2015 Chevy Equinox LS

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If you need an SUV that will haul people and will tow lighter loads, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS. With its refined ride suspension, this SUV is perfect whether you are using it to commute every day or taking on long road trips.

Engine, Transmission and Technical

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with spark ignition direct ignition and variable valve timing. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This combination makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm.

Additional features include a 120-amp alternator, a maintenance-free battery with run down protection and 525 cold cranking amps, MacPherson front suspension, rear independent multi-link suspension, refined ride suspension, four-wheel ABS disc brakes, and power-assist electric variable steering.

Exterior Features

Exterior features include 17-inch aluminum wheels, body-color bumpers with charcoal lowers, black mirrors, a charcoal lower rocker, charcoal grille with chrome surround, halogen composite headlights, tinted glass, power adjustable mirrors, variable speed intermittent front and rear wipers and a rear manual lift gate with fixed glass.

Interior Features

Interior features include the LS interior, front power lumbar and height adjusters for the seat, a rear 60/40 split seat back with three-way recline, front center console with an armrest and covered storage, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, driver information center, express down power windows, power programmable door locks with lockout protection, remote keyless entry, panic alarm, theft alarm activation, illuminated entry, anti-theft alarm, engine immobilizer, rear defroster, front and rear cup holders, four auxiliary power outlets, illuminated vanity mirrors and theatre dimming interior lighting.

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features include hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, daytime running lights, brake assist, several airbags including a passenger sensing system, OnStar Directions and Connections, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Visit Classic Chevy

Visit Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS and to learn more about this SUV’s convenience, entertainment, safety and security features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about additional available options for this model; and whether we are running any lease or finance specials.

The 2015 Chevy Suburban at Classic Chevrolet

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If you are in the market for a Suburban with all of the bells and whistles, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban 4WD LTZ. This four-wheel drive model features tons of safety equipment and technology to keep your family safer while on the road.

Security and safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, OnStar and an automatic occupant sensing system for the airbag. The sensing system determines whether there is a passenger in the front seat and whether that passenger is a child. Additional airbags include front driver and passenger frontal and side impact airbags and seat-mounted side impact and head curtain side impact airbags for all rows. The Suburban also features StabiliTrak, a stability control system with traction control and brake assist.

Additional features include a rear vision camera, front and rear parking assist, a rear cross traffic alert sensor indicator, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, forward collision alert sensor indicator, lane departure warning, safety alert seat, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Convenience features include heated and cooled power front seats. The driver’s seat has 12 positions and the passenger seat has six positions. The driver seat has two memory positions, four-way power lumbar and power recline. The second row bucket seats are also heated. The third row is a 60/40 split bench with power fold.

The floor console features storage, cup holders, an SD card slot and an auxiliary jack. The steering column is features power tilt and telescoping features, a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel and theft deterrent locking feature. The steering wheel also features mounted audio, cruise and driver information controls.

The door locks are power programmable and feature lockout protection. Additionally, the Silverado features passive entry, remote keyless entry and remote vehicle start. The windows are all power and all have express down. The front windows also feature express up. The cruise control is electronic with set and resume, though you can order adaptive cruise control. The brake and gas pedal are power adjustable.

Furthermore, the Silverado features tri-zone automatic climate control with individual setting for the driver, right front passenger and rear passengers. The rear window features a defogger.

For a complete list of features and additional options, stop by Classic Chevrolet to take the 2015 Suburban for a test drive.

North American Car of the Year Accolades

General Motors took the North American Car of the Year for car and truck categories this year. The Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, both available at Classic Chevy, won for their categories as announced at a Dec. 13, 2013 new conference held at the North American International Auto Show.

A jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States voted on vehicles this year. This is the 21st year of the North American Car of the Year award. Most awards are given by a single media outlet, but this award is given by journalists from different media outlets. The journalists represent television, magazines, newspapers, radio and web sites.

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Visit the Classic Chevrolet truck showroom for more information about the Silverado.

The North American Car of the Year award recognizes the most outstanding vehicles of the year. The jury votes on several factors including comfort, innovation, safety, design, driver satisfaction, handling and value for the dollar. The Stingray was awarded 211 points. The next vehicle was quite far from the Stingray – the Mazda3 received 185 points. An even larger spread separated second and third place. The Cadillac CTS received 94 points.

This is not the first time the Corvette won this award; it won in 1998. This is also the sixth time a General Motors vehicle won the award.

In the truck category, the Silverado garnered 219 points. The Jeep Cherokee came in second, trailing by 45 points with a score of 174. The Acura MDX trailed the leading Silverado by 122 points with a score of 97. The Silverado is the fourth truck win for General Motors and the second win for this model – the Silverado previously won in 2007.

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Visit the Classic Chevy Corvette showroom for more information on the Stingray.

In comparison over the 21 years of the awards for cars, domestic auto manufacturers won 12 times, Japanese auto manufacturers one three time, European auto manufacturers won four times and a Korean auto manufacturer – Hyundai – won twice. Domestic trucks won 14 times, Japanese trucks won four times and European trucks won three times. Vehicles are only eligible for the award if they are brand new or have had extensive changes.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Stingray if you are in the market for a sports car or the Silverado if you are in the market for a truck.

Thanksgiving On The Road

Thanksgiving season is a time for families to come together, traveling great distances in some cases, and mostly by car. Many a GM and Chevrolet car owner will be hitting the road this year, repeating the annual trek to make “home” in time for the big turkey dinner, potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie, only to work it off later on either watching the big game or playing a rendition in the park down the street.

So here’s a couple of tips for a safe Thanksgiving holiday to avoid disappointments and unexpected delays when traveling:

  • Get the basic maintenance out of the way – It only takes a few minutes to pop the hood and check your engine oil, coolant level, brake fluid reservoir and transmission oil to confirm everything is up to snuff. The last thing you want is a warning light going on while on the road. Every GM and Chevy car comes with clearly labeled containers under the hood for easy access and check.
  • Pump up those tires – with the quick help from a tire gauge and your local gas station, check all your tires and make sure they are at recommended pressure. It makes no sense to waste gasoline pushing car with underinflated tires down the highway for miles and miles.
  • Watch out for rain – Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. That means roads have a good chance of being wet and maybe even a touch of black ice on a cold night. Good tire tread is a must for safe driving. If your tires are old, it’s time to change them out with a new set. If you can’t afford all four right now, then change at least two and put them on the front so you have the best directional traction and control.
  • Plan your route ahead of time – The Dallas-Fort Worth area tends to be a major traffic conduit for folks traveling from all over, so it’s smart to expect congestion and delays during holiday travel. Make sure to have a good route mapped out ahead of time as well as a Plan B option if you hit a traffic jam or accident delay on your original path.
  • Give yourself time – One of the leading causes of traffic accidents involves people in a hurry. It leads to a loss of attention and bad driving decision-making. Giving your trip time for delays and changes makes the drive far easier to handle, especially if something comes up along the way.
  • Don’t drink and drive – It’s great to enjoy the holidays with good food and drink, but stay away from the driving wheel when enjoying spirits. Law enforcement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other regions will be working overtime to keep roads safe and to catch drunk drivers. Remember, even one drink or beer is enough to trigger a violation for many, given body size and weight.

As a Dallas Chevy dealer, we want to wish all drivers in Texas a warm and happy Thanksgiving in 2012. Stay safe, be with family, and give thanks for everything we have!

Driving Your New Car Or Truck In Summer Heat? Check Out These Tips.

It’s summer time in Texas. Which means it’s very very hot outside. It may even be 112 degrees as your reading this. Texas summers are brutal and it can not only do a number on your car but it can do a number on you too! Consumer Reports put together some very very good information on driving in the summer heat that I thought was pretty good for my fellow Texans. I know it gets hot in other states too so read on and learn something! We want you to be safe, cool and relaxed when you are driving to visit your Dallas Chevy dealer!

It’s hot outside, but even hotter inside a car. On a 90-degree day, the temperature inside a vehicle can quickly rise another 20 degrees in just the first 10 minutes. We all know the deadly consequences of leaving children or pets in a hot car. But in everyday driving, just getting in your car after it’s been parked in the sun for a while can be uncomfortable and has the potential to cause burns. Here are some tips on how to prepare for driving in the summer heat.

When parking, reducing the amount of sunlight coming in through the windows can minimize heat buildup inside the cabin:

  • Park in the shade if possible.
  • If you need to park in sunlight and you have a sunroof, close the shade.
  • Put a sunshade in the windshield and another over the rear seat window, especially if you’ll be carrying children in car seats. Folding-type shades are easy to store while driving.
  • If you’re parking in a secure area and there won’t be any rain, lower each window an inch or two. If you have a sunroof, you can leave it in the tilt position to provide extra ventilation.

When getting into your car, be careful not to burn yourself on hot surfaces:

  • Open the windows for the first few minutes to let buildup heat escape.
  • Bring a towel to sit on if you’re wearing shorts and have leather or vinyl seats.
  • Be careful when buckling up to not touch the metal part of the seatbelt as you can burn yourself.
  • Keep a light pair of gloves in the car if you find the steering wheel too hot to handle.

Driving in hot weather presents unique challenges for passengers and pets:

  • If carrying children or pets in the backseat, bring plenty of water and snacks, and plan to stop more often to tend to them.
  • Remember that the rear seat and cargo areas in SUVs, wagons, and minivans can be considerably warmer than the front-seat area. If you’re carrying passengers back there, and there are no backseat temperature controls, adjust the front a/c vents so they direct air to the rear.
  • If you’re headed to the store, bring a cooler bag to keep frozen items from melting or defrosting before you get home.
  • Keep in mind that high temperatures can mean power outages, which means that any gas stations that are affected could be out of service. Filling up in the morning will help you be ready for the unexpected.

For more advice on summer road travel, see our guide.

Liza Barth 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Cleaner Air When Traveling In Your New Car or Truck? Can it be?

I can appreciate all of the things that various manufacturers are doing to combat smog and emissions coming from our vehicles. It seems to me that at the moment it’s kind of at a stand still. I know it is getting better and is better than in years passed but we aren’t quite there yet. I watch the news I see the air quality alerts that we have daily in the DFW area. There has to be more than one way to combat this. Right? 

I found this article over on Autoblog.com and I thought it was so interesting that I had to share it with you. This could be a major break through in the world of pollution and emissions. 

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (EUT) may be on the brink of discovering a breakthrough that will lead to reduced pollution and cleaner air for all. According to the EUT, a roadway made of concrete blended with titanium dioxide can effectively remove up to 45 percent of the nitrogen oxides that it comes in contact with. The titanium dioxide, a photocatalytic material, captures airborne nitrogen oxides and, with the aid of the sun, converts it to nitrates that are harmlessly washed away by the rain.

The EUT conducted real-world studies on a 1,000-square-meter section of repaved road in the Netherlands. Such testing showed that the laced pavement could reduce nitrogen oxides by 25 to 45 percent more than traditional concrete. As Jos Brouwers, professor of building materials at the EUT remarked, “The air-purifying properties of the new paving stones had already been shown in the laboratory, but these results now show that they also work outdoors.” 

Additional testing is still underway and although the pavement laced with titanium dioxide does cost some 50 percent more than regular cement, overall road-building costs only increase by a marginal 10 percent. Costs aside, the advantages of the titanium dioxide are readily apparent, but the implementation of such a product requires repaving our roadways – a time intensive and costly endeavor. 

What are your thoughts on this latest information? Do you think it’s good?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Behind The Scenes Of The Chevy Camaro. The Final Installment!

So now we reach the final part of our Behind the scenes of the Chevy Camaro series. The Camaro is almost completed now. It’s almost time to ship it off to it’s new owners. Do you feel like you’ve seen some cool stuff in these videos? Or, did you already know all of this? For those of you who have never been to a GM plant or seen a car being built in action, I hope that you learned something and enjoyed them. They may have not be Oscar worthy performances but still neat none the less. Thanks again to CamaroBlog.com for sharing these videos with us. Your local Dallas Chevy dealer is packed full of Camaros that are just ready for you to take for a spin!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Behind The Scenes Of The Chevy Camaro Vol. 2!

In this 2nd installment of behind the scenes of the Chevy Camaro, we are again taken back to the Oshawa Assembly Plant as the Chevy Camaro is closer and closer to being completed! Is your Camaro currently being built? Are you waiting patiently in anticipation? Well continue to watch what your car is going through! 

Like Matt Rigney over at CamaroBlog.com said these aren’t the best videos in the world but you are getting a glimpse into the Chevy plant watching the miracle that is the Camaro being built! Is your mouth watering yet? Check out the deals on the Chevy Camaro at your local Grapevine Chevy dealer. 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Do You Have A Jet Ski? Take A Lesson From This Guy On What Not To Do!

This is probably the silliest thing I might have ever seen. I hope that you guys are smart enough to not ever think that this is ok or safe! You need and must have a reliable trailer to load your jet ski on! Thanks AutoBlog for sharing this hilarity!

We’ve all seen people doing really dumb things. You know, the kind of act of stupidity where you’d try to stop them from harming themselves or their possessions if it weren’t so riveting to watch. Hell, we’ve made some pretty heinous misjudgments in our time, but we’ve never attempted to load a jet ski into the back of a Ford Econoline while said van was partially underwater. That just doesn’t sound like a good idea.

While driving a jet ski into a cargo van doesn’t make any sense to us, we know of at least one YouTube all-star who thinks otherwise. Well, he probably thought otherwise until the van’s rear wheels began having trouble maintaining traction while submerged under water. Hit the jump to watch Darwin’s theory in motion. Luckily, it appears that nobody was hurt during this epic fail.

Now people we may not sell trailers but you can at least make sure you have a safe hitch at your Dallas Chevy dealer! Be safe out there and enjoy the video. 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Have You Met The New 2011 Chevy Silverado HD Yet? It’s A MUST SEE!

Have you guys seen this new video for the 2011 Chevy Silverado HD yet? Talk about some incredible animation. It’s a great video and it’s a great truck! I can’t wait until we get this in. When you are ready for a test drive make sure you head over to your Grapevine Chevy Dealer.

Here’s what AutoBlog had to say about it.

The 2011 Chevy Silverado HD didn’t pull any punches about wanting to beat the competition, but it might just pull everything else. In case you missed any of its maybe-or-maybe-not best-in-class numbers, The General has put together a nifty little animation for you that trumpets all of its heavy duty points. And it does a much better job of it than the Dude Perfect spot did

Well….What do you guys think?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.