2021 Buick Encore Earns NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

2021 Buick Encore Preferred near Bronx, NY

If you’re shopping for a small SUV that’s built to help keep you and your family safe in New York traffic, it’s hard to do better than the 2021 Buick Encore. This new vehicle recently received a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for its crashworthiness.

To arrive at its vehicle ratings, the NHTSA runs different crash tests in three different categories: frontal crash, side crash and rollover. The 2021 Encore performed well, receiving the coveted 5-Star Safety Rating.

The 2021 Encore got the impressive rating for its ability to withstand frontal crashes on both the driver and passenger side. It also snagged five stars for how well it held up in side crashes with stationary and moving objects. In rollover crash testing, the Encore scored a solid four stars.

The 2021 Encore will accordingly be an exciting new model that can help you have peace of mind behind the wheel. It will likely share many protective features with the 2020 model, including a comprehensive system of frontal, knee, side-impact and head-curtain airbags. Plus, it’s expected to be available with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert.

The 2021 Encore will be available soon here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick in Bronx, New York. Until then, check out the models we currently offer online.

Kiplinger Names 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV to Best Cars for Senior Drivers’ List

2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV Premier | Bronx, NY

As a senior driver, you have years of experience on the road, which makes you a skilled driver. Nevertheless, what you prioritized in a vehicle in your early days, such as power and look, might differ from your needs now, like accessibility and visibility. If you’re in the market for a car, consider the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Kiplinger named the stylish electric vehicle to its list of The 10 Best Cars for Senior Drivers.

The Kiplinger editors evaluated vehicles based on active safety features, visibility, accessibility, and controls for headlights to create their list. They also factored in how reliable the vehicle is and how well it performs.

The 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV was praised for its 259-mile range and easy access in and out, thanks to its big doors and tall seating position.* The floor is completely flat too to make moving around the cabin more convenient.

The editors were also impressed by the available Driver Confidence II Package, which helps you have peace of mind. This equips the electric car with several driver-assist technologies, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, IntelliBeam® headlamps and Forward Collision Alert.

Contact LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick in Bronx, New York, to learn more about the features and technologies in the eco-friendly 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV.

* EPA-estimated 259-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, and how you use and maintain your vehicle.

Chevy Cares Program Aims to Help Drivers During the Pandemic

Chevy Cares and We're Ready to Help

The coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed our day-to-day lives here in Bronx, New York, and around the world. In response to the ongoing global crisis, Chevrolet has made some changes to its Chevy Cares program, showing that the automaker is here to help during this difficult time.

The updated Chevy Cares program makes it clear that the automaker and Chevrolet dealers, like LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, are prepared to address your concerns and service your vehicle as needed. LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick also makes it easy to shop online if you’re looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle.

Chevrolet is also offering numerous services to help you look after your vehicle at this time. If you currently own a Chevrolet vehicle, you can receive assistance during an emergency situation with OnStar® Crisis Assist. If you’re searching for a new vehicle, you may also qualify for a fantastic financing deal.

Most importantly, General Motors is giving back during this pandemic by partnering with the American Red Cross for its important blood donation program. General Motors is also producing a large number of ventilators and surgical masks to give to essential workers. We at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick in Bronx, New York, hope you stay safe during this pandemic. Give us a call if you are in need of service or have any questions about the vehicles in our online inventory.

Chevrolet Equinox is One of U.S. News’ Safest SUVs for 2020

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U.S. News & World Report has named the 2020 Chevrolet Equinox to its list of the 14 Safest SUVs for 2020. The Equinox received a rating of 9.8 out of 10 in safety and achieved an overall score of 7.9 out of 10.

U.S. News cited the Equinox’s exceptional safety ratings, including a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest rating possible. The Equinox also earned Good ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all its crash tests, earning a Top Safety Pick rating.

Chevy has added new safety features and made some standard for the 2020 model year, which also contributed to U.S. News’ decision. The standard rearview camera, forward collision warning technology, automatic emergency braking, and several others make the Equinox one of the safest SUVs in its class.

Safety features aren’t the only thing that make the new Chevy Equinox such a desirable family SUV. With 63.9 cubic feet of cargo space, a 3,500-pound towing capacity, and abundant infotainment technologies help families stay comfortable and connected no matter how long the drive. Plus, its super sleek and stylish exterior and available special edition packages make it a car you’ll be proud to drive.

Start shopping for your new Chevy Equinox online now. Once you find one you like, Shop. Click. Drive. Order your new Chevy completely from the comfort of your own home!

Z71 Off-Road Package Transforms to Trim Level for 2021 Tahoe and Suburban

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevy Tahoe and Suburban have traditionally offered drivers plenty of power, space and capability. For 2021, the well-equipped SUVs will add off-roading giant to its list of attributes with a separate Z71 trim level. Formerly presented as a set of optional equipment, the Z71 off-road package morphs into a 2021 trim level with features such as massive skid plates, signature design elements, horizontal tow hooks in red, a higher clearance stance, Goodyear Wrangler TrailRunner AT™ all-terrain tires, 20-inch wheels and hill-descent control.

The 2021 Suburban Z71 and 2021 Tahoe Z71 will be equipped with standard four-wheel drive, four-corner air suspension, and Magnetic Ride Control for a responsive, customizable driving performance. The new, class-exclusive four-corner air suspension allows drivers to toggle among three driving modes — Normal, Off-Road 1 and Off-Road 2 — to match varying terrains. Chevy fans will recognize the Z71’s Magnetic Ride Control as a feature from the 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray, another formidable, fun-to-drive model.

No official word has been released if the 2021 Tahoe Z71 and Suburban Z71 will offer the fuel-efficient and responsive 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine. What’s for sure as of now, though, is that drivers will have an option between two engines — a 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 — to power the off-roading-equipped trim.

Learn more about the Z71 off-road package and Z71 trim level of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, or shop for one of these models at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.

How to Keep Your Car Clean in Winter

Vehicle driving through a car wash

Thanks to mud, slush, and road salt, winter is a challenging time of year to keep your car clean. But there are plenty of easy solutions that will protect your car’s body and improve driving safety and visibility.

Wash Frequently

During the winter, it’s good to wash your car every couple of weeks, but at least do it once a month to wash off any built-up grime on the exterior, and focus on the undercarriage. It’s also a good idea to clean out the interior of any debris that’s been tracked in. And remember to wash the insides of the windows to boost visibility.

Wax

The best way to protect your car from the weather is to give it a nice protective coat of wax after you wash it. You can have the wax done professionally or do it yourself at home for cheap — either way, you’ll be doing your car a huge favor.

Rubber mats

If you don’t already have rubber floormats, invest in some. Rather than stepping on carpet with your wet, dirty shoes and letting the grime soak in, rubber floor mats protect the carpet, and they’re easy to remove and clean. It will help your vehicle smell fresher and eliminate the need for you to spend extra time scrubbing the carpet. For more winter maintenance tips, call us here at LaSorsa Chevy Buick. You can also schedule a seasonal service checkup for your vehicle.

Assembling a Winter Emergency Kit

Woman scrapes ice off car windshield

Winter driving comes with its own range of dangers, from icy roads to colder temperatures. That’s why an emergency winter car kit is essential for anyone who wants to stay better prepared on the road. There are a variety of important materials to include in your kit, from jumper cables to a portable shovel. Here are some items you should add to your winter emergency kit.

One of the most important things to include is a first aid kit to treat basic injuries and illnesses. Should your vehicle breakdown or slide off the road, you’ll want to have bandages, antiseptic, painkillers, and tweezers in case you need them.

A portable shovel and a solid ice scraper are two other helpful tools to add. Shovels are great for digging snow out from under your car; you can add a bag of cat litter or sand for better traction, too. Even if you have an ice scraper, it’s a good idea to bring a spare as a backup.

It’s also important to prepare for being stranded, especially if you drive in rural areas. Blankets, boots, and gloves will keep you warm and bottled water will keep you hydrated if you run out of gas or can’t start your car. Additionally, many people carry an extra cell-phone charger or a spare cell phone in their vehicle, to use in an emergency if your primary phone’s battery dies. Even if your old phone doesn’t have a phone plan, most will still let you dial 911.

Another way to help ensure safe travels this winter is to schedule a service appointment here at LaSorsa Chevy Buick.

How the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and Trax are Different

2019 Chevrolet Equinox and Trax

The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and Trax are both versatile and stylish two-row SUVs. However, even with all the great features they share, there are a few key differences between the models.

Engine options

The Trax is equipped with the 1.4-liter engine, which reaches 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. The Equinox has three engine options, with the most powerful being the 2.0-liter engine. This engine achieves 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The Trax gets an impressive EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway.* However, the Equinox is even more efficient, with a highway efficiency of 39 mpg.**

Spaciousness

When you fold down the rear row, you can take advantage of 48.4 cubic feet of cargo volume in the Trax. This SUV also offers 92.8 cubic feet of passenger space. Meanwhile, you can have up to 63.9 cubic feet of cargo volume and 103.2 cubic feet of passenger space in the Equinox.

Trailering capabilities

If you’re interested in towing with your SUV, the Equinox is the right choice for you since it can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. The Trax isn’t meant for towing, due to its lower torque and smaller stature.

To discover whether the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox or Trax is right for your family, take the SUVs out for test drives at LaSora Chevrolet Buick.

* EPA-estimated 25 MPG city/31 highway (FWD models).

** EPA-estimated 39 MPG highway for 1.6L Diesel FWD models.

2020 Chevy Malibu Acceleration Specs Are Mind-Blowing

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Chevy has announced the 2020 Chevy Malibu acceleration specs — and they are out of this world. The family-friendly mid-size sedan, when powered by the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder LTG engine, can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat. Paired with a nine-speed automatic gearbox, this engine is also powerful, throwing down 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The standard engine powering the 2020 Malibu is not so bad either. It’s a 1.5-liter inline four-cylinder LFV engine, which Chevy has matched with a continuously variable transmission. This combo makes 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also pretty fast, boasting a 0-to-60 launch time of just 9.3 seconds, according to Jonathan Lopez of GM Authority.

But let’s not forget the 2020 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid model. While Chevy has not officially announced any specs regarding acceleration for the Malibu Hybrid, Lopez believes that the hybrid model should accelerate ever faster than the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.

Also notable for the 2020 Malibu model is the new Buck to Drive feature of the Teen Driver technology, which reminds teen drivers (or drivers of all ages) to buckle up before driving. This system is also included on the 2020 Traverse and Colorado.

For more exciting news from Chevy, or to test-drive one of the brand’s shiny 2020 models, stop by LaSorsa Chevrolet.

How to Save Money on a Road Trip

Family packing up car for road trip

Road trips are a fun way to have an adventure with your family. However, it can be easy to go overboard and come home from your trip with an empty checking account. Here are a few tips on how to save money on a road trip.

Calculate Gas Costs

Yes, fuel costs can change by the hour, but you can easily calculate your projected fuel costs by using an average fuel price. Map out how many miles you will be driving and estimate how much you will need to spend on gas. You can use apps like GasBuddy to find the cheapest fuel stops along the way. Once you know how much you need for gas, you know how much you have left for food, housing, and activities.

Find Free Attractions

You might be surprised at how many free attractions there are in the U.S. Do some research before you leave to find free or low-cost things to do near your destination.

Pack Some Food

While part of the fun of going on a road trip is trying new restaurants, food can quickly eat away at your budget. Do some grocery shopping before you leave and pack some snacks and a meal or two for the road.

Schedule a pre-trip service appointment for your vehicle here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, to ensure that your next getaway is as safe as it is fun.