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.

Best Texas Beaches to Visit This Summer

There’s still a lot of summer left here in Texas: even if school’s back in, the heat isn’t letting up any time soon. If you’ve got an open weekend, jaunt down to the gulf or your nearest lake and hit up one of Texas’s best beaches for a day of fun, sun, and relaxation.

Galveston

Most Texans know that Galveston is a hot vacation destination. However, many don’t know that it’s one of Texas’ most historic cities. Travel just an hour south of Houston, and you can enjoy more than 32 miles of beach, stunning Victorian architecture, museums, and, of course, plenty of sun and sand. Galveston is the ideal getaway spot for travelers seeking uncrowded beaches that are located minutes from attractions, eateries, and more.

South Padre Island 

South Padre Island is on nearly every list of top Texas destinations. That’s because South Padre Island, located near the Mexico border, offers warm temperatures, towering palm trees, and stunning Gulf Coast beaches.

Spend your days on the sand, engage in a number of water-based activities (like surfing, paddleboarding or renting a wave runner), play a round of golf or venture to the action-packed Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. South Padre Island is overflowing with things to do for visitors of all ages.

Burger’s Lake

If you’re in the DFW area, like Classic Chevy, and don’t want to drive to the coast for a day at the beach, this is probably already one of your favorites spots to cool off. Burger’s Lake in Fort Worth offers family fun. The spring-fed pool offers sandy beaches, diving boards, water slides, and fountains. There are also concessions and picnic areas with plenty of shade from the abundant trees in the area.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy this summer 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.

 

10 Reasons Why the New Chevy Silverado Trounces the Competition

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Chevrolet manufacturers some of the highest ranked vehicles in the industry. The Silverado is no different. According to J.D. Power and Associates, this responsive, heavy duty truck is the highest ranked heavy duty pickup in initial quality. That means you get more bang for your buck when choosing Silverado.

If you’re still up in the air about finding the perfect pickup for your needs, these 10 reasons why the Silverado is superior to its competitors will make you want to cruise over to Classic Chevrolet and purchase your new heavy duty truck today.

1. They’re built just right.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the Chevy Silverado HD received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among large, heavy-duty pickups in the 2013 Initial Quality Study.

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2. The 2015 Silverado 1500 is the fastest growing pickup brand of 2015.

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3. The 2015 Silverado tows better than its competitors.

Drivers can choose an available 12,000-pounds of V8 towing capacity — the best in the Silverado’s class.

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4. It’s a super safe truck.

The new Silverado 1500 received the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety in 2015.

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5. The Silverado has unrivaled fuel economy.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab short box pickup gets superior V8 fuel economy to the 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab short box and the 2015 Ford F-150 super crew short box.

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6. You can take all of your toys with you.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 can tow nearly 1,000 pounds more than the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

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7. Want to take the internet with you? Now you can.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 is equipped with available built-in 4G LTE WiFi, a feature that is not available in the 2015 Ford F-150 or the 2015 Ram 1500.

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8. Go green while going big.

The new Silverado 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine is the most fuel-efficient Gas V8 pickup engine ever.

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9. Handles like a dream.

The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine offers the most torque of any standard V6 in the Silverado’s class.

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10. It has a killer sound system.

The 2015 Silverado offers one of the quietest interiors in the industry, so you can hear the Bose premium audio system more clearly and enjoy every riding experience more than ever.

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Find the Chevy Silverado of your dreams right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

How to Have the Best #Staycation

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Sometimes, whether for financial reasons or because you just don’t have a block of vacation time big enough to take the trip you want, you may decide to take a #staycation. Generally, you’ll stay at home or in your city. #Staycations can be just as fun as going on a vacation if you plan it right, especially if you have a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet.

Make a Budget

Before you take a staycation, write out a budget. Start with the amount you have available to spend. Choose what you want to do, whether it’s hosting a large barbecue, visiting a local theme park or going camping near the DFW area. Determine the cost of doing everything you want to do. Don’t forget to figure in gas, meals and a little extra for spending. This way, you can plan on doing more than one thing if you want.

If you just have $1,000 and your family of five wants to go to a theme park, that might be all you can do on your staycation. However, if you prefer to do something different everyday, you might skip the theme park and choose something that is less expensive so that you can do several things.

Plan Meals

A vacation isn’t a vacation unless you go out to eat at least once, even if you are in an RV and plan on cooking all of your meals. Thus, you should plan to eat out at least once on your staycation. Pick your favorite restaurant – one that you don’t often get to visit – and be sure to fit that into your budget. Otherwise, you might plan to eat out more, but at restaurants that are less expensive.

Pick an Event for Everyone

If you have a larger family and are planning on doing several things during your staycation let each family member pick an event. This way, kids feel like they helped plan the “vacation” and won’t be so upset about “staying home.” Activities and events may include rafting, hiking, visiting a favorite museum, going to a concert by a local artist, visiting a restaurant you wouldn’t normally visit and more.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet

Be sure to have your vehicle serviced at Classic Chevy before your staycation so you won’t have to worry about using your time for maintenance. If you are in the market for a new vehicle, test drive your favorite Chevrolet model before you take a staycation.

Best Places to Take a Road Trip to in Texas

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If you’re looking for a great place to take a road trip in Texas pick something that you haven’t done before. Look at the Mystery Lights, find some dinosaur bones, find some gems and more. Before you head out, be sure to have your vehicle checked or serviced at Classic Chevrolet.

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Head over to Glen Rose to visit Dinosaur Valley State Park. The park is located on the Paluxy River and features dinosaur prints and tons of dinosaur-themed things. The sandstone, limestone and mudstone that were deposited in the area about 113 million years ago are part of the shoreline of what was an ancient sea. Learn more about dinosaurs while you have a relaxing trip to the area.

Marfa’s Mystery Lights

Drive to Marfa to see the mystery lights. They usually appear in the clear night sky between Marfa and Paisano Pass. The lights show up in the southwest as you’re facing the Chinanti Mountains. The first time these lights were spotted was circa 1883 – and people still have not figured out what causes the lights.

Hunt for Natural Topaz

Go over to Mason County to hunt for natural topaz – the state gem of Texas. You’ll find the gem in ravines and streambeds in Mason County. Many of the ranches in the area will allow you to find gems – and will even set you up with all of the equipment you need to hunt for Topaz, though most are closed for deer season.

Enchanted Rock

Visit the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area to see this huge pink granite dome that has its own legend. The Comanche, Tonkawa and Apache tribes all believe the area is magical. The rock creaks and groans at night. While scientists say its from the rock cooling down at night from the heat of the sun, the native tribes believe the noises were from ghost fires.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle serviced or to test drive a new vehicle before you head out on the road trip of your choice.

U.T. Edition Chevy Trucks

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If you are in the market for a Silverado and want to show your support for the University of Texas, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado University of Texas Edition. You can choose from a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive crew cab LT or LTZ. The trucks feature the Texas Edition Package.

U.T. Edition with Texas Edition Package

The Texas Edition Package features 20-inch polished aluminum wheels on the LT trim level and 20-inch chrome wheels on the LTZ trim level. The LT trim level also features body color mirrors and door handles while the LTZ trim level features chrome mirrors and door handles. Both trim levels feature the Texas Edition badge; and the LTZ features a spray-in bedliner.

LTZ Truck Configuration

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ with 1 LZ features a crew cab with a short box and two-wheel drive; a 5.3-liter V-8 fuel injected EcoTec3 engine backed by an automatic transmission, four doors, leather-appointed seats, front bucket seats with heated cushions and seat backs, 10-way power for the driver and front passenger seats, two-position driver memory and adjustable head restraints.

Additional options include chromed tubular assist steps, spray-on bedliner with the bowtie logo, a floor-mounted console with movable cup holders, power cord management and cell phone storage, sunset orange metallic paint, Chevrolet MyLink audio, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with navigation, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM radio, USB ports, an SD card slot, Bluetooth, hands-free smart phone integration, Pandora Internet Radio and voice activation for the radio and phone.

Engine and Transmission

The EcoTec3 5.3-liter engine makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It is backed by an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

Additional Texas Edition Features

Additional features you’ll find on the Texas Edition include Bose sound speakers on some models, a max trailering package on some models, all-season blackwall tires, special UT decals on the side of the bed and rear tailgate, a Bose sound system with a seven-speaker system including a sub woofer if the truck is ordered with bucket seats – this is included with the LTZ Plus Package and rear under seat storage.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one of the new Texas Edition models and to learn more about this models features.

Chevy Introduces 2016 Equinox

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The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the hottest-selling SUV models and this year, Chevy gave this model something extra in the way of updates and new styling. The 2016 model year will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, 2015.

The 2016 Equinox – the 2015 model year is now available at Classic Chevrolet – will have a wider grille and some minor tweaks to update the styling to keep the crossover SUV fresh. As of now, though, because of the great run the current model year is having, Chevy hesitates to do a complete update with a new platform, though that will likely happen for the 2017 model year, according to gmauthority.com.

The 2015 Chevrolet Equinox LS

Many of the things on the 2015 Equinox will remain the same on the 2016 model year. The 2015 model year features a 2.4-liter engine with variable valve timing and spark ignition direct injection. This engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. This engine and transmission combination makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm.

This model features a 120-amp alternator and a maintenance-free battery with rundown protection and 525 cold cranking amps. The chassis features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, a Refined Ride suspension and power-assist, electric-variable steering.

Safety features include hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, daytime running lights, several airbags, a passenger sensing system for the airbags that also senses the presence of children, OnStar Directions and Connections for 6 months, the OnStar Basic Plan for 5 years, power door locks with child security locks in the rear, a tire pressure monitoring system and the LATCH system for child safety seats.

Interior features include the LS interior, a front center console with armrest and concealed storage, mounted cruise and audio controls on the tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a driver information center, express down on all four door windows, remote keyless entry, engine immobilizer, anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, several power outlets, illuminated vanity mirrors and assist handles.

Stop by Classic Chevy

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model; or keep your eyes on this space for more information on the 2016 model year, including a release date.

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.

2015 Tahoe LT

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If you are in the market for a new SUV, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe LT two-wheel drive model. This brand new SUV features Chevy’s 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine with active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection. The block is aluminum, which lightens the load considerably – and that means better fuel economy. The engine runs on unleaded fuel or E85.

Backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode, the engine puts out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. It features a heavy-duty locking rear and a premium suspension package to make towing a cinch. The engine has an extra oil cooler and transmission cooler, also helpful when towing.

Safety and security features include theft deterrent, four-wheel ABS disc brakes and a stability control system with brake assist and traction control. Additionally, the Tahoe features several airbags including head curtain side-impact bags for all rows in the outboard seating positions.

Additional safety features include OnStar Directions and Connections with automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation (6 months), rear parking assist with an audible warning, a rear vision camera, forward collision alert sensor indicator, the LATCH system for child safety seats and a tire pressure monitor system.

Convenience features include front leather-appointed bucket seats with heated seat cushions and backs, 10-way power passenger and driver seat, two-position memory for the driver’s seat, and two-way power lumbar control and power recline. When the luxury package is ordered, the door mirrors features two memory presets. Both rear seats are 60/40 split folding bench seats.

Additional convenience features include a tilt and telescopic steering column with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, audio, cruise and driver information center controls mounted on the steering wheel, a multi-color driver instrument information panel, programmable door locks with lockout protection, remote keyless entry – with extended range when the luxury package is ordered, remote vehicle start, express down on all windows, and express up on the front windows, tri-zone automatic climate control with individual settings for the rear passengers, driver and passenger front side and a rear window defogger.

For more information about all of the convenience, entertainment, safety and security features, and additional options available for the Tahoe, stop by Classic Chevy for a test drive today.