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Twisting Mountain Roads Love a Challenger


Road Hugging Challenger Climbs Like No Other

Whether you choose the base SXT model with a 305-horsepower V6, the monstrous 707-horsepower Hellcat or any other trim level in between, the superior handling and road hugging authority of the Dodge Challenger is perfect for taking on Arizona’s curvy mountain roads. Take delivery from Chapman Payson and head north where the town of Strawberry offers your first challenge. A 90-degree turn that morphs into a steep incline to the top of the Mogollon Rim is no challenge for the Challenger, but be careful of the steep drop off on the left. Even the Challenger is unable to fly.

Devil’s Highway Offers More Fun

The great part about a Challenger is that even getting to the curvy roads is an exercise in fun. It’s only a couple of hours to the east side of Arizona and the sleepy mountain town of Alpine, where the Devil’s Highway connects with the mining village of Morenci. There are 120 miles of curves, dips and awesome scenery to test your new Challenger on, but just remember it’s not a closed track so you will have other drivers and the State Patrol to keep you company.

Ten Different Trim Levels Offer Wide Choice

When you check into the Challenger inventory at Chapman Payson, don’t be surprised to see up to 10 different trim packages with a variety of features and price points. Ranging in starting price from $26,995 to $64,195, the Challenger offers engines that include the V6, a 375-horsepower HEMI V8 485-horsepower HEMI V8 and the ridiculously powerful Hellcat. Some Challengers are set up for racing with a six-speed manual transmission, performance steering, shaker hood and large Brembo brake rotors. Others are more standard but still provide a sports car experience that is bound to turn heads as you tool down the highway.

Interior Provides Comfort and Technology

The spacious interior has sophisticated features like available ventilated seating or your choice of 16 different interiors to satisfy your cravings, whether you are into a retro look or prefer a more modern upholstery. Old school Tic-Toc-Tach gauges are part of the Driver Information Cluster Display, which you can modify to show the information you deem most important. The Challenger has the most interior room in its class, meaning the driver can stretch out and the back seat passengers won’t feel crushed. Dual Zone temperature control keeps everyone comfortable. Choose the R/T or SRT models and you get a high-performance interior with custom accent stitching, performance pedals and special dash badging.

Handy Dandy Tips for Buying Used 4×4


You Don’t Need 4-Wheel Drive Until You Do

If you’ve been looking up at the Rim from your home in Payson thinking how great it would be to explore all that rugged terrain in your 91 Olds Cutlass, it might be time to head over to Chapman Payson and look at the used car inventory. Although your trusty Cutlass might be fine traveling some of the maintained forest roads, to really get off into the back country and take on some of the old logging roads you are going to need a 4-wheel drive that’s built for the trail.

Don’t Need to Spend $40,000

Although newer 4-wheel drive vehicles can run upwards of $30K to $40K and even more, you don’t need to spend that much to have a dependable vehicle capable of navigating rough terrain. A quick search of the used car inventory at Chapman Payson reveals a number of great off-road candidates for much less money. By looking at something that’s at least 3 years old, you let someone else pay for the depreciation and you reap the benefits. By buying a vehicle from a quality dealership, you ensure the vehicle has been inspected before being placed on the line for sale.

What Vehicle Best Suits Your Needs

The first thing you need to do is think about what type of vehicle you need for your off-road excursion. Are you looking for firewood? If so, a truck is probably your best bet. Do you plan on taking a family or large group with you? Then your best choice is an SUV with the proper number of seats and seat belts. If it’s just you and your best friend, whether that be human or dog, perhaps a Wrangler or similar small off-roader is perfect for where you want to go. Remember, you can get into some tight spots off-road, so the smaller the vehicle, the more places you can go.

Give Your Vehicle a Proper Inspection

If you’re buying from an independent party, it’s best to either bring a mechanic with you or ask to take it in for a thorough inspection. You can find some obvious problems by just paying attention. Step back and look at the vehicle from the front and back. Does it look askew? Chances are there’s some frame damage. Look underneath for puddles of oil or transmission fluid. Crawl around and look for cracks in the frame, skid plate damage or other obvious problems. Give it the smell test for must or mold as well as burnt oil. If you find anything that sets off alarms in your head, either walk away or bring it into Chapman Payson for a complete going over.

Keep Car in Shape for High Altitude Driving


High Elevations Can Starve Engines

Just like people start to breathe heavier at higher elevations, the farther up you go can cause your engine to starve itself for oxygen. Before heading out on a mountain trip, take your vehicle to Chapman Payson and get a checkup. Along with fluid levels, the service pros will examine your air filter and cabin filter to make sure they are in top shape. A clogged air filter can cause your engine to sputter, especially at high altitudes. Each 1,000 feet of elevation causes even the best-tuned engine to lose 3 percent of power, making a checkup a good idea.

Not a Good Time to Lose Brakes

Careening down a twisting mountain road is not a good time to find out your brakes are on their last legs. Having your entire car checked including the brakes, suspension and tires help ensure that you’ll get home from your vacation in one piece. Make sure your spare is fully inflated and your transmission fluid is at the proper level. By letting your gears help slow you down, you can avoid brake overheating.

Pack Roadside Emergency Kit

Anytime you leave home, whether traveling through the desert or up to the mountains, it’s essential to have an emergency kit. Road flares or reflective markers help warn drivers behind you of your situation. Jumper cables, a flat repair kit, gallon of water and some duct tape are also items that frequently come in handy. Make sure to pack a few snacks and some water for the occupants in case you get stranded for several hours.

High Octane Gas Can Help With Power

The service advisors at Chapman Payson deal with high altitude problems all the time. They advise that if your car is running rough, try using some high octane gasoline to help boost the power. This not only helps with high altitudes, but also when driving in severely cold weather. Most modern engine management systems automatically adjust from one altitude to another, but if you’re driving an older car with a carburetor you may need to take it into Chapman Payson for an adjustment.

Vapor Lock a Common Problem on Long Climbs

If you have an older engine that uses a carburetor, sometimes gas will evaporate in either the fuel line or carburetor when climbing a steep incline. Although there is some debate as to why they work, wooden clothes pins have been used for ages to help combat vapor lock. Simply clip a couple of clothes pins on the fuel line and you should be good to go.

Ram Trucks Best Option for Work or Play


Max Towing Plus Payload Equals Tons of Options

Whether you’re the head of a road crew charged with moving people and equipment all over the state or just enjoy a weekend hauling your toyhauler up to the Rim, the wide variety of trim levels and power plants that come with Ram trucks ensures that Dodge has the vehicle for you. Stop by Chapman Payson Auto Center and view the huge Ram inventory that features everything from basic work trucks to the luxurious Limited, a pickup that could easily double as a sophisticated executive sedan. With a maximum towing capacity of more than 5 tons and a payload of almost a ton, the Ram truck is the perfect blend of power, performance and comfort.

Diesel Engine Provides Torque and Efficiency

Ram is the only half-ton pickup to offer a diesel engine option. The result is an incredibly efficient truck that achieves up to 29 mpg on the highway while still having plenty of torque to haul large loads. The diesel is an option in every trim level except the Sport, which requires the horsepower delivered by a 5.7L HEMI V8. The HEMI produces 395 horsepower and a spine bending 410 pound feet of torque, but still utilizes fuel saver technology to get up to 22 mpg on the highway. Choose the dependable Pentastar V6 engine and you still get 305 horses and up to 25 mpg on the highway.

Air Suspension Automatically Levels the Load

Active-Level Four Corner Air Suspension is an available system on all the models to not only improve capability, but also provide the best ride of any pickup in its class. Air springs allow the driver to adjust the ride height to five different settings from the dashboard controls. Sensors lower the truck automatically when you get up to highway speeds to help improve aerodynamics and efficiency.

Five Different Configurations for Any Need

Whether you’re hauling a crew to a work site or just need room for you and your four-legged companion to head to the lakes, Dodge has created a Ram truck with a perfect cab and bed combination. The spacious crew cab seats up to six adults and comes with either a short box or long box. The quad cab is a little tighter but still can seat six and comes with just the 6 foot, 4 inch mid box. Choose the regular cab with bench or bucket seats and you can have the mid box or the long box for hauling full sheets of drywall or plywood. Head over to Chapman Payson Auto Center and choose the configuration that’s right for you.


Take the Whole Family on Those Rugged Trails

For a four-wheel adventure that the whole family can enjoy, check out the room, maneuverability and general toughness of the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. The four-door version of the iconic off-road vehicle that got its start fighting in World War II seats five adults comfortably, with four doors providing easy ingress and egress. There’s nothing like putting the soft top down or leaving the hard top at home and letting nature bathe you in the sights, sounds and smells of flora and fauna as you discover new frontiers. Chapman Payson has a good selection of Wranglers and Wrangler Unlimiteds to help your exploration of the Mogollon Rim.

Reconnoitering the Rim Can be Done in Style

When you head out to Milk Ranch Point or more remote locations on the Rim, it’s good to have a trail-rated Jeep to make sure you get home in one piece. Just because the Wrangler Unlimited is rated to take on the toughest trails doesn’t mean you have to ride like a heathen. With available leather and heated seats, a killer stereo with Bluetooth streaming, tons of power outlets to charge your electronic devices and illuminated cup holders, taking a cruise on General Crook’s trail can be as comfy as a trip on the highway. Lest you take advantage of the Jeep’s capabilities to tackle a mud bog, the interior is easily rinsed out with drain plugs to let the mess flow away.

Trail Rating Leaves Others in Dust

Comfort doesn’t mean much if you can’t get where you’re headed. The Jeep’s legendary four-wheel drive system, powerful V6 Pentastar engine and a suspension system that provides excellent clearance and traction provide a vehicle that is only limited by your imagination and fortitude. The Wrangler Unlimited laughs at crevices and boulders that turn other vehicles around. It’s water fording abilities mean you’ll be splish splashing your way to new discoveries while others can only sit and watch. Hill descent control and hill start assist are features that keep you in control on those hair raising trips up and down the steepest inclines when it seems you’re just a whisper away from a roller coaster ride.

Need to Camp? It’s a Towing Monster as Well

Have a pop up trailer or lightweight camper you need to tow? The Wrangler Unlimited can tow up to 3,500 pounds, meaning you can stay a few days and explore the area when you finally reach that perfect camping spot. Take a Wrangler for a test drive at Chapman Payson and see how comfortable, solid and powerful a vehicle can be.