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Features of the Redesigned Chevy Blazer

2019 Chevrolet Blazer in McKinney, TX

Although the 2019 Chevy Blazer is not the first Chevy vehicle bearing that name, the vehicle is all-new for the 2019 model year. The new Blazer offers trendy style, advanced performance, and all the modern technology that drivers are looking for. Here are some of the top features of the redesigned Blazer.

Camaro-Inspired Design

Who said mid-size SUVs couldn’t be beautifully stylish? The Blazer adapts the Camaro’s looks for a two-row SUV design, creating a bold silhouette that hints at the vehicle’s sporty performance. In addition, the Blazer’s different trim levels allow you to express your personality, from the fun, sporty RS to the sophisticated, city-savvy Premier.

Advanced Performance

The 2019 Blazer comes equipped with a standard 193-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but if that isn’t enough power for you, you can opt for the available 3.6-lier V6 engine. This latter engine pumps out a whopping 305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque, and towing capacity up to 4,500 pounds. The Blazer’s performance is further enhanced by its available AWD system, sport-tuned suspension, and refined driving dynamics.

Intuitive, Driver-Centric Design

The Blazer’s interior is sporty, sleek, and features intuitively laid-out controls across the dashboard. This includes a Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration technology, keeping you connected so you can safely access your favorite apps while driving.

There’s a lot more to love about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer than just these aspects. Learn all about this SUV by visiting El Dorado Chevrolet.

2019 Chevrolet Equinox and 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Differences

2019 Chevrolet Blazer in McKinney, TX
Pictured: 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS

If you’re looking to purchase a new Chevrolet SUV this year, it’s likely you’re considering either the Equinox or the Blazer. While each of these models is a solid, family-friendly option, the right fit for you really depends on what you’re looking for. Here’s a look at the major 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and 2019 Chevrolet Blazer differences.

Interior Space

As you might expect because of its larger size, the Blazer provides more room for passengers and cargo. It can haul a maximum of 64.2 cubic feet of cargo and offers 108 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Equinox, on the other hand, offers 63.9 cubic feet and 100 cubic feet, respectively.

Power & Efficiency

Depending on whether you want extra power or better fuel efficiency, either of these models can suffice. The Equinox has better gas mileage because of its lighter frame, offering up to 39 mpg on the highway when equipped with its 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine.* The Blazer’s best efficiency rating is 27 mpg on the highway.**

When it comes to capability, the Blazer is better off than the Equinox. That’s because of its more powerful engine. The Blazer can tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped, while the Equinox can go up to 3,500 pounds.

Whether you decide on the 2019 Equinox or 2019 Blazer, we have both options available here at El Dorado Chevrolet.

*EPA-estimated 39 MPG highway for 1.6L Diesel FWD models.

**EPA-estimated 22 city/27 highway MPG for 2.5L FWD engine and 20 city/26 highway for 3.6L FWD engine.

El Dorado Chevy Is a Pioneer Net Zero Car Dealer

Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback in McKinney, TX

When El Dorado Chevy officially has its new solar panel canopy installed, we will become one of the very first net zero car dealers in the country. What does this mean? All the energy that our 28-acre dealership needs to run each and every day will be sourced from this solar panel, rather than traditional means that are bad for the environment.

The solar panel canopy comes from our partnership with Sunfinity Renewable Energy and Ratliff Group. The 1.0-megawatt, 3,456 solar panel canopy is more than a source of clean energy: The canopy will also operate as a carport-esque barrier that protects vehicles on the lot from the sun’s harmful rays and from hail, which is common here in Texas.

“The project helps the Texas grid by supplying power when it’s most needed,” remarked John Billingsley, chairman and CEO of Sunfinity. “And […] El Dorado will be offsetting a significant amount of CO2 — equivalent to replacing over 35 million pounds of coal burned.”

The solar panel canopy will save El Dorado Chevy $4 million over its three decades of life and will generate more than 45 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.

El Dorado Chevy is going all-in on green. In addition to being a net zero car dealer with the solar panel, it is implementing a new recycling program at its dealership and is investing in plants for its landscaping that need less irrigation than its current plant life. Our dealership truly cares about the environment, especially in McKinney, Texas.

Check Out These 2019 Spring Events in McKinney, Texas

dog in park - McKinney, TX

Looking for something unique to do in the area with family and friends? These are guaranteed to be some of the best 2019 spring events in McKinney, Texas.

Movies in the Bark

The fourth Thursday of every month is Movies in the Bark at the Bonnie Wenk Park Amphitheater. This free event runs from 7-9 p.m. and is dog-friendly. In March, catch Benji; in April, watch Show Dogs; and in May, you’ll see Sgt. Stubby.

Hoopin’ with the Blue

Play basketball with the McKinney Policy Department on March 29th from 8-10 p.m. at this free event, held at the McKinney YMCA.

11th Annual Texas Trash-Off

Ahead of Earth Day later in the month, attend the 11th Annual Texas Trash-Off to collect litter at Bonnie Wenk Park from 9 11:30 a.m. The event is followed by a celebration lunch.

Arts in Bloom

This free event runs the whole weekend from April 12-14 in Historic Downtown McKinney. During the event, 150 artists will set up displays on the streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Indoor Triathlon

Head to the Apex Centre on April 27 for this indoor triathlon (swimming, running, and biking). Get more info here.

El Dorado Chevrolet hopes to see you around McKinney this spring at some of these memorable activities.

Things to Do With Your Chevy Truck in Dallas

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in McKinney, TX

You’ve bought a Chevy truck at El Dorado Chevrolet, and now you’re looking for a new adventure. Fortunately, Dallas has a variety of trails and off-road parks that make for great getaways. Check out these adventurous things to do with your Chevy truck in Dallas this weekend!

Practice Off-Roading

If you’re new to off-roading, the Trophy Club Park at Lake Grapevine features areas where novice drivers can learn the ropes. Off-roading veterans can test their skills on the rest of the 877-acre recreational park. If you need to stretch your legs after hitting the trails, the Trophy Club Park also offers swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing.

Challenge Mother Nature

Challenge Mother Nature herself on the Rock Trails, specifically designed for off-roading. At this park, drivers of all experience levels can tackle rough terrain and put their Chevy truck through its paces.

Explore 300 Acres

The Northwest OHV Park encompasses 300 acres of trails with varying landscapes. Dirt, rocks, and foliage present both novice and veteran drivers with off-road challenges and unforgettable adventures. Explore nature and unleash your wild side by taking a Chevy truck through 25 miles of rough terrain.

El Dorado Chevrolet is proud to be a part of the Dallas community.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado Takes Midsize Pickup Capability to the Next Level

Chevrolet Colorado in McKinney, TX

With an impressive powertrain lineup, unbeatable off-road capability in ZR2 trims, and plenty of advanced tech inside, the Chevolet Colorado is a midsize truck worth exploring if you’re in the market for a new truck.

Class-Leading Power

Equipped with the 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine, the 2019 Colorado offers best-in-class 308 horsepower and more towing capability than any other competitive V6 engine. For tougher jobs, the 2019 Colorado is also available with the GM-exclusive Duramax® 2.8-liter turbo-diesel, which boasts best-in-class towing capability, torque, and fuel economy.

Extreme Off-Road Capability

Behind the wheel of the 2019 Colorado ZR2, you can take on virtually any situation. Featuring the segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSV™ Damping System, front and rear locking differentials, and a purpose built off-road suspension, the 2019 Colorado ZR will help you dominate even the roughest of paths.

Advanced Technology

The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado isn’t just stronger than ever, it’s smarter, too. Equipped with the new Chevrolet Infotainment System, the 2019 Colorado offers a seamless connectivity experience. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ enable passengers to engage with favorite music, apps, and smartphone features to make the drive seem shorter.

Stop by El Dorado Chevy to test-drive the 2019 Colorado for yourself. Just be forewarned — you might just drive this bad boy home.

Chevy Releases Two Special Edition Colorado Models to Celebrate Four Years

2019 Chevrolet Colorado in McKinney, TX
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado.

Last month marked four years of sales for the Chevy Colorado, America’s most efficient pickup truck. In those four years, Chevrolet has sold more than 428,792 Colorado pickups. To mark the occasion, Chevy has released two special edition Colorado models, the off-road Z71 TrailRunner and the street-savvy RST.

The Colorado Z71 Trail Runner takes the popular Z71 off-road package and builds upon it with the ZR2’s underbody protection. The Colorado RST is similar to the street-focused Tahoe, Suburban, and Silverado RST models, adding a black beltline and body side moldings, special badging, and a black tailgate bowtie.

Why has the Colorado been so successful over the last four years? Chevy asserts that it’s because of the Colorado’s three-engine powertrain lineup, including a popular diesel option. The Colorado is also a best-seller because of its high fuel economy ratings and its 7,000-pound max tow rating.

“The success of Colorado helped reignite the midsize truck segment, which increased 27 percent from 2015 to 2017,” explained Sandor Piszar, director of Marketing for Chevrolet Trucks. “It changed what customers expected from a midsize truck, brought new customers to Chevrolet and road package inspired competitors to follow Chevy’s lead.”

You can test drive and purchase a new Chevrolet Colorado at El Dorado Chevy.

New Camaro SS Design Premieres at the SEMA Show

2019 Camaro Coupe SS

Chevy will premiere a new car at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, the 2019 Camaro with a Shock yellow exterior. This color will be showcased on the Camaro SS, a special high-performance model with a set of expanded features. The new SS highlights the latest in Chevy engineering and design.

According to Chevrolet, the Camaro SS design comes with an expanded portfolio of accessories and performance parts, including a black-wing spoiler, a carbon-fiber insert, black badging, cold-air induction, and RECARO® performance seats. There are also Brembo® brakes to improve stopping power.  Perhaps best of all, the sharp new Shock yellow exterior will make a statement wherever you go.

“There’s a fresh look for the 2019 Camaro, which is restyled, reinvigorated and offers more choices and new technologies,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Car and Crossover Marketing. “It’s the perfect canvas for personalization, and the new Shock color and available accessories demonstrate only some of the possibilities customers have to make the Camaro entirely theirs.”

What are some other highlights on the Camaro besides the new color? There’s an all-new Turbo 1LE model to add to the performance lineup, new wheels, upgraded infotainment, and a new available Forward Collision Alert system.

Stop by El Dorado Chevy to test-drive the 2019 Camaro SS for yourself.

2019 Silverado’s 0-to-60 Time Is, Well, Fast

When you think of pickup trucks, you likely envision massive vehicles capable of towing incredibly heavy items, like boats and trailers. What you might not think of is a super-fast vehicle that can launch to 60 miles per hour in the blink of an eye. That’s all changing with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

In fact, Chevy just announced the 2019 Silverado’s 0-to-60 time, and it’s unbelievably fast. When equipped with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can spring to 60 miles per hour from a full standstill in under seven seconds.

The 2.7-liter engine helps with speed in part due to the weight reduction. This engine is 380 pounds lighter than the 4.3-liter V6, the base engine of the 2019 Silverado. But don’t let its smaller size fool you: The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine serves up 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque.

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder is also impressive in that it is the first four-cylinder that Chevrolet has ever loaded into a Silverado. While it can’t match the pure power of the 6.2-liter V8 (420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque), it is still quite potent — and its quick acceleration is just a bonus.

Stop by El Dorado Chevrolet to experience the impressive energy of the 2019 Silverado for yourself.

Check Out These Upcoming Fall Events in McKinney, Texas

kids with pumpkin

Summer may last longer here in Texas than in other parts of the US, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get out and celebrate autumn the right way. Here are two exciting fall events in McKinney, Texas, to check out with friends and family this year.

11th Annual McKinney OktoberFest

The McKinney Oktoberfest has been a tradition in Downtown McKinney since 2008. This year, the three-day event will be held on Friday, September 28, from 5 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 30, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now online. The event includes delicious German food like brats and schnitzel, as well as scrumptious German beer. Entertainment includes a carnival, the Bavarian Experience stage, games, contests, parades, petting zoos, live music, and more.

Scare on the Square

If fall is more of a Halloween season to you, you’ll enjoy Historic Downtown McKinney’s Scare on the Square event held on Wednesday, October 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. This event is free to the public. Bring the whole family for a day of fun, with activities like pumpkin races, a costume contest, and a concert.

For more pastimes to enjoy this fall, contact us at El Dorado Chevy. We’ll be happy to recommend our favorites.