2015 Tahoe LT


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.

Meet the All-New Impala

The new 2015 Chevrolet Impala models, which will be available at Classic Chevrolet sometime this summer, have many small changes to features. You can get the Impala with 18-inch or optional 19- or 20-inch tires. The change in tire size does change how the Impala rides, so pay attention to which tires and wheels are on the vehicle you test drive.

The base engine is Chevrolet’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, and models with this gain a stop-start feature that was standard on the 2014 model years. This features increases city fuel economy by 1 mpg*. With this technology, the base model with the 2.5-liter engine gets 22 mpg* in the city and 31 mpg* on the highway. The V-6 version uses a 3.6-liter engine.

The Impala also gets 4G LTE as standard equipment. Another change is the ability to fill up with compressed natural gas (CNG). You’ll have to buy the trim level that offers this or add it as an option, but if you live in an area where CNG is widely available, it is cheaper than gas in most cases.


While the mileage figures have not been released, Auto Trader quoted Chevrolet of saying that the Impala is expected to go about 150 miles on an 8-gallon tank of CNG. The tank is mounted in the trunk, so that does cut out about half of the cargo space.

The dual-fuel version also uses the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Pricing has not been announced as of yet for the dual-fuel version. According to Chevrolet, buyers who drive 24,000 miles per year will recoup the price difference in savings within a few years.

Additional features for the 2015 Impala my include – depending on the trim level and option packages – back up camera, a stereo system, LCD display, a variety of seating materials, panic and security alarms, remote keyless entry, variably intermittent wipers, disc brakes, ABS brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, plenty of air bags, turn signals in the mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls and much more.

Stop by Classic Chevy or keep your eye on this space for more information about the 2015 Impala as it becomes available.

Chevy Impala Through the Years

The Chevrolet Impala was first available as a 1958 model year. It was a full-size sedan and Chevrolet’s most expensive car through 1965. Despite the expense, the Impala was the best-selling automobile in the United States. It easily beat out its competition: the Plymouth Fury and the Ford Galaxie 500. Even through the 1980s, the Impala was Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model.


Currently, US News lists the 2014 Impala as the number one affordable large car. The Impala is sold in the United States, including at Classic Chevy, the Middle East, Mexico and Canada.

The first generation ran for one year only: 1958. The second generation of the Impala ran from 1959 through 1960. The third generation ran from 1961 through 1964; and the fourth generation fan from 1965 through 1970. Also, the Impala SS, which ran from 1961 through 1969 is considered a fourth generation Impala.

The fifth generation ran from 1971 through 1976 and the sixth from 1977 through 1985. Starting in 1994 and running through 1996, the seventh generation was available when the Impala was discontinued. Consumers didn’t see the Impala from 1997 through 1999, when the eighth generation went on sale. The eighth generation ran until 2005. The ninth generation Impala was sold from 2006 through 2013. This year – 2014 – marks the start of the Impala’s tenth generation.

New features for the 2014 model year include 18-inch wheels or optional 19- or 20-inch wheels on higher trims; LED daytime running lights on the LTZ trim and low profile HID headlights on other trims; and a 4.2-inch color display on the LT and LTZ trims.

The Impala offers three engines: a 2.5-liter , a 2.4-liter with hybrid assist technology and the 3.6-liter engine.

Additional new features include HD radio on all trims, Pandora on the LT and LTZ trims and active noise cancelation on all trims with a four-cylinder engine. New safety features include an increase to 10 standard airbags and OnStar.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and to learn more about its safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features.

2014 Chevy Traverse at Classic Chevrolet


Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevy Traverse if you are in the market for the perfect family vehicle that gets good gas mileage and has plenty of horsepower and torque. The Traverse features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission and gets 17 mpg* in the city and 24 mpg* on the highway.

Entertainment features include the Chevrolet MyLink system, a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD radio, Bluetooth, a CD player, smartphone integration, Pandora/Stitcher, and voice activation. The audio system features a Bose 10-speaker system and Bose 5.1 Surround Sound with the optional U42 rear seat entertainment system.

Additional features include an auxiliary input jack, USB ports, rear system controls and headphone jacks.

Convenience features include reclining front bucket seats, flat-folding Captain’s chairs in the second row and a 60/40 split flat-folding bench for the third row. The seats feature leather appointed seat trim. The front seats are heated and cooled and eight power settings. The driver’s seat features lumbar control and memory.

The front center console features cup holders, a covered storage bin and a sliding arm rest with additional storage. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel is heated and leather wrapped, and it features mounted audio and cruise controls.

The remote keyless entry features is programmable and features a panic button and two transmitters with an extended range. The Traverse also features remote vehicle start. A universal home remote features a garage door opener and has three programmable channels.

The tri-zone air conditioning features climate control and individual climate settings for the driver and front passenger. The system also features separate controls for the second and third rows.

The interior rearview mirror auto dims. The interior features a total of 10 cup holders with the seven-passenger seating configuration and 12 cup holders with the eight-passenger seating configuration.

Safety and security features include a rear vision camera with a display that is integrated into the color touch radio, a rear window defogger, rear parking assist, front fog lights, heated door mirrors that are power adjustable, power folding and, on the driver’s side, auto dimming.

To learn more about the numerous safety and security features, and convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Traverse.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo!

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Photo by William Toti (Flickr Creative Commons)

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is back again! This year, it runs from Jan. 17, 2014 through Feb. 8, 2014 and is sponsored in part by North Texas Chevrolet dealerships like Classic Chevrolet.

Gates open every day a 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. The rodeo ticket office is open at 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday from Jan. 2 through Jan. 16, 2014. On Sundays – Jan. 5 and 12 – it is open from noon until 5:00 p.m. From Sunday, Jan. 17, 2014 through Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, the ticket office is open from 8:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

You’ll find tons to do at the show, and it will definitely take you more than one or two days to do everything, so plan to jump in your Classic Chevrolet and head out to the show for several days! Special events include the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse Contest on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, starting at noon. Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th starting at 7:30 p.m. on both days, you can see the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo.

The Chris Cox Horsemanship Clinic and the Invitational Ranch Horse Show and Sale will both be held on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014. The clinic starts at 10:30 a.m. and the horse show and sale starts at 1:00 p.m.

Make sure you find time to see the All-Western Parade downtown on Saturday, January 18th, then check out the Celebrity Goat Milking Contest and the Goat Creative Costume Contest later that evening. The parade starts at 11:00 a.m. and the contests start at 6:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, anyone wearing Dickies for “Dickies Day” gets free general admission to the stock show grounds, so be sure to find something with the Dickies tag on it.

For some really great excitement, be sure you are there for the Bulls Night Out Extreme Bull Riding show on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m. or Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. The Fort Worth Super Shootout Rodeo will be on Thursday, January 23. And if you’re really into rodeos, you can attend a free one-day rodeo camp for prospective bareback saddle bronc riders as long as you complete the pre-entry through PRCA. The school is limited to 50 participants. The public can watch the classes. The school takes place starting at 8:00 a.m. on January 26.

Be sure you stop by Classic Chevrolet for vehicle service or to test drive a new vehicle to take to the rodeo with you! And for more information about any vehicle or the rodeo, you can also stop by Classic Chevrolet.

Source: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

2015 Colorado has Everyone Talking!

To see what GM is bragging about, stop by Classic Chevrolet – you’ll notice trucks… lots of trucks of all sizes. From small to large, GM will have the only lineup of three different size trucks – a small truck, a midsize truck and a heavy duty truck. Chevrolet fans don’t have to go to another brand because they want two different types of trucks. In the spring, you will be able to choose a midsize truck – the 2015 Colorado.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado completes the trifecta. Ford and Ram do not offer a small truck and while Toyota and Nissan do, they don’t have a heavy duty truck. Yes, GM is the only auto manufacturer with a three-truck lineup.

Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, stated that GM’s strategy is to “meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base.” He expects that the midsize Colorado will bring the midsize segment back into the front of peoples’ minds.

GM designed the Chevrolet Colorado to be the most versatile truck in its class. It has the strength and other attributes of the full size trucks, but it is in a smaller package. It can tow up to three tons yet it is two feet shorter and 5 inches narrower than larger models.

The midsize Colorado features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 193 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 302 horsepower. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the Work Truck, LT and Z71 trims and come in extended or crew cab configurations. Both the extended cab and crew cab are offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

For more information and a full list of the safety, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet. While you’re there, you can test drive one of the models on the lot. If you need the midsize truck, get the information about the truck, and stop by in the spring when the 2015 Colorado is released to test drive the new truck.

Chevy Volt

If you are in the market for a new “green” vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2013 Chevrolet Volt. Not only do you get a vehicle with outrageous fuel economy, but these 2013 models come with a deep discount. With the discount plus Consumer Cash, you will save over $8,300 on the Volt*.

Entertainment System: The Volt’s entertainment system features MyLink radio, an AM/FM stereo, MP3 player, CD player and a 7-inch diagonal touch screen display. MyLink includes Bluetooth streaming audio, voice recognition, Pandora, Stitcher, Gracenote and a six-speaker system. The Volt’s entertainment system also features an auxiliary input jack and USB port in the center console, SiriusXM radio and MyVOLT vehicle connectivity.

Interior Features: When you test drive the Volt, you’lll notice that the cloth front bucket seats feature adjustable head restraints and reclining seatbacks. Both front seats feature seat adjusters to move the seat forward and backward, up and down, and into the recline position. You’ll notice the Volt has plenty of storage including a covered center console, cup holders, and storage in the upper instrument panel and in front of the shifter. Additionally, the Volt features three auxiliary power outlets. The outlets are located in the front center console, upper instrument panel storage bin and in the rear console.

The steering column is tilt and telescopic and the steering wheel has a comfort grip. The audio controls are mounted on the steering wheel. The instrumentation includes a 7-inch diagonal digital reconfigurable LCD screen for the compass, driver information center and efficiency gauge.


You can choose from three driving modes: Normal, sport and mountain. The center controls are touch sensitive. You’ll also notice the electronic push-button start and keyless ignition, programmable door locks with lockout protection, keyless access, remote vehicle start and stolen vehicle assistance. OnStar turn-by-turn navigation is also included.

Engines: The 1.4-liter gas or range extender engine makes 83 horsepower and runs on premium fuel. The Voltec electric drive makes 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The rechargeable energy storage system includes a liquid thermal management system with active control.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to get a full list of the Chevrolet Volt safety, entertainment and convenience features. The dealership has plenty of 2013 models and all have a discount.


* see http://www.classicchevrolet.com/ for full offer details

School’s in Session and the Buses are Out and About

School buses strike up different feelings for different people. If you have children and they ride the big yellow to work, you love them. On the other hand, those of you without kiddos probably hate them. Speaking of someone without children, I can completely understand why some of you have a strong dislike for the big yellow, but that doesn’t mean we can break those safety rules encompassing them.

Did you know that there is an average of 139 fatalities per year involving school transportation-related crashes? That’s right, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most of these fatalities aren’t to the children on the buses, but rather to occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes (72 percent) or to other non-occupants of the buses, such as those who are walking and biking to school (20 percent). If that right there isn’t enough to grab your attention, I’m not sure what will.

In order to lower these statistics and educate motorists, ConsumerReports.com has shared a list of rules we all need to follow. Read them, learn them, use them!

  • Never pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. It is illegal in all 50 states. Also, never pass a school bus on the right — it is illegal and dangerous.
  • If you are traveling in the same direction as a stopped school bus, you must stop as well.
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to pickup or drop off children. If you are driving, slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the bus is stopped, and that children are getting on or off. This, of course, means that you have to stop as well.
  • When waiting with your own child, teach them to wait until the stop arm is fully extended and the bus door opens before moving toward the bus.
  • The area ten feet around a school bus is at the highest risk for child being hit, so stop your car further than that to allow space for children to enter or exit. Most states have distance requirements, and they may be much further away than you may think.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Better yet, walk around your car or out to the sidewalk to check for any children walking in your path before you get in.
  • Be aware that roads that pass close schools may have slower speed limits during arrival and dismissal times than during non-school hours and that those limits are often more strictly enforced.
  • Drive slowly and watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks. Also be aware of children playing or waiting around bus stops.
  • Be alert and aware on the road. While children are typically taught about looking both ways, they could dart into the street without looking if they are late or distracted.

On a final note, I think it’s important to mention that the majority of school-bus related auto injuries happen in the afternoon rather than the morning. So be wary during both times. Safe travels, Dallas Ft Worth Chevy drivers!

[Source: ConsumerReports]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Get Better Fuel Economy in Your Chevrolet Part II

As I mentioned before in a previous post, the list of things we can do to get better fuel economy out of our Chevrolet goes on and on and some of these things don’t really do enough to make a difference.

Lucky for you, we’re here to educate you on the ones that do make a difference. We’ve already talked about how we can save by shopping around for low prices, passing on premium gas unless it’s required, reducing our drag, monitoring our tire pressure and selecting “eco” routes. Today, I’ll share a few more tips you can add to your list to really make difference.

No idling. There is no need to warm up your car or keep it running while waiting for passengers. The general rule-of-thumb is to turn off your car if you know you’ll be stopped for more than 30 seconds. Don’t worry about the starter, it is designed for multiple, repeated starts. If your Ford has a push start button, then there is really no reason you should idle.

Combine trips. Avoid making multiple short trips or try to combine all errands into one trip. If you can, avoid rush hour, as sitting in traffic burns more gas and emits more pollutants. Why not try carpooling?

Watch your speed. For those of you out there who like to drive fast, this one will make a huge difference. Did you know that the faster you drive on the highway, the worse your gas mileage will be? ConsumerReports.org saw fuel economy in a tested Camry drop 5 mpg when we  cruising speed was increased from 55 mph to 65. Driving at 75 mph cost an additional 5 mpg. Even though it may be hard for some of you to do, try it. I promise you’ll see a difference.

Drive smoothly. Avoid hard acceleration and braking when possible. In the same Camry, ConsumerReports.org found that frequent bursts of acceleration and braking reduced fuel economy by 2 to 3 mpg.

Give the other tips a try and let us know what the results are. I doubt we’ll find anyone who says they didn’t see even a little bit of a difference. In the meantime, check out this video from ConsumerReports.org.

Things to Do Before You Hit the Road This Summer

Ahhh the summer. For most of us, this is the time we take those vacations we’ve been planning all year long. I don’t know about you, but I just love hitting the road with the windows down and feeling that summer air (in the early morning of course when the temperatures aren’t unbearable).

If you’re planning a trip in your new or pre-owned Chevrolet with friends or family this summer, it’s a good idea to check a few things before you head out of the Dallas Ft Worth metroplex. 

For starters, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. When is the last time you checked your refrigerant? Long roads trips quickly become miserable with no air condition especially during this time of year.
  2. How are your fluid levels looking? Check the wiper,transmission and brake fluid levels.
  3. When was your last oil change? Check your windshield for a sticker that lists the mileage of your last oil change. If it was more than 3,000 miles ago, I’d recommend a change. If you aren’t sure how long it’s been and there isn’t a sticker to tell you, then you definitely need to bring your car or truck in to the Classic Chevrolet service department and let them take a look for you.
  4. How’s that glove box looking? Do you have all of your documents up to date?

Now that we’ve made it through that list, here are a few other important things to check on:

  • Double-check the air pressure in all your tires,including the spare. Long hours of pounding the pavement are hard on tires,so check each tire’s tread for wear.
  • Check the antifreeze hoses,and make sure you don’t need to top off the coolant.
  • Make sure your headlights,turn signals,back-up lights are working. Did you know that extra weight in the rear of your car or truck can cause your headlights to shine higher than normal,potentially blinding other drivers momentarily?
  • Adding on to the previous item,make sure items you’ll need at a rest stop are easy to find. Avoid packing a lot more weight on one side of the car than the other.

Once you get on the road, you definitely don’t want to run into any car-related issues. It’s a terrible way to start or finish a trip. As always, the Classic Chevrolet dealership is more than happy to help you check off the above lists.

[Source: Allstate.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.