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.

The 2017 Chevy Colorado Sets a New Standard

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For 2017, the Chevrolet Colorado offers an all-new V-6 engine and class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. It is the latest major update for Colorado, which entered the market for model year 2015. Chevrolet is on track to sell more than 160,000 Colorados in the first 24 months on the market, reigniting the midsize segment.

“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” said Anita Burke, Colorado chief engineer. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V-6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

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The most significant update for the 2017 Colorado is an all-new V-6 engine and eight-speed transmission, creating a combination that’s unmatched in the midsize segment.

According to Stan Ludlow, chief engineer for the 2017 Colorado, the engine and transmission were calibrated to emphasize performance and refinement while optimizing fuel economy: “The Colorado is currently the most fuel-efficient pickup truck in America, with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway when equipped with the diesel engine. As such, for the new V-6 and eight-speed combination we focused on improving everyday driving performance. Drivers will immediately notice that it pulls harder when accelerating from a stop or passing on the highway; it is more confident pulling a trailer up a steep grade and it is more refined cruising at a constant highway speed.”

This second generation of Chevrolet’s double-overhead-cam engine architecture retains the same 3.6L displacement as before, with an updated suite of advanced engine technologies. This includes improved variable valve timing for intake and exhaust, improved direct injection and for the first time, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation), which disables two cylinders under light throttle applications. Horsepower and torque increase to an SAE-certified 308 hp (230 kW) at 6,800 rpm and 275 lb-ft (373 nM) at 4,000 rpm.

The engine is mated to the class-exclusive eight-speed automatic. The GM-developed Hydra-Matic 8L45 is roughly the same size and weight as the 6L80 six-speed automatic it replaces. However, the eight-speed automatic offers a wider 7.0 overall gear ratio spread than the 6L80 transmission’s 6.0 ratio. This results in a numerically higher first gear ratio, helping drivers start off more confidently with a heavy load or when trailering, and numerically lower rear axle ratios that reduce engine rpm on the highway for improved efficiency.

Extensive use of aluminum and magnesium, combined with similar packaging to the outgoing 6L80 transmission, equates to no increase in overall weight for Colorado models equipped with the new 8L45 transmission.

The 2017 model year updates, including the new V-6 and eight-speed combination, will arrive at dealerships in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Our Favorite Southern Chicken Recipes

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It’s Chicken Month! Celebrate everyone’s favorite bird by whipping up these scrumptious southern chicken recipes.

1. Traditional Southern Fried Chicken

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup water
  • approx. 1 cup hot red pepper sauce (more or less depending on taste)
  • 2 cups self-rising flour
  • 1 Tsp pepper
  • Peanut Oil for frying, though any oil will do in a pinch
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1 chicken, cut into pieces

Directions

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with water. Add hot sauce until egg mixture is bright orange. In another bowl, combine the flour and pepper. Season the chicken with the black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Dip seasoned chicken into the egg mixture and then coat well in the flour mixture.

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F in a deep skillet or pot. Keep the oil under the half the skillet/pot’s capacity.

Fry the chicken in oil until crispy and golden brown. Dark meat will take about 14 minutes. White meat will take about 9 minutes.

Try serving with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, and biscuits.

2. Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 package fingerling potatoes, halved
  • 8 oz. small carrots with tops
  • 1 large sweet onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • Vegetable cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Rub chicken thighs evenly with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Stir together salt, pepper, and rosemary in a bowl. Sprinkle the chicken thighs evenly with this spice mixture.

Next, stir together potatoes, carrots, and onion wedges in a large bowl. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil and then with the remaining Tsp of spice mixture. Toss to coat evenly.

After, spread the vegetable medley in an even layer on a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined sheet pan lightly greased with cooking spray. Place chicken thighs 2-3 inches apart on vegetable medley.

Finally, bake at 375 degrees F for about an hour. Internal temperature in thickest part of chicken thighs will register at 170 degrees F when ready.

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The Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions of 2016

Gyms become more crowded, Amazon sells more books and people start stuffing a few extra dollars into their piggy banks. A new year means a fresh start, and that’s why many Americans choose to make resolutions for the New Year. Some resolutions have proven to be more popular than others over the years, and these 10 are some that you’re guaranteed to hear your friends choosing in 2016.

1. Read more books.

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As smartphones and tablets begin to take the place of books, many Americans are hoping to revert back to the basics. The resolution to read more books is one that continues to be in the top 10 year after year.

2. Lose weight.

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Gyms overflow in January every year, but losing weight can be a tough resolution to keep. However, there’s no doubt that losing weight is on just about every list of the hottest New Year’s resolutions.

3. Quit smoking.

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The more studies come out about how bad smoking is for everyone’s health, the more people are trying to quit. Quitting smoking can be difficult, but it’s a resolution that many smokers will try year after year until their goal is accomplished.

4. Save money.

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Saving money is on a lot of people’s minds after the holiday spending has ceased. Paying off debts and saving more money is a resolution that many choose in the New Year, but it also means a commitment to a change of lifestyle.

5. Eat healthier.

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Eating healthy is difficult for many busy Americans, but the vow to eat more fruits and vegetables or change junk food eating habits entirely is seen as a positive way to start the New Year.

6. Live with less stress.

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Stress is something that drags many people down everyday, and removing that stress can mean a happier and more productive lifestyle. However, relieving stress can be one of the most difficult resolutions to keep.

7. Travel more often.

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Traveling is a way of incorporating more relaxation, adventure and culture into your life, and it’s hard to see a downside of escaping work and everyday stresses more often. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that traveling more often means keeping better track of your budget too.

8. Give to more charities.

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Whether it’s time, money, clothing or other means of donating, many people vow to help others more in the new year.

9. Spend less time on Facebook.

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This relatively new resolution has gained popularity as Facebook has become accessible everywhere we go. Spending less time on Facebook could result in higher levels of productivity, especially when you’re tempted by social media at work.

10. Try an extreme sport.

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For many, a new year means new adventures, and bigger and better adventures can mean a more amazing year than the last. Bungee jumping, skydiving and other adventure sports require courage from the participant, but these activities are found rewarding to those who have a little bit of adrenaline junkie inside.

Make 2016 the best year yet with a new or used Chevy from Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

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.

Chevy to Bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to their Lineup!

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When you test drive a new 2016 model at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll see that some models will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Since the auto manufacturer wants to appeal to tech fans, 14 vehicles in its 2016 model year lineup will have these features.

You’ll be able to synch your iPhone or Android smart phone to the vehicle through Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. Depending on the model vehicle, the infotainment screen is 7 or 8 inches wide and very easy to use.

Because you can burn through your data plan quite easily, Chevrolet offers the OnStar 4G LET plan so you can access the connectivity via the vehicle’s in-car WiFi network. Android Auto is centered around Google Now, Google Maps, WhatsApp,Google Play Music, Skype, podcasts, Spotify and the ability to talk to Google.

Apple CarPlay allows drivers to send and receive text messages, make calls and listen to music. Other apps supported include messages, phone, maps, music and some “compatible” apps from third parties.

You won’t be able to use the system do thinks such as Instagram and Facebook, as the system is designed to reduce distractions, not create them.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle. While some of the 2016 model years are not available yet, they soon will be. Models that will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto include the Camaro, Camaro convertible, Corvette, Corvette convertible, Colorado, Impala, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado and Silverado HD, Suburban, Spark, Volt and Tahoe.

Keep your eye on this space for availability of these models. If you plan on waiting for one of these new models, you still have to service and maintain your current vehicle so give us a call to set up a service appointment.

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.

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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.

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.

Rev Up Your Drive With the All-New Corvette Stingray Convertible Z51 3LT

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If you couldn’t wait for the new Stingray to come out, your wait is over. The 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible Z51 3LT is now available at Classic Chevrolet. Getting right to the nitty-gritty, the 6.2-liter engine puts out 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine features a dry sump oil system. It is backed by a seven-speed manual transmission that features active rev matching. The limited slip rear features a 3.42 gear – perfect for highway driving and great for getting the jump at the light.

Safety and security features include active handling stability control, all-speed traction control, a rear vision camera, daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, six months of Directions and Connections – including automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance, navigation and roadside assistance, a theft deterrent system and a rear window defogger.

Convenience features include the 3LT interior trim for the seats, console, door armrest and the instrument panel, eight-way driver and passenger seat adjusters, heated and ventilated seats, Napa leather, center console with two cup holders, USB ports, an auxiliary power outlet, an SD card slot and storage, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and a head-up display with color readouts.

Additional features include keyless access, push button start, remote transmitters, driver and passenger express up and down windows, cruise control, two driver presets for seat, door mirror and steering wheel memory, universal home remote, dual-zone air conditioning, a pollen filter, illuminated vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, electric locking glove box, and storage behind the screen, in the center console and in the rear compartment.

Entertainment features include an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen display, Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, an AM/FM stereo, MP3 playback, a radio data system, SiriusXM/HD radio, a hidden integral antenna and a 10-speaker Bose system with a bass box.

To learn more about the Stingray’s entertainment, convenience, security and safety features, and to test drive your next hot rod, stop by Classic Chevy today. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any ongoing specials for purchase or lease, and about any maintenance specials.

Get Your Father a Chevy!

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Even though Father’s Day 2014 is over, you can still get your dad a Chevy at Classic Chevrolet for Father’s Day! Does your father like hunting, taking trips, fishing or does he work all the time? Choose a vehicle that fits his lifestyle needs and you will have gotten him the best present he’s ever received.

For a dad that likes to go hunting and fishing – or a dad that needs a truck for work – a Silverado would be perfect. For a dad that commutes to the office or likes to take long trips, consider a sedan or SUV. We even have Chevys for dads who have everything they need for work and most types of play. If this is going to be a second vehicle, you might even consider getting dad a Corvette or a Camaro.

If you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place with the decision because your dad is the greatest and does everything, the 2015 Silverado 3500HD Double Cab with a long bed is perfect. It can haul an RV for hunting, fishing and family trips; it can haul tools for work; it can even double as a comfortable-riding vehicle for long trips. Of course, it won’t catch a Corvette on the highway, but you can still beat a Corvette at the bracket drag strip – and it will turn a lot of heads!

The 3500 features a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing. It also runs on E85 or unleaded fuel. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic heavy-duty transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

This combination puts out 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. The rear axle features a 4.10 gear and a locking rear; and the suspension includes 51mm twin tube shock absorbers and a 33mm front stabilizer bar.

This model features a trailering hitch platform, seven-wire harness, independent fused trailering circuits, a connector for four-way use for trailers without brakes or lights, an external engine cooler, an auxiliary external transmission cooler, a heavy-duty battery, an integrated trailer brake controller, frame-mounted front recovery hooks, and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your dad’s next new vehicle and give him the surprise of his life!