Missouri is a wonderful place to live, especially for anyone who enjoys exploring the great outdoors. You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.
This 2.3-mile asphalt trail is
relatively easy, making it perfect for a leisurely bike trip or a ride on the
inline skates. The trail runs from Meramec Greenway Trail to Ridge Meadows Elementary
School and is just a 15-minute drive from Ballwin.
Scene Trail Loop
River Scene Trail Loop is also
just 15 minutes from Ballwin, and rests in Castlewood State Park. This hiking
trail creates a 3.1-mile loop with a moderately difficult path. The beautiful
scenery includes views overlooking the Meramec River to make very step worth it.
You can also find Lone Wolf Trail
in Castlewood State Park, but it is slightly shorter. This trail is moderate and
suits both mountain biking and hiking. The Lone Wolf Trail creates a 1.7-mile
loop that goes into Kiefer Creek valley. Feel free to bring the four-legged
friend along for this one, as dogs are welcome on the grounds as long as they
are on a leash.
March marks an exciting time for us here at ELCO Chevrolet because some of the best basketball happens at this time. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you will likely find the perfect game day spot without a problem. Here are some of the best sports bars in St. Louis perfect for watching basketball.
The Post Sports
Bar & Grill
There is nothing
else you want at a sports bar when you have great food, a fun atmosphere, and plenty
of TVs showing your favorite games. You’ll find all of this and more at The
Post — a local favorite for all sports fans.
If you are looking
for something different, OB Clark’s is a classic sports bar that is prominent
among sports fans. It is also a familiar haunt for many famous blues alumni,
making it an exciting spot to catch the game.
The Over/ Under
Bar & Grill
As the weather
warms up, watching the game while on the patio with friends is the perfect
combination. The Over/ Under Bar & Grill downtown features an excellent
outdoor seating area with a massive projection screen.
Pickup trucks feature specific engineering to tackle the toughest jobs. Chevrolet recently debuted the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and it’s the most capable Silverado HD yet.
This marks the third all-new Silverado in 18 months, with
this version being longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. Its maximum
towing capacity increases by 52 percent to 35,500 pounds.
“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar
none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer for the Silverado HD. “We increased
towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added
class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views, to make
trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or
fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.”
The Silverado HD will offer five trim levels – Work Truck,
Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country – along with 22 cab, bed, chassis, and
driveline configurations to craft the ideal heavy-duty truck for your needs.
It also comes with two powertrain options. The first is a
standard 6.6-liter V8 gas-powered engine that comes with a six-speed automatic
transmission, producing 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. For the second
engine option, you find a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which works with an
all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission and generates 445
horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. To make towing easier, this heavy-duty
truck features a range of new Advanced Trailer System technologies and
transparent trailer view to boost your confidence while towing.
The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty will debut in February as the third all-new Silverado released in the last 18 months. This new truck is the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever built, meeting the needs of heavy-duty truck drivers.
The demands of HD truck drivers cannot be met by less
powerful and capable trucks. The chief engineer of the Silverado HD, Jaclyn
McQuaid, stated, “We built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has
more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced
towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such
as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while
pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.” With thoughtful engineering and design, consumers
will have a confident, capable driving and work experience.
You will notice that the Silverado HD shares some design
cues with the light-duty Silverado 1500, but its form generally follows its
bold, heavy-duty function. It includes two new advanced powertrain options, a
new gasoline engine, a six-speed transmission, and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8.
This latter engine is not for the faint at heart as it pumps out 910 lb-ft of
torque and comes with an all-new Allison ten-speed transmission.
With bold looks and power, the 2020 Silverado HD features
advanced trailering technology and increased towing and payload capabilities.
While you haul your load, sit back in this truck’s comfortable, sophisticated,
and smart interior because you know that a heavy duty truck delvers on its
As we await the anticipated release of the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty, head on over to ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look at our 2019 Silverado HD selection.
There are many efficient vehicle options out there ― from traditional gas engines to green electric vehicles. Regardless which type of vehicle you drive, these fuel-efficient driving tips can help you cut back on your gas usage.
If you constantly speed off from a stoplight, you use
excessive fuel by making the engine work harder. Accelerating gradually is an
easy way to cut back on fuel usage.
Maintain Your Speed
When you are on the highway, maintain a steady speed. Use
cruise control, if possible, and avoid slamming on the brakes. The more you
brake and accelerate, the more gas you will burn.
If you find yourself stopped for over 60 seconds, turn off the
engine. Idling will suck the life out of your wallet, your gas tank, and the
Cut Back Weight
If you are carrying a lot of weight in your car, you are using
unnecessary gas. For every 25 kilograms you carry in your vehicle, your
vehicle’s fuel consumption increases by an average of 1 percent.
For more fuel-efficient driving tips, drive on over to ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, MO.
The best thing you can do to keep your pickup truck running well over the years is to stay up-to-date with its maintenance schedule. Unlike many other vehicles, pickup trucks have their own particular set of needs, so it’s worthwhile to know what you should be doing for your truck by consulting the owner’s manual. In the meantime, here are some basic pickup truck maintenance tips to consider.
Frequent oil changes
Since many owners are frequently demanding high amounts of power and performance from their trucks, it’s important to stay on top of oil changes. Switching out the oil will help keep your truck’s engine running smoothly. There are many different kinds of oil, so you should spend a bit of time deciding which one best suits your driving needs.
Rotate the tires
Whenever you get your vehicle’s oil changed at the shop, you should also have the tires rotated. This will ensure that the tires wear evenly, which makes for a smoother ride. See if your mechanic can also check the alignment and balance of the tires when they are getting rotated as well, as these can be affected by tough terrain.
Check fluid levels, wiper blades, and lights
These simple checks go a long way, especially if you’re routinely using your truck on the worksite. These checks will help optimize performance and visibility and minimize wear to your vehicle.
Know your driving demands
Proper maintenance of your pickup truck also depends on how you use it. If you’re frequently driving in dusty conditions, you may need to change the engine air filter more frequently. If you regularly venture off-road, you will want to have the tire alignment and balance checked more frequently to avoid uneven wear, poorer handling and efficiency, and potential damage to your truck’s suspension.
As with any vehicle, proper maintenance is necessary to keep it running for a long time. To help keep your truck performing at its peak, visit our Service Department at ELCO Chevrolet.
Chevrolet is giving its customers more options by introducing Tahoe and Suburban Premier Plus special editions for the 2019 model year. These new special edition models include special features and a powerful V8 engine. In addition, drivers will find an array of luxury features on these vehicles.
According to Chevrolet, the Chevy Premier Plus special editions will come with a 6.2-liter V8 engine in the 6.2-liter Performance Package. With the 6.2-liter engine, the special editions generate 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Other features in the package include Magnetic Ride Control and a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission.
“Our customers have shown strong demand for both Tahoe and Suburban with the 6.2-liter V8 option,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Trucks Marketing and Advertising. “Thirty-six percent of all Chevy full-size SUV special edition models are now sold with this engine. Premier Plus gives both Suburban and Tahoe customers another option to choose from with several added premium touches.”
Premium amenities on the special editions include Black or Mahogany leather front seats, as well as bold black trim surround. Enlarged wheels, special bowties and chrome nameplates help these vehicles stand out.
If the Chevrolet Premier Plus Special Editions are what you’ve been waiting for, contact ELCO Chevrolet.
The all-new 2019 Chevy Silverado packs a lot of punches, from its stellar performance to its wealth of modern features. To maximize it convenience and functionality, the new Silverado features best-in-class cargo volume, box depth and length, 12 fixed tie-downs, and an exclusive power up/down tailgate. Together, these features create an all-new hauling experience.
The new 2019 Silverado 1500 Durabed is the largest pickup bed ever. Recognizing that the bed is the heart and soul of any pickup, Chevy engineers worked hard to deliver a bed like none other to drivers. No matter the box size you choose — short, standard, or long — you’ll be gaining anywhere between 10 to 14 cubic feet of additional cargo box space compared to the 2018 Silverado model. The new cargo box space ratings excel outside of the Chevy lineup, as the short-box’s volume is as much as 20 percent more than the short-boxes of leading competitors like the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. This largely comes as a result of widening the width of the Silverado’s bed floor by as much as 10 percent.
Not only is the Silverado Durabed built to be more spacious, it is also constructed with high-strength steel. Such construction easily outcompetes the F-150’s truck bed, which is constructed with aluminum, and the Ram 1500’s, which is constructed with 340-megapascal high-strength steel compared to the Silverado’s 500 megapascals.
If you want your truck tougher than the rest, the choice is simple: go for the Silverado 1500. Test drive one today at ELCO Chevrolet.
A small car is wonderfully convenient, especially for city drivers or folks who are just hoping to save some green at the pump. Chevrolet offers its customers two impressive subcompact models, the Chevrolet Sonic and Spark. If you’re in the market for a new small car, it might be hard to decide which model is the better fit for your needs.
Both are classified as subcompact cars, but the Chevy Sonic is slightly larger (six inches wider and 30 inches longer). With the Sonic, you’ll have more shoulder-, leg-, and headroom. You’ll also get about 19 more cubic feet of cargo volume with the Chevy Sonic versus the Chevy Spark.
The Chevy Spark is offered only as a hatchback, while the Chevy Sonic is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatch.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the Chevy Sonic and Spark is in the category of performance. The Chevy Sonic offers more power and responsiveness with its standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine than does the Chevy Spark’s single-offering, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder EcoTec. The Spark also offers a second engine option, a 1.4-liter EcoTec, for increased torque.
So there you have it — while both are subcompact cars, the Spark is even smaller than the Sonic, and that comes with a predictable effect on styling and performance. To get a better sense of how they compare, check them out at ELCO Chevrolet!
The Fourth of July is right around the corner, so it’s time to start making plans and getting together your best red, white, and blue outfit. There’s no better way to celebrate America’s independence than by gathering alongside your fellow Americans, so celebrate Independence Day in St. Louis this year by attending one of the city’s fun, patriotic events. Here are a couple we recommend.
Fair Saint Louis: Since the Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, Fair Saint Louis will take place July 4, 6, and 7 at the Arch grounds. The fair is free and features tons of ways to keep the whole family entertained, including live music, games in the Festival Zone, and a nationally-recognized fireworks display each evening of the fair. On July 6th, the fair will feature a live musical performance by Jason Derulo and Andy Grammer, and on July 7th, Martina McBride will perform.
July 4th Fest: Running from June 30th to July 4th, Six Flags will host a festival to celebrate our country and its independence. There will be a fireworks display each of the five nights, festive food available for purchase, and rides will run late, so head to the park with friends for a fun, festive, and thrilling celebration of the Fourth of July.
The 4th of July is one of our favorite days of the year. Let us know how you plan to celebrate at ELCO Chevrolet — and while you’re at it, head to the festivals in style with a brand new car!