1 crawl ratio, helping you stay in control and easing those white knuckle moments where the hills get steep and your heart rate gets steeper. Whether you just need to maneuver through the latest snowstorm to get a loaf of bread or need to make it down a muddy incline, Jeep’s 4×4 will keep you in control. You’ll recognize the Trailhawk immediately by the bright red front and rear tow hooks.