KBB.com Names Sonic on 10 Best Back-to-School Cars

For the Chevrolet Sonic, it appears that the third time is a charm, just like the first and the second. Chevrolet recently announced that this subcompact car was listed on Kelley Blue Book’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars List for the third time in a row, showing that, while it might be the only subcompact in the market made in America, it’s definitely the best.

“Chevrolet prides itself on offering something for everyone, no matter which road of life they are on,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Car Marketing. “The Sonic is perfect for students, offering easy-to-use technology and connectivity as well as safety, versatility, and economy in a stylish package.”

The Sonic combines both a stylish design and a spunky performance to create one of the most appealing back-to-school cars in the industry. Add the subcompact’s great 40 mpg highway fuel efficiency and the Sonic can’t be stopped. This cute little car also offers a lot in the way of safety with ten airbags and an available advanced safety package that includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and a rear vision camera. For 2015, this subcompact even comes standard with OnStar 4G LTE and a built-in WiFi hotspot, making it easy for drivers and passengers alike to stay connected.

The 2015 Sonic is available in dealerships now, so stop in to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to give this tiny car a test drive!

NAIAS Reveal Planned for 2016 Chevy Volt

It’s finally time to start looking forward to the 2015 North American International Auto Show. For those of you who have been counting down since last year’s show, well you were just ahead of the game. We can all be excited together to hear the rumors about the 2016 models. This year, the Chevrolet rumors are focusing on the Volt. After four years of lackluster sales for the Chevy Volt, Chevrolet had two options; ditch the car completely, or create a new generation model that will fix the problem spots and wow auto-enthusiasts.

Chevy has chosen to give the Volt another chance, and will be revealing the 2016 Chevy Volt at NAIAS January 17-25, 2015. The next generation Volt should be going through some serious updates, including a third seat in the back row and a smaller, more efficient gasoline engine.

“Volt is the perfect example of the ingenuity that drives everything we do at Chevrolet,” said Tim Mahoney, Global Chevrolet Chief Marketing Officer. “Volt fully delivers on the promises of Find New Roads and will continue to provide consumers with the transportation solutions they need and deserve in the future.”

While sales may have been down lately, the Volt hasn’t been a bust by any means. With 65,000 total units sold, the four-seater Volt may be one of America’s best-selling plug-in hybrid vehicles – Chevrolet just had higher sales expectations than that. Everyone who buys a Volt falls in love with it. Why buy it otherwise, right?

We’re hopeful, and so is Chevrolet, at a new generation will generate new interest in a stellar hybrid-electric sedan.

If you don’t want to wait for the 2016 Chevy Volt to hit the floor, come by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today and we’ll show the way to winning a Volt’s engine.

Surprising Features in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala

With technology nowadays, we don’t usually know absolutely every feature that our phones, computer, or even TVs have. It seems that we’re always finding out about some cool feature long after we’ve gotten the upgraded model. The same is often true of our cars. Today, cars have more technology than ever before, making it incredibly easy to stay connected. We understand that not everyone reads the owner’s manual from cover to cover, so we’ve dug into some cool features that you can find in your 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

2014 Chevy Impala Specifications

Here are just a few of the features you can find in your Impala that you’re going to wish you had known about long ago.

  1. You can connect multiple USB devices. We’re betting you’ve discovered all three USB ports by now. Have you figured out that once those devices are plugged in, the MyMedia system pulls the media and combines the libraries from all devices into one playlist?  You can find two USB ports in the center console and one behind the retractable radio screen. Then all you have to do is push the MyMedia button until you get to the MyMedia input.
  2. Valet mode. Lock your car down using the Valet mode. You have to create a security code within the settings menu, which when used will activate a secure mode. This will let enable you to secure the multimedia and navigation system, steering-wheel controls, in-dash retractable storage compartment, and private information such as a home address or contacts. So next time you go out for a night on the town, you don’t have to worry about what the valet might find scouting around because they won’t be able to access a single thing.
  3. Link heated and ventilated seats to remote start. In the settings menu, you’ll find that you can link your heated and ventilated seats to your remote start. So the next time you start your car from the warmth of your house, you’ll find that your seat will be nice and warm too.

Other cool tips and tricks can be found at blogs.cars.com. Or you can always just read the manual. We’re also happy to help you here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.

Our List of Best Car-Cleaning Products

We are willing to bet you’ve got this whole car-cleaning thing down to a science. What if we told you there are some products out there that will change your attitude about cleaning your car altogether? Prepare for an entirely new definition of clean – here are is our list of best car-cleaning products for getting the job done right.

First of all, never use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint – these aren’t formulated for use on cars, and can break down or even strip the protective wax.

All of our favorites can be found on Amazon, so we’ve linked to each one below. Happy car washing!

The mitt. Really, any mitt will do, as long as you find microfiber or lamb’s wool. Other materials may scratch your car or leave behind fibbers.

The brush. Consider a long-arm, adjustable brush from reaching difficult areas, especially on a truck or SUV. This particular one hooks up to your hose and provides and on-off switch allowing you to control the water. Make sure the brush has soft bristles to ensure a gentle wash.

The wash. Your car wash should easily lift dirt, lather well, and leave a spotless, shiny finish. The less you have to use to accomplish these goals, the better! Concentrated formulas tend to last longer and work well.

The wheel cleaner. Find a cleaner that will dissolve dirt, grime, and brake dust. Your wheel cleaner should be safe on painted, anodized, and clear coated wheels. This particular version turns red as it breaks down dirt and grime, which is incredibly satisfying.

The grit guard.  Never heard of it? The grit guard is often overlooked, but well-worth spending a few bucks on. Placed at the bottom of your bucket, the grit guard catches dirt and debris from your mitt or sponge, and keeps it safely locked away in the bottom of the bucket. Your soapy water will stay cleaner for longer.

For even more tips and tricks for washing your prized possession, check out these 10 Tips to Clean and Detail Your Car Like A Pro.

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments what your favorite products are!

If you’re in the market for a new car to keep clean, stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today!