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2013 Chevrolet Camaro

Each year, Consumers Digest ranks the best and brightest of the automotive industry in its “Best Buys” list.  This year, the Chevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet Camaro, and Chevrolet Equinox were all named Best Buys in recognition of their industry-leading designs.  If you are looking for a new Chevrolet in Arizona, these models excel in the following categories (per Consumer Digest‘s selection criteria):

Design.  The Sonic, Camaro, and Equinox each shined in the design department, receiving praise for both interior and exterior styling.  In an automotive era in which increasing safety and efficiency standards have caused new cars to look more and more alike, Chevrolet has worked hard to ensure that its models retain unique lines and character.  The Sonic, in particular, is larger than most subcompact cars and looks sharper than its competitors due to its unique headlights, front end, and ‘hot hatch’-inspired contours.

Performance.  Chevrolet prides itself in producing the best-performing cars on the road, and this year’s Best Buys are no exceptions.  The Chevy Camaro comes in several packages that Consumers Digest describe as ranging from “quick to racetrack ready.”  The base 3.6-liter V6 provides significant punch (323 horsepower) for a bargain price while the SS and ZL1 trims outclass their competitors in sheer power – the 2013 ZL1’s 6.2-liter V8 achieves 0-60 miles per hour acceleration in four seconds flat, rivaling many supercars.

Value.  Perhaps most the important consideration in the contemporary automobile industry, overall value is not to be overlooked by consumers or automotive reviewers.  The Chevrolet Equinox has ranked at the top of this category according to multiple sources since it was introduced in 2005.  The Equinox is spacious and versatile – Chevrolet introduced the 3.6-liter V6 engine option in 2013, in addition to the MyLink infotainment system and several other tweaks.  The result is a crossover that can truly do it all: the Equinox is large enough to accommodate a large family or a significant amount of cargo in its safe and spacious interior.  For those who need some “utility” in their sport-utility vehicle, the V6 Equinox is rated to tow 3,500 pounds.

Consumers Digest is dedicated to giving consumers the information they need to make smart purchases.  Chapman Chevrolet is just as dedicated to providing the best Chevrolet models at competitive prices and with world-class service both at the time of sale and in the months and years after purchase.  If you are interested in the Sonic, Camaro, Equinox, or any of Chevy’s other award-winning autos, call or stop by today!

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The 2014 Silverado is designed to be stronger, smarter and more capable than ever. The Silverado has been completely reengineered from interior and exterior styling to ergonomics and performance.

Stop by Chapman Chevrolet to preview the Silverado’s buff body made of a fully boxed steel-ladder-frame chassis. According to Chevy, the cab is stronger than before, and almost two-thirds of it is made from high-strength steel for improved toughness and crash performance.  Chevy will offer three bed lengths—5 feet, 8 inches; 6 feet, 6 inches; and 8 feet, but for 2014 Crew Cab buyers can now opt for the 6.5-foot bed length rather than the standard five-and-two-thirds footer. The tailgate boasts an internal torsion bar and rotary damper that make opening and closing the unit smoother than ever. LED lights that run beneath the box rails to illuminate the bed will be available, and Chevy added a built-in step in each corner of the rear bumper that work whether the tailgate is open or closed to ease access to the load area.

For 2014 there will be a 4.3-liter V-6, a 5.3-liter small-block V-8, and a 6.2-liter small-block V-8. All three engines feature an aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection, and cylinder-deactivation technology as standard. On the V-8s, cylinder deactivation cuts fuel and spark to four of the cylinders, while on the V-6 the system darkens two pots under light load.

Inside, the new Silverado becomes modern in both looks and equipment. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system is available, as is an eight-inch touch screen as well as a 4.2-inch color display in the gauge cluster. The setup allows for natural-language voice commands and can link up to 10 devices. The ride should be more pleasant thanks to new doors that reduce road and wind noise. Triple door seals further boost the Silverado’s quietness measure, as do new front-hinged rear doors on extended-cab models.

To aid drivers in their quest to not crash into stuff, the new Silverado is available with a camera-based forward-collision-warning system, as well as a lane-departure warning setup. A seat that vibrates to alert the driver of impending collisions is borrowed from Cadillac’s gadgetry bin; drivers who don’t like cheap thrills can set the collision-avoidance tech to give audible alerts.

For additional information on the 2014 Chevy Silverado, stop by a Phoenix Chevy dealer today!