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The 2015 Chrysler 200 is looking to position itself at the top of its class, and the company has gone to great lengths to make sure that it will soon supplant the Accord for supremacy of the mid-sized sedan market. One of the biggest areas of focus by Chrysler has been the safety features, something that the Accord has been known for for years and presents an opportunity for the new model to really show what it can do.

That’s why it’s such a great step to see it earning a five-star safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Understanding what that means involves knowing what it is that is being tested. While consumers take these ratings very seriously, most don’t know what they mean or are meant to signify.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 received a five-star rating in safety for frontal collisions, side impacts simulating a two-car collision, and side impacts simulating a single-vehicle collision with a pole. These are the three most common types of crash that people see on the road, so designing a car to be able to withstand them puts you and your passengers in the best possible position in an accident.

A five-star rating from the NHTSA doesn’t stand alone, though. It is indicative of a pattern of such safety awards, including a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Part of how Chrysler has achieved this level of safety is by careful design choices and advanced technology to make driving safer. For example, about 65 percent of the Chrysler 200’s body structure is made of hot-stamped, high-strength, advanced boron steels, making it much more resistant to impacts.

Another thing that has made this a much safer car is the inclusion of over 60 safety features, which is the most in its class.

Many of the safety features involved are the cutting edge of automobile technology, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning Plus, which helps reduce the likelihood of rear end impact with other cars on the road by employing both warnings and autonomous braking, which can slow or bring the car to a full stop to avoid running into something. This, along with many of the other features, combine both camera and radar technology, which is a first for cars in this class.

There are a number of other fantastic features as well such as the Electronic Park Break with SafeHold, which engages the parking brake when the driver’s seatbelt is undone, the door is open, and the car is in a forward or reverse gear to avoid rollaways. Other features like ParkSense rear backup sensors, ParkView rear backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, and LATCH child-seat anchors all contribute to making this one of the safest cars around.

To test drive a Chrysler 200 and check out the many innovative safety features, stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Chrysler 200 takes on the Honda Accord

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Honda has been pretty secure for a number of years that they can count on brand knowledge and cultural association to keep the Accord on top of everybody’s list for a mid-sized sedan. That makes sense since they’ve done an excellent job of keeping that model current with the times. That being said, other companies are finally starting to find ways to compete with Honda on their home turf, so to speak.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is one such contender and it’s positioned to be a real threat to the Accord’s supremacy. Last year’s model was not particularly impressive in any way, but Chrysler seems to have taken the hint and made a number of improvements that actually makes it quite the competition this year if Honda doesn’t drop any major bombshells. If you want to find a Chrysler for you, head to Chapman Chrysler.

Fuel Economy

Perhaps the top thing on most people’s mind these days is fuel economy, and sedans have been looking for a way to clock better miles to the gallon without having to necessarily create hybrids for a while now. The Accord does have two hybrid editions, but let’s ignore those for the moment and focus on the gas powered autos to make it fair.

The 200 is running a 184-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, while the Accord runs on a 185-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. They transmissions make a difference, with the 200 featuring a class-leading 9-speed automatic, while the Accord uses a jerky, continuously variable automatic transmission.

The Chrysler 200 gets a respectable 36mpg on the highway and 23mpg in the city: If you want to get the best fuel economy, find a Chrysler 200 for sale, and you will not regret your decision.

Technology

This is where the 200 gets to shine. While the Accord has always been in front of the pack as far as tech goes, it seems that Chrysler has made the effort to kit this new car out with the best stuff available without overdoing it.

Starting with an 8.4-inch touchscreen with available Uconect, the 200 also features SiriusXM® Satellite Radio+ with one year of service included, integrated Voice Command, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, a media hub with compatible mobile device integration and more. And packaged with available Smart Remote Start, blind spot monitoring and advanced all-wheel drive, the 200 is clearly technologically more advanced than the Accord. Plus the 200 also features a panoramic sunroof, an available automated parallel-parking system, rain-sensing wipers, and a lane-keeping system in case you start to drift.

Overall Value

The 200 has the best overall value between it and the Accord: If you’re looking for the latest gizmos to fill out your driving experience, you’re much better off with the 200. Unless you want to pay 10k more for the same amenities, luxury and power, stick with the Chrysler 200.

Speculations for the 2017 Wrangler

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How do you successfully evolve what is considered the most iconic vehicle in Jeep’s lineup, the Jeep Wrangler, without upsetting loyalists and new customers alike? The Wrangler has maintained its separate body and frame as well as live axles since the days of the Willys, being the closest decedent on the market. Jeep has evolved most of their other vehicles but has stayed hands off with the Wrangler. And while enthusiasts may not like it, the Wrangler will have to undergo changes sooner verses later.  There has been much speculation that the evolution in the near future is to insure the cars survival with today’s consumers.  The major reason for these changes is increasing fuel economy and efficiency; while not much of a thought before, fuel economy is becoming a driving factor for purchasers. Increasing fuel economy means the Wrangler must shed some weight and feature a new, smaller (and potentially turbo) engine under the hood. Following recent trends, Fiat Chrysler may fashion a unibody platform out of aluminum vs. using a traditional full frame. Reducing weight and cost with a unibody chassis benefits both Chrysler along with Jeep owners looking for a lighter vehicle. Most likely Chrysler will be building this frame out of ultra-light aluminum and high strength steel although nothing has been officially confirmed yet.

Other changes may include the elimination of outdated solid axles on the suspension and replacing it with an IFS suspension, allowing the Wrangler to handle bumps better as well as have solid off road handling without lowering speed articulation. Diesel aficionados will be happy to learn that there is a chance a diesel Wrangler is in the offing, especially after the success of both Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 EcoDiesel.  Whether you like the fold down windshield, or hate the curved frame look when folded down, there is a good chance it will be removed for the 2017 model. Some fear that the new Wrangler will not have a removable top, but this has not been confirmed in either.

While speculations are running wild for the future of the Jeep Wrangler, only time will tell what Chrysler officially decides to do with the iconic vehicle. We hope to see improvements in efficiency and technology without sacrificing look or handling. Stay connected with Chapman Chrysler Jeep for updated Jeep news, or stop in to look at current and used models.

Speculations and information found on Four Wheeler Network.

A beginner’s guide to off-roading

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Now that you’ve got the keys to a new or new-to-you Jeep from Chapman Chrysler Jeep, you’re probably itching to put it to the test. Most cities offer some great Jeep off-roading trails all within a short drive of the metro. We’ve done the dirty work and created a checklist for what you need to know before you get those tires (and mirrors and windshields and just about everything else) muddy. Let’s go!

First, let’s get packing. Here’s what you’ll need for a good adventure: a full tank of gas, a tow rope rated to the weight of your Jeep, a spare tire and all the tools needed to actually change that tire, a portable air compressor, maps, a first aid kit and a fully-charged cell phone. You’ll also want to take along a high jack lift, a vehicle-mounted winch, shovel, water for the radiator and drinking water for you and your passengers, two-way radios to communicate with your driving pals and at least one fire extinguisher.

Then, you’ll want to choose your route. While driving through sloppy river bottoms and rock climbing is what we all first imagine when we think of off-roading, you’ll want to gain experience behind the wheel in kinder terrains before hitting a difficult trail. Look for trails with a rating of 1-2, which feature obstacles and terrain that is relatively easy to navigate and might not require continuous use of four-wheel drive. These trails often consist of grass, dry dirt or gravel roads, or crossing dry stream beds. They can offer a fun ride while posing little risk to you, your passengers and your vehicle.

Many national and state parks offer trails just for this type of activity and they can be a great place to start your off-road adventure. Seek out trails that offer good traction materials and don’t have steep climbs or descents. Once you feel comfortable with these trails, you can move on to more demanding trails that feature rocks, dunes, mud and crossing rivers.

Before you set off, make sure you tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to return. It’s also a good idea to read and be familiar with your Jeep’s owner’s manual. It will offer details on driving techniques for your specific model. Off-road and Jeep clubs are also a great source of information – search for a club in your area to find drivers who share your love of the road less traveled. Many clubs offer day trips as a group, which is a great way to explore an area in a safe manner and with drivers who have the expertise to help you should you have trouble.

We hope it goes without saying that all off-roading is done at your own risk. Please practice safe driving and know your route before you head out. You’ll want to be sure to leave the area better than you found it, too. No littering or graffiti. Stay safe out there, drivers!

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Chrysler Turning Heads With 200S

2015 Chrysler 200S

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The 2015 Chrysler 200S is one of the more impressive models to hit the showroom at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

This writer cannot agree more with the slogan from Chrysler that states, “This is not a sedan that wishes it was a sports car. The All-New 2015 Chrysler 200S is a performance sedan that also happens to be sophisticated and stylish.”

With its slick and sporty exterior design, the 2015 Chrysler 200S comes in eight colors ranging from “bright white clear coat” to “black clear coat.” Each color comes with a tri-coat paint that delivers a deeper shine.

The exterior has plenty of convenient features including keyless entry, 18” satin carbon aluminum wheels, noise-reducing acoustic glass, heated power mirrors and bi-functional lighting for performance and appearance.

The interior of the 2015 Chrysler 200S is a sophisticated eye-opener.

Entering the vehicle, the driver will notice the amount of space offered inside. Best-in-class front and rear shoulder room, a rotary e-shift, and an ergonomic center console with pass-through storage are just a few of the features in the spacious interior. Also the dual-pane sunroof is a nice touch. The moderate placement of chrome combined with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and seating gives drivers a sense of class and sport not felt in most mid-sized sedans.

Looking for comfort? The Chrysler 200S includes Smart Remote Start, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control with humidity sensor, heating and air conditioning ducts in the rear center console, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Looking at the safety security and performance features is what gives the Chrysler 200S its uniqueness. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross path detection mirrors, a Parkview rear backup camera and eight airbags are a few of the safety features. The security system is top-notch and will detect movement in the cabin or if the vehicle is tilted, sounding a deafening alarm.

Under the hood, the Chrysler 200S features a 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir II four-cylinder engine. Paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission, it delivers 184 horsepower, 173 lb-ft of torque and up to 36 highway mpg. Also available is the 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine. The V6 engine delivers Best-in-Class available 295 horsepower in addition to 262 lb-ft of torque and up to 32 highway mpg.

The sport mode with the Chrysler 200S cannot go unnoticed. With its performance-tuned modifications to the steering, throttle, transmission shift points, electronic stability control and adaptive cruise control, this feature is said by Chrysler to be “the most advanced Sport Mode in its class.”

Lastly for the technology aficionados out there, the Chrysler 200S features the Uconnect 5.0 System. This system includes a high-resolution, 8.4-inch touchscreen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with one year of service included, integrated voice command with Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice prompts, voice commands for radio functions and voice texting, Bluetooth streaming audio, auxiliary and USB media hub with compatible mobile device integration, and speed adjusted volume with an available 10-speaker premium sound system.

Chapman Chrysler Jeep also has a wide selection of the 2015 Chrysler 200 for those who are looking for something a little less sporty.