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The Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to blaze new trails. The vehicle recently won both the inaugural PAPA (Phoenix Automotive Press Association) Best of the Southwest Award and the Luxury Off-Road Award at Carspondent.com’s 12th annual Active Lifestyle Vehicle Competition. The judging was done by over 100 media members, outdoor enthusiasts and athletes. Each performed an evaluation of the vehicles and cast their vote on the one they thought best provided the things needed for people living an active lifestyle to enjoy the outdoors in comfort and style.
The San Marcos Golf Resort located in Chandler, Arizona was the site of this year’s competition. PAPA members, Phoenix-area media members, athletes nationwide handled the judging. One the competition’s first day, media and PAPA members evaluated trucks, SUVs, crossovers, and cars. The second day, over 100 outdoor enthusiasts and athletes drawn from all over the nation, performed their own evaluation on the vehicles. When all the votes were counted, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was declared the winner in two Active Lifestyle Vehicle categories. To see why it was declared a winner, you can check one out in person at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, and you will have no doubt in your mind that it’s a great SUV.
One of the Jeep vehicles that took first place in its class in this year’s event was the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel. The athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, journalists, and PAPA members voted it the winner in the ‘Luxury Off-Road’ category.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee also took home the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) Best of the Southwest award which was being contest for the first time. Jeep Grand Cherokee owners were not surprised the vehicle won the inaugural award. For over 70 years Jeep has been one of the most popular vehicles for people that love spending time in the outdoors.
It is no surprise the Jeep Grand Cherokee impressed the PAPA judges with its superior drivability, premium interior, room for both people and gear, and durability. That’s long been the standard set by the legendary line of Jeep vehicles. American have long embraced the Jeep brand as being ideal for both everyday driving and having fun while on vacation. These Active Lifestyle Vehicle competition awards, the only one voted on by the automotive media, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts after they evaluate the vehicles’ on-road driving and ability to navigate an off-road course, only confirm what millions of Americans have known for decades.
Jeep Grand Cherokee has won more awards than any other SUV. It set the standard for premium SUVs. Now it boasts a fuel-efficient EcoDiesel engine that enables the latest iteration of the Jeep Grand Cherokee to venture far off-road while providing drivers and passengers with all the style, comfort and convenience they demand. Co-founded by Ironman Hall of Fame member Bob Babbitt, auto journalist and longtime distance runner Nina Russin, and triathlete, founder of Active.com, and longtime journalist, Jim Woodman, the ALV awards identify the best vehicles for people living the active lifestyle.
Don’t Be Afraid to Put Your Jeep to the Test
Jeep Jamboree USA is the overseeing body for a number of off-road runs throughout the nation. By organizing family-friendly off-road trips for the last 50 years, Jeep Jamboree has developed a network of organized guides that can help both newbies and seasoned off-road drivers have a weekend of fun exploring the rough outback trails of America. Hook up with the Jeep Blog to not only get the latest information on the next event, but also receive tips on camping essentials, how to get ready for a Jeep adventure and other ways to fully enjoy your Jeep. If you haven’t bought your Jeep yet, head over to Chapman Chrysler Jeep for the best buys on a whole line-up of 4×4 vehicles.
Jamboree Events Feature Both Stock and Rock Crawlers
When the vehicles start showing up for a Jeep Jamboree event, expect to see everything from a stock Cherokee to a Frankenstein rock crawler someone created in their back yard. As long as the vehicle is or used to be a Jeep and is has a 4-LO transfer case, it is eligible to participate. The event is fun for the whole family who can rely on experienced guides to help you navigate terrain that might be a little eyebrow-raising. You’ll meet new friends that will last a lifetime if you continue attending Jamboree events. Some Jamborees provide all the meals while others just provide family style dinners where you can talk with your new off-roading buddies.
One Event Left This Year, Many More in 2016
The final event of the Jamboree schedule for 2015 is in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia on November 5-7. You’ll traverse moderate to demanding trails in the beautiful Greenbrier Valley region of the state where there is plenty to see and do outside of the actual Jamboree. The schedule kicks off again in early March with the Table Mesa run in Anthem, Arizona and then moves through Texas, New Jersey, Utah, Tennessee and California. The entire 2016 schedule is available here. You have plenty of time to get ready for the Arizona Jeep Jamboree, but the holidays are a great time to stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep in Scottsdale for a test drive.
Jeep Badge of Honor App Brings Together Serious Off-roaders
If you’re just as at home climbing a rocky 60 degree incline as you are dropping the kids off at school, you really should download the Jeep Badge of Honor app for your smart phone. The app connects you with other serious off-roaders and lets you share your photos and stories of your latest trail conquest. You earn points with each post. Once you’ve garnered enough points, you get a hard badge to put on your vehicle and show to the world how much you love hitting the open trail.
When considering the purchase of a new vehicle, consumers naturally wish to ensure they choose the safest vehicle possible. The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 is an excellent choice, as it was recently awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.
The midsize vehicle earned top ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the small overlap front crash test. It should be noted that the previous generation of this model earned an acceptable, meaning Chrysler has made significant strides to improve safety in the latest Chrysler 200. The car is also better in other ways, and to see how comfortable and roomy the Chrysler 200 is, you should come down to Chapman Chrysler Jeep and test drive one.
The 2015 Chrysler 200 qualified for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award with good ratings in all five of the relevant crashworthiness evaluations along with the front-crash prevention system, in which the vehicle received a superior rating.
The IIHS noted that the driver’s space was maintained quite well in the small overlap test. Furthermore, injury measures, which were recorded using a dummy, demonstrated a low risk that any significant injuries would be sustained in a similar real-world crash. The frontal airbag in this model controlled the dummy’s head quite well. Additionally, the Chrysler 200 demonstrated a deployment of the side curtain airbag, while also providing ample forward coverage in order to protect the head of the occupant from sustaining any contact with side structures. Overall, the 2015 Chrysler 200 earned a good rating in all measurement categories for the small overlap protection, including dummy kinematics, restraints, structure, and injury measures related to the legs, feet, pelvis, chest, neck, and head.
A superior rating was granted to the Chrysler 200 when equipped with the optional forward warning system, which features an autobrake. This feature is included in the SafetyTec package. During evaluations, the system stopped the vehicle completely in a 12 mph test while reducing speed significantly in the 25 mph test.
The IIHS conducts such evaluations to determine the crashworthiness of a vehicle and its ability to protect the occupants of that vehicle in the event of a crash. In addition, the IIHS provides ratings for vehicles based on front crash prevention, referring to systems designed to alert the driver of an impending collision or apply the vehicle’s brakes automatically in order to mitigate or avoid a frontal collision. Vehicles found to perform the best in such evaluations qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick, a category that has been awarded since 2006. The Top Safety Pick+ was first introduced in 2013.
In order for a vehicle to quality for the 2015 Top Safety Pick+, as has the Chrysler 200, the vehicle must meet the criteria for the Top Safety Pick as well as receive a superior or advanced rating for front crash prevention. It should be noted that the weight and size of a vehicle play an influence in terms of occupant protection, meaning the 2015 Chrysler 200 is considered one of the best vehicle choices in terms of safety for its size category. When you start looking for the 2016 Chrysler 200, you know that you are going to look at a car that is safe, and all around, fun to own.
If you like to go off-roading, you already know that the Jeep Wrangler is a great SUV to have. Yes, with a Wrangler, you can go off-roading in comfort and style, all while enjoying the best name on the planet for off-roading. However, things may get better in the near future as it looks like Jeep is going to have a long Wrangler coming out soon. While true, no release date has been set.
If you are not an SUV fanatic or you don’t like taking your current SUV off the pavement, you may wonder why it’s beneficial to have a long Wrangler. The reason is simple, with a long Wrangler, you can off-road easier as it will be stable and easier to control. If you want to see a current Wrangler, you are probably going to be impressed with it, and you can easily check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. Remember, the current models are great for off-roading, and they are also great on the pavement.
When out in the desert, you will want to be able to do it all, and you can’t with a car or subpar SUV. But, on the other hand, with a Jeep Wrangler, you are going to be in control the entire time when you are in the dirt or mud. Simply put, with a longer Jeep Wrangler, you will have a much easier time up ledges and climbs as a longer wheelbase will give you the control you need to make it through everything. The only drawback with the longer model is that you might have a tougher time on narrower trails, but the difference should be minor, especially for any driver who gets the feel for his or her Jeep Wrangler.
Without a doubt, when we are talking about a longer Wrangler, we are also talking about a more spacious cabin. Since you probably like to trek around with gear, this is great news as the longer Wrangler should have a lot more space to put your possessions, which is important to anyone who likes taking their SUV to go camping.
Finally, while Jeep Wranglers are best off the road, they perform well on the road too. With a longer wheelbase and more room, a driver will also have an easier time on the pavement. Simply put, with a longer Wrangler, the ride will be smoother and the handling is better. This should be great news to anyone who wants to use their Jeep Wrangler for commuting during the week as other brands and models of SUVs aren’t always comfortable on the pavement.
When looking at the Wrangler, we see an amazing and capable SUV that can do it all. However, if you want to wait until the long Jeep Wrangler comes out, you will probably benefit as it will offer the driver more.
Join us for our 2nd Annual Pamper Your Pet Day Oct. 10 at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, in the Valley Automall. From 10am-2pm local vendors, veterinarians and Heaven Can Wait Animal Society will be on hand with treats, information and pet adoptions.
The event recognizes National Pet Wellness Month and Adopt A Dog Month. In addition to pet adoptions through Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, there will be a “Smooch Your Pooch” photo booth, dog grooming and nail clipping, a bake sale and raffle. Kimberly Hill, Business Development Center and Customer Relations Director for Chapman Chrysler Jeep, said the event last year was so successful the dealership decided to make it an annual affair.
Heaven Can Wait is a non-profit organization that offers pet adoptions, but, more importantly, offers high-quality, low/no-cost spay and neuter services. Through their aggressive programs, they have sterilized more than 87,500 cats and dogs in the past 10 years and helped reduce the number of unwanted litters in greater Las Vegas.
Chapman Chrysler Jeep is located at 930 Auto Show Drive, in Henderson. For more information and to RSVP for the event, email Kimberly Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.