For 2013, Chrysler added upgrades to their top-selling minivan, Town & Country, which ultimately won them the Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy” Award for the minivan segment. Consumer Guide Automotive does not only award a vehicle a “Best Buy” objectively, they also take dollar value into account.
Available at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is offered in four trim levels including Touring, S, Touring-L and Limited. The Touring model is entry-level and comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, foglights, automatic wipers, power sliding doors and a power tailgate. Inside, a wide array of features are present including triple-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, Stow ‘n Go second-row seats, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a back-up camera, just to name a few. Electronic features include a rear-seat DVD entertainment center, Bluetooth, rear-seat USB charging ports and a six-speaker CD sound system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and digital music storage.
The S trim level adds a few features to the Touring equipment, including a performance-tuned suspension, additional interior storage, and a rear seat entertainment system with an HDMI input, a DVD/Blu-Ray player and screens for the second and third rows.
The Touring-L also includes the features of the regular Touring equipment, but expands the list with rear parking sensors, auto-dimming outside mirrors, remote ignition, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and second- and third-row window shades.
The Limited model is top-of-the-line, adding power-folding sideview mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated second-row seats, Bluetooth audio, a navigation system, a nine-speaker premium audio system and the S model’s extra storage and entertainment system.
Under the hood, the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country is powered by a dominate 3.6-liter V6 engine that boasts 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine drives the front wheels with a six-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.
With safety weighing heavily on the minds of drivers, Chrysler gave the 2013 Town & Country a full suite of airbags, a standard backup camera with on-screen guides and an available blind-spot monitor with a cross-path alert function to notify the driver of approaching traffic when backing out of a parking space. Also included are antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints.
For more information on the 2013 Chrysler Town & Country, visit Chapman Chrysler in Henderson today!
The Jeep Wrangler is an American icon that has stood the test of time. For a vehicle to have such longevity is impressive in a nation where a “cool” car becomes dated in less than a year. The Wrangler name was put into production in 1986; however the Wrangler design is a product over half a century in the making. The early WWII Jeeps were primitive forms of what would become one of the most recognizable vehicles in the United States, the Jeep Wrangler. It is sold at Chapman Jeep because it is practical, relatively affordable and has won multiple 4×4 of the year awards.
The Jeep Wrangler is the current stage of what was once the Willys MB U.S. Army Jeep. It got its name Jeep from the U.S. Army mechanics that used to call an untested vehicle a “jeep”. Hundreds of thousands of 4×4 army Jeeps were made for the Allies of WWII. After the war, the model was converted to the Willys “CJ” which stood for Civilian Jeep. The model was updated often until it became the CJ-8. The success it saw in transitioning to civilian models caused it to be purchased from Willys by the then American Motor Company, which would later become Chrysler. Once the acquisition was made in 1986, AMC began mass-producing these vehicles under the new nameplate the Jeep Wrangler.
The American Motor Company began to convert the Jeep into a more comfortable vehicle in order to attract everyday drivers and not just a niche crowd looking for a military grade 4×4. The plan worked and the Wrangler replaced the CJ successfully. A decade later the Wrangler was winning prestigious awards such as 4×4 of the year, and about a decade after that it was named one a Business Week “Top 20 Most Iconic Cars” of the last 20 years.
There are a few reasons the Jeep Wrangler has been able to defy the odds and stand the test of time. One, the Wranglers ability to adapt to the times allowed it to transition from a military truck to a customizable, versatile and comfortable civilian vehicle. Another reason is its ability to retain value. The Wrangler retains value better than almost any vehicle in history. Finally, it has become an American icon in the same way the Yankees have become an icon associated with America. The name itself has become synonymous with what America is about. For more information visit your local Las Vegas Jeep dealer.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, Chrysler has launched a special edition model for each brand. Available this fall at Chapman Chrysler in Henderson, the 30th Anniversary Editions bring new features, commemorative badging, and special paint among other things.
The Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition will be based on the Touring-L model and will feature 17-inch wheels with polished faces, “30th Anniversary” badging and Granite Crystal paint as an option. According to Edmunds, this special edition will use the 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, making 283 hp. Interior touches will include black Alcantara seat inserts with napa seat bolsters, piano-black steering wheel bezel, and a “30th Anniversary” logo in the gauge cluster. The Convenience Group options will be standard in this model, which means it’ll have heated first- and second-row seating, power adjustable pedals and a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, in addition to other luxury touches.
The Dodge Grand Caravan 30th Anniversary Edition will be available on the SE and SXT models, and will feature the same 3.6-liter engine as in the Town & Country. The Dodge Grand Caravan SE 30th Anniversary Edition will have 17-inch polished satin carbon-aluminum wheels, body-color heated exterior mirrors and “30th Anniversary” badging on the front fenders. On the interior, arguably where it matters most, the 30th Anniversary Dodge Grand Caravan will feature silver accent stitching and piano-black accents, black cloth seats and a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, in addition to other luxury details. The SXT trim version of the anniversary model will have all the features of the SE, but with added luxury touches like chrome window trim moldings and roof rack, fog lamps and black Torino Leatherette seats with suede inserts and silver accent stitching.
For more information on the 30th Anniversary editions of the Chrysler Town and Country and the Dodge Caravan, visit Chapman Chrysler Jeep.
Chapman Chrysler Jeep wants to remind you that a good maintenance routine can save vehicle owners big bucks in the long run by eliminating costly problems before they happen and increasing a vehicle’s fuel economy. The most important and priceless thing a good maintenance schedule can give a car owner is peace of mind on the roads. You are less likely to have an untimely breakdown on the highway if all vehicle fluids are level, the battery isn’t low on life and your tire pressure is correct. There are simple things owners can do to ensure peace of mind and vehicle reliability and potentially save hundreds of dollars in repairs.
I’ll start with the simple stuff that one should check at least once every month. The first is tire pressure. If you have ever rode a bike with flat tires you know how much extra energy it takes to pedal. When your car has flat tires it takes more gas to go forward and costs the driver dollars with every mile driven on soft tires. A pressure gauge is less than $5 and many gas stations provide free air. The next thing to check is tire tread. I have spun out on icy roads because I was too lazy to check if my tires were worn and needed to be replaced. It takes a few seconds to check your tires for bald spots, uneven wear and exposed metal. Tread should be visible and even: If it isn’t, get your tires rotated or have the alignment adjusted. Other things to check monthly are the vehicle lights and washer fluid.
Some things your Henderson Jeep dealer wants to remind you to check every three months or 3,000 miles are transmission and power steering fluid levels, as well as the condition of your air filter. If you live is the desert or another place with a lot of sediment in the air, replacing your air filter is relatively inexpensive and can do wonders for your engine life. Also, for less than $5, you can buy fuel system cleaner that you pour into your tank every 3,000 miles and it cleans the fuel system while you drive. However, the single most important thing to check every 3,000 miles is your motor oil. Maintaining clean oil and the proper levels are key. Checking the dipstick for proper oil levels and clarity can spare an owner from many oil-related engine problems; getting the oil changed per manufacturer recommendations will help ensure your engine operates efficiently.
Some annual check ups should include things like the brake pads, and vehicle lubrication. Lastly, changing the car battery every 3 years will spare an owner from a lot of untimely breakdowns. Most other issues are vehicle specific and are best to consult with ones dealer about. Again, every vehicle has specific issues that are good to know about. Consult your trusted auto-body shop or the dealer you bought the car at. Chrysler Jeep service provides all the info customers need to know about the vehicles purchased there, and will help you build your own personal maintenance schedule.
The Jeep Patriot is known for being a compact SUV featuring classic Jeep styling in an affordable package. While it will spend most of its life on city streets, the Patriot includes components that provide it with off-road capability incomparable by other vehicles in its class. Available at a Jeep dealer in Henderson, the Patriot shares its small-SUV platform with the Jeep Compass, but provides off-road capability that its sibling does not. The Patriot is offered in either front-wheel drive or with a four-wheel drive system that features a “lock” mode to enhance traction during inclement weather.
The 2014 Jeep Patriot is a compact crossover SUV that seats five people. It is available in Sport, Latitude and Limited trim levels. All-wheel-drive models, regardless of trim, can be equipped with the Freedom-Drive II Off-Road Group. This includes an enhanced four-wheel-drive system, all-terrain tires, a full-size spare tire, hill descent control, tow hooks, skid plates and, on the Sport, a height-adjustable driver seat.
When equipped with standard front-wheel drive, the 2014 Jeep Patriot Sport and Latitude are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy with front-wheel drive and the six-speed automatic is 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. The manual version does slightly better with mpg ratings of 23 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined.
Optional on the front-drive Sport and Latitude is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. This engine is standard on all-wheel-drive models and all Patriot Limited models. You can choose between the five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission.
As for safety, every 2014 Jeep Patriot comes standard with antilock brakes traction and stability control, and full-length side curtain airbags. The Limited gets rear disc brakes. Front side airbags are now standard across all Patriot trim levels.
New features for the 2014 Jeep Patriot include a new six-speed PowerTech automatic transmission is offered, and front seat-mounted side airbags are now standard on all models, enhancing safety. Visit Chapman Jeep for more information.