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2013 Chrysler Town & Country

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.