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Wrangler Still Rules the (Off) Road


The Only Jeep That Matters to Serious Off-roaders

Although Jeep has a number of vehicles that are perfectly competent both off-road and on, the only Jeep that really matters to any serious off-roader is the one that hasn’t changed the basic design much since first introduced in World War II. Aside from the relatively recent addition of a 4-door Unlimited model, the Jeep Wrangler is one of those things in life, like death and taxes, that you can rely on year after year. The go-anywhere Jeep hasn’t changed that much for 2017 in anticipation of an all-new model for 2018, and that suits Wrangler fans just fine. The latest entry into the Wrangler lineup will be arriving any day at Chapman Payson, just in time to explore the fall colors on the Mogollon Rim.

Few New Wrinkles for 2017

Although the basic design of the Wrangler hasn’t changed for 2017, expect a few new touches to freshen up the beast. LED fog lights and headlamps are new for this model year on some models, and a cold weather equipment group is now an option for the Sport and Sport S. Heated mirrors, heated seats and an engine cooler can come in handy in the cold country around Payson. Heavy duty mats make it a snap to empty your new vehicle of any snow or slush you might track in while hunting. The standard 3.6L V6 Pentastar engine is a tried and true workhorse in many Chrysler products and the Wrangler is no different. It pumps out 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to power out of trouble when you take it off-road.

Diesel, Hybrid Scheduled Down the Road

Chrysler said earlier this year that the next-generation Wrangler will eventually offer a diesel engine and a hybrid option, but both those won’t be for another 5 years or so. Don’t expect a Wrangler to immediately get 50 mpg on the highway with the hybrid model. Chrysler calls it a “mild hybrid,” which means the electric engine will support the gasoline engine to help fuel efficiency. You will not, however, be able to run the Wrangler on electric power alone. The same system is also scheduled for use in the Ram pickup truck. Stay tuned to Chapman Payson for more information on this innovative technology as the release date draws nearer.

Wrangler Comes in 10 Styles

The Jeep Wrangler offers plenty of choice for those looking for a unique take on the tough trail boss. From the base Sport model, Jeep offers 10 different trim levels and special editions. All models come with variations of the Jeep tough 4-wheel drive system, but if you really want to tackle the hard trails you need to take a look at the Rubicon and Rubicon Hard Rock models. Named after one of America’s toughest off-road excursions, the Rubicon has mechanical lockers, the premium Rock-Trac 4×4 system and features like hill descent control to keep things from getting a little too hairy on those steep declines. Test drive a Wrangler today at Chapman Payson and you’ll never want a different off-roader.

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Plenty of Time to Gear Up for Colorful Adventure

Newcomers to the Valley of the Sun might be surprised to know there are areas in the state that abound with stunning colors of autumn when the leaves change colors. Back East people drive for hundreds of miles just to see the beauty that nature provides. You can get the same color show here in Arizona by heading a couple of hours out of Phoenix. To get up close to the most stunning exhibitions of color, it helps to have the 4×4 system that’s been taking Americans off-road for decades. Visit Chapman Payson and see how a new Jeep can make your colorful adventure more fun.

Take Long Route to Flagstaff

For one of the prettiest fall drives in the state, head up the Beeline Highway to Payson and then continue on State Route 87 through Pine and Strawberry until you get to Long Valley. You can fill up with gas here or stop in at the diner, but then head left on Forest Road 3 to Flagstaff. You’ll pass by Mormon Lake and Lake Mary, where you’ll see some fall colors, but the place to get out your camera is out by the Snow Bowl. You can either hike the Aspen Nature Loop, or hop on the Snow Bowl chairlift to get some aerial shots of the pretty colors.

Oak Creek Canyon Provides Perfect Escape

Just north of Sedona on Route 89 is Oak Creek Canyon, a winding two-lane road that takes you through some of the prettiest rock formations and color changes in the state. There are plenty of oak (as you might guess) and maple trees here that provide a hue familiar to those from the Midwest. Stop off and take a hike through the West Fork Trail to really immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Arizona. From there, you can continue north on 89 until you hit Flagstaff for the aforementioned spots.

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Offers Festival

If you’re out east of the Valley putting your new Chapman Payson Jeep to the test on some of the trails around the Superstition Mountains, it’s just a stone’s throw to continue on to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where nature provides the last chance to view fall colors. The Arboretum provides a fall festival of colors at the end of November that includes music, food and vendors, along with the chance to take some amazing pictures.

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Ultimate Jeep Ready for Track or Trail

With almost 500 horsepower rumbling beneath its hood just waiting to be unleashed, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is clearly the king of SUVs and all vehicles with the Jeep brand. If you’re looking for a Jeep in Payson, head over to Chapman Payson and take a look at the SRT. Although it is not inexpensive, it is tens of thousands of dollars less than competitors like the Porsche Turbo Cayenne, Supercharged Land Rover and BMW X6M. The Grand Cherokee matches all those luxury SUVs step-for-step in terms of comfort, convenience and sheer exhilarating fun. Car and Driver magazine calls the Grand Cherokee SRT a “value-priced mid-size luxury performance SUV.”

Listen to the Roar When You Step on the Gas

Just tromp on the accelerator and you’ll hear and feel the joyous rumble of the 6.4L V8 HEMI engine. The sound of power fills the cabin as you quickly accelerate to 60 mph and beyond while leaving the competition behind. The Grand Cherokee SRT is naturally aspirated, meaning the lack of a turbocharger eliminates the dreaded turbo lag that burdens so many competitors. The engine and 8-speed automatic transmission work in concert to smoothly power through the gears on your morning commute or weekend joy ride. The Grand Cherokee SRT is stylish, so you’ll feel perfectly comfortable handing the keys to the parking attendant during a night on the town. Just switch the SUV into Valet Mode to reduce the horsepower and keep the young driver from having too much fun.

Off-road Adventure Package Boosts Outdoor Fun

If you plan on taking your Grand Cherokee SRT off-road, consider adding the Off-road Adventure II feature package. With an air suspension system that’s the envy of its competitor, this package has air springs that allow you to switch between five different setups for the highway or trail. Boost your ground clearance when you’re off-road, then lower the vehicle for the best aerodynamics once you get back on the highway. The off-road package also includes a full-size spare, secure tow hooks to help get yourself and others out of trouble, and a tough skid plate to protect your oil pan and transmission. If you keep your eyes open while looking for a Jeep in Payson, you’ll see everything from extreme off-roaders to luxury SUVs. For the best of both worlds, tell the pros at Chapman Payson that you’re looking for a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.


Popular Minivan Remains Great People Hauler

With its patented Stow n’ Go seating, powerful V6 engine and a slew of packages that add power doors and a power liftgate along with other features, the Dodge Grand Caravan may be the Old Lady of the minivan market, but it’s also a popular and affordable choice. The American Value Package innovation of a couple of years ago has brought the starting price down to the basement of the market. Whereas many of its competitors start well north of $30,000, the basic Dodge Grand Caravan can be had for a measly $24,590. See how much minivan you can get for the money with a visit to Chapman Payson Auto Center.

Stow ‘N Go Innovation Makes Quick Transformation

Once you’ve dropped the soccer team off at practice and need to pick up a couch from the thrift store, all you need to do is pull a few straps and your roomy Dodge Grand Caravan people hauler turns into the ultimate cargo vehicle. The Stow ‘N Go system is the only minivan other than its sibling Chrysler Pacifica to have all the seats fold down completely into under floor storage compartments. The result is a whopping 143 cubic feet of cargo space that makes everything from yard sale shopping to picking up feed an absolute pleasure. When it comes time to pick up the kids, the seats restore to their full upright position with easy. The rear seat will even flip around to face the rear when parked, offering the perfect position for a drive-in movie, tailgating party or camp out.

Make Those Long Drives a Day at the Movies

Keep the kids quiet and entertained with the dual-screen Blu-ray and DVD system that is exclusive to the Grand Caravan. The kids in the front can watch their favorite Disney classic, while the older children in the rear watch something more appropriate for their age. Streaming Bluetooth audio splits the sound between the two monitors through the provided infrared headphones. Two USB ports in the rear keep your kids’ electronics charged, making a long road trip into a pleasant journey.

Grand Caravan Comes in Six Trim Levels

Whether you’re looking for the lowest price in the AVP model or want something a little more luxurious in the SXT Plus or R/T trim packages, the Dodge Grand Caravan has six different models offering a variety of trim packages and prices. Talk to your local pros at Chapman Payson Auto Center to see about a test drive in the minivan that has stood the test of time.

Big Horn Crew Cab on Summer Clearance


Save Thousands on Versatile Pickup

Whether you’re thinking about elk season, stocking up on firewood for the winter or just need a cool pickup for daily chores and errands, the savings on the 2016 Ram Big Horn Crew Cab will never be greater. Head over to Chapman Payson and talk to the team about how you can get 0 percent financing for 72 months, in addition to a $6,260 package discount. Or you can choose a total value discount of up to $12,000 on the half-ton truck that gets up to 28 mpg on the highway and has a maximum towing capacity of more than 5 tons. The Bighorn comes with a variety of engine and transmission combinations depending on whether you need higher fuel savings or more power.

Standard Features Abound on Big Horn

The 2016 Ram Big Horn comes with a long list of standard features, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Class IV receiver hitch, torqueflight 8-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels and the mighty Ram 3.6L Pentastar V6 power plant. When equipped with the Rambox cargo management solution, the Big Horn offers almost unlimited storage and hauling options. The system comes with a bed extender and divider, along with tie downs, LED lighting and a remote security system. It’s big enough to haul full sheets of plywood or drywall, while versatile enough to protect smaller, more fragile items.

Air Suspension Delivers Comfortable Ride and Level Loads

The Ram 1500 is the only truck in its class to offer four-corner air suspension. This system provides automatic load leveling, five different ride heights and automatically drops the truck to the optimum level at highway speeds to cut down on drag and increase fuel mileage. The air suspension system also delivers an extremely comfortable ride, even when you’re traversing the Forest Roads on the Rim.

Ram Comes in Eight Different Trim Levels

Whether you’re looking for a basic work truck, enjoy all the features of the Big Horn or want the ultra luxurious Laramie Longhorn or Limited, Ram has a truck for you. The Ram 1500 is still the only truck in its class to offer an eco-diesel option that delivers tons of torque while still providing the best fuel mileage in its class. Head over to Chapman Payson to view the entire Ram truck inventory and pick the one that best suits your needs.