What’s the Difference Between the Chevy Sonic and Spark?

difference between the Chevy Sonic and Spark

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.

Here, we’ll elaborate on the difference between the Chevy Sonic and the Spark to help you get started.

Size

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.

Styling

The Chevy Spark is offered only as a hatchback, while the Chevy Sonic is available as a four-door sedan or five-door hatch.

Performance

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!

Celebrate Independence Day in St. Louis

July 4th

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!

National Corvette Museum Set for Substantial Expansion

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For American sports car fans, few places are as special as the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Whether you’ve been there before or hope to in the future, you now have plenty more to be excited about, as the museum has announced plans for a major expansion.

As one of the world’s most popular automotive museums, the National Corvette Museum welcomes more than 225,000 sports car enthusiasts through their doors each year. As the museum has seen increasing attendance in recent years, it plans to substantially expand its office and exhibition areas, with construction to start in 2021.

The museum will also expand the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park Complex, located just across the street from the museum. This expansion will increase the NCM Motorsports Park Complex by an additional 205 acres, bringing its total size to an impressive 425 acres.

For Corvette fans, this all translates into a bigger playground where they can check out some of the most incredible and rare Corvettes on the planet.

Currently, the National Corvette Museum is planning a new exhibit called “Chevrolet Racing: Louis to Le Mans,” which will feature rare cars driven by Louis Chevrolet along with a huge selection of Corvettes that have won races at Le Mans.

If all you want is a smaller display of modern Corvettes, however, just head over to ELCO Chevrolet!

Meet the All-New 2019 Chevrolet Cruze

2019 Chevy Cruze

The Chevy Cruze is back for the 2019 model year and better than ever. With a fresh look and a new trim level, the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Cruze will turn heads wherever it goes.

The changes start with the Cruze’s front end. An all-new fascia is complemented by a sleeker grille, giving the Cruze a refined and luxurious appearance. At the back of the Cruze, LED accent lighting pairs with the Premier trim’s dual-element taillamps, making for an impactful look and improved visibility.

All-new color options like the unique Umber color will impress passengers on the inside, as will standard remote start and automatic climate control on the LT and Premier trim levels. New wheel designs make an impression.

The new RS package features luxury elements that will be unique to the 2019 Cruze, like standard 17-inch and available 18-inch machined wheels. Style elements include black window moldings and bowtie emblems that help the Cruze RS stand out.

Tech elements include the brand-new Infotainment 3 system, with comes with a standard 7-inch diagonal color touchscreen radio.

The 2019 Cruze also features an ample list of available safety features including but not limited to Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Following Distance Indicator, and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

We can’t wait for the all-new Cruze to arrive at ELCO Chevrolet’s showroom. Make sure to stay tuned for the latest updates and information!

 

Chevy Brings Virtual Reality Experience to Detroit

2018 Chevy Camaro

Automatic head beams, adaptive cruise control, voice commands— these are just three of many of the advanced technologies now available in most cars, which are rapidly reaching nearly sci-fi levels of intelligence. To stick with that theme, Chevrolet has put a futuristic twist on the way it does auto shows by introducing a virtual reality experience at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chevrolet included the setup at the show to offer guests a new way to truly experience their vehicles. Dubbed the “Chevrolet Virtual Dynamics Lab 4D Experience,” though we’ll just call it Chevy VR for short, it focused on the Chevrolet Camaro. Guests only had to put on the head pieces to be transported to the front seats of one of the country’s most iconic muscle cars.

Though auto shows are an exciting time for everyone, the ability to get into a car and see what it would be like on the road is limited. Chevy VR was built to turn users into passengers in one of several different Chevrolet vehicles, allowing them to experience them in ways otherwise impossible at an auto show.

Fortunately, you can experience the real thing by visiting ELCO Chevrolet and taking an in-person look at your favorite Chevy car, sitting in the cabin, and taking it out for a test drive.

New Silverado HD Design: 2500HD and 3500HD Overviews

Silverado HD design

For drivers looking for a truck that can handle the toughest jobs, the 2018 Silverado HD is the ideal solution. The Silverado HD offers multiple trims, features, and options. Each truck offers its own advantages like added fuel economy or added power.

According to The News Wheel, the 2018 Silverado HD design has a few improvements for the latest model year, including new exterior colors like Cajun Red Tint coat and Havana Metallic. Audio systems have been updated as well, and there are new grille designs for trims like the High Country and the Z71 Package. Minor upgrades like box side decals are also now offered on the Z71 models that have 4×4.

The Silverado 2500HD has better fuel economy than the Silverado 3500HD, which is one reason to consider it. The 2500HD can tow up to 18,100 pounds with the Duramax® Turbo-Diesel V8, and there’s also a gasoline powered Vortec™ options as well. The Silverado HD has features like Tow/Haul modes, StabiliTrak® with Trailer Sway Control, and Digital Steering Assist as well.

The Silverado 3500HD produces a staggering 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, earning it a maximum towing capacity of 23,300 pounds. This requires a Regular Cab 4×4 DRW configuration with the available Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine.

At ELCO Chevrolet, you can test drive the 2018 Silverado 2500HD and the Silverado 3500HD to help you decide which truck is right for the job.

The St. Louis Auto Show: A Recap

St Louis Auto Show

This year’s annual St Louis Auto Show was held from January 25-28 at the America’s Center downtown. There were more than 500 new cars, trucks, and SUVs on display for the event, and over 25 manufacturers were represented. Visitors had a chance to see a number of attractions, as well.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, one of the highlighted events was the Classic Car Studio Speed Shop which included a 1966 Chevrolet C10 model. Visitors met the “Speed is the New Black” crew at the event from Thursday through Saturday and learned more about their unique C10 model.

There were also several activities for kids and adults. Kid-friendly activities included an ultimate bungee trampoline, a mobile rock wall, a 16-foot slide, and a Daytona Racing Simulator. For the adults, there was a Jeep Wrangler Build Off competition to see who could build the best custom Wrangler, and a Stray Rescue Adoption event.

At ELCO Chevrolet, we were excited to see the wide range of new Chevy models at the Auto Show. If you’re interested in seeing some of the newest Chevy models for yourself, visit us at ELCO Chevrolet to see our inventory and schedule a test drive.

GM to Use Carbon Fiber Beds in Upcoming Trucks

GM to Use Carbon Fiber Beds in Upcoming Trucks

GM is rumored to be introducing carbon fiber beds in its new generation of pickup trucks, which would reduce vehicle weight and boost fuel economy. GM vehicle include Chevrolet and GMC pickups, so the change would affect the popular full-size GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado, as well as the smaller GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado.

Carbon fiber is a more expensive material than aluminum or steel, but it has huge benefits. Chevy has always been against Ford’s method of using aluminum in the bed of their trucks, citing how much easier aluminum is to dent and pointing out its struggle to carry heavier loads. Carbon fiber is both lighter and stronger than aluminum, meaning its addition would lead to better fuel economy and less chance of damage.

GM is also rumored to be adding aluminum to the doors of its pickups in an attempt to further reduce weight. There is also speculation that the automaker will use carbon fiber in a mix of materials, including a carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic that has been in development since 2011.

With 2018 models so newly introduced, we won’t see carbon fiber beds for at least another model year. However, if you’d like to see the newest 2018 pickup models, stop by ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look.

Best Christmas Lights in St. Louis

Christmas Lights in St. Louis
You can find some of the best Christmas lights in St. Louis. It’s easy!

Driving through the city in your Chevrolet on a search for the best Christmas lights in St. Louis is quite the task. There’s a lot to see, but, fortunately, the lights are here to stay for the next month. Check out some of these must-see Christmas lights recommended by your friends at ELCO Chevrolet.

Way of Lights
The Way of Lights is one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area. More than one million lights tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Cruise through the scene in your new Chevrolet or take a carriage ride. There’s also an indoor Christmas tree display. Admission is free, so pack the family into your Equinox and head down to Belleville.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom
Located in Jellystone Park in Eureka, Santa’s Magical Kingdom stretches across 35 acres of land. Millions of beautiful lights create dozens of holiday scenes. From Santa’s flying reindeer to the Waterfall of Lights, the spectacular Christmas lights display is one to remember. You can even take a wagon ride through Santa’s Magical Kingdom.

Festival of Lights
The Macy’s Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season in downtown St. Louis. It all starts at Union Station with the light display and Christmas tree lighting. The evening closes with a fireworks display and a visit from Santa himself!

If you’re in need of a new Chevrolet or a quick service for Winter to explore the holiday lights, feel free to stop by ELCO Chevrolet today.

Holiday Road Trip Survival Guide

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Get in! We’re heading to grandma’s for Thanksgiving!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many families have a road trip or two in their future. If this includes your family, you might be wondering how you are going to get through it all. Never fear! We are here to help with this simple road trip survival guide.

  • Leave early. Traffic during the holidays, both around Thanksgiving and Christmas, can be horrendous. Leave early in the morning to avoid much of it and try to plan your drive so you don’t hit any big cities during rush hour.
  • Stop often. If you are traveling with young kids, you will need to plan for frequent stops. This will give everyone a potty break and some time to get out their wiggles. Even just a run around a rest stop lobby can help.
  • Bring some fun. Pack lots of entertainment options. If your car is equipped with a DVD system, let each kid choose a movie or two to bring. You can also play road trip games like I Spy and the Picnic Game.
  • Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. One way to keep restless kids happy is with snacks. Avoid sugary snacks, which will spike their energy, and things that will leave behind sticky fingers. Sliced fruit, nuts, cheese sticks, and hard-boiled eggs are great, healthy options.

Are you planning any road trips this holiday season? If you need a new family hauler before you go, come visit us at ELCO Chevrolet today.