2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer in a desert
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GM’s Turbocharged 1.3-liter Engine Earns Spot on Ward’s 10 Best Engines’ List

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer in a desert

Wards Auto recently published its 10 Best Engines’ List for 2021, and the 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine from General Motors, which powers both the 2021 and 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, snagged a coveted spot.

“We score based on horsepower, torque, NVH management, observed fuel economy and new technology onboard. That new technology must shine to make the cut. A price cap for nominees that had been in place since 1995 has now been removed,” reports Tom Murphy, management editor of Wards Auto.

Only engines that were completely new or posted significant improvements were contenders for the 2021 list. Eighteen of the vehicles the staff reviewed utilized electrified powertrains.

“There were 14 four-cylinder engines, 11 six-cylinder engines, 10 full hybrids, eight BEVs, and three plug-in hybrids,” according to Murphy.

The 1.3-liter ECOTEC Turbo engine from GM generates ratings of 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. When under the hood of a FWD-enabled 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, this engine earns EPA-estimated ratings of 29 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. [1] AWD is also available on the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer. With the 1.3-liter turbocharged engine, an AWD-equipped 2022 Trailblazer earns 26 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.[2]

Test-drive the Chevrolet Trailblazer and feel the power of its notable 1.3-liter engine at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland in Portland, Maine.

[1] EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/34 highway (1.3L FWD).

[2] EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

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2022 Chevy Equinox Pricing and Updates

2022 Chevy Equinox | Portland, ME

From trim level changes to styling updates to new tech, the 2022 Chevy Equinox will get tons of exciting updates for the latest model year.

The 2022 Equinox gets rid of the base L trim and starts with the more feature-packed LS. This means the base price is a bit higher than the 2021 model at $26,995, but most trim levels actually cost less than they did last year, including the LS.

Besides pricing changes, the new Equinox offers a new look, with new front and rear fascia, a new grille, and the addition of LED headlamps. New exterior colors are accompanied by trim-exclusive styling, including black trim and Dark Android wheels on the RS trim and a black grille with chrome inserts on the Premier.

The new Equinox also boasts a range of new amenities, like outside heated and power-adjustable mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, which make driving in cold, foggy weather easier and safer.

New on the Equinox are available Front and Rear Park Assist and Automatic Parking Assist for help with parallel parking in the city and other tight spots. The Equinox even offers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, so you can sync your phone to the standard color touchscreen without the hassle of extra cords.

When the 2022 Chevy Equinox arrives, you’ll be able to find it right here at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland in Portland, Maine.

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Chevy Corvette and Camaro Ranked Among the Best American-Made Vehicles

Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro | Quirk Chevrolet of Portland | Portland, ME

The Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro are two of the most iconic cars on the market, and they’re both American-made vehicles. That’s why U.S. News & World Report recently named these two sports cars to the list of “The 19 Best Cars Made in America.”

Camaro

U.S. News gave the 2021 Camaro an overall score of 8.2 points out of 10. General Motors manufactures both the coupe and convertible versions of this model in Lansing, Michigan. You can choose from some impressive engine options for the Camaro, including the exhilarating 6.2-liter Supercharged V8 DI engine that delivers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The car also offers six-speed manual, eight-speed automatic, and 10-speed automatic transmissions for smooth rides.

Corvette

The 2021 Corvette earned an impressive overall score of 9.1 points. A GM Bowling Green, Kentucky, plant solely builds this mid-engine sports car. Each trim of the Corvette comes with the 6.2-liter V8 DI engine, which reaches up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. According to U.S. News, the new mid-engine design makes for easy and confident handling on each drive. These features also helped the car earn the top spot in the publication’s luxury sports car ranking.

To get behind the wheel of one of these legendary American-made vehicles, schedule a test drive at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland.

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The Differences Between the 2021 Equinox & Blazer

2021 Chevrolet Blazer vs Equinox | Portland, ME

The 2021 Chevrolet lineup is packed to the gills with high-quality vehicles designed for families just like yours in Portland, ME. Two of the most popular options are the Equinox and the Blazer. To help you decide which model is the right fit for your family, here are some of the most important differences between these stellar SUVs.

Dimensions

While neither the 2021 Equinox nor Blazer is quite as enormous as something like the Tahoe or Suburban, they’re not short on comfort. Both models offer comfortable seating for up to five, but the Blazer boasts more overall passenger volume thanks to its larger body. In terms of cargo volume, there’s virtually no difference between the two, as the Blazer offers up to 64.2 cubic feet and the Equinox provides 63.9.

Design

This is one area where the dynamic duo show their unique personalities. The 2021 Blazer is a stone-cold stunner, with a low, athletic stance, an imposing grille, and a body defined by delicate curves and aggressive angles. On the other hand, the Equinox is more understated. Its body is smoother, its accents are a bit more subtle, and its presence is less intimidating overall. Both look great, just in different ways.

Powertrains

If you want something that packs a serious punch under the hood, the Blazer is your best bet. It offers three engine options, including a 3.6-liter V6 that belts out 308 horsepower. All of them outperform the Equinox’s single powertrain, a 1.5-liter turbo that tops out at 170 horsepower. The trade pays off big-time at the gas pump, as the Equinox can achieve up to 31 mpg on the highway.*

The good news is that there’s no way to go wrong when choosing between the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer. To see which one is your perfect match, swing by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland for a few test drives.

Bolt EV

Chevrolet Bolt Ranked Among ‘Best Small Electric Cars’ of 2021

2021 Chevrolet Bolt | Portland, ME

The folks at Roadshow have evaluated all of the industry’s newest and greatest EVs, and came to the conclusion that one of the best small electric cars you can buy is the 2021 Chevrolet Bolt.

“There has never been a better time to make the jump to an electric vehicle than right now,” Roadshow said, and that’s especially true if the EV of your choice is the Chevy Bolt.

With 266 lb-ft of torque and punchy acceleration on par with sub-$30,000 sports cars, the Bolt makes a good showing on the performance front. And despite its affordable starting price, it delivers an exceptional range of 259 miles.*

“The Bolt is still one of the best bargains on the market when it comes to range versus cost. With a range of 259 miles in a cute-ish hatchback body style, there’s plenty of reason to recommend it,” Roadshow said.

The 2021 Chevrolet Bolt is already one of the top EVs you can buy today, but keep in mind that it’s due to get a major upgrade for the 2022 model year. If you’re in the market for a great small electric car that will help you reduce your carbon footprint — and save money in the process — check out the 2021 Bolt today or wait a few months and pay Quirk Chevrolet of Portland a visit in Portland, Maine, to see the 2022 model in action!

 *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.

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Meet Chevy MyWay Online Car Tours

Chevrolet Logo | Portland, ME

General Motors is making car shopping easier with the new Chevy MyWay service. With this service, you can take guided vehicle tours online before heading to Quirk Chevrolet of Portland to take a test drive in the Chevy you’re interested in.

By signing up for Chevy MyWay online, you can watch guided video tours and learn about the Chevy models you’re considering for your next purchase. You can schedule a tour ahead of time or get in a virtual line for the next open slot.

During the tour, a product specialist will show you a Chevy vehicle inside and out. As they give an overview of different features, you can feel free to ask questions or request to see anything from a different angle. At the end of the session, the specialist can help set up a test drive at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland.

Another exciting aspect of Chevy MyWay is 1:Many Studio. This allows you to watch video sessions featuring GM racing experts, attend online product unveilings, and check out virtual auto shows. You can even take a group tour if you don’t want to fly solo.

Whether or not you decide to sign up for Chevy MyWay, there’s no better way to find the car of your dreams than to schedule a test drive at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland.

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Understanding the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System

Chevrolet Infotainment | Portland, ME

If you’ve been browsing our inventory of new Chevrolet vehicles, you’ve almost certainly come across the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system in many of them. This is an innovative tool for mobile connectivity, but it’s no help to you if you don’t know how to use it. Check out this quick guide, which will tell you what you need to know to get started with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system.

Color Touch Screen

When you interact with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, you’ll do so through a color touch screen. Many models come with a standard 7-inch screen, but some offer upgrades to larger screens, up to 8 or 10.2 inches. Many Chevy models also have steering-wheel-mounted controls and voice recognition, both of which let you navigate the options in the system.

Touch Screen Options

Like a smartphone, the touch screen displays a number of icons on different screens. You can swipe through to explore things like playback settings, 4G LTE Wi-Fi® connectivity, and in-vehicle apps.

Smartphone Connectivity

All Chevy models equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system also include Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. Bluetooth® lets you connect the audio from your phone to the screen without using wires or place hands-free calls. Apple CarPlay® and Android Audio™ take this a step further by bringing the media library, contacts, and apps from your smartphone to the dash-mounted display. You’ll either connect your phone with a cable or wirelessly, depending on the model and what’s offered.

If you want to get up close and personal with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system, stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and test drive a properly equipped model.

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History of the Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet Tahoe | Portland, ME

The Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the most iconic full-size SUVs in the world, perhaps only rivaled by its larger sibling, the Suburban. In its 25-year history, the Tahoe has combined segment-leading levels of practicality, high-tech features, and sheer rugged style. Take a look at the history of the Chevrolet Tahoe to see how far it’s come.

It Started in 1995

The first Tahoe launched in 1995 as a rebadged Chevy K5 Blazer sharing a platform with both the Suburban and the Yukon. It could seat up to six passengers in both two- and four-door configurations. Thanks to its ruggedness and capability, it was soon sought after by government agencies, and Chevy quickly began creating the Tahoe pursuit vehicle for law enforcement. A short while later, the military started using the Tahoe too.

Teenage Years

The Chevy Tahoe grew into its own as it entered new generation after generation in 2000, 2007, and 2015. Its first major redesign saw the introduction of a third row, expanding seating for up to nine passengers. The third-gen model improved aerodynamics and eventually added a hybrid model. In 2015, the Tahoe became truly modernized, with such features as automatic emergency braking and standard built-in Wi-Fi®.

Fifth Generation

For the 2021 model year, the Tahoe is entering its fifth generation. It includes a host of significant upgrades like more standard safety features, a cool adaptive suspension, and a new turbodiesel engine. We’re excited to see where Chevy takes the Tahoe from there.

If you’re in the market for a full-size SUV, it’s hard to beat the Chevrolet Tahoe. Check out this SUV icon at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland.

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2020 Chevrolet Sonic Named a Best Car for Recent Grads by US News

2020 Chevrolet Sonic | Portland, ME

US News & World Report, one of the most trusted voices in the auto industry, recently named the 2020 Chevy Sonic to its list of Best Cars for Recent Graduates. US News said the editors compiled their list based on reliability and safety, as well as an affordable sticker price and low cost of ownership.

The Sonic is small, making it easy to drive in the city and maneuver in and out of tight parking spaces, but it’s also spacious on the inside. It offers ample legroom, as well as a roomy cargo area of 47.7 cubic feet — a rarity among other models in the compact car segment.

US News also stated that the Sonic is “surprisingly fun to drive” despite its small size and low MSRP, so if you’re looking for a car that combines peppy performance with practicality, it’s a great choice. It doesn’t hurt that it’s super fuel-efficient, with the current model’s turbocharged engine delivering up to 34 mpg on the highway.*

You also get impressive versatility with the Sonic. Available in both hatchback and sedan styles, the Sonic has options for your driving needs and your style. Packed with smart tech like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, the 2020 Sonic delivers the features young drivers want without breaking the bank.

To learn more about why the Chevrolet Sonic is a phenomenal car for recent grads, feel free to peruse our online inventory at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland.

*EPA estimated.

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Portland, ME
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Looking for an Affordable Truck? Try These 2 Chevrolet Models

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Portland, ME

If you expand your search to used models, it’s easy to find a pickup truck for an affordable price. Two of the most budget-friendly options are the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the older Chevrolet S10 ZR2. These models were recently recognized for their affordability by Car and Driver, which named them both to an annual list of Best Used Trucks for Under $10,000.

The Silverado 1500 has been a Chevrolet bestseller since 1999. It’s a capable, durable choice for everything from do-it-yourself projects to family hauling. Silverado models can be found with a wide range of engine, cab, and bed options. Your best bet for a Silverado on a tighter budget is a first-generation or second-generation model from 2014 or earlier.

The off-road-ready Chevrolet S10 ZR2 was sold from 1994 to 2003. Even though it’s smaller than most of today’s pickups, its tough, lifted body and hardy V6 engine make it a great (but still economical) option for moving furniture, tackling yard work, or hitting the trail.

If you’re in the market for these or other affordable trucks, be sure to stop in and see us here at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland. We offer one of Maine’s most impressive selections of pre-owned vehicles, and we can’t wait to help you find what you’re looking for!

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