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2017 Dodge Grand Caravan: What’s Changed



The 2017 Grand Caravan has some great new features that make it an even more compelling buy, but if you like the current or past models, you will be happy as Dodge has kept all the good, while improving in a few areas. The seven-passenger Dodge Caravan is now enjoying a new lease on life, and if you are in the market for a new van, you should give it a spin as you are sure to love it. Yes, Dodge had planned to end production of the ever-popular Grand Caravan and only sell the Chrysler Pacifica, but due to great sales, the Caravan lives on!

The biggest change that will bring smiles to consumers is the lower price tag on the very well-loved SE model. This is rare to see. Most manufacturers of cars, trucks and SUVs never lower prices, especially when they improve upon an already great product. The base SE is a thousand dollars cheaper than last years model. Other models have gone up slightly, but with additions, the price is well worth it, and if you are considering a minivan, the 2017 Grand Caravan SE is a solid choice. If you go to Chapman Dodge, you can see for yourself how great the Grand Caravan is.

The price of the SE Plus package, which Dodge treats as a completely separate model, drops by an eye-popping $900 to $2,700. The investment is well worth it as the package comes with second-row bucket seats, which you can fold into the floor. There are also power windows for the second row, and the Uconnect multimedia system to keep kids and adults alike entertained. With 17-inch allow wheels, premium cloth seats and a higher-grade interior trim, the SE Plus package is a great investment as you will love the add-ons and comforts.

While the base price on the SXT went up $1,200 to nearly 32k, it will have more standard equipment such as leather and suede upholstery, automatic headlights, Uconnect and a power driver’s seat.

Finally, the new GYT model will be replacing the R/T, and it will have a $1,000 base price jump, and it will sale for just shy of $35k. For this price, drivers will be treated to heated first and second-row seats, heated steering wheel, the Uconnect system, an auto-dimming mirror with a microphone, along with window shades to keep everyone comfortable.

Coming standard with all models is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with a six-speed auto transmission and front-wheel drive. With Stow ‘n Go seats in the second and third rows that fold into the floor, all models will be perfect for camping or hauling stuff around town. Any model you choose should suit your needs, and they all come with a host of features.

The Grand Caravan is one of the most innovative minivans on the market, and it’s been very popular in its more than three decades in production. This model still offers it all, whether you want to haul a family or move apartments. And, it’s a great value for the budget-conscious shopper who desires a minivan with all the goodies. Simply put, the 2017 Grand Caravan is a great choice.

Hellcat and ChargerD

The Dodge Challenger and Charger Hellcats are here, and driving enthusiasts the world over are ecstatic. And who can blame them. Every real car lover wants a sensible family sedan that has a top speed of 204-mph, like the Dodge Charger Hellcat. But have you ever wondered what it took to make this muscle car lover’s dream a reality?

The battle was between horsepower and fuel economy. And with the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise coming up and the worship of American horsepower about to kick into high gear, now is a great time to let real car enthusiasts get a look behind the curtain and see the machinations and negotiations that took place at the headquarters of Dodge and lead to the development and production of the Charger and Challenger Hellcats.

It was in 2014 that Dodge unleashed these two magnificent beasts with incredible straight-line speed on an unsuspecting public. From the first whispers about what Dodge had up its sleeve and in its garage until the incredibly sleek and powerful new Hellcat versions of the Charger and Challenger hit the asphalt, Mark Phelan of the Detroit Free Press followed the developments closely. He knew about the horsepower wars that raged inside the company. He heard that the output targets that started at 600 horsepower had been upped first to 675 and finally to 707 by the time production started. You can read numbers and be impressed, but you should test drive one at Chapman Dodge if you want to see how great the horsepower feels.

Mopar had long earned a reputation for creating groundbreaking vehicles with specs that were off the charts. But although the specs on the Charger and Challenger Hellcat models were reportedly quite amazing, even Phelan was stunned when the cars hits the streets in all their muscle car glory. He and many others were impressed with the handling and blown away by the drivability of the vehicles. If you looked past its top speed of over 200 miles per hour and simply focused on the comfort, amenities and style of the vehicles, you might even be able to convince yourself the Charger Hellcat was the ideal family sedan.

It’s true that the Charger and Challenger Hellcats were simply a way to for Dodge to get the driving public’s attention. And they did indeed do that with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat being unofficially crowned King of Woodward. Still they are fun vehicles that can appear civil and tame at first glance. But step on the gas and put them through their paces on city streets, the open road or a dragstrip and the inner beast rears its beautiful head and leaves bystanders and other drivers with their mouths agape. It’s a wonderful and wondrous sight to behold.

The Charger and Challenger Hellcats are by no means perfect, but they’re great. Like other high-performance vehicles, they don’t focus on gas mileage, but they are reliable, fast and fun to drive. Sales have never been a problem and are up almost 10% in 2016. And rumor has it there’ll soon be a Hellcat version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Welcome to the new Golden Age of Horsepower.

Ram 1500 versus Ram 2500


There is no doubt about it, the Ram truck line is one of the most well-liked, well-designed and popular lines out there. If you are in the market for one, you will probably be surprised at how many options you have, and there are plenty of them to consider. With that being said, the Ram 1500 and 2500 are two of the most popular, and many, naturally, want to buy one of these two models.

To get started, rather than test driving one of the two models, you must think about what you want. Are you looking to drive the truck around town, or are you looking to tow and carry a lot? Do you want to carry a lot of passengers, or will it be just you and your spouse? Though, both models can carry up six people, comfortably. By knowing what you need out of your truck and what you will demand out of it, you will make your process go much smoother and faster.

First, it is necessary to dispel a mistruth. The Ram 1500 is often called a half-ton truck, but that is misleading as it can, in the case of the Ram 1500 Tradesman, carry nearly a ton, and it has a maximum towing capacity of 10,640 lbs. The same is true for the Ram 2500, where people often call it a one-ton, when the truth is, the Ram Tradesman 2500 can carry nearly two tons and tow nearly 18,000 lbs. So, if you want to tow and carry anything from a boat to 3,000 pounds of bricks, you should check out the 2500, and if you don’t need that heavy capabilities, the 1500 might be a better choice.

Another important thing to consider is the available engine size. The Ram 1500 comes with a choice of a 3.6 liter Pentastar V6, a 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6 and a very powerful 5.7 liter V8 HEMI. With these great options, a driver will enjoy the choice of incredible fuel economy or amazing power. But, even with the larger engines, they don’t do too bad at saving fuel as Dodge has made strides in fuel economy and technology in the last few years. With more towing and carrying capability comes bigger engines. The HD Ram 2500 includes a 5.7 liter HEMI option, as well as a 6.4 liter V8 VVT HEMI. Finally, we can’t forget; the 6.7 liter Cummins Turbo Diesel is another option that is popular among people who want the most power as diesel gives the best towing power and long-term dependability.

As a general rule of thumb, it is better to buy more than you need and not less than you need as it’s never fun to be caught in a situation where you don’t have enough power to carry or tow heavy items. But, if you are honest with yourself about what you want and need out of a truck, you are likely to pick the right one, even though both the Ram 1500 and Ram 2500 are great options. But, nothing is better than a test drive, which you can do at Chapman Ram Las Vegas.

Dodge Vehicles



The great thing about Dodge is that it is not a one-track vehicle manufacturer. No, the company makes something for everyone, and if you have a need, it will be fulfilled by Dodge. With that in mind, here are the vehicles that may be able to fulfill your needs while out on the road.

Ram: When you think of workhorse trucks, you probably think of the Ram. If you don’t, you should start thinking about it. Not only can you tow up to 35,000 pounds with the recently updated Ram 3500, but you can get a smaller version that can still carry quiet a bit. Whether you are looking to tow a boat, run a landscaping business or simply get around town with the convenience of a truck bed in the back, the Ram is right for you. With so many models, sizes, price ranges and styles to choose from, you will not struggle to find the Ram you want. If you want to get behind the wheel of a Ram to see how it feels, you just test drive one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas

Dodge Chrysler Pacifica minivan: If you want to get a minivan, you don’t have to worry. Gone are the days of driving around in a boxy, boring and underpowered vehicle. Now, not only do the minivans of today have power, but most of them are much more comfortable, offer a better experience to riders and give the driver something to enjoy. If you are into camping in the woods, moving lots of furniture or taking your kids and the neighborhood kids around, you will love the luxury, reliability and technology that you get out of the Dodge Chrysler Pacifica.

Dodge Viper: With a price tag out of most people’s range, the Viper is not for everyone. With an all-aluminum 8.4 liter V8 engine, you can get anywhere quickly with the Viper. This is the ultimate sports car, and people own them for years as they are somewhat considered a collector’s item. But, remember, the starting price tag is just under 85 thousand. If the price range is not too high, you will not regret buying a Dodge Viper. 

Dodge Journey: If you want power, versatility and comfort, you have come to the right place if you get yourself a Dodge Journey. It comfortably seats seven people, all while getting up to 26 miles per gallon. Road trip fans will like the Journey as you can get up to 500 miles from one tank of gas, which means you can to Vegas on the same tank of gas. With versatility, 283 horsepower and comfortable seating for seven, you should check out the Dodge Journey if you want it all, and it starts at around 21 thousand.

Dodge Durango: Finally, if you want more SUV and less crossover, you won’t regret getting behind the wheel of a Durango. With a Dodge Durango, you can off-road, with the optional four-wheel drive, carry up to seven passengers and get around with ease, all in the same day. In its second generation and in production for nearly 20 years, we can see why this SUV works for most people, and if you want a full SUV, check one out.

Dodge offers something for every budget and need, and if you want a new vehicle, you should go to a Dodge dealership and see for yourself.

Challenger on track


It is probably a surprise to many to hear that the current Dodge Challenger hit the market eight years ago. During that time, the car has gained a lot of followers. But, the company cannot be content as both the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have gotten better with plenty of upgrades to the outside of the car, as well as to the interior and engine. It could be easy to assume that the Challenger is a dinosaur, but this is not true as it has held up very strongly to the competition, and come late 2018, it will blow you away. 

Thankfully, fans of the Dodge Challenger don’t have to wish and hope that the company makes some changes. To bring the model up to date and compete with formidable opponents, the manufacturer will work on the rear-wheel drive platform, which is known as the Alfa Romeo Giula. With this, the car will have a more compact package, and more importantly, it will drop down the weight, which should give it more power and better gas mileage. All in all, this will give owners a better driving experience as it will handle better. If you want to see a current Dodge Challenger model or any other Dodge, you are sure to love the experience, and you can see one for yourself at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas. This is true whether you are looking at getting an SUV, truck sedan or sports car.

While there is reason for excitement, you should realize that it may be a year or two before it is out, if not longer. In fact, right now, the company is aiming for a late 2018, which will be a 2019 model. Depending on how things work out in the engineering department, it may take longer, though Dodge is sure to want to get this beast out quickly so it doesn’t lose loyal buyers who run to Ford. The Dodge Challenger should compete with the Alfa Romeo. Although the Alfa Romeo is more expensive and a higher-end car, Dodge is hoping to coax some people to its cheaper, yet very formidable, car, especially since hte SRT Hellcat should have nearly 750 horses under the hood. Rumor has it that the company will offer quite a few models so the company can compete with, and probably outshine, the Camaro and Mustang.

It is tough to speculate as things change and car builders are tight-lipped about plans, but it should have a new V6 and V8 engine, and the range-topping SRT Hellcat could offer drivers nearly 750 horsepower, which will certainly blow the competition away. Some purists may not be happy about this, but there also is a chance that a four-cylinder turbocharged engine will be offered as other car companies have sub-2.5 liter engines that actually perform well.

If you like the Dodge Challenger and what it offers, you are going to love what comes out in 2018. There should be models and price ranges for every desire, and budget. Until then, there are certainly plenty of great cars, trucks and SUVs that the company offers.