Differences Between Electric Vehicles and Internal Combustion Engines

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Electric vehicles are a win-win. In comparison to vehicles with an internal combustion engine, EVs offer drivers financial savings in fuel costs and they do less damage to the environment because they produce fewer tailpipe emissions. If you are considering investing in an EV, there are a couple things about them that make driving and owning them unique, efficient and different.

Benefit from Less Maintenance Costs

EVs are actually a win-win-win! In addition to the environmental benefits and savings in fuel costs, owners can expect savings in maintenance costs in comparison to vehicles with internal combustion engines. First, there’s the money savings in usual brake maintenance. EVs have regenerative braking systems, which recycles the energy used to slow or stop the vehicle into energy that recharges the vehicle’s battery, and that results in less wear and tear on the vehicle’s brakes, so they actually last LONGER than regular brakes.

Oh, and oil changes and other engine maintenance, forget about it! Yeah, EV owners never spend the $20-30 on an oil change every 3,000-5,000 miles (which is an average of four oil changes a year for the average driver). Electric vehicles don’t have an internal combustion engine, which is what requires routine maintenance like oil changes, fluid fill ups, and or the maintenance that results from malfunctioning engine parts like spark plugs and belts.

New Driving Techniques

There are slight differences in the actual driving experience of an EV versus a vehicle with an internal combustion engine. The driving differences aren’t significantly different, but drivers tend to actually drive more energy efficiently when they have an EV.

First, the Chevy Bolt EV and many other EVs have a one-pedal driving system. According too GreenCarReports.com, “One-pedal driving combines conventional acceleration, using the right-hand pedal, with a much higher degree of deceleration than in a conventional car.That means that when a driver lifts off the pedal, the car slows down more quickly than an internal-combustion-powered car would.”

Second, many EVs and PHEVs are available with tech systems that provide drivers with tips and guidance on how they can drive more efficiently and maintain battery life longer. The systems are not forceful or requirements to drive differently, just ways to improve the EV experience.

New Look

EVs also look different than traditional vehicles and there are a few reasons for that. First of all, EVs don’t need an exhaust because they don’t emit any tailpipe emissions! Pretty weird, huh? Second of all, designers go to great lengths to maximize the vehicle’s energy efficiency, so EVs have a very aerodynamic exterior, which to some people looks “funny” and “futuristic,” but like it or not, that’s the direction all vehicle design is going in. There is a huge push for more fuel efficient vehicles, and improved aerodynamics are an easy and cost-efficient way to improve the fuel economy of any vehicle. Third, instead of a fuel filler, EVs have an outlet! The outlet is usually covered just like the opening of a fuel filler, but it is a different look.

Chevy Bolt EV at Miami Lakes Automall

If you are on the market for an EV, come check our selection of Chevy Bolt EV inventory at Miami Lakes Automall. The Chevy Bolt EV is one of the most affordable EVs on the market and it also has one of the best driving ranges (238 miles on a single charge). The Bolt EV has a starting MSRP of $36,620 (plus destination fee) and it qualifies for the full federal tax credit of $7,500.

10 Chevy Models Ranked in Top Three in J.D. Power Dependability Study

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There’s a lot of different factors consumers consider before making a vehicle purchase, and one factor that is important to almost all consumers is dependability, so why not go with a Chevy model? J.D. Power recently released the results from the 2018 Dependability Study and Chevy did AWESOME.

Chevrolet (tied with Hyundai) was ranked as the sixth most dependable brand, four Chevy models were ranked most dependable in their class and six other Chevy models ranked in the top three of their class – that’s extremely impressive.

Chevy Dependability

Overall, Chevy had 124 problems per 100 cars, which made it (and Hyundai) the sixth best ranked brand out of 31 brands and Chevy had more top three segment rankings in this year’s study than any other automaker.

In individual car segments four Chevy models had the lowest number of problems per 100 cars, and only one other brand had four models with the best score in their classes. The Chevy Silverado ranked best in the light-duty truck segment; the Chevy Equinox ranked best in the compact SUV segment; the Chevy Traverse ranked best in the midsize SUV segment; and the Chevy Malibu ranked best in the midsize car segment.

Also, six Chevy models finished top three in their segment and they include the Chevy Sonic (small car), Chevy Camaro (midsize sporty car), Chevy Impala (large car), Chevy Trax (small SUV), Chevy Tahoe (large SUV) and Chevy Silverado HD (heavy-duty truck).

What’s special about Chevy’s high dependability scores is that Chevy doesn’t just focus on creating similar variations of their products, but they produce dependable models in 10 of the 14 possible segments (6 segments only look at luxury brands).

J.D. Power Dependability Study

J.D. Power conducts a number of customer surveys every year and for the dependability study, owners are asked about the number of problems their three-year-old (2015 model year) vehicle has. That data is then translated into problems per 100 cars, and the vehicles and brands with the lowest number of problems per cars are the ones ranked highest. The dependability study is one of the major automotive J.D. Power studies because it provides consumers with an idea of how their car experience might be in the long run, rather than the first year or first few months of ownership.

Chevy Availability

Miami Lakes Chevy has a huge selection of models including all 10 models that ranked in the top three in their segment. From SUVs to trucks to sedans, come in to Miami Lakes Chevy to test drive our available models and find out which model is best for you. Whether you are interested in leasing or buying, our staff can help you get into a new vehicle within your budget. Miami Lakes Chevy is open seven days a week and we are located off of 826 between Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

 

Silverado eAssist (Mild Hybrid Pickup) Available at Miami Lakes Automall

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Few people in Florida have heard about the Chevy Silverado 1500 with eAssist, which is one of the only mild hybrid pickup trucks on the market, and that’s because the model has only been available in California — but Miami Lakes Automall has a new Chevy Silverado 1500 with eAssist available.

Chevy Silverado eAssist: Modern Mild Hybrid Pickup Truck

Don’t let the truck’s limited availability fool you into thinking the Chevy Silverado 1500 with eAssist isn’t a great truck solution. In fact, we (Floridians) probably haven’t heard much about the truck because the Californians don’t want us to start demanding the powerful and fuel efficient trucks, too.

eAssist is a fuel saving technology introduced by GM a few years ago and they added the new technology to the Silverado in 2016. While there are several different fuel savings technologies on the market, eAssist is a great one for trucks because it increases fuel economy and also boosts the truck’s power, especially torque, which is an important factor when it comes to towing.

The Silverado 1500 with eAssist is equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine that produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor provides stop/start capability and functions to increase torque, which increases truck’s horsepower by 13 horses (total horsepower 368 horsepower) and torque increases by 44 lb-ft of torque, bringing the V8s total torque production to total of 427 lb-ft of torque, which is more torque produced by the Ford F-150’s V8 engine (400 lb-ft of torque) or the Ram 1500’s V8 engine (410 lb-ft of torque).

Not only does the Silverado 1500 produce more power than the other V8 light-duty trucks available, but it also has a better fuel economy. The Chevy Silverado 1500 with eAssist averages 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 20 mpg. The Ford F-150 with a V8 engine has a fuel economy of 17 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and a combined city/highway fuel economy of 19 mpg, and the Ram 1500 with a V8 engine averages 15 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and it has a combined city/highway fuel economy of 17 mpg.

Chevy Silverado 1500 with eAssist Available at Miami Lakes Automall

The Chevy Silverado 1500 with eAssist that is available at Miami Lakes Automall is a brand new 2018 Silverado 1500 LT. The model is a four-door crew cab with two-wheel drive, a 5’8” truck bed and a white exterior and black interior.

Top PHEV and EV Models Available at Miami Lakes Automall

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In the last few years, the alternative fuel vehicle segment has become a lot more competitive. Automakers have finally realized that offering fuel efficient vehicles is something people want, and technology has become so advanced in the last few years that creating PHEVs and EVs really isn’t as hard as many thought it would be. One automaker that has really taken the alternative fuel segment by storm is Chevy. Chevy offers one of the best PHEV models (Chevy Volt) and one of the best EV models (Chevy Bolt EV) on the market, and both models are available at Miami Lakes Automall.

2018 Chevy Volt

The Chevy Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that became available for the 2012 model year. According to Chevy, “Volt owners have driven more than 650 million EV miles, saving 34 million gallons of gas – and they drive all-electric more than 80 percent of the time.” Those are some pretty impressive numbers regarding the Volt’s popularity as well as its fuel efficiency.

The Chevy Volt is a particularly unique vehicle because it is a form of an electric vehicle, but it doesn’t feel or look like one. The Volt has a really sleek design that looks more like a luxury vehicle than an electric vehicle. Another benefit that makes the Volt attractive to many consumers is that drivers don’t have to worry about charging the vehicle on long road trips because there is a capable gas engine in addition to a battery.

The Volt is equipped with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with an 18.4 kWh 300 V lithium-ion battery. When running on just the battery alone, the Volt can travel up to 53 miles, which are 53 miles in which the car does not produce any tailpipe emissions. When the battery and engine work together, the Volt has an average fuel economy of 106 MPGe of combined city/highway driving and it has a total distance of 420 miles.

The Chevy Volt is an affordable PHEV. The Volt has a starting MSRP of $33,220 (plus destination fee) and it is available for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. Buyers also save a lot of money driving the Chevy Volt. According to fueleconomy.gov, the average driver will spend about $700 on fuel costs each year and in five years the average driver will save $3,750 in fuel costs in comparison to the average vehicle.

2018 Chevy Bolt EV

The Chevy Bolt EV is Chevy’s first fully electric vehicle (EV) and it has done really well since its release. The Bolt EV was first made available for the 2017 model year and it’s excellent driving range (238 miles) makes it a big competitor with Tesla, which is one of the biggest names in the EV world. The Chevy Bolt EV surpasses the total driving distance of just about every EV on the market. Other EV options include the Nissan Leaf (maximum driving distance 151 miles; MSRP $29,990), BMW i3 (maximum driving distance 114 miles; MSRP $44,450,  and the Tesla Model 3 (driving distance 220 miles; MSRP $35,000).

The battery in the Bolt EV is a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery that produces 200 horsepower, which is an impressive amount of horsepower for a battery. The Chevy Bolt EV offers seating for five passengers and it has a 10.2-inch touchscreen, standard OnStar 4G LTE and standard Teen Driver. The Chevy Bolt EV has a starting MSRP of $36,620 (plus destination fee) and it qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit. As an all-electric vehicle, the Chevy Bolt EV offers even more savings in fuel costs. According to fueleconomy.gov, the average driver spends about $550 in fuel costs per year driving the Chevy Bolt EV, and in comparison to the average vehicle, the average driver saves $4,500 in fuel costs in five years.

Want to see which of Chevy’s fuel efficient models is best for you? Come test drive the Chevy Volt and the Chevy Bolt EV at Miami Lakes Automall.

 

Chevy Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record at Virginia International Raceway

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Supercars are known for being fast, not just normal fast, like superior speed that can only be obtained on race tracks. Few tracks are as tough as the Virginia International Raceway. But that didn’t stop the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway with a remarkable record time of 2:37.25.

Winning By No Other Measure Than Pure Speed

To watch the exciting action and exact moment when the 2019 Corvette ZR1 set the record. You’ll be able to see from the driver’s point of view the entire experience.

Five-point harnesses, complete with harness bar attached and track seating, the record-setting stock Corvette ZR1 coupe was stocked with the available paddle-shift eight-speed automatic, including the ZTK Performance Package. An adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer-only tires with unique chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning to make the 2019 Corvette ZR1 secure in its victory on the track.

“The Corvette ZR1’s lap record at VIR, arguably America’s most challenging road course, is a testament to its supercar status,” according to Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar — at any price.” That’s the confidence Corvette has with its top vehicle and many would agree, including us.

Special New Design

The incredible 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 was designed to take performance to a new level and the results are clearly shown. A stunning new chevron-patterned carbon-fiber halo hood and engine cover were made to have a lightweight feel that protect the unique engine that Corvette ZR1 has. As you can imagine, this vehicle is packed with wicked power.

Complete with a 6.2-liter Supercharger V8 engine that gets 755 horsepower and 715-lb-ft of torque, this is one monstrous engine that is a marvel to behold and experience. In fact, the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1’s top speed is the fastest of any Corvette ever made at 212 MPH.

With a hardtop convertible that can retract even at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, this is a modern piece of luxury and speed that few people ever get to experience, but that doesn’t have to be you.

Where You Can Drive and Buy Chevrolet Corvettes

With a unique look and design, you can feel the speed and luxury of a Corvette when you shop at Miami Lakes Automall. Our current exciting line-up of Chevrolet Corvettes include both new and pre-owned vehicles. Allow our team of professionals to help you decide which vehicle is right for you when you stop by. We’ll be happy to talk Corvette vehicles with you any day, seven days a week!

 

Towing Comparison: 2018 Chevrolet vs 2018 Ford

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What does it mean for owners when they learn their truck is the most powerful in class in terms of towing and payload? One way to know is to see in action just what that looks like.

Do drivers of trucks truly notice the power and performance? Chevy thought testing out their truck against one of their biggest competitors, Ford, would show off the difference, but we’ll take a closer look to see how much of a difference there is between Chevy and the competition.

Drag Race Comparison

The Ford F-350 Super Duty couldn’t quite hang with the Chevy Silverado 3500HD in a straight line quarter mile drag race. While the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD was able to prove how much faster it can move while towing the same amount of weight, winning in a drag race, there’s additional features that show how much better Chevrolet trucks can be over their competition. (Although, it’s never a bad thing to win a race against your competition.)

New Features for the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

When you have a powerful vehicle like the new 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500HD, you know you can tow just about anything, but the truck’s premium features aren’t just about what you can move outside of the vehicle. You’ll be moved with what you find inside the vehicle, from a spacious cabin that has the updated MyLink system with available 8-inch touchscreen and a 6-speaker Bose audio system. The truck also has rear backup cameras to allow for easier loading on the truck bed with front and rear park assist.

Closer Look At The Various Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Trims

From the Regular Cab, Crew Cab and Double Cab, to regular or long beds, there are numerous ways to craft your specific 2018 Chevy Silverado 3500HD. Even options like gasoline or diesel engines and two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive are available options for an owner to decide on.

The Chevrolet 3500 HD trim levels range from the base-level Work Truck to mid-level LT and the further upscale LTZ to the premium trim, the luxurious High Country. The MyLink with 7-inch touchscreen comes standard for every Silverado 3500HD as well as Bluetooth, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and rear backup camera. The Silverado 3500HD LT offers upgrades ranging from an 8-inch MyLink touchscreen and power mirrors and power windows, which don’t come standard on the Silverado 3500HD Work Truck trim.

The Silverado 3500HD LTZ is available as a Double Cab or Crew Cab with standard leather seating, heated front seats and fog lights with a 110-volt outlet. Power-sliding rear window with defroster is also included.

The upgraded Silverado 3500HD High Country trim has full-leather front bucket seats with a navigation system and it is only available with a Crew Cab. Additionally, the Silverado 3500HD has a different interior design and center console than the rest of the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD line-up.

What To Expect

As the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD showcases tremendous towing power, there’s no mistaking how important a vehicle’s towing capacity and ability to move quickly comes into play. Whether driving up a mountain or pushing 13,000 pounds of cargo across the country, having a reliable heavy duty truck that’s capable of making the journey safely is the goal for all drivers and that’s exactly what you’ll be able to expect with the Silverado 3500 HD.

If you want to see what it feels like to have a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD in your hands, experience the power and performance with a test-drive with us at Miami Lakes Automall. If your dream is to own a Chevy, we’d love to make it happen. Stop by today and we’ll be ready. Miami Lakes Auto Mall is open seven days a week and we are located at 16600 NW 57th Ave. Miami Lakes, FL 33014.

Photo credit: Ford

 

Would a Crossover or SUV Suit You Better?

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If you are ready to finally trade-in the car that was given to you by your parents, and you want an SUV you may be feeling a little confused on which SUV you want to buy or lease. There are dozens of makes and models available and to see them all you would need to spend a ton of time driving around from dealership to dealership, unless you go to Miami Lakes Automall.

Miami Lakes Automall is one of the few dealerships in South Florida that has seven brands located in one location. We have vehicles made by Chevy, Mitsubishi, Kia, Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge and Ram, and each brand (except Ram and Chrysler) manufactures SUVs and crossovers.

Crossovers

Crossovers are one of the newest, fastest growing and most popular segments in the auto industry. Crossovers are versatile vehicles that offer space for passengers and cargo, but they are more fuel efficient and give drivers a little more control in comparison to a big vehicle like an SUV or truck.

Chevy manufactures two crossovers, the Chevy Equinox and the Chevy Trax. The Equinox was redesigned for the 2018 model year and it is available with a couple different engine options, including the new available diesel engine that gives the Equinox a highway fuel economy of 41 MPG.

The Fiat Chrysler Automobile umbrella includes four crossovers, three made by Jeep and one made by Dodge. The three available Jeep crossovers include the fun-to-drive Cherokee and modern new Compass and Renegade, and each of those models is available as a Trailhawk trim, which is a trim specifically designed for going off-road.

If warranty is an important feature to you, the crossovers made by Mitsubishi and Kia should definitely be on your list. Both Kia and Mitsubishi offer an industry-leading powertrain warranty  of 100,000 miles or 10 years. Mitsubishi’s crossover is the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and Kia makes two crossovers, the Kia Niro and the Kia Sorento. The Kia Niro is a new hybrid crossover that’s stylish and fuel efficient, and later this year, a plug-in hybrid electric version will be available.

SUVs

If you are in need of a vehicle that can fit 5-7 people, is available with four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive and has some towing power, an SUV may be the best option and Miami Lakes Automall has a large selection of SUVs.

Two of the largest SUVs on the market are made by Chevy and they are the Chevy Tahoe and Chevy Suburban. Both models offer seating for up to nine passengers, more than 90 cubic feet of cargo space and a towing capacity of more than 6,600 pounds. If you want to stick with Chevy, but don’t need an SUV quite as large as the Tahoe or Suburban, there is also the available Chevy Traverse and Chevy Equinox.

Jeep is dedicated to SUVs and crossovers, and the full-size Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV on the market. This year the Grand Cherokee is celebrating its 25th anniversary and it is available in a number of different trims including the off-road trim, the Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, the luxury trim, the Grand Cherokee Summit, or the all-new 707-horsepower Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is the most powerful and quickest SUV ever.

Dodge only offers one SUV, the Dodge Durango, but it’s available with so many options that one SUV is all Dodge needs to offer. The Dodge Durango is available with two or three rows of seats and three different engine options. The available 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine gives the Durango a maximum towing capacity of 7,400 pounds, and the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine boosts the Durango’s maximum towing capacity up to a best-in-class 8,700 pounds.

Want to see what a crossover or SUV feels like behind the wheel? Visit Miami Lakes Automall and take a couple models on a test drive to find out which models feel most comfortable to you. We are open seven days a week and we are conveniently located in Miami Lakes, which is between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.