One Tank Trip – How Far Can I Go In My Chevy Cruze?

Trying to plan a last minute summer trip?  With longer days and warmer nights its time to get out on the road and get lost in the Great American landscape.  So let’s “Cruze” Into Summer!

Above Photo from 2014’s “Cruze Into Summer” Photo Contest


One great low cost way to travel is in our Chevrolet Cruze Diesel.  The 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel comes equipped with a 1.6L Turbo engine and a 13.5 gallon gas tank at an MPG of 31 City and 47 Highway.  Fueleconomy.gov states that the Chevy Cruze Diesel 500 miles of total range before having to refuel.

 

If we began a 500 mile journey in Wilmington, NC, where could we go with just one tank?

We came up with a wide variety of great American cities and towns that you could get to in just one tank of gas:

Orlando, Florida 442 miles  SSW
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 442 miles  NNW
Lexington, Kentucky 448 miles  NW
Trenton, New Jersey 448 miles  NNE
Frankfort, Kentucky 474 miles  NW
Columbus, Ohio 483 miles  NNW
Newark, New Jersey 494 miles  NNE
Cincinnati, Ohio 495 miles  NW
Jersey City, New Jersey 495 miles  NNE
New York, New York 496 miles  NNE
Montgomery, Alabama 500 miles  WSW
Tampa, Florida 509 miles  SSW
Akron, Ohio 511 miles  NNW
Birmingham, Alabama 511 miles  W
Louisville, Kentucky 517 miles  NW
Nashville, Tennessee 517 miles  WNW
St. Petersburg, Florida 526 miles  SSW

The Cruze Diesel is available in either Sedan or Hatch, and in either Automatic or Manual transmission.

How does the 2018 Chevy Cruze LT Sedan stack up against competitors?

Check out the comparisons below:

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Chevrolet Cruze LT Sedan vs. 2018 Ford Focus SE Sedan

 

When compared to the 2018 Ford Focus SE Sedan, we think you’ll find the stylish and connected Chevrolet Cruze LT Sedan to be the more buzz-worthy contender.

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Chevrolet Introduces the All-New 2019 Blazer (PHOTOS)

On June 21st, Chevrolet unveiled the All-New 2019 Chevy Blazer, coming to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet early 2019. Here are the key takeaways:

Three Trim Levels

Each trim offers distinct styling to suit different customer preferences.

  • Blazer Cloth/Leather: Sleek, modern, and sporty look
  • Blazer RS: Blacked-out appearance, Red accents, and a unique grille
  • Blazer Premier: Bright chrome accents and more refined appointments

Two Available Engines

  • 2.5L 4-Cylinder: Standard on Blazer L/Cloth
  • 3.6L V6: Standard on Blazer Leather, RS, and Premier

Both engines will be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Size2019 Blazer comparison Equinox Traverse

The 2019 Blazer sits between the Equinox and Traverse in the SUV lineup and can be most closely compared in size to the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, and Ford Edge. We do not have exact dimensions as of yet, but this diagram gives a pretty good idea of length, width, and cargo volume in comparison to the other Chevy crossover SUVs.

 

 

 

 


Read the Official Press Release Here:

ATLANTA — Chevrolet is raising the bar on crossover design with the introduction of the 2019 Blazer as the newest member of the industry’s broadest, freshest crossover and SUV lineup since 2015. The all-new contemporary midsize SUV is rooted in attention-grabbing design with seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and superb functionality.

“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”

Slotting between the Equinox and Traverse, the 2019 Blazer will offer unique design elements on each model, appealing to customers seeking distinctive styling and outstanding utility.

Highlights include:

  • Bold styling that features a strong grille and muscular proportions.
  • Driver-centric interior and distinctive looks on all models.
  • Model range includes sporty RS and up-level Premier models.
  • Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with second-row seats folded flat.
  • Adjustable sliding rear seat.
  • Available Chevy-first cargo management system with a rail system and cargo fence.
  • Available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof.
  • Suite of available active safety features.
  • Standard 2.5L I-4 and available 3.6L V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available.
  • 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) estimated max trailering with the available 3.6L V-61.
  • Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer.

An SUV With Attitude
The 2019 Blazer is the boldest, most progressive expression of the Chevrolet crossover design theme. A wide stance, tight proportions, a high beltline and dramatic sculpting give it a toned, athletic appearance from all angles.

“The Blazer has attitude,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.”

Each model in the lineup offers a unique look with distinct styling to suit different customers’ tastes, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.

A powerful front end featuring a strong grille, athletic hood lines and low-placed HID headlamps distinguishes all models. The design also features a distinctive lighting execution that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.

Long, lean and sculpted body sides lead to a rear end highlighted by LED-illuminated Chevy-signature dual-element taillamps, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated tailgate spoiler. The Blazer also offers a range of stylish wheels, starting with standard 18-inch aluminum rims and expanding to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier.

The Blazer’s cabin echoes the bold exterior theme with sporty good looks. The design emphasizes space, craftsmanship and customer personalization, with a wide range of interior styling choices for the different models, achieved through several color and trim choices. Sporty details include a padded knee area, round air vents and grab handles on the doors.

The new Blazer also offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System, standard on RS and Premier models. It features a rail system and cargo fence to help secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.

Seamless Technology and Connectivity
The 2019 Blazer is designed to offer occupants seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and a host of convenience features that help make the drive more comfortable.

Features include:

  • Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera.
  • Hitch View This available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist.
  • Electronic-locking glove box — A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the Settings menu.
  • Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature to help maintain comfort.
  • Comfort-open windows — Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down to help heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle.
  • Heated outboard rear seats are available on RS and standard on Premier.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror are available on RS and Premier2.
  • Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection is standard on RS and Premier.
  • Wireless charging and six USB ports are available.

When it comes to connectivity, an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with 1-month/3GB data trial)3 and Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5 compatibility.

Performance and Capability
The new Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5L I-4 engine rated at 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm). A 3.6L V-6 is also available, offering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm).

Both direct-injected engines feature intelligent stop/start technology that seamlessly shuts off the engine when power is not needed, based on a variety of driving factors, and both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

“The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks,” said Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer. “Both the Ecotec® 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V-6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.”

Traction Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operate in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary.

RS and Premier models offer a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD technology that helps optimize traction for every condition. It provides excellent performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry weather.

Available Early 2019
The Chevrolet Blazer will arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2019. Additional details and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

1Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.
2Before use read the vehicle owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information.
3Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active OnStar service and paid AT&T data plan.  Visit onstar.com for details and limitations.
4Apple CarPlay is provided by Apple and is subject to Apple’s terms and privacy policy. For Apple CarPlay support see https://www.apple.com/legal/sla/ for more information. Apple may change or suspend availability at any time. Apple CarPlay™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.
5Android Auto is provided by Google and is subject to Google’s terms and privacy policy. For Android Auto Support see https://support.google.com/androidauto/ for more information. Google may change or suspend availability at any time. Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google Inc.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Blazer Media Contact

Katie Amann
Mobile 313-505-7547
katie.amann@chevrolet.com


CHEVROLET CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Phone 1-800-222-1020

Contact Us | @Chevrolet
Chevrolet Customer Assistance Center
P.O. Box 33136
Detroit, MI 48323-5136

 

2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offering style and versatility
2019 Chevrolet Blazer features a distinctive lighting execution
2019 Chevrolet Blazer features a distinctive lighting execution on all models that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.

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The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Managem
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System which helps drivers secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.
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The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer features standard LED-illuminated Chevy signature dual-element taillamps.
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2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offering style and versatility
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Premier: An attention-grabbing midsize SUV offering style and versatility
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS interior features a driver-centric
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS interior features a driver-centric interior along with red accents and trim.
Chevrolet introduces the all-new 2019 Blazer
Chevrolet introduces the all-new 2019 Blazer

Legend. Speed. Performance. Chevy Camaro – 50 Years of American Muscle + Hot Wheels Edition!

 

Many words could be used to describe this legendary performance family, but the only one that captures all of the refinement and engineering know-how that goes into every car — from the responsive LS to the supercharged ZL1 — is Camaro.

 

Also, to celebrate of 50 years of the die cast car favorite, Chevrolet released its Camaro Hot Wheels Edition:

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Click here to learn more about it from one of our previous features!

CHECK OUT THE HOT WHEELS EDITION THAT JUST ARRIVED HERE AT JEFF GORDON CHEVROLET!

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When it comes to comfort and convenience, the competition just can’t seem to keep up.

  2018 CAMARO 1LT 2018 FORD MUSTANG ECOBOOST 2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SXT
MSRP $25,905 $25,585 $26,995
Horsepower @rpm 275@5500 310@5500 305@6350
Torque (lb-ft) @rpm 295@3000 350@3000 268@4800
Standard Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed manual 8-speed automatic
Drive Mode Selector Standard Available N/A
Infotainment Screen Size 7-in diagonal touch-screen 4.2-inch diagonal 5-inch diagonal
Satellite Radio 12 months SiriusXM trial N/A N/A
Power Driver Seat Standard 8-way Standard 6-way Standard 6-way
Auto Climate Control Standard Available Standard
Android Auto/Apple Car Play Compatibility Standard N/A N/A
Standard Wheels 18-inch Silver-painted aluminum wheels 17-inch EcoBoost Wheel 18-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels
Convertible Top (if equipped) Fully automatic with remote operation (at speeds up to 30 MPH Power top, manual latch N/A

WANT TO AMP IT UP A LITTLE?

How does the Camaro stack up against the next up trim levels?  Check it out here:

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  2018 CAMARO 2SS 2018 FORD MUSTANG GT 2018 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T
Standard Engine 6.2L V8 5.0L V8 6.4L V8
Horsepower @rpm 455@6000 460@7000 485@6100
Torque (lb-ft) @rpm 455@4400 420@4600 475@4200
Standard Transmission 6-speed manual w/ Active Rev Match 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Curb Weight with Automatic Transmission 3697 lbs 3733 lbs 4232 lbs
Drive Mode Selector Standard Standard N/A
Memory Seat and Mirrors Standard Available N/A
Android Auto/Apple Car Play Compatibility Standard N/A Standard
Heated Steering Wheel Standard Standard Available
Head-Up Display Standard Available N/A
Standard Wheels 20-inch Bright five-spoke silver painted aluminum 18-inch 20-inch polished aluminum w/black pockets
Brembo Performance Breaks Standard Available Standard
Performance Summer-Only Tires Standard Available Available
Transmission/Differential Cooler Standard N/A N/A
Magnetic Ride Control Available Available N/A

Find the right Camaro for your summer cruising here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to enjoy all of our Summer of Chevy Series!

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown Hotspots, Cruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

The Chevy Blazer: Back to the Beginning

It’s been fifty years since the Chevrolet K5 Blazer made its debut with the 1969 year model as an answer to vehicles like the Ford Bronco, Jeep Cherokee, and International Scout. It was built on the same frame as the full-sized K5 Chevy trucks and easily out-sized the competition, giving the power and off-road capability of a Chevy Truck with enough room for up to 5 passengers.

Here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, we’ve been dreaming of the Blazer to make a comeback for a while and were starting to think it’d never happen; That is, until Chevrolet dropped this major teaser this morning of a man sporting a fashionable sport jacket… A blazer!

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We’ll be honest; We were very perplexed at first and actually thought the post was a mistake. The people at Chevrolet assured that we were in for a surprise and once the light bulb went off, we haven’t been able to contain our excitement.

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General Motors ceased production of the Blazer with the 2005 year model and although we love how far efficient crossovers like the Equinox and Traverse have come, we’ve been longing for a rugged off-roader to be added to Chevy’s SUV lineup. According to Chevrolet, the special event is happening tomorrow, June 21st, 2018 at 7PM EDT so we’ll definitely be following the news and posting updates here as soon as its available!

In the meantime, get nostalgic with us! Take a quick look at the first Chevy Blazer brochure courtesy of OldCarBrochures.com below and let us know in the comments what your favorite feature was or tell us about the fond memories of your family’s Blazer growing up!

For a more detailed history of the Blazer over its first lifetime, check out this article.

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The Ultimate I-40 Road Trip in the 2018 Chevy Traverse

Several years ago, as you would depart Wilmington, NC going West on Interstate 40 you would be greeted with a sign on your right that declared:

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Due to the novelty of this installment, the sign was stolen many times and after 4 replacements the NC DOT decided that it would just not spend the money on putting up a new one anymore.

The memory of that sign has inspired us to take the ultimate road trip to the final destination heading West on Interstate 40 to Barstow, California in our 2018 Chevy Traverse!

Check out how our very own Fernez Family preps for a Summer Road trip:

If you are ready to pack up the family and make your own memories this summer we have put a list together for you of the “MUST SEE” stops on this Westward Bound Great American Road Trip!

Starting with….

Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Wrightsville Beach, NC was noted North Carolina’s Best Beach – it is the perfect home for those with active outdoor lifestyles.

Year round, Wrightsville Beach, NC is home to many outdoor enthusiasts who love the versatility of the area.  Known for its crystal blue waters and spacious beach, surfing and standup paddleboard (SUP) competitions, and much more, it’s easy to find something to do here. No wonder Wrightsville Beach was voted North Carolina’s best beach.

In another 159 miles, turn on Exit 273B to

The Carolina Basketball Museum

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College Basketball is THE sport in North Carolina, and whether or not your family sides with UNC, Duke or NC State, this historic stop can’t be missed.  The sports lover in you will dive headfirst into the timeline showing the infamous Tobacco Road rivalry.

199 miles later, stop over in

Catawba Falls

 

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Stretch your legs and work up an appetite by stopping over for a breathtaking hike in Catawba Falls.  Just 30 minutes outside of Asheville, NC this Blue Ridge waterfall is over 100 ft high and is located at the Southern tip of Pisgah National Forest’s Grandfather Ranger District, just south of the Old Fort grade on I-40.

With hiking trails and several different waterfalls this natural marvel is now open for public exploration.

 

Clean off your hiking shoes and heads just 27 miles West to enter

Asheville, NC

 

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Photo courtesy of IPM Corp

 

You may want to stick around for a few days.  Downtown Asheville, NC is filled with iconic landmarks, independent shops, breweries, and some world-renowned dining all tucked away in a mountain community vibe.  Venture out to the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt’s Winter Estate complete with century-old gardens, hiking/biking and an on-site winery.  Tour the treasured American Pisgah and Nantahala Forests if you didn’t get enough Blue Ridge Mountain beauty in your last stop.

After you have had your fill of top-notch cuisine hop back in and head 82 miles west to

 

Gatlinburg, TN

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Have you tried white-water rafting?  Gatinlinburg has access to several classes of rafting due to its location off the Big Pigeon River.

Ready for an epic zipline adventure?  Check out CLIMB Works Smoky Mountains Zipline Tour.  Complete with World-Class Ziplining and Mountain Biking adventures, CLIMB accommodates groups of all sizes.

And if you are a Blake Shelton fan mark your calendars – the country star plans to open the third Ole Red Restaurant and Entertainment complex right off the Gatlinburg Parkway.

Get back on US-441N towards I-40 W and in one hour you will be in

Knoxville, TN

With a walkable downtown, people love to explore and discover vibrant murals, local music, historic sitesart museumsparksgreenways and more.  Check out Zoo Knoxville, commonly referred to as “The Red Panda Capital of the World” because of their success in breeding red pandas.

Continue on to I-40 for another 180 miles and you have entered Music City –

Nashville, TN

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Whether or not you are a country music fan, a MUST DO while in Nashville is visit the Country Music Hall of Fame.  This recently renovated 350,000 square foot museum showcases so much of American music history complete with the historic letterpress operation Hatch Show Print and a casual taqueria.  You can also take part in the ongoing battle over who has the best hot chicken in Nashville!

On your way to Memphis, TN, make quick stops at the Loretta Lynn Ranch and the Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum.

Continue your music education by making a stop in

Memphis, TN

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About 3 hours outside of Nashville, you will be in the Western end of Tennessee.  Memphis boasts to be the home to the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and the best place in the country for BBQ (there are many in the Carolinas that will debate that opinion).

The Gibson Factory is here.  Graceland is here.  Get lost on Beale Street, dubbed “America’s Most Iconic Street.”

150 miles to

Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Roland, AK

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Photo courtesy of Arkansas State Parks

Just outside of Little Rock, AK, take a break from the city trips and take in a day hike at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.  There are hiking and biking trails with varying levels of difficulty, and the peak of the mountain reaches more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley.

In about 333 miles – YOU ARE NOW AT THE EXACT HALFWAY POINT to Barstow, CA! –

Nicoma Park, OK

278 miles to

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

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This offbeat roadside attraction features 10 graffiti-covered Cadillacs standing upright in a row, buried nose-first in the ground. The sculpture is the brainchild of Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh III, who chose classics dating from 1948 to 1963, the “Golden Age” of the American automobile.

Continue on I-40W and in about 278 miles you will enter

Albuquerque, NM

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Any I-40 road trip would be incomplete without a stop in Albuquerque, where the famous Route 66 brought visitors from all over the country.  Historic neon signs still glow along old Route 66 through Albuquerque, which is now Central Avenue. Alongside vintage signs, you’ll see new versions put up by businesses that are continuing the aesthetic traditions of Route 66, and many museums and tours to show the growth of the city since 1926 (when Route 66 was first commissioned).

You are so close – almost done!

En route to Flagstaff, be sure to stop and check out the Meteor Crater and the Petrified Forest National Park.

About 323 miles outside of Albuquerque, you will enter

Flagstaff, AZ

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In the middle of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest, Flagstaff is an active city where a mix of small town charm and endless outdoor adventures will welcome you in.  Take in a guided tour of everything from the Grand Canyon to haunted city homes to old Route 66 stops.  Visit Coconino National Forest to see endless amounts of varying terrain including red rock, southwest desert, pine forests and frozen tundra – all in one place!

And finally, in about 352 miles you will enter…

Barstow, CA

You made it!  You have seen Interstate 40 in its entirety, coming up just shy of a straight away coast to coast road trip!

 

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown HotspotsCruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

Join our “Summer of Chevy” Event on Facebook for all the details about upcoming “Pop-Up” Events and Giveways June – August!

TRAVERSE TAKES THE LEAD

The all-new 2018 Traverse is a step ahead of the competition when it comes to offering cargo space, Wi-Fi technology and safety features like the industry-first Front Center Air Bag.

Ready for the road-trip of a lifetime?  Check out our Chevrolet Traverse inventory so you can be well equipped.

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2018

CHEVROLET TRAVERSE

2018

FORD EXPLORER

2018

TOYOTA HIGHLANDER

BEST-IN-CLASS

Maximum Cargo Space

98.2 cu. ft. 81.7 cu. ft. 83.7 cu. ft.
AVAILABLE

4G LTE Wi-Fi

YES YES NO
AVAILABLE

Surround Vision Camera

YES NO YES

INDUSTRY FIRST

Front Center Air Bag

YES NO NO

 

 

Testing Out a Colorado ZR2 with GearOn™ Accessories

The Perfect Combination for Making the Most of Your Outdoor Adventures

For Summer of Chevy 2018, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is exploring our coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding areas with a different vehicle every week all summer long! For the first week of Summer of Chevy, we are having fun with the 2018 Colorado ZR2 and just a few of the many available GearOn™ accessories that Chevrolet has to offer.

Water Sports

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 GearOn Accessory Kit - Thule - Jeff Gordon Chevy Trucks Wilmington NC.jpgFrom Wrightsville Beach to Carolina Beach to the Cape Fear River and everything in between, there is no shortage of places to jump in the water around here. Our friends over at  Hook, Line, and Paddle happen to know a thing or two about water sports and were happy to help us put Chevy’s GearOn™ accessories to the test. They generously brought over Native’s latest fishing kayak – the Slayer 12 XC (video below) to pack on top of our Colorado. To do that, we equipped the Colorado with Thule® Roof Racks  and the Hull-A-Port Pro™ Folding J Kayak Carrier, allowing us to carry the sizeable fishing kayak securely on one side of the roof. With space to fill on the other side of the roof, we decided on the Thule® Roof-Mounted Big Mouth™ upright bike carrier – making the perfect combination for summer time adventures hitting the trails and waterways with plenty of cargo room to spare for additional gear! For cyclists who need to carry more bikes for family or friends, Chevrolet also offers options to carry over the cargo bed or hitch-mounted carriers that can carry up to 4 bicycles, if needed.

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And, for those who enjoy bigger toys during the summer, the Colorado ZR2 has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds to get your boat or jet skis to the ramp with ease. Not to mention, with the new tow hitch guideline feature available on the new Chevy Trucks, you can get your trailer hooked up in no time.

While shopping Chevy Accessories for our Colorado ZR2, we discovered just how versatile the GearOn™ accessory line really is with its customization options. We were able to showcase its ability to cater to bikers and water sport enthusiasts on this truck, but it also has plenty of options for other outdoor activities. So, if you happen to live closer to the mountains than the coast, GearOn™ has you covered year-round.

Winter Sports

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Hitch-Mounted Wintersport Carrier by Thule ® - Associated Accessories

For those who enjoy winter sports, there are plenty of options to secure your gear and equipment separately and securely. With the Flat Top (above) or Hitch-Mounted (right) Ski/Snowboard Carriers by Thule®, you can anchor up to four snowboards or six pairs of skis in the back of the truck without sacrificing any cargo space in the bed.

Camping

PhotoFor those who enjoy camping any time of the year, one of our favorite GearOn™ accessories is this Sportz® Camping Tent by Napier that is designed to fit perfectly into the bed of your Chevy Truck, and can be put up and taken down with ease. Since you’ll have your Chevy Colorado with a 4G LTE WiFi hot spot, there’s nothing stopping you from uploading a peaceful Boomerang of yourself being one with nature to your Instagram story.

Whatever your camping style, Chevrolet offers a wide array of accessories including cargo bed dividers, nets, and roof-mounted cargo carrying options to make sure your camping trip goes just as planned. And you’ll be rest assured that whether you’re driving out on the sand, snow, or up the side of a mountain, the Colorado ZR2 won’t leave you stuck in the mud.

So by now, we’re sure you’re wondering where to get one of these amazing trucks and some handy accessories to go with it. Jeff Gordon’s Chevy dealer in Wilmington has you covered! Come join the JGC Family like the dozens of smiling faces below. Shop for your Colorado or Silverado, pick out your accessories, and have them installed all under one roof.

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For all your kayak, paddleboard, and fishing needs, go see Chris and Finn at Hook, Line, & Paddle at 435 Eastwood Rd in Wilmington!

 

Note: All links to GearOn accessories in this post are meant to fit the specific truck featured. When shopping, make sure you select your Chevy Truck’s year, make, and model to ensure a proper fit.

 

 

 

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Diesel Dominates Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro V6

The Chevy Colorado looks great on North Carolina Beaches, but how does it size up against its toughest competitor?

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Rocks, mud, the competition.  ZR2 conquers them all.  With its segment exclusive features like Multimatic shocks and an available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine-not to mention its aggressive stance and styling-ZR2 leaves the Tacoma stuck in a rut.

But don’t just take it from us – check out the comparison chart below and  see what automotive industry experts say when comparing the the two midsize trucks.

2018 Colorado ZR2 Diesel VS 2017 Tacoma TRD Pro V6 - Summer of Chevy - Jeff Gordon Chevrolet

Segment-Exclusive Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel

Yes

No

Segment-Exclusive Standard Multimatic TM Shocks-DSSV Damping System

Yes

No

Segment-Exclusive Standard Front and Rear Electronic Locking Differential

Yes

No

Torque

369 lb.-ft

265 lb.-ft

Front and Rear Tread Width

65.9 in./65.9 in.

64.0 in./64.0 in.

Available Full-Size Bed-Mounted Spare Tire Center

Yes

No

Tubular Rocker Protection

Yes

No

Fully Boxed Frame

Yes

No

EZ Lift and Lower Tailgate

Yes

No

4-Wheel Disc Brakes

Yes

No

Duralife TM Brake Rotors

Yes

No

Remote Start

Yes

No

Available 4G LTE Wifi Hotspot

Yes

No

Available OnStar or Equivalent

Yes

No

Available Touch Screen

8-Inch diagonal

7-inch diagonal

Available Max. USB Ports

4

1

Find the right truck for your summer adventures here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet and Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to enjoy all of our Summer of Chevy Series!

All Summer Long Jeff Gordon Chevrolet will feature our vehicle lineup in areas unique to our Coastal Community.  Explore Wilmington, NC along with us, as we showcase our Chevys in different parts of the Cape Fear Region.  Hit up Historic Downtown Hotspots, Cruise the Waterways and Discover Wilmington’s Unique Parks and Gardens all in the comfort of your driver’s seat.

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