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Durango Takes Best Buy Honor for Fourth Year

When “Consumer Guide” named the Dodge Durango as the “Best Buy” in the large SUV category, it marked the fourth year in a row that the popular utility vehicle won the award. The editors love the versatility and capability of the Durango, which is a bit smaller than other large SUVs. As the largest SUV in Dodge’s lineup, the Durango has three rows of seats to hold up to seven passengers. It comes with either a 290-horsepower V6 or a beastly V8 that generates 360 horses. With the larger engine, the Durango has a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds. See how the Durango stacks up against the competition with a test drive at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Renegade Scores as Subcompact SUV Best Buy

The little Jeep Renegade provides excellent off-road capabilities with a ton of fun attitude to earn its award as this year’s Subcompact SUV Best Buy. With the optional “My Sky” removable roof panels, the Renegade lets nature in while keeping the panels handy in case the weather takes an ugly turn. Consumer Guide editors loved the “spunky” styling of the little SUV, along with its ability to hold its own on rough trails. It comes in a variety of bright colors not normally associated with an off-road vehicle and there are a number of options that help it to distance itself from the other boring small SUVs. Starting at under $18,000, it’s a must-see before making any decision on your next car.

Ram Pickup ‘Best Buy’ for Sixth Straight Year

Consumer Guide calls the combination of ride and handling in Ram trucks “unbeatable” and loves the quality materials, luscious interior and the wonderful gas economy of the line. As the only half-ton full-size pickups with an available diesel engine, Ram trucks provide a fuel-efficient option not available anywhere else. Consumer Guide editors say the Ram both drives and rides better than any other full size truck. They also like the wide selection of trim levels, from the base work truck to the super luxurious Laramie Limited. Swing by Chapman Dodge Las Vegas to check out the wide selection of Ram trucks and find the one that’s right for you.

Consumer Guide Tests Extensively and Analyzes Data

Consumer Guide not only relies on their own tests to choose their annual “Best Buys,” but also includes safety test data and the reviews of other automotive consumer guides like Kelley Blue Book and Motor Trend magazine. The editors compare vehicles to other entries in the class before making a decision.

Dodge Interior

When buying a Dodge Durango, you obviously will get your hands on a capable SUV that you can take on and off the road. What you may not know is that the Durango also has plenty of luxury. With the interior features, you can feel like you are in a luxury car, all while enjoying the benefits of an SUV.

With the UCONNECT system, you will enjoy a top-of-the-line computer in your hands. You will get 3-D maps, and you can even get an on-demand Wi-Fi Hotspot, though that is a paid extra. UCONNECT also gives you stolen vehicle assistance, voice texting, Yelp access and roadside assistance. Simply put, when you are behind the wheel of your Dodge Durango, you will still be connected to the world. To see it in action, come to Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

With a mission control center at your hands, you can enjoy audio selection information, fuel economy data, warning indicators, available navigation, and vehicle status, all easy to see with the 7-inch digital gauge cluster that is fully customizable. Again, if you are behind the wheel of your Dodge Durango, you are not going to be without the information you need to have on your hands.

With a Durango, you can seat up to seven people in the SUV, and you can tinker around with 50 available seating configurations. That way, you can fit in everything you want, all while remaining comfortable. If you spring for the available premium second-row-fold-and-tumble captain’s chairs, passengers will enjoy a comfortable ride. With that option, depending on the configuration, you’ll have 84.5 cubic feet of cargo space. That way, you can fit all your camping gear in, or you can take your SUV to all the best thrift shops in town. Combined with leather and heated seats, and you will have a nice time in the Durango whether you are driving to another state or simply picking up groceries. Luckily, it’s still an SUV at heart, and while you will remain comfortable and enjoy your luxurious features, you will also have an SUV with true power.

Now, while you may like the UCCONNECT system and mission control at your hands, you will appreciate a nice and smooth shifting vehicle too.  With the revolutionary E-shift knob, you can add a distinct level of interior refinement. This makes it fun to drive, and it gives you control of the Durango whether you are on or off the road. Remember, with all the power and a great engine and transmission combination, you are going to have fun driving the Dodge Durango.

If you are in the market for an SUV, you should check out the 2015 Dodge Durango. Not only is it a great off-road machine, it’s a refined luxury vehicle that you are sure to enjoy.

Ram in mud

If you have a friend or family member who owns a RAM, you probably realize how much they love their truck. With a RAM, one can go off-roading and can get day-to-day work done. At the same time, a RAM is a great family or commuting vehicle. With that being said, with a few accessories, one can make their experience even more fun. Here are five stocking stuffers you can get a RAM owner.

A wax kit

When your RAM owner friend goes off-roading or puts his or her truck through the worst, it is likely to cause the paint to look a little worn. No worries on that end. With a wax kit, one can bring back that shine to their truck. Since this is an inexpensive gift, you can easily impress your family member or friend who has a RAM, and they are sure to love it once they clean up the paint a little. Once you see your friend or family member wax their Dodge, you may fall in love and want your own. You are in luck as you can get a brand new RAM at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas.

Windshield wipers

While it isn’t easy to stuff windshield wipers into a stocking, it won’t hurt his or her feelings if they are sticking out a bit. Almost everyone doesn’t replace their windshield wipers on time, and it’s certainly easy to forget this if you live in the desert. But, with this small investment, you can ensure that your RAM owning friend is safe and sound on the road.

Mud flaps

Again, this is another item that is not easy to conceal. However, your recipient will surely have a hard time concealing his or her smile when they see a pair of mud flaps. This is not only an accessory to look cool; mud flaps can protect the RAM, and it can help the owner avoid problems if he or she kicks up mud or small rocks. Remember, RAM trucks can take you off the road, but you will want  mud flaps to protect the paint and body.

Window tinting

By buying a gift certificate for window tinting, you can ensure that you’re RAM owning friend or family member can drive in comfort and style. You should know state laws before you proceed, but most shops will help you determine the level of tint allowed. Then, when the RAM owner must drive in the sweltering and everlasting summer sun, he or she won’t have to worry about getting blinded around every corner, and this makes the road safer for all of us.

K&N Air filter

Finally, if you want to give your RAM owning friend a little extra oomph on the road, you should get them a K&N Air filter. Since it gives the RAM more air, it gives it a bit more power. Not only that, the K&N Air filter is easily re-usable and one can simply wash it off. This is both money-saving and good for the planet. If your recipient doesn’t know how to change the filter, don’t worry, it’s easy to put in the K&N Air filter if you just follow the simple instructions.

So there you have it, five great and cost-effective stocking stuffers that are sure to impress any RAM owner.

Jeep, Dodge, Ram Award

If you are in the market for a new truck or SUV, you have plenty of choices. Sadly, there is a lot of noise, and it’s not easy to find the ideal vehicle for your needs. On top of that, it’s hard to trust some people when they give their opinion. But, luckily, if you are in the market for a Dodge Durango, Jeep Renegade or Ram 1500, you are in luck as all three of these vehicles were named 2016 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys. Here is a look at why.

Dodge Durango: The Dodge Durango has uncompromised utility, class-leading towing at 7,400 pounds with the HEMI V8 and advanced technology. With the 2016 model year, the Durango comes with Engine Stop-Start technology, or OSS. With OSS, the owner can lower his or her emissions and save fuel. There is more to the Durango as it has upgrades to the Uconnect system as well as Sport mode capability. As far as safety, Dodge has you covered as the Durango has more than 60 available security and safety features. Included are all-speed traction and electronic stability control. Both of these features make it easier to drive with more comfort and safety, and you can get a feel for these features by checking one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas. Remember, no matter what you want in a Dodge Durango, you can find what you want.

Renegade: With the Jeep Renegade, not only do you get off-roading capability, but you get open air, freedom and convenience. This is a great SUV to take off-roading or to the mall. With the nine-speed auto transmission, which is a first in this model, you will enjoy smooth shifting and plenty of power. With a host of advanced tech offerings and innovative safety features, this is the SUV for an enthusiast who loves his or her SUV.  It doesn’t stop there; with the availability of the BeatsAudio sound system, and optional Beats premium audio system, you can enjoy your time in the SUV. Don’t forget, while it has a great sound system, this Jeep is still a head-turner, and it will be a blast to drive in the mud.

Ram 1500: With the Ram 1500, you get the best value in the half-ton trucks segment. Yes, with a starting price under $25k, you won’t have to break the bank to get one of these bad boys. With a standard 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, you will have plenty of power. Or, you can get the 3 liter V6 EcoDiesel, which can get you up to 29 MPG. The great thing about the Ram 1500 is that it has power to do what you want. Whether you need to tow a boat, move your furniture or commute to work, you will have an easy time in the Ram 1500.

If you are in search for a great SUV or truck, you should think of your choices. Then, when you understand what separates the great from the not-so great, you will see that the Dodge Durango, Jeep Renegade and Ram 1500 are all very popular for a reason.



Dodge Dart

The 2015 Dodge Dart is an exciting, efficient, vehicle that builds on a heritage of quality, versatility, durability and performance. This compact sedan has a 55 year history of offering superior comfort, performance and handling. Originally released in 1960, the Dodge Dart was reimagined and rereleased in 2013 and immediately made a huge splash in the compact sedan segment. From the beginning 55 years ago, the Dodge Dart was known for incredible performance, innovative style, and the latest technological developments. The 2015 Dodge Dart continues in that tradition, and you should check one out at Chapman Dodge Las Vegas, so you can see that the tradition is alive and well.

With the Dart, Dodge has brought fluidity of movement, state-of-the-art design, and incredible performance to this class of automobiles that is nearly unseen elsewhere. The Dodge Dart has rich, evocative lines, dynamic curves, eye-catching exterior proportions, and advanced aerodynamics. The wind simply flows over and around the Dart resulting in improved gas mileage, superior handling and a higher level of agility. The 2015 Dodge Dart is beautiful to look at, fun to drive, and easy to afford. It’s an athletic, muscular, barely tamed tiger loping across the savannah waiting for the right time to pounce.

Based on Fiat architecture inspired by the Alfa Romeo Giulietta, the Dodge Dart sedan is built on a widened and lengthened platform and combines exceptional driving dynamics, safety, and agility with a level of interior roominess unmatched in its class. Add the latest in automotive technology to a body featuring projector headlights, tailored split-crosshair grille, accentuated fenders, fog lamps, dual exhaust, and Signature Dodge LED ‘racetrack’ tail-lamps that run across the entire width of the rear. It all helps to create a car with a personality as big as life.

The Dodge Dart gets its power from three fuel-efficient, state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines. They are the Tigershark 2.0 liter, Tigershark 2.4 liter, and the 1.4 liter MultiAir Intercooled Turbo engine. These are mated with a six-speed, standard C635 manual gearbox. Both the 2.0 liter and the 2.4 liter Tigershark engines have the option of using the 6F24 six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.4 liter MultiAir Turbo engine can use the dual dry clutch version of the C635 manual gearbox.

The passenger cabin has a driver-centric layout, heated steering wheel, comfort tuned seats, 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen, auxiliary jacks, customizable displays, ambient lighting, and enough storage for phone, electronic devices, and all your gear. All that precision craftsmanship wrapped in quality materials create a warm, comfortable cockpit both drivers and passengers love.

There are also important safety features including front, side-impact, dual head curtain, and front passenger knee airbags, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, electronic roll mitigation, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth, rear backup camera, Garmin navigation, and push-button start. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross path detection system and rear park assist system are safety options.

Come in and test drive the 2015 Dodge Dart and give yourself the opportunity to experience an American classic that’s been reborn.