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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.


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.