Each year, AutoPacific reveals the top vehicles in the industry based on the publication’s comprehensive new vehicle satisfaction surveys given to tens of thousands of new car, truck, and SUV owners each year. For 2021, General Motors tied as the most awarded manufacturer with its wins for the Chevy Blazer, Camaro, and Colorado. Read more about the winners below.
The family-friendly 2021 Chevy Blazer took home the crown for Most Satisfying Premium Mid-Size Crossover SUV. This is no surprise, as the five-seater Blazer comes with a number of features that would thrill any active family, including a 4,500-pound towing capacity, over 64 cubic feet of cargo space, and standard Chevy Safety Assist technology.
The 2021 award for the Most Satisfying Sporty Car was bestowed upon the iconic Chevy Camaro. The thrilling performance vehicle can travel 0 – 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds thanks to its mighty powertrain that is capable of delivering up to 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
AutoPacific named the versatile Chevy Colorado its pick for the Most Satisfying Compact Pickup of 2021. Though it is more compact than Chevy’s flagship Silverado, the peppy pickup is a perfect blend of comfort and capability with its spacious seats with optional leather upholstery and impressive 1,550-pound payload capability.
Call Sour Lake Chevrolet today to schedule a test drive of the Blazer, Camaro, or Colorado to see for yourself why customers find them so satisfying
A relaxing family road trip is the best type of vacation because it brings everyone together to share new experiences. These family-friendly products can help improve your next adventure in your Chevy Equinox or Chevy Silverado.
You can never predict when a child will need to use the bathroom, but a travel potty is a great way to keep you prepared at all times. Don’t worry if you’re nowhere near a rest stop or gas station; the travel potty from MCGMITT is foldable and comes with its own travel bag.
Kids Lap Desk
A lap desk for kids is a great way for them to stay organized and clean during long road trips. It provides a space for entertainment devices, snacks, drinks, and art supplies, giving you a break from staying on top of all your kids’ stuff.
Motion sickness can make any trip one you’d rather forget. Acupressure bands are natural items that apply gentle pressure inside your wrist for a non-intrusive prevention measure for road-sickness.
Window shades will help your children stay asleep while keeping everyone cool when the sun is beating down.
Cozy indoor blankets help ensure no one gets cold, while outdoor blankets give you an excuse for a spontaneous picnic at a scenic overlook.
The Chevrolet Silverado HD is a powerful, impressive truck, no matter what you need it for. Now, Chevrolet is making this heavy-duty truck even better by adding the Multi-Flex Tailgate as an option for the 2022 model year.
The Multi-Flex Tailgate is already available on the full-size Silverado 1500. It boasts six positions for impressive cargo loading versatility. Add that to the already impressive Durabed with best-in-class cargo volume and the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD is set to be an unbeatable truck.
Here are some of the versatile features you can expect from the hardworking Multi-Flex Tailgate:
The Multi-Flex Tailgate gives you six positions to choose from, including an inner gate that folds down into a work table. You can even flip it down and turn it into a full-width step that can support up to 375 pounds.
With the tailgate open, you can flip up the load stop panel to prevent long items from sliding out of the bed.
Fold down the primary gate and then flip down the inner gate for easier access to the bed.
The inner gate load stop makes it easier to load multiple layers of cargo. Secure smaller items on the bottom and put the longer items on top. The load stop will keep them from sliding out.
Chevrolet announced in April that an electric version of the iconic Chevy Silverado pickup is on the way. Not much is known about the Silverado EV, but here’s what we do know.
According to Chevy, the Silverado EV will be able to drive up to 400 miles on a single charge, and will use Chevy’s proprietary Ultium platform. Ultium is a modular platform that makes the platform more flexible for a range of vehicle styles including cars, SUVs, and trucks, and makes batteries easier and more affordable to replace.
We also know that the Silverado EV will be built at the Factory ZERO assembly plant that sits on the border of Hamtramck and Detroit in Michigan. Formerly known as the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center, the Factory ZERO plant has rebranded to focus on the all-electric, crash-free, and traffic congestion-free.
The Silverado EV is likely to debut in the next couple of years, probably 2023. Chevy hasn’t revealed a release date yet, but it will use batteries made at the new Ultium Cells LLC factory in Lordstown, Ohio, which is still being built. This plant will be the main spot for making Ultium batteries, which will be used not just in the Silverado EV but the wide range of GM vehicles set to debut in the next few years.
The current 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 model is available with six powertrain options. For the 2022 model year, Chevrolet has plans to streamline the engine lineup to prioritize the strongest and most popular units.
Standard on the 2021 Silverado 1500 is a 4.3-liter V6 engine rated at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet will no longer offer this powertrain or its six-speed automatic transmission. The new standard engine in 2022 will be a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Another engine that will no longer be available is the 5.3-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management, but the well-liked 5.3-liter V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management will remain in the lineup. It delivers an impressive 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.
The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 will offer two additional options under the hood. The first is a Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo Diesel rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Finally, you can still choose the powerful 6.2-liter V8. This engine delivers an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It currently offers the best towing capabilities for the Silverado — a massive 13,000 pounds.
To see some of these excellent engines in action ahead of the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado’s launch later this year, stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet in Sour Lake, Texas, to check out some 2021 models.
Chevrolet shocked the automotive world when it revealed that the Chevrolet Corvette C8 would be a mid-engine model. Many enthusiasts wondered if this latest iteration could match the legendary performance of previous models.
Car and Driver recently put all doubts to rest. During the publication’s Lightning Lap 2021 event, the Chevy Corvette C8 was the fastest vehicle tested.
The mid-engine monster managed to achieve a time of just 2:49.0 as it zoomed along the Virginia International Raceway. That means that the Corvette C8 not only managed to outrace the competition, but also improve upon the times set be earlier iterations.
In second place with a lap time of 2:45.0 was the Lamborghini Huracán Evo. However, while the Huracán Evo has an asking price of $334,969, the Chevy Corvette C8 costs less than $70,000. All of that begs the question: Why would you pay more — a lot more — for less?
With a staggering 0 to 60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds, it’s nigh on impossible to best the Chevrolet Corvette C8 when it comes to performance at a value. To experience excellence in motion, stop by Sour Lake Chevrolet to browse our extensive inventory of high-quality vehicles.
Chevy’s new MyWay service lets you virtually try out a new vehicle from the convenience of your living room. When you sign up for a tour, a product specialist will show you around the vehicle of your choice. You can schedule a tour ahead of time or log on and see what is available. The tours use live video and audio feeds to let you get a good look at the car or truck you are interested in. You can ask questions during the tour or sign up for a test drive at Sour Lake Chevrolet.
Live tours were first introduced in 2019 for the Cadillac brand, but Chevy MyWay goes a bit further. In addition to vehicle tours, you can see prospective Chevrolet vehicles and listen to GM racing experts at virtual auto shows. You can also join a group tour rather than a one-on-one session.
Chevy MyWay is available in the Eastern United States seven days a week. You can book a tour online from 9 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sour Lake Chevy is excited about this new virtual offering from Chevrolet. But we still think the best way to experience Chevy vehicles is to get behind the wheel yourself. Stop by our dealership to test-drive the shiny new Chevy you’ve been daydreaming about.
Of all the different film genres out there, none are nearer or dearer to our hearts here at Sour Lake Chevrolet than the road trip movie. If you’re gearing up for your next adventure, we recommend watching some of these great road trip movies in order to get in the mood.
The Muppet Movie
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the zany antics of Kermit and the gang in 1979’s “The Muppet Movie.” It focuses on America’s favorite frog as he sets out for Hollywood with dreams of a life among the stars. Naturally, things don’t go exactly as planned, but like any good road trip movie, the experience is all the better for it.
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
When Pee Wee Herman’s (Paul Reubens) beloved bike is stolen, he sets off on the titular “Big Adventure,” traveling all the way to The Alamo Mission in Texas (which is only four hours from Sour lake!), and encounters more than a few memorable characters. This film also introduced the world to Tim Burton, who went on to direct movies like “Batman” and “A Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
While none of the main characters in “Homeward Bound” drive a car, there’s no denying that the story is an adventure for the ages. After fearing that their owner has left them forever (they didn’t), a Golden Retriever, an American Bulldog, and a Himalayan cat embark on a trip through the Sierra Nevada in attempt to reunite with their beloved family, with only porcupines, mountain lions, and hundreds of miles standing in their way. Exceptional voice acting by Michael J. Fox and Sally Field round out the package.
If your Silverado 1500 or other Chevy model needs a bit of attention before you set out to write your own road trip story, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with the service department at Sour Lake Chevrolet.
With warmer weather approaching, we’ll soon want to spend more time outdoors and traveling. This also means more time driving. These sunny days can be very enjoyable but can also tire out your eyes. Here are a few ways you can protect your eyes while driving in and around Sour Lake.
The simplest thing you can do is wear sunglasses while you drive. However, not all sunglasses are the same. Choose high-quality glasses that are close fitting to block out the most UV rays. You can also consider polarized lenses that help reduce glare and make images sharper.
Use sun visors
When the sun is low in the sky and is directly ahead of you, it can be blinding. Flip down your vehicle’s sun visor and sit up as straight as possible to help block the sun.
If your eyes are feeling tired or dried out, you probably need to take a break. Pull over at a rest stop and close your eyes for a few minutes. If there is someone else who can drive, take turns so you can rest your eyes.
Visit the eye doctor
Make a habit of visiting your eye doctor each year. You may be able to get prescription transition glasses that will automatically help you see better in harsh sunlight.
Here at Sour Lake Chevrolet, we want to ensure that all of our customers are safe. By following these tips, you should be set for a fun-filled summer of driving.
Cultivating smarter financial habits is a worthwhile goal to have for the new year. Here are some tips to help you save on car expenses in 2021.
Focus on Maintenance
Keeping your car in good running condition will keep you safe and it will save you money in the long run. Take it to the dealership for regular servicing to stay ahead of big repair bills. Be sure to schedule these services regularly:
Tune-ups — Keeping your car tuned improves gas mileage by 25 percent.
Oil Changes — Getting an oil change every 3,000 miles will extend the life of your engine and save money on repairs.
Change Filters — Oil filters are changed when the oil is replaced, but people often neglect the air filter. Keeping the filters clean helps extend the life of the engine and boosts gas mileage.
Check fluids — Coolant, transmission fluid, brake and clutch fluids should be checked to keep them at appropriate levels.
Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Using the right tires and taking care of them can save you a lot of money. Keep these tips in mind as you drive around Sour Lake, Texas.
Buy steel-belted radials tend to get better gas mileage.
Check the inflation regularly to improve fuel economy (and traction).
Have tires balanced once a year. Unbalanced tires case wear on shock absorbers and the suspension system.