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.

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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.

 

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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Stay Cool During the Summer Months!

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Staying cool during a Texas summer is something we joke about in the Lone Star State. It seems impossible to keep the sweat beads from forming the moment you step out your front door and into the summer sun and stifling humidity. The following are 15 tips to help you stay cool this summer.

1. Use a sun umbrella to keep you shaded anywhere at anytime. Traditional rain umbrellas work just fine too.

2. Stop the ice cream truck, grab a tasty popsicle or ice cream cone and remember how much fun summer was when you were a kid.

3. Wrap a wet paper towel around your beverages before sticking them in the freezer. They’ll be ice cold in a fraction of the time.

4. Reach for ice cubes whenever you can. Whether you’re at home or digging in a friend’s cooler at a soccer game, ice cubes can offer a brief escape from the heat.

5. Enjoy iced coffee instead of hot coffee. Pour a pot of coffee into your ice trays, then use those cubes for your iced coffee, so it doesn’t become diluted.

6. Carry a paper fan. It may seem a bit primitive, but a good-old-fashioned paper fan can keep you cooler than if you travel without one.

7. Use a wet towel to cool yourself and your pets down. Place that towel in the freezer or refrigerator first for a whole new level of cool.

8. Bust out the fans. Even those with fully-functional air conditioning units can use fans in stuffier areas of the home. Place one by your bed for extra comfort at night.

9. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can make you unbearably hot on summer days. Opt for loose-fitting clothing that wicks the moisture and heat away instead.

10. Place ice packs or cold compresses on your wrists, elbows, ankles, neck and other areas for immediate relief when you’re feeling uncomfortably hot.

11. Give yourself some space. Unbearably hot summer days are not ideal for cuddling. Sleeping or laying alone keeps your partner’s body heat at bay.

12. Find your local watering holes. The heat of summer is one of the best times to start locating your town’s nearest swimming holes. Rivers, lakes and pools are some of the best (and most fun) solutions to sweaty Texas days.

13. Stay low in your house. Hot air rises, so you may notice your upstairs bedrooms becoming outrageously hot in summer. Opt for a summer of sleeping in the basement or living room instead.

14. Step back from the grill. Steer clear of turning on the stove, oven or grill. Hot summer days are ideal for enjoying cool sandwiches and salads instead.

15. Spend some time in your new Chevy. If you’re tired of dealing with the sub-par air conditioning in your everyday driver, stop in and see us at Classic Chevrolet to feel the cool breeze of air conditioning in your brand-new Chevy.

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.

What We Know About the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

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If you have been waiting for the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, you’ve still got a bit of a wait, but it will be at Classic Chevrolet as soon as it makes its debut. For those who have the need for speed, this vehicle looks like it may have bigger wheels and aerodynamic bits, both upgrades from the sixth generation muscle car.

The newest model will have a different body kit which includes a lower front fascia, a rear spoiler, and may even have a hood scoop. The hood scoop is a guess as Chevrolet hasn’t yet removed the camouflage. Another difference is the four tail pipes that poke out of the rear of the Camaro; and these are larger than the tail pipes on the Camaro SS.

The 2017 model year ZL1 features the same architecture as the Cadillac ATS, which means that it’s a lot lighter than the 2015 model year ZL1. If Chevy puts the 6.2-liter LT4 supercharged engine in it, not only will the Camaro get a bump up in horsepower, but that horsepower will have a faster time slip because of the drop in weight. This engine in the Corvette currently makes 650 horsepower; however, it still remains to be seen if Chevrolet will use the same engine or a version of it. Even if the horsepower is bumped up to just 600, it’s a 20-horsepower increase over the outgoing ZL1.

It is expected that the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will debut in early 2016, possibly at the Detroit Auto Show. It will be released sometime in late 2016, after the new Camaro debuts.

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Be sure to keep your eye on this spot for more information about the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 as it becomes available. Or, stop by Classic Chevy for more information as it becomes available.

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.

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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.

The 2015 Chevy Camaro at Classic Chevrolet

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Sometimes, you just have to have that second vehicle – or third… and it has to be something special. If you’re ready to get your dream car, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro. The 2015 model year features a 7.0-liter engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission.

The engine features a dry sump oil system. It makes 505 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 481 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The transmission is mated to a limited slip differential with a 3.91 gear ratio. Stopping power is provided by Brembo four-wheel ABS disc brakes, six-piston performance calipers in the front and four-piston performance calipers in the rear.

Safety and security features include StabiliTrak, including traction control, daytime running lamps, Directions and Connections for six months, dual-stage frontal airbags, thorax side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger airbags, head curtain side impact airbags, front and rear outboard seating side airbags and a passenger sensing system.

Additional features include the LATCH system for child safety seats, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a trunk emergency release handle. The Directions and Connections plan includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

Convenience Features

The easy-to-clean seats feature leather and sueded microfiber inserts, a floor console, armrest, a driver’s side dead pedal, alloy pedals, a three-spoke sueded microfiber-wrapped flat bottom tilt and telescopic steering wheel, driver information center, remote keyless entry, express up and down windows, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls, an air filtration system, trunk release, theft deterrent system, locking glove box, power outlets and a rear window defogger.

Additional features include cup holders, map pockets, vanity mirrors for the driver and passenger, front reading lamps, halogen headlights, intermittent wipers and power adjustable door mirrors.

Entertainment features

The Camaro features an AM/FM stereo, CD player, MP3 playback, Graphic Information display, music navigator, auxiliary jack, SiriusXM radio and Bluetooth. The radio controls are also mounted on the steering wheel.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Chevy Camaro and to learn more about all of the standard features and available options.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado

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When the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado becomes available at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll find that it has been redesigned and features updated styling, a new double cab body style, an improved interior and new safety features. The 2500HD and 3500HD have been revamped with the same upgrades that the 1500 received.

Interior

The interior received better quality materials in the cabin, new safety features, bigger touch screens for hands-free phone operation and entertainment control, and a quieter cabin. The change in the double cab allows for more interior room – and it now has front-hinged doors for easier access.

Cargo Beds

The 2500HD and 3500HD give you a choice of bed sizes: 6.5 feet or 8 feet, though the regular cab doesn’t give you a choice – it comes with the long bed. The bumpers now have corner steps to make loading cargo easier. The truck also features a lower tailgate and some models have an EZ lift for easier access to the cargo bed.

Engine Choices

The engine choices are the same as last year’s, which means that you can get up to 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque in a diesel-powered truck. The 2500HD could haul up to 3,760 pounds and could tow up to 17,900 pounds if it is properly equipped with the right engine, suspension and towing equipment.

Options/Body Styles/Trims

Chevy is known for giving you many choices when it comes to trim levels. The 2015 Silverado 2500HD starts you off by letting you choose from a regular cab, double cab or a crew cab. Then choose whether you want four- or two-wheel drive. Choose the bed size; unless you chose the regular cab, in which case you get the long bed only.

Trim levels for the different body styles include the base Work Truck, the LT and the LTZ. The regular cab does not feature an LTZ trim level. The Work Truck features 17-inch steel wheels while the LT changes those out for alloy wheels. Additional features for the LT model include an upgraded tailgate, all power accessories, keyless entry, MyLink, voice controls, OnStar, Bluetooth and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Stop by Classic Chevy for more information about the 2015 Silverado – or keep your eye on this page for more information.

Best Places to Travel in the South

It’s summer and it’s vacation time, but you have no idea where you want to head out to. With a brand new vehicle or a just-serviced vehicle from Classic Chevy, you are ready to hit the road. If you have time for a lengthy road trip, consider some of the best places in the south to visit for the food, the education or just to have some fun by visiting someplace you’ve never been before.

Take a trip to Maryland even if it is just to get the best crab cake in Maryland at The Crab Claw. The restaurant has been in business for over 45 years and is located in St. Michaels. While you are gorging on crab – or crab cakes – you’ll be able to watch the yachts and sailboats on the Miles River. Be sure to stop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum while you’re there. If you’re in the area because you rented a boat, you can also dock at the restaurant. For more information and directions, visit thecrabclaw.com or call (410) 745-2900.

If Maryland is a little far for the amount of time you have, consider a road trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the best live music in Tennessee. Be sure your visit includes a Saturday night so that you can visit the Grand Ole Opry and take in some of the best music – just like the rest of the world has since 1925. Visit opry.com for more information, including entertainer appearances.

It’s history you want? Then head out to the best historic site in Virginia – Colonial Williamsburg. Stop by the Trellis Restaurant for Death by Chocolate – originally created by the restaurant. While touring the blacksmith shop, be sure to visit The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg for a customized 17th-century-style apothecary scrub or ride in a carriage on Duke of Gloucester Street. For more information on the Trellis, visit thetrellis.com and for more information on the area, visit colonialwilliamsburg.com.

If you only have a few days for your vacation or you just don’t feel like doing a several-day road trip, visit the best dance hall in Texas, located between San Antonio and Austin. The Gruene Hall is the oldest dance hall in the state. It was built in 1878 and saw the likes of George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and the Dixie Chicks. You never know who you might run into. For more information, visit gruenehall.com or call (830) 606-1281.

Even if you plan to stay local, be sure to have your vehicle checked over or serviced at Classic Chevrolet before you leave. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, now would be a great time to visit us – you could take your road trip in a brand new Chevy.

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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.