The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is Chevrolet’s entry into the popular subcompact segment. This car is fun to drive and comes with generous amount of features, roomy interior, agile handling and new optional features like rearview camera and lane departure and forward collision warning system. The Chevrolet Sonic competes with Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Beetle, Honda Fit and Nissan Versa.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic comes with sedan and four-door hatchback body styles and it is offered in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. A sport-tuned RS model is available for Chevy Sonic hatchback. All models come with seats for five passengers.
The 2014 Chevy Sonic LS comes standard with 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split rear seats, a trip computer, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity and a 4-speaker audio system. The LT adds 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, heated power mirrors, remote ignition, power windows and a 6-speaker sound system.
The LTZ adds 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, heated front seats, chrome exterior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen interface and Chevy MyLink system. The RS adds a sport-tuned suspension, sportier exterior trim, sport steering wheel and a more powerful engine. A sunroof is available as option for all models.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 138 hp and 125 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 5-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic transmission is available. A turbocharged 1.4-liter engine is optional for the Chevy Sonic LT and LTZ. This engine produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for thid engine.
The 2014 Chevy Sonic RS comes standard with the turbocharged engine paired with the 6-speed automatic transmission.
Standard safety equipment includes traction control, stability control, ABS, knee airbags for front seats, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS is a muscle sedan that is based on the platform of the Holden Commodore SS (the flagship sedan from GM’s Australian division) which in its previous generation version was the basis of the Pontiac G8 in the U.S. The SS is the first performance-driven rear-wheel drive sedan for Chevrolet in 17 years. The logo “SS” (Super Sport) used up to now to identify performance versions of Chevy’s models (like Impala, Camaro or Corvette), has now become an independent model. Also the SS will be the nameplate used by Chevrolet on NASCAR tracks nationwide.
The all-new 2014 Chevrolet SS comes with roomy rear seats, sporty handling and a powerful V8 engine. The LS3 6.2-liter V8 engine (a version of the V8 engine on Corvette) produces 415 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque and it is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The SS sprints to 60 mph in five seconds.
The 2014 Chevy SS comes standard with leather upholstery, premium soft-touch interior materials, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, 19-inch wheels with ventilated brembo disc brakes, push-button start, a full-color touchscreen, blind-spot detector, automatic parking assist (the SS is the first Chevy with this system), LED running lights and Lane Departure Warning system.
The 2014 Chevy SS comes standard with ten airbags, including knee, side-impact and head curtain airbags. Other standard safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Electronic Stability Control (StabiliTrack) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
The 2014 Chevrolet SS competes on the market with Dodge Charger SRT8, Ford Taurus SHO and Cadillac CTS-V.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a full-size pickup with good towing and hauling capacities that offers strong engine options, a comfortable interior and ride and a strong body structure that absorbs crash energy and provides a protective safety cage around occupants. The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 competes with RAM 1500 and Ford F-150.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado comes in regular, extended and crew-cab body styles in both two- or four-wheel drive. The regular cab comes in base Work Truck (WT) and LT trims, while the extended and crew cabs come in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck (WT) comes standard with air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, vinyl seatings, a 40/20/40 split-bench, dual glove boxes, tire pressure monitoring system and 4-speaker sound system. The LS adds keyless entry, full power accesories, cruise control and adjustable lumbar support for the driver.
The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT comes with premium cloth seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a lockable storage under the seat, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry and heated exterior mirrors. The LTZ adds 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, Bluetooth connectivity, heavy-duty trailering equippment, an automatic locking rear differential, heated windshield washers and a Bose audio system with an in-dash 6-CD canger, an USB/iPod interface and rear audio controls.
The 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500 can be powered by four available engine. Standard engine is a 4.3-liter V6 that produces 195 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Also available is a 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces 302 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. More powerful is a 5.3-liter V8 rated at 315 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The biggest available engine is a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. The V6 engine and the 4.8-liter V8 are paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission with a tow-haul mode. The 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Safety equipment includes ABS, OnStar, traction control, stability control, front seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban is a full-size SUV that has the ability to carry up to nine people, a huge cargo space and offers an excellent towing capabilities. The Chevy Suburban is one of the biggest SUVs on the market and competes with Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia and Nissan Armada.
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban is available in regular-duty 1500 (also called “half-ton”) and heavy-duty 2500 (named “3/4 ton”) models. The half-ton model comes in base LS, LT and LTZ trim levels. The 3/4-ton model comes in LS and LT trims. Behind the first-row seats, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban offers 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room, along with 8,100 pounds of towing capability for half-ton models. The Suburban 3/4-ton can tow up to 9,600 pounds. New for 2013 is a trio of exterior colors including Blue Ray Metallic, Concord Metallic and Champagne Silver Metallic.
The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban LS comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, roof rails, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, three-zone manual climate control, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, full power accesories, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an iPod/USB interface. The LT adds heated mirrors, foglights, roof rack crossbars, remote ignition, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a locking rear differential and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with a six-CD changer.
The top-of-the-line 2013 Suburban LT comes with 20-inch polished alloy wheels, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, a rear air suspension, a power liftgate, a power auto-dimming mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, a blind-spot warning system, a navigation system, a touchscreen and a premium ten-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system. The major options for the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban include a sunroof, 22-inch wheels, a heavy-duty towing package (that includes an integrated trailer brake controller and hill start assist) and a DVD entertainment system for the rear seats.
The 2013 Suburban 1500 (half-ton) model comes with a Vortec 5.3-liter V8 engine with Active Fuel Management and E85 FlexFuel capability that produces 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. The Suburban 2500 (3/4-ton) models come with a 6.0-liter V8 SFI engine with Variable Valve Timing that produces 352 hp and 382 lb-ft of torque. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. Rear-wheel drive is standard while the four-wheel-drive system is available.
Safety features of 2013 Suburban include antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, side curtain airbags for all rows of seats and many more.
In the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban review, the experts of thecarconnection.com website say about this large SUV:
If you need passenger space, yet you also need some of the capability of a traditional truck, the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban should be near the top of your shortlist. The Suburban is not only one of the widest, longest SUVs available; it’s also, if you check the right option boxes, close to a luxury vehicle in features and cabin appointments–one with three spacious rows of seating.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is a large crossover SUV that combines the smooth ride and responsive handling of a car with the cargo capability and high seating position of a traditional SUV. With seating for up to seven or eight in three rows, the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse shares Lambda platform with the Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse continues to be one of the most popular large crossovers, thanks to its balance of efficiency, spaciousness and safety. This SUV competes with Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX9, Hyundai Veracruz and Ford Flex.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse is available in LS ( MSRP from $ 29,150 ), LT ( starting at $ 32,610) and LTZ ( at $ 38,885) trim levels. Standard equipment on the LS model includes 17-inch steel wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, eight-passenger seating, split-folding second- and third-row seats, air conditioning and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT trim level is offered with a choice of two sub-trims: 1LT and more upscale 2LT. The 1LT package of 2012 Traverse offers 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and Bluetooth. The 2LT adds a power liftgate, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, remote ignition and a 10-speaker Bose sound system with a USB/iPod interface.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ comes with 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power-folding mirrors and heated and ventilated front seats with driver memory functions. Other optional highlights are: a navigation system, dual sunroof and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
With up to 116.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo space (second-row seat folded and third-row seat/cargo management remove) the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse offers the most storage capacity of any vehicle in its segment. Traverse’s interior blends refined styling, technology and attention to detail. The instrument panel has a dual-cockpit design that is a hallmark of Chevrolet’s heritage, while its “low and away” position enhences outward visibility.
In 2012 Chevrolet Traverse review, thecarconnection.com website says about this large SUV:
The Traverse has a tight, quiet cabin with excellent noise suppression and a remarkably smooth ride. Solid, high-quality switchgear, an intuitive control layout, and clear displays complete this very family-friendly package. The only letdown is that plastics tend to be somewhat dull, with Build quality and switchgear in the 2012 Traverse is superb and equal to or better than most rival imports.
The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse has a unique profile with a smooth and flowing design that characterizes the global face of Chevrolet. Elements such as chrome-ringed grille inserts and large wheel-and-tire combinations highlight the vehicle’s attention to detail. Standard exterior details include chrome door handles, rear spoiler integrated over the liftgate window, turn signals integrated in the outside mirrors and deep-set grille inserts with a chrome-ringed trim.
There is only one one engine/transmission available for the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse: a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. This V6 engine is rated at 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque on LS and LT models (that come with single exhaust), and jumps to 288 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque on the LTZ thanks to a dual exhaust.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the front-wheel-drive 2012 Chevrolet Traverse are 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway, while for all-wheel-drive Traverse they are 16 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
Standard safety features of 2012 Chevrolet Traverse include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows.