2019 CHEVROLET COLORADO WT: WHY I’D BUY IT — KELLY LIN
“What truck should I buy?” It’s a question consumers ask themselves every day, but what would online editor Kelly Lin drive?
I learned to drive in an old 1995 Ford Ranger. It was dependable, and it lasted forever, but this was the era when pickups really felt like trucks. The ride was firmer, handling was more distant, and I’m convinced it wasn’t meant for someone 5’2″ because I couldn’t see out the front windshield without sitting on a phone book or cushion. Fortunately, smaller pickups have become much more livable since then, to the point that they can make solid active-lifestyle vehicles for those who don’t want an SUV.
Looking for a Colorado? Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit us online.
The list of competitors in the space keeps growing, with the most recent newcomer being the Jeep Gladiator, which is a bit expensive for my budget at $35,040 and above. Other strong rivals include the Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, and recently revived Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger. If I were in the market, I would choose the Colorado, in part because it has one of the most compliant rides of its competitors. The Ridgeline also excels in this category, but to be honest, I don’t love the look of the unibody Honda. And I’m not tempted by the Colorado’s more upmarket twin, the GMC Canyon.
The Colorado also benefits from sharp handling. It feels smaller than it really is, and it’s easy to maneuver into small parking spaces. When you need to haul, the 5-foot bed swallows up your gear better than many rivals with the same bed size, as we learned in our recent midsize pickup comparison test, which the Colorado won with flying colors. It maintains a solid ride when loaded, and a handy bed step makes it easy to unload at the end of the day. While I wouldn’t be filling the bed with bales of hay, I would make use of the bed for sports gear.
Since I prefer a car-like feel to the trucks I drive, acceleration is important. When equipped with a V-6 gas engine, the Colorado is quicker and more powerful than competitors. Packing 308 hp, a Colorado Z71 we tested reached 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, making it much peppier than gas and diesel four-cylinder Colorados we’ve run in the eight- and nine-second range. The V-6 is the engine I would pick, as the extra quickness comes with a relatively small sacrifice in fuel economy—18/25/20 mpg city/highway/combined compared to 20/26/22 mpg with the four-cylinder gas engine. There aren’t too many diesel pumps in my area, so I wouldn’t consider the fuel-sipping Duramax version.
Managing my needs for passenger and cargo space, I would opt for the crew cab and short box. When paired with the sprightly V-6 engine, the base Work Truck model has everything I need. That includes a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four-way power driver seat, dual USB ports, and rearview camera. Prices for this version start at a reasonable $29,280.
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Faster at 0-60 Than Ram HD
The United States is in the middle of a great war, one that isn’t being fought with military power or tax payer’s money. Of course, we’re referring to the pickup truck war currently taking much of Ford, GM, and Ram’s human and financial assets—one that’s about one-upping the competition and rolling out bigger and “badder” TV and YouTube ads. The latest victim of this ruthless war: Ram’s new Heavy Duty pickup truck.
Looking for your very own beefy Silverado HD? Call our customer care team at 630-898-9630 or visit us online 24/7. According to a presentation made by Chevrolet during the recent introduction of its all-new heavy-duty pickup truck, the Silverado HD can out-accelerate the also all-new Ram Heavy Duty while towing an 18,000-pound trailer.
To be specific, the data gathered (as shown in the photo below) explains that a Silverado 3500 DRW (dual rear wheel) accelerates faster from zero to 60, 25 to 60, and 40 to 60 miles per hour than a Cummins-powered Ram 3500 DRW. Why does this matter? Because the Ram boasts a higher torque figure than the Silverado, which—in theory—should make it more capable at towing. The Silverado offers 910 pound-feet of torque on tap, while the Ram reigns supreme with a staggering 1,000 pound-feet.
There are other differences besides torque, of course. The Silverado delivers 445 horsepower while the Ram gets the job done with “only” 400. When it comes to transmissions, the Silverado boasts a fancy 10-speed automatic, which offers four more gears than the Ram’s old-school six-speed. Lastly, despite the differences in torque, the Silverado claims a maximum towing capacity of 35,500 pounds, while the Ram is rated at 35,100.
According to Chevrolet, upgraded drive-line components help the Silverado achieve maximum torque in first gear without needing to electronically limit torque. On paper, 910 pound-feet of torque isn’t best-in-class, but yet through clever engineering they were able to obtain the current best-in-class towing number.
During the presentation, Chevy explained that they compared both vehicles at the Milford Proving Grounds, where they attached to an 18,000-pound trailer to both of them and performed the acceleration tests. At the end of the day, the Silverado reached 60 mph a whopping 2.6 seconds quicker than the Ram with the more powerful, high-output diesel engine.
Of course, the two weigh different amounts and there is different gearing on each truck (and the gearing delta is different by design), but Chevy claims they are able to do more with the additional four gears in the 10-speed transmission compared to the six-speed in the Ram.
While we can’t talk about actual driving impressions of the new Silverado HD yet, Chevrolet’s own testing data seems to make a case for higher/better gearing over a pure torque figure.
What if your guilty pleasures could make you feel a little less guilty? Like getting your daily triple, soy, no-foam latte for a little less? Or going out to lunch when you have a perfectly packed tuna sandwich in the fridge? These little splurges make us happy. And Marketplace*can help you enjoy them a little more. You need to eat — why not get a deal at a nearby restaurant? Plus, a discount on the gas you’ll need to get there. And while you’re at it, download an audiobook for that weekend trip you’ve got planned. Marketplace helps with bigger to-dos, too. Need a hotel? Push your blue OnStar button and ask an Advisor — they’ll work with priceline.com and booking.com* to reserve a great room and price for you. Ready to add some rewards to your routine? Find offers directly on your vehicle’s touch screen (if available), via your vehicle’s mobile app or through an Advisor.
You can download the GM Marketplace app from your vehicles mobile app from your phone, laptop or tablet. If we can assist you further, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit us online 24/7.
You can find it under the MY REWARDS tab.
Enroll and earn points redeemable toward services, accessories, the purchase/lease of a new vehicle and more.
Gain insights about your driving skills and potentially qualify for insurance discounts.
SEND TO NAVIGATION†
Pre-plot your trip by sending a destination to your
vehicle’s built-in navigation system from the myChevrolet App†.
Find rewarding offers and experiences from brands and merchants you love.
Pizza had a big week, in no small part thanks to new developments from Domino’s that are all about finding new ways to get the pie to your front door faster.
The Ann Arbor, MI-based company announced at the beginning of the week that it had partnered with autonomous car company Nuro to test pizza delivery via self-driving vehicles.
The Nuro pilot is currently limited to Houston, Texas, at the moment (yes, you’ll have to wait, Florida). But anyone in the U.S. with a connected Chevrolet vehicle can take advantage of Domino’s other big news news, which is that the chain is now available for order through Chevy’s in-car Marketplace system.
Marketplace is part of Chevy’s in-vehicle commerce platform that lets users order food, make hotel reservations, and even pay for fuel right from the car’s dashboard. It works independent of users’ smartphones, though anyone wanting to order Domino’s through the system will first need to set up a profile online or through the mobile Domino’s app. Once the user has set up their preferred delivery address, payment information, as well as pie preferences, they can link their Domino’s profile directly to Chevy’s in-car system and order pizza straight from the latter, whose touchscreen interface sits in the dashboard of the car.
Looking for a Chevy that orders pizza? Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit us online 24/7.
Domino’s is the first pizza chain available through Marketplace, which also makes it the first pizza chain you can order with from the car without picking up your smartphone.
The move follows Domino’s announcement from March that it had partnered with Xevo, who makes the in-vehicle commerce technology that powers systems from Chevrolet, GMC, and others. Domino’s has said it wants to have its in-car ordering capabilities on 1 million vehicles by the end of 2019. Joining Chevrolet’s marketplace will be another step towards realizing that goal.
The stunt jump at the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals on June 22 lasted only a few seconds, but it was an open question about whether the vehicle would be drivable again – or if the driver would walk away unharmed.
For Raymond Kohn, the stunt driver with Northeast Ohio Dukes, walking away at all after such a jump wasn’t always an option.
“This is my 12th year[of stunt driving], and I’ve jumped [a recreation of the “Dukes of Hazzard” car] the General Lee 22 times,” Kohn said. “I’ve had about nine concussions, about eight broken ankles. I’ve broken my wrist in Detroit, I’ve broken my collarbone and had severe whiplash.”
Instead of doing a stunt jump with 1969 Dodge Charger that the Duke boys were famed for driving on the aforementioned TV series, Kohn was behind the wheel of a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – the vehicle used by Burt Reynold’s character in the film “Smokey and the Bandit.”
And just like in the film, there was no landing ramp.
“There was never a landing ramp in Hazzard County, or in ‘Smokey and the Bandit’,” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing now. We’re going to stay true to Hollywood, stay true to the movies, and the TV shows, and we’re going to do it old school, the right way.”
Watch the live video of the jump below:
Watch the Smokey and the Bandit car jump at the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals - YouTube
Are you looking for your own stunt car? Give our Customer Care Team a call at 630-898-9630. We have a wide variety of vehicles in stock with something for everyone. Or, visit our website 24/7.
A: When the “Change Engine Oil Soon” message appears, oil change service is necessary for the vehicle as soon as possible, within the next 600 miles.
If driving under the best conditions, the Engine Oil Life System might not indicate the need for vehicle service for more than a year. The motor oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and the Engine Oil Life System will need to be reset. Your Chevrolet dealer has Certified Service expert technicians who will perform this work and reset the system. Click here to schedule service, or call us at 630-898-9630.
Q: How can I be sure to get the correct type of motor oil for my vehicle?
A: Consult your vehicle Owner’s Manual or visit the Certified Service experts at your Chevrolet dealer to be sure you get the proper oil for your vehicle. For 2011 or newer vehicles, dexos1TM Full Synthetic is the recommended oil specification (dexos1TM for gasoline engines, dexos2TM for light-duty diesel engines, 15W40 CJ-4 for Duramax diesel engines). Advantages of dexos1TM Full Synthetic over conventional motor oil include improved oil performance and protection, increased piston cleanliness, reduced oil consumption, and greater viscosity control.
Q: I’ve heard that I should change my oil every 3,000 miles. Is that still true?
A: The majority of today’s Chevrolet vehicles are equipped with the Engine Oil Life System, which has made the 3,000-mile oil change obsolete. Depending on the age of the vehicle, driving habits, and road conditions, vehicles with today’s advanced engines can go much longer than 3,000 miles between oil changes. Always be sure to check your engine oil level regularly, even with an Engine Oil Life System.
Shop For Your Next Vehicle From The Comfort Of Anywhere
Your next Chevrolet vehicle is just a few clicks away. Now you can save time at the dealership with Shop Click Drive, a simple convenient way to shop for your next vehicle from the comfort of anywhere, anytime. Choose your vehicle, complete the steps online, then schedule a time to sign and take the delivery of your new vehicle. You are under no obligation until you sign.
Complete the process online and save time at the dealership.
Estimate your payment and trade in value, see offers, and review pricing, costs and fees upfront.
CREATE YOUR DEAL ONLINE ANY TIME,
Once you’ve found a vehicle that’s right for you, estimate your monthly payment, add accessories, choose protection packages and even schedule your delivery or pickup. Create a deal that you’re comfortable with and submit your preferences to the dealership.
How quickly can I take delivery of my new vehicle?
Dealerships typically request about 48 hours to prepare your new vehicle for you. Ron Westphal Chevrolet prides itself on being fast and efficient. We probably can have your vehicle ready for delivery within a few hours. Please call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 to make delivery arrangements.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 or visit our website 24/7.
GM Took home five JD Power 1st Place awards for best initial quality 2019
GM Took home five JD Power 1st Place awards for best initial quality – This study examines problems experienced during the first 90 days of ownership of 2019 model year vehicles purchased/leased from November 2018 through February 2019. GM remained among the top three performing OEMs in the 2019 J.D. Power IQS (initial quality study). Below are the winners in their respective groups:
Cadillac Escalade – Large Premium SUV
Chevrolet Silverado HD – Large HD Pickup
Chevrolet Tahoe – Large SUV
Chevrolet Equinox – Compact SUV
Chevrolet Malibu – Midsize Car (tied with Ford Fusion).
Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630 to arrange for your V.I.P. Chevrolet demonstration. We have new and pre-owned Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Equinox and Malibu in stock now.