When it comes to buying a new car, safety is always important. According to Chevy research, safety ranks in the top 10 reasons for purchasing a certain vehicle, so they make sure to put an emphasis on it. Their goal is to design safety and crashworthiness into their vehicles very early in development on a broad range of models, not just on the most expensive vehicles. All Chevrolet vehicles are designed to provide continuous protection for customers before, during and after a crash.
If you are in the market for a new Chevy in Phoenix, you will find seven 2014 model year vehicles that have earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offered by Chevrolet. That’s more than any other automotive brand can claim.
NHTSA is responsible for reducing deaths, injuries and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes. This is accomplished by setting and enforcing safety performance standards for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment, and through grants to state and local governments to enable them to conduct effective local highway safety programs.
NHTSA also investigates safety defects in motor vehicles, sets and enforces fuel economy standards. NHTSA takes pride in helping states and local communities reduce the threat of drunk drivers, promoting the use of safety belts and providing consumer information on motor vehicle safety topics.
The seven vehicles to earn a 5-Star Overall Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program were the Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze, Volt, Impala, Traverse, Camaro Coupe, and the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, all available at a Chandler Chevy dealer. Even more impressive is the fact that the Sonic is the first and only car in the subcompact class to earn a 5-Star Overall Score.
You can learn more about the safety technologies that go into each of these vehicles by visiting Freeway Chevrolet today!
Those looking for a large vehicle, with lots of space for people and storage, will love the redesigned 2015 Chevy Tahoe. A new engine, interior features and fold-in-the-floor second- and third-row seats with keep this powerhouse SUV a popular choice among families and consumers who tow vehicles.
Based on the Chevy Silverado chassis, the new Tahoe comes with a new grille, full-width bumper and rounded front end for better aerodynamics. Headlights that extend into the front fender match those of older sibling Suburban, and the entire front end is definitely features a “Like a Rock” Chevy feel.
Large SUVs are never known for their mpg rating; the 2015 Tahoe may change that when it rolls into your Phoenix Chevy dealer in January 2014. The engine is a new 5.3L small block V8 that delivers 355hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and uses efficiency-boosting tech such as direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing. Although not yet EPA rated, expect the mpg’s to improve over the 2014 Tahoe’s 15mpg/city-21mpg/highway rating. Towing capacity is rated at 8,500 pounds, and the Tahoe will be available with four-wheel drive.
Interior appointments include upgraded upholstery, a slanted dash, and doors that are inlaid into the bodysides, which should result in a quieter interior space while traveling at highway speed. Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system and 8-inch touchscreen are available, as are up to six USB ports and power outlets, keyless entry and pushbutton start. And no more removing the third-row seat from the vehicle for more cargo room: The 2015 Tahoe’s second and third row seats fold flat into the floor and feature an available power-folding option.
An impressive palette of new safety features also have been added; these include a front-seat center airbag, forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, lane-change assist, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. Big Chevy SUVs are popular targets for thieves – GM has responded by equipping the new Tahoe with new technology such as window breakage sensors and vertical/interior movement sensors that will disable key systems and prevent the vehicle from starting or rolling.
Check back on the Freeway Chevrolet website for pricing, mpg estimates and a release date for the 2015 Chevy Tahoe.
It is no secret that Hybrid vehicles will save you money at the pump, but many consumers fear they’ll lose these savings down the line on car repairs or replacing dead hybrid batteries. The truth is, no battery lasts forever, even advanced rechargeables like those in hybrid cars. After a certain amount of electron traffic in and out of its cells, a battery loses its ability to hold enough charge. But the question remains: How long will it last? Sadly, there is no perfect answer, just as there is no way to say exactly how long your transmission will last.
There are several different strategies for hybrid power. A hybrid might switch off the conventional engine at a stop and substitute electric propulsion for a certain distance, ranging from across the intersection to across town. It might switch off the engine at a stop and then bring it to life again when it’s time to go, saving a little bit of fuel. It might add an electric assist to a small engine under acceleration, or shut down the engine while coasting down a hill. Hybrid now means a greater range of performance alternatives, so it’s important to understand what you’re paying for and what you’re getting in return.
The most important question has to do with the calculation of the length of time it will take cheaper running costs to match the increased purchase cost, which might range from several years to decades depending on fuel prices. In terms of warranties, car dealers like Freeway Chevrolet typically offer longer coverage for the hybrid-specific components (typically about 8 years), so you’re covered if something goes wrong with the batteries or electric motor. The cost of replacing a battery pack also varies, although it’s not as expensive as consumers once feared.
For more information on hybrid technology, visit a Phoenix Chevy dealer.
Sports car enthusiasts will likely be happy with the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Edmunds said that the redesigned interior and up-to-date electronics make this car well rounded. Check it out at Freeway Chevrolet.
According to carandriver.com, the new Stingray performs excellent on the streets. It can get around 30 mpg, which is good for a sports car. However, what is most impressive is the new interior.
The seats have been upgraded from the previous model. They can be adjusted in eight different ways through a high-tech control panel. The driver and passenger can customize their seats and find the most comfortable position. If looking for a full-leather interior, customers will have to pay extra from the base price of a little under $52,000. The convertible version of the car starts around $57,000.
Other high tech features include push button start, keyless access and a rear vision camera. The new Stingray gives plenty of opportunities for buyers to customize their vehicle. There are 10 different exterior color options and seven interior color options.
The new Stingray features a 460 horsepower, 7-speed transmission, and includes five driver modes, putting it in line with other sports cars in its class.
As you would expect of a Corvette, the new Stingray displays impressive speed. According to caranddriver.com, the new 2014 Chevrolet Corvette can hit 60 mph in four seconds and 117 mph in 12 seconds (this is faster than the Porsche Boxster and Cayman). The Stingray can also stop just as quickly and at the same pace as the Cayman.
The new Stingray has already been sent from the assembly plants to dealerships across the U.S.
“It’s an amazing sight to see the transporters filled with Stingrays heading to customers in all corners of the country,” said Dave Tatman, plant manager of General Motors’ Bowling Green Assembly plant.
Check out your local Phoenix Chevrolet dealer.
With design cues evocative of the legendary 1969 model, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro combines the spirit of the classic American muscle car with the fuel efficiency, safety, handling, technology and build quality expected in a modern performance coupe. Enhancements for 2014 include new front and rear fascia, new headlamps and tail lamps, a unique SS hood, a unique RS front grille, new decklid and spoiler, new diffusers and exhaust tips.
Available now at Phoenix Chevy dealers, the 2014 Camaro feature a revised exterior design that integrates high-performance aerodynamics for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds. The new 2014 Camaro boasts 323 horsepower, but it does so efficiently. The new 2014 Camaro gets an average of 30 MPG on the highway getting you where you need to go in style and without breaking the bank. For 2014, the redesigned front fascia is more angular and flows upward, making Camaro appear wider, lower and more contemporary. All facets of the lighting system have been streamlined in appearance, with new LED Halo headlamps for a more modern, aggressive stance.
The 2014 Camaro has plenty of brawn and beauty but it’s also got its fair share of brains. With Chevrolet MyLink you’ll stay connected, informed and entertained. The futuristic design of the LCD navigation screen allows you to easily connect your smartphone with Bluetooth, access all of your music and is all voice controlled. The new 2014 Camaro is redefining the sports car with standard upgraded technology systems.
Adding to the lineup later this year, the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 packs a 500-hp, 7.0-liter dry-sump LS7 V-8, which will operate only through a Tremec TR6060 six-speed stick and standard limited-slip differential.
Inside this next-generation automobile you’ve got a set of hardware that’s ready and willing to be compared to the more powerful Camaro ZL1. According to Chevy, you’ll find that the Z/28 is 300 pounds lighter than the ZL1, thanks to a series of changes in the makeup of the car. From its lighter wheels to the thinness of the rear window glass panel, this car has been polished to perfection. Even the air conditioning has been made available only as a stand-alone option for your ability to keep the weight low.
To get your hands on a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro or Camaro Z/28, visit Freeway Chevy!
Set to go on sale this fall at a Chevy dealer in Phoenix, Chevrolet has recently released details of their latest 2014 Malibu. It includes updated styling, a revised interior, a new 2.5L standard engine and suspension enhancements. Among the changes, the biggest news is that all Malibu models will get stop-start technology on the standard model, which shuts down the engine while stopped to conserve fuel.
Fitted to a new 2.5-liter gasoline engine design with variable valve lift control and direct injection, stop-start helps contribute to estimated city economy of 23 mpg and a 35 mpg highway rating. According to Chevy, it is about a 5 percent and 3 percent improvement over the old model. To ensure functions like the stereo and climate control still work while the engine is switched off, an auxiliary battery powers these accessories. When you take your foot off the brake, the engine restarts.
The new engine also offers lower emissions and a little more power. The variable lift valves reduce lift and when demand is low, opens them further for more power when under load or at higher speeds. A 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is still available, with 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. Chassis updates on both models improve ride quality and reduce body roll, using techniques inspired by the 2014 Impala.
The most visible changes are a new look influenced by the sharp-suited new Impala, with a more prominent lower grille and narrower upper grille. Chrome accents give the 2014 Chevy Malibu a more distinctive look than before. Redesigned seats improve comfort and interior space with just over an inch of extra rear knee room. Also, a redesigned center console now features a longer armrest, with a pair of cup holders and storage for two cellphones.
Safety features including Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also now available, as is a rear-view camera system. 10 airbags are standard.
For more information on the 2014 Chevy Malibu, visit Freeway Chevy.
The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality, and has been redesigned for 2013. The study has been enhanced to better measure the quality of today’s vehicles, particularly problems related to new technologies and features now being offered. This year, General Motors scored its best showing in eight years in a closely watched customer survey by moving more slowly than its rivals in outfitting its vehicles with the latest technologies. Visit a Phoenix Chevrolet dealer for more information.
The study found overall that the majority of problems customers faced were not on account of defects of faulty manufacturing. The Initial Quality Study indicated that the issues customers experienced within the first 90 days of ownership had to do with the design of certain features, rather than defects.
GMC was crowned the top-ranked non-premium brand at 90 problems per 100 vehicles, and second overall in the study, trailing only Porsche (80 problems per 100 vehicles). Compared to last year, GMC climbed a significant 10 spots, and was the top-ranked non-premium brand. Chevrolet also jumped 10 spots and ranked fifth overall and second among non-premium brands with 97 problems per 100 vehicles. Cadillac tied with Audi for 13th overall and 7th among premium brands, at 108 problems per 100 vehicles. Buick finished just behind, with 109 problems per 100 vehicles.
Among 26-model-level segment awards, Chevrolet earned five – the most of any make. Overall rankings by nameplate indicated that eight General Motors vehicles, all available at an Arizona Chevy dealer, were ranked highest in their segments for most customer satisfaction.
- Chevy Camaro – midsize sporty car
- Chevy Impala – large car
- Buick Encore – subcompact crossover
- Chevrolet Tahoe – large crossover
- Cadillac Escalade – large premium crossover
- Chevrolet Avalanche and GMC Sierra LD – large light-duty pickup
- Chevrolet Silverado HD – and large heavy-duty pickup
For more information on the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, or GM vehicles, visit Freeway Chevrolet.
Coming in 2014 is the Chevy Spark EV, which will take the name to new a level in several areas. Due to hit the market later this summer at Freeway Chevy, the Spark EV is likely to quickly find its place in the energy conscious market and become a forerunner of electric vehicles.
According to cars.com, the 2014 Chevy Spark EV offers a magnitude of punch right from the start and gets from 0 to 60 in less than 8 seconds. However, unlike some EVs, the Spark does not begin to back down once you’re up there and continues to pull smoothly. The cause is a 100-kilowatt motor that provides 134 horsepower and an impressive 400 lb-ft. of torque. The gasoline-powered Spark, in comparison, uses a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine at 84 hp and 83 lb-ft. of torque.
As for maintaining electricity, the Spark EV will be able to use Level III, or 480-volt DC, charging stations, which will let it get an 80 percent charge in about 20 minutes. Charging time for the 2014 Chevy Spark EV on a conventional 240-volt Level II charger is expected to be about 6 hours, and it will take the good portion of a day to charge the Spark on a 120-volt wall socket. GM says they are collaborating with the manufacturers of EV chargers as well as government agencies to encourage the development of more charging stations accessible to the public.
Performance aside, the differences between the gasoline version and the Spark EV are that the EV includes standard leather seats, a Volt-style power button on the console and a switch between the seats that engages an electric parking brake. Another switch, near the shift lever, engages the Sport mode on the Spark EV. The 2014 Chevy Spark EV also comes with electronic stability control, hill start assist and standard airbags. OnStar and its automated crash response system are standard for the first three years.
Keep an eye out for the Spark EV on sale this summer at a Phoenix Chevrolet dealer.
Joining the LTZ and Z71 models in the Silverado lineup this fall will be the premium 2014 Chevy Silverado High Country, which will feature exclusive interior and exterior features. According to Edmunds, the High Country will be the top model in the Silverado lineup, with a higher level of premium features and materials while still maintaining the integrity of a typical Chevy truck.
Exterior features will include a unique chrome grille with horizontal chrome bars; halogen projector headlamps; body-color front and rear bumper. 20-inch chrome wheels with all-season tires are also standard, as are chrome body side moldings, door handles and mirrors.
The inside of the High Country will acquire equally luxurious treatment with an exclusive saddle brown interior; heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats that include High Country logos on the headrests. As for technology, the High Country will include Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an eight-inch touch screen; a feature that is growing in popularity in Chevy models at Phoenix Chevrolet. With MyLink, you have the ability to pair a smartphone to access your contact list, music playlists or certain mobile apps right on the touchscreen while the phone is safely stored away. Bose premium audio and park assist for the front and rear will also come standard.
The standard engine for the Silverado High Country will be the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, SAE-certified at 355 horsepower that has a system that saves gas by shutting off four-cylinders when they aren’t needed. The result will be fuel economy of up to 23 mpg highway. The all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 also will be available.
The Chevrolet Silverado High Country will arrive in showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2013 at a price to be announced. For more information, visit Freeway Chevrolet.
Summer is in the air, which means that it is time for road trips. There is nothing better than the wind in your hair, your favorite song on the stereo, heading toward adventure. Road trips can be a perfect getaway, but order to get to your destination safely; here are some tips to make your road trip as safe as it is fun.
Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, stop by at least one month before you go.
Check the coolant. If your destination is a lot warmer or cooler than home, check the coolant’s mixture of antifreeze and water to make sure the car is properly protected.
Check the tires. Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper pressure. Low pressure can cause extra heat buildup that can lead to a blowout at high speeds
Check the spare tire. Make sure the spare is fully inflated and that the jack, wrench, and other tire-changing bits are in the trunk.
Check the glove box. Check for the owner’s manual and registration. Check the registration to make sure it won’t expire during your trip. Consider carrying it in your wallet in case the car is stolen.
Get any scheduled maintenance done. If you think your car is going to come due for an oil change or other maintenance during your trip, stop by the service department at Freeway Chevy to get it done before you go.
Clean out your car. The more stuff you haul, the more fuel you burn.
Check the air filter. A clogged air filter reduces fuel economy. They’re inexpensive and easy to change.
Join AAA. If you don’t have some sort of roadside assistance program, consider joining AAA. They’ll tow your car if it breaks, change the tire if it goes flat, jump start the car if the battery dies, open the doors if you get locked out, and give you gas if you run out.
Fill the gas tank.
Look at what you’ve packed. Open your suitcases and take one last look — do you really need all that stuff? If there’s anything you can do without, then do without.
Load evenly and carefully. If you’re carrying lots of heavy objects, position them forward in the trunk and distribute the weight evenly side to side. Cars don’t have unlimited carrying capacity, so don’t overload.
Although unexpected things can happen if you’ve followed these guidelines or visit Phoenix Chevrolet before your trip, you have likely prevented a lot of potential problems. Relax and enjoy your trip!