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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.

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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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2022 Chevy Bolt EV and EUV Preview

2020 Bolt Chevrolet EUV | Portland, ME

Chevrolet recently shared a glimpse of the upcoming refreshed 2022 Bolt EV and the all-new Bolt EUV, both of which are set to be released in summer 2021. The video released in late August showed the profile of the Bolt EV slowly morphing into the silhouette of the Bolt EUV.

Both vehicles will be built on Chevy’s BEV2 electric vehicle platform, and the Bolt EUV will most likely have a longer wheelbase by about three inches. The silhouette of the Bolt EUV shows a long, sleek body with sharper angles than the rounder Bolt EV.

Not much is known about the 2022 Bolt EUV at this time, but we do know that it will come with GM’s Super Cruise self-driving technology, which until now was only offered in luxury Cadillac vehicles. Super Cruise uses driver-assist features like lane centering and adaptive cruise control to let you drive hands-free on millions of miles of pre-mapped highways.

The Bolt EV will maintain its class-leading 259-mile electric range, impressive 200 horsepower, and practical hatchback styling with tons of interior space. It will, however, boast updates to its infotainment system, a new adaptive cruise control, and seats that were even more comfortable than before.

Keep your eyes on the Quick Chevrolet of Portland blog for more info on the hotly anticipated 2022 Bolt EV and EUV, or check out our current inventory of Bolt EVs.

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Silverado 1500 XFE Fuel Economy Package is a Must-Have

Silverado 1500 | Portland, ME

If you’re looking for a vehicle that can do hard work without compromising fuel economy, look no further than the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which is offered with an excellent XFE Fuel Economy package.

The Silverado 1500 XFE Fuel Economy package is offered on 5.3-liter V8 models, bringing its EPA-estimated highway fuel economy up from 23 to 24 mpg and combined fuel economy from 19 to 20 mpg.*

The package is offered only on the Silverado 1500 LT trim with 2WD and a Short Bed and Crew Cab body style. It’s also not available if you opt for any other package, such as the Max Trailering Package, Convenience Package or Z71 Off-Road Package (after all, trailering and off-roading aren’t exactly conducive to fuel efficiency).

Nonetheless, the XFE Fuel Economy Package offers more than just improved mileage. Also included are 18-inch Bright Silver painted wheels, all-season blackwall tires and a premium, soft roll-up tonneau cover.

All of this will set you back $850, but with the extra mpg, you’ll likely make it back long before you replace the truck. The Silverado 1500, after all, is built to last a long time.

If you’re interested the Silverado 1500 XFE Fuel Economy package, visit Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and ask fot it to be added to your truck!

*EPA estimated. Use for comparison purposes only.

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2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Production Started

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe | Portland, ME

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is officially in production as of late June, after it was announced last year and then saw development delays due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ford is taking precautions while assembling the new Tahoe, as well as the 2021 Yukon, but there are already vehicles leaving the factory.

There’s a lot to be excited about with the new Chevy Tahoe, which will see quite a few changes for the 2021 model year. It’s getting bigger, for one, with more cargo space and legroom, making this already beloved family SUV even more practical for parents and comfortable for kids.

The 2021 Tahoe will come with three engine options, including a new Duramax turbodiesel that puts out 460 lb-ft of torque and lower horsepower, for outstanding hauling capability that saves you money on fuel. The Tahoe will also come with a new standard independent multilink rear suspension, letting the rear tires respond to road conditions independently of the front tires for a smoother ride.

The new Tahoe will offer a new 10-inch touchscreen along with smart technologies like available wireless charging. Chevy has also equipped the 2021 model with more safety technologies, including Automatic Emergency Braking and Rear Park Assist.

To reserve your 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, give us a call at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland, or visit our website.

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Learn More About EVs with Chevrolet Bolt EV Academy Video Series

2020 Chevy Bolt EV | Portland, ME

If you’re considering going green with the vehicle you drive, check out the Bolt EV Academy video series recently released by Chevrolet. It breaks down the basics of owning and operating an electric vehicle starring the automaker’s popular, eco-friendly Chevy Bolt.

“For future Bolt EV drivers, the series will illustrate just how fun, easy, and convenient it is to live with an electric vehicle — all explained by the engineers and experts who brought the Bolt EV to life,” says Chevrolet.

There are plenty of advantages to driving an EV that go beyond forfeiting time-consuming stops at the pump, and the Bolt EV Academy covers them all in its 15 short, easy-to-understand episodes. The series highlights unique features of the Bolt EV and offers advice on how to operate its tech. It also provides tips for driving an EV in inclement weather.

Bolt EV Academy Video Series highlights

You’ll learn a lot from the EV Academy Video Series including:

  • How to charge your Bolt at home and on the road.
  • How to optimize the safety features in the Bolt to suit your driving needs.
  • How to operate the Driver Information Center and display screens.
  • How to activate services from OnStar.
  • How to use Bluetooth® technology to sync your smartphone

Find out how an EV can improve your time on the road. Contact Quirk Chevrolet of Portland in Portland, Maine, to schedule a test drive of the Chevrolet Bolt.

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Exciting Changes to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado’s Base Trim Level

2021 Chevrolet Colorado | Portland, ME

Chevrolet has made some big changes to the Colorado for the 2021 model year. They are shaking things up with the base trim level, which has been cut altogether. It also gains a striking new design, more exterior colors and some additional gear.

By eliminating the base trim level, the Colorado now begins with the Work Truck. According to Chevy, these changes are the result of buyers preferring simplicity and the ability to customize their trucks to their needs and wants. Updated styling and new features do result in a $500 price increase, but according to Chevy spokesperson Chris Bonelli, the Colorado will remain very competitively priced in the mid-sized truck segment.

Even with a higher price point, the Colorado is still one of the more affordable trucks in the mid-sized segment. The current Work Truck starts at only $26,395, which is just one reason why it offers so much value.

The 2021 Chevy Colorado will sport a redesigned grille, an all-new tailgate and standard 17-inch wheels. It will also allow you to express your unique style with more options, including thee new exterior colors like Cherry Bomb Tintcoat, Dune Metallic, and Pow Zinga Metallic. It will also sport a revised layout, more prominent badging and skid plates. All of us at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland hope to see you here for a test drive when the exciting new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado hits dealerships later this year.

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Chevrolet Dominates the Top 4 at the Auto Club Speedway

Chevrolet | Portland, ME

The brilliance of Chevrolet engineering is demonstrated by the automaker’s dominance on the racetrack. At the Auto Club Speedway, skilled driver Alex Bowman earned the first win of the 2020 season for Chevrolet. His fellow Chevy drivers, Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott, followed close behind in third and fourth place, respectively.

 Together, these three Chevrolet racers dominated the competition. Bowman and his fellow Chevy drivers held the lead for 127 laps of the 200-lap event. However, it’s no surprise that Bowman was the one who brought home the prize — he was the fastest racer during the practice rounds as well.

Each Chevy racer is equipped with a finely tuned Camaro. Bowman praised the Camaro for its new body design and versatility, while Busch commented that Chevrolet models boast an ideal blend of speed and endurance. He also noted that competing models seemed to start sluggishly, unlike the energetic Camaro.

You can get a taste of this high-performance power — the 2020 Camaro offers a Supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers 650 horsepower alongside 650 lb-ft of torque. This beast can rocket from 0-60 to just 3.5 seconds.

What to see how a Chevrolet vehicle can boost your daily drive? Check out the 2020 lineup at Quirk Chevrolet — we’ll be happy to let you test drive any model you desire.

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