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The 2015 Jeep Patriot is a no-nonsense inexpensive utility with supplied equipment, which could carry you where the majority of small crossovers cannot.

The 2015 Jeep Patriot has become fairly overshadowed by the bigger Cherokee and smaller sized Renegade versions. However, the Patriot continues to be an effective budget-minded choice and a bit more conventional choice.

The Patriot 2015 comes in Sport, Altitude, Latitude, High Altitude, and Limited trims. Standard equipment on the Sport includes tilt steering, fog lamps, cruise control, rear-seat heater ducts, illuminated cup holders, tinted glass, roof side rails, and an auxiliary input. Also included as standard is Hill Start Assist and electronic stability control with roll mitigation. Test these features out by driving the Jeep Patriot yourself at the Chapman Chrysler Jeep dealership.

Upgrades for 2015 consist of the substitution of the detachable headliner-mounted flashlight with a new regular dome lighting, and the added choice of Garmin GPS navigation on Latitude versions. A new Eco Green Clear Coat shade takes the place of Rugged Brown in the exterior-color options.

In recent years after its release as a 2007 model, Jeep has developed the Patriot into an improved vehicle and a better value. Today, it provides an intelligently-sized interior that integrates macho Jeep lines with adequate gentleness, as well as civility to allow it to be useful family transportation.

The boxy, trim and strong exterior produces a remarkably convenient interior. The interior features decent cargo space and rear seatbacks that fold forward conveniently to make extra space. Getting in and out is hassle-free, due to the high roofline with lots of front and back headroom. However the seating placement might be lower than you may expect. The interior layout is very well done.

The base 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine produces 158-horsepower. Top Limited 0versions and all versions outfitted with all-wheel drive, are available standard with a 172-hp, 2.4-liter engine. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard, while the 6-speed automatic transmission can be purchased across the range. The CVT is packaged with Freedom Drive II. The new automatic provides a low first gear for faster takeoffs, a high top gear for relaxed driving.

EPA fuel-economy scores are up to 30 mpg on the highway, but they go down to the 20-mpg level should you go with the Freedom Drive II bundle. Therefore the capability trade-off sends it down around Wrangler fuel mileage figures, without the level of ability as a Wrangler.

Since air conditioning is NOT standard, this allows the Patriot to come in at a base price of just below $17k, which includes destination fees.



If you have a Jeep, you can off-road like nobody else can. While true, a lot of Jeep owners don’t get enough out of their investments as they are too timid, aren’t prepared or simply don’t know what they are doing. This is a sad reality, but it can be changed. In fact, here are a few ways a Jeep owner can get the most out of his or her Jeep while off-roading.

First and foremost, if you are going off road, you will want to have the right tires, or at least the right PSI in your tires. Ideally, if you are an enthusiast, you will spring for aftermarket tires that are better on dirt, mud and gravel. While you won’t get as great of gas mileage on the road, you will enjoy your off-roading experience more, and you won’t worry about puncturing or otherwise damaging your street tires. Furthermore, you should check the PSI of your tires, and you should adjust according only when you are off-roading. Remember, your Jeep will perform best with the right tire setup. If you want to test drive one and see how it feels, head to Chapman Jeep.  Then, you can see for yourself how great a Jeep is.

You must also carry a few items with you while you are out in the wilderness. Otherwise, if you aren’t prepared, you are in for a problem if you get into any trouble. First, when out on the trails, you should have a few extra gallons of gas as nothing is more annoying than having to turn around because you don’t have fuel. Furthermore, in the hot desert, you will want to have a lot of water for the Jeep in case it starts getting extremely hot. Finally, don’t forget to carry a map and GPS so you can get around with ease.

If you have a Jeep, you know you can do a lot of cool things while you are off-roading. While true, you need to take it in for servicing and make sure you change your oil and filters often. Of course, if you are off-roading all the time, you will want to inspect and replace your air filters as they will be put through a lot of work. Now, this doesn’t mean that Jeep is not tough; rather, if you are going to take your Jeep off-roading, you know that you must go out of your way to maintain it and treat it well. Luckily, if you want to check out a Jeep in Henderson, you can do so today.

Finally, if you are a Jeep owner, you will want to go out of your way to learn how to drive it properly. Sadly, a lot of people will buy one and think that is all they need to do. No, in fact, if you do this, you are not going to have as much fun, and you are going to run into potential issues. Ideally, if you have the time, you should take a course on off-roading; or, you should join up with other Jeep owners who can show you the ropes. Remember, a Jeep is a great tool, and you must treat it with respect and learn how to drive it.

If you have a Jeep, you can thoroughly enjoy it while off-roading. At the same time, you must learn how to drive it properly and prepare for the worst.




In the past, if you wanted to drive an SUV, you would often get horrendous gas mileage, and there was no way around it. However, times have changed, and drivers can save money on gas, all while enjoying their larger and more versatile SUV. With this in mind, if you are a fan of Jeep, you should check out the Jeep Renegade as it was just certified by the EPA at 25 mpg.

When looking at the facts, you will have to know that the EPA numbers are combined. Meaning, when compiling the data, the EPA looks at both city and highway driving. So, if you drive a lot in the city, you may not get exactly 25 mpg. On the other hand, if you drive a lot on the highway, you can achieve better fuel efficiency.  In fact, if you drive on the highway or freeway and you drive wisely, you can get 31 mpg. If you are in the city, you will get around 21 mpg, but of course, if you drive wisely you can probably do better, and if you gun it all the time, you will watch your MPG drop.

You may think that if you want to get a decent MPG, you are going to have to give up other things and get a small engine. While the Jeep Renegade has a 4-cylinder engine, it is still powerful and packs 2.4 liters. If you are out on the road with your Jeep Renegade, you won’t think that it’s underpowered as it packs a lot of power in the engine. Whether you want to drive down the freeway at 65 mph or go on a dirty road, you will have an easy time doing it in the Jeep Renegade as it has plenty of power. If you test drive one at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, you can see for yourself that the Jeep Renegade offers plenty of power.

While the Jeep Renegade doesn’t get the best gas mileage in its class, you need to realize that it is the highest performing, and it gives the best ride in its class. Yes, while you can get a vehicle in its class with better gas mileage, you will get a car-like feel if you don’t get the Jeep Renegade. Simply put, if you want to go off the beaten path and explore on your own, you will want to choose the Jeep Renegade as you will get great fuel economy, all while having an SUV that you can take off-road without fear or worry.

However, if you are going to buy a Jeep Renegade, you must try to do your best to drive it wisely. If you gun it in the city streets and drive erratically on the freeway or highway, you are not going to get a decent MPG. Instead, if you learn how to drive wisely and take it easy, you can get the best MPG, all while ensuring that your Jeep Renegade lasts a long time.

If you are in the hunt for a new SUV and you care about getting good MPG, you should check out the Jeep Renegade as it’s reliable, has great gas mileage and is the best in its class for off-roading.


How many SUVs can you make? They’re running out of space within their own lineup to generate sales with new product,” asserted IHS Automotive senior analyst Stephanie Brinley. “The only one that makes sense is a small/compact pickup truck.”

The rich history of Jeep pickups goes back to the 1940s with Willys-Overland Motors, the original American auto company that brought the first World War II military Jeep. The last production model was the Comanche, with a lackluster 197,000 sales from 1986-1992.

It must be said that it’s nowhere as easy as you may imagine. Launching a successful Jeep pickup is not as simple as just tossing a Wrangler body onto any old Ram pickup frame or re-packaging a Ram 1500 as a Jeep. There are certain engineering and design nuances not perceptible to regular folks, even the most passionate car enthusiasts. A great deal of planning and resources goes into any Jeep vehicle venture.

Basing the vehicle off the platform of the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs is one alternative strategy. But Jefferson North Assembly in Detroit is dedicating at least 6 days a week to satisfy production targets. While the Durango and Grand Cherokee feature similar lengths and wheelbases to some midsize pickups on the market, their manufacturing isn’t the traditional body-on-frame process associated with most pickups and off-road vehicles.

The next-generation Wrangler however, is the most ideal option for a Jeep pickup. It would attract loyal off-road enthusiasts, while relating to the origin of the brand, which Manley has prided his team on doing.

“It could fit with Jeep’s DNA better than a lot of other products could,” Brinley said. “Jeep is not likely to ever be a sedan.”

Analysts predict a possible Wrangler pickup could serve as the basis for the next-generation Wrangler. It would likely compare to it’s crosstown rivals –– the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. However in comparison to the Ram 1500, the Jeep Wrangler has a smaller size truck.

In 2014, Jeep marked its third consecutive year of record global sales by selling more than 1 million vehicles for the first time in the brand’s history. Wranglers accounted for 23 percent of sales. Fiat (Chrysler’s Mopar brand) currently offers a JK-8 pickup conversion kit for $6,150 that can transform a four-door Wrangler into a two-door, two-seat small pickup. Mopar has sold more than 800 kits since their debut in 2011.

Whether Jeep decides to bring a pickup to market, the Gladiator concept still greatly allures a decade post debut. However dealerships such as Chapman Chrysler Jeep, will be the first to showcase these new Jeep models.

“If they could revive the Jeep Gladiator by snapping their fingers, they would,” said Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer. “There’s no doubt in my mind if they could revive that vehicle … it would have a market.”

Are you hunting for the perfect Jeep in Las Vegas? Visit the Chapman Chrysler Jeep dealership and test drive your favorite Jeep today!