You Won’t Believe the Fuel Efficiency of the 2020 Chevy Silverado

2020 Silverado in Sterling Heights, MI

You don’t look at a pickup truck and think “fuel efficiency,” but the all-new Chevy Silverado might just turn that old gas-guzzling image of the pickup on its head. The fuel efficiency of the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 has everybody talking.

When equipped with the all-new 3.0-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel engine, the Chevy Silverado earns an EPA-estimated 33 miles to the gallon on the highway.1 That’s just about what you would earn with a family sedan or crossover SUV. With power-boosting four-wheel drive mode, it is still rated to earn 29 miles to the gallon on the highway.2

The new Chevy Silverado 1500 sacrifices nothing in terms of raw force to achieve this increased efficiency. The turbo-diesel is rated to put out 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. With the 3.0-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel and the added four-wheel drive, the new Silverado can tow up to a whopping 9,300 pounds and haul 1,870 pounds when properly equipped.3 These capacities satisfy and exceed what approximately 90 percent of all pickup customers need from their light-duty pickup truck.

The new Duramax® turbo-diesel marks the first time a diesel option has been offered on a light-duty Chevrolet truck since 1997. It is also the very first time Chevy has offered an inline-six engine for full-size light duty trucks.

Visit Buff Whelan Chevrolet to learn more about the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500.

1Silverado 1500 2WD with available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine EPA-estimated 23 MPG city/33 highway.

2EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

3Requires Silverado 1500 Double Cab Standard Bed RST 4×4 with available 6.2L V8 engine, Max Trailering Package and 20-inch wheels. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

Chevrolet Models Rank Among 2019’s Most American Cars

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What are the most American cars? You might be tempted to assume that any brand based in the United States is the “most American,” but that isn’t always the case — unless you’re Chevrolet.

Based on the latest results from Cars.com’s 2019 American-Made Index, three of the most American cars are Chevrolet models: the Corvette, Colorado, and Camaro.

“A recent Cars.com survey shows a clear majority of Americans want to purchase a car that contributes substantially to the U.S. economy, but gauging such contributions is no small task,” wrote Cars.com’s Kelsey Mays. “Cars.com has tried to do so since 2006 with the American-Made Index, an annual study that looks at various factors to determine just how homegrown a given car might be.”

Assembled in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Corvette sports car is arguably Chevrolet’s most iconic model. Powered by a 6.2-liter V8, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds — and if you upgrade to the Z06 or the ZR1, the Corvette becomes not just a great American car, but one of the world’s top sports cars.

The Colorado, a popular midsize pickup truck, is assembled in Wentzville, Missouri. If you want strong hauling and towing capability in a smaller package than a full-size truck like the Silverado 1500, the Colorado is a great choice. It’s also a lot of fun off road.

Finally, the Camaro — which was so beloved as Bumblebee in the Transformers film franchise that it got its own movie — is assembled in Lansing, Michigan.

Contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet to see these American cars in person.

What’s That Sound? Common Car Noises And What They Mean

Common Car Noises

As a car owner, it is important to listen for certain car noises while driving. Over the course of your vehicle’s life, it will inevitably encounter issues that need to be addressed for your safety, and the noises your vehicle makes are often the first warning sign. Here are some common car noises and what they mean.

  • Squealing from tires when braking: This indicates that your brake pads have likely worn down and need to be replaced. This isn’t an urgent issue but should be followed up on in a reasonable amount of time.
  • A rumbling sound beneath the driver’s seat: This sound could indicate a crack or leak in the manifold of your vehicle’s exhaust system. While the uncomfortable shaking seat may be manageable, the issue could also mean carbon monoxide is leaking into the cabin, so roll down the windows and get it checked out right away.
  • Squeaking when turning the wheel: There is likely an issue with your power-steering system—typically the issue is that your vehicle is running low on power-steering fluid.
  • Squealing from under the hood: Noises from under the hood are never good. This specific squeal typically means your serpentine belt is loose or worn. This belt powers several crucial systems in your vehicle, so replacing quickly is paramount.

Whenever your car makes funny noises, smells, or shakes, contact the service team at Buff Whelan Chevrolet. We’ll be happy to take a look at it for you.

All-New 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Debuts at the Chicago Auto Show

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

At the Chicago Auto Show in February, Chevrolet rolled out the all-new 2019 Blazer, a sporty mid-size crossover bearing the nameplate of the classic Chevy Blazer SUV, which Chevrolet first introduced in the 1960s and ended its run in 2005. But, now the Blazer is back.

The new Blazer slots between the compact Equinox and the mid-size Traverse in terms of size, making it a perfect option for drivers who want a crossover that offers sporty performance and looks, is easy to maneuver, and still has plenty of cargo space.

It’s rare to see a performance-focused SUV that still delivers utility, but the Blazer has utility in spades, with a max towing capacity of 4,500 pounds. Plus, it has a smart Cargo Management System to help parents, weekend warriors, and frequent travelers make room for all their things.

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer debut announcement revealed that the new SUV is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and comes with two engine options: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V6. The base engine delivers plenty of excitement with its 193 horsepower, but the V6’s 305 horsepower lets the Blazer’s exhilarating ride shine even more.

The inside of the new Blazer is just as stylish as the outside, with a sizable infotainment system and stitching accents to the trim that make a sophisticated look. Also available on the Blazer are luxurious comforts like heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, and smartphone compatibility for Apple and Android users.

Buff Whelan already has the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer in stock. Find it in dozens of combinations of colors, engines, and trim levels to fit your needs.

Accessories to Keep Your Car Warm in Winter

Winter

Chilly mornings are no fun, and chilly days and nights are even less so. In the winter months, it can be hard to stay warm while out and about, making daily tasks a bit of a bother. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to stave off the chill. Here are a few accessories and gadgets to help keep your car warm in winter.

  • Heated seat covers: A quick and easy way make your car more comfortable in the wintertime is to purchase heated seat covers. Rather than having to flinch when sitting down on your cold seats, these seat covers will keep you nice and toasty.
  • Heated steering wheel cover: Why stop at the seats? You can also get a heated steering wheel cover to keep your hands warm.
  • Remote starter: This one’s quite a bit more sophisticated than the other two, but even more convenient. A remote car starter allows you to start your car and let it warm up before you even leave your house.
  • Windshield ice melter/de-icer spray: Your fingers can freeze if you waste time scraping off icy windows. For a quick remedy to pesky ice, have a bottle of de-icer on hand, which you can spray on the windshield or even door handles.

If winter has left your vehicle a little worse for the wear, come in to Buff Whelan Chevrolet for repairs and maintenance.

Car-Themed Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Car-Themed Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

It’s officially December, which means the holidays are here. Christmas is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll observe the merry holiday this season. Here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we are prone to liking vehicle-related activities, so we came up with this list of car-themed ways to celebrate the holidays:

  • Take a holiday road trip: Pack up the car and hit the road. The holidays are the perfect time to go see family and friends you don’t get to see very often. Whether it’s a short trip to a nearby city or a cross-country trip to distant relatives, you will love the destination — and likely the drive to and from.
  • Drive through a light display: Most major cities offer several holiday light displays, many of which are drive-through displays. Blast your favorite Christmas music as you ooh and ahh at the lights with your family. If there are no displays nearby, just drive around residential areas to see the lights put up by everyday people.
  • Decorate your car: Get festive with your car this holiday season, perhaps with a red Rudolph nose up front or your favorite ornament hanging from your rearview mirror.

Thinking of the perfect gift for Christmas? Stop by and see us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet to see if we have the perfect car for that special someone in your life.

New Chevy Colorado Grille Options Redefine Exterior

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado, much like the Silverado, is getting a new design for the 2019 model year. The new Colorado boasts some exciting modifications, including a new grille design, which allows drivers to add more customization to their trucks. If you’re looking for a sporty model with personalized options, check out the 2019 Colorado.

One of the most exciting new Chevy Colorado grille options includes a lettered grille that spells out “Chevrolet,” using a cut-out design over a mesh-like background. This design seems subtle at first glance, but it completely revamps the look of the front fascia. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV concept vehicle also has a new grille, one that’s similar to the lettered grille.

While the ZR2 AEV concept vehicle may not be available to mainstream buyers in the near future, the standard Chevrolet Colorado will come with the exciting new grille option for $475 on the 2019 model .

There’s also a new body-colored grille option on the Chevy Colorado, which adds a touch of sophistication to the exterior. The grille is just one of the features the brand is elevating on the 2019 Chevy Colorado.

Stop by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to witness the stylish grille update on the 2019 Colorado. We can also set you up with a test-drive, so you can channel this model’s brawny capability.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Sales Pulls Ahead of the Competition

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For a long time, it was typical to see the Ford Mustang on top in terms of monthly sales, and not far behind that was the Dodge Challenger. Due to its killer combination of incredible performance, stunning style, and overall value, however, the new Chevrolet Camaro is causing quite a stir as it disrupts this familiar sales trend. Outselling both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger toward the end of 2017, the success of the new Chevrolet Camaro shows no signs of slowing down as 2018 rolls on.

In the face of overall muscle car sales declining toward the end of last year, and a huge 27.24% decline in the usually-popular Ford Mustang, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro sales are still going strong. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Chevrolet Camaro delivers more of what is most important to modern drivers, including exhilarating performance, premium safety features, and more standard advanced technology features.

The Ford Mustang might have a legendary past, but it’s current offering are falling a little flat when compared to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, which boasts standard Drive Mode Selector, a 7-inch infotainment display, standard automatic climate control technology, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, all of which are absent in the 2018 Ford Mustang.

The Camaro is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. To see other reasons why Camaro is surging in popularity, visit Buff Whelan Chevrolet to get behind the wheel for a test drive.

How to Drive Your Chevy in the Snow

How to drive your Chevy in the snow - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

Winter weather can be beautiful, but it can also make it dangerous to travel on the road. To make sure you’re practicing the best bad-weather driving habits possible, we at Buff Whelan Chevrolet have put together a quick guide on how to drive your Chevy in the snow.

Don’t drive when you’re tired

Driving when tired can reduce your reaction time, so make sure you get plenty of rest before heading out the road – especially if the roads are covered in snow and ice.

Keep the tires properly inflated

Lower tire pressure means the tires’ treads don’t get traction as well as they should. Keep track of the tire pressure, and fill it up if it dips below your owner’s manual’s recommended levels.

Make sure your gas tank is at least half full

When the gas tank dips below a certain level, the gas line can freeze-up, which means your car won’t work. Keep it half full at all times to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads

Cruise control is great on long distance drives, but it doesn’t allow you the control you need when driving on slippery surfaces. This means you shouldn’t use it if there’s rain, ice, or snow out on the road.

Turn into a skid

Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but if you find yourself in a skid, make sure you steer in the direction that the rear of the vehicle is sliding – and don’t panic and over-correct. This will help the vehicle correct itself and get back on the road.

If you want a reliable, safe vehicle that you can operate in the winter, check out our selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

How to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Winter Vehicle Preparation in Sterling Heights, MichiganAs the winter season rolls around, on every driver’s mind is what that means for their daily commute. We all want to do our best to keep us and our passengers safe while on the road in the blustery weather conditions that winter throws at us. Here are a few tips from us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet on how to prep your car for the winter months.

Check the Liquids

Prior to getting on the road in wintery conditions, it is important to make sure you are doing everything you can to defend your car. Check the following levels to help keep everyone safe:

  • Antifreeze: Antifreeze prevents your engine from freezing, so this is very important in the frigid winter months. You can easily add more if needed.
  • Wiper fluid: Similar to antifreeze, this is easy to add if needed. In the winter months, you should use special winter windshield wiper fluid which will not freeze and help optimize visibility.
  • Oil: Similar to how there is a winter version of windshield wiper fluid, there is a winter-friendly version of oil, which will help keep your engine running smoothly and reliably in the cold months. Select it when you get your oil changed before winter.

Improve the Tires

Lastly, make sure your tires are in good condition with lots of tread, and stash some extra jackets and snacks in the car in case you get stuck in some gnarly winter traffic.

If you need help preparing your car for winter, contact our service department.