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To Hybrid or Not To Hybrid

Whether or not to spend the extra few thousand dollars on a hybrid for better fuel efficiency is a question car buyers struggle with every day. True, a hybrid has fewer emissions and is more environmentally friendly, but Millennials and other folks might not be able to afford the extra payment. Enter the Chevy Spark, the fuel-efficient commuter vehicle that actually beats many hybrids in the mpg game. By earning 41 mpg on the highway, the fun little Spark is a car that provides an option for people seeking efficient, reliable transportation. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet and see how the Spark compares to other models.

Affordable Spark Filled With Tech Features

Starting at just $12,660, the Chevy Spark has more technology than anyone has a right to expect at that price. Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility is just the start, as the Spark is also a rolling hot spot with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi and the Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Make a hands free call, check your text messages or stream music without ever having your eyes leave the road. A standard rearview camera lets you see what’s behind you. Add available park assist and you’ll get an audible warning as you get too close to an object when trying to get into a tight parking space.

Safety Features Part of Spark’s DNA

From the super strong steel safety cage and 10 standard air bags to the rear view camera and available sensor technology, the Spark is one of the safest small cars on the highway. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are two available safety features that alert you to the potential of a collision. Should you happen to get in a wreck, Chevy’s OnStar system has an automatic crash response, which is free for the first 6 months of ownership.

Spectacular Colors Let You Explore Your Wild Child

Whether you choose more dynamic hues like Lime, Blue Splash and Salsa, or prefer the more sedate Silver Ice, Electric Blue or Toasted Marshmallow, the Chevy Spark has a color to fit most tastes. The premium interior materials are color coordinated with whatever you choose for the exterior, keeping you as the fashion diva of your driving circle. Choose the 2LT model and you can get leatherette heated seats for a touch of extra class. Ambient lighting makes for a cool driving experience at night.

Engine and Transmission Combine for Sporty Efficiency

The standard ECOTEC engine that comes in the Spark is 1.4 liters of pure excitement. With a dual overhead cam to provide a little more zip, this power plant still achieves excellent fuel mileage. You can pair it up with the standard 5-speed manual transmission, or choose an automatic that seamlessly shifts through the gears to deliver an easy ride. See all the combinations that make Spark one of the most popular entry-level vehicles when you stop by Freeway Chevrolet.

2016 Cruze a ‘Seriously Smooth’ Car

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‘Car and Driver’ Loves New Chevy

The 2016 Chevy Cruze is a “seriously smooth car,” according to no less an authority than the editors at “Car and Driver” magazine. The editors love the Cruze’s “slippery shape” and the way joints fit together evenly. By lengthening the overall car by almost three inches, Chevy added some comfort to the ride while putting it just on the edge of still being a compact car. An added result is a more spacious interior, where adults can take a long trip without being cramped. To see how comfortable the new Cruze can be, take a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.

Suspension Tuning Delivers Stability and Comfort

Chevy engineers have paid particular attention to the suspension of the 2016 Chevy Cruze, fine tuning the torsion-beam rear axle and front struts to deliver a smooth and responsive ride. The Cruze absorbs potholes and bumps like a much larger car, saving both your back and the car’s components from early injury. When making a quick emergency lane switch, the rear end of the car remains under control, keeping you out of trouble when driving conditions get dicey. By implementing on-center zone steering, it’s easy to keep the Cruze on track during those long freeway runs with just a thumb controlling the wheel.

New Turbo Provides More Power

By replacing the previous engine choices with a 1.4L turbo four cylinder engine, Chevy has decreased weight and increased power in the new Cruze. The new engine delivers 153 horsepower, which is more than enough to zip the light car through traffic or around curves. The latest edition of the Cruze is 262 pounds lighter than last year’s model, helping propel the vehicle to a respectable time of 7.6 seconds in the 0 to 60 mph run.

Plush Interior Delivers Necessary Support

While many cars of its size use smaller seats to provide the illusion of more interior room, the Cruze has large, plush bolsters that keep you swaddled in the lap of luxury. An optional driver’s power seat adds the necessary adjustments to tilt and lumbar necessary for those long trips. More chrome and a rubberized coating provides a modern look on the dash and trim. Add heated front seats, a sunroof and Bose audio system and you’ll truly be driving in the throes of comfort. Plenty of storage compartments, six cupholders and a special place to charge the driver’s phone all add to the amenities. See how smooth the new Cruze is by heading over to Freeway Chevrolet.

Silverado Backup System Makes Towing Easier

Chevrolet Accessories offers a trailering camera system, produced by Echomaster, for 2014-2016 model year Silverados. The system is fully integrated with the Silverado infotainment system, providing images from up to four cameras on the center display.

Retrofit Your 2014-2016 Silverado

Chevrolet has teamed up with Echomaster to create a three-camera towing backup system designed to make the problems of parking a trailer a thing of the past. When combined with a factory-installed fifth-wheel package, backing up a large trailer is as simple as playing a video game. “These are great examples of our commitment to provide truck customers with the most confident towing experience in the industry,” according to Chevy truck executive Jeff Luke. “The fifth-wheel prep package has been edesigned by our structural engineers to make the most of Silverado’s fully-boxed, high strength steel frame. The trailering camera system was designed in partnership with our Chevrolet MyLink team to seamlessly integrate views from trailering cameras into the existing radio display.” See how the new backup system works on the Chevrolet Silverado with a visit to Freeway Chevrolet.

Cameras Installed in Mirrors, on Trailer

The new Chevrolet Silverado backup system utilizes two cameras installed in the side mirrors for optimum viewing of both sides of the trailer. A third camera is mounted on the rear top edge of the trailer, providing a bird’s eye view of the parking spot. Infrared lighting delivers a clear picture during day or night. Once you put your truck in reverse, the trailering system is activated. Pressing the Home button on your radio produces a menu screen from which you can choose your selected view. An optional fourth camera can be installed within the trailer so you can monitor your cargo, horses or other content. This system can be purchased through the parts department at Freeway Chevrolet.

Fifth-wheel Package Provides Secure Connection

The Chevrolet Silverado also has an optional factory-installed fifth wheel package available that integrates a hitch platform with the steel frame for maximum strength. A hitch platform and tray are mounted to the frame and hidden under the truck bed. Once the hitch is removed, the frame is completely out of sight so you can use the bed for cargo. The hitch package and camera system are just part of a comprehensive suite of towing features offered by Chevrolet. Other features include Standard StabiliTrak with sway control, integrated cruise control with auto grade braking and digital steering assist. The Chevrolet Silverado HD also features the most payload capacity and highest towing rating in the industry. Talk to the pros at Freeway Chevrolet about outfitting a new Silverado with everything you need to make your towing job easier.

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Special Edition Built for California Buyers

Loading up a pickup truck with surfboards and heading to the beach is as much a west coast tradition as fish tacos and bonfires on the sand. By creating the Chevrolet Colorado Shoreline Edition, buyers can now go surfing in the comfort of Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year.” “The new Colorado ignited the midsize pickup market, accounting for 74 percent of the growth of the segment in 2015,” according to Chevy truck marketing director Sandor Piszar. “This year we are continuing that momentum with the Shoreline edition designed specifically for customers in the segment’s biggest market.” More midsize trucks are sold in the Los Angeles area than any other market. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet and take a look at the Colorado special edition trucks to see which one best suits your taste.

Shoreline Offers Most Popular Options

Along with spray-in bedliner, a year of Sirius XM radio and all-weather floor liners, the new Shoreline Colorado comes with blacked out trim and subtle accents. Choose only from Red Hot, Laser Blue, Summit White or Silver Ice Metallic exterior colors. The front grill comes in the body color, accented with black door handles, beltline and mirrors. “The Shoreline is a great example of our strategy to offer unique trucks designed for very specific customers,” Piszar said. “These trucks have clearly resonated with customers, as last year our special edition trucks sold in one-third the time, and to younger, more affluent buyers than the industry average.”

Other Special Editions Include Midnight, Trail Boss

If the beach really isn’t your thing, perhaps a Colorado that gives off a stealth vibe is more your cup of tea. The Midnight Colorado comes in a blacked out look that is as beautiful as it is mysterious. Black on black, including the iconic Bowtie logo, gives this truck a sinister appearance. The Chevy Colorado Trail Boss is built for those who like their roads with a little less asphalt and a little more mud. Built on the Z71 four by four chassis, the Trail Boss comes with a sport bar to illuminate the road with LED lighting. Rocker steps help protect the sides and all-weather floor mats make clean-up a snap.

Colorado Offers Diesel Option

For a combination of fuel efficiency and torque that is unmatched in its class, the Chevrolet Colorado with the diesel engine option provides supreme towing power while allowing you to spend less time at the pumps. Swing by Freeway Chevrolet today and take a test drive in the truck that’s taking America by storm.

2017 Sonic Goes After Younger Customers

Chevrolet introduces the  2017 Sonic– a more expressive, sporty take on the brand’s fun-to-drive small car. The 2017 Sonic delivers a new design, more technology and more active safety coming Fall 2016.

New Model Delivers Sporty Fun

The 2017 Chevy Sonic is a sporty little car that’s great on gas and fun to drive. Chevy is banking on that combination hitting a home run with Millennials, who will also appreciate the low retail price and a ton of available features. “The new styling and features of the 2017 Sonic reinforce its position as a fun, efficient small car with leading technology – all at an affordable price,” according to Chevy director of marketing Steve Majoros. “This is an important segment for Chevrolet, as we really have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to new buyers and show them what we’re all about.” You can see the 2017 Sonic later this fall at Freeway Chevrolet.

Sonic Has History of Luring Younger Buyers

Both the Chevy Sonic and Trax have a history of appealing to younger buyers who have never owned a Chevrolet before. More than 20 percent of buyers are under age 35, with almost 30 percent of those trading in cars made by other manufacturers. The Sonic is also the most popular Chevy with first-time car buyers. New multi-media features like compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay should prove even more attractive to younger car owners. The 2017 Sonic comes with a standard 7-inch touchscreen to control music and hands-free communication, helping drivers to stay focused on the road.

Sporty Design Provides Athletic Look

Designers gave the 2017 Chevy Sonic a new hood, remodeled front fascia and upgraded LED lighting elements to create a sportier, athletic look. It is consistent with a philosophy to make the Sonic appeal to buyers around the world, similar to the design in the Bolt Electric Vehicle, Cruze and Trax. “With its trademark wheels-at-the-corners stance, the dramatic changes to Sonic’s design give it an even sportier stance and attitude,” said Chevy design manager Justin Thompson. The new Sonic also gives the option to choose from a number of different wheel designs as large as 17 inches. Some stunning new color options include Brimstone, Arctic Blue Metallic, Orange Burst Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat.

New Interior Delivers Comfort and Convenience

With an available power driver’s seat, high degree of refinement using quality materials and available Wi-Fi hotspot, the new Sonic has features normally found on more expensive automobiles. Other new features include heated cloth seats, a heated steering wheel and keyless lock/unlock and start. Buy the RS trim package and you get floor mats with an RS logo, red cloth seating and an RS-badged steering wheel. The Chevrolet Sonic is expected to deliver at least 40 mpg at a starting price near $15,000. Stay in touch with Freeway Chevrolet to see when the new Sonic will appear on the showroom floor later this year.

Chevrolet will offer a limited number of 2016 Chevrolet Silverados with eAssist technology. The mild hybrid system improves city fuel economy by 13 percent improvement, according to EPA estimates.

eAssist Utilizes Electric Vehicle Technology

By using the knowledge gained and some components from Chevy’s other electrical and hybrid vehicles, the company has created an affordable hybrid pickup that delivers up to 13 percent better gas mileage than standard trucks. The eAssist system adds an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack to the Silverado’s 5.3-liter V-8 to add 13 more horsepower and an additional 44 foot pounds of torque for acceleration and towing. “Silverado already leads the full-size truck segment in V8 fuel economy,” according to Chevrolet Truck marketing manager Sandor Piszar. “For customers and small-business owners who use their trucks for more urban driving, the addition of eAssist can further reduce their fuel costs without sacrificing the utility they expect in a full-size truck.” Check with Freeway Chevrolet on the availability of the new light hybrid truck.

Stop/Start Technology Adds to Fuel Savings

The new hybrid Silverado comes with stop/start technology and regenerative braking, two new pieces of technology that help conserve energy. Whenever the vehicle comes to a complete stop, the engine will completely shut off. Once you release the brake, it starts up again immediately so you can take off as if it had been running all the time. Braking captures energy by using the electric motor as a generator, helping to replenish your battery charge. The result is an improvement of 2 mpg in the city from the standard gas-powered Silverado with the 5.3-liter engine.

Battery Pack Same as Malibu Hybrid

The new Chevy Silverado with hybrid technology utilizes the same lithium-ion battery pack as in the new Malibu Hybrid. This is a 24-cell battery that sits either under the center console or front bench seat, depending on your vehicle’s configuration. A new power inverter utilizes liquid cooling and has been moved under the hood for improved performance. Based off the Chevy Volt system, this inverter uses software to help keep the battery running at optimal levels. The final piece of the hybrid puzzle comes from the compact induction motor which is very similar in design to the electric motors used in both the Volt and Malibu Hybrid.

Limited Product Run for First Year

Check with Freeway Chevrolet on the availability of the new eAssist Silverado with hybrid technology. The company only plans to make 500 of the trucks this year, then will adjust production for 2017 based on consumer feedback. The new truck is another vehicle in Chevy’s growing electric lineup, with the Spark EV, soon-to-come Bolt EV, Volt and Malibu Hybrid.

Redesigned Trax Offers Sophisticated Feel

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2017 Refresh Includes New Look, Safety Features

From the totally redesigned front end to new driver assist safety features, the 2017 Chevy Trax is poised to build on the success of the small crossover market. “In the fastest-growing segment, Chevrolet Trax’s momentum is sure to continue with great design enhancements, premium details and the latest technologies,” according to Chevy director of marketing Steve Majoros. “Features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and four new active safety features offer customers more than most competitors – and at an entry level price.” The Trax sold more than 63,000 vehicles in 2015, enough to rank second in the small SUV segment. See why this little crossover is so popular by looking over the Chevrolet Trax inventory at Freeway Chevrolet.

New Face Mirrors Chevy’s Modern Take on Car Building

Chevy has been making a concerted effort in the past few years to create modern cars that appeal to the 21st Century buyer. The 2017 Trax sports a contemporary look that features new headlamps and a grille that ties in with the front end of the popular new Cruze, Volt and Malibu. The front fascia and dual port grille is centered between headlights that wrap around the side of the vehicle, creating the illusion of motion even when you’re standing still. The LT and Premier trim levels have LED running lamps built into the headlights with chrome accents around the standard fog lights. The Premium model also has LED lighting in the taillights.

Step Inside and Enjoy Premium Materials

The interior of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax revolves around a new instrument panel that sets the stage for the dual cockpit layout of the vehicle. The panel makes great use of the 7-inch diagonal color touch screen that controls all your audio, hands free communication and navigation equipment. The premier trim level has a contrasting panel color that matches the trim of the leatherette interior. “Customers will really notice the elevation in the Trax’s interior design and attention to detail,” said Chevy Trax manager Steve Kim. “There’s also a sporty streak in the new styling that speaks to the Trax’s agile, fun-to-drive personality.” The Trax also has an available 4G LTE connection that provides a Wi-Fi connection for the driver and passengers.

Driver Assist Features Keep You in Safety Zone

There are several new safety features available on the Trax, depending on the trim level. Side blind zone alert lets you know when a vehicle is lurking where you can’t see them. Rear cross traffic alert issues a warning when cars or pedestrians are crossing in back of your, and forward collision alert snaps you to attention when a crash is coming from the front. On those long sleepy nights, lane departure warning helps you to focus when you start drifting out of your traffic lane. A rear view camera is standard in all models, as are 10 strategically-placed air bags. Stop by Freeway Chevrolet to check out the 2016 Trax and inquire about the 2017 model coming this fall.

Truck Month Offers Up to $10K Off Silverado

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Factory Reduction, Package Allowance Add Up

If you’ve been thinking of replacing your old truck, now’s the time to step up to the longest-lasting, most dependable pickup on the road. It’s truck month at Chevrolet, and that means you can get up to $10,000 off the truck of your dreams. There’s still some remaining inventory of the 2015 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab LT All Star four-wheel drive edition, which qualifies for a $10k savings when you trade in an eligible vehicle. You can get up to $7,500 off a 2016 Crew Cab Model, and $4,000 off a 2500 HD Crew Cab LTZ. Stop in at Freeway Chevrolet and look over their entire Silverado inventory to see which truck is right for you.

Silverado Reinvented for Strength, Comfort and Efficiency

From the long-lasting LED lighting package on the LTZ, Z71 and High Country trim packages to the special editions that let your truck stand out from the pack, the new Chevy Silverado is definitely a pickup for modern times. Features like automatic articulating step rails, leather seats, steering wheel controls and plenty of sound deadening make the new Silverado as comfortable as it is functional. A variety of engines provide you a choice between the most power or the highest efficiency in its class.

6.2-Liter Beast Perfect for Large Towing Jobs

Choose the massive 6.2-liter EcoTec3 engine and you get a power plant that not only can tow an industry best 12,000 pounds (think Clydesdale horse trailer), but also gets an astounding 21 miles per gallon on the highway. This motor not only delivers 420 horsepower, but also provides 460 pound feet of torque, meaning you can effortlessly get your load moving from a standing stop. You can also choose a 5.3-liter V8 or a 4.3-liter V6 if you want to increase your mileage. Chevy’s motors are the result of integrating direct injection, active fuel management and continuously variable valve timing to get the most power and efficiency possible in a large truck.

Cowboys Put Your Tech Hat On

Just because you’re hauling bales of hay or bags of feed doesn’t mean you can’t use a little technology. The 2016 Chevy Silverado has an infotainment system that includes a powerful Wi-Fi connection, wireless charging and an 8-inch touchscreen to control it all. It’s easy to find your way on the back roads of America with the available navigation system. Stream your own music using Apple CarPlay, making those dusty trails just a little more enjoyable. See the latest collection of Silverados and take a test drive for yourself with a visit to Freeway Chevrolet.

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Unique Proportion Provides Solid Stance

When the Chevrolet execs told designers they had complete freedom to design a cutting edge electric vehicle, the artists and engineers took them at their word. “We were given a blank canvas – a rare opportunity with a unique platform to recast EV design for customers across the spectrum,” according to Chevy’s managing director of design, Stuart Norris. “The team answered the challenge with a progressive design distinguished by dramatic graphics and exceptional passenger space.” With a long 102.4-inch wheel base and wide stance, the Bolt has an aggressive look on the highway. The Chevrolet Bolt will be going into production this year and arriving at Freeway Chevrolet in the late fall.

Smart Design Provides Loads of Passenger Room

With a flat battery pack, there is plenty of room in the rear seat for long legs, crucial on road trips with older kids or adults. “The flat-pack orientation offered the flexibility to make the most of the proportions while creating a clean, sculpted design,” Norris said. “This really opened up the interior and created a fantastic view from every seating position.” Along with seating for five passengers, the new Bolt has 16.9 cubic feet of cargo room, which is plenty for hauling groceries, luggage or sports equipment.

Huge Windows Produce a Greenhouse Effect

Unlike the greenhouse effect that is responsible for depleting the ozone, the large windows of the Bolt provide a view similar to sitting inside a greenhouse. The rear window goes all the way down to the license plate and a sharply inclined windshield delivers not only an excellent view but adds to the sporty styling of the vehicle. The combination of natural light with a pleasing choice of color selections on the interior means the Chevrolet Bolt will have an open passenger environment that makes the vehicle seem much bigger than its actual size.

“The Bolt EV’s design elements are designed for everyday life and the space inside accommodates it all, whether you and your friends go shopping for the day or take off for the weekend,” Norris continued. “Inside and out, this game-changing vehicle makes a dramatic statement with a distinctive identity that can only be a Chevy and challenges expectations for what an affordable EV can offer.”

Extended Range, Low Final Price Make Bolt Attractive

With an estimated 200 mile range and a price below $30,000 after federal tax credits, the Bolt will clear two important hurdles that have kept electric vehicle sales low. With plenty of mileage for the average commuter between charges, the Bolt removes the fear that you’ll be stranded somewhere with no power. Stay tuned to Freeway Chevrolet for more news on when the first Bolt is set to hit the showroom.

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Heavy Duty Chevy Tows Up to Nine Tons

Nine tons is a lot of weight, but for those who need a workhorse to haul a whole herd of horses, the Silverado 2500 HD equipped with the Duramax Diesel is the truck of choice. The 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 has a cast-iron block that is engineered to handle the stress needed to move large loads. The engine creates an amazing 765 foot pounds of torque, which comes in handy when you’re trying to move those horses up a steep incline. Features like a forged steel crankshaft ensures your engine will hold up to whatever you require, not matter the weather or road conditions. Check out the Chevrolet Silverado HD and all it can do at Freeway Chevrolet.

Driver Assistance Features Help Control Your Load

As anyone who has towed anything can attest, sometimes a trailer has a mind of its own. Seeing your trailer pass you on a long descent can be a little unnerving, so Chevy has designed a number of features to show your load who’s the boss. Trailer sway control utilizes sensors to determine when a trailer is starting to lose control. It automatically applies both the truck and trailer brakes to keep your vehicle and load working together. An available diesel exhaust brake system works with the transmission to give the brakes a break on long declines, while a rear camera lets you keep a close eye on what’s happening behind you. Hill start assist is very handy when you’re parked on an incline. It keeps the brake engaged as you apply throttle, releasing only when you’ve built up enough torque to move ahead.

Quiet Cabin Equals Happy Driver

Anyone who has stood outside a running diesel knows they can be quite noisy. Although modern diesel engines are quieter than those of 20 years ago, Chevy has outfitted the cab of its Silverado pickups with plenty of sound deadening material. Thicker windshield glass also helps keep the noise on the outside where it belongs. The cabin is a comfortable place for long road trips, with plush leather available along with WiFi connectivity and a large touch screen for navigation and driver apps. All the controls are available at a finger’s reach, making driving more comfortable and less tiring. Step up to the High Country trim package and you not only get leather, but 12-way adjustable front bucket seats complete with embroidered head rests. Swing by Freeway Chevrolet and check out the inventory of Chevrolet Silverado pickups for the best in towing capacity and comfort.