Go Farther for Longer: 2018 Turbo-Charged Diesel Chevy Equinox

Say “Sayonara!” to the gas station and “Hello!” to the highly anticipated 2018 Chevrolet Equinox turbo-diesel engine.

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Part of the Equinox’s new trio of all-turbocharged systems, the diesel model of the Equinox has an SAE-certified 240-lb of torque and is equipped with a variable-geometry turbocharger. You’re probably wondering “Great, but what does that mean?” This newly added feature ensures that the Chevrolet Equinox will generate stronger torque at low rpm (revolutions per minute) and more horsepower at higher rpm.

The turbo-diesel Chevrolet Equinox is estimated to reach an EPA-certified 39mpg on the highway; a number that is expected to top the segment in highway fuel economy and greater highway mileage when compared to the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and Nissan Rogue hybrid. This means you can driver farther between trips to the gas station!

“Chevrolet continues to lead with technologies that offer customers more choice . . . Our three-engine turbo-charged Equinox lineup means we can provide drivers more options for the performance and efficiency they desire.”

– Steve Majoros, Marketing Director for Cars and Crossovers

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a fresh and modern compact SUV fully equipped with increased cargo space (when compared to previous models) and the latest in on-the-road connectivity.

Browse our inventory and learn more about the perks of driving the diesel Chevrolet Equinox. Connect with a member of our sales team today: 410-766-6300.

JBA Chevrolet
7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
410-766-6300

Sources: Chevrolet Press Room | JBA Chevrolet 

 

 

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Chevy Maintenance Tips

In our last post we wrote about Chevrolet and OnStar teaming up to conduct a study to demonstrate 10 common mistakes drivers make that hurt their fuel economy.   We had focused on the driving habits in that post… for this post we’re going to look at maintenance.

You may remember Ann Wenzlick and Beth Nunning drove identical Chevrolet Cruze LTs with an EPA estimated at 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, but Wenzlick averaged 37 miles per gallon using efficient driving habits in a properly maintained Cruze, while Nunning managed only 21 miles per gallon driving inefficiently and ignoring common maintenance.

So what common maintenance practices can save you money?

  • Tire pressure
    “All four tires on my car were five pounds under their recommended air pressure. That’s not enough to change how the Cruze drives, but it does make the engine work harder to turn the wheels. Check your tires at least once a month, as a tire that is 10 pounds under pressure can cut your fuel efficiency by more than 3 percent.” says Nunning
  • Use the recommended grade of motor oil
    Motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the performance symbol of the American Petroleum Institute contains friction-reducing additives that can improve fuel economy.
  • Use the most effective octane level for your car.
    Check your owner’s manual. For most cars, the recommended gasoline is regular octane. In most cases, using a higher-than-recommended octane gas offers no benefit – and costs more.
  • Ignoring the “check engine” light
    “I called OnStar to run a remote diagnostics check on my Cruze, because the check engine light was on. Turns out the light was on because the gas cap was loose. But more serious engine problems can cut your fuel economy by up to 40 percent.” says Nunning
  • Batteries can make or break you
    Check battery life, replace or charge your current battery and make sure battery cables are free of corrosion. Many breakdowns occur because batteries aren’t delivering full cranking power.
  • Engine tune-ups and car maintenance checks.
    According to the EPA, tune-ups improve performance as well as gas mileage. Check your owner’s manual for recommended maintenance schedules and follow them. This will avoid fuel economy problems due to worn spark plugs, dragging brakes, low transmission fluid, or the transmission failing to go into high gear.

Chevrolet has 10 models that offer 30 mpg or better on the highway, and our Service Department is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 7:30AM – 6PM, and Wednesday from 7:30AM – 8PM.

JBA Chevrolet
7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
443-763-5076

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Your Chevy ‘fuel efficient, hybrid’ Options

Fuel prices are high… and they’re not going to drop drastically any time soon, or ever. As fuel prices continue to rise, customers are more interested in fuel-efficient compacts and hybrids to find relief from the pump.

A recent survey of car shoppers on kbb.com found that 51% of respondents are now considering a smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicle, while 20% are considering an alternative-fuel vehicle such as a diesel or hybrid. “GM’s strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “Three years ago, about 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway. Today, that number is about 40 percent, and we have more new fuel-economy leaders on the way…”

What are the Chevy fuel economy leaders on sale today? Here is the lowdown:                   (all mpg totals are estimated)

If you’re looking for an environmentally responsible car that fits your budget and your lifestyle, visit JBA Chevrolet, we have plenty of options for you.

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7327 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD
443-763-5076

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