2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer in a desert
Chevrolet, Trailblazer, Vehicle Awards

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.

Vehicle Awards

Three Chevrolet Vehicles Earn 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

2021 Chevy Colorado | Portland, Maine

For well over a century, Chevy has been satisfying drivers with style, performance, reliability, and so much more. That reputation continues today, and AutoPacific has recognized it by awarding three Chevrolet Vehicles in its 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

Back in July, AutoPacific announced that the Chevrolet Colorado, Blazer, and Camaro all took the top segment prizes in the annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. AutoPacific ranks vehicles based on driver feedback in 36 attributes, and this trio conquered its competition by grabbing top scores in key areas.

The Camaro held off its competition in the Sporty Car segment by earning the highest marks in 29 categories. This included important factors like exterior style, interior comfort, and handling.

In the Premium Midsize Crossover SUV competition, the new Chevrolet Blazer comes out on top. The Blazer bested the field with top rankings in 25 categories, including reputation, comfort, and style.

Earning the top spot in the Compact Pickup category, the Chevy Colorado took 23 of the 36 categories. Namely, the Colorado is considered the most fun to drive and has top scores for visibility.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly SUV, a versatile truck for off-roading, or a high-octane performance machine, there’s a Chevrolet for you. And you’ll find it at Quirk Chevrolet of Portland in Portland, Maine.

Sonic, Vehicle Awards

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.

2019 Chevrolet Spark | Portland, ME
Chevrolet, Spark, Vehicle Awards

2019 Chevrolet Spark Named One of U.S. News’ Best Cars Under $16,000

2019 Chevrolet Spark | Portland, ME

For anyone looking for an award-winning and surprisingly affordable vehicle, consider the 2019 Chevrolet Spark. This model was recently named one of the Best Cars under $16,000 by U.S. News and World Report. Believe it or not, even though the Chevy Spark is the most affordable new vehicle on the market, it offers a wide range of impressive amenities. From high-tech gadgets to a fuel-efficient powertrain, the Spark has everything you want without breaking the bank.

The Spark is a subcompact hatchback car with a European-inspired exterior design. It seats four people comfortably and comes with a range of features to make driving more enjoyable. For example, the Spark has available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® connectivity to create a mobile hotspot even when you’re on the go. There’s also smartphone connectivity thanks to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, which lets you access apps and more through the in-vehicle infotainment.

The Spark comes with a 98-horsepower engine, which also gets an impressive fuel economy of 38 highway mpg*. The Spark also scores particularly well when it comes to reliability, which means this model is designed to save you in both the short term and the long term.

Other standard features include a rear-vision camera system, which is great for reversing and parallel parking. There are ten standard airbags to help you feel better protected when you’re behind the wheel, as well as available driver-assist features such as Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Park Assist, and more.

If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a thoroughly modern vehicle that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, stop by Quirk Chevrolet of Portland and take the 2020 Chevrolet Spark for a test drive today.

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