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Pacifica Hybrid Arrives in America

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Coming to Payson Early Next Year

The much anticipated hybrid version of the new Chrysler Pacifica minivan has made its way to the shores of America and will soon be available for purchase at Chapman Payson. The Pacifica is the minivan that replaced the flagship Town and Country in the Chrysler lineup, offering a more modern look, improved fuel efficiency and more standard features. Chrysler says the plug-in hybrid is estimated to get 80 mpgE with the ability to go 30 miles before needing a charge. A 16.0 kWh lithium-ion battery pack sits under the second row of seats, in place of the Stow n’ Go feature that lets the seats disappear into the floor.

Pentastar Engine Gets Some Upgrades

The familiar 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine that seems to be in almost every Chrysler product also powers the hybrid Pacifica, but it has some updates. New camshafts, pistons and an innovative combustion cycle improves gas mileage. A compact transaxle helps recapture energy when braking or coasting and regulates the torque coming from the twin electric engines. The result of all these mechanics is a seamless integration between gas and electric power that makes for a pleasant driving experience.

Car and Driver Takes Test Run

The editors at Car and Driver magazine got their hands on a new Pacifica Hybrid and took a test run through Santa Monica and into the mountains near the ocean. “On undulating mountain roads, the hybrid powertrain felt capable and never overtaxed,” they wrote, “even on long uphill grades. Regenerating as we coasted back down, we were able to coax seven additional miles of electric-only cruising for our trip home.” The editors were impressed with the Pacifica’s acceleration and handling, as well as the smooth ride. The hybrid Pacifica weighs about 600 pounds more than the gasoline model. Chrysler accounted for the weight gain by increasing spring rates. “This minivan is easy to maneuver around town and requires few corrections to keep tracking straight on the highway,” according to Car and Driver.

Available in Premium and Platinum Trim

When the hybrid Chrysler Pacifica makes its way to Chapman Payson, it will only be in the Premium and Platinum trim packages. Premium features heated leather first row seats, second row captains chairs and power hatch. The Platinum model adds navigation, power sliding doors and a DVD entertainment center for the back two rows. The hybrid Pacifica does qualify for a federal tax credit and may qualify for state and local credits. Consult your tax advisor to get all the facts.

Wrangler Once Again ‘Hottest’ 4X4

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7th in a Row for Iconic Off-roader

When the auto industry gets together for the gigantic SEMA show in Las Vegas, you can expect a lot of surprises. Everyone from giant automakers to small specialty shops compete to see who can create the most unusual, interesting and futuristic vehicles. What shouldn’t come as a surprise is when the Jeep Wrangler is named the “Hottest 4×4-SUV” at the show, as this is the 7th consecutive year for that honor. “The SEMA show and SEMA members play a critical role in identifying the hottest trends and rides in the vehicle customization industry, which is why winning a SEMA Award represents an important recognition for our company,” according to Mopar parts director Pietro Gorlier. “Enthusiasts customize vehicles they love and feel passionate about, and we at Mopar are lucky to have such a great portfolio of vehicles within the FCA umbrella. FCA vehicles are the perfect canvas for our accessories and performance parts.”

Modified Wranglers Steal the Show

The Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited were two of the most modified models at the SEMA show, featuring everything from high lift kits and enormous tires to special body paint and standard Mopar accessories. Stop by the parts department at Chapman Payson and you can see why the Jeep Wrangler remains the most modified Mopar vehicle. For 2016, Jeep customers spent an average of $800 on genuine Mopar accessories to dress up their Jeep or make it more of an off-road beast. As the perfect vehicle for exploring the Rim and countryside around Payson, the Wrangler is also a great choice for everyday commutes. “Given the vehicle’s versatility as a daily driver and for off-road use, it comes as no surprise that the Jeep remains so popular among the automotive community,” said SEMA president Chris Kersting.

Get a Jeep, Grow a ‘Stache

If you want to have a little fun this fall, you can always go and pick up a Wrangler at Chapman Payson and start exploring the back country. For even more fun and a chance to win a Jeep Renegade, join the Jeep ‘Stache Contest. Buy a ‘Stache for your Jeep and all proceeds go to the Movember Foundation, which supports programs for men’s health. While your out exploring, start growing your ‘Stache and you could win a 2017 Jeep Renegade just by posting on social media using the #JeepStacheContest. Go here for more information and to check out some of the cool ‘Staches already entered.

Consider Upgrade to 4WD for Winter Driving

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There are Advantages When Driving in Snow

If this is your first year in the Arizona mountains, now’s the time to consider whether you need to upgrade your vehicle from 2-wheel drive to 4-wheel drive. While Payson does get the occasional snowfall, sometimes heavy but usually not, living in the surrounding communities of Pine and Strawberry to the north and Christopher Creek to the east can bring quite a bit more of the white stuff. If you live at these higher elevations, or need to commute back and forth on forest roads, it’s time to consider a 4-wheel drive option. Chapman Payson has a wide selection of new and used Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Chevy 4-wheel drive vehicles. Now’s a good time to get into a 2016 model as they make room for the 2017 vehicles.

Long List of Pros for 4-wheel Drive

Four-wheel drive obviously gives you two more drive wheels, providing greater traction and control in inclement weather or slippery conditions. You’ll get increased acceleration as well as the ability to power through adverse conditions such as snow drifts, mud slides or soggy roads. Four-wheel drive also improves handling when towing, and helps you when pulling a boat out of a lake. Four-wheel drive trucks and vehicles hold their value tremendously in Arizona, so there’s the added factor of having a higher resale value when its time to get something new.

There are Some Disadvantages to 4-wheel Drive

Although the pros far outweigh the cons, the truth is that 4-wheel drive vehicles cost more initially and usually have lower fuel-efficiency than 2-wheel drive models. You’ll also need to change the fluid in two differentials as opposed to one, but that’s not a major expense. Four-wheel drives also sometimes give drivers a false sense of security, leading to the old saying “you want to get REALLY stuck, get a 4-wheel drive.” That refers to the driver’s feeling of invincibility to drive in areas that are impossible to get across.

Get Best of Both Worlds with Small Vehicles

Smaller vehicles can deliver high fuel efficiency while having the same 4-wheel drive capability of their larger siblings. Consider the new Jeep Renegade as an alternative to a full-size SUV or truck. The Renegade has the patented Jeep 4-wheel drive system and has been very well-reviewed by leading auto consumer publications. See the Renegade and other 4-wheel drive vehicles by taking a quick trip to Chapman Payson.

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Summit Offers Class-leading Luxury

With features such as a dual-pane sunroof, 19-speaker symphonic sound and a plush interior that rivals your favorite easy chair, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit edition sets a very high bar in the mid-size SUV category. Aside from providing extreme comfort, the Summit is also a workhorse that can two up to 3,500 pounds with a fuel range of 639 miles. Choose the 4×4 version and you’ll be the king of the trail in your off-road group. Take the new Summit for a test drive by visiting Chapman Payson.

Choose Gas or Diesel Engine

The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the few midsize SUVs that offers a choice of gasoline or diesel engine. The standard is the 3.6L V6 gas motor with 24-valves. Opt for the 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 for more torque and better fuel economy. The diesel package also comes with a 220-amp alternator, a 3.45 rear axle ratio to increase economy, and a fuel tank that holds six gallons more than the gas alternative. Both engines come with an 8-speed automatic transmission engineered specifically to get the most power and fuel efficiency.

Add Signature Leather for Ultimate Luxury

Choose the option for the Signature Leather-Wrapped Interior Package on the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit and you get a plush cabin that makes daily commutes or long drives much more enjoyable. Leather-covered multi-stage airbags sense just how bad a crash is and deploys with varying force levels. Premium leather seats with thick bolsters hug you like mother swaddling a baby. Leather wrapped panels and other accents just add to the sophistication of this package. If you long for the days when you lived on the beach, the Summit also has a California Edition that adds 20 by 8 inch platinum wheels, body color trim, molding and mirrors, and special platinum molding highlighting the windows.

Choose From 10 Different Trim Packages

If you find you don’t need the ultimate in luxury, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers 10 total trim packages with varying prices. The base Laredo starts at just a skosh over $30,000, but still offers features like cruise control, hill start assist, keyless enter-n-go and remote keyless entry. Celebrate Jeep’s birthday with the 75th Anniversary Edition Cherokee, that comes with a special paint package reminiscent of Jeep’s earliest days. View the entire lineup of Cherokees by taking a quick visit to Chapman Payson.

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Year End Savings Add Up to Thousands

With a 20 percent markdown and savings totalling nearly $8,000 on select 2016 Jeep Cherokees, now is the time to head to Chapman Payson Auto Center to get into a new vehicle. The Jeep Cherokee is a great vehicle for a daily commute or to take a weekend exploration into the back country. With models getting up to 30 mpg on the highway, the Cherokee offers a perfect combination of efficiency and utility, capable of seating five adults comfortably with plenty of room for camping gear, luggage or the weekly shopping. Special models let you pick the vehicle that most identifies with your personality and desire for comfort, off-road ability or value.

Overland Puts You in Lap of Luxury

Starting at just a hair under $35K, the Jeep Overland is an affordable luxury SUV that provides a sophisticated look with herculean capability. Leather is abundant in the cockpit, showing up on the instrument panel, steering wheel and on the Nappa leather-wrapped seats. You’ll love the infotainment system with 3-D navigation and a premium Alpine stereo system that wraps all the passengers in a symphonic embrace. Pick one of the Jeep ActiveDrive four-wheel drive systems and you’ll be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you, whether it’s exploring a trail deep on the Mogollon Rim or handling a sudden snow storm on the way to Strawberry. Right now qualified buyers can lease the Overland for just $264 a month on a 42-month contract.

75th Anniversary Cherokee Honors Lineage

You can get the 75th Anniversary Jeep Cherokee in Recon Green if you really want to be true to the colors that started it all during World War II, but there are a number of other hues to pick from. With special accents and badging to go along with the technology that makes Jeeps so popular today, the anniversary edition honors the tradition of the brand. This Cherokee is a real value, including standard features like an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment center, dual-pane sunroof and 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support. Stylish seats with a mesh insert are both tough and comfortable. Contrasting piping makes them standout with a bit of flair uncommon in tough off-road vehicles. Choose the available V6 Pentastar engine and Command-Trac 4×4 system to turn this compact SUV into a beast on the trail. You can view the entire lineup of Jeep Cherokees and pick the one that best suits your needs and pocketbook by making a quick trip to the Chapman Payson Auto Center.