EPA Gives Chevrolet Cruze Fuel Rating of 42 MPG

New Chevy Cruze

The Chevrolet Cruze was totally redesigned for the 2016 model year, and great fuel economy is among the many improvements made to the slick, fun compact car. When equipped with the 1.4-liter engine paired with the standard transmission, the Cruze fuel rating reaches the astonishing number of 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Other variations of the Chevrolet Cruze may differ from the entry-level Cruze’s 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway rating, though, depending on the model and transmission. If drivers choose to opt for the available six-speed manual transmission instead, the fuel ratings drop to 29/41 mpg city/highway, and the upper-range trim level known as the Cruze Premier gets a fuel economy of 30/40 mpg city/highway. However, either way, none of those ratings are bad for the compact car segment, and in fact allow the Chevy Cruze to compete effectively with class-leading rivals.

The previous iteration of the Chevrolet Cruze is continuing to be sold on the market under the name of the Cruze Limited. However, this older model of the car gets significantly less mileage. The standard model with the automatic transmission gets 26 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway, while the more efficiency-minded Eco trim level still fell short of the 2016 model, with a rating of 28/42 mpg city/highway when paired with a manual transmission.

The 2016 Cruze fuel rating shows a seven-percent improvement in fuel economy over the previous generation. The efficiency of the upcoming Cruze Hatchback variant is not yet known, though sources expect the hatchback’s numbers to be somewhat lower. There is, however, an even more conservative diesel variant coming with the 2017 model as well.

Be sure to stop by DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington Beach, CA to test drive the new, redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and experience the differences for yourself!

A Road Trip Checklist for Your Next Adventure

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The sun is out, the weather’s nice, and summer break is coming up fast. It seems like the right time of year to start planning your family’s next big outing on the open road; nothing quite says “summer” like a long road trip. However, you might feel like you’re at a loss when it comes to packing. How do you make sure everyone has everything they need? Just take a look at this road trip checklist, and you’ll cover all the basics.

Emergency Supplies: Everyone needs a First-Aid kit around regularly anyway, but on vacation, you should definitely have one within reach. From basics like bandages and over-the-counter cold medicine to more specific necessities like individual prescription medications to vacation staples such as sunscreen, it’s important to make sure you have all the bases covered just in case. Also, this applies to car emergencies as well — spare tires, jumper cables, and car jacks are all good to have around.

Navigation Aids: Have you ever been in a situation where your GPS lost its signal or gave you the totally wrong directions? While having a GPS on hand is important and makes the trip a lot easier and faster, having a map and printed directions around can also help streamline any bumps in the road.

Music and Entertainment: Whether you just have a few mix CDs on-hand, a book or eReader, or you bring all the kids’ handheld gaming devices, it’s good to have something around to keep people in the car occupied on the open road.

Clothing and Toiletries: The first thing most people think of when they plan on packing for vacation is clothes and toiletries. Make sure you pack comfortable clothing for when you’ll be sitting in the car for long periods of time. Also, things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and the like are obviously a requirement for being comfortable and healthy. It’s also a good idea to bring spare blankets and pillows!

Food: Often overlooked, food is crucial to a road trip. It’s important to pack snacks and wholesome meals so people have something to eat on the road, instead of having to waste time and money stopping for greasy fast food.

Hopefully this road trip checklist has helped you remember something you may have overlooked. Above all, what matters most is that you spend time bonding with your loved ones and enjoying your time off.

Take a look at any of the 2016 Chevrolet models to get a new vehicle equipped with 4G LTE WiFi to make your road trip experience that much more enjoyable!

How StabiliTrak Works

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Chevy Malibus with StabiliTrak are better able to maintain control and avoid accidents.

You’ve heard of StabiliTrak and know that it helps keep you on the road, but you do you know how? StabiliTrak is an important General Motors safety feature you don’t want to miss out on.

Electronic stability control systems help control your car when you start to skid. If your car starts to fishtail on a slippery road, StabiliTrak applies the outside front brake of the opposite side from the direction you’re travelling in. Putting the brake only in this position returns your car to its course. Or, if your car fails to turn on a slippery road, it applies the inside rear brake opposite from the direction your car is travelling to return you to your desired path.

How does it know to do this? Sensors in the system work to detect the difference between the direction that the driver is actually turning and how the vehicle reacts by “reading” the steering wheel position, vehicle speed, the amount of sideways force, and how the vehicle is turning.

By isolating certain brakes, StabiliTrak puts you back in control. It can save a lot of lives out there, so consider a vehicle with StabiliTrak when you’re looking for your next car!

#DayItForward Is All About Giving Back

Sure, you can see Leap Year as the year in which there is just another day. Nothing more, nothing less.

Or you can see it as “extra” day; time with which you have been gifted to give back to others. That’s the impetus behind the #DayItForward campaign by Chevrolet. Paul Edwards, Chevrolet VP of Marketing, puts it best: “Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful.”

Chevrolet has done some incredible things so far, with the help of many friends. For instance, Chevrolet teamed up with Kevin Spacey and through The Kevin Spacey Foundation, they were able to provide an aspiring young actor with the opportunity to go to drama school. With Jimmy Kimmel, Chevy helped provide school supplies to teachers at Whaley Middle School in Los Angeles.

So…how did you use your extra time this year to #DayItForward? Keep it up throughout the year!

See how we #DayitForward at DeLillo Chevrolet on our community page!

Understanding Credit Score – What Does It Mean For You?

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Your credit score is like a report card for adults.

 

When you’re in school, GPA is the number that governs your life. It reflects your grades, determines the kinds of colleges or post-graduate programs you might be able to apply to, and even helps you secure out-of-college jobs.

Later on, though, GPA starts to matter less, and credit score takes over. It’s the new number everyone cares about, from when you need to take out a loan to buy a car or house or even when you open a new account with the local internet service provider. Unfortunately, credit score can be confusing, and many people still don’t understand what it is exactly or how it can be changed.

Credit score, like GPA, is a grade, but instead of summarizing your performance and history in school, it summarizes your financial history. It’s a tool that helps banks and other entities determine the financial risk you present based on your financial situation and how reliably you’ve paid your bills in the past.

Knowing this, it’s actually quite easy to figure out how to improve credit score. For example, you should:

  • Minimize debt as much as possible (try to never take out loans for anything other than a car or a house)
  • Always pay your bills on time
  • Avoid opening numerous lines of credit

That being said, even if you have low credit, remember that we’ll always work with you to give you the best deal possible on a car at DeLillo Chevrolet! You stick with your salesperson all the way through – no need to haggle with a separate finance department. Learn more about our internet financing options!

New Chevrolet Ad Uses Horror Film Trope with a Twist

We’ve all been there. Those crucial moments in horror movies that make us want to scream, “No, don’t open that door!” Somehow, characters in these kinds of movies always seem to have less common sense, or at least fewer survival instincts, than normal people.

In a new Chevrolet ad for the all-new 2016 Malibu and Cruze, critically-acclaimed director Sam Raimi uses the audience’s familiar feeling of watching a horror movie to playfully suggest that for once, they should indeed turn away from the door.

“Imagine however, if for once, that character could heed the warnings of theatergoers and avoid the inevitable threat,” the automaker explains.

The ad points out that if a character could listen to the audience’s warnings, it wouldn’t be unlike the relationship between a driver and the available active safety technologies in the all-new 2016 Malibu and other vehicles you can find at DeLillo Chevrolet. Whenever the driver isn’t paying close attention, or seems to be driving headlong into trouble, the safety systems will warn them—and, if needed, even automatically apply last-second braking.

Maybe it wouldn’t be a horror story anymore, but the last thing we need on the road is a horror story, don’t you think?

2017 Chevrolet Bolt Production Model Specs Unveiled in Detroit

Though the Chevrolet Bolt has long been teased and previewed by the brand, the Bolt production model finally made its debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show in January. The 2017 Bolt had also been revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show, but Detroit makes the car’s first event specifically catered to cars and the auto industry. Chevrolet took the opportunity to release some previously unknown information regarding the new Chevy Bolt and its features and performance.

 The company revealed that the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has a lithium-ion battery pack with 60 kilowatt-hours, while the electric motor in charge of spinning the Bolt’s front wheels has an output of about 150 kilowatts, or, in more familiar terms, 200 horsepower. The Bolt will be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds, thanks to the traction motor’s 266 lb-ft of torque. Chevy says the charger is capable of replenishing 50 miles in two hours, with a full recharge taking about 9 hours at the most.

 If buyers of the Bolt production model have the convenience of access to nearby CCS charging stations, they can also opt to use the built-in CCS charging port, which Chevrolet representatives have stated will charge the 2017 Bolt up to 90 miles in just 30 minutes. This may change as CCS stations become more commonplace and advanced, as current stations have an output of 50 kW or less.

If you can’t wait for the new Bolt, check out the new Chevys currently in stock!

Valentine’s Day Activities for the Whole Family

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These activities help you celebrate Valentine’s Day in a family-friendly way.

Valentine’s Day is about a lot of things. Some people think it’s just a Hallmark holiday invented to sell things. Some people think it’s about celebrating romantic love with flowers, chocolate, and dates at nice restaurants. For some families, however, it’s just not a viable option to pass the kids onto a babysitter and go out for the evening — or, you may want to share the gift of love with your kids as well. But in a world drenched in romance, what are some Valentine’s Day activities that are fun for everyone, kids included?

 Parents can take the opportunity to use Valentine’s Day as a way to teach children about love. Love in this sense doesn’t necessarily mean romantic love — friends and family are just as vital to our lives. Taking the time to make gifts and compliment each other can really help kids understand the value of interpersonal relationships. For example, you might have the family write letters of appreciation or thanking each other for specific good deeds. You could even make each other candies or other sweets instead of just buying Valentine’s candy from the store.

 If you don’t just want it to be a family event, you can have a Valentine’s party for your kids as well and let them invite friends over. At these parties, parents can have the kids make Valentines for each other and provide red, pink, and white snacks (or have the kids help make them!).

 Valentine’s Day activities don’t just have to be about you and your significant other. They can include the whole family! Scouring through the web turns up a bunch of ideas for Valentine’s Day inspired games, crafts, and activities, and I’m sure you can even come up with a few of your own if you’re feeling creative.

Share your ideas with us at DeLillo Chevrolet in the comments below!

Interesting Facts About The Interstate System

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You’ll look at the open road in a new light once you learn these interesting facts about the interstate system

When you’re stuck on the interstate, idling for hours in a traffic jam, do you ever look around and ponder just how amazing the interstate really is? That’s probably not the best time to appreciate what is truly a marvel of engineering. But it’s true. It’s amazing! We’ve put together a number of interesting facts about the interstate system….

  • The longest interstate is I-90 at 3,020 miles. It connects Seattle with Boston.
  • The shortest interstate is I-97 at 17 miles. It exists solely in Maryland.
  • The most dangerous stretch of interstate is on I-10 in Arizona. A 150-mile stretch sees 85 deaths every year.
  • The numbering of north-South interstates begins on the West coast to avoid confusion with US numbered highways, which begin in the East. There is no I-50 because it would have been in the vicinity as US-50.
  • The first interstate was constructed in Missouri and would later be designated part of I-70.
  • States determine the traffic laws on interstate. That’s why the speed limit can change state to state.

As of 2013, the entire interstate system added up to 47,856 miles. That means that if you maintained a steady speed limit of 65 mph and never stopped, you could drive the entire system in 30 days.

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Chevrolet Listed Twice On Ward’s Auto Best Engines List

If there’s one thing that Chevrolet knows, it’s engines. After all, it was Chevy that originally created the Chevy V8 small block. There have been 100,000,000 Chevy small block engines produced since the engine was designed in 1995.

These days, Chevrolet is still cranking out highly capable and highly innovative engines and not without notice. Two Chevy engines recently made their way on the prestigious Ward’s Auto Best Engines list.

For one engine that made the list, the recognition proves that Chevrolet is still on top of their performance/sports car game. The 3.6-liter V6 featured in the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro gives you more bang for your buck, according to what they found over at Ward’s Auto. The director of content at Ward’s Auto says, “The 3.6 delivers the kind of power and lusty exhaust note you associate with a V-8 for the price of a V-6.”

2016 Chevy Camaro

The 2016 Chevy Camaro was named to the Ward’s Auto Best Engines List.

For the other engine that made the list, it proves that Chevrolet is fully embracing the evolving landscape of the automotive market. The Voltec propulsion system featured in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt represents the second-generation of the technology. Ward’s Auto: “General Motors has taken what already is the most innovative and disruptive propulsion system in the auto industry and made it lighter, stronger and a lot more fun to drive.”