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

2020 Chevrolet Malibu | Bronx, NY

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.

Buick Trademarks “Envista” Nameplate

The new Buick Envista is sure to turn heads.
The Envista could soon be joining the Buick lineup. Photo: © General Motors

Some of the most popular Buick vehicles of recent years have at least one small thing in common: the inclusion of the “En-” prefix in their nameplates. Now we have great cause to expect another Buick will join this club, as Buick recently filed to trademark the “Envista” nameplate.

Back in 2016, Buick introduced the Avista concept, a two-door coupe with a stunning profile that never made it into production. It’s obvious, however, that the Envista nameplate is extremely similar to the Avista of yesteryear, leading many to speculate that the new Envista could very well be a realized Avista with a name-change to fit in better with the current branding.

Still, others are guessing that the Envista nameplate will be applied to an all-new concept. Either way, the discontinuation of the Buick Cascada leaves a gap in the Buick passenger car lineup, so it seems likely that any new concept would fill this spot.

New reports also suggest that even more new “En-“ nameplates are in the works at Buick. While none are official yet, “Envoy” and “Enspire” are rumored to be among the monikers in the works.

Of course, this is all speculation. But one thing is certain: Buick has plenty going on behind the scenes that gives us here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick good cause to get excited about the years to come. In the meantime, if you need a new Buick before the Envista makes its appearance, we’ve got you covered.

How to Make the Most out of a Day in Central Park

Central Park is a great place to spend a day in New York City

Central Park is an 843 acre oasis smack in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world. There’s always something to do, but now as the weather warms up, visitors can take full advantage of paths, lakes, and lawns.

One of the best things to do in Central Park is just discover what is there. Take a Hidden Secrets Walking Tour to discover the often overlooked treasures in the park. Or pick up the pace with a bike tour that hits all the major landmarks featured in many blockbuster movies. A fun activity is the Amazing Race-Style Scavenger Hunt Adventure. Using a smartphone, visitors can solve clues and compete in challenges while learning local history as they traverse famous and hidden spots of Lower and Mid Central Park.

For younger children, there is the Quest for the Seven Teeth, an interactive adventure theater for kids. Help Franklin find the lost teeth scattered across the park for his cousin the Tooth Fairy. Using their imaginations, adventurers will visit castles and travel under troll bridges.

And, of course, there is the Central Park Zoo. Featuring exotic residents like snow leopards and daily penguin feedings, there’s always something to see at the zoo. Check out the 4-D sensory theater for even more fun.

Here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, we wish you and your crew have a happy day exploring Central Park.

Chevrolet Shows Off Life Size Lego Silverado

2019 Chevy Silverado Built out of Legos

To celebrate the release of the The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part, a team of LEGO® Master Builders created a life size, red LEGO® Silverado. This special build continues the partnership that Chevrolet started with Warner Bros. Pictures in 2017 with The LEGO® Batman Movie.

The truck got its big debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit early this year. It is the first full-size Chevrolet vehicle to be made entirely out of LEGO® bricks.

“Chevrolet is once again thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. to integrate the brand and one of our most iconic products – Silverado – into The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part,” said Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck marketing.

It took a team of 18 Master Builders and over 2,000 hours to create the LEGO® Silverado all by hand. They ultimately used 334,544 pieces. The full-size replica even includes unique graphic details and working lights. In total, the LEGO® Silverado weighs in at 3,307 pounds and is 72 inches high, 240 inches long, and 96 inches wide.

If you are your kids see the movie, be on the lookout for a mini-build of the Silverado High Country. Then, watch as your favorite LEGO® Movie heroes work together to save the world from the LEGO® DUPLO® destroyers.

Here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, we are excited to see what Chevrolet and LEGO® work on next!

*LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site

Broadway Show Tips: Plan Your Next Night Out

Group of people dressed up for Broadway

Whether you’re planning a romantic date or a family night, Broadway offers a wide range of drama, musicals, and more. However, if you’re not used to going to the theater, it might be intimidating. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of Broadway show tips, from what to wear to what you can do after the show.

According to ShowTickets, the best tip to keep in mind is to book in advance. While some websites might promise special deals on last-minute tickets, the most popular shows on Broadway usually sell out weeks or months in advance. Be sure to plan ahead if you can.

What should you wear? While there’s not strict dress code, you don’t want to be the least formal person in the theater. Business casual is a good mark to aim for, though some prefer to dress to the nines when they’re going out on the town.

Get there early. Many Broadway seats are reserved, so you don’t need to plan hours ahead; however, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to get your paper ticket from the box office. Even if you don’t need to stop at the box office first, you may need extra time for the lines outside or near the bathroom and concessions.

Finally, stay for the curtain call! You always want to give the actors their dues (they are people, after all), and leaving during the curtain call can often seem rude. It’s tempting to rush the door, but it’s ultimately bad etiquette; have patience and show the actors they did a fine job with a long round of applause.

If you’d like to arrive to the show in style, consider a classy new vehicle from LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick.

See the Nutcracker in Central Park

Outdoor Couple Choosing Christmas Tree Together

One of the best parts of the holiday season is enjoying old traditions, while also forming new traditions for the future. Many people have had the pleasure of seeing a performance of The Nutcracker, whether on a class trip or as an outing with the family. Whether or not this is part of your past Holiday traditions, there is one performance of The Nutcracker in New York this year that you don’t want to miss.

The New York Theatre Ballet will put on several performances of The Nutcracker set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score this December at Florence Gould Hall just outside of Central Park. The performances of this classic ballet are being done in an early 1900s Art Nouveau style and are sure to be gorgeous. Bundle up and head to Manhattan for dinner and an evening stroll around the park with a hot cocoa before enjoying The Nutcracker in Central Park.

This performance is suitable for all ages, so it’s the ideal family outing. Tickets are $27 for adults and $15 for children. There are performances on Friday, December 14th, Saturday, December 15th, and Sunday, December 16th. Please visit nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets for tickets and more information.

Here at LaSorsa Chevrolet Buick, we hope you and your family have a happy holiday season.