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Jeep in Desert


Chrysler had a small increase in sales for the month of July, and once again, Jeep was leading the pack. This is no surprise to anyone who loves the Jeep brand as it’s vehicles are among the most road tested and loved. Whether you want to go off-roading or just drive around town, many Jeeps will fit the bill. Either way you look at it, with all the economic uncertainty and slow seasons for other manufacturers, we can see that Chrysler did well in July, and the company should post great numbers going forward.

The Jeep Renegade is on fire as it posted a sales gain of 57 percent, when compared to last July. The Renegade is a small SUV that is popular among people who are not in the mood to spend their life savings on a vehicle. With 4×4, 160 horses and a six-speed manual transmission, we can see why this is a fun SUV to drive. Whether you want to commute on the freeway or take it in the mud on weekends, the Renegade is a great SUV, and for this reason, people who want value and quality have been snapping these up. To see how fun it is to drive, check one out at Chapman Chrysler Jeep. Once you drive one down the highway and feel the power, you will be convinced that it is right for you.

The Compass had a decent sales gain too, though not as massive as the Renegade. But, still, the Compass had a gain of 31 percent compared to last July. This is a great SUV for the adventure seeker who wants to take full advantage of the weekend. At the same time, this is a great SUV for people who don’t want to waste fuel. For its size, the Compass sips fuel and it gets 26 mpg on the highway. Though, many drivers will never come close to that when they are having fun with the all the power offered.

The Grand Cherokee had a slight sales increase of only three percent. But this is to be expected as the Grand Cherokee has been around for a long time. Though, the Grand Cherokee is a formidable SUV that offers comfort, power, reliability and fun. It is described as a modern adventure SUV, and it starts at under 25k. However, there are some versions that are pushing 35k. With 75 years of Jeep engineering behind them, the Grand Cherokee is always a great choice.

Overall, the company’s Jeep brand sold an impressive 79,246 units in the month of July, and the seven-month total is 543,714, which is up 14 percent year-over-year. The Renegade, with 61,907 units sold this year, is up 211 percent when compared to the same time period last year. All in all, the Jeep brand is doing well and will only improve.

As far as the downsides, there are a couple. The Chrysler 200 sales numbers fell 43 percent, and sales for the 300 fell 43 percent. This is more due to the Chrysler brand producing other cars that are getting more attention. Not only that, SUVs and sports cars, along with trucks, are in vogue right now, so, naturally, sales of sedans are slipping across the board.


The idea that a minivan can be cool is lost on a lot of people. Back in the day, not too long ago, minivans were only driven by soccer moms or people who bought them second-hand and had no choice. My have times changed as most manufacturers make minivans that can off-road, zip in and out of traffic and provide camping opportunities. While most minivan drivers would love zipping up and down a mountain road in a sports car, they aren’t so bad, and Chrysler Pacifica is proof of that.

First and foremost, the thing that gives most minivans a bad name is power, and Chrysler knows that. With the famous and very well-liked Pentastar V-6 engine, you can get places quickly. Don’t just take our word for it as the engine was on the Ward’s 10 best list three times. It is a redesigned 3.6 liter V-6 with two-step variable-valve lift. Combined with innovative engine-weight reductions that give it even more power and efficiency, and we can see why the Pentastar brand was a good choice. With a nine-speed auto transmission, which is the first ever to be in a minivan, drivers can enjoy smooth shifting. While you aren’t going to win at the track with a Chrysler Pacifica, you will get great speed, and a combined 28 MPG. To see how times have changed and how great a Pacifica is, test drive one at Chapman Chrysler Jeep.

Back in the day, people used to lift up their hoods to show off their cars. My times have changed, and while people love power, many of us now care more about tech, and the Pacifica has you covered. With Uconnect Access, you will get a variety of cool futures such as vehicle finder, which allows you, at the touch of a button, to view maps, and with this, you can get where you need to go. If you have kids who are distracting you, or if you are just someone who is forgetful, you will love the remote lock, unlock and start. By using this, you can remotely lock or unlock your doors from anywhere, provided you have your smartphone nearby. Nothing is cooler than having a roaming Wi-Fi hotspot, and vehicle owners can set the in-demand service up for a day, or much longer if they choose. There is more as you can have Sirius radio coverage so you can listen to what you want, when you want and from where you want.

Nothing used to scream boring like a boxy minivan that was unaggressive. But, with a long wheelbase and low ground clearance, along with a wide track, the Chrysler Pacifica is planted firmly to the ground, and the setup highlights the style. The wind-swept profile is not a facade as it is more aerodynamic than any other version the company has produced.

It is not often someone calls a minivan cool, but if you look inside, check out the tech, look under the hood or see one on the road, you are sure to be impressed as minivans have come a long way.