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Which Is Right for Me? Differences Between the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark

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.

Performance

2018 Chevrolet Spark
2018 Chevrolet Spark

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.

Features

2018 Chevrolet Sonic
2018 Chevrolet Sonic

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.

Getting Ready: Back-to-School Tips for Parents

 

back to school

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 Essentials for Your Car

2018 Chevrolet Corvette

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 Military Discount Gets Extended

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.

military personnel

“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.

4 Best Chevy Vehicles for Families

2018 Chevrolet Equinox in McKinney, TX

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:

  1. 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.*
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

4 Fun Things to Do in Dallas This Summer

family outdoors in summer

The city of Dallas has so much to offer, from delicious restaurants to educational museums to a roaring nightlife. Looking for something unique this season? Here are four things to do in Dallas this summer:

  1. Little Elm Craft Brew and Que: If you love delicious barbecue and even more delicious beer, this is one event you won’t want to miss. About 45 minutes north of downtown Dallas is Little Elm Park, which will play host to this event on June 2nd from 4 to 9pm. There will be live music in a family-friendly atmosphere with food and drinks, as well as beer sampling tickets, available for purchase.
  2. Decks in the Park: Head to Klyde Warren Park for this free music event on Thursday, June 21st, from 5 to 10pm. The festival features DJs from a variety of genres playing live music. On-site food trucks will provide refreshment.
  3. Quakecon: Video gamers, unite! This event, held at Gaylord Texan from August 9th through the 12th, is a non-stop video game festival—just remember to register online and bring your own computer.
  4. Texas Outdoor Musical: If you love live outdoor entertainment, then don’t miss the Texas Outdoor Musical at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, open Tuesdays through Sundays all summer. Get more info here.

For even more ways to celebrate the warm weather this summer, contact us at El Dorado Chevrolet. We’ll gladly recommend our favorite local pastimes.

Chevrolet Teases Next-Generation 2020 Silverado HD

Chevy Silverado HD

It’s no secret that Chevy has been updating its Silverado lineup and it looks like the American automaker isn’t going to be ignoring its HD lineup. The brand just released a teaser photo for the 2019 debut of the 2020 Silverado HD lineup.

“With a completely new, expanded range of Silverado models on the horizon, we expect to see even more truck buyers in Chevrolet showrooms,” said Alan Batey, global head of Chevrolet.

Currently, protype testing hasn’t begun just yet for the Silverado HD, but the model is expected to have a bolder design and larger proportions.

The reveal of the 2020 Silverado HD follows the debut of the 2019 Silverado 1500, which occurred in January. The American truck maker has also announced a new lineup of Silverado chassis-cab models, which includes the 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD.

Each of these recently introduced models have seen some significant changes. For instance, the Silverado 1500 has lost weight compared to the previous models and offers more customization options, so customers can find the pickup of their dreams.

While we don’t know much more about the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD lineup, we do know that it will be manufactured in Flint, Michigan. It’s expected to make its bow in showrooms across the country in fall of 2019.

Until then, stop by El Dorado Chevrolet to test drive the brand’s current Chevy Silverado HD models.

Check Out These Summer 2018 Events in McKinney, Texas

cyclist

There is plenty to do throughout the year in McKinney, but the summer months are especially busy. Here are a few summer 2018 events in McKinney, Texas, you will not want to miss.

Bike the Bricks

On Friday, May 25th, head to Historic Downtown McKinney for an epic bike race that lasts from 3pm to 11pm. The event is free to watch, though if you have racing in your blood, you will have to pay to enter and compete for the grand prize of $25,000. As a spectator, you can enjoy food, spirits, and family-friendly activities while you witness the event.

Red, White and BOOM!

There is no Fourth of July celebration like Red, White and BOOM! Held downtown on Independence Day, this festivity includes dining, shopping, a car show, block party, parade, concert, fireworks display, and more. It truly is an all-day event to engage the whole family.

McKinney Oktoberfest

Summer technically ends a littler earlier in September, but here in Texas, the summer heat will still be hanging out for the McKinney Oktoberfest, held from September 28th through 30th. Enjoy food, drinks, family activities, and live entertainment.

For more suggested events to attend this year, call us at El Dorado Chevrolet; we’ll be more than happy to recommend our favorite festivities.

Would You Take Chevrolet’s 48-State Road Trip?

Chevy Colorado

Last month, Chevy teamed up with Randy Olson, a data scientist, to design a road trip of epic proportions—one that takes drivers and their passengers through all 48 contiguous United States. Chevrolet’s 48-state road trip includes one stop in each state, at locations such as historic landmarks, beautiful natural phenomena, and the country’s most exciting theme parks.

This giant road trip would take 214.56 hours of driving (approximately nine days) without stopping. If you add on stops for gas, food, lodging, and enjoying the recommended spots in each state—plus any extra detours to see other landmarks or visit loved oens—this road trip could easily last over a month.

In total, the route that Chevy and Olson mapped out lasts 13,389 miles—too many miles to go without an oil change, which means you’d also have to find a couple certified Chevy dealerships along the way. To play it safe, get your oil change here at El Dorado Chevy before embarking on your adventure.

You can also test drive one of our 2018 Chevy models, which have earned a reputation for trustworthy performance. “Road trips are about creating shared memories and quality time with family and friends,” remarked Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “When on the road, travelers can trust Chevrolet vehicles to help get them where they’re going reliably. Chevy is now the only brand to earn J.D. Power Dependability Awards for cars, trucks and SUVs three years in a row.”

Whether you stop by for vehicle maintenance or to take a whirl in a shiny new 2018 model, El Dorado Chevrolet will be more than happy to help you have the most memorable road trip yet.

New Camaro Hot Wheels Edition: Celebrating 50 Years in Style

Even if you’re not a kid, you may still enjoy the new 50th Anniversary Edition of the Chevy Camaro. The special edition of the Camaro, called the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition, has a vibrant exterior design, powerful engine, and the latest high-tech gadgets. In short, it’s everything you’ve dreamed about in a car since you were playing with Hot Wheels.

According to The News Wheel, the relationship between Hot Wheels and the Camaro is long-standing. The Camaro was one of only 16 cars that was in the original Hot Wheels lineup, which first debuted 50 years ago in 1968.

The new, full-size Hot Wheels Edition comes with 20-inch alloy wheels, a special “Crush” color scheme, distinct badging, and more. Orders for the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition opened on February 1st.

“Since the Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition debuted last October, we’ve been overwhelmed with the passionate interest from Camaro and Hot Wheels fans alike,” said Todd Christensen, Marketing manager for Chevrolet Camaro. “We’re thrilled that the Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition will soon be hitting the streets, building upon an already formidable lineup that includes the Camaro Redline Edition and Camaro ZL1 1LE.”

El Dorado Chevy couldn’t be more excited about the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition.