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Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2007 12:00 am | Updated: 7:20 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

For those slippery, wet, slick or icy road conditions, take a look at a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee at Airpark Chrysler Jeep or visit Cardinale Way Mazda of Superstition Springs for the all-wheel drive Mazda CX-7.

The winter driving season in Arizona brings everything from heavy desert rains to ice and snow in the high country. So it’s a great time to look at some new vehicles you may want to buy to enhance safety in bad weather conditions. All wheel drive, AWD, is found on some cars and light duty sport utility vehicles. What all wheel drive basically does for the driver, is that under slippery, wet, slick, or icy road conditions, power is automatically distributed away from wheels that are slipping and towards those with traction. All wheel drive is not meant for serious offroad conditions. Leave that task up to the more powerful 4X4’s on trucks and SUV’s. But for most of us daily commuters, wouldn’t it be great to have power shifted to the wheels that count in a matter of seconds under bad road conditions? This is the job for vehicles like the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee or the 2007 Mazda CX-7.

For 2007 the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers front-rear and left-right power distribution in its Quadra-Trac driveline. This system uses hydraulic pumps and clutches in the center differential and each axle to guarantee progress even if only one wheel has traction. What that means to the everyday commuter is that you’re much less likely to lose control of your vehicle on slippery conditions with the Quadra-Trac.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee also offers many other amenities. Diesel and flexfuel engine options are available. The Grand Cherokee was completely redesigned two years ago so today’s ride offers only minor cosmetic changes to an already highlyrated product. A 3.6 liter V6 engine is standard. The interior has been upgraded in recent models to give the Cherokee a more upscale look and feel. The Grand Cherokee offers more comfort than ever before but still maintains it tough and ready off-road demeanor.

And where can you look for a new ’07 Jeep Grand Cherokee? Take a short drive to Airpark Chrysler Jeep, at 15656 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale. Airpark Chrysler Jeep, at (480) 556-7400, is located near the intersections of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. and the Loop 101. Open every day from 8am to 9pm, and to 6pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s, the new, spacious, and welcoming Airpark Chrysler Jeep is sure to have the right Cherokee at the right price to fit your budget. One of the best features of visiting Airpark Chrysler Jeep is the selection. The rows of Jeeps in every shape, color, and size will seem endless. And with selection comes a crew of qualified, friendly, and informed sales representatives ready to take you on a test ride in your favorite Jeep Grand Cherokee. Come by and visit them before the end of the year to get an especially great deal!

If your tastes ride more with a typical car try test driving the not-so-typical Mazda CX-7 for 2007. The cross-over sport utility vehicle looks like a hybrid station wagon. With three versions of the new vehicle, the Sport, a mid-range Tourer, and the more loaded Grand Tourer, there’s a Mazda to fit just your needs and budget. Available with all-wheel drive, this vehicle is not for off-road gulley’s and ditches, but in everyday traffic you can’t beat the CX-7. On city streets the CX-7 offers clear views with wrap-around visibility, a tight turning radius, and brakes that are built for stop and go traffic.

Where to go to test drive an all-wheel drive CX-7? Try Cardinale Way Mazda of Superstition Springs. Located at 6343 E. Test Drive in Mesa, (that’s near US 60 and Superstition Springs Drive), the new dealership is open and spacious and the sales team prides itself on no-pressure “just-looking” kind of sales. They want to make sure the Mazda you are driving off the new car showroom floor is the one that is just right for you. Come visit Cardinale Way Mazda before the end of the year to take advantage of last-minute great deals. Oh, and be sure to ask the folks at Cardinale Way Mazda about free-oil changes for the life of your vehicle!

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