Chevy Models with the Best Gas Mileage

If you are in the market for a vehicle with excellent gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Volt or the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic. The Volt is a hybrid, while the Sonic is a gas only vehicle.

http://images.cobaltgroup.com/evox/color_0640_032/9101/9101_cc0640_032_GANx400.jpgThe 2014 Chevrolet Volt features a 1.4-liter engine that puts out 83 horsepower and an electric drive – Voltec – that puts out 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This electric vehicle uses a 16.5-kWh lithium-ion propulsion battery rechargeable energy storage system with a liquid thermal management system and active control. The charge cord is a portable 120-volt cord.

This set up gets 101 MPGe* in the city and 93 MPGe* on the highway. Using gas only, the Volt gets 35 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway.

Safety and security features for the Volt include StabiliTrak, LED illumination, daytime running lights, several airbags, a tire inflation kit, OnStar, a theft deterrent system, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitor system.

The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic features a 1.8-liter ECOTEC engine with variable valve timing and four-cylinder sequential multiport fuel injection. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm. The Sonic gets 27 mpg* in the city and 37 mpg* on the highway.

Safety and security features for the Sonic include four-wheel disc antilock brakes, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and hill start assist. Additionally, the Volt features Chevy’s StabiliTrak stability control system and traction control to help keep the vehicle in control in less-than-favorable conditions.

Additional safety and security features include daytime running lights, 10 airbags, OnStar, a rear vision camera, rear child door locks, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitor system.

Both vehicles include Chevrolet MyLink, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, 17-inch wheels, heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. For more information including pricing and a full list of features for each vehicle, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Volt or the Sonic. Both vehicles have special financing or discounts available.

Chevy Volt

Have you taken a look at the 2013 Chevy Volt yet? For those of you who are not familiar with this remarkable car, let us start of by saying it is a full-performance electric vehicle with extended range. The first of its kind, it operates from both battery and gasoline. Running off electricity alone, you can expect to get around 38 miles. After the gas kicks in, you can get up to 380 miles to the tank before either filling up or charging the battery.

2011 Volt in 3

The Volt uses a standard 120V household outlet to charge the 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery. The charging port is in a very interesting place; the front driver-side fender near the door. The battery takes anywhere between 10 to 16 hours to fully charge on a 120V outlet. You can have a professional electrician install a 240V outlet in your home to reduce this time to about 4 hours.

Your DFW Chevy dealer has this amazing vehicle in a 5 door hatchback starting from $39,081. It comes with standard features such as the Chevy MyLink infotainment system on a 7” color touch-screen display, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Sirius XM satellite radio and solar absorbing glass. It also comes equipped with keyless ignition with push button start, keyless entry and even Stolen Vehicle Assistance. The Volt comes in a range of color options; gray, red, viridian, white, silver, blue and black.

There are also a variety of trim packages so you can get just the right look that you’re seeking. We have Chevy Volts with jet black seats with ceramic white accents, automatic heated driver and front passenger seats, rear park assist, forward collision alert and many more options to personalize your vehicle. So stop by Classic Chevrolet today and test drive one of these innovative cars.

Saving Gas in Your Chevy

We all look for ways to save money. How about saving that money through consereing gas? Great idea! Here are a few pointers from your DFW Chevy dealer. Instead of parking in direct sunlight park in the shade. Gasoline will actually evaporate right out of your tank and does so when you’re parked in direct sunlight. Parking in the shade also keeps your car’s internal temperature cooler causing you to need less AC to cool off.

Cruise control is good but avoid using it while driving on hilly highway roads. The cruise control’s job is to keep you at a constant speed. Which means it will not be able to anticipate an upcoming hill and has to accelerate harder to maintain its constant speed.

You don’t need to drive like Mario Andretti to get to your destination. Slow down and ease up on the pedal. It’s a well proven fact that driving fast will increase the drag and increase your fuel intake.

Don’t fill up at just anytime of the day. When refueling your Classic Chevrolet, fill up during the late night or early morning hours. You will actually be getting more gas in your tank by doing this. Service stations storage tanks are buried below ground and the colder the ground is, the denser your gasoline will be. When temperatures begin to rise, gasoline will expand. So what you think should be a gallon isn’t exactly a gallon.

Avoiding heavy breaking and accelerating will improve your vehicles fuel efficiency and save on gas. Avoid idling whenever possible and even shutting off the engine for prolonged waits.

Invest in a GPS for your vehicle if you don’t already have one. You can plan ahead to take the shortest routes on outings. Don’t just drive around aimless, lost for hours and burning through fuel. By having a GPS, you will be able to get to any destination in less amount of time.

Do You Want To Meet The Marvelous Women Behind The Chevy Volt?

Yes, it is true that the Chevrolet Volt is one of the most anticipated cars in years. I for one am very excited about getting them here at Classic Chevrolet. I know many others are as well because our phones do not stop ringing with orders and questions. It’s a very exciting time in the world of GM and Chevrolet. I was doing some light reading this morning and came across a story from USA Today about the women that are behind the Chevrolet Volt and it was inspiring. Every time I read about this car I get more and more excited. It’s the same feeling I got right before the newly designed Camaro was finally available for purchase and we all know how great that car was for Chevrolet and GM. I wanted to share this story with you and get your thoughts on it as well. Are you excited about the Chevrolet Volt? For those of you that are be rest assured that your Texas Chevy dealer will keep you posted on the latest news regarding the Chevrolet Volt and we will let you know when you can come check one out here at our store.

The most eagerly awaited car of the year is the Chevrolet Volt, the first next-generation extended-range electric car to hit the road. General Motors has a lot riding on the car, and it took a lot of workers to make it. Many of them were women in what has been traditionally the boy’s club that was yesterday’s auto industry. GM pulled together some biographies of some of the key women involved in the design of the Volt. Interestingly, each one is a mom. Here is what GM wrote about them:

Design – Nina Tortosa, pictured above, is the lead aerodynamicist on the Volt team. Her team has spent more than 500 hours of time in the wind tunnel with the Volt, often testing and tweaking changes in 1 millimeter increments. While their work is done in small measures, the cumulative impact is significant: Nina estimates that aerodynamic development on the Volt extended the electric-only range by almost seven miles at highway speeds. She has two children, ages four and five. Nina was born in Barcelona, Spain, and graduated from Mounds View High School, just outside Minneapolis.

Infrastructure – Britta Gross is director of Global Energy Systems and Infrastructure Commercialization. She is working to prepare utilities and to get communities across the country “plug-in ready,” not just for Volt but for the wave of electric vehicles predicted to be on the horizon (Global Insight estimates that plug-in electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles could represent 20 to 60 percent of the market by 2030). This includes working with state and local governments on purchase incentives, with utilities to develop smart-grid and smart-charging technologies, and companies and municipalities to iron out home charging processes and to install charging stations at work places. Britta has two children, age 12 and 17; growing up, she lived in Kansas City, Chicago, and Baton Rouge.

Powertrain – Pamela Fletcher is the chief engineer for Volt and Plug-In Hybrid Propulsion Systems. She is responsible for the integration of the propulsion system components, including the lithium-ion battery pack, electric motors, and onboard engine generator, to ensure the cars meet customer expectations and business requirements. For the Volt this means creating an electric car with extended-range capability. Pamela has three children, ranging from 24 to 27 years of age; she grew up in Sarahsville, Ohio.

Marketing – Cristi Landy is the Volt product marketing manager. Cristi holds a degree in electrical engineering, and was part of the team that developed the Volt Concept in 2006. Currently, she acts as a liaison between Engineering and Marketing. As an example, Cristi helped identify the features and capabilities of the smart-phone application for Volt owners. This feature allows the driver to remotely heat/cool the cabin while the Volt is still plugged into the wall charger. This is much more efficient that using power from the battery for heat or air conditioning, extending the electric-only range of the Volt. Cristi has twin boys, age 10; growing up, she lived in Brookfield, Wis., and Jacksonville, Fla.

Manufacturing – Teri Quigley, pictured below, is the plant manager at Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly. Teri is responsible for preparing the plant and executing the launch of the Chevrolet Volt on the same assembly line as the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne. This includes production changes to accommodate the installation of the Volt’s unique powertrain, including the training and safety protocols to install the Volt’s six-foot long, 400-pound lithium ion battery pack. Teri has four children, ranging in age from 14 to 26, and has two grandchildren; she grew up in Dexter, Mich.

Well what do you think?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Cleaner Air When Traveling In Your New Car or Truck? Can it be?

I can appreciate all of the things that various manufacturers are doing to combat smog and emissions coming from our vehicles. It seems to me that at the moment it’s kind of at a stand still. I know it is getting better and is better than in years passed but we aren’t quite there yet. I watch the news I see the air quality alerts that we have daily in the DFW area. There has to be more than one way to combat this. Right? 

I found this article over on Autoblog.com and I thought it was so interesting that I had to share it with you. This could be a major break through in the world of pollution and emissions. 

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (EUT) may be on the brink of discovering a breakthrough that will lead to reduced pollution and cleaner air for all. According to the EUT, a roadway made of concrete blended with titanium dioxide can effectively remove up to 45 percent of the nitrogen oxides that it comes in contact with. The titanium dioxide, a photocatalytic material, captures airborne nitrogen oxides and, with the aid of the sun, converts it to nitrates that are harmlessly washed away by the rain.

The EUT conducted real-world studies on a 1,000-square-meter section of repaved road in the Netherlands. Such testing showed that the laced pavement could reduce nitrogen oxides by 25 to 45 percent more than traditional concrete. As Jos Brouwers, professor of building materials at the EUT remarked, “The air-purifying properties of the new paving stones had already been shown in the laboratory, but these results now show that they also work outdoors.” 

Additional testing is still underway and although the pavement laced with titanium dioxide does cost some 50 percent more than regular cement, overall road-building costs only increase by a marginal 10 percent. Costs aside, the advantages of the titanium dioxide are readily apparent, but the implementation of such a product requires repaving our roadways – a time intensive and costly endeavor. 

What are your thoughts on this latest information? Do you think it’s good?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Have You Met The New 2011 Chevrolet Volt Yet?

I thought you guys might like to meet the new electric car from GM. Introducing the all new 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Personally I am very excited about this new car and can’t wait to see what other people think about it. This is a different direction for GM and this much anticipated car is on a lot of peoples minds right now. Check out these figures courtesy of Consumer Reports

The Chevrolet Volt is one of the most-hyped cars expected to debut this year, with all-new drivetrain technology that General Motors has termed EREV, translated as “extended-range electric vehicle.” 

Yesterday, the company brought two examples up to our test track, along with several engineers to explain the car, point out its new features, and allow the staff to get behind the wheel. GM drove the two cars to our Connecticut Auto Test Center from Milford, Michigan—a trip of about 750 miles. 

  • The Volt’s electric drive motor is rated at 110 kW, equivalent to about 150 hp. It uses another motor/generator—GM engineers call this an “electric machine”—connected to the gas engine rated at 50 kW. This is used to start the engine and also provides electrical power to drive the vehicle when the battery is depleted. The gas engine is a 1.4-liter four cylinder similar to the Chevrolet Cruze base engine, though configured for this unique application.
  • The Volt uses about half the capacity of its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery. This ensures good durability of the battery pack and provides extra boost than can be delivered from the engine-driven generator so the driver sees/feels no difference between EV mode and gas engine. To maximize the battery’s life expectancy, the battery is never allowed to run completely down, nor is it ever allowed to take a maximum charge.
  • On long up hills, such as what you might experience climbing the Rocky Mountains, if that battery reserve is used up, the car’s power may be reduced to what’s available from the generator. GM engineers say there are only seven or eight such grades in the United States, and they have designed the car to be able to maintain the speed limit on these roads. The car has a “mountain mode,” which will increase the size of the battery reserve to assure there is enough power to maintain speed even on the longest, steepest hills. The trade off is reduced range.
  • GM has said before that the car will have a 300-mile overall range (including 40 miles on pure electric), but they have never before disclosed the capacity of the gasoline fuel tank. It will likely hold about nine gallons, in which case the range based on these figures would be well above 300 miles. The tank will be pressurized, so it will take a few seconds for the fuel door to pop open.
  • The Volt comes with a 20-foot, 110-volt charge cord. When plugged in, the car’s on-board charger tests the circuit to ensure that the house system is safe to connect to. A yellow light shows on top of the dashboard while the circuit is being tested. Once it passes, the car-horn chirps briefly, and the light turns green. If it fails the test, the light stays yellow, and the charger unit indicator lights show a fault.
  • Volt owners will receive OnStar for free for an extended period. Dedicated OnStar agents will be able to answer a wide range of questions about using an electric car. In addition, OnStar will automatically work with any Volt buyer to help arrange installation of an appropriate 240-volt electrical outlet for home charging.
  • GM is also building an app for iPhone and Android smartphones that will interface with the Volt to control and set up charging. It will also be able to interact with OnStar. Perhaps most significantly, Volt customers will be able to download their electric utility rates, and the software in the car will automatically set the car to charge when energy rates are lowest. The car can then notify a phone when the charge is complete.
  • GM says it will take four hours to fully charge a Volt from a 220-volt designated charger, which will need to be professionally installed at your house (at an extra cost), or about 10 hours on a standard 20-amp, 110-volt outlet.
  • The four-passenger Volt has individual seats in the rear that fold down, as the large “T” shaped battery takes up the space between the back seats.
  • The white, iPod-like center stack will also be available in gray and nearly all the switches are touch sensitive like an iPod and have a click sound associated with them.

The most common reaction to driving the Volt is that it is quiet and the linear power delivery provides good acceleration, but the sedan feels heavy in the corners. It weighs about 3,800 pounds, making it porky for a car of this size. 

The Volt will initially be sold in Los Angeles; Washington, DC; and Michigan in November. Within about a year, GM plans to have them available at select dealers nationwide. Chevrolet is expected to announce the price this summer. Overall, it’s an impressive piece of technology, but the proof will be how it performs in the real world. We look forward to buying our own Volt and putting it through our full test regimen once it goes on sale. —Eric Evarts

Want to see it in action? Check out the video. 

I am not sure what dealerships in Texas are going to get this car when it goes live but you can guarantee that your Fort Worth Chevy dealer will keep you posted. 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

What’s The Best New Or Used Car For Your Grad?

Do you remember what your first car was? Did your parents buy you that sports car you were dreaming of or did they give you a “Grandma” mobile? As high school is coming to an end and your teens are getting ready for college you may be wondering what kind of car to get them. Well The Wall Street Journal ‘s Joe White thinks it should be practical, safe, boring, used, and cheap.

We all know that teenagers think they are invincible and we all know that 9 out of 10 teenagers are a menace on the roads. So why spend the money on a sports car or pick up truck that they may wreck? One of his recommendations is the 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu. His reasons? It’s safe, reliable, has good crash test ratings, and of course boring…. But is the Chevy Malibu really boring? I certainly don’t think so.

KBB.com says that you will like the Chevy Malibu if:

The 2009 Chevrolet Malibu’s bold, attractive sheetmetal and stylish interior touches are backed by confident handling, a quiet ride and an overall level of refinement competitive with the category’s best. Unlike some competitors, the fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine is available on all Malibu trims, not just the entry-level model.

So head on over to your Texas Chevy dealer and let your teenager test drive the very NOT boring 2008-2009 Chevy Malibu. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

The Most Fuel Efficient SUVs…. Are You Driving One?

A lot of people love SUVs. They are spacious, comfortable, stylish, and now they are more fuel efficient than in years past. Did you know that the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox is on of the top 10 most fuel efficient SUVs? Edmunds.com put together their list of the 10 most fuel efficient SUVs/Crossovers of 2010 and the 2010 Equinox tied for 3rd place. Getting the most fuel out of your vehicle is very important these days. With the price of gas up and down daily, people are focusing more on vehicles that have better fuel economy. Have you test driven the new 2010 Chevy Equinox yet? See the review of the 2010 Equinox here. When you head over to your Texas Chevy dealer to test drive the new Equinox notice all the new features, style and comfort. I bet you will love it.

Here are the vehicles that tied for 3rd place:

The following vehicles are some of the most fuel-efficient SUVs and crossovers on the market. Our rankings were generated using the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. Specifically, we used the EPA’s combined fuel-economy formula: 55 percent of city mpg rating plus 45 percent of highway mpg rating. All ratings apply to base models equipped with a CVT or automatic transmission, except where indicated otherwise with an asterisk.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox — 22 city/32 highway and 26 combined (tie)

2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid — 27 city/25 highway and 26 combined (tie)

2010 Suzuki SX4 — 23 city/30 highway and 26 combined (tie)

2010 GMC Terrain — 22 city/32 highway and 26 combined (tie)

2010 Hyundai Tucson — 23 city/31 highway and 26 combined (tie)

Do you have the new Equinox? What do you think about it?

    Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

    Does Your City Love Hybrids The Most?

    With fuel up and down and up and down every day Hybrids are becoming increasingly more popular. I came across an article by Auto Blog about the 210 cities that love Hybrids the most. Of course I was not shocked that San Francisco came in at #1 but I was very happy Dallas/Fort Worth came in at #90. Not bad at all. With GM and your Texas Chevy Dealer offering more Hybrids every year maybe it’s time for you to go test drive one and see what it’s all about.

    Want to know more? Here’s how the Hybrid works:

    Hybrid-electric vehicles (HEVs) combine the benefits of gasoline engines and electric motors and can be configured to obtain different objectives, such as improved fuel economy, increased power, or additional auxiliary power for electronic devices and power tools.

    Advanced technologies include:

    Regenerative Braking. The electric motor applies resistance to the drivetrain causing the wheels to slow down. In return, the energy from the wheels turns the motor, which functions as a generator, converting energy normally wasted during coasting and braking into electricity, which is stored in a battery until needed by the electric motor.

    Electric Motor Drive/Assist. The electric motor provides additional power to assist the engine in accelerating, passing, or hill climbing. This allows a smaller, more efficient engine to be used. In some vehicles, the motor alone provides power for low-speed driving conditions where internal combustion engines are least efficient.

    Automatic Start/Shutoff. Automatically shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop and restarts it when the accelerator is pressed. This prevents wasted energy from idling. – FuelEconomy.gov

    If you want to see where your city landed on the list check out the article from AutoBlog.com

    Do you drive a Hybrid? What do you like the most about it?

    Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

    A Few Important Must Do’s For Auto Care On Your New Or Used Car Or Truck

    Classic Car Care:  New or Used Car or Truck expenses that should never be neglected.

    Even though everyone is looking to save money in today’s economy, certain expenses should never be neglected if you want your new or used car or truck to stay in tip top shape.

    Let’s examine car expenses that should never be neglect.

    Oil Changes – Oil Quality

    Avoiding regularly scheduled oil changes and using a low-grade oil is probably the most penny-wise and pound-foolish thing you can do to your new or used car or truck.

    Avoiding or stretching oil changes intervals and/or using low grade oil will accelerate engine wear, reduce fuel efficiency and can cause catastrophic failure.  Using oil that doesn’t meet the minimum API/SAE will void your warranty.  You certainly don’t want your warranty voided. You should be sure oil filters meet the manufacturer’s requirement as well – below specs can void a warranty.

    Note:  How often you change your oil is determined by your driving type.

    Manufacturers suggest changes based on ‘normal’ operating conditions.  Many of us have in-city conditions of stop-and-go driving, short trips, etc. which qualifies as ‘severe’ or ‘heavy-duty’ and thus require the oil to be changed more often.

    Radiator Service

    Radiator coolant should be checked every two years at a minimum.  Contaminated coolant can lead to a ruined radiator – which is very expensive to repair and can cause overheating.  You can eyeball the coolant for signs of deterioration – fresh coolant is bright green or orange-red [long-life type].  If the coolant looks cloudy or dirty it probably needs to be changed.  Or you can check the condition of the coolant with a devise that cost around $10.

    Note: Never check the coolant with a hot radiator [ENGINE SHOULD BE COMPLETELY COLD].  Coolant is more than hot enough to cause serious burns, if you remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot or even warm.

    Also, coolant is lethally poisonous to animals [animals often like the taste].  Clean-up any spills.

    Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.