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When thinking of minivan choices, a buyer has a lot to think about. Most major manufacturers have a solid minivan with all the bells and whistles. While true, one that stands ahead of the others is the Chrysler Pacifica. In fact, the Free Press chose the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica as the 2017 North American Utility Vehicle of the year. By earning this coveted award, shoppers can pick one up without fear or trepidation as it’s not an easy one to win.

The Pacifica is a family-friend vehicle with new features to the back seats, including many that are kid-friendly. With an optional plug-in hybrid model, buyers can even get one that doesn’t burn gas. This minivan is just getting started, and the all-new Pacifica will soon replace the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country, which are both in Fiat Chrysler’s lineup. Yes, with sleek looks, amazing video screens that allow kids to play travel-friendly games such as Soduko and hangman, along with stow & go seats, in non-hybrid models, this is the ultimate family minivan.

If you are interested in the plug-in hybrid, you should know that it can cover an impressive 33 miles on battery power alone, which is actually pretty decent considering most people have a daily commute of less than that. With quick charging times, you can pretty much avoid gasoline altogether, except when going on long road trips. Speaking of road trips, with comfortable seats, plenty of entertainment for both adults and children, and you can easily take this van out for winter and summer road trips.

Anyone who is planning to take their kids in a minivan wants it to be safe, and Chrysler does not disappoint. With adaptive cruise control, blind spot alert, lane departure alert and assist, along with collision alert with automatic braking, drivers and passengers will be safer than ever. Coupled with a solid track record of producing reliable vehicles that last a long time, and one can buy the Pacifica for now and beyond, all while staying safe.

While it is no speed demon, the 287 horsepower engine can get you up to 60 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds, which is certainly an impressive feat considering we are talking about a minivan and not a sports car. With 18 miles per gallon in the city and 28 on the highway, and you won’t have to be stopping constantly for gas. Of course, the hybrid version gets an EPA-rated 84 MPGe combined.

One of the most underrated things about the 2017 Pacifica, and Chrysler in general is the UConnect system. With voice recognition and plenty of options to control it all, everyone will enjoy the ride even more than in the past. On top of that, the UConnect system is reliable and easy to use, which isn’t always the case when considering how finicky and complicated some technology is. If you check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep and play around with the technology and get behind the wheel, you are almost certainly going to fall in love with the Chrysler Pacifica.

 

Five reasons to check out the Jeep Rubicon

The Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is an impressive automobile. It looks great and handles well off-road and on. Plus it comes with an array of impressive options. They include a low range transfer case, 6 cylinder engine, 31 inch tires on cool rims, front and rear air lockers and Dana 44 axles on both the front and the rear. The following are five reasons people should take a closer look at the amazing Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

1. It’s Fun To Drive

If you’re looking for a vehicle you can have a great time driving, check out the Jeep Rubicon. This vehicle is designed with fun in mind. Its powerful suspension and high ground clearance means whether you enjoy mudding or your recreational activities takes you far off-road, the Rubicon is the perfect vehicle for it. Plus its responsive handling means this go anywhere, do anything vehicle is almost telepathic in its response to the driver’s commands. The vehicle is also durable enough to handle whatever adventures you can dream up.

2. It’s Versatile

No matter what you want to do, you can do it in a Jeep Rubicon. It looks just as good taking the family to dinner or a night out on the town as it does zipping over hill during off-road excursions. The vehicle also get good gas mileage in city and highway driving, and is maneuverable enough to zip in and out of traffic or tight parking spaces in the city. It can also double as a shuttle to take teens to and from games, recitals or anywhere else and look cool doing it.

3. It Holds It Value

As soon as you drive off the lot, the value of many vehicles drop like a stone and keep on falling. The Jeep Rubicon is different. This vehicle has an avid following in the used automobile market because of its durability, style and versatility. That means after you have had your epic adventures, you can still get a pretty penny from someone else that wants to explore the great outdoors in a Rubicon. This gives you plenty of coin to invest in your next vehicle. A new Rubicon? You should check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep to see what is new with the Rubicon.

4. It’s Easy To Work On

Whether you want to upgrade your options, add a few more bells and whistles or make minor repairs, working on the Jeep Rubicon is a breeze. There is easy access to all of the vehicle’s systems, and because it’s a Jeep, there are lots of great add-on aftermarket products available for people wanting to customize it. You don’t need an engineering degree to add your upgrades. All you need is the tools and the ability to follow written instructions.

5. Lots Of Power And Torque

If you are looking for a vehicle with great power and climbing ability, then you want the Jeep Rubicon. With its sane center of balance, perfectly sized stock tires and 6-speed manual transmission this vehicle is capable of making just about any vertical climb you’re brave enough to attempt.

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Just when people thought the news about the 2017 Jeep Compass couldn’t get any better, the company has released details about its engine. At the recently completed 2016 LA Motor Show, Jeep shared additional information about the Compass’ powertrain and technology that will make it top the Renegade and rival the Volkswagen Tiguan. Jeep buyers worldwide will be able to choose from five engines, two diesel and three petrol, and three different gearboxes.

The 2017 Jeep Compass’ entry-level petrol engine is the same 138 bhp 1.4-liter MultiAir 2 turbo used by the Renegade, the new Compass’ smaller sibling. The company hasn’t indicated which engines will be available in the UK, but many insiders think it will be the 1.4-liter. U.K. buyers will be able to pair that engines with one of three gearboxes. On 4×2 models, the standard will be the six-speed manual and buyers have the option to choose a six-speed automatic transmission. The 4×4 models will all have a nine-speed auto box. In other markets around the globe, buyers can also choose the 2.0-liter Tigershark unit or the 2.4-liter MultiAir 2 destined for the US market. The 2.4-liter engine should sport plenty of power, and you can find out for yourself in a few months at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Jeep’s two diesel engines being offered on the 2017 Compass include the 1.6-liter MultiJet engine that comes mated with a six-speed manual transmission and a 4×2 drivetrain and the 2.0-liter MultiJet. Those selecting the 2.0 liter MultiJet engine can have it as a 4×4 model that comes with a nine-speed gearbox or choose one of the cheaper 4×2 versions that are available.

The 2017 Compass will have a five inch infotainment screen as standard equipment. However, buyers will also have the choice to upgrade it to either a seven-inch or an 8.4 inch display. The seven and 8.4 inch versions feature touchscreen interfaces that have built-in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 8.4 inch option has multi-touch gesture support allowing users to tap, pinch or swipe it just like they would a smartphone.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be offered to buyers in four different trim levels. They are the Sport, Limited, Latitude and the Trailhawk. The Trailhawk models will come with the enhanced permanent 4×4 setup which offers a terrain selection system with five modes. They include hill descent control, Rock Mode, as well as a low range setting. The 2017 Compass will also have unique new bumpers that provide better approach and departure angles, tow hocks, skid plates and a ride height that’s slightly raised.

The 2017 Jeep Compass will be built at the new Jeep plant located in Pernambuco, Brazil. The price of the vehicle in the Brazilian market will be the equivalent of about $30,000. There is no word yet from the company about what the 2017 Compass will cost when it is released in the UK and other worldwide markets. Using the Brazilian pricing model, it appears that the 2017 Compass will be very affordable. That means you can go wherever your adventurous mind and versatile, nimble Jeep Compass takes you without having to bust your budget.

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Jeep is celebrating its 75 anniversary this year, and the company is determined to make a big splash. To that end, the company did not wait for the Los Angeles Auto Show to begin unveiling some of the surprises it has in store. Instead, Jeep recently revealed two new models of its Renegade that are sure to excite the automotive world. The company unveiled its Renegade Deserthawk and Altitude on an unsuspecting public. And not only is Deserthawk an awesome name, the vehicle bearing the nameplate is an incredible automobile.

These new special edition Renegades, the Deserthawk and the Altitude, reflect the long-beloved Jeep vehicles’ attitude. Rugged yet stylish and featuring technologically advanced engineering. The result is a new generation of Jeep Renegade that’s sure to get heads turning and tongues wagging as people rush to their dealerships to purchase the new vehicles. And the company isn’t finished yet. Jeep will release two more special edition Renegades when the Los Angeles Auto Show begins next week. These incredible new versions of the Renegade is just what the automotive public have come to expect from one of the world’s most iconic brands. To test drive one of the most iconic brands, head on down to Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The Renegade Deserthawk is similar to the popular Jeep Trailhawk, but it comes with the exclusive desert theme paint color. Plus it has black painted wheels, several unique body panel decals, along with rock rails and equipment designed specifically for trailering. It also has a 4×4 system, which includes low range, ground clearance of 8.7 inches and as much as 8.1 inches of available wheel articulation. This vehicle has all the capability Jeep Renegade lovers want and is good looking to boot. Beginning in January, Jeep will sell a limited quantity of the Deserthawks for $28,140 each.

Then there’s the Renegade Altitude, Jeep’s other special edition. The Altitude is similar to the Renegade Latitude but with a powerful-looking, attractive all-black motif, metallic accents and the choice between 1.4-liter or 2.4-liter engines. This special edition Renegade will cost a very affordable $22,390 and is primed to hit dealerships in later November. It may take a lot of wrapping paper and a big tree, but this could be the perfect Christmas present for that extra special person on Santa’s nice list.

After 75 years of automotive excellence, Jeep continues to innovate. This year, just like many others in the past, the company is providing automotive enthusiasts with beautiful, powerful, stylish, technologically advanced vehicles that allow them to go wherever life takes them, off road or on. The new special edition Renegades, both the Deserthawk and the Altitude, continue in the legendary Jeep tradition of fun, durable, innovative automobiles. They build on the great Jeep Renegade reputation and are taking it to a whole new level.

The Los Angeles Auto Show will serve as a launching pad for a number of other Jeep automobiles. What the Renegade Blackhawk and Altitude show is that these new vehicles will continue in the Jeep tradition of quality automobiles that are affordably priced and perfect for any situation.

A peak at the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica

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Designed with style, family safety, comfort, improved handling and fuel-efficiency in mind, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is poised to make the minivan hip and cool again. Its striking new design features a lowered floor, raked windshield and 20-inch wheels. The auto manufacturer increased the wheelbase and track width, made the grille and the taillight graphics more horizontal, curved the windshield and laid it further back. Plus, there’s lots of chrome and character lines running over front wheels and down behind the rear ones. It’s all part of the mission to transform the minivan to meet modern needs.

Throughout its 197.3 cubic feet of interior space, the 2017 Pacifica is covered in soft-touch materials that appear hand-sewn and are available in a range of two tone and monochromatic interior color schemes. Press a button to travel further back than ever and move forward to fold the Stow ‘N Go seats. That’s just one of the 37 innovations in the newly redesigned 2017 Pacifica. Add that to the company’s 78 other innovations in minivan technology over its five generations of minivans, and it’s no surprise Chrysler is still the leader in the minivan sector.

There’s even a plug-in variant, which is an 80 MPGe hybrid version of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Plus it has over 100 safety features, much more than any other brand. They include advanced lower-extending and longer-inflating side-curtain airbags that provide additional protection in wrecks with rollovers or multiple strike points. There are specialized child seats and a removable center seat that helps provide seating for eight and a Stow ‘n Vac integrated vacuum. The all-wheel drive model has package-protected all-new architecture.

The exterior of the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica uses high-strength steel, exotic materials like magnesium in cross-car dash beams, aluminum sliding doors and a liftgate inner panel. Hydrofoam load beams are incorporated into the crash box of the engine compartment, the frame rails better integrate the Stow ‘n Go wells, and all those things increase the new, larger Pacifica’s torsion by 30%. Those changes reduce the weight of gas-only versions by 200 pounds and play a significant role in making the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica’s ride and handling the best in its class, which is why you must check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

The 3.6-liter Pentastar engine’s new intake camshafts with two-step valve lift, friction reduction and cooled exhaust-gas recirculation have created a five percent improvement in engine efficiency. The 287 horsepower engine is now four pounds lighter, and overall drag is reduced by three percent. The new and improved standard TorqueFlite nine-speed automatic transmission improves fuel economy, while earlier torque-converter lockup is achieved by programming active noise cancellation through the stereo. These upgrades result in fuel economy that’s best-in-class.

The new, more stylish 2017 Chrysler Pacifica replaces all Dodge and Chrysler minivans and will be offered in LX, Touring, Limited as well as Limited Platinum badge trims. The Touring grade has leather, rear entertainment and a variety other cool options. With the new upgrades, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica is enough to make anyone walk away from the gas-guzzling SUVs that attempted to replace the minivan.