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.

5 Reasons Getting a Chevy is Better than a Black Friday Deal

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Black Friday is getting to be more pervasive than ever. It’s invaded the weekend after and is encroaching into Thanksgiving Day itself. Why go through all the hassle at an electronics store or a department store when you could come to Classic Chevrolet instead and get the king of deals: a new Chevy.

Here’s why getting a Chevy is better than any Black Friday Deal.

1. No Waiting in Lines

Black Friday means lines. Lots of lines, out in the chill of morning with no guarantee of success. When you come to Classic Chevy, you won’t have to worry about lines just to get to test drive a model or to talk to a sales associate. You simply get to do what you came to do: buy a Chevy.

2. You Don’t Have to Wake Up Early

With deals and specials that last all day (regardless of whether it’s Black Friday or not), you don’t have to go to bed super early, set an alarm, and eat breakfast on the road. Wake up when you’re good and ready — our inventory will be standing by!

3. Supplies Aren’t Limited

With our huge inventory, there’s no worry that you’re missing out. Most Black Friday deals, you have to ask yourself, “will there be any left once I get my chance?” With Classic Chevy, there’s always another car, truck, or SUV that’s sure to please.

4. No Doors to Bust Down

Hey, we’re a dealership… just drive onto the lot, no doors involved! Seriously though, come early or come late, we’ll be glad to help.

5. You Get to Leave in a Brand New Chevy

The best part of shopping for a car is getting to leave the lot in that car. Whether you head home for the day or wade into the melee of Black Friday shopping, you get to do it in the comfort and convenience of a new Chevrolet.

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So what are you waiting for? Come by Classic Chevy today to tour our inventory, test drive your favorites, and leave the lot in the winning vehicle.

The 2015 Silverado

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The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado isn’t at Classic Chevrolet yet, but it will be soon – and those who are waiting for the new model year don’t have long to wait as the trucks are in transit. Those who are just starting to think about a new truck might want to wait a couple of days to come in and test drive the new model year.

The new Silverado features a 5.3-liter EctTec3 V-8 engine with direct injection, active fuel management and variable valve timing. The aluminum block makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features a tow/haul mode and overdrive. It also includes powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking.

The engine and transmission are protected by an external engine oil cooler and auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, respectively. The battery provides 720 cold cranking amps, rundown protection and retained accessory power.

Additional mechanical features include a suspension package, electric power steering assisted rack and pinion steering, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Security features include StabiliTrak, Chevy’s stability control system, proactive roll avoidance, traction control, hill start assist and electronic trailer sway control. Daytime running lamps feature automatic exterior lamp control. Onstar with automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance, turn-by-turn navigation is also included for six months.

Additional safety features include a rear vision camera, tire pressure monitoring system, and several airbags, including driver and front passenger airbags, head curtain and seat-mounted side impact airbags, dual-stage frontal and side impact airbags, and front and rear outboard seating position airbags with a passenger-sensing system.

Convenience features include heated front seats, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, power lumbar and two memory positions for the driver’s seat. Additional features include a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted cruise and audio controls, 4.2-inch diagonal color display with driver information center, power windows with express up on the driver’s window and express down on all four, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, theft-deterrent system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear window defogger, auto-dimming rearview mirror and illuminated vanity mirrors.

For a complete list of entertainment, convenience, safety and security features, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the new 2015 Silverado.

2015 Silverado 3500HD Crew 4WD

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The 2015 Silverado 3500HD four-wheel drive truck is the perfect vehicle for someone who needs to haul a boat, an RV or a trailer full of horses or cattle. The powerplant for this truck, now available at Classic Chevrolet, is a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with variable valve timing; and it is capable of running on unleaded fuel or E85. The engine is backed by a heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The electronically controlled transmission also features cruise grade braking and a powertrain grade braking.

Interior features include a front split bench that holds three passengers and a 60/40 split rear folding bench seat that also holds three passenger. If purchased with the LT convenience package, the seats are jet black leather. The driver and front passenger seats recline – and when there are only two in the front, the center armrest folds down.

The manual tilt steering wheel is leather-wrapped and features mounted cruise and audio controls. The driver information center features a 4.2-inch diagonal color monitor, warning messages, personalization and vehicle information. The driver’s window features express up and down and all other windows features express down.

Additional features include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated driver and front passenger vanity mirrors and A-pillar-mounted assist handles.

Safety and exterior features include StabiliTrak with proactive roll avoidance, electronic trailer sway, traction control and stability control. It also features hill start assist. Additional features include several airbags six months of OnStar Directions and Connections plan.

Additional features include 18-inch forged polished aluminum wheels, wheelhouse liners, a tire carrier lock, chrome bumpers, a corner step in the rear bumper, chrome grille, halogen projector headlights, power adjustable outside mirrors, deep tinted glass and a locking tailgate.

Entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink, AM/Fm stereo, USB ports, an auxiliary jack, SD card slot, Bluetooth, hands-free phone integration, Pandora, voice activation, a CD/MP3 player, SiriusXM HD radio, and a six-speaker audio system.

Additional features include vehicle stability assist, emergency brake assist, turn signals in the outside heated mirrors, child safety locks, an auxiliary transmission oil cooler, trailer wiring, cruise control, adjustable head rests, daytime running lights, a tailgate protector, trailer towing hitch, adjustable lumbar seats, intermittent wipers, ABS brakes, tow hooks and remote power door locks.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the Silverado 1500HD and to learn more about all of its security, safety, entertainment and convenience features.

Best Kept Secrets in Texas

If you are looking for a day trip or a great weekend trip, consider visiting some of Texas’ best kept secrets. A weekend trip – or even a week-long vacation to visit more than one of the “secret” sites – is a perfect way to celebrate the new car or truck you just bought at Classic Chevrolet.

If you head out to Big Bend National Park or the Davis Mountains, be sure to stop by Marfa’s Mystery Lights. The lights are small-town Marfa’s claim to fame and show up between Marfa and Paisano Pass on clear nights. To see the lights, face toward the Chinati Mountains. The first record of these lights was in 1883. Sometimes the lights look like they are fusing and splitting, sometimes they move and sometimes they are colored. To this day, no one has figured out what the lights are from.

Glen Rose features the Dinosaur Valley State Park. While you can’t dig up your own dinosaur bones, you can see dinosaur footprints and other dinosaur-related things. The park is located on the Paluxy River and you can also see mudstones, limestones and sandstones that were deposited in that location about 113 million years ago. The area used to be a sea.

If you like treasure hunts, visit Mason County to hunt for natural topaz. The stone, which is Texas’ state gem, is commonly found in ravines and streambeds, but only in Mason County. There is no commercial mining in the area, but several ranches in the area will set you up for topaz hunting. The ranches are usually closed during deer season, so if you don’t make it out there before then, you’ll have to wait until deer season is over.

If you prefer hiking, stop by Colorado Bend State Park in Hill Country to hike to Gorman Falls. The hike is about 1.5 miles of rougher terrain, but the falls – an oasis in the middle of Texas – is worth the climb.

If you haven’t purchased or leased a new vehicle yet, but want to take some of these trips, be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to have your vehicle checked before you head out, especially if you take some of the longer trips. Ask our service manager about any service specials that we might be running.

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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.

Classic Chevrolet of Houston Joins Classic Family of Dealerships

Tom Durant, the owner of Classic Chevrolet, the nation’s #1 volume Chevrolet dealer for eight consecutive years, purchased Allen Samuels Chevrolet. The total number of dealerships owned by Durant Auto Group is now 12; and the newly purchased dealership makes Durant’s third dealership in the Houston/Galveston market.

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Classic Chevrolet of Houston, the new name for Allen Samuels Chevrolet, was officially opened by managing partner Joel Rogers on April 21, 2014. According to Durant,

“Our business model has always been to treat our customers not as a one-time profit opportunity, but as a lifetime customer who appreciates being treated fairly. If you treat people well and give them a fair deal, they will come back and your store will succeed. That’s what has made us successful at all of our dealerships, including Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land and Classic Auto Group Galveston.

Joel Rogers, wife Sunshine and their son settled in the Richmond area and quickly made Houston their home. Rogers said, “From day one, we will be very active in the local community. Giving back to the community is a hallmark of the entire organization.” He also stated,

“And when it comes to sales and service, we put respect and honesty at the highest priority. Customers can expect to find a great selection at a fair price with no hidden upcharges. Our goal is to attain the same repeat and referral business that has made Classic Chevrolet #1 in the nation for so many years.

Classic Chevrolet is unique in that the sales people are able to handle an entire transaction with the customer without playing the “Let me check with the manager” game that many other dealerships still practice. The Classic Chevy group of dealerships is very transparent and genuine – and all of the dealerships feature a relaxed atmosphere. Employees wear jeans in the winter and shorts in the summer – and that tradition will continue at the new Houston store.

Classic Chevrolet of Houston is located at the Hillcroft exit on the Southwest Freeway; and it is just minutes from Bellaire and the Galleria. Rogers expects to sell 250 brand new Chevrolet models and up to 120 pre-owned vehicles per month.

Service, parts and collision repair facilities at Classic Chevrolet of Houston are all ready for a smooth transition for the store’s current customers. Rogers stated that the staff at Classic Chevrolet is excited to serve the Houston market and to build long-lasting relationships with the customers.

All-New Corvette is Revealed

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April 15, 2014, will be the date of the release of a new variant of the seventh generation Corvette. You may have already seen the Z06 and the C7.R at the Detroit Auto show in January, but this isn’t either of those models. While Chevrolet has confirmed the revealing, it has revealed little about the new variant. It is unknown at this time when the new model will be available at Classic Chevrolet.

Corvette fans may see a fixed-roof model or a special edition to help launch the 2015 model year. If it is the coupe, that model could be the new point of entry for those in the market for a new Corvette.

The 2014 model year started the seventh generation for the popular sports car. GM considered mid-engine and rear engine layouts for this model year, but stuck with the front-engine, rear-wheel drive version so production costs would not be too high. The LT1 engine featured in the 2014 model is a 376 cubic-inch V8 engine that puts out 455 base horsepower. If buyers add the optional performance exhaust, the base horsepower jumps up to 460. This is not the first generation to see the LT1 and may not be the last. The LT1 made its first appearance in the fifth generation.

Unlike the older version, this version of the LT1 features direct injection, an active fuel management system and variable valve timing. The engine is backed by a seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Additional new features that you will probably see on future model years include a carbon fiber hood, a removable roof panel, different tail lights, and carbon-nano composite underbody panels. You may also see more aluminum instead of composite material in the body.

The 2015 Corvette is expected to have at least 625 base horsepower in a supercharged LT4 aluminum 6.2-liter engine.

For more information about the upcoming models, keep your eye on this space. For more information including safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features of the 2014 models, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Corvette.

Getting Your Chevy Revved Up for Spring

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Spring is here and that means more work outside – whether you are farming or you are landscaping your yard. Farmers are getting fields ready for planting, those who live in the city are getting ready to spruce up their landscaping, and rural dwellers are getting gardens ready for planting. This means that your vehicle is going to get a work out.

Regardless of the age of your vehicle, it is important to keep up with the maintenance. During regular maintenance our service technicians at Classic Chevy check everything over to try to catch upcoming service so you hopefully won’t be stranded. After all, being stranded on the highway or having your truck down when you need to get to the coop for seed or other gardening supplies can definitely ruin your schedule.

Check our website for service specials. We have specials on oil changes, tire rotation and more. Many parts come with a limited lifetime warranty. That means if it breaks, you don’t pay for the part again.

Important service is sometimes obvious – such as regular oil changes. However, there are some things you may not think about. If you use your truck for towing, especially in excessive heat or in the mountains, the auto manufacturer may recommend having the transmission service sooner rather than later.

Brakes should be checked sooner rather than later if you use your vehicle for towing or are frequently in the mountains. Even if you are not towing an RV in the mountains, you should have your brakes and transmission serviced sooner rather than later as those items work much harder than they would on flat land.

Spring is also a good time to give your vehicle a good detail job. It will get any winter grime off the outside, thus extending the life of the paint job. In the event that you drove in the snow, you most likely have salt buildup under the vehicle and salt splatters on the body. Since salt is detrimental to metal and paint, you can keep your vehicle looking new by removing the winter grime.

You can call our service department at Classic Chevrolet to schedule an appointment or you can schedule a service appointment through our website.