Chrysler 200 Options Make Competition Take Notice

chrysler 200 steeringChrysler’s flagship vehicle is entering back into the mid-size sedan market and making quite the impression.  Even the luxury car manufacturers are keeping an eye on the affordable 200 as real competition.

The idea behind the new Chrysler 200 is to take a solid car built on the foundation of good car-making and add in features that put it above other cars in the same category.

The base model is the LX and starts under $23,000.  The standard model comes with a 2.4-L, 4 cylinder engine and a nine-speed automatic transmission, which the driver controls with a rotary knob instead of the usual gear shift stick.  It comes with what you would expect in a standard model sedan, plus a UConnect touch screen system.

If you take the features of a 2015 Chrysler 200 LX and add even more amazing features you get the 200 Limited, which is one of our favorite models here at Mancari’s.  With the Limited model you get alloy wheels, chrome trim, a larger UConnect screen and Bluetooth connectivity.

The sportiest of the 200 models is the 200 S.  It comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, but you can easily upgrade to the V6.  The 200 S has gloss black accents on its exterior with dual exhaust tips and features that make it feel like a sportier ride, such as a sport suspension and a torque vectoring system. The interior has sport seats in partial leather to complete the overall package.

Jumping to the top of the line of 200’s is the C model.  This model gets more chrome accents and leather seats and dual-zone climate control and an extra large touch screen.  It also comes with a back-up camera and special LED lighting in the interior…and this is just some of the upgrades.  The prices of these vehicles are amazing and your money really goes a long way.  To get all the additional options added to your 200 C and make it fully loaded, the cost is a low $38,455.  This is a price that is heavy competition to other car brands offering similar vehicles.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 is expected to be on sale by July and is on display at the New York International Auto Show this month. Visit Mancari’s of Oak Lawn and take a new sedan for a test drive.

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Jeep Cherokee Continues to be a Game Changer

jeep cherokeeWhat’s new with the Jeep Cherokee? Perhaps nothing groundbreaking or earth shattering, but a few improvements to fuel efficiency and handling here and there go a long way on the road!

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee comes with a V-6 option that makes this version more suitable to off-road pursuits. The four cylinder version pales in comparison. There have been a few redesigns to the body of this Cherokee as well. Jeep models have been losing the boxy edge for a while now and that trend is continued here.

It’s sleeker and delivers less wind resistance which is always a good thing for fuel efficiency as well as getting it up to top speeds quickly. Jeep purists will certainly make the argument that any rounding out of the Jeep’s edges or aesthetic changes to the design of their much loved brand is sacrilege, but things do change. Sometimes for the better.

What is better is the 2.4 liter, 16 valve engine that was designed to deliver 184 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque with the V-6 improving that to 271 and horsepower and 239 lb-ft. For passenger room and storage capacity, this Cherokee allows for five people to ride comfortably with the capacity to stow up to 24.8 cubic feet of gear or groceries or all of the above. Lower the rear seats and that storage capacity is increased up to 54.9 cubic feet. More cargo storage; less passenger space. That’s how that works.

What’s totally new for this Cherokee is the 2.4-liter Tigershark Multiair2 four-cylinder base which give the vehicle a car-like feel in terms of handling and drivability. It’s more balanced than your basic sports utility monster an it feels lighter as well. That’s probably because it is. At 3,600 pounds, it is slimmed down, but still remains heavier than some of its competitors like the Ford Escape or the Toyota RAV4.

The four wheel disc brake and anti lock brakes of the Jeep Cherokee provides for some important safety features and these models also include a ParkView rear backup camera so you won’t be running over your neighbors garbage cans again.

To get a good look at Jeep Cherokee, up close and personal, visit Mancari’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge at 4630 West 95th Street in Oak Lawn.

New Chrysler 200 Brings Loads of Luxury

chrysler 200With the sales numbers for the Dodge Avenger dwindling, Chrysler is counting on the new 2015 200 series to not only beat the outgoing model’s numbers, but the Avenger as well.

The mid-size sedan market is full of fierce competition, so Chrysler took its popular flagship and added some luxury while still being affordable, especially when shopping with us at Mancari’s in Oak Lawn. The Fiat-based structure of the standard model 200 is powered by a 2.4-L. 4 cylinder engine and a four-speed automatic transmission.  Drivers can also choose to upgrade to the popular Pentastar V6 with automatic transmission. Either option gets exceptional gas mileage.

The exterior of the Chrysler 200 has been made to meet demands of the luxury car driver.  Chrome accents are tastefully used with sporty lines from the LED lined head lamps to the tail lights.  The glass black grill makes a bold first impression to onlookers. The design is also functional, minimizing wind resistance and maximizing fuel economy.

The inside of the Chrysler 200 is where most of the style comes through.  The interior is made of the highest quality materials.  You can choose from either cloth or leather, but both are finely stitched and butter soft.  The driver’s seat adjusts eight different ways for optimal comfort and there are options for heated seats for the driver and passenger.

There are options to take the luxury feeling even further like a wood-grain instrument bevel.  Cabin space is optimized with a rotary dial shifter, something that has been seen in a variety of Chrysler brand vehicles lately. The comfort of the 200 has been improved over the last model, riding easier on the road and with handling that feels more like a sports car.

The inside of the vehicle is set by auto climate control, making it effortless to have the perfect driving temperature.  The Chrysler 200 also has enough available technology to rival any high-end luxury car. The award-winning UConnect is optional in several models and can be upgraded with touchscreen controls.

The new design of the 200 gives superior noise cancellation for operating Blue Tooth features and enjoying the remarkable sound system.All this fits into a nicely affordable package.  We will have new 200s in various trims available soon for you to test drive.  Contact us at Mancari’s in Oak Lawn and see how it feels to drive luxury.

Jeep Jamboree: The Ultimate Jeep Experience!

jeep jamboreeNot too far from Mancari’s in Oak Lawn are opportunities for the ultimate Jeep experience.  The season for Jeep Jamboree is coming up and now is the time to sign up and reserve your spot for this popular event. Whether you are already a seasoned off-road Jeep owner, or you are looking to test your vehicle’s limits off the pavement, a Jeep Jamboree is sure to be a lot of fun.

jeepThe Jeep Jamboree is a two-day event that occurs in select areas around the country.  As long as you have a Jeep vehicle with a 4-LO transfer case you can participate.  It is an event that caters to all levels of experience and has something for novices and experts.  The fee for the event includes experienced guides to lead the way through trails and obstacles and shows you exactly what your Jeep can do…all while being surrounded by the beauty of nature that most people don’t get to see.  Some of the event locations also include meals in their fees as well as drawings for some fantastic prizes.

The fees for each event vary, but kids under five are free for all locations.  Some events also have registration available online only, and most require you to prepay. The Jeep Jamboree also gives our active duty military members a fifteen percent discount.

People who want to participate need to pay special attention to the equipment requirements for the events.  Front and rear tow points, four-wheel drive, and new to this year is a mandatory CB radio.  These additions are required for safety reasons and also to get your full experience out of your trip.

There are several events within a day’s drive of Chicago.  The closest one is in Attica, Indiana from June 5th to June 7th.  There are also events in French Lick, Indiana, several in Kentucky and more up in Wisconsin and Michigan.  To find the right one for you, visit the Jeep Jamboree webpage. Make sure your Jeep is ready to take on the trail and schedule an appointment with our service department here at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, and get ready to have some fun!

Leasing vs. Buying: Which is Best for You?

leasing vs buyingWhen you make the big decision to get a new car, you are then faced with the choice of whether to lease or to buy that vehicle.  The option you choose is not only based on your financial circumstances, but also on your lifestyle preferences.  Both options come with great advantages and some downsides.

LEASING:

If you want a new car but the monthly payments are a bit out of your range, then leasing might be the perfect option for you.  When you lease, you get a brand new vehicle every couple of years. This means every time you lease, you get vehicles with the latest in technology and safety features. Most of the time, you get to drive this new car for lower monthly payments than you would if you were paying on a loan. Check out these lease specials here at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn.  When you are at the end of the lease contract period, returning the vehicle and leasing a new one is much less of a hassle than selling or trading in a car you own.

There are several downsides to leasing that must be considered. The biggest concern is that the long-term costs of leasing add up without building any equity.  You do not own the vehicle you are leasing, you are just renting it.  If you choose not to purchase a vehicle at the end of the lease period, then you will continue to make payments but never actually own a vehicle.  There also can be additional fees for any damages, alterations or driving over the mileage limit.

BUYING:

When you make a loan payment, rather than a lease payment, you are building equity with the vehicle.  If you pay the loan off in a timely period, then you save even more money by cutting down the interest on the loan.  You are also free to sell or trade in the vehicle at any time as well as make any customization or alteration you want.

Typically, you can have a lower credit score and still be eligible for some sort of loan but may not be approved for a lease. There are no mileage restrictions, which can be a big expense when turning in your leased vehicle.

If you purchase a new car, the down payment needed is typically higher as well as the monthly payment.  Both leasing and buying come with fees and taxes and contracts must be read carefully.  It is more work to get a good value on resale or trading in if you decide to get a new car down the road.  Also, leasing contracts usually end before the manufacturer’s warranty expires, but if you own a vehicle you are responsible for repairs after the warranty expires.

So if you are a driver who craves a new car every few years and prefer a lower monthly expense, then leasing may be the right choice for you.  If you want an economical long-term investment and want to avoid possible penalty fees every few years, then you should look into buying a vehicle. Sit down with us at Mancari and we will help you decide which option is best for you and show you a great selection of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles to choose from.

New Ram 1500 EcoDiesel in High Demand

ram 1500 ecodieselHere at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn, we are anxiously waiting for a new shipment to soon arrive of the 2014 Ram 1500 with the EcoDiesel engine.  The award-winning 3.0-L V6 engine was introduced into the popular Ram 1500 this past year and the demand for a powerful, energy efficient truck has been more than originally anticipated.  The first wave of 8,000 trucks allocated to dealers was sold in about three days.  That means over 50 percent of Ram 1500 trucks were sold with EcoDiesel engines.

Ram has transformed its 1500 into a hard-working machine that exceeds expectations under the hood and at the pump.  The EcoDiesel engine puts off 240 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque while getting best-in-class fuel economy at a max of 28 mpg.  It can tow almost 10,500 pounds or carry almost 2000 pounds.

Some of the engine features that help boost the EcoDiesel’s efficiency are the Variable Valve Timing technology and a class-exclusive TorqueFlite 8 transmission.  Ram’s EcoDiesel engine is compliant with emission regulations in all fifty states in the U.S.

The Ram 1500 has won multiple prestigious awards already, including Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” for the second year in a row.  The 1500 has also won the award for the “Truck of Texas” and Autobytel’s “Truck of the Year”.

With a 2014 Ram 1500, there are plenty of other features beyond the power and fuel savings. The interior is made with superior materials that give the feel of luxury, but the durability needed in a work truck.  Like other Chrysler vehicles, the Ram has a center display consol screen with the UConnect Access System and a bold instrument cluster.  A rotary shifter controls the gears right at your fingertips, which also makes more cabin room for the passengers.

The 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck is backed by an unsurpassed five-year /100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, as well as a 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper coverage. Production is ramping up to meet demand, so contact us today at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn to get your Ram 1500 EcoDiesel reserved right away!

2015 Jeep Renegade Finally Revealed

2015 jeep renegadeThe highly anticipated new Jeep Renegade has been officially unveiled to the public.  The information about the Renegade has come earlier than expected.  Many rumors and speculations have been circulating on what exactly the Fiat-based Jeep model would offer and when it would be available in the U.S.

The front end of the Renegade has the grill that marks it as part of the Jeep family and its ability to take on almost any terrain will impress even the most critical of skeptics.

Details of the engine that will come with the Renegade have not yet been revealed, but with capabilities that rival the all-terrain Jeep Cherokee TrailHawk, you can expect some serious power.  The design was intended to appeal to people who prefer a smaller, more economic off-road capable vehicle.

The Renegade is like the Jeep Cherokee, it will be able to seat five comfortably and the interior is configured for maximum storage space.  Passengers will be able to enjoy a unique feature called My Sky, which is a dual-panel retractable and removable roof.  When retracted, the front passengers enjoy the open air like a sun roof.  Remove the panels and the rear passengers can also enjoy the sky.  It also maximizes vertical storage space in the rear.

There will be a Trailhawk edition of the smaller Renegade which will have Trail Rated capability.  It will also come with 17 inch aluminum wheels and tires designed to grip and maneuver difficult surfaces.  The tail lights are designed to resemble vintage military gas cans and will be only seen in this particular Jeep model.  There will also be plenty of available options to add on to your trail-tackling compact SUV.

The Jeep Renegade was designed in the U.S., but is being assembled in Italy.  The European market will be the first to get a chance to drive a new Renegade, but we are expected to start seeing them here by the end of the year.

To get the latest updates on the 2015 Renegade and when it will be appearing in our showroom, keep checking our blog and news updates or contact us at Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We have a great selection of vehicles from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM. Visit us today and check out all the great new and used vehicles we have currently available!

Ram 1500 Named Consumer Reports Top Pick

ram 1500Consumer Reports magazine has been a leader in informative product testing since 1936 and has more than 8 million subscribers. It is a non-profit organization with plenty of experts that bring attention to the best and worst of major items available on the market.

More than 260 vehicles were put to the test this year at Consumer Reports magazine.  The editors had to narrow it down to the top ten vehicles for the 2014 list.  The top picks had to meet a certain criteria in three categories: performance, reliability and safety.  For the first time in 16 years, a Chrysler vehicle has made the top-ten list.  Mancari’s of Oak Lawn is proud to announce that the Ram 1500 is the editors’ pick for pickup truck in 2014.

The overall package was appealing to testers, but what really got the Ram high scores weas the luxurious interior and the comfortable ride.  Ram has used high quality materials to build the cab of the pickup truck, giving riders the feel of luxury but having the durability expected from a hard-working truck.  It also comes with the plenty of technology and entertainment.  The award-winning UConnect system with touchscreen display and customizable control panel are just some of the features inside the Ram 1500.  There is also a cluster of controls on the steering wheel to make many features within a finger’s reach.

An impressive new feature to improving ride quality is the available air suspension.  It provides ride stabilization and leveling as well as four ride-height options.  The difference is especially noticeable when towing.  The convenient rotary shift knob allows for smoother gear transitions.

The new engine allows for better fuel efficiency but still keeps up plenty of power for a pickup.  The new Ram 1500 is equipped with a 3.0-L Pentastar V6 rather than the 4.7-L V8 of last year’s model.  This means that the 1500 gets up to 25 mpg and 305 hp with 7,450 pounds max towing and 269 lb/ft of torque.

The Ram 1500 has won multiple awards since its debut last year, besides being a Consumer Reports Top Ten Pick.  These awards include Motor Trends Truck of the Year, the Truck of Texas, and the Autobytel Truck of the Year…all for the second year in a row! Stop over to Mancari’s of Oak Lawn for a top notch selection of Ram trucks.

Jeep Cherokee vs. Ford Escape

ford escape vs jeep cherokeeThe 2014 Jeep Cherokee has undergone some major changes since being released under Fiat’s leadership.  There is heavy competition in the SUV circuit and Fiat-Chrysler has produced a machine designed to meet the expectations of the SUV drivers of today.

When compared to the popular Ford Escape, the 2014 Jeep Cherokee is similar in some ways, but stands out in many others.

The Cherokee was redesigned with improved comfort being a high priority. The interior was shifted to allow for more passenger and storage room.  It has almost four feet of added leg room compared to the Ford Escape and almost four pounds more total passenger volume.  There is a large difference in the cargo room, with the Jeep Cherokee coming out on top at 49.5 ft over the Ford Escape’s 34.3 ft.

The Jeep Cherokee and Ford Escape came out the same in mpg calculations, but the Jeep Cherokee had it beat in power.  Its 3.0 L EcoDiesel V6 is new for this year’s model and while it’s matched in torque by the Escape, it has the higher horsepower…even more so with the optional 5.7L V8.  The Cherokee also has a 9-speed transmission, which is something no other vehicle has in this segment.

The safety features are also superior in the Jeep Cherokee.  For example, it has more airbags than most of the other competitors, including the Escape.  It is also the number two vehicle for top safety rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee can tow more than most of its competitors.  It has a max tow capacity of 4,500 pounds, which is a half-ton more than the 2014 Ford Escape.

Despite all the improvements to the inside, outside and under the hood, the Jeep Cherokee excels in the department it was made for…off-road capabilities.  It has more ground clearance than the Escape and has a unique Selec-Terrain control system.  Reviewers of the Jeep Cherokee say that the off-road aptitude is miles above all its competitors and is no comparison to the Ford Escape.

To learn more about the New Jeep Cherokee, stop over to Mancari’s of Oak Lawn. We have an impressie selection of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM vehicles.

Touching Story of a 1970′s Dodge Challenger

1970s dodge challenger

1970 Dodge Challenger (image courtesy of moparmusclemagazine.com)

Recently, an owner of a 1970’s Dodge Challenger was interviewed about the restoration of her car.  Linda Clemens bought her Challenger brand new and with custom features almost 45 years ago.

Her B5 Blue 833 four-speed vinyl top baby was ordered with the A66 340 package that got 275 horse power and came with heavy duty suspension and brakes.  Her first child, Jim Clemens, was brought home in that car and it was driven for several years before being put to the side and eventually into storage.

Many years later, Linda was ready to bring her Dodge Challenger back to its former glory.  The project was turned to her son Jim, whose first car ride was in that very same vehicle.

Jim Clemens is a car restoration specialist in Telford Pennsylvania.  It took him four years in his spare time to restore his mom’s power house to showroom quality and he says it’s his shop’s signature piece.  The 340 engine was rebuilt and a Comp Cams hydraulic camshaft was added as well as an electronic ignition system and some chrome effects that were not original to the 1970’s Challenger.

The engine and the transmission were rebuilt by Dana Pennepacker.  The stock front drums were replaced with discs and the whole body underwent restoration.  The interior was redone by Legendary Auto Interiors.

This all-American classic muscle car gave way to this generation’s power house, the 2015 Dodge Challenger.  The body style is reminiscent of Linda’s Challenger, but the power under the hood has doubled.  The car will have a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi appropriately named the “Hellcat”.

This will make the Challenger one of the most powerful cars in the world.  It will be an eight-speed automatic that will see upwards of 580-660 hp and up to 640 lb/ft or torque.  You will go from 0-60 mph in no time…a mere 4.6 seconds.  This is a car that was not made for efficiency, but for pure power.

While the 1970’s Challenger came equipped with a R11 AM radio, the 2015 Challenger will come with the latest of Chrysler’s technology and high quality materials.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger will be introduced this spring and production will start in the summer. To see pictures of Linda’s 1970 Challenger and the process of restoring it from start to finish, visit Jim Clemens’ page.

To view Mancari’s of Oak Lawn’s full inventory of Dodge Challenger vehicle, click here. We offer a variety of quality vehicles including Jeep, Chrysler, and RAM. Stop over today and take a Challenger for a test drive!