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The 2015 Dodge Dart has successfully taken European driving sophistication and blended it with American style. Not only does the Dart look great, but it has all the features you want from a new compact sedan. Because Dodge believes that a car should fully fit your needs, the 2015 Dart offers three different 4-cylinder engine choices, as well as a total of five different models. Thanks to this wide selection, you can come to Chapman Payson and decide exactly which type of Dart you want to call your own.


The Dart features front-wheel drive, as well as excellent safety ratings. And while all the models provide great fuel economy, if you want to maximize your mpg, the Dart Aero is the car for you. What’s awesome about this vehicle is even though you won’t have to spend much time at the pump, you’ll still be able to enjoy a driving experience that’s quite sporty. To top things off, the Dart boasts an impressive selection of technology offerings.

Details of the 2015 Dodge Dart

Thanks to its solid chassis, you’ll feel confident and fully in control when you’re behind the wheel of this new car. One of the reasons the Dart is able to provide such good fuel economy is because of its MultiAir engine technology. An added benefit of this technology is it boosts the car’s performance as well.


In terms of its look, the new Dart has been called the “best-looking compact sedan in its class.” The reason for that big compliment is because “sleek and sexy lines uniquely blend European sensibilities with American brashness in a way that you wouldn’t think possible.” What’s really cool about many of the Dart’s sporty features is not only do they look great, but they’re actually functional and add to the vehicle’s overall performance.

Inside the 2015 Dart, your eyes will immediately go to the floating island dash bezel. If you opt for an Aero, Limited or GT, you’ll get to enjoy the nice touch of having a red LED light pipe with the Uconnect system and instrument cluster. Another thing you’ll notice right away about the inside of the Dart is how much space it offers. While lots of space isn’t usually what comes to mind when people think of a compact sedan, Dodge put a lot of thought into making the Dart’s interior a comfortable place to be.

Last but certainly not least is the Dart’s fuel economy. Here’s a breakdown of exactly what all three engines have to offer:

  • 2.0-liter inline-4: 25/36 mpg (manual), 24/34 mpg (automatic)
  • 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4: 27/39 mpg (manual), 28/41 mpg (automatic)
  • 2.4-liter inline-4: 23/33 mpg (manual), 21/30 mpg (automatic)

If you’re looking for a great crossover SUV that offer lots of versatility and value, the 2015 Dodge Journey may be the perfect vehicle. This vehicle has seating for up to 7 and lots of impressive cargo features. The Journey is available with either a 2.4L inline four cylinder DOHC 16-valve dual VVT engine or a 3.6L V6 24-valve VVT engine. The inline four provides 173-horsepower, while the V6 increases horsepower to 283.


How It Drives

Coming to Chapman Payson Auto Center and taking this vehicle for a test drive will immediately reveal a vehicle that provides a very comfortable and refined driving experience. For drivers who may be used to an older SUV, the road performance provided by the 2015 Journey is very appealing. Whether you’re on bad pavement in city streets or going up a mountain road, you’ll feel secure at all times. And in addition to feeling safe, you’ll have peace of mind thanks to the numerous safety features. The new Journey comes standard with electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all rows.

A Look Inside and Out

When you take a look at this Dodge in Payson for yourself, you’ll notice that the exterior has a lot of impressive details. One of those details is the chrome-trimmed cross-hair grille. Another is the multiple wheel options, which includes 19″ wheels with the R/T version. If you’re looking for a Journey that is especially well-suited for more rugged conditions, be sure to check out the Journey Crossroad. It has blacked-out wheels, standard roof rails and a faux skid plate.


The Journey’s interior comes in two versions. You can choose either the 2-row, 5-passenger layout or the 3-row or 7-passenger configuration. What’s really great about the Journey is it makes it easier than ever to conveniently bring along anything you need. The vehicle’s excellent cargo capacity comes from its available fold-flat front-passenger seat. This space is perfect for storing larger items. There’s also a hidden storage compartment conveniently located under the seat cushion.

Topping off the interior features is the Uconnect system. Because the central feature of this system is an 8.4″ touchscreen, information and entertainment are very easy to access and control. It’s also worth noting that push-button ignition comes standard with the 2015 Dodge Journey.

While the Journey already has a strong track record of solid models, there are a handful of exclusive changes for 2015. The first is two new exterior color options. Those colors are Blue Streak Pearl and Billet Silver Metallic. The other feature that’s really nice is the included SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link service is now free for a full five years.

Since buying a vehicle is an investment, it’s important to take good care of your car, truck or SUV. If you own a Dodge vehicle, part of taking care of it is choosing how to handle parts that need to be replaced. While the high quality used to build Dodge vehicles means that this isn’t an issue you’ll need to think about often, all vehicles eventually need different parts replaced.

If you want to ensure that you protect both the performance and value of your vehicle, the best way to do so is by choosing Genuine Dodge parts and accessories as replacements. The reason you get to enjoy great performance for your vehicle for years at a time is because it comes with quality parts. Given the fact that those parts are what allow you to use your vehicle on a daily basis without any worries, it makes sense why you would choose the same parts as replacements.

To give you an idea of what you should choose if you ever find yourself in need of replacing a part, here’s a helpful overview for some of the most popular Dodge vehicles on the road:


Dodge Avenger

While you’ll want to consult your owner’s manual to confirm based on the exact year your Avenger was produced, the rule of thumb is that brake pads need to be replaced every 3-5 years, or 30k-70k miles. Where you fall in this range will also depend on factors like your driving environment.

Dodge Challenger

As with brake pads, driving environment has a big impact on how often tires need to be replaced. That being said, you never want to go more than seven years without replacing a Challenger’s tires. In most cases, closer to five years is the best way to continue enjoying great performance and excellent safety.


Dodge Ram

By keeping up with the rest of your Ram’s maintenance requirements, you can count on spark plugs to last for around 100,000 miles. So if you drive an average of 12,000 miles a year, that works out to about 8 years.

Dodge Nitro

Depending on a variety of factors, the alternator in your Nitro may need to be replaced after 5 or 6 years. Since this component is responsible for keeping your battery charged, having it tested and replacing it if necessary will save you from a variety of potential battery issues.

Dodge Charger

While there’s a good chance that you’ll switch to a new vehicle before you rack up 100,000 miles on your Charger, if you’re really attached to this vehicle and want to keep it for a long time, just be aware that you may need to replace the clutch when you hit this milestone.

To get the highest quality replacement parts for your Dodge vehicle, be sure to bring it to Chapman Payson for all your service needs.


If you’re thinking about buying a new Jeep vehicle, financing is a topic that’s likely on your mind. Whether this is your first time buying a new vehicle or you’re unsure about a specific aspect of financing, it’s completely normal to have at least a handful of questions centered around this component of buying a vehicle.

Although the best way to get all the answers is by stopping by Chapman Payson and having a chat with one of our financing specialists, we thought it would be helpful to use this blog post to share answers to the most common financing questions that we receive:

What’s the Advantage of Getting Pre-Approved for Financing?

If you’ve spent any time researching the topic of financing, you’ve probably come across the phrase pre-approved. Since this topic can found in a lot of discussions about auto financing, you may be wondering exactly what it means and why you should pursue it. In terms of what this phrase means, it’s simply a way to state that an individual who’s interested in purchasing a vehicle has qualified for a certain type of financing. And as far as why it’s something you should consider, being pre-approved can make it easier to plan out your purchase and take advantage of any available rebates.


What Factors Go Into A Vehicle Financing Decision?

Whether you’re interested in getting pre-approved or simply want to know what to expect when the time comes to discuss financing, there will be several factors that are evaluated during this process. The first is the age, type, mileage and cost of the vehicle you’re considering. The second is your personal information, including where you live, where you work, how much you make and how long you’ve been at your job. The amount you plan to put for a down payment is also taken into account. Finally, your credit history will also be looked at.

Is It Possible to Finance a Vehicle With Less Than Perfect Credit?

While your credit history is an important auto financing factor, it’s not the only piece of criteria that is evaluated. As a result, even if you don’t have perfect credit, it can still be possible to get the vehicle you want. For example, if you hit a rough patch a few years ago but now have a stable job with a good income, you should be able to work out a financing deal that you can feel good about.

Now that you know more about what to expect from the Jeep financing process, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss this subject in detail. You can also stop by during our regular business hours to have a 1-on-1 chat about financing your next vehicle.


One of the simplest ways to protect the value of your car is to take care of repairs in a timely manner. While some repairs only require a technician’s labor, the majority involve having at least one part replaced. Since you want your car to run properly and to also maintain its maximum value, it’s important to use Dodge parts and accessories¬†for your replacement. Having your vehicle serviced by a certified dealer is the best way to ensure thatGenuine Dodge auto parts are always used during repairs.

Because there are a variety of issues that can come up over time with any vehicle that’s driven on a regular basis, let’s take a look at the most common repairs involving a replacement auto part:

Headlight Components

There are two main reasons why a vehicle may need one or more headlight components replaced. The first is if there’s an issue that causes a component to burn out or stop functioning properly. The other potential cause is physical damage to this area. Even if it’s a minor fender bender or bumping an object like a tree, this type of impact may require at least one new Dodge part to properly fix the issue.


Door Handles and/or Locks

One reason that a vehicle’s door handle and/or lock may need to be replaced is if someone attempts to break into a vehicle. There’s always the possibility of this component being jerked so hard that it gets damaged. Regardless of the cause behind the need for a replacement, the good news is having a handle and/or lock replaced with genuine Dodge parts means the vehicle will retain its full value. It also means that you can be confident that your vehicle will remain 100% secure.


In order for a vehicle to run properly, there are a variety of different sensors that collect and share information. If any of these sensors start to malfunction, it can lead to a variety of complications. While that doesn’t sound very enjoyable, the good news is it’s easy for a trained Dodge technician to replace the sensor. By using an actual Dodge sensor as the replacement, you won’t have to be concerned about encountering any unexpected complications in the short or long term.

Since getting your vehicle looked at and serviced in a timely manner is the best way to avoid more complicated problems, if you have reason to believe that anything needs to be done to your vehicle, right now is the ideal time to schedule a service appointment at Chapman Payson Auto Center.