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2015 Chrysler 200When considering the purchase of a new vehicle, consumers naturally wish to ensure they choose the safest vehicle possible. The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 is an excellent choice, as it was recently awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

The midsize vehicle earned top ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the small overlap front crash test. It should be noted that the previous generation of this model earned an acceptable, meaning Chrysler has made significant strides to improve safety in the latest Chrysler 200.  The car is also better in other ways, and to see how comfortable and roomy the Chrysler 200 is, you should come down to Chapman Chrysler Jeep and test drive one.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 qualified for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award with good ratings in all five of the relevant crashworthiness evaluations along with the front-crash prevention system, in which the vehicle received a superior rating.

The IIHS noted that the driver’s space was maintained quite well in the small overlap test. Furthermore, injury measures, which were recorded using a dummy, demonstrated a low risk that any significant injuries would be sustained in a similar real-world crash. The frontal airbag in this model controlled the dummy’s head quite well. Additionally, the Chrysler 200 demonstrated a deployment of the side curtain airbag, while also providing ample forward coverage in order to protect the head of the occupant from sustaining any contact with side structures. Overall, the 2015 Chrysler 200 earned a good rating in all measurement categories for the small overlap protection, including dummy kinematics, restraints, structure, and injury measures related to the legs, feet, pelvis, chest, neck, and head.

A superior rating was granted to the Chrysler 200 when equipped with the optional forward warning system, which features an autobrake. This feature is included in the SafetyTec package. During evaluations, the system stopped the vehicle completely in a 12 mph test while reducing speed significantly in the 25 mph test.

The IIHS conducts such evaluations to determine the crashworthiness of a vehicle and its ability to protect the occupants of that vehicle in the event of a crash. In addition, the IIHS provides ratings for vehicles based on front crash prevention, referring to systems designed to alert the driver of an impending collision or apply the vehicle’s brakes automatically in order to mitigate or avoid a frontal collision. Vehicles found to perform the best in such evaluations qualify for the IIHS Top Safety Pick, a category that has been awarded since 2006. The Top Safety Pick+ was first introduced in 2013.

In order for a vehicle to quality for the 2015 Top Safety Pick+, as has the Chrysler 200, the vehicle must meet the criteria for the Top Safety Pick as well as receive a superior or advanced rating for front crash prevention. It should be noted that the weight and size of a vehicle play an influence in terms of occupant protection, meaning the 2015 Chrysler 200 is considered one of the best vehicle choices in terms of safety for its size category. When you start looking for the 2016 Chrysler 200, you know that you are going to look at a car that is safe, and all around, fun to own.

Jeep Wrangler

If you like to go off-roading, you already know that the Jeep Wrangler is a great SUV to have. Yes, with a Wrangler, you can go off-roading in comfort and style, all while enjoying the best name on the planet for off-roading. However, things may get better in the near future as it looks like Jeep is going to have a long Wrangler coming out soon. While true, no release date has been set.

If you are not an SUV fanatic or you don’t like taking your current SUV off the pavement, you may wonder why it’s beneficial to have a long Wrangler. The reason is simple, with a long Wrangler, you can off-road easier as it will be stable and easier to control. If you want to see a current Wrangler, you are probably going to be impressed with it, and you can easily check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. Remember, the current models are great for off-roading, and they are also great on the pavement.

When out in the desert, you will want to be able to do it all, and you can’t with a car or subpar SUV. But, on the other hand, with a Jeep Wrangler, you are going to be in control the entire time when you are in the dirt or mud. Simply put, with a longer Jeep Wrangler, you will have a much easier time up ledges and climbs as a longer wheelbase will give you the control you need to make it through everything. The only drawback with the longer model is that you might have a tougher time on narrower trails, but the difference should be minor, especially for any driver who gets the feel for his or her Jeep Wrangler.

Without a doubt, when we are talking about a longer Wrangler, we are also talking about a more spacious cabin. Since you probably like to trek around with gear, this is great news as the longer Wrangler should have a lot more space to put your possessions, which is important to anyone who likes taking their SUV to go camping.

Finally, while Jeep Wranglers are best off the road, they perform well on the road too. With a longer wheelbase and more room, a driver will also have an easier time on the pavement. Simply put, with a longer Wrangler, the ride will be smoother and the handling is better. This should be great news to anyone who wants to use their Jeep Wrangler for commuting during the week as other brands and models of SUVs aren’t always comfortable on the pavement.

When looking at the Wrangler, we see an amazing and capable SUV that can do it all. However, if you want to wait until the long Jeep Wrangler comes out, you will probably benefit as it will offer the driver more.

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Join us for our 2nd Annual Pamper Your Pet Day Oct. 10 at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, in the Valley Automall. From 10am-2pm local vendors, veterinarians and Heaven Can Wait Animal Society will be on hand with treats, information and pet adoptions.

The event recognizes National Pet Wellness Month and Adopt A Dog Month. In addition to pet adoptions through Heaven Can Wait Animal Society, there will be a “Smooch Your Pooch” photo booth, dog grooming and nail clipping, a bake sale and raffle. Kimberly Hill, Business Development Center and Customer Relations Director for Chapman Chrysler Jeep, said the event last year was so successful the dealership decided to make it an annual affair.

Heaven Can Wait is a non-profit organization that offers pet adoptions, but, more importantly, offers high-quality, low/no-cost spay and neuter services. Through their aggressive programs, they have sterilized more than 87,500 cats and dogs in the past 10 years and helped reduce the number of unwanted litters in greater Las Vegas.

Chapman Chrysler Jeep is located at 930 Auto Show Drive, in Henderson. For more information and to RSVP for the event, email Kimberly Hill at kimberlyhill@chapmanchoice.com.

Jeep Wrangler

If you want a diesel Wrangler, you are in luck as one is in the works. This will mean that you can take your Jeep off-roading, all while enjoying the benefits of diesel, which are many. While there are no production dates set, you should be happy to know that when Jeep puts its mind on something, it gets done.

The next generation Jeep Wrangler should have the availability of a powerful 3.0 liter V6 diesel engine that comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This combination is already offered in the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck, and drivers love the smooth shifting diesel engine. Rumors have been going on for years now, and it’s easy to be a little pessimistic, but, the question now is not if but when. And, when looking at the situation, we can see that the 8-speed ZF transmission will be in the mix in 2018. This may not be soon enough for some buyers, but remember, Jeep isn’t feeling much pressure as the company is enjoying brisk sales.

Currently, the hardest thing that Jeep is dealing with is regulations as the government is stricter with diesel emissions regulations. At the same time, Jeep doesn’t want to screw up the Wranglers appeal to its buyers. In fact, the Ram EcoDiesel 1500 is the champ of MPG among trucks in the same class. So, when combined with a lighter, aluminum body, we can see that the Wrangler diesel is going to turn a lot of heads and impress owners. If you want your head to turn, come down to Chapman Chrysler Jeep, and check one out for yourself.

If you are on the fence about diesels, you should do some research. When checking out diesel options, you will find plenty of SUVs that have more low-end torque, better fuel economy and longer lasting engines. With the low-end torque, you can get out of mud easier, and you can enjoy a decent towing capacity, which a lot of Jeep owners will, naturally, want. Not only that, as mentioned, diesels are often way more reliable, so if you buy a Jeep Wrangler with a diesel engine, you can watch as your engine lasts a long time.

Without a doubt, there is a diesel resurgence in the United States, and in a lot of ways, American auto makers are following Europe’s lead, where diesel engines are extremely popular in everything from compact sedan to large moving vans. For this reason, now it’s easy to buy diesel cars, trucks and SUVs, and Jeep is capitalizing on this trend. Since Jeep is on top of trends, you can buy a Jeep Wrangler diesel, when it’s available, and know that you are getting the best of the best.

If you want to get a diesel SUV, you should hold out for a diesel Wrangler once they are available on the market. They will provide you with plenty of power, reliability and towing capacity, and they will be great on and off the road.