Go on a Road Trip in a Chevrolet SUV

Road trips have never gone out of favor, but road trips are more popular than ever now that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit. With restrictions on air travel and health concerns, more Americans are not only hitting the open road to get away from it all, but more Americans are also planning to road trip during the winter holidays.

According to a recent study from Chevrolet and The Harris Poll of 1,000 Americans, “Nearly 80 percent of Americans credited road trips as helping to keep their sanity during the pandemic.”

SUVs make a great choice for your road trip vehicle thanks to their ample cabin space to keep you and your passengers comfortable, expansive cargo space to secure your bags and gear, and a higher ground clearance for a smoother ride. The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban deliver all the amenities you need for an epic road trip, including best-in-class cargo volumes and an available Rear Seat Media System equipped with two 12.6-inch diagonal LCD HD touch screens. Your rear passengers can whittle away the hours on the road watching their favorite movies.

“This desire to pack up family and cargo and get out is part of these iconic SUVs’ DNA. The all-new 2021 Tahoe and Suburban have been completely redesigned to offer more space, comfort and technology to make road trips enjoyable and memorable,” said Bob Krapes, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director.

Check out the all-new Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow in Bartow, Florida.

Fall Car Care Tips

Fall is a season defined by changes. Even here in the Sunshine State, the weather can quickly take a turn for the cooler. Changing weather can do a number on your car, so keeping these fall car care tips in mind will help your vehicle deal with anything autumn throws your way.

Change your windshield wipers

While many other parts of the country are currently dealing with falling leaves, Florida deals with heavy rainfall during the autumnal months. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a torrential downpour with outdated windshield wipers. Trade in your old set for a new pair to keep your on-road vision in check.

Check your tire pressure

It’s not uncommon to experience sudden and dramatic temperature changes during the fall. These drastic temperature drops can cause your vehicle’s tire pressure to drop as well. Keep an eye out for any signs that you might need to fill your tires up with more air during the next few months.

Inspect your headlights

One constant during the fall no matter what part of the country you call home is longer nights. As the sun starts to set earlier, you’ll want to make sure you have a good set of headlights equipped to your vehicle. After all, you’ll be using them a lot more as the night starts lasting longer.

If you need any assistance with prepping your car for fall, feel free to reach out to the Stingray Chevrolet Bartow service team at 863-578-4872.

Boost Your Vehicle’s Efficiency With These Fuel-Saving Driving Tips

While choosing an efficient model like the Chevy Trax can help you maximize your fuel savings, you can also employ some tweaks to your driving style to boost your vehicle’s efficiency. Here are a few fuel-saving driving tips to get you started.

Capitalize on cruise control: Using your car’s cruise control does more than take some stress out of highway driving — it helps you save on gas. You’ll love the ease of using advanced adaptive cruise control, available on popular models like the Chevy Equinox. It makes cruise control even safer by helping you maintain a safe following distance — all while saving fuel.

Streamline your ride: For more efficient driving, remove unnecessary heavy cargo from your trunk, cargo bay, or truck bed. Also, avoid carrying cargo on top of your roof.

Ignore the urge to idle: Turn off the engine in situations when you’d normally idle. Some Chevy models take care of this for you — the remarkably efficient Chevy Silverado features smart stop-start technology on its powertrains.

Be a smart, safe driver: Aggressive driving isn’t just dangerous — it wastes gasoline, too. Habits like speeding, jackrabbit starts, and hard braking can reduce your efficiency by up to 40 percent.

Regular maintenance also helps your car run more efficiently. Take your vehicle in for a checkup at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow today.

Corvette Celebrates 1st Corvette C8.R Win at Daytona

The New Corvette C8.R took home first place at the IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona over the Independence Day weekend, with drivers Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor winning by 1.977 seconds in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R. Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner were slightly behind in fifth place with the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette C8.R, but succeeded as class pole-winners.

A momentous achievement

The IMSA WeatherTech at Daytona was only the third racing appearance of the C8.R Corvette, but its victory means even more to long-time Corvette fans. It marks not just the 1st Corvette C8.R win but also the Corvette’s 100th IMSA win overall, and its first win since 2017 at Virginia International Raceway.

Corvette brilliance

Corvette’s drivers had nothing but admiration for the Corvette team and the C8.R. Jordan Taylor said it was “a perfect day for the Corvette C8.R,” and their “fuel mileage, engine and drivability” had drastically improved since the C8.R’s debut. Antonio Garcia agreed with Taylor, saying the team “learned a lot from the Rolex 24” and “now it’s time to win with the C8.R.”

Oliver Gavin admitted some difficulties in racing strategy, but noted, “the Corvette had good pace,” allowing him to lead and come on pole. Tommy Milner was more effusive, saying, “I’m very proud of how fast these Corvette C8.Rs were.” Milner was confident that the crew and car were at the top of their game and “ready to win races.”

The Corvette C8.R’s win at Daytona was followed by another at Sebring, and no doubt there will be many more victories to follow. If you don’t have a racing license, though, you can still tap into the power of the car by getting behind the wheel of a Corvette Stingray at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!

Chevrolet Bolt EV Academy Teaches About EV Benefits

There are many benefits to owning an electric vehicle, besides the obvious. Now you can learn about all those benefits through the newly-launched Bolt EV Academy from Chevrolet.

A handy series of 15 videos help educate consumers on all the aspects of the Bolt. Current Bolt EV owners will see what it’s capable of while future Bolt owners can see how easy and fun it is to live with an all-electric vehicle.

There’s a video that explains home charging basics, such as how much time it takes and how to do it properly. They even explain how to install an efficient home charging station, or how charging on a road trip works with a network of over 2,800 charging locations.

The videos explain how to use the driver’s display screens for battery level awareness, safety feature activation or even syncing with your phone.

Bolt EV Academy also explores the innovative one-pedal driving system and regen-on-demand technology. Just using the accelerator can help power the car’s battery and save wear and tear on your brakes.

You can find all these handy tips and tricks straight from the engineers who developed the Ford Bolt EV. Visit the automaker’s official YouTube page or Chevrolet.com to learn more, or pay a visit to Stingray Chevrolet Bartow to test drive a Bolt EV.

How to sanitize your vehicle against COVID-19

If concern over the COVID-19 outbreak has made you more conscious of your cleaning habits — especially as they relate to your car—don’t worry. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when you clean your vehicle, both now and in the future.

Choose the right cleaner

Making sure that you’re using the right kind of soap or disinfectant on the right material is just as important for you as it is for your car. It’s recommended that you use fabric cleaner on cloth seats, leather-specific cleaners on leather upholstery like seating, shift knobs, and armrests. Also, using regular disinfectants on hard-touch surfaces will be best as long as you don’t spray anything directly onto electronics.

Keep a close eye on high-traffic areas

You should pay special attention to any surface that gets touched frequently, both inside and out. If you regularly disinfect the steering wheel, door handles, any touchscreen displays, and armrests, you should be able to curb the spread of germs.

Don’t forget the kids

If you have children — especially if they’re young enough to need car seats — make sure to give those a thorough cleaning. It’s also a good idea to keep their toys clean and clear, especially if they bring them out of the car at any point

For more tips on how to keep your vehicle clean and safe — or to schedule a full detailing — please give us a call right here at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow.

2021 Chevy Equinox and Traverse Delayed to 2022

Traverse Delayed in Bartow, FL

The new, improved, and refreshed versions of the compact SUV Chevrolet Equinox and the mid-size SUV Chevrolet Traverse have been pushed back from their scheduled launch. They are moving to being 2022 model year SUVs, and we at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow are eagerly awaiting their reveal.

2022 Chevy Equinox

This compact SUV will hit the market in 2022 with a sportier, more athletic design, a new RS trim to go along with the L, LS, LT, and Premier trims, and more safety features. You can choose between 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter turbo engines, which can be paired with six-speed or nine-speed automatic transmissions and available all-wheel drive configuration.

The redesigned front and rear fascia will flaunt a more aggressive grille and LED headlamps to make the 2022 Equinox the fiercest, most modern version of the SUV to date.

2022 Chevy Traverse

Best-in-class cargo space will be a highlight of the 2022 Traverse, which hit record sales in 2019 to bring the mid-size SUV to a total of 1.3 million units sold since its inception in 2009.

Redesigned front and rear designs, new standard LED headlamps and tail lamps, and fresh interior seating options give the Traverse a makeover inside and out. Six essential safety systems will be standard on all trim levels in 2022, delivering the latest technology to your drives.

With the Equinox and Traverse delayed, you can still find the current SUVs here at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow. We have them in stock now.

Updated 2022 Chevrolet Equinox Brings Fresh Style and More Safety

Updated 2021 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the most popular models in the Chevrolet lineup. It is stylish, versatile, and is a great fit for families. And now, the updated 2022 Chevrolet Equinox is getting even better with some fresh new styling and more safety features.

Arriving this fall, the 2022 Equinox will come with redesigned front and rear fascias for a fresh, new look. A more aggressive grille and new LED headlamps will give the Equinox a more athletic look. If you want your Equinox to stand out even more, choose the all-new RS trim level. It will feature a gloss black grille, black exterior details, and black interior upholstery with red accent stitching.

The 2022 Equinox will come standard with even more active safety features. This suite of driver safety aids will include a Rear Vision Camera, a Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front Pedestrian Braking, and IntelliBeam® Headlamps.

You can also get a premium look and feel to your Equinox with the Premier trim. It will add distinctive details like a gloss black grille with chrome inserts, 19-inch machine faced wheels, LED headlamps and taillamps, a logo projection lift gate, French stitching on the seats, and a gloss black finish on the console.

Get a look at the updated 2022 Chevrolet Equinox at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!

Colorado ZR2 Bison is First-Ever Overland Truck of the Year

Overland Truck of the Year

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison has been named the first-ever Overland Truck of the Year by Overland Journal. If you want to enjoy the thrill of off-roading, you need a truck that’s fit for adventure without limits. The ideal overland truck is able to transition effortlessly from pavement to dirt and back again. It will have a respectable payload capacity and a strong towing capability, and it should be efficient and reliable so you can count on it for years of fun.

These are the criteria that Overland Journal had in mind when they tested six different midsize pickup trucks, including the Colorado ZR2 Bison, the Ford Ranger, and the Jeep Gladiator. Editors took these trucks out for thousands of miles in order to find the perfect truck to win its first-ever Overland Truck of the Year award. The Colorado ZR2 Bison won on the strength of its many desirable features in addition to its impressive capability and versatility.

Editors from Overland Journal were quick to applaud the turbo-diesel available in the Colorado ZR2 Bison, as well as its winch-ready front bumper, its front and rear locking differentials, and its class-leading suspension. The Colorado ZR2 Bison is also equipped with five different skid plates, unique 17×8-inch aluminum wheels, and Revolutionary Multimatic DSSV™ dampers.

Check out the award-winning Chevrolet Colorado at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!

Chevy Suburban First Vehicle to Earn Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Chevrolet Suburban became the first vehicle in history to be given the Award of Excellence star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recognizing the 67-year career of the Suburban as a star of film and television shows, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce showcased the iconic American SUV during an event in December 2019.

The Suburban first appeared on screen in 1952, and it’s starred in a whopping 1,750 films and television series. Since 1956, this SUV has been in at least one TV show per year, and at least one film since 1960. Thirty of those films have been nominated for awards. With a striking exterior, capable powertrain, and comfortable interior, the Suburban is an ideal SUV for on and off the silver screen.

“There’s really nothing else like the Chevrolet Suburban in this business, for two reasons,” said Dennis McCarthy, Hollywood picture car coordinator. “First, it’s one of the most versatile vehicles in the business, able to fit with any type of character. Second, it can help instantly give a scene added importance. When a convoy of black Suburbans appears on screen, you know that’s not the time to leave your seat to buy popcorn.”

The Suburban isn’t alone in its popularity on screen, either. The Tahoe, which was introduced in 1995, has appeared on screen in at least one film and television show since its inception. Together, the Suburban and the Tahoe have been in a whopping 2,500 films and TV series.

Get behind the wheel of a movie star at Stingray Chevrolet Bartow!