Chevy vs. Ford

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The Chevy vs. Ford argument will be a forever thing – there’s always going to be a competition between the two models. If you are torn between the Camaro and Mustang, be sure to head over to Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Camaro before you make your decision.

Price

While the price difference is large between the V-8 models, you can get a V-6 Camaro for about the same price as a 5.0-liter Ford. However, you’ll be missing out on some “hidden” things, such as depreciation and status if you go with the Ford. The Camaro SS with 2SS will have more value than a non-SS Camaro or the Mustang later in life.

Engines

The Camaro features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with sequential fuel injection. It is backed by a six-speed manual transmission and features a 3.45 axle ratio and limited slip differential. The Ford Mustang features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with multi-point fuel injection and runs on premium unleaded fuel. It is backed by a manual transmission.

The Camaro makes 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The Mustang makes 420 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and only 390 pound-feet of torque at 4, 250 rpm. The Camaro’s horsepower comes in earlier than the Mustang’s, giving the Camaro the advantage on a quarter-mile track.

The Camaro also features a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection, a performance suspension and four-wheel ABS disc brakes. The front and rear calipers are Brembo four-piston calipers. The Mustang features four-wheel disc brakes and ABS brakes, and a mechanical limited slip differential.

Safety Features

Both vehicles features some sort of stability control: The Chevy features StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control. The Ford features electronic traction control. The Camaro also features daytime running lamps, OnStar with automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. It also features several airbags for the front and rear. Additionally, the Camaro features rear parking assist, a rearview vision camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The Mustang features an engine immobilizer instead of the stolen vehicle assistance, but also has several airbags for safety. This particular model does not have standard parking assist or a rearview vision camera.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the Camaro, whether it’s a V-6 or V-8 model. Be sure to ask your salesperson for a full list of standard features.

Chevy Traverse Named Top Family Car for Safety

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If you want the best car for safety, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevrolet Traverse – for the second year in a row, Parents magazine and Edmunds.com named it one of the 10 best family cars. It won the award for the 2013 and 2014 model year. The Traverse competed in the SUV category; and the judges looked at efficiency, value, style and safety.

Of the four categories, most people count safety as the most important category for a family car. The Chevy Traverse has something no other SUV has: a front seat center airbag. The airbag inflates between the two front seats to give the driver and front passenger more protection.

In addition to being named one of the 10 best family cars by Parents magazine and Edmunds.com, the SUV was named Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in 2013. The center airbag is not the only reason the Traverse meets such high standards: It also features lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

One of the engines available in the Traverse is the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which makes 288 horsepower. It also gets 24 mpg* on the highway. Since the Traverse was created for families, it features family-friendly items such as multiple USB ports, an entertainment system for the rear seat and seats that clean up easy. Consumers also get to choose whether they want a three-person bench seat or captain’s chairs, which seat one person each, in the rear. Furthermore, the third row bench seat also seats an additional three people.

That is not all of the awards the Traverse won. It also named on Kelley Blue Book’s 12 best family cars for 2014 list. The 2014 Chevrolet Impala also made that list. Thus, if you don’t want an SUV, you might consider test driving the Impala if safety is a big concern for you.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Traverse or the Impala and to get a full list of features, options and additional packages available with each trim level. Also, be sure to ask your salesperson about any specials going on that might apply to the vehicle you are interested in.

Camaro Outsells the Competition

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There’s that rivalry again… Chevy vs. Ford. And right now, the Chevrolet Camaro, now available at Classic Chevy, is winning. From January 2014 through the end of May 2014, Chevrolet sold 38,951 Camaro models while Ford sold 36,600 Mustangs, according to AutoData. Each month’s tally for both vehicles showed that the Camaro was ahead by the same margin each month.

The 2014 Camaro convertible SS with 2SS features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission. The rear features a 3.45 axle ratio and limited slip differential. This combination makes 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. To help stop the vehicle, the Camaro features four-wheel ABS disc brakes and Brembo performance four-piston calipers in the front and rear.

Safety features include StabiliTrak stability control system, traction control, several airbags, daytime running lamps, OnStar, Ultrasonic rear parking assist, and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar comes with six months of Directions and Connections, which includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and navigation.

Convenience features include front leather sport bucket seats that feature adjustable head restraints, six-way power and heat for the front seats, a floor console, center armrest, tilt and telescopic steering column with a leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel, a head-up display with color digital readouts, driver information center, power programmable door locks with lockout protection, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls and remote keyless entry.

Additional features include a three-channel programmable universal home remote, the PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, rear window defogger, an air filtration system with a pollen filter, cup holders, map pockets, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped shift knob.

Exterior features include 20-inch painted aluminum wheels, a spare tire and wheel, a tonneau cover, folding rear glass with an integral defogger, a hood blanket, rear spoiler, halogen headlights, power-adjustable heated door mirrors – the driver’s door mirror is auto-dimming, and body-colored mirrors and door handles.

Entertainment features include an eight-speaker Bose system, SiriusXM satellite radio, Chevrolet MyLink and audio controls mounted on the steering wheel.

To learn more about the convenience, safety, entertainment and security features of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive. Be sure to ask us about any special we may be running.

Chevy Impala Wins Safety Award

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Luxury, watch out! The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, available at Classic Chevy, was the only non-luxury car to wear a “superior” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) new tests for high-tech crash prevention systems. The “superior” rating was given to vehicles that not only warned a driver of an impending crash, but automatically applied the brakes to significantly slow the vehicle.

Only luxury vehicles such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, Buick Regal and two Cadillac models earned “superior” ratings. If a vehicle’s system only warned the drivers and the brakes only reduced speed moderately, the vehicle received an “advanced” rating. These included the BMW 3 Series, Lexus IS, Buick LaCrosse, Audi A3 and A6, and several others.

If a vehicle was equipped with a radar and camera, it earned “superior” ratings, however, those that earned the “advanced” rating were equipped only with “City Brake,” a camera-only system. The radars and lasers determine whether a vehicle is getting to close to something – usually another vehicle – in front of it. The systems may warn a drive audibly or with seat vibrations; but many used both types of warnings to alert a driver. The system then prepares the brakes for when the driver presses on them. In vehicles with the automatic braking system the vehicle brakes itself without input from the driver.

While automatic braking may not prevent a crash, it definitely reduces the speed enough so that injuries are less severe. IIHS started testing and rating the braking systems of vehicles in the Fall of 2013 hoping to get automakers add the automatic braking system as standard equipment. According to the IIHS, about 40 percent of the 2014 models feature optional forward collision warning and 20 percent offer automatic braking.

The IIHS tested vehicles at 12 and 25 miles per hour. Those vehicles that slowed to less than 3 mph were the highest rated. The IIHS also has a “basic” rating; vehicles that earned this warned drivers of an impending crash, but reduced the vehicle’s speed by less than 5 mph. These included the BMW 3 Series without City Brake, the Toyota Avalon and the Infiniti Q70.

To learn more about the new Impala and all of its features, stop by Classic Chevrolet for a test drive.

Could A New Camaro Be in the Works Already?

GM is already planning a new sixth generation Camaro, though the auto manufacturer has released very few details at this point. The only update to the last year for the fifth generation Camaro is a new paint color – Blue Velvet Metallic. This means that hopefully, changes to the new 2016 model should be significant. However, you won’t have to wait for the 2016 model to appear at Classic Chevrolet to learn of the differences – we will post them on this blog as soon as we know what changes are going to be made.

Currently, we know that the 2016 model will features GM’s Alpha platform, the same rear-wheel drive platform that is used for the Cadillac ATS and Cadillac CTS. It is expected that because of the new platform, that the 2016 Camaro will be lighter than the 2015 model. The base engine is expected to be the 3.6-liter V-6; however, power numbers have not been released, though it is expected to have more than its current 323 horses under the hood.

The Camaro may also feature an LTI 6.2-liter V-8, currently used by the 2014 Stingray. This engine makes 455horsepower, and is expected to be in the SS models. Other than these sketchy details, Chevrolet has not released anything else about the 2016 Camaro.

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If you are in the market for a vehicle today and cannot wait for the 2015 or the 2016 to make a showing on the lot, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Camaro. The SS coupe with 2SS features leather seats, remote keyless entry, a 3.27 gear, six-speed automatic transmission, a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that puts out 400 horsepower and 410 pound-feet of torque, daytime running lamps, high-density discharge headlights, the RS package and the 2SS preferred equipment group.

The RS package includes 20-inch rims with Midnight Silver finish, a rear spoiler, body-colored roof molding, a shark fin antenna and the separate daytime running lamps.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2014 model, or if you can wait, the 2015 models will be out soon. You could also lease a 2014 model and trade it in when the 2016 model becomes available.

Celebrities Love Chevy

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If you drive a Tahoe, Suburban, C10, Impala, Volt, Camaro, or a Corvette, you’re in good company. Many celebrities drive Chevys – some new Chevys and some old Chevys. If you don’t drive a Chevy yet, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the models on the lot.

  • Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kevin Hart, and Rob Dyrdek drive Chevy Suburbans. While you can’t totally black out a Suburban like the celebs – most states have restrictions on tinted windows – you can definitely get a black Suburban and tint the windows as much as the law allows.
  • Joel Madden drives a C10. You might have a hard time finding one of these left; and if you can’t, you might settle for the Silverado.
  • Tyga and Kobe Bryant drive older Impalas. You can definitely find some older Impala models out there, but they’re better left for special occasions. Drive a new Impala for commuting and save the classic for weekend road trips, especially if you find one with numbers matching and low mileage.
  • Cindy Crawford and Bubba Watson drive Corvettes. New, old, it doesn’t matter. Corvettes were and still are bad to the bone.
  • Travis Barker drives a K5 Blazer. Here’s another one you might have a hard time finding. You might have to settle for the Tahoe, but that’s okay, because celebrities drive Tahoe models, too. Speaking of which…
  • Josh Duhamel drives a Tahoe.
  • Nicky Diamonds drives an SS Chevelle and an SS El Camino. You might have a hard time finding these in “restorable” condition, but you can definitely put out a pretty penny on one that someone has restored. Or you can simply head over to Classic Chevy and pick up one of the new SS models or an Impala – that is, if you are looking for a Chevelle.
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., drives – what else? – An older Chevy Camaro. A classic, just like the Corvette. It doesn’t matter if you choose old or new, your Camaro will get some appreciative looks.
  • Matt Farah drives a Volt. If going green is important to you, then you are in good company. Pick up a Volt like Matt Farah and you’ll save a ton on fuel costs.

To test drive any of these models or any other model Chevrolet, stop by Classic Chevy or visit our website today.

The Impala Goes Green

Chevrolet has finally released the pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model. This full-size sedan will run on gas or compressed natural gas. The sedan will be built in Oshawa, Ontario and should be available at Classic Chevrolet sometime during the summer of 2014. However, GM will only deliver about 1,000 cars during the first year because of the lack of public compressed natural gas refueling stations. The United States has about 1,000 stations; however, only about half of those are open to the public.

The Impala will have two trim levels: the base LS model and the upscale LT trim level. It is unknown at this time what the pricing is for each level, but it is expected that the bi-fuel Impala will start out at under $40,000.

The sedan features two fuel tanks – one for compressed natural gas and one for gasoline. The driver can switch tanks by pushing a button. The tank for the compressed natural gas is trunk-mounted and holds enough compressed gas for about 150 miles. The total range, combining the compressed gas and regular gasoline, is about 500 miles.

The Impala features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that features hardened valves and valve seats, which are required for running compressed natural gas. Only one other automobile manufacturer has a vehicle that runs on compressed natural gas: Honda (the Civic).

The Chevrolet Cruze may be converted to run on compressed natural gas by adding an aftermarket kit. Many pickup trucks also have conversion kits available. If you are interested in converting your existing Chevrolet to run on compressed natural gas, contact the service department at Classic Chevy for more information and pricing.

For more information on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model including convenience features, safety and security features and entertainment or infotainment features, stop by Classic Chevy or keep your eye on this space.

Chevy Wins Us Over in Their Latest Ad

Chevrolet likes to think outside the box when it comes to marketing and this commercial was no exception. The auto manufacturer ran a contest on MOFILM, a video contest site, to find who could make the best ad for Chevrolet models such as those found at Classic Chevy. The ads were narrowed down to 13 finalists.

The auto maker chose a video by Jake Viramontez of Los Angeles; and that video aired over Mother’s Day weekend. The commercial shows how a husband might go “The Extra Mile” to treat his wife on Mother’s Day. The baby cries, so the father takes him for a ride in his Chevrolet Equinox to get him back to sleep. When he gets home, he brings his wife breakfast in bed.

Paul Edwards, the U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, said the company chose that particular video because it was a great way to honor mothers, including showing appreciation for everything they do.

Viramontez got his inspiration from his sister and 18-month-old niece. He cast his friends in the commercial, which was shot in one 13-hour day.

The Chevrolet Equinox is the vehicle used to drive the baby around. The 2014 Equinox 2LT is the perfect SUV for a family. It features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct injection and variable valve timing. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque.

Standard safety features include hill start assist, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, several airbags, daytime running lamps, OnStar, the LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitor system.

Installed options on some models include a security system, remote ignition, cruise control, a backup camera, rear window wiper and defroster, power mirrors, a multifunction steering wheel, intermittent wipers, ABS brakes, automatic headlights, fog lights, heated outside mirrors and auto-dimming mirrors. Additional options include forward collision alert, lane departure warning and rear parking assist.

For more information about the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox 2LT, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive this vehicle today. Ask your salesperson for a full list of features and options including additional safety features, entertainment features, convenience features and security features.

The Chevrolet City Express is Coming Soon

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Are you looking for a cargo van, but don’t need or want a full size van? Chevrolet is coming out with a small cargo van – the Chevrolet City Express. It’s starting price will be about $23,000, not including destination charges, tax, title, license and dealer fees. You can expect to see this at Classic Chevrolet sometime in the third quarter of 2014.

The Chevrolet City Express features a 2.0-liter dual overhead cam engine with continuously variable valve timing. It makes 131 horsepower and 139 pound-feet of torque. Cargo space measures out at just under 123 cubic feet – and it’s customizable. This little van’s payload capacity is about 1,500 pounds.

This small cargo van is perfect for business customers who need to haul a lot of things, but won’t fill up a large van. Since it is smaller and has a smaller engine, fuel economy is much better than that of a full size van. According to Ed Peper, the U.S. vice president at GM Fleet and Commercial, the City Express brings dependability and functionality to business customers.

The LS trim level features standard dual rear sliding doors, 40/60 split rear cargo doors that open 90 and 180 degrees, solid rear doors – tinted glass windows are available – a standard file folder bin, center console with storage, a fold-down mobile workspace passenger seat, six floor-mounted D-rings, 20 interior cargo mounting points, six exterior roof rack mounting points, a 150-amp alternator, 12-volt power outlet and vinyl flooring.

Standard features on the LT trim level include everything on the LS, Bluetooth, backup sensors, cruise control, an automatic locking features, remote keyless entry and power-adjustable outside mirrors. You can also order a technology package for LT models; that package includes a 5.8-inch diagonal touch screen radio, SiriusXM satellite radio (three-month trial), navigation, a rearview camera system and a USB input jack.

Keep your eye on this space or visit Classic Chevy for more information about the Chevrolet City Express as it becomes available. Also, keep your eye out here or on our website for availability.

Silverado Will Truly Rule the Roads Soon

The Chevrolet Silverado makes several trim levels that have many available options and you can find them all – or order them – from Classic Chevy. Now, Chevrolet is making yet another version of the Silverado – the SSV or Special Service Vehicle. This model will be available to police, border patrol and fish and game enforcement agencies. The Silverado SSV joins the 2015 Tahoe and the SS as police cars. Chevrolet renamed the pursuit-rated SS sedan “Caprice.”

The Chevrolet Silverado SSV will be available in four-wheel and two-wheel drive versions, but will not be pursuit rated. The SSV will feature the same 335-horsepower V-8 engine in the lower level WT and LS models.

Even though law enforcement agencies can purchase tricked-up Silverado models, they don’t come with a high-output alternator and an auxiliary battery to run electrical equipment with the engine off. Additionally, the SSV features a 110-volt outlet and four additional switches so that officers can control sirens, flashing lights and other equipment.

If you want your own tricked out Silverado – minus the special switches, battery and high-output alternator, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the Silverado models. The 2014 Silverado crew cab High Country model with four-wheel drive features standard options such as daytime running lamps with automatic exterior lamp control, several airbags, OnStar, a tire pressure monitoring system and a rear vision camera with dynamic guide lines.

Installed options include vehicle stability assist, turn signal mirrors, emergency brake assist, roll stability control, a traction control monitoring system, memory seats, security system, a universal garage door opener, a multifunction steering wheel, folding power mirrors, trailer wiring, fog lamps, cruise control, a trailer towing hitch, heated door mirrors, heated and cooled front seats, ABS brakes, tow hooks, and auto-dimming mirrors.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2014 Silverado 1500 High Country four-wheel drive or any of the other Silverado models on the lot. Be sure to ask your sales person about any purchase financing or lease specials.

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