The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Beats the Ford Raptor

When it comes to off-road specialty pickups, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 is arguably the better vehicle. Here’s why you should consider getting behind the wheel of the Colorado ZR2, driving it off the lot of Classic Chevrolet, and hitting up your favorite off road spots.

The ZR2 is Smaller

Bigger isn’t always better. When it comes to off-roading capabilities, this is doubly true. The Colorado ZR2 is a smaller, lighter, and more nimble truck compared to the Raptor, which means that you can go places in your Colorado ZR2 that wouldn’t be accessible if you were driving around a bulkier truck. Not to mention that the Colorado ZR2 is also nicer to drive in an urban setting when you’re not out on the trails, being easier to park and maneuver.

The ZR2 is More Flexible

Not only does the ZR2 have a diesel option that the Raptor lacks, but it’s more fuel efficient than the Raptor regardless of engine type. Additionally, you can put whatever you wish into your Colorado ZR2 whereas the Raptor requires pricey premium gasoline. So not only can you fill your Colorado ZR2 up for cheaper, but that tank of gas will last you longer.

The diesel option really takes the Colorado ZR2 to another level, however. It’s cheap compared to gas, gets better fuel efficiency, and makes your Colorado ZR2 climb and scramble in off-road settings like nothing else.

The ZR2 is Less Expensive

Chevy offers the ZR2 in two configurations: Extended Cab with a 6-foot bed; and the Crew Cab with four full-size doors and a 5-foot bed. For the Extended Cab, prices start at $40,995, including $995 for destination. The Crew Cab starts at $42,620.

Compare that to the Raptor, which starts out, base, at $52,375 plus an additional $1,295 for destination. That’s more than $11,000 than the base ZR2. Full load the Raptor and you’re looking at a truck that’s going to run you over 70 grand.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 and learn more about its off-roading capabilities. If you’re in need of some auto maintenance this fall, schedule time with a technician at the service department of Classic Chevrolet.

Checking Your Tire Pressure

If you drive a car, at some point, someone has told you to check your tire pressure. Maybe it was your dad, or your Classic Chevrolet mechanic, or your car itself, but it seems like someone is always singing the praises of the tire pressure check. There’s good reason for people to encourage you to keep an eye on your tires–they are instrumental to your safety and fuel efficiency.

Under-inflated tires can change the way your car handles. Particularly with an under inflated front tire, your car may pull to one side or the other, forcing you to overcompensate in your steering and increasing the chance f an accident. Under inflated tires are also more likely to have a blowout. A blowout at low speeds is a costly annoyance. At high speeds, a blown tire could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, endangering yourself and everyone else on the road at the time.

In addition to putting you in danger, an under inflated tire can cost you money. According to fueleconomy.gov , your fuel economy suffers to the tune of .3 percent for every PSI that a tire is under-inflated.This means that if each tire is down three PSI, you could be wasting over three percent of your gas.

Checking your tire pressure is not really that difficult. If you have a newer car, it may actually monitor your tire pressure and display it on your dashboard! Failing that, you can buy a tire gauge at any store that sells auto parts and accessories. The easiest to use is the digital one, but even the manual one is not too complicated. You just basically unscrew the cap from the valve stem on your tire (don’t lose it!) and put the circular end of the gauge on it. You will hear what sounds like a lot of air escaping but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Just push the gauge onto the valve stem as tightly as you can and you should hear the “hissing” stop and you should be able to read your tire pressure on the gauge.

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Of course, if you don’t want to check the pressure on your tires yourself, you can get them checked when you come in for an oil change. And of course, if you bought your car from Classic Chevy, we’ll always be happy to check your tires for you.

Best Hikes in Dallas to Get You Active This Fall

Fall doesn’t mean that you have to sit around inside doing nothing. With cooler weather on the way, now’s the ideal time to hop in your Chevy and drive out to one of Dallas’s best hiking spots for a few hours of exercise and introspection among nature.

Cedar Ridge Preserve

Probably the best hiking spot in the Metroplex, Cedar Ridge Preserve is an area near Joe Pool Lake that is managed by Audubon Dallas. It features hills (anyone who lives in DFW knows how rare hills are!) that provide great scenic overlook points. Several cool creeks meander through the preserve and can provide hours of exploration as you follow their courses.

Spring Creek Forest Trail

Located in Garland, Spring Creek Forest Trail is primarily covered by old growth woodlands full of oak and walnut trees. It’s a great place to get “lost” for hours as you walk its secluded glades. It’s also a birdwatcher’s paradise as several species of birds love the area for nesting and resting. In the fall, the abundant trees mean abundant fall colors, which make for a fantastic setting for a hike as the wind rustles the leaves.

Texas Buckeye Trail

One of the most accessible hikes in Dallas (the trailhead is on Bexar Street) is the Texas Buckeye Trail. Just walk across the Trinity River levee and you leave Dallas and enter another world. You’ll seriously forget that you just walked out of a city as you cross green meadows, through wooded areas, and follow along the Trinity River. You’ll wonder how such a natural area persisted this long in an urban area.

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Stop by Classic Chevy this fall to test drive a new or used Chevrolet and find one that’s perfect for both day-to-day life and road trips. If you’re not on the market for a new car, but are planning a road trip, stop by and see the service department at Classic Chevrolet to make sure that your vehicle is in good shape for travel.

Take a Closer Look at the 2017 Chevy Bolt

The Chevy Bolt is kind of a big deal. After all, it’s the first affordable all-electric vehicle on the market that has enough range to actually get you places. It’s got plenty of cool features, but one stands out from the rest as far as we’re concerned.

It’s got some pretty cool systems in place to charge your batteries on the go. For example, it possesses a “regen on demand” paddle, which allows you to slow the car by pulling a small paddle tucked behind the steering wheel. “Regen” is just shorthand for “regenerative braking,” a system that can translate the kinetic energy it absorbs (from braking, for example) into electric energy it can feed into your systems. It takes some getting used to, not having a braking pedal, but it’s a smart feature that reinforces what the Chevy Bolt is all about. After a few days, you’ll find it’s the most natural thing in the world to brake with a paddle on the wheel.

Also, the Bolt comes with two driving modes, “drive” and “low.” The “low” mode is the car’s regenerative braking mode. Low mode makes the car use its own momentum and the motor’s resistance to regenerate power for the batteries. The car will also automatically slow down the second you pull off the accelerator, which allows you to easily coast to a complete stop, no brakes required. Every time you decelerate, you feed more power back into the batteries and increase how far you can go.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2017 Chevy Bolt and learn more about its high tech features, including the regenerative braking technologies. If you’re in need of some auto maintenance this summer, schedule time with a technician at the service department of Classic Chevrolet.

National Drive Electric Week

It’s national drive electric week and if you are in the market for a hybrid or electric car, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new 2017 Chevrolet Volt. This economical model is reasonably priced and get excellent gas mileage.

Interior Features

The Volt”s interior features include automatic climate control, a charge control that is programmable for the time of day, a center console with covered storage and dual cup holders, a rear console with open storage and dual cup holders, a touch-sensitive control center, electronic cruise control, a 7-inch LCD screen, mode control switch for Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold; a rear window defroster, keyless access, push button start, OnStar RemoteLink and OnStar 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot.

Additional features include three auxiliary power outlets, remote start, a tilt and telescopic steering column, audio controls mounted on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, special storage for the charging cord, a universal home remote, illuminated vanity mirrors, express down on all windows and express up on the driver’s window.

Safety Features

The Volt’s safety features include a passenger-sensing airbag system, dual stage frontal airbags, dual stage side impact airbags, knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, LED daytime running lights, a lockout switch for the rear doors and windows, OnStar Basic for 5 years, OnStar Directions and Connections for 3 years, StabiliTrak stability control system, brake assist, traction control, a theft deterrent system, engine immobilizer, tire pressure monitoring system, and a pedestrian safety signal with driver-activated horn chirp when the turn signals are activated.

Mechanical Features

The 2017 Chevrolet Volt features a 12-volt battery with rundown protection, four-wheel ABS disc brakes with electro-hydraulic power and a regenerative system, a Lithium-ion rechargeable battery storage system, electric parking brake, a 120-volt charging cord, the Voltec electric rive that puts out 149 horsepower, a 1.4-liter gas engine that puts out 83 horsepower and electric power steering.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2017 Chevrolet Volt to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Last Minute Road Trip Ideas

If you want to take one last road trip this summer  you’ll find plenty of “short” road trips where it’s only a few hours to your destination. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevrolet – or test drive that new vehicle you’ve been planning on getting this summer.

Possum Kingdom

This trip takes just under 3 hours from Dallas and if you love outdoor activities, this is a great place. Pack the tent or make a reservation for a cabin and enjoy scuba diving, hiking and more. Be sure to bring your camera so you can get some great pictures of the wildlife.

Mineral Wells

Visit the home of “Crazy Water,” water from Mineral Wells. Supposedly, the water from this spring cured a woman of dementia in 1881. Be sure to visit the haunted hotel in the middle of The Baker. The hotel was built after the bottled water boom in the 1920s and was a place for rich people to go for a spa day. The property was abandoned in the 1950s and is haunted by ghosts from the past.

Muenster

If you want some of the best German food, head over to Muenster. The town was founded in 1889 and the mostly German population still holds. Pick up traditional German sausage at Fischer’s Meat Market and visit the wineries just outside of town. And, visit Bayer’s Kolonialwaren for donuts, kolaches and strudel.

Roma

Visit Roma, the most historic city in Texas. Over 30 buildings were built before 1900 and are located in the Roma National Historic district. The town is located on the Rio Grande and you have easy access to Mexico. You’ll need a long weekend for this trip though, as it is just under eight hours from Dallas.

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Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to test drive that new vehicle you’ve been eying or give us a call to schedule a service appointment before you take your road trip. Even if you just had your vehicle serviced, it’s a good idea to have it checked before you leave.

Top National Parks In Texas

This fall, you’ll want to spend a lot of time in the national parks in Texas and that means your vehicle should be in good working order especially if you are traveling a long distance and spending more than a day at a park. Call Classic Chevrolet to set up a service appointment to have your Chevy checked and serviced before you get on the road. Or, if you are planning on a new vehicle this year, stop by to test drive the vehicle you have in mind.

Big Bend

Big bend is located in the big bend of the Rio Grande in western Texas. When you visit this park, you’ll see tons of different bird species, ancient limestone, rivers, mountains and desert. And, you’ll also see many different types of cactus. Be sure to bring your camera as you’ll want to capture the magic you can find at Big Bend.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you want to hike and backpack, head over to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. In this pristine wilderness area, you’ll find tons of history, tons of birds and other wildlife, and lots of fun. The park is located 110 miles east of El Paso on U.S. Highway 62/180. It is also 56 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

If you have never been to this park before, be sure you are prepared. Dell City is the closest town with gas, so be sure you fill up. It is also the last stop for food, ice and diesel. The park features campgrounds, but they are primitive. RVs will need their own power and holding tanks. Your cell phones may not work in the park as coverage is unreliable. And, the weather is unpredictable, so even in the summer, you should be prepared with cool weather clothing and extra clothing, especially if you are hiking.

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Before you head out to these national parks, be sure to schedule a service appointment at Classic Chevy. Even if you just serviced your vehicle in the past couple months, it’s a good idea to bring it in to have everything checked.

Chevy Camaro Celebrates 50th Anniversary

It’s hard to believe that the Chevy Camaro is turning 50. When the sports car was introduced to the world in 1967, the auto industry changed forever. For the last 50 years, the Camaro has continued to shock car enthusiasts and the competition by staying ahead of the curve in terms of power, performance, technology and safety. The 2017 Camaro is now meaner, lighter, leaner and more head-turning than ever before.

The following are six reasons why you are guaranteed to be wowed by the sixth-generation Camaro as soon as you lay eyes on it.

1. It has been sculpted to perfection. The 2017 Camaro is designed to smaller and lighter than the previous generation, which means you enjoy a tighter driving experience. More responsive breaks and a more streamlined design allow you to take tight corners with ease.

2. It turns heads. The 2017 Camaro’s new “reverse Mohawk” roof channel, wider opening, unique grille draft angle, lift-reducing spoiler and carefully designed edges were extensively wind tunnel tested to ensure optimal performance and airflow on the roads and at the track.

3. You’ll feel like a professional. The interior of the new Chevrolet Camaro makes you feel like you get paid to drive. Tailored stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rotating HVAC dials, an ergonomic center console, aggressive heated and ventilated seats and countless other features combine to ensure that you enjoy your most luxurious driving experience yet.

4. You can customize your interior. Drivers who choose the Camaro 2SS or the Camaro 2LT can enjoy interior spectrum lighting that allows you to choose one of 24 colors to illuminate the interior of your vehicle and the radio console. Change your interior to suit your mood at the push of a button.

5. You can literally feel the wind in your hair. Opt for the Camaro Convertible, which offers the same stylish roof line and curves as the Camaro Coupe, and you’ll be able to put the top down to feel the wind in your hair. The fully-automatic soft top disappears beneath a hard cover, making the Camaro one of the most streamlined convertibles in the industry.

6. You can actually take it to the track. Choose the Camaro’s famous 1LE Track Package, and you’ll enjoy performance that the pros will envy. Stiffer suspension, aggressive tires, better cooling and advanced breaking provide the performance you’ve been seeking from your dream sports car.

See the Camaro at Classic Chevy

Make your dreams come true by purchasing a brand new Chevrolet Camaro right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. We’re your No. 1 Chevy dealer in Texas, offering the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for the best prices in the industry, whether you’re seeking the high performance Camaro, the rugged Colorado, the fuel-efficient Cruze or any of Chevy’s other must-see models.

Why You Should Buy a Chevy Truck

If you’ve been considering a truck, don’t consider any longer: just go out to your local Chevy dealership and get one! Trucks offer so many advantages to owners that you’ll never regret the decision to buy one, especially if it’s a Chevy. Here’s why a Chevy truck may be perfect for you.

More Power

Chevy trucks offer you way more power than a standard car or SUV. How you leverage that power is up to you, but it will certainly come in handy. Trucks generally have upwards of 350-horsepower and they use it to get going since they’re larger vehicles. The thing is, once they get going, they tend to stay on the move. All that momentum, backed by that beastly engine, means that you can go faster than you might expect.

Tow and Haul More

That power means that you can tow and haul more with a truck than with any other type of vehicle. From hauling building supplies, furniture, or even a motorbike or two to towing a boat, travel trailer, or livestock trailer, a truck allows you to do more and go further.

More Space for People, Too

Just because you have a big truck bed doesn’t mean that your passengers have nowhere to sit. Truck cabins can be among the roomiest and most luxurious of vehicle interiors and Chevrolets are no exception. With plenty of seats and a slew of comfort and convenience features, a 2018 Silverado might be the perfect vehicle for you.

Better Visibility and Safety

Trucks allow you to ride high off the ground, which affords you better visibility in all conditions. If you can see further away, you can prepare for what’s coming better. Add to that a truck’s natural off roading abilities and its capabilities of fording deep water, and you’ve got a vehicle that can see you through many a situation.

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Classic Chevrolet is the No. 1 place in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to find the latest and greatest Chevy vehicles for unbeatable summer prices, including trucks. Stop in and see why Chevy has been the most awarded car company for two years in a row.

Chevrolets Featured in Movies and on TV

When you pick out a new vehicle at Classic Chevrolet, you may pick out one that was featured in a movie if you choose a Corvette, Impala or Camaro. Other models that were featured in movies include the Lumina, the ’57 Chevy and the ’55 Chevy 210.

1990 Chevrolet Lumina

This model was featured in Days of Thunder as the #46 race car. This movie launched NASCAR’s most successful decade.

Chevrolet Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette was featured in three movies over the years. Route 66 features a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette. Every year, GM put the stars in a new ‘vette for this series, which ran from1960 to 1964.

The 1973 Chevrolet Corvette was featured in Corvette Summer where Mark Hamill spends this entire 1978 flick getting the car back after it was stolen. And, a 1965 model year was used in Stingray, a series that ran from 1985 through 1987.

1958 Chevrolet Impala

This model was featured in American Graffiti, a film about a summer night in 1962.

Chevrolet Camaro

The Camaro was featured in Transformers – this was a 1976 model year and this “Bumblebee” became a 2010 Camaro in the 2007 megahit. And, in the 1985 John Cusak film, Better off Dead, a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro was featured.

1957 Chevy

The iconic ’57 Chevy was featured in Hollywood Knights, a 1980 film. The ’57 was driven by Tony Danza.

1955 Chevy 210

This model, which featured a solid front axle and a 454 with a tunnel ram, was featured in American Graffiti and Two-Lane Blacktop.

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While some of these vehicles are classics and hard to come by; and are not even made anymore, you can get some of them in their newer skins when you stop by Classic Chevy for a test drive. Take a ride in a Camaro, Corvette or Impala and remember some of these great movies that featured great cars.