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.”
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.
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.
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.
Are you planning to purchase a new Chevrolet pickup truck but unsure which model is the best choice for you? Two of the most popular options are the 2018 Silverado 1500 and 2018 Colorado. To help you out, we’ve detailed the key differences between the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2018 Chevrolet Colorado.
Size and Capability
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is larger than the Colorado, which means it can haul heavier objects. If there is a lot of towing in your pickup future, you will likely prefer the Silverado 1500 over the Colorado: The 2018 Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 pounds while the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds. If a smaller truck is more your style, however, the Colorado is still a strong choice, with its best-in-class tow rating.
Due to its smaller size, the Colorado is the more efficient of the two. It achieves up to an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway with a 2.8-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel engine, when equipped with two-wheel drive and an automatic six-speed transmission.* The Silverado 1500 is still efficient in its larger segment, however, achieving a best-in-class V8 fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon on the highway.**
When you’re shopping for a small car to help you get through your daily commute, Chevrolet is the place to look. Why? Because it has not one, but two subcompact car options that are sure to meet your needs. Below, we delve into the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark differences to help you decide which vehicle is the right fit for you.
If you like having engine options to choose from, then the 2018 Sonic is there for you. This small car comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. A 1.4-liter EcoTec turbo engine is also available, which gets the same horsepower but increases the torque to 148 lb-ft. The 1.8-liter engine has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 28-29 mpg combined, depending on the configuration. For the 1.4-liter engine, this number rises to 30-32 mpg combined.*
On the other hand, the 2018 Spark offers a single engine option with plenty of pep. Its 1.4-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine gets 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, while also getting an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.** While it’s not the most powerful option in its segment, it’s fuel efficiency makes it a great choice, especially if you have a long commute.
Both of these vehicles come standard with an array of top-notch features, so your choice really depends on what you’re looking for. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is standard on the base models, giving you access to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, along with OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. They also both have a standard rearview camera. The Sonic does offer active safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning on more of its trim levels, though.
Test drive both models for yourself when you stop by El Dorado Chevy for a visit.
*EPA estimate for Sonic with available 1.4L turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission.
**EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/39 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission.
Summer is nearly at an end, which means it’s time to prepare your children for the new school year. While this is a time that is typically exciting, it can also be rather nerve-wracking. That’s why we’ve put together some back-to-school tips for parents that should help get the school year off on the right foot.
Discover what the school is like. Many schools have an open house during the summer that allows parents to see just what the school is like. Make sure you take advantage of this. Walk the halls with your children, so they don’t feel as nervous on the first day — and meet their teacher, too!
Get all your kids’ supplies ready. No matter the grade your child is going into, they’re going to need school supplies. Whether you have a list given to you for your elementary-aged kid or you have a high schooler that will need a notebook (or six), then head to your local store and gather any necessities for the new year.
Prepare for the change in routine. Switching from the summer to the school year is a difficult transition for everyone in the family. A week before school begins, start practicing your family’s routine. Have everyone wake up to go through their morning routines so that the first day doesn’t have too many hiccups.
If you need a new vehicle to start the school year off the right way, stop by El Dorado Chevy to test-drive one of our family-friendly sedans or SUVs.
Summer’s finally here and it’s time to enjoy some fun in the sun. Before you head out on your next adventure, though, make sure you remember to bring these summer essentials for your car.
Bug spray and sunscreen. During the summer, the sun is typically beaming, and the bugs are looking for their next big meal. That’s why it’s important to keep both bug spray and sunscreen in your car. After all, no one likes to be sunburnt and mosquito-bitten!
Tote bags. Along with being a great way to help the environment out (no more plastic bags at the grocery store!), tote bags are also handy for a number of small mishaps. Whether you need to throw some dirty clothes into one or carry lunches easily, these bags will have you covered.
First aid kit. Accidents happen. Make sure you’re ready to bandage up any scraps or bruises your children may get during their outdoor explorations with a first aid kit.
A window shade. Your car’s going to get hot during the summer, especially when the sun’s out. A window shade is a sure way to keep the sun from roasting your car’s seats and making it more difficult to cool your car down.
A reusable water bottle. When you’re out and about, you don’t want to have to worry about whether you and your family are staying hydrated. Keeping a reusable water bottle with you means you’re set to take on the hot days ahead.
For more tips on enhancing your summer trips, give us a call at El Dorado Chevy.
General Motors is making it easier for military personnel to save money when they purchase a new vehicle. The American carmaker recently announced that it will be extending its military discount.
The General Motors Military Discount now allows military members to take advantage of the discount for up to three years after discharge. This means they can potentially save thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. Previously, this discount was only available up to one year after discharge.
“Supporting service members and their families is truly part of our fabric at GM,” said Steve Hill, vice president of U.S. Sales, Service, and Marketing. “Extending the discount to three years post-service allows military families to settle back into civilian life and take the time they need before purchasing a new vehicle.”
This discount is available for all active duty, reserve, and retired members of all U.S. military branches, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard. It applies to all GM brands and is available now on most 2018 GM vehicles, most 2017 vehicles, and the new 2019 models.
You can find a comprehensive list of vehicles that it can apply to here. To use this discount, simply go to the GM Military Discount website, selected the best price available, get an authorization number, and find the nearest participating dealership that has the vehicle you desire.
For more details about this exclusive discount, call us at El Dorado Chevy.
Chevrolet prides itself on its wide range of vehicles, from the durable Chevrolet Silverado (great for the jobsite) to the super fast Chevrolet Corvette (great for the track). But perhaps Chevy’s greatest strength is in its family vehicles. These are four of the best Chevy vehicles for families, available now at El Dorado Chevrolet:
Chevrolet Equinox: Though compact, this SUV is plenty roomy for small families with 63.5 cubic feet of cargo volume. It’s also highly efficient for families on a budget: The new turbo-diesel engine yields up to 39 miles per gallon on the highway.*
Chevrolet Bolt: Speaking of efficient, the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt is Chevy’s economy EV. The Bolt offers incredible eco-friendly tech—it can go 238 miles on a single charge and can charge to a 90-mile range in just 30 minutes with DC Fast Charging.
Chevrolet Traverse: The Traverse offers best-in-class max cargo space of 98.2 cubic feet and boasts up to 14 available advanced safety features, such as Forward Collision Alert and the Rear Vision Camera.
Chevrolet Suburban: Chevy’s largest SUV offers incredible towing (up to 8,300 pounds) for family camping or boating trips. It also offers plenty of room for family members and their luggage with 121.7 cubic feet of cargo space.
Stop by El Dorado Chevrolet to test drive one or more of these family-friendly models that are sure to make each drive a bit more pleasant.
*EPA-estimated 39 MPG highway for 1.6L Diesel FWD models.