IIHS Hails Chevrolet Equinox as Safe for Teen Drivers

Safety comes first when you’re looking for a reliable ride for your teen driver, and the Chevrolet Equinox is one of the safest options around. This fact has been confirmed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which named the 2016 and newer Equinox to its list of the best choice for teen drivers.

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IIHS’ list includes vehicles that earned top scores in its crashworthiness tests as well as from the National Highway Traffic Administration. Each vehicle also earned high marks from Consumer Reports for reliability, helping ensure your confidence when you put your kids behind the wheel.

The Chevrolet Equinox offers ample standard safety features and is among the first vehicles in the Chevy lineup to offer Teen Driver Technology. With Teen Driver, you can set limitations for your child whenever they take the wheel like max speed and auto volume. You can even set it to where the audio won’t play until everyone buckles their seatbelts.

But the Chevrolet Equinox isn’t just a safe choice for teen drivers — it’s a stylish, smart, and fun-to-drive SUV that’s great for a learning driver. If you’re looking to give your kid the tools they need to become a safe driver and stand out a bit at school, stop by ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, and check out our wide selection of new, used, and Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet vehicles.

Exciting updates coming to the 2021 Silverado HD

The Silverado 2500 HD may have just been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year; however, it is already getting some exciting updates for 2021. These additions include new standard features, newly available options, and new packages. You can expect it to arrive at ELCO Chevrolet later this year.

2021 Silverado HD Coming Soon | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

Previously, the Work Truck trim level came with no storage options in its front bench seat. In 2021, the bench seat has been updated with covered armrest storage. The Work Truck and Custom trim levels also get two USB ports instead of just one.

An available option for most trim levels is an auto-dimming rearview mirror, which includes an innovative feature that gives you a small video display of the truck bed. You can access this with a Bed View Camera on the high-mounted brake light.

If you are looking for ways to make your Silverado 2500 HD stand out from the crowd, the 2021 model will be available with a wide range of new packages and special edition models. The Midnight Edition will come with blacked-out styling, including 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels. As the name implies, the Z71 Chrome Sport Edition adds chrome exterior details like a chrome skid plate along with Z71 badging.

Stay tuned to the ELCO Chevrolet blog for updates as we learn more about the upcoming 2021 Silverado HD, and visit our main website for availability when it launches later this year.

The Benefits of Leasing Your Car

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Leasing your car is an easy way to save money and worries. There’s no need to make a full and outright commitment to a vehicle. Instead, you can enjoy all the benefits of a new car without the pressures associated with total ownership. These following benefits of leasing your car will explain why it might be the right option for you:

Lower Monthly Payments

Leasing a car will usually save 30 to 60 percent on monthly payments as opposed to purchasing. Driving a vehicle that might otherwise be out your budget is completely within reason if you decide to lease from ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

Low Maintenance Costs

The full duration of a lease is often covered by a manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper warranty, meaning you won’t face any repair charges during your time with the vehicle. The burden of major repair costs is not an issue when leasing a new car.

Fewer Worries

Leasing a car for two to three years means you won’t have to worry about the headache of selling it once you decide to move on; instead, it goes straight back to the company or dealership. Damages will be covered by insurance the same as when you own, but diminished value is no concern.

Variety

There are so many great cars on the market; why commit to one for a decade or more? Drive an Escalade for two years and then switch to a Suburban.

If you want to learn more about leasing or get the process started, stop by ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac today.

Chevrolet Release Efficiency for the New Diesel Silverado Engine

efficiency for the new diesel Silverado engine

You can finally order the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine, which promises to be both powerful and fuel-efficient. Chevrolet has revealed the efficiency figures for the new diesel engine, and they’re impressive.

When equipped with the diesel engine and rear-wheel drive, you can expect to see an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway1. Four-wheel-drive models will achieve an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway2.

Along with its impressive efficiency, the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with this engine and other towing equipment, the Silverado 1500 can pull up to 9,300 pounds and can haul a maximum payload of 1,870 pounds.

Tim Herrick, Silverado executive chief engineer, said, “The engine utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to optimize every drop of fuel, and takes advantage of architectural changes to make Silverado larger, lighter and more aerodynamic than before. The resulting combination offers all of the performance, refinement and capability customers want in a full-size truck, with highway fuel efficiency you would expect from a family sedan.”

The 3.0-liter Duramax® is the first diesel engine to be made available for a light-duty truck since 1997.

If you want a pickup that doesn’t sacrifice power for efficiency, you want the all-new Chevy Silverado 1500 equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax®. Come experience the impressive balance at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac today.

The Best Sports Bars in St. Louis for Watching Basketball

Sports bars in St. Louis

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.

OB Clark’s

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.

Stop in at ELCO Chevrolet, and ask us about our mad deals going on this month.

Heads-Up, Silverado Lovers: The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty Debuts in February

2020 Silverado Heavy Duty

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 promises.

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.

Basic Pickup Truck Maintenance Tips

pickup truck maintenanceThe 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 Premier Plus Special Editions Offered on Tahoe and Suburban

Chevrolet Premier Plus
Chevrolet is giving its customers more options by introducing Chevrolet Premier Plus special editions. Find out more 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.

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!

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.