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Ultimate Package Delivers Luxury Finishings

With actual wood components, black leather seating and a unique attention to badging and detail, the new 2015 Ram Truck Laramie Limited package is Dodge’s answer to consumer demands for the finer things in life. The new package is meant to one-up the King’s Ranch edition of the Ford F-150 and GM’s High Country package. Defined by the company as a luxury car inside a pickup, the Laramie Limited sets itself apart from other Ram Trucks with a stylish new chrome grill, side steps and chrome accents on the outside. Compare the Laramie to other Ram Trucks at Chapman Dodge.

Attention to Detail Creates Luxurious Interior

From the fine stitching on the seats to the double-stacked center console, the new Laramie Limited creates an aura of luxury to go along with an incredible driving experience enhanced by four-wheel air suspension. Leather accents are everywhere, including on the steering wheel and shifter. Jeweled, chrome rings, reminiscent of the face of a high-end timepiece, envelop the graphite gauges. With an 8.4-inch UConnect touch screen, the driver easily controls the entertainment and navigation options. Removable berber carpet provides a touch of comfort that is easily taken out for those fun mud runs. Remote LED lighting creates a touch of ambiance around the side pockets and the footwells.

Standard Features Abound on New Laramie Limited

Along with the afore-mentioned luxury touches, the Laramie Limited comes standard with remote start, a backup camera, ventilated power seats and a heated steering wheel. Power adjustable pedals conform to the driver and revert back to the stored setting with just a touch of a button. A 10-speaker system with a 552-watt amplifier envelops the passengers with concert-quality sound. A 115-volt power outlet provides the juice you need to get the job done, while plenty of pockets and 12-volt plug-ins keep your electronics safe and fully charged.

Choose the HEMI or Fuel-efficient Diesel

The 1500 model is available with either the 5.7-liter HEMI or 3.0-liter EcoDiesel that is rated for up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 1500 version comes with 20-inch wheels, while the 2500 and 3500 trucks have 17-inch heavy-duty wheels to help handle the additional payload. Remember that the Laramie Limited is just one of nine trim packages available for Ram Trucks. To get a closer look and compare one version to another, visit Chapman Dodge.


Ram 1500 Combines Luxury and Utility to Earn Top Spot

“U.S. News and World Report” selected the 2015 Ram 1500 as the full-size truck with the Best Resale Value. Combining a variety of creature comforts with a soft ride and three different power plants helped reviewers establish the truck’s lasting value. As the only ½-ton pickup truck to offer a diesel option, the Ram sets the standard for fuel economy in its class. The diesel delivers 28 miles per gallon on the highway, formerly unheard of in a full-size pickup. The standard V-6 engine also does quite well at the fuel pump, garnering 17 miles per gallon in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With 10 different trim packages, the 2015 Ram Trucks offer something for everyone, as you can see for yourself at Chapman Dodge.

Roomy Cabin Provides Seating for Six

If you choose either a quad or crew cab with two bench seats, there is plenty of room for six adults to fully stretch their legs in comfort. Reviewers noted that the seats provide plenty of support and offer a comfortable ride on long journeys. Upgraded materials create an expensive feel to the cabin in even the base Tradesman work truck. Step up to the top-of-the-line Laramie limited, and you’ll be excused for thinking you’ve awakened in a luxury liner. Power heated mirrors, a 115-volt power outlet, 10-way power driver seat and integrated voice command to control your audio system are just a sampling of the luxury touches in this premium version of all the Ram Trucks.

HEMI Still an Option for Power Seekers

For those who require power over mileage, Ram Trucks continue to offer the popular HEMI 5.7-liter V8. HEMI refers to the hemispherical shape of the roof of each cylinder, but what drivers really want to know is what happens when you step on the gas. The 2015 Ram version of the HEMI responds by unleashing 395 horsepower and 410 foot pounds of torque that is perfect for towing large trailers or just making your point from a standing stop. When teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the HEMI will easily tow more than 10,000 pounds and haul almost a ton of payload. New technology that shuts down four cylinders when you’re in cruise mode allows the HEMI to still deliver a decent 22 mpg on the highway. Visit Chapman Dodge to drive and compare the different Ram Truck engine configurations and decide which one is right for you.


New Subcompact SUV Designed for Millennials

Pay close attention to social media and television in the next few weeks and you’ll see a marketing blitz for the new Jeep Renegade. Expected to reach dealerships in March, the Renegade is Jeep’s new entry into the subcompact SUV market, designed for young people who like the sportiness and functionality of a small cargo carrier. The marketing campaign will ask consumers to share any photos that share the “Renegade Spirit,” using #RenegadeLifeContest as a hashtag. Three winners will be chosen to go to Los Angeles and attend the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Keep a close eye on the showroom at Chapman Dodge to see the all-new Renegade for yourself.

Fun, Funky Look Breaks from Jeep Tradition

Although it bears the Jeep nameplate, shares the Wrangler’s iconic circular headlights and grille and will have off-road capability, there’s little else to identify the new Renegade as part of the Jeep brand. With rounded corners and a stout profile, the Renegade fits right into a category that already features the unique-looking Nissan Juke and Kia Soul. Built on the same platform as the larger Cherokee, the Jeep Renegade provides a stable driving experience whether going down the road or maneuvering around boulders in a mountain stream. Highly responsive steering and quality brakes help you avoid life’s little obstacles that jump in your way.

Serious Off-roaders Opt for Trailhawk

The Trailhawk is the trim package for Renegade buyers who would rather be sideways on a mountain trail than stuck in city traffic. Along with a four-wheel drive system that includes a crawl ratio option for navigating those really tough situations, the Trailhawk comes with a steel skid plate to protect the gas tank and larger wheels to provide more clearance. Standard tow hooks provide an easy way to connect chains or rope to help you out of impossible situations. The front fascia on the Trailhawk has a sharper angle to keep it from hitting rocks and logs.

Features Include Two Power Plants, Optional “My Sky” Roof

Whether you want a manual transmission or automatic determines what engine you get in the Jeep Renegade. Fiat’s sporty 1.4-liter, 160 horsepower engine comes with a stick shift. The automatic is paired with a larger 2.4-liter motor that generates an additional 30 horsepower. “My Sky” is Jeep’s answer to letting the outdoors come in to your driving experience. It consists of two removable panels that provide some fresh air and sunshine to the front and rear passengers. Jeep’s UConnect entertainment and navigation system is an option in the Renegade, bringing a touch of sophistication to Jeep’s sassy answer to a new consumer market. The Renegade will be available for a test drive soon at Chapman Dodge.


Ultimate Off-Road Vehicle Continues to Hold Value Well

The 2015 Jeep Wrangler continues to evolve with new technology and advanced features, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is how well this versatile off-road vehicle holds its value. Kelley Blue Book, a trusted source of consumer automotive advice, recently named the Wrangler as the best in its class in terms of resale value. According to, the average Wrangler retains almost 60 percent of its retail value after 5 years of ownership. This legendary rock crawler is popular both for its ability to tame the harshest terrain as well as haul families and groceries through congested urban traffic. Check out the Jeep Wrangler at Chapman Dodge.

The appeal of the Wrangler lies in a history of performance and one-of-a-kind, no-nonsense design that does exactly what it’s supposed to do; get over obstacles that lie in your way. The solid axles and stout construction are as at home on the freeway wedged between two tractor-trailers as it is traversing an old forest road. The 285-horsepower, 6-cylinder engine provides plenty of power whether you pair it with the standard manual shifter or 5-speed automatic. This iconic vehicle stays true to its military roots in terms of design and function, but features like a concert-quality sound system, air conditioning and cruise control provide plenty of comfort for the 21st century driver.

Charger Makes List of Best Resale Full-Size Car

The appeal of the four-door Dodge Charger lies not just in its muscle-car heritage, but in the amount of fun a driver can have in a vehicle that still serves a family function. Baby Boomers who have fond remembrances of a car that took the road and track by storm in the 1960s and 1970s continue to keep the Charger’s resale value above similar sized vehicles. KBB estimates the Charger will maintain a little more than 50 percent of its original purchase price after 3 years and about 40 percent after 5 years. A new Dodge Charger starts below $30,000, with the super-powered Hellcat model going for more than $64,000.

With engines ranging from 292 up to 707 horsepower, you might think the Charger is all about speed, but that would be ignoring creature comforts like an entertainment and navigation system with a large 8.4-inch screen. Comfortable seats hug the driver and passenger when flying around mountain corners. If you like a family car that leaves the other parents in the dust, you’ll love the 2015 Dodge Charger. Check out the new Charger at Chapman Dodge.