If you want the perfect family vehicle, it’s always important to do your research — and it’s likely your research will take you to Parent magazine and Edmunds.com’s 10 Best Family Cars 2018 list. These experts in the parenting and automotive fields came together to decide the best-of-the-best family cars, and the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu and Traverse were both included.
Parents magazine and Edmunds.com chose the top 10 vehicles from a list of 300. Each of the 300 contestants was evaluated based on strict criteria: safety ratings, ease of car seat installation, family-friendly features, driving dynamics, comfort, price, and fuel efficiency.
The Malibu managed to make a lasting impression for many reasons. In fact, the feedback from the judges said that the Malibu’s well-roundedness is one of its best features. It was also commended for its spacious backseats, available Bose® sound system for that extra touch of luxury, and its Teen Driver Technology. The latter allows parents to monitor their teens’ driving habits, even if the parents aren’t in the car.
Some notable features that helped the Chevy Traverse win include its spaciousness and fuel efficiency. Though the Traverse is large enough to accommodate up to eight people and has 98.2 cubic feet of cargo space, it still manages to get an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway. It also has six USB charging stations throughout the cabin, making it less likely that your kids will fight overcharging their electronics.
If you’re interested in learning more about whether the Traverse or the Malibu is right for your family, stop by Dan Young GM — we’ll be happy to answer your questions and set you up with a test drive.
Each September in Tipton, residents gather to enjoy an event that harkens the end of summer — the Tipton County Pork Festival. This year, the festival takes place September 6-8. Here’s a quick look at some of the Dan Young GM staff’s favorite activities you can enjoy during this beloved event.
Enjoy some delicious food
It wouldn’t be a pork festival without — you guessed it — pork. From pork chops and pork burgers to ribs and pulled pork, the options are nearly endless. All you have to do is check out the Pork Court, and you’ll find a variety of eateries and plenty of places to relax and enjoy your food.
Catch some live entertainment
Throughout the festival, you will find a long list of live entertainment options, including some local bands. The event headliner is Bobby Miller, who will perform Michael Jackson tunes. Also performing will be Timeless Tina, paying tribute to the music of Tina Turner. They’ll go on stage Saturday, September 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Watch the parades
There are two parades during the Pork Festival — one to kick off the festival’s opening and another to close it down. Both of these parades are worth lining up for, especially if you want to catch sight of the festival’s queen.
Summer is home to plenty of events in Tipton, and we at Dan Young GM are particularly excited about the 2018 Tipton County 4-H Fair.
This year’s fair will take place July 10-15. The schedule is filled with events and exhibitions that will showcase the hard work of local students who participate in 4-H. You’ll have the opportunity to witness cat and dog shows, livestock exhibitions, horse showmanship competitions and the 4-H Queen Pageant. You’ll also be able to view a wide variety of 4-H projects, from gardening and cooking to fine arts and engineering.
Family Friendly Entertainment
A bicycle rodeo, a tractor and truck pull (and a youth pedal tractor pull), a color fun run, a youth talent show, a fashion revue and more will be featured at the 4-H this year! You’ll also be able to kick back and enjoy plenty of live entertainment, including an appearance by the popular Electric Amish musical comedy act. No Tipton County 4-H Fair experience would be complete without scrumptious snacks, so while you’re there, don’t forget to stop by one of the many food booths and enjoy an elephant ear, corn dog or lemon shake-up.
New Avenir Trim
When Buick originally unveiled the Avenir, the concept car hinted at a new and more luxurious direction for Buick’s lineup. Now that vehicles such as the Buick Enclave have received the new Avenir trim, it has come to represent affordable luxury for Buick drivers. The Buick Enclave Avenir has made an impression on reviewers and critics in the industry, bridging the gap between entry-level luxury and range-topping sophistication. We’re proud to offer it here at Dan Young GM.
The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir provides modern drivers with a more upscale option for a family hauler. The interior was designed to comfortably accommodate three rows of passengers in style and solitude while still providing ample cargo space; on the outside, the Buick Enclave Avenir is designed with sleek, classy lines that seem compact and lightweight. Luxurious chrome accents and a bold, confident front grille are all part of the package.
The new Avenir trim on Buick models could be compared to the Denali trim on GMC vehicles — it provides a step up from your typical Buick nameplate, providing more standard features, exterior upgrades, and a premium interior packed to the brim with soft, quality materials and smart technology. This new direction for the Buick Enclave and other models in Buick’s lineup is helping to revamp the brand’s image and appeal to a wider audience of consumers.
Looking for fun outdoor summer activities that are also kid-friendly? Here are a few ideas from Dan Young GM.
Have a Picnic
Good food, nice weather, and a comfy blanket in the park all come together to make an excellent summer memory. It’s even more fun if you get the whole family in on food prep!
Fly a Kite
Summer is a perfect time to take your family out to a park to fly a kite. Just make sure it’s a windy day.
Make a Scavenger Hunt
Spark your family’s imagination and bring everyone together for a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Give your kids clues and help them figure out riddles. It’s even more fun if you make the “treasure” something cool.
What better way to enjoy the outdoors than to spend the night in it? Whether you’re staying in a cabin, sleeping in an RV, or pitching a tent, camping is a good family bonding activity that can involve hiking, fishing, swimming, bonfires, survival skills, and numerous other activities.
A fun way to keep the little ones active while still having fun is to go for a bike riding. There’s nothing quite like learning to ride a bike, and it’s a great way to make memories and get some fresh air at the same time.
Use these as a starting point to brainstorm some fun summer activities of your own!
The main goals of the pickup truck segment are typically power, capability, and a comfortable driving experience, which the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 delivers in spades. But more and more, trucks are offering drivers something a bit unexpected — range-topping luxury.
All models of the all-new GMC Sierra 1500 will be taller and longer, providing a more spacious feel, while every trim level will have its own exclusive grille. A long list of high-tech features and different wheel sizes — all the way up to 22-inch wheels — gives drivers the options they crave, while the top-of-the-line Denali trim is sure to impress drivers with its upscale vibe. Leather seating, dark-finish aluminum, open-pore wood, and contrast stitching are just a few touches you’ll see on the inside of the Sierra 1500 Denali.
2019 GMC Sierra 1500
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 was built for more appealing luxury without compromising its powerful drivetrain. It was constructed for a new and tougher look, too, with an aerodynamic exterior design that includes carbon fiber in its truck bed. The unique design, called CarbonPro, is said to be more durable than steel or aluminum.
Here at Dan Young GM, we’re excited to welcome the new GMC Sierra 1500 for those drivers who want an unparalleled VIP experience to go along with all that capable performance.
Silverado 1500 Chassis Cab
Chevrolet’s best-selling lineup of Silverado trucks has a commercial truck alternative. At the 2018 Work Truck Show, Chevrolet debuted the new 2019 models of the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD chassis cab trucks, but one model was conspicuously missing — the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 chassis cab. The commercial chassis cab version of the popular mainstream truck would combine drivability with top-notch capability for a more professional driving experience.
Even though the Silverado 1500 chassis cab model didn’t show up for the Work Truck Show, at Dan Young GM, we’ve seen that Chevrolet has still been testing out the 2019 model year behind the scenes. Spy shots of the anticipated vehicle recently showed up, as photographers captured images of a prototype being tested at General Motors’ Proving Grounds in Michigan. The prototype is thought to be a boxless option for entrepreneurs and professionals interested in a commercial fleet option. One of the most noticeable changes would be the inclusion of a rear bumper, as previous generations of the Silverado 1500 chassis cab eliminated it.
Chevrolet may not be unveiling the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 chassis cab just yet, but it’s looking positive for drivers seeking a box-delete option on the new Chevy Silverado 1500. Between larger models and the 1500, drivers will have multiple choices for commercial fleet trucks.
2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV
For a long time, hybrids, electric vehicles (EVs), and other “green cars” have been regarded as a niche market for buyers who are invested in being environmentally friendly. However, more and more, EVs and hybrids are gaining traction among drivers who want to save big on their gas budget. The Chevrolet Bolt EV was introduced by Chevy in an attempt to make so-called “green cars” more friendly to mainstream buyers.
One of the biggest hurdles to attracting new drivers to the segment was expanding the EV’s mileage. Many other EVs have difficulty keeping a charge for an extended length of time or distance, which caused what many industry experts called “range anxiety” among potential buyers. But when the Chevrolet Bolt came out, its big selling point was that the battery had been fine-tuned to keep drivers rolling for over 200 miles. The increased mileage of the Chevy Bolt helped alleviate “range anxiety.”
The stylish and appealing design of the Chevrolet Bolt EV helped attract the attention of customers who maybe weren’t as interested in going green before the Bolt’s debut. The Chevrolet Bolt also offers a sleek and comfortable interior. All of this comes at a more affordable price than comparable rivals, too, making the Chevy Bolt an excellent choice for buyers new to the EV segment.
To experience the amazing features of the eco-friendly Chevy Bolt, visit Dan Young GM for a test drive.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS
The Chevrolet Traverse got a makeover when Chevy introduced a next-gen redesign for 2018. In addition to the redesigned Traverse, the all-new Traverse RS is hitting the auto industry. It features everything from a standard turbocharged engine to more aggressive styling cues. This new trim level will give you the option of a more athletic and fun-to-drive choice among the Chevrolet Traverse’s lineup.
Some notable updates to the design of the Traverse RS include blacked-out accents of the grille, window trim, roof rails, and emblems. The 20-inch aluminum wheels also feature a “Dark Android” finish. Under the hood of the Chevrolet Traverse RS is an exclusive engine option, a direct-injection EcoTec 2.0-liter Turbo engine that delivers 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission.
The all-new Traverse RS will also come with a variety of upscale tech, from convenience to safety. Systems and features include Surround Vision, a 10-speaker Bose® sound system, tri-zone automatic climate control, and remote start. Infotainment systems such as the Chevrolet MyLink system and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot will also come standard on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS.
Visit Dan Young GM to test drive the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
Producing battery electric cars is an expensive business. In fact, most automakers who put one into production lose money on that model for years. This is mostly due to the high cost of the lithium-ion batteries that power the cars.
GM currently sells an electric car in the form of the Chevrolet Bolt. This small car has a lot going for it with a range of over 200 miles and a relatively affordable price tag. However, GM is currently losing money on this car. However, according to GM CEO, Mary Barra, the company plans to make a profit with electric cars by 2021.
According to insiders familiar with GM’s strategy, the key is to cut costs associated with battery production, specifically the amount of cobalt used in the batteries. Cobalt is the most expensive component in a lithium-ion battery and the price continues to rise. GM’s future battery design uses more nickel, which is both less expensive and produces more energy.
At the same time, GM engineers are working on ways to get more out of their batteries through more efficient packaging and improved energy flow.
Here at Dan Young GM, we are interested to see where this goal will take GM in the electric car industry.