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Chevy Cruze from Bob Maguire Chevrolet is changing the expectations of what a compact car should be by giving you more, not less.
More of everything like better fuel economy, higher safety standards and the latest in mobile technology – all wrapped up in a sleek, luxurious design.
With an EPA estimated 42 MPG, Cruze offers the best highway mileage of any gas engine in America and gives drivers peace-of-mind with best-in-class 10 standard airbags1. Plus more mobile technology like Bluetooth Wireless, available USB port and turn-by-turn navigation from Onstar2.
Cruze is a driving experience you won’t expect from a compact. But represents everything you should expect from Bob Maguire Chevrolet.
The following are a dozen fuel savings tips from Chevrolet Certified Service at Bob Maguire Chevrolet:
1. Engine Maintenance – A properly maintained engine can improve fuel economy about 4 percent, according to the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Fixing a serious issue – such as faulty oxygen sensor – can boost mileage up
to 40 percent. Never ignore a service-engine-soon light.
2. Pump Up – Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. Properly inflated tires are safer and
last longer. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel economy by 0.3 percent for every one pound-per-square-inch
drop in the pressure of all four tires. Do not rely solely on the tire pressure monitoring system to detect an underinflated
tire – it’s best to check tires with a good gauge once a month and check your owner’s manual for more
3. Unpack – Carrying unneeded cargo makes your vehicle work harder and use more gas. The EPA says an extra
100 pounds reduces fuel economy up to 2 percent – even more in smaller vehicles. A loaded roof rack cuts fuel
economy by up to 5 percent. About a quarter of each gallon of gas goes toward overcoming wind resistance, so
when cargo rides on top of the vehicle, fuel economy is reduced. Even empty ski/snowboard and bike racks can
affect aerodynamics, so remove them when the seasons are over.
4. Slow Down – While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas
mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph, according to the EPA. Every 5 mph over 60 mph is like
adding an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas.
5. Avoid Idling – A car gets 0 mpg when the engine is idling: While it does take a small amount of fuel to restart a
vehicle, 15 minutes in the drive-through can burn through a quarter of a gallon of fuel. So that dollar menu is more
like a $2 menu.
6. Chill Out – Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5
percent in city driving.
7. Put it in Overdrive – Using an overdrive gear on the highway reduces engine speed, saving both fuel and engine
8. Roll ‘Em Down Around Town – Air conditioning reduces fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. Avoid using the air
conditioner by rolling down the windows at speeds below 40 mph. At speeds above 45 mph, wind drag uses more
fuel than running the A/C.
9. Unclog – It’s hard to run if you can’t breathe. Older cars without fuel injection and computer-controlled technology
can lose 14 percent of their fuel economy because of a dirt-clogged air filter, which also can damage the engine.
A clean air filter improves acceleration. An air filter full of dirt makes the engine work harder and can let in
impurities that damage the engine. Replacing a severely plugged filter improves fuel economy by up to 14 percent,
according to the EPA. In modern cars, replacing a dirty or clogged air filter improves acceleration performance.
10. Use the Right Oil – Because oil reduces engine friction and friction makes an engine work harder, using the
manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil improves fuel economy by 1 percent to 2 percent.
11. Plan your Trips – Taking your kids to soccer or swim classes? Grocery shopping? Plan routes and timing to avoid
heavy periods of traffic congestion.
12. Cap Check – Loose or poorly fitting gas gaps not only can trigger a “check engine light” warning; they send 147
million gallons of gasoline into the air as vapor every year, according to a report by the Discovery Channel. A
missing or poorly fitting cap can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.
Curious as to how the Chevy Volt works?
Here are ten facts to ease your mind:
- When fully charged you can drive up to 40 miles on the electricity stored in the battery (this is called “electric mode”)
- After the battery is depleted, the Volt automatically uses gas to generate its own electricity, which can travel up to 300 additional miles (this is called Extended-Range Mode)
- Who will get the most benefit from driving the Volt?
- Around 75% of people commute less than 40 miles a day or less. This means that you may never have to gas up in order to drive to and from work if you are one of those people.
- Will I always get 40 miles on an electric charge?
- No. Like every electric vehicle, electric miles per charge, day-today, will vary based on Terrain, Temperature and Technique.
- Is it easy to use?
- Yes, the Volt is extremely easy to use. It drives just like a conventional car and you can charge it up in the convenience of you own garage.
- What happens if I never charge the battery?
- No worries if you never charge the battery. You are not going to get the full effect of having an electric vehicle, but the vehicle can run up to 300 miles on a single tank of gas.
- Why electricity?
- Electricity runs clean in a vehicle. With electricity comes the concept of ‘no emissions’ – which is extremely beneficial to our eco-system. With the advancements in the way we generate electricity = advancements in canceling out almost all of our harmful emissions.
- Is there a special outlet required to charge the Volt?
- No, you can plug it into any standard dedicated 120V household outlet. Or, if you want, you can have a 240V charging station installed in your own garage.
- How long does the Volt take to charge?
- If you use the 120V it will take you ten hours for a full charge. If you use the 240V it will take you only four hours for a full charge.
- How much will the Volt cost?
- The purchase price has yet to be completely determined – but you can get up to &7,500 back in federal tax credit. Visit our Volt page for the latest information!
We all know how important it is to lower our carbon footprint; what we do today ultimately affects those in the future. Nissan and Chevrolet have decided to help future generations by introducing electric cars. Nissan is placing its ‘Leaf’ on the market later on this year, and the same goes for Chevrolet with its ‘Volt’.
The Nissan Leaf will be able to travel up to 100 miles on one charge! Now, 100 miles may not seem like that long of a distance, but most Americans actually travel less than that to get to work and back every day. Wouldn’t it be nice to virtually never have to pay for gas again?
The new electric cars are being modeled to look and act as normal, gas vehicles. There are many technological attractions about green cars – including, blind spot sensors, collision avoidance systems and touch sensitive controls. Even the prices of the vehicles are aimed to be priced around those of its gas competitors (roughly $30,000 to $40,000).
Be on the look out for Nissan and Chevy’s electric cars later on this year!