The Chevrolet Silverado is a truly reliable ride, but don’t just take our word for it. U.S. News & World Report recently named the Silverado one of the easiest vehicles to maintain and repair, which means you’ll save money and time when you opt for this pickup. The editors at U.S. News specifically cited the longevity of the Silverado as one of its most prized characteristics.
What does U.S. News mean when it refers to “reliability”? The Silverado and other models named to the Top 10 Easy Cars to Maintain and Repair list were evaluated based on the length of time between service intervals, simplicity of repairs, the space of the engine compartment, and ease of finding replacement parts. The Silverado checks boxes in each of these categories, making it easy for mechanics to fix quickly and efficiently.
“Today’s cars last longer than vehicles of old, have longer service intervals between needed maintenance, and are generally more reliable. They’re also much more complex, with costly components that are more easily replaced than repaired. The typical service interval requires much more than changing the oil,” reads the U.S. News release.
Silverado durability is also due in part to the simplicity of certain mechanical components. For example, many GM models come with naturally aspirated engines, which are less complex than turbocharged powertrains. Plus, the roomy engine compartment makes it easy to access maintenance points, while the steel design is easier to repair than the aluminum found on some competitors’ models.
As the pickup truck segment becomes more and more competitive, choosing the right model for your needs is harder than ever. If you’ve been looking for a vehicle to tow your camper or boat around Ft. Meade, consider the Chevrolet Colorado or Silverado 1500, both of which were recently named to U.S. News’ list of the best trucks for towing.
The 2020 Chevrolet Colorado
With a maximum towing capability of 7,700 pounds (the best of any compact pickup), it’s no surprise that U.S. News included the 2020 Colorado on its list. The publication’s editors were particularly fond of its available 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine, which puts out an impressive 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Alongside its remarkable performance, it also provides an EPA-estimated 30 mpg.
The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
You’d have to look extremely hard to find anything U.S. News’ Nick Kurcsewski didn’t love about the 2020 Silverado 1500. Dubbing it “the light-duty truck towing champion,” he raved about its 13,400-pound towing capacity, 15 available camera views, and ability to crush the Ford F-150’s specs by triple-digits.
To learn more about two of U.S. News’ favorite vehicles for towing, contact us at Greenwood Chevrolet to schedule a test drive of the 2020 Colorado or Silverado 1500.
*EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/30 highway for Colorado 2WD with available 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine. Based on segment-exclusive features. Excludes other GM models.
Whether you want a family vehicle or a sporty SUV, the new 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is the model for you. This vehicle was recently named the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Best New Midsize SUV in the two-row category. This award is determined in conjunction with Car and Driver, making the Blazer one of the Best New Family Car award winners.
The award is given to vehicles based on their safety, handling, value, technology, and design. For an award winner to be named, the judges also drove each eligible vehicle over 5,000 miles on highways, tracks, and in cities. The Blazer was determined to be among the best.
“A stylish exterior and an appealing aesthetic wraps this practical, fun-to-drive crossover,” writes Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute Chief Technologist and Head Engineer. “You’ll enjoy a confident, responsive drive that stands out on city streets and highways alike.”
What set the Blazer apart? This model comes with an impressive 64.2 cubic feet of space with the seats folded, as well as up to 4,500 pounds in maximum towing capabilities. Plus, this model had 26 mpg* on the highway when properly equipped, which means you’ll save more on the road. With multiple trims available, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is the perfect model for virtually any driver.
Want to get behind the wheel of a Blazer? Contact us at Greenwood Chevrolet in Ft. Meade, FL.
If you have access to a garage, it’s the best long-term place to store a vehicle. However, if you don’t have a garage, consider renting a storage unit. As a last resort, get a car cover to keep the exterior in good shape.
If you are going to be leaving the vehicle for a year or more, make sure it’s in good condition first. Give it a good wash and wax to protect the finish. Have the oil changed and fill the gas tank to prevent toxins and oxidation from damaging internal parts.
Take it for a Spin
If a car is not driven regularly, the battery will lose charge. Regular short runs keep the engine in good order and prevent the tires from developing flat spots. If this is not possible, take the tires off. Also, avoid using the parking brake when a car is in storage because the pads could fuse to the rotors.
Put up a No Vacancy Sign
Mice, squirrels and other small creatures love to make nests in vehicles that don’t move very often. Plug up the exhaust pipe and air intake with steel wool to discourage entry, and arrange mothballs or cotton balls or swabs that have been soaked in peppermint oil around the perimeter of the car to keep intruders out.
Need more help with vehicle care? Contact us at Greenwood Chevrolet.
In 2019, iSeeCars.com analyzed over 15.8 million cars in 2019 to find out the longest-lasting car brands. Their sole aim was to figure out which makes and models had made it past the 200,000-mile mark on the odometer. The study then ranked vehicles and brands by the percentage of vehicles still on the road after 200,000 miles.
iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly cited “truck-like SUVs and pickup trucks” as the vehicles most likely to last. This category includes the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the Chevrolet Tahoe and the Suburban.
Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban
Both of these full-size SUVs ranked high on the chart of overall highest-ranking vehicles. The Chevrolet Suburban came in with a rating of 4.9 percent, while the Tahoe was 4.1 percent. The industry average for vehicles overall was only 1 percent, and the industry average for all SUVs was even smaller at 0.9 percent.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500
In the Longest-Lasting Pickup Truck category in the iSeeCars study, 2.0 percent of the vehicles still on the road after passing the 200,000-mile mark are Chevy Silverado 1500 models. This puts them above the segment average of 1.8 percent.
When it came to the longest-lasting brands, Chevrolet came in at 4th place overall, with 1.4 percent of vehicles on the road over 200,000 miles hailing from the bowtie brand.
If you’re in the market for a long-lasting vehicle, browse our online inventory at Greenwood Chevrolet.
This year, Overland Journal introduced a new award for Truck of the Year. For the inaugural year, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison was named the Overland Truck of the Year in the mid-size truck segment. Overland Journal also gave awards for the best full-size truck, adventure motorcycle, and SUV. To determine the winners, editors sent the trucks through thousands of miles of testing, both on- and off-road, over the course of nearly a year.
Overland Journal editors were impressed with the stunning
capabilities of the Colorado ZR2 Bison, as well as its great available
features. These include its Turbo-Diesel engine, a winch-ready steel front
bumper, full-length rock sliders, front and rear locking differentials, its
rear steel bumper, and a great suspension system.
The Colorado ZR2 Bison is ready to tackle your next
adventure with a wide range of standard off-road-ready equipment including five
skid plates, a modified rear axle, large fender flares, cast-iron control arms,
and Revolutionary Multimatic DSSV dampers.
Power comes from the standard 3.6-liter V6 with 308
horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. However, it’s also available with a diesel
engine, which has an output of 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. When
properly equipped, the Colorado ZR2 Bison has a maximum payload capacity of
The judges heaped praise on the trailering systems of the
Sierra and Silverado, which employ numerous cameras to provide multiple views
around the vehicles from the bed, around the outside of the vehicle, and even through
the trailer. A transparent trailer view
in the vehicles uses cameras to create a view representing what’s immediately
behind the trailer, taking the stress out of backing a trailer and eliminating
the need for a second person to help you maneuver. You’ll be able to enjoy a
clear view of what’s behind the trailer on an 8-inch infotainment touch screen on
the truck’s dashboard. This handy technology is more than user friendly — it’ll
give you a sense of security greater than ever before.
The Chevrolet Corvette continues to win both hearts and awards. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 earned honors at the 2019 Sport Auto Awards in November, taking home two trophies: one in Convertibles/Roadsters under 150,000 and the other in Euros and Coupes under 150,000 Euros.
The Corvette Z06 boasts a 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 that
delivers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to that kind of power,
it earned a score of 52.2 percent in the convertibles and roadsters class,
allowing the Corvette Z06 to take the top prize over the Jaguar F-Type SVR and
Maserati GranCabrio. In the coupe class, the Corvette Z06 had a tighter race.
It beat out the F-Type SVR and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye with a
score of 38.7 percent.
This is the 27th year that the German magazine, Sport
Auto, has run the awards, which are calculated in a reader’s choice format.
Readers chose from a field of 238 vehicles in 18 production and 10 tuning
vehicle categories Almost 13,000 readers participated this year in the voting
process, which is held every year in November.
Chevrolet is planning to release a new Corvette, which will
be the most powerful version of the Corvette Stingray ever made. It’s capable
of producing 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. With stats like that, more
awards are surely in Chevrolet’s future.
The SEMA Show is an annual event that reveals innovative aftermarket
products and celebrates the organization’s partnership with famous automakers.
Plus, it’s where the industry’s best vehicles are crowned with a prestigious
title, based on their segment. These awards are given to just five categories
of vehicles — including trucks.
The Silverado brought home the Truck of the Year title thanks
to Chevy’s dedication to introducing new features and technologies year in and
year out, aimed at constantly elevating user experience in a Silverado. This
includes technology like an available 15-view camera system to make trailering
easier, an available Head-Up Display that can project information to on the
windshield so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road, and two
segment-first rear-seatback storage compartments.
Because of these innovations and new features being added into the Silverado and other Chevy vehicles, Chevrolet continues to show its dedication to bringing only the best to its fans. This has allowed the Silverado to thrive for many years, and the best is still yet to come for Silverado fans.