Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2015 Chrysler 200s AWD

What does the s stand for you ask?  It stands for sport which makes this beauty fun to drive, and very easy on the eyes.

This is clearly the best looking 200 that has hit the streets.  The stance is menacing and the body lines grab your attention.  The front half of the car seamlessly glides to the back of the car.  Opt for the blackout trim and painted wheels and you have a fine ride to be sure.

The all-wheel drive offering is driven by a double overhead cam V6 that pumps out 295 horses with 262 lb-ft of torque.  It is coupled to a standard 9 speed automatic transmission with a sport mode.  The power is nice and one of the quickest sedans in this segment with a 0-60 time of around 6 seconds.  Most of the power is on the front wheels but will kick in the rear drive system when it detects a need for it.

The inside is quite an improvement with the UConnect powered infotainment system that gives you clear audio at good volume.  It is much improved with very responsive menu systems on an 8.4 inch screen that is bright and crisp.  The audio input options are vast including a USB port, Sirius XM satellite radio, AM/FM/Bluetooth audio, auxiliary input jack and HD FM radio.  The wood trim panels and upscale looking leather will fool you into thinking you are in a much higher grade sedan.

Come test drive it for yourself at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 Greenville, TX or give us a call at 903-454-0283 today!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Design a Hellcat: Are You Serious?

While the replacement of the Dodge Challenger is still up in the air, there seems to be more questions than answers.  Some think the Barracuda will make a comeback.  With all the questions swirling, we know their plan for the 2025 Dodge SRT Hellcat. It will be designed by a high school student.  You read that right with no misprint.

"The Drive for Design contest exposes high school students to the potential of a career in automotive design," said Mark Trostle – Head of Dodge and SRT Design, FCA US LLC. "With this contest we're able to connect with young talent and offer useful tools and opportunities to help develop their artistic skills."

Four winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of many of the company’s lead designers, including Ralph Gilles, head of FCA global design, Joe Dehner, head of Ram Truck and Mopar design, and Mark Trostle, FCA US head of Dodge and SRT design.  “The thing that I find the most satisfying if you will, one of the reasons we really wanted to do this was to get exposure to high school students that normally may not understand the possibility of a career in automotive design,” said Trostle, who helped create the competition in 2013.

The winners will receive Apple products, a three week summer automotive design course at the College for Creative Studies, and an all -expense paid trip to Detroit.  Winners will receive their awards at a special presentation on Feb 26 at Cabo Center in Detroit.

Come see what else Dodge is doing at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 Greenville, TX or give us a call at 903-454-0283 today!

Monday, November 23, 2015

2015 Chrysler 200: One to be Watched

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is making its name known in the wide world of cars. The mid-size sedan is equipped with a 4 cylinder engine and a 9 speed automatic transmission which shifts smoothly according to the customers. The standard engine gets 23 miles to the gallon city and 36 miles to the gallon highway, while the V-6 engine option gets 19 miles to the gallon city and 32 miles to the gallon highway. The popular 200 steers with precision, brakes with conviction, and offers up an easy ride over uneven pavement.
The standard model is the total package with a four-speaker audio system, USB input, and proximity key. A few of the upgradable features that are available to consumers are leather upholstery for high quality interior fashion, dual zone automatic climate control, heated seats, cruise control with stop and go capabilities, dual panel panoramic sunroof, rear parking sensors, rearview camera, 9 speaker audio system, 5.0 or 8.4 inch touch screen with navigation, satellite radio, forward collision warning, Bluetooth, and blind spot monitoring.

 According to Left Lane News, a popular vehicular news article, “The 2015 Chrysler 200 is ready to run with the big names of the mid-size sedan segment.” It comes as no surprise that this year’s model is most definitely force to be reckoned with, so sit back and enjoy the ride because the bar was just raised a little higher by Chrysler’s innovative thinking and brilliant design.

Come in today for a test drive at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 Greenville, TX or give us a call at 903-454-0283 today!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

2016 Ram 1500 Tradesman

This 2016 Ram 1500 *Popular Color* All of our vehicles are researched and priced regularly using LIVE MARKET PRICING TECHNOLOGY to ensure that you always receive the best overall market value. Call Dealer to confirm availability, and schedule a hassle free Test Drive. Greenville Chrysler prides itself in exceeding all customer expectations! The next step? Give us a call to confirm availability and schedule a hassle free test drive! We are located at: 5401 Interstate Highway 30, Greenville, TX 75402

Thursday, October 22, 2015

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee

The 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee will blow your socks off.  It will include a better exterior, interior and engine with much better fuel economy and much more.

The exterior is completely redesigned. The front will be have a redesigned front grill that is lifted with the front bumper.  The lights are new HD headlamps that respond to your steering.  The rear of the vehicle was not neglected.  They added a twin exhaust pipe and an aeromechanic spoiler.  Also changed are the signature taillights along with the rear bumper.  All of the lights on the vehicle will be made from LED technology.

The interior will be similar to last year with premium leather seats and plenty of room for a family on the go.  Some improvements are the 3 inch touchscreen with audio control will now be an 8 inch.  It will also have wireless internet and usb ports to round out the center console.  You can also expect to find a dual zone air conditioning system.

The base engine will be a 3.6 liter V6 Pentastar that packs 290 horsepower and 260 lb. ft. of torque.  You will couple that bad boy with a new 9 speed automatic transmission that will provide for much improved fuel economy.  They are also offering a 3.0 liter V6 Eco Diesel, a 5.7 L Hemi V8 with towing capacity of 7400 pounds and a 6.4 L Hemi V8 only available on the SRT models.  All of these engines should offer more functionality and better fuel economy than its predecessors.

Come test drive yours at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 Greenville, TX or give us a call at 903-454-0283 today!

Friday, October 9, 2015

State Fair of Texas and Chrysler

There is no bigger stage than the State Fair of Texas that hosts hundreds of thousands if not more on the grounds during the several week-long event.  So it was no surprise to see Chrysler Group LLC use this event to introduce people to their current lineup.


2015 is significant for Chrysler as it marks the brands 90 year anniversary and 60 years for the Chrysler 300.  So you can imagine their display included the 2015 Chrysler 300 as well as the Chrysler 200 which was named the “Mid-size Car of Texas and the original Luxury minivan known as the Chrysler Town and Country.

Of Course you know Dodge will be displaying the quickest, fastest and most powerful muscle car for the first time at the Fair, the 707 HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.  They are also displaying their new 2016 Ram Laramie Limited which is setting new standards for luxury in trucks with its higher level of refinement and attention to detail.  The upgraded interior and exterior trim aligns with a long list of best in class awards the Ram has obtained.  The Ram rebel is also in a class of its own with an off road design in a full size truck segment with numerous off road features including suspension lift, 33 inch tires and custom interior.

Jeep is touting their 2015 Jeep Renegade as it continues to press through the small sport utility vehicle segment without steering away from the Jeep's adventurous lifestyle.


The State Fair of Texas will still be going on until October 19th so if you are in the lone star state, get over and check them out or come by at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 Greenville, TX or give us a call at 903-454-0283 today! 



Friday, September 25, 2015

2016 Dodge Challenger: The Iconic Muscle Car

It is one of the most aggressive looking, sounding, and performing cars on the market to date. I happen to be referring to the classic Dodge Challenger. That is correct ladies and gentlemen. The Challenger is back on the market with a brand new 2016 model and is not holding back. Let’s take a look at what all it has to offer.


Time and time again it has been proven that this muscle car has optimal performance at all times. In the 2016 season the same statement holds true as usual. There are four engines that have been made available for the various versions of the model. These include the Supercharged 6.2 Liter Hemi SRT Hellcat V8 which emits and astounding 707 horsepower, the 6.4 Liter Hemi V8 which emits 485 horsepower, the 5.7 liter V8 which emits 375 horsepower, and the standard 3.6 Liter Penta star V6 which emits 305 horsepower and offers up 268 pound per foot of torque. Needless to say that the Challenger is one of the most powerful cars on the market, no matter the version you choose to purchase. 

There is so much more to love when it comes to the new 2016 Dodge Challenger which so happens to be flying off of car lots everywhere. The Challenger has it all and I challenge you to dig deeper and find out more of what all it has to offer you today. 


Come have a look at the 2016 models at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram 5401 Interstate Hwy 30 Greenville, TX or give us a call at 903-454-0283 today!






Tuesday, September 22, 2015

9/22/15

If a car's battery is more than three years old, it's a good idea to have it tested. #TuesdayTip

Monday, September 21, 2015

9/21/15

I am SUPER excited to be getting my new car today! Tanya did a wonderful job helping me find the car that I want!-amanda gilchrest

Thursday, September 17, 2015

9/17/15

It's not in a Jeep's nature to sit still. #ThrowbackThursday

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

9/15/15

Rain or shine, your Chrysler 200 is in this for the long-run

Monday, September 14, 2015

9/14/15

The light frost beige interior on the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Friday, September 11, 2015

2015 Jeep Compass Sport

You know how the old adage goes: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything." But every vehicle deserves a review, however unloved it may be. And that's how we end up discussing the 2015 Jeep Compass compact crossover.
In fairness, Jeep has made sure the Compass has a few things going for it, most notably rock-bottom pricing and above-average off-road ability when equipped with a few special options. But that's where the positives end. Those off-road options result in being stuck with an unpleasant continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and dismal fuel economy as part of the deal. Then there's the weak base engine, disappointing crash-test results and generally unrefined character that put this crossover at the back of the pack.
If you're looking for alternatives within the Jeep family, there are two new arrivals: the sleek, satisfying 2015 Jeep Cherokee and the upstart 2015 Jeep Renegade. The Subaru XV Crosstrek provides comparable off-road chops and more polish in other respects, while superior on-road performers are plentiful, including the sharp-handling 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the rewarding, high-tech 2015 Ford Escape. If cost is your top concern, the Nissan Rogue Select is similarly value-oriented, and it's a considerably more pleasant vehicle all around. We can think of a few nice things about the 2015 Jeep Compass, but its rivals simply are nicer across the board.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2015 Jeep Compass is a five-passenger small crossover SUV available in three primary trim levels: Sport, Latitude and Limited. Two subtrims -- Altitude Edition and High Altitude Edition -- add features to the Sport and Latitude, respectively.
Standard features for the Sport include 16-inch alloy wheels (upgraded to 17s if the larger 2.4-liter engine is specified), foglights, roof rails, air-conditioning, cruise control, manual accessories (windows, locks and mirrors), 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a tilt-only steering wheel and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The optional Power Value Group adds power accessories, heated mirrors, keyless entry and additional body-color exterior pieces.
The Altitude Edition package adds 18-inch black gloss alloy wheels, blacked-out exterior trim, "sport mesh" upholstery, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.
The Latitude starts with the Sport's standard features and adds a bright mesh grille, extended exterior and interior chrome trim, a height-adjustable driver seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat, a 115-volt power outlet and the Altitude Edition's leather-wrapped steering wheel (with audio controls) and heated front seats.
The High Altitude Edition package lacks the Altitude Edition's blacked-out trim, but it starts with the Latitude's equipment roster and throws in 17-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a six-way power driver seat (plus manual lumbar adjustment) and a sunroof.
The range-topping Limited starts with the High Altitude's equipment and adds 18-inch wheels, projector headlamps, additional chrome trim, automatic climate control, a driver information display, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a 6.5-inch touchscreen (with optional hard-drive-based music storage and navigation), a six-CD changer and satellite radio.
The touchscreen interface (with or without navigation) is optional on Latitude. All four-wheel-drive models are eligible for the Freedom Drive II Off-Road package, which includes the 2.4-liter engine, an engine oil cooler, a special CVT with crawl mode, 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, tow hooks, underbody skid plates, a full-size spare tire, hill-descent control, hill-start assist and (for the Sport trim) a height-adjustable driver seat.
The Latitude and Limited trims are eligible for the Security and Cargo Convenience package. On the Latitude this adds the auto-dimming rearview mirror, a security alarm and the driver information display. The Limited's version of this package adds remote start, a USB port and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity. Jeep also offers Bluetooth as a stand-alone option on all trims.
Additionally available on the Latitude and Limited are the Sun and Sound package (including a sunroof, a nine-speaker Boston Acoustics sound system, two flip-down tailgate speakers and satellite radio) and the Trailer-Tow Prep package (including an engine oil cooler, a trailer-tow wiring harness and a full-size spare).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2015 Compass's base engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 158 horsepower and 141 pound-feet of torque. It's only offered on Sport and Latitude trims with front-wheel drive. A five-speed manual transmission is standard on the 2.0-liter Sport, while the 2.0-liter Latitude comes only with a six-speed automatic.
Front-wheel-drive Altitude and High Altitude models are equipped with the 2.0-liter engine and a CVT.
The EPA estimates fuel economy at 26 mpg combined (23 city/30 highway) for the 2.0-liter Patriot with the five-speed manual. The six-speed automatic drops those numbers to 23 mpg combined (21/28). The 2.0-liter Altitude and High Altitude rate 24 mpg combined (22/27) with their CVT.
Optional on the front-wheel-drive Sport and Latitude and standard on front-wheel-drive Limited is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 172 hp and 165 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also standard on all Compasses with all-wheel drive. The five-speed manual is once again offered on the Sport, but otherwise the six-speed automatic handles the shifting -- unless you specify Freedom Drive II, which substitutes a CVT with a crawl mode.
With the manual and front-wheel drive, the 2.4-liter Patriot is rated at 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway). Add the six-speed automatic and you're looking at 23 mpg combined (21/27). With all-wheel drive, the 2.4-liter Patriot returns 24 mpg combined (22/27) with the manual, 23 mpg combined (21/27) with the six-speed automatic and a woeful 21 mpg combined (20/23) with Freedom Drive II's CVT.
In Edmunds testing, an all-wheel-drive Compass with the 2.4-liter engine and six-speed automatic transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 9.4 seconds, an average time for this class.

Safety

Standard safety features for all 2015 Jeep Compass models include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags. All front-wheel-drive models except the Limited feature rear drum brakes, while the rest of the lineup gets disc brakes front and rear.
In Edmunds brake testing, the Compass came to a stop from 60 mph in 121 feet, which is average for this class of vehicle.
In government crash testing, the 2015 Jeep Compass received four stars (out of a possible five) for overall crash protection, with an unusually low three stars for total frontal crash protection and five stars for side crash protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

Jeep upgraded some of the Compass's interior materials last year, including available accent stitching on certain trim pieces, but industrial-grade plastics are still the order of the day. Moreover, Bluetooth and USB connectivity remains optional, even on the upper trim levels, and the base Sport has to make do with crank windows and manual locks. That's something to keep in mind if you're eyeing a low-priced Compass -- it might not be equipped with the features you expect.
The front seats are comfortable enough and adequately supportive for longer drives, though the seatback cushions might be a little narrow for larger adults. Rear legroom is tight for this class, reminding us more of a compact hatchback than a high-riding crossover. In terms of infotainment, the optional 6.5-inch touchscreen is older and less user-friendly than the 8.4-inch "Uconnect" interface found in most other Jeep and Chrysler models.
The Compass does offer some clever interior features, such as a cooled glovebox and those distinctive speakers that flip down and out from the raised liftgate for beach parties and the like. However, the maximum cargo capacity of 53.6 cubic feet pales in comparison to rival crossovers. Behind the second row, the Compass's 22.7-cubic-foot cargo hold is also relatively stingy.

Driving Impressions

The 2015 Compass's 2.0-liter engine keeps the cost down, but that's where the good news ends. Rowdy and underpowered, with disappointing fuel economy for such modest output, this engine is well past its prime. The 2.4-liter engine, on the other hand, has enough pep to stay with most competitors, and fuel economy barely suffers, though the refinement level isn't much higher. A word of caution to those drawn to the Altitude Edition's cool blacked-out styling: If you go with front-wheel drive, you're stuck with the smaller engine and the CVT, a truly miserable tandem. Fortunately, the Altitude (like the High Altitude) is also offered with all-wheel drive for 2015, which brings the larger engine and the more likable (if somewhat slow-shifting) six-speed automatic.
Ride quality is another weak spot for the Compass. The basic suspension design was sourced many years ago from the underwhelming Dodge Caliber hatchback, and it struggles to cope with today's well-worn urban roads. Expect a nervous, bouncy ride on such surfaces, with more impact harshness than you'll feel in most rivals. Handling is also below average, with an initial sense of control giving way to excessive body roll and vague steering in corners. At least you can do some respectable off-roading with Freedom Drive II, though other Compasses are unremarkable in this department.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

9/9/15

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. #WednesdayWisdom #Jeep

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

9/8/15

Wiper blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Make sure the windshield washer reservoir is filled. #Cartips #Carmaintenance

Monday, September 7, 2015

9/7/15

When there's a #Chrysler involved, the #MondayBlues aren't such a bad thing.

Friday, September 4, 2015

9/4/15

THIS WAS THE SMOOTHIST AND BEST CAR BUYING EXPERIENCE WE HAVE EVER HAD. COME SEE STEVE HAN!!!-SHARON & LARRY NEWTON

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport

Rarely does a car reviewed on Edmunds.com have as many pros and cons as the 2012 Jeep Wrangler. Most vehicles have a lot of one and not much of the other. The Wrangler, on the other hand, has a wealth of extremes. It has old-school solid axles at both ends and standard crank windows. It's incredibly noisy and rough-riding. The soft top is a puzzle to operate and is basically a big "break in!" sign to potential thieves. Indeed, measured against virtually any other new SUV, the Wrangler is in many ways, well, terrible.
And yet the Jeep Wrangler not only remains appealing but remains one of the best-selling SUVs in the country as well. Part of the reason why is because some of those foibles are actually indicative of an incredibly honest, back-to-basics off-roader. Of course, the Wrangler also looks pretty cool and can dive headlong into places where few other vehicles would dare dip their toes. Plus, what other new car allows you to remove not only the roof, but the doors and windshield as well? The answer is none.
Of course, some of the Wrangler's issues can't be brushed off as simply "quaint." The soft top's issues are real, as are long braking distances and limited secured storage. But there is finally good news for what lies under the hood. Gone is the agricultural and gutless old V6, and in its place Chrysler's new "Pentastar" 285-hp V6. Smooth, robust and reasonably efficient, this engine radically transforms the Wrangler. Boasting a whopping 83 more horses than the outgoing engine, the new V6 is more than a second quicker from zero to 60 mph. A newly available five-speed automatic improves power delivery and efficiency as well.
Whether you get a basic two-door Wrangler with crank windows and a soft top or a high-dollar four-door Wrangler Unlimited Sahara with heated leather seats and a hardtop, this iconic Jeep is without question a unique vehicle. However, we highly recommend taking it on a lengthy test-drive and paying attention to the above issues to see if you could really deal with them on a day-to-day basis. It's not uncommon for folks to be taken in by the Wrangler's cool factor only to quickly realize after purchase that a compact crossover or a more livable off-roader like the Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser would've been a wiser choice.
If you know what you're getting into, however, the 2012 Jeep Wrangler is a wonderful way to not only get back to basics, but nature as well.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is a convertible SUV available in two-door Wrangler and four-door Wrangler Unlimited versions. Each comes in Sport, Sahara and Rubicon trims.
The Sport comes sparsely equipped with 16-inch steel wheels, front and rear tow hooks, foglamps, a removable soft top, crank windows, manual locks and mirrors, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a six-speaker sound system with an auxiliary audio jack, CD player and steering wheel controls. The Unlimited gets a bigger gas tank, four doors, more backseat and trunk space, air-conditioning and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The Power Convenience Group adds heated power mirrors, power locks and windows, and keyless entry. Air-conditioning (two-door), satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels are also optional.
The Sahara adds the above optional items plus 18-inch alloy wheels, an upgraded suspension, under-hood insulation, side steps, automatic headlamps, body-colored fender flares and a six-speaker Infinity sound system.
The Rubicon is not the most abundantly equipped trim level, per se, but rather the trim that boasts the most robust off-road credentials. It adds on top of the base Sport equipment special 17-inch wheels, 32-inch tires, heavy-duty axles and transfer case, electronic front and rear locking differentials, a disconnecting front sway bar, rock rails, air-conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio. The Power Convenience Group is optional on the two-door, but standard on the Unlimited.
The following packages are available on all trims. The Connectivity Group adds Bluetooth, an iPod/USB audio interface, an upgraded trip computer and a leather-wrapped wheel on the Sport. A multi-piece removable hardtop with a rear defroster and wiper is optional with or without the standard soft top remaining. It comes standard in textured black, but can be had in body color on the Sahara and Rubicon.
Optional on the Sport and two-door Rubicon are a limited-slip differential and half doors that include plastic side windows. The Sahara and Rubicon can be equipped with leather upholstery and heated front seats, automatic climate control and a navigation system that includes a touchscreen interface, digital music storage and real-time traffic.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 285 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is also standard and includes high- and low-range transfer case gears, though the Rubicon features an upgraded transfer case with extra-low gearing. A six-speed manual transmission with hill-start assist is standard, while a five-speed automatic is optional.
In Edmunds performance testing, a manual-equipped, two-door Wrangler went from zero to 60 mph in a surprisingly quick 7.1 seconds. A much heavier automatic-equipped Wrangler Unlimited did it in 8.8 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the two-door is 17 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined regardless of transmission. The Unlimited is 16/20/18 with the automatic and 16/21 with the manual.

Safety

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and hill start assist. Front side airbags are optional. In Edmunds brake testing, both two- and four-door Wranglers came to a stop from 60 mph in about 140 feet.
It should be noted that the Wrangler's doors do not provide the same level of protection as regular doors do in a side crash. As such, it shouldn't come as a surprise that it didn't fare well in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's side crash test. Without side airbags, the two-door Wrangler earned the worst rating of "Poor," while the Unlimited got the second-worst "Marginal." However, the Wrangler did get the best possible rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset test.

Interior Design and Special Features

Despite the increase in available niceties over the years, the Jeep Wrangler is still a vehicle meant to drive through dust, dirt and muck and then be easily cleaned afterward. Interior materials and switchgear were dramatically improved last year, and the design now has a rounder, more organic look.
The two-door's backseat can host only two passengers and suffers from limited leg- and foot room. If that isn't sufficient, the Unlimited has room for three and its extra set of doors makes for easier access. The four-door also offers 86 cubic feet of cargo space when the second-row seats are folded, which is quite substantial.
With any Wrangler's soft top, however, storing cargo inside can be a risky situation since only the meager glovebox and center console can be locked. The soft top is also complicated to raise and lower, and requires you to store its bulky plastic windows somewhere inside the cabin (which is tough in the two-door). The optional hardtop, which features removable T-top-style panels over the front seats, is a smart solution for those who don't intend to routinely go completely al fresco.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Jeep Wrangler is pretty much unstoppable in off-road situations, especially in Rubicon guise, thanks to its specialized hardware. The Wrangler Unlimited four-door isn't as maneuverable on tight trails as the much shorter two-door model, but its roomier interior means you can carry more gear. It also feels more stable around corners and on the highway. Nonetheless, all Wranglers suffer from tippy handling, a rough ride and steering that is kindly described as nebulous. Road and wind noise are also excessive.
The Wrangler also used to be described as slow, but no longer. It won't be winning any drag races, but the new V6 is a thoroughly modern engine that can actually get the heavy Wrangler moving briskly. The standard six-speed manual features precise but long throws and an easily modulated clutch. The automatic is now a much more modern five-speed unit that further aids power delivery and fuel economy.http://www.greenvillechrysler.com/used/2012-Jeep-Wrangler%20Unlimited-1C4BJWDG4CL188329#all_photos

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

2014 Dodge Charger R/T

You know the old saw about judging books by their covers? Well, we've got a new version: Don't judge the 2014 Dodge Charger by its styling. Whether you love the Charger's cartoonishly muscular body or not, there is more to this full-size sedan than meets the eye. It may look like an adolescent boy's four-door fantasy, but the Charger is actually one of the best large sedans we've driven.
It's hard to think of something American drivers want that the Charger doesn't have. Interior space? No problem; the Charger's got ample room for 6-footers front and back, though rear headroom can be a bit tight. Ride comfort? The Charger's well-tuned suspension ensures that most impacts barely register in the cabin. Technology? Check out the 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, which is both easy on the eyes and intuitive to operate. Plus, with its rear-wheel-drive layout and available V8 power, the Charger can serve as a legitimate performance car for drivers so inclined. The optional all-wheel-drive system makes it viable for snow-belt shoppers, too.
If the Charger has an Achilles' heel, it's fuel economy. Granted, the optional eight-speed automatic returns an impressive 31 mpg on the highway with the V6, but the base Charger V6 and all V8-powered Chargers come with an antiquated five-speed automatic, and fuel economy suffers accordingly.
Otherwise, it's hard to find fault with Dodge's big sedan, especially when you consider how much bang for the buck it provides. If you're in the market for a car of this size, we'd also suggest checking out the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which lacks the Charger's sporty personality but delivers generous comfort, space and technology; the sleek 2013 Toyota Avalon, which boasts an available 40-mpg hybrid variant; and the surprisingly upscale 2014 Kia Cadenza, as well as the Charger's platform-mate, the more restrained Chrysler 300. But whatever you make of the Charger's in-your-face styling, know that a world-class car lies beneath.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2014 Dodge Charger is a full-size sedan offered in SE, SXT, R/T, SRT8 and SRT8 Super Bee trims.
Standard equipment on the SE includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a five-speed automatic transmission, automatic headlights, keyless ignition/entry, cruise control, dual-zone manual climate control, a six-way power driver seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. Note that Bluetooth can easily be added to the SE via the optional Connectivity Group.
The SXT adds an eight-speed transmission (optional on SE), heated mirrors, foglamps, remote ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, satellite radio and upgraded speakers. With all-wheel drive, the Charger SXT comes standard with 19-inch wheels.
The SXT offers a number of optional packages. The Plus package adds 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power front passenger seat (with four-way power lumbar adjustment), heated rear seats and LED interior lighting. The Rallye Appearance Group adds a slight power upgrade for the V6, 20-inch chrome wheels, performance tires and brakes, a sport-tuned suspension (rear-wheel-drive only), a rear deck lid spoiler, a Sport mode for the transmission, shift paddles, sport seats and a 10-speaker Beats by Dr. Dre sound system. The Blacktop package is essentially the same as the Rallye but with painted wheels and a blacked-out grille, while the Redline package is essentially the Blacktop package with red trim on the wheels.
Since the Blacktop and Redline packages aren't available with AWD, Dodge provides an AWD Sport package with much the same content. All three packages are also offered on the V8-powered R/T.
Also available on SXT is the Navigation Group, which includes a Garmin-sourced navigation system and a rearview camera. Opt for the Driver Confidence Group and you'll get rain-sensing wipers, xenon headlights, automatic high-beam control, a driver-side auto-dimming mirror, a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-path detection, the rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The Driver Convenience Group contributes heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory functions, power-adjustable pedals and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. A sunroof is a stand-alone option.
The R/T starts with the SXT's standard equipment and adds a V8 engine with a five-speed transmission, xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, performance tires, upgraded brakes, the same sport-tuned suspension as the Rallye (rear-wheel-drive only) and sport seats with cloth upholstery.
Like the SXT, the R/T trim can be tricked out with numerous options packages. The R/T's Plus package mirrors that of the SXT, while the Road & Track package adds a black grille, 20-inch wheels, a rear deck lid spoiler, upgraded brakes, a driver-side auto-dimming mirror, a Sport mode for the transmission, paddle shifters, leather trim and the Driver Convenience Group mentioned above. The Driver Confidence Group is also available with the Road & Track package, while the Super Track Pak (Road & Track package required) tacks on a performance-oriented three-mode stability control system, performance brakes, sportier steering and an even firmer state of suspension tune.
Rounding out the R/T lineup, the R/T Max package essentially starts with the R/T Plus and adds the Navigation, Driver Convenience and Driver Confidence Groups, as well as adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning and rear cross-path warning systems. Note that these features are widely available on other Chargers.
The SRT8 ultrahigh-performance model starts with most of the R/T Max's equipment and adds a bigger V8 engine, a three-mode adaptive sport suspension, 20-inch wheels, the three-mode stability control system, launch control, upgraded brakes with red Brembo calipers, a rear spoiler and other racy styling cues. Inside, there's an SRT steering wheel with paddle shifters, exclusive SRT sport seats with leather trim, a color vehicle information center in the gauge cluster with "Performance Pages" and an optional 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.
The SRT8 Super Bee is a less luxurious, more affordable version of the SRT8, so it starts with most of the base R/T's equipment and adds the bigger V8, 20-inch wheels, unique exterior graphics, black Brembo calipers, "Z-stripe" yellow and silver cloth upholstery with Super Bee logos on the front headrests, and heated rear seats. Notably, the Super Bee is the only Charger other than the base SE that doesn't come standard with the 8.4-inch touchscreen: The 4.3-inch unit is standard, and the bigger screen is only available as an extra-cost option. The Super Bee also makes do with the entry-level six-speaker audio system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2014 Dodge Charger SE and SXT come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 292 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Add the Rallye Appearance Group, Blacktop package, Redline package or AWD Sport package, and engine and exhaust tweaks lift output to 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard on the SE, while an eight-speed automatic is optional for the SE and standard for all SXTs. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but the SXT can be equipped with all-wheel drive.
The SE returns an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/27 mpg highway). With the eight-speed automatic, fuel economy jumps to a laudable 23 mpg combined (19 mpg city/31 mpg highway).
In Edmunds performance testing, a rear-drive SXT accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, an average time for a full-size sedan.
The Charger R/T gets a 5.7-liter V8 good for 370 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard, with all-wheel drive optional for all but the R/T Road & Track. In Edmunds testing, a rear-drive R/T accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg combined (15 mpg city/25 mpg highway) with rear-wheel drive and 18 mpg combined (15 mpg city/23 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.
The Charger SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-liter V8 making 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive are standard. In Edmunds testing, it hit 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. Fuel economy predictably brings up the rear at 17 mpg combined (14 mpg city/23 mpg highway).

Safety

Standard safety features for the Charger include stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, front seat side airbags, a driver-side knee airbag, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Optional features include a rearview camera, a blind-spot warning system, a rear cross-traffic warning system and a forward collision warning system that comes bundled with adaptive cruise control.
In Edmunds brake testing, a Charger SXT with 20-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 113 feet, a remarkably short distance for a large sedan. An R/T was essentially the same, while the SRT8 with higher-grip summer performance tires (an upgrade over the all-season tires on the others) managed an even shorter 108 feet.
In government crash testing, the 2014 Dodge Charger received a top five-star rating for overall protection, including four stars for frontal impacts and five stars for side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Charger its highest rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

You might expect the brash-looking Charger to have a cheap interior, but that's decidedly not the case. Dodge uses much better materials now than it did in the first-generation Charger, and the result is a surprisingly upscale environment. We also like how the center stack is angled toward the driver, a welcome change from the related Chrysler 300's relatively flat dashboard. Another highlight is the 8.4-inch touchscreen interface, which features user-friendly virtual buttons, an intuitive menu structure and crisp, colorful graphics. Shame it doesn't come standard on the SE or Super Bee, as the default 4.3-inch unit in those models is much less satisfying.
The Charger's imposing dimensions provide every passenger with a luxurious amount of space, though the car's rakish rear roof line can restrict headroom for taller backseat occupants. Also keep in mind that compared to front-wheel-drive full-size sedans, the Dodge has less available legroom in the rear center seating position due to intrusion from the transmission tunnel. In addition, the trunk's 15.4-cubic-foot volume is merely adequate for a large sedan, though 60/40-split-folding rear seatbacks are standard for occasions when you need more room.

Driving Impressions

The 2014 Dodge Charger's standard 3.6-liter V6 is quite pleasant, delivering satisfying power with only faint hints of coarseness. However, we strongly recommend pairing it with the eight-speed automatic, which shifts wonderfully and yields superior fuel economy besides. The base SE's workaday five-speed automatic is frankly outclassed by most rivals.
Unfortunately, both of the Charger's available V8 engines are also stuck with a five-speed automatic, but that's where the negatives stop. The R/T's 5.7-liter V8 delivers plenty of poke for most folk, and although we wouldn't mind more rumble from the exhaust, you'll hear a nice throaty roar if you put the windows down. As for the SRT8, it's a lunatic, delivering its matching 470 horses and torque with unmistakably American gusto.
Unlike classic Dodge Chargers, the latest model brings more to the table than just strong acceleration. Its supple suspension calmly soaks up rough pavement, although, opting for the 20-inch wheels and tires will result in a firmer ride. Meanwhile, the Charger's noise insulation and high-speed stability are beyond reproach. In corners, body motions are admirably well-controlled, though you'll want one of the sportier models for maximum fun. Overall, if you need a large sedan in this price range, you'll be hard-pressed to find one that's as rewarding to drive as the 2014 Dodge Charger.http://www.greenvillechrysler.com/used/2014-Dodge-Charger-2C3CDXCT5EH189624#all_photos

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chrysler 300 is Love at First Sight



Recently, I was washing my aged white big sedan when my teenage grandson walked up and said, "How is that old folks' car doing?"  It was a bit of a jolt to be identified with a type of car, even if I am a senior citizen. Then I said to myself, "self, this piece of iron is a little outdated!"  It has been identified as an old police car, a Mafia vehicle that has enough trunk pace for three adults and a gas guzzler.  So, with the help of my grandson we researched some 2015 cars that are good for the senior citizen crowd. We kicked some tires on mid-sized to larger mini vans.  Nothing stuck out until we arrived at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and took a test drive in a new 2015 Chrysler 300.

Like when I met my wife, it was love at first sight for this geriatric. Gone from this large road cruiser was the image of a stodgy, dated or otherwise uncool vehicle. The Chrysler 300 not only has my big trunk back, but offers push button entry/ignition, very comfortable power heated seats and large, legible gauges. This is so important for seniors like me. I also thought that I would have to give up some horsepower and "zip and zoom" in the acceleration category, but found out that this is not the case with the 300's 3.6-liter V6 with its smooth eight speed automatic transmission.  I thought four speeds was ok with the old white car, but I didn’t know what I was missing when I took the test drive for the first time.

The ride in the 300 is even more comfortable than we imagined and we thought we were spoiled with the ride in the old cruiser. It is so quiet! Of course my grandson jokingly said I couldn't tell anyway with my hearing. Anyway, I love the rear wheel drive system which is a great American tradition. Inside, the Chrysler 300 has an excellent U-connect 8.4 inch touch screen system that is easy to learn. I didn't even ask my grandson for assistance. We added several options such as safety blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. Have the guys and gals at Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM tell you about that feature as it is something to behold.

If you are looking for another full-sized rear-wheel drive American sedan, don't look any further and get on down to Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and take the 300 for a spin or you can call them at 903-454-0283 today!  By the way, look at the 300S as it has a lot of extras even the most discerning car enthusiast will enjoy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Chrysler 300

With large family sedans disappearing from the highway more and more often, the 2015 Chrysler 300 represents one of the few remaining alternatives for families who would rather not have an SUV.  Of the sedans still around, the Chrysler 300 stands apart from the crowd and PC Mag experts stated that “it’s also the best.”

The 2015 model year adds updated front and rear styling, optional driver assist systems, and Chrysler’s award-winning UConnect infotainment system, earning the 2015 Chrysler 300C Platinum worthy of PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice award.
The updated exterior styling embodies world-class levels of craftsmanship and technology.  Sixty years of stunning designs, engineering innovations and countless accolades have made the Chrysler 300 an automotive icon.

Boasting an award-winning 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine that delivers 292 horsepower, 260 lb-ft of torque and Best-in-Class 31 highway mpg, an exceptional combination of performance and efficiency in a full-size sedan.  On the 300S, the performance is enhanced even further to achieve 300 horsepower while still maintaining Best-in-Class highway fuel economy.

Moving inside you’ll be greeted by a welcoming cockpit with a Chrysler Uconnect screen loaded with features and intuitive infotainment systems.  Streaming music apps such as Pandora, Aha, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher all work through a connected smartphone, making your commute more pleasant than ever.

To learn more about the amazing 2015 Chrysler 300 visit Greenville Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM today at 5401 Interstate Highway 30 in Greenville, Texas or go online at http://www.greenvillechrysler.com today!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Ram Unveils New Chromed Out 2015 Ram Laramie at Chicago Auto Show

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Dodge is at once again. Following the debut of their Ram Rebel at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, Dodge has now launched another variant truck– the 2015 Ram Laramie.
Unlike other “heavy duty” Ram trucks, the Laramie is living proof that today’s truck market has moved in a more luxurious direction.
ram3“The Laramie Limited is for truck owners who want to be able to take their wife out to dinner in a luxury vehicle at night but still have a truck that’s tough,” said Bob Hegbloom, president and CEO of the Ram brand for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press.
“These are the people who … own the company, the guy who is in the boardroom all day but he wants to brag to his buddies,” Hegbloom added.
As part of the Laramie’s new design, the interior will feature Argento wood, all-black full-leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, real wood interior components, and badges that proclaim the truck to be a “black-tie” luxury beast.
As far as the exterior goes, the Laramie borrows much of its styling from the previously released Ram Rebel. Only, instead of the Rebel’s black finish, the Laramie leans more in a chrome direction with the bumper, grille, wheels, and side steps all blinged out.
According to Dodge, the Ram 1500 Laramie will ready to go on sale by June 30th and will have the package ready for the Ram 2500 and Ram 3500 by the fall. The exterior will be available in seven color choices, including Brilliant Black, Bright Silver Metallic, Pearl White, Red Pearl, Granite Crystal Metallic, Maximum Steel Metallic and True Blue Pearl.
There’s no word on the price yet, but most are expecting a price tag upwards of $50,000. But that should be no surprise, right? After all, this is a “luxury” truck.