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!

Chevy Sonic Becomes Guinness World Record Holder

Rob Dyrdek, or should we say Bor Kedryd, a television star, stunt performer, and former professional skateboarder, is always busy finding amazing things. Every now and again, he’s finding amazing things to do with and in a Chevrolet Sonic. Dyrdek, while driving a Sonic, set the Guinness World Record for Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car (hence the name reversal). Dyrdek and the Sonic leapt a total of 89 feet and 3¼ inches before perching smoothly on the landing ramp in front of a crowd at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

The record-setting jump will be shown on MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory,” which airs on Thursday nights. Dyrdek and the showrunners decided to break a world record for the show’s finale, so they went to the Sonic for help.

“The Sonic is a great car for firsts,” said Dyrdek. “I have always been a Chevy guy, so when we decided we wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the finale of “Fantasy Factory,” using the Sonic again just made sense.”

While we can’t let you jump one, we can certainly let you buy one from us at http://www.earnhardtchevy.com/Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet. What you do after you’ve purchased your Chevy Sonic is up to you.

Chevy Adds Sonic RS and Dusk to Subcompact Lineup

Chevrolet is making the effort to expand the offerings of its Sonic lineup with the addition of two new vehicles: the performance-inspired RS and the stylish Dusk. These two new trim levels expand the subcompact lineup for Chevy, while attracting young buyers who are looking for more expressive yet affordable options.

The Sonic RS sedan was engineered for those drivers who spend more time driving in a city environment. With a Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo engine, that can deliver up to 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque while pushing up to 27/34 city/highway mpg ratings, there’s a lot of power in this small car. It has dramatic exterior visual cues, such as vertical intakes at the edges of a low front fascia that boosts the RS’s road-hugging stance and rather aggressive looks.

If you’re looking for a more refined and sophisticated subcompact car, then the Sonic Dusk is for you. It comes exclusively in Ashen Grey Metallic that has a distinctive matte appearance on the upper and lower grills, door handle inserts, and rear license plate trim. In spite of a low price, it manages to feel a lot more luxurious in large part due to the stainless steel window moldings, Jet Black leather-trimmed seats with suede microfiber accents, and Mojave tan inserts.

Both the Sonic RS and Sonic Dusk will go on sale at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in spring 2014.

Chevrolet and Apple Add Siri Eyes Free to Six New 2014 Vehicles

For those of us who grew up wanting to be David Hasselhoff from Knight Rider, Siri Eyes Free mode available in the 2013 Chevy Spark and Sonic comes as close as anything to helping us live the dream of our very own talking car.  With the successful integration of Siri into those Chevrolet vehicles, the automaker and Apple will be expanding Eyes Free Mode into six new vehicles in the 2014 lineup.

“The response to Siri Eyes Free integration in Chevy Sonic and Spark from our customers has been remarkable,” Chevrolet Vice President of U.S. Marketing Chris Perry said in a statement. “Easy, reliable, and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers.”

Such a priority is that connectivity that Chevrolet has opted to include Siri Eyes Free Integration in the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt vehicles fitted with Chevy’s MyLink technology.  Through their vehicle’s infotainment system, iPhone-toting drivers can command Siri to make calls, listen to and compose messages and emails, access calendar and add appointments, play songs in iTunes, and answer any number of pressing questions.

Many of these Eyes Free-ready vehicles are available right here at Earnhardt Chevy, ready to tell you all about the answer to the universe and about its efforts to learn the complexities of friendship.

The Right Back-to-School Car for You

Let’s face it, college is extremely expensive and costs are only going to go up. Those textbooks are a must-have and there’s no such thing as buying them semesters in advance. Thankfully, there is one thing you can buy in advance and have it last for your entire college career, a new (or used) car.

Everyone needs a way to get to back to school, even if you’re not exactly looking forward to it. Once you’re actually back on campus, you’re going to want to have a way to get away for a little while here and there. Or you might even want to go home for a weekend or two.

2013 Chevy Sonic is the perfect Back-to-School carKelley Blue Book has recently released its 2013 Top New Cars for Students list, which only includes vehicles priced under $20,000. The safety, versatility, style, fuel economy, and overall value were taken into consideration to determine the list. Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, says,  “Parents and students alike will be surprised at the variety of amenity-laden, affordable new cars available on our 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list for 2013.”

We’re not surprised the 2013 Chevy Sonic made the list. The 2013 Sonic has a five-star NHTSA safety rating and the 1.4L turbo engine on the LT and LTZ models can get up to an estimated 40 mpg highway. Considering the Sonic has a starting MSRP at less than $15,000, you know you’re getting a quality car at a great value. Besides, how else are you going to get home?