Archive for October, 2012

Fuel Pump

The Chapman Automotive Group family of dealerships consists of many major brands, offering virtually anything you would like to find in your next car.  For those whose primary concern is fuel economy, Chapman has a number of new vehicles with better than 35 miles per gallon highway efficiency, along with a large and constantly changing inventory of used vehicles throughout Arizona.  Chapman offers top-of-the-line service among Arizona car dealerships.

The following is a list of some of Chapman’s new vehicles boasting 35+ MPG highway fuel efficiency (listed in parentheses).  Be sure to check with your local Chapman Arizona dealer for up-to-the-minute updates on new and used inventory.

Sedans (with highway mpg):

2013 Acura ILX (35)

2013 Acura ILX Hybrid (38)

2013 Audi A3 Premium TDI (42)

2012 Chevrolet Cruze (36)

2012 Chevrolet Cruze ECO (42)

2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO (37)

2013 Chevrolet Volt (40)

2013 Dodge Dart (36)

2013 Ford Focus (38)

2013 Ford Fusion SE (37)

2013 Honda Accord Sedan (28)

2012 Honda Civic CNG (38)

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid (44)

2013 Hyundai Accent (40)

2013 Hyundai Elantra (40)

2013 Hyundai Sonata (35)

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (40)

2013 Mazda 3 Sedan (40)

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI (42)

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI (43)

Coupes:

2013 Honda Accord Coupe (36)

2012 Honda Civic Coupe (39)

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe (39)

Hatchbacks:

2013 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ (37)

2013 Chevrolet Spark (37)

2013 Ford Fiesta (38)

2012 Honda CR-Z (39)

2013 Honda Fit (35)

2013 Hyundai Veloster (40)

2013 Mazda 2 (35)

2013 Mazda 3 Hatchback (38)

2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI (42)

2013 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Sportwagen (39)

SUV/Crossovers:

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid (47)

2013 Mazda CX-5 (35)

No matter which type of vehicle your family needs, Chapman Auto Group has the right fuel-efficient choice for you.  The next time you consider looking for cars for sale in Arizona, go to your nearest Chapman dealer (or browse the online inventory).  The right vehicle could make your weekly cringe at the pump a thing of the past!

Cars.com recently released the Top 10 best-selling new cars for August 2012; the rankings are based on new-vehicle sales. Four of the top five spots were brands carried by Chapman Arizona car dealerships. The coveted top spot goes to Ford F-series, in second was the Chevrolet Silverado, fourth went to the Honda Accord, and fifth was the Ford Escape.

2013 Ford F-Series:

If you’re buying a full-size pickup, the F-150 puts up some impressive numbers, and is a Phoenix new car favorite. The F-Series can tow a trailer up to 11,300 lbs, haul up to 3,120 lbs, and has the most cargo box volume in its class. The Ford is engineered and tested to withstand even the harshest day in and day out use. The available tailgate step and box side steps, both class-exclusive features, provide easier access to all that payload capability.

The F-Series also comes with Roll Stability Control and Standard Trailer Sway Control. Both help ensure the truck is stable by automatically using selective wheel braking and modified engine power to keep the truck in control. The F-150 also offers an available fully integrated trailer brake Controller (TBC), which is a first-in-class feature. It synchronizes vehicle and trailer brakes for seamless braking (even with the heaviest loads) to provide added driving control and confidence.

2012 Chevrolet Silverado:

The new Chevrolet Silverado 2500 LTZ recently took top honors in a test against the 2012 Ford F-250 Super Duty King Ranch 4×4 Crew Cab and the 2012 Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn 4×4 Mega Cab.

The Silverado weighed in at 7610 pounds, by far the lightest of the three trucks. This allowed the Chevy to be quick, easy to maneuver, and perfect driving responses. The Chevrolet comes with a Duramax V8 engine and the Allison six-speed automatic transmission, the two work harmoniously to give the truck excellent power and perfect transitions between gears.

The Silverado also blew away the other two trucks in the acceleration tests, hitting 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, and getting to 89 mph in a 15.7 quarter mile, car-like results. Even with a 12,000 pound trailer attached the Chevrolet got to 60 mph in 15 seconds flat.

This truck has pure strength and power, and even more so, great drivability. The Silverado was the cheapest truck of the bunch in price and still out shined both the Ram and Ford.

2013 Honda Accord:

The latest generation of Accord has arrived, and it’s smaller, lighter, and sleeker. There’s not a single ounce of carryover sheetmetal. The front fascia has been redesigned with LED accent lights, the hood sports new sculpting, the beltline is lower, and the character creases running down the sides are more strongly defined. The classic Accord keeps its easily recognizable style but adds some upgrades both inside and out.

Although the new Accord is slightly smaller in dimension, the interior gained space. Honda was able to create a roomy interior without adding excess weight and keeping the exterior slim. It still has reminiscent design influences from past Hondas and keeps its excellent forward sightlines. Which is a safety plus and has always been a top priority for Honda. From basic LX to top-of-the-line EX-L trim levels, the new Accord interiors are markedly improved, with better materials, extensive soft-touch surfaces, a unique one-piece (i.e., rattle-free) dashboard, supportive seats, enhanced telematics, and a long list of new features that includes active noise cancellation.

2013 Ford Escape:

Since the introduction of the Ford Escape in 2001 it has been relatively the same design and it has continued to surpass expectations last year alone, the Ford Escape outsold the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV4. But apparently Ford thought the design was getting old because when the new 2013 Ford Escape was unveiled it was completely redesigned.

There are three different four-cylinder engines available all coming standard with a six-speed automatic. The first option is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 168 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque. This choice is the only engine with a front-wheel drive option. The second option is a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder with a 178 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. This selection delivers about 23 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. The final and most powerful choice is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, which is more torque and the same power is last year’s V6 engine option.

Years ago Arizona used cars were looked to as piles of junk, but today with the introduction of Certified Pre-Owned programs, that has changed. To be certified as a CPO, the car must meet age and mileage requirements established by the manufacturer. Then, they undergo comprehensive inspections by the dealership. Certified Pre-Owned cars often come with a warranty and financing options that are very similar to brand new cars. Choosing CPO means you have the ability to get a more expensive car for a lot less money.

In recent years CPO programs have become much more popular. Certified used cars account for 41 percent of all used-car dealership sales according a 2005 study by J.D Power and Associates. According to Cars.com, national sales of certified pre-owned domestic vehicles collectively totaled 234,000 in 1997 and are expected to reach 610,000 in 2005. The jump is similar for Asian-based makes (149,000 to 625,500) and European makers (70,000 to 165,000) in the same time period. And Automotive News reports sales of 399,929 certified units in the first three months of 2005, a 4 percent increase over the first three months of 2004.

These rising numbers could be due to the fact that manufacturers are now offering reduced-rate financing incentives for CPO’s that rival new-car incentives.

For example BMW’s Certified Pre-Owned program is backed by a 6-year/100,000 mile protection plan and has been thoroughly inspected by a BMW-trained technician. BMW states that in order for their cars to be considered a CPO it must go through a comprehensive certification process and it must be a late-year model with no more than 60,000 miles. Every BMW Certified Pre-Owned car comes with BMW Roadside Assistance that covers you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Audi’s Certified Pre-Owned program also offers great incentives. All Audi CPO’s go through a 300+ Point Inspection process, that Audi considers tougher than any other brands. They also offer 24/7 Roadside Assistance for the duration of the warranty, the balance of the original 12-year Corrosion Perforation Limited Warranty, regardless of mileage, the balance of no-charge scheduled maintenance, and 24-hour customer service support. Finally Audi offers special financing terms, which they say “is a program that leaves you wanting nothing more. And Audi wouldn’t consider offering anything less.”

With such wide selections of CPO’s and great financing offers, Certified Pre-Owned cars may be the way to go for new buyers. Phoenix used cars now offer the peace of mind a new car does, without the price tag.