The 2014 Chevy Impala is Impressive

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Published on: May 7, 2013

2014 Chevy Impala


The 2014 Chevy Impala certainly isn’t your father’s Impala. Although the Impala has been a Chevrolet flagship for more than a half of a century, this all-new model redefines what it is to be an Impala. In fact, if it weren’t for its signature badge, you may not know it’s an Impala!


On the outside, the new 2014 Impala is simply stunning. Larger than ever before, the smooth, flowing lines are a sculpture  of motion.  Built on the Epsilon II platform, like the Cadillac XTS, the Impala is over 200 inches long. With it’s standard, 20-inch wheels, the Chevy Impala also has an aggressive, athletic air about it. Sleek power is captured in every graceful curve.


Inside the 2014 Chevy Impala, those sexy, curvaceous lines continue. The driver-centric instrumental panel is ergonomically laid out to flow around you. With the warm, rich wood and cool, sleek chrome accents, combined with the available leather seating and cutting-edge ambient lighting, you’ll be immersed in the feeling of luxury. Plus, the 111.7-inch wheelbase means a more spacious Impala cabin, with lots of legroom.


Of course, beauty is only skin deep. For real driving excitement, just take a peek under the 2014 Chevy Impala hood.  There are three engine choices to fit the needs of every driver, including a 303 horsepower, 3.6L V6 engine that not only rockets from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds, but also gets an impressive 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2.5L, 4-cylinder delivers 195 horsepower and gets a wallet-friendly 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Looking for a more even greater fuel efficiency? The Impala’s 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine offers 182 horsepower and an amazing 35 miles per gallon on the highway!


The 2014 Impala also has all the techno bells and whistles you could want. Equipped with the newest Chevrolet MyLink in-car infotainment system, you’ll have all of the information and entertainment features you need at your fingertips, with the Impala’s eight-inch, touch-screen technology.  Integrated Bluetooth and natural voice recognition allows you to make and receive calls easily and safely. Streaming music from services like Pandora, USB connections, and more enhance your driving experience.


Beautiful, powerful and smart, the 2014 Chevy Impala is also incredibly safe, with a variety of safety enhancements new for the 2014 model. There is now more high-strength steel in the 2014 Impala than ever before, and is complemented by ten standard air bags. Advanced safety technologies including, Forward Collision Alert, Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Park Assist with Rearview Camera, and Side Blind Zone Alert with Cross-Traffic Radar Alert are all available, making the 2014 Impala safer than ever.


Beauty, brawn, brains, and safety – what more could a driver want? See it today at your Chicago Chevy Dealer, Rock Chevrolet in Grayslake.

How to Research Cars Online

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Published on: July 18, 2012

Not so long ago, researching cars was relegated to driving to every dealership possible, picking up brochures, and test driving cars that you thought might be of interest. Perhaps you got lucky and there was an article reviewing a model you were interested in, in a car magazine. However, for the most part, researching cars meant a lot of legwork and a lot of your time. Today, thanks to the Internet, much of your research can be conducted from the comfort of your own home. Following are the four steps to researching cars online.


Step 1 – Manufacturer Websites: Manufacturer websites are a great resource for researching cars. You’ll find lots of details, from gas mileage to cargo space to head and leg room, for the models the manufacturer is currently offering. Some manufacturer websites even have a comparison tool, allowing you to select their models and compare them to other manufacturer models. Another helpful feature on many manufacturer websites is a “Build Your Car” type process. This process steps you through building your ideal car. You select the model you’re interested in and then you select the options and packages you would like. Color, seating appointments, and even engine selection are chosen. Throughout the process, photos of what your car would look like are shown, allowing you to see how the wheels, color and other options will actually look on the car. In the end, the manufacturer suggested retail price for the car, as built, is given.


Step 2 – Consumer Review Websites: Consumer review websites will give you further insight into the wide variety of cars available, as you research. You’ll go beyond the quantitative measurements and marketing hype provided by manufacturers and begin to learn about real world experience actual customers and test drivers have had. Websites like offers both test drive reviews, detailing out their test driver’s reaction to the car, and community forums where website users can ask questions, express concerns, and give their thoughts about what they like and don’t like about the car. Consumer review websites will give you a more unbiased look at the different vehicles you’re considering. However, remember, sometimes people can have a bad experience or may blow something out of proportion. Try to take singular bad reviews with a grain of salt and continue to research. If there are the same or similar complaints being made by multiple people though, this may be something you want to be wary of.

Step 3 – Google and Social Media: Online search engines and social media sites have grown to such an extend that they can be used very easily for car research. Simple search in Google with the car brand and city (For example: Nissan Versa For Sale in Matteson) can pull up good car dealers in that area. Using the same search on Twitter can reveal any dialogues that is being exchanged between customers and the dealers.

Step 4 – Pricing Websites: While the manufacturer website will likely provide you with the manufacturer suggested retail price, chances are you won’t need to pay MSRP for your vehicle. Instead, there are several websites that can help you with pricing. First, many dealerships have websites with their new car inventory listed online. Look around, not just in your city, but other nearby cities as well, and look at what they’re advertising pricing is for the models you’re interested in. Websites like will give you even greater insight into what people are actually paying for their new cars. You’ll see dealer cost, factory invoice, MSRP, and average price paid by consumers for the current week in your geographic region.

Step 5 – Visit the Dealership: Once you know which models are interesting to you, you’ve read the reviews and are comfortable with your choices, and know approximately how much you want to pay, it’s time to hit the dealerships. Although much can be learned by researching your cars online, you’ll still want to test drive your car selections, to get a true feel for which one is best for you. Use the dealership website to see if they have the model you’re interested in instock. Then call and make an appointment, to ensure your salesperson has your car ready for you to test drive, once you get there.

The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Turbo and Hybrid Deliver Performance, Fuel Economy and Remarkable Value

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Published on: July 12, 2012

Sleek styling, a long list of standard features and options, impressive fuel economy and an industry-leading warranty make every Hyundai Sonata 2013 an outstanding vehicle.

It’s safe to say the Hyundai Sonata has completely shattered the mold for affordable midsize sedans.  In fact, it’s been taking the country by storm since a major redesign for 2011, and it keeps getting better and better every year.  The 2012 Hyundai Sonata won multiple accolades and awards, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“IIHS”) Top Safety Pick and a 5-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”).

But Hyundai didn’t rest on its laurels, because the Hyundai Sonata 2013 is even better than its award-winning predecessor.  It’s poised to win another bushel of awards and it is even better than low priced Nissan Rogue.

Despite being affordable and easy on gas, the Hyundai Sonata 2013 is no cheap econobox.   Instead, it delivers spirited acceleration, confident, responsive handling and class-leading value – even the base-level GLS has sophisticated technology and an impressive list of standard features.

The Hyundai Sonata 2013 with the standard 2.4L gas powertrain comes in three trim levels – the GLS, the sporty SE, and the luxurious Limited.  Hyundai Sonata turbo and hybrid models are also available:  trim choices for the powerful but fuel efficient 2.0L turbo are the SE and Limited, while the hybrid is only available in a single, well-equipped trim level.  The exhilarating 274-hp direct-injected, intercooled 4-cylinder turbo takes the place of the V6 that was previously available in the Sonata; the hybrid is tight-fisted with the gas but carries over all the virtues (acceleration, handling, comfort, convenience, style, safety and so on) of the gas-only Sonata models.

Like all 2013 Hyundai Sonatas, the Hyundai Sonata turbo and hybrid models incorporate the company’s “Fluidic Sculpture” design for a sleek and sporty look.  The distinctive exterior is complemented perfectly by the Sonata’s upscale interior, with quality materials and strategically-placed, easy-to-operate controls.  And all Sonatas have been designed to be comfortable and safe for every occupant – driver and passengers alike.  Electronic stability control, traction control, 4-wheel ABS, Blue Link® emergency telematics, XM satellite radio, iPod/USB and MP3 jacks, and touch-screen navigation with a 7-inch high-resolution display are just a few of the Sonata’s safety, technology and convenience offerings.

Fuel efficiency is impressive across the board.  Hyundai Sonatas equipped with the 2.4L engine achieve 24/35/28 mpg (city/highway/combined) in all trim levels, while the Hyundai Sonata turbo and hybrid versions return 22/34/26 mpg and 35/40 mpg (city/highway), respectively.  The hybrid also happens to have the highest net horsepower (206) and lowest base MSRP (under $26,000) of any hybrid mid-size sedan being sold today.  It truly is an attractive “green” option.

By now, most people know how strongly Hyundai stands behind the quality of its vehicles.  Its outstanding new car warranty is the longest and most comprehensive in the auto industry.  It includes:

  • A 5-year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty;
  • A 7-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation warranty; and
  • A 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty.

Even better, Hyundai kicks in a 5-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance plan!

Hyundai has always stood for value.  But the well-equipped Hyundai Sonata 2013 – including the Hyundai Sonata turbo and hybrid – is proving that value doesn’t mean “cheap,” unsophisticated or stripped-down.  It’s no wonder that the Hyundai Sonata is one of the top-selling autos in the U.S.

This well-rounded car will give you comfort, style, performance and good fuel economy, complemented by advanced safety, communication, convenience and entertainment features.  The fact that the Hyundai Sonata 2013 comes with the peace of mind that’s provided by America’s best car warranty makes the car even more appealing.  The 2013 Sonata is another award-winner, hands-down!

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