Best Electric Cars of 2018
Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular these days, and manufacturers are responding by pouring in the investment and releasing oodles of new models. As such, competition between EV’s is growing, and 2018 was no exception. But the question is, which of these machines is the “best”? To find out, we lined up the usual suspects up and looked at all the critical specs, including range-per-charge, battery capacity, charge times, interior space, interior tech, and more. Read on to see which EV came out on top!
Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison vs Ford F-150 Raptor
There are few things in this world as resolutely badass as a hugely capable off-roader pickup truck. These are the machines you want with you when there’s a forest, mountain, or desert between you and your destination. With a go-anywhere attitude and the right stuff to walk the walk, the street-legal off-roader used to be something cobbled together in a shed. Now, you can get one direct from the factory, be it the Colorado ZR2 Bison from Chevrolet, or the F-150 Raptor from Ford.
These purpose-built, highly specialized variants offer tons of good stuff for those who prefer the trail to the street. For example, the Bison was created in collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), an aftermarket off-roader company that knows exactly what’s needed when the going gets rough. Then there’s the F-150 Raptor, which Ford developed into a full-blown Baja racer with a license plate. But how do these two stack up against one another? Read on to find out.
The 2019 Chevy Silverado Turbo Falls Short of Fuel Economy Expectations
The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado can be had with a new four-cylinder, turbocharged engine, however, the truck is now facing criticism for its poor fuel economy. According to the EPA, the Silverado with its new four-cylinder engine will deliver a combined economy of 21 miles per gallon, 20 mpg in the city, and 23 mpg on the highway.
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
Chevrolet and American Expedition Vehicles have teamed up to create a new no-frills, punch-you-in-your-mouth special-edition model based on the Colorado ZR2. Fittingly, the model goes by the name “Bison.” The upgrades to the burly Colorado are mechanical by nature, though it does have a sprinkling of vanity additions as well. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison goes on sale in January 2019.
4 Awesome Off-road Features Of The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison
With the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor in the mix, off-road worthy small trucks are shaping up to be the sweethearts of America. Chevrolet can’t miss this party. Luckily, it already visited the party with the Colorado ZR2, but something even more off-road thirsty had to end up in Chevy showrooms. Called the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, the new truck is a specially prepared Colorado ZR2 modded by AEV (American Expedition Vehicles). It is their first Chevrolet work as the company is best known for its off-road worthy forays with the likes of Jeep Wranglers or RAM trucks. Nevertheless, Chevrolet opting to partner with AEV produced one of the most astounding, small, off-road worthy trucks currently on offer and I am here to tell you about all the astonishing mods AEV did to it.
Yet, before I start, know what AEV President, Dave Harriton said this about the project:
“We’ve been following Colorado since its introduction, and the ZR2 really captured our attention. As this is the first Chevrolet vehicle we’ve given the AEV treatment to, we wanted to do something special with the industry’s first use of hot-stamped Boron steel. We also expect that Colorado drivers will love the added ruggedness of our front and rear bumpers on ZR2 Bison.”
We have seen the first glimpses of the truck with the Colorado ZR2 AEV concept that was unveiled at the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association show in Las Vegas. Luckily, the process of fruition and transformation into a proper production model did not last too long. You can go now and buy your Colorado ZR2 Bison by AEV at a Chevy dealer and get a full warranty with it too.
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5 Ways the Blazer Competes Outside Its Class
When you think about it, Chevrolet is a producer of cheap, mass-produced cars. Its cars aren’t exactly something we’d call premium, however, some names under the Chevrolet umbrella definitely have that premium feel to them - most notably the Camaro and the Corvette. Have you ever witness someone comparing these two with the likes of BMW M cars or even Ferrari cars (in the case of the ZR1, for example). I am sure you have.
So, yes, these are Chevrolet’s halo cars- those which can, unlike the Trax or the Cruze, compare outside their imaginable segments. What if Chevy plans to do the same with the Blazer? To transform it from a classic cheap crossover to something one may even consider comparable to certain premium cars. The Blazer definitely has the right name and, probably, the right looks on top of that.
In this article, I will explore five ways the Blazer could compete outside its class. Maybe with cars such as the Jaguar F-Pace, the Infiniti QX50, or the Acura RDX. These are all five-seat, luxury, midsize crossovers, just like the Chevy Blazer. So, for the sake of this article, let’s forget about its true competitors - the Ford Edge, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Nissan Murano, and the Subaru Outback.
It is time we faced the truth. The new Chevrolet Blazer isn’t an off-roader, but a cool-looking family CUV and the best way for all of us to accept that is to compare it with its new competition - the Ford Edge and the Jeep Cherokee. I suspect both of these are smaller compared with the new Blazer, but they have some striking similarities amongst themselves as well. All three offer seating for only five, boast a somewhat flamboyant styling, offer four-cylinder engines, and are based on top of the front-wheel-drive underpinnings. Obviously, one searching for a $30k-ish five-seater, midsize SUV with a lot of equipment and maybe an optional AWD is only expected to take all three into consideration.
In a surprising turn of events, Chevrolet revived the Blazer after a 13-year hiatus. Granted, it wasn’t totally unexpected as there were rumors about a revival, but the new Blazer came out of the blue, with no warning in the form of leaked photos or spy shots. And the revival also brought a lot of drama, as the new Blazer isn’t the rugged, body-on-frame SUV that everyone was hoping for.
Instead, Chevy reintroduced the iconic nameplate for a unibody crossover that slots between the Equinox and the Traverse and mixes styling cues from the Camaro and other Chevy vehicles. It’s definitely confusing for such a big revival and gearheads the world over are debating whether GM made the right move here. As we usually do when an important vehicle is launched, we’re joining the discussion with opinions from the TopSpeed staff. Read them below.
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2019 Chevrolet Silverado
Chevrolet has pulled the covers off its all-new, 2019 Silverado 1500 half-ton pickup truck. While Chevy teased the truck back in December at the Texas Motor Speedway at Chevy’s centennial celebration, the full details only became available at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Chevy also made sure everyone knew the 2018 Detroit show marked 100 years since the brand launched its first pickup.
The 2019 Silverado is completely new and shares almost zero parts from the outgoing truck. Even the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s are revised for increased efficiency. The truck’s fully boxed frame is now 88 pounds lighter but has 10 percent more torsional rigidity, and the truck’s overall weight has dropped 450 pounds when comparing crew cab V-8 models from 2018 and 2019. Chevy did this by using aluminum. Yes, after years of dogging Ford for building its trucks from recycled beer cans, Chevy has made the switch, too. But not every body panel made the transition – only the parts that swing, which includes the hood, doors, and tailgate. The rest is steel. This includes the bed floor, which Chevy says is made from higher-strength, roll-formed steel than before.
Of course, the interior has been completely revamped, too. You’ll find those details, along with so much more, down below.
Updated 06/29/2018: Chevrolet announced prices for the 2019 Silverado. Check out the "Prices" section for the full details.
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2019 Chevrolet Volt Gets Improved Charging System And Other Range-Extending Tech
First making the scene in 2010, the compact five-door Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid entered its second generation in 2016 and is now set to receive a bit of a refresh for the 2019 model year. Headlining the list of updates is a new and improved charging system, which is said to offer twice the range-per-hour as the outgoing system.
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Will There Be a Performance Chevy Blazer or an Off-Road Capable Chevy Blazer ZR2?
In the world of today where SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio act more like sports cars than utility vehicles, we Americans have to keep up. We have been doing so with the likes of the insane Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk or some “spirited” versions of other large SUVs. Yet, it seems that manufacturers here lack the conviction of the Audi S division, or the Mercedes-AMG division to make high-performance versions of basically every car they sell, SUVs included. With the introduction of the new Chevrolet Blazer, I was curious about the possible prospects of a performance version, or a “soft, off-road” knockoff. Not that the Blazer name is entirely dissociated from that kind of thing. Looking back in past, we have the Blazer Xtreme Sport or the Blazer ZR2. One of these was a sporty version, while the other a rather interesting, off-road-focused machine. Can Chevrolet bring any of these back?
While dramatic in design and dominant in appearance, the new Chevrolet Blazer is, in fact, a rather sensible machine adapted for family use. No, it does not have seven seats inside, but that does not stop it from having all the imaginable functionality one could expect only from a new crossover.
Alan Batey, President of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand Chief, said at the reveal that GM is bringing “one all-new SUV to the Chevrolet showroom. One that will have exceptional functionality and truly dramatic design.”
Chevrolet really went out of its own way to craft a fascinatingly practical car. This list of five reasons why you will love the new Chevy Blazer will show you exactly what Mr. Batey meant by “exceptional functionality.”
Pops’ Rants: Your complaints about the new Chevrolet Blazer are invalid
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Introduced in 1969, the Chevrolet Blazer survived in many forms until 2005, when the iconic nameplate was retired for good. Come 2018, and Chevy finally revived the name for a new midsize crossover. This time around, the Blazer rides on a unibody platform and boasts a sporty, modern design based on the Camaro sports car.
It may have sounded ludicrous a few years ago, but the Blazer is no longer the boxy SUV that dominated the market back in the day. Instead of rolling yet another conventional crossover that would cannibalize the Traverse, Chevy designed the new Blazer with younger customers in mind and looked at the Camaro muscle car for inspiration. The new Blazer comes to take on the Ford Edge and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it looks like Chevy’s Detroit rivals have plenty to worry about.
Update 9-25-2018: Chevy has announced standard and optional features available for the 2019 Chevy Blazer. Check out lists in our reviews below.
Five Surprising Facts About The New Chevrolet Blazer
Of course, we have known for quite some time now that the new Blazer won’t be a rugged, off-road eager machine with two doors. The first mention of GM resurrecting the name was in 2015 when it registered the Blazer name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Soon after, some heavily camouflaged SUV-looking thing with a Chevy crest started roaming the roads. It was the Blazer.
Before you start hating GM for “ruining” the Blazer name, stop and think for a second. People simply don’t buy all that body-on-frame stuff in huge numbers anymore. Chevy revealing the new, 2019 Blazer based on top of what is basically car architecture is a pure necessity sprouted from economic feasibility. While some of us may be a bit disappointed that one of the most famous names ended up on something less than unique, the paths of profit are more than obvious. This car will sell. Regardless, moving the Blazer to a new platform shared with the rest of GM city CUVs introduced us a to a few interesting traits.
The New Chevrolet Blazer is Here and it Looks Like an Oversized Camaro
After a 24-year absence, the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate has returned, and it’s back in the spotlight with a design that’s going to get the attention of a lot of people. The new Blazer is expected to slot between the Equinox and Traverse in Chevy’s SUV lineup. It’s the only one of the three that carries a completely different design language, something that could bode well for the Blazer as it tries to re-establish itself as one of the best crossovers in its segment.
For the First Time Ever the Chevy Silverado Will Be Offered with a Four-Cylinder Engine
Just days before the 2019 Silverado’s debut, Chevrolet decided to reveal one key piece of information – the introduction of a four-cylinder engine to its line-up! That’s right, the heavyweight beast is all set to get an engine comparable to a hatch; but wait, puny, you say? This four-cylinder engine is more potent than the V-6 engine! Continue reading to know more.
Chevy is Offering the Most Diverse Silverado Lineup Ever for 2019, Including a 310-Horsepower Four-Cylinder Engine!
The automotive market has changed so much over the last 15 years, and its constant evolution is taking us to places we never expected and showing us things we never thought we’d see. After Ford and Chevy integrated modern four-cylinder engines into the Mustang and Camaro, it was only a matter of time before the led to even stranger things, and in this case, that’s a four-cylinder Silverado. Chevy has announced that the 2019 Chevy Silverado will be offered with a 2.7-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder. In fact, it’s not only offering it but listing it as standard equipment on the entry-level LT and the RST. Both come exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Chevy Bolt Is Here for the Long Haul; Won’t See a Refresh Until 2025
The Chevrolet Bolt EV is a five-door all-electric hatch bubble released just a few years ago for the 2017 model year. Now, rumor has it GM has a new-gen in the works, but apparently, it won’t see the light of day for at least another seven years.
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Chevrolet Teases 2020 Silverado HD, Debut Set in the Fall Of This Year
The Chevy Silverado has been a hot topic lately. The 2019 Silverado 1500 was unveiled in January at the Detroit Auto Show. Now, it’s the 2020 Silverado HD’s turn in the spotlight. It’s not scheduled to make its debut until the fall of this year, but Chevrolet is getting a head-start on the teasing game with the first official image of the heavy-duty pickup.
As the SUV Obsession Continues, Ford and Chevy Look to Light Their Sedan Lineup
It looks like sedans are slowly getting extinct. We have seen the Volvo S80 and the Mitsubishi Lancer being discontinued in 2017, and next in line are sedans from Chevrolet and Ford. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Ford and GM will drop a number of sedans as crossovers have become the priority choice of consumers. Which cars are these? Read on to know.
Ford to Kill off the Fiesta and Taurus in the U.S. for Good; GM Killing off the Chevy Sonic
Ford and General Motors are doing a little house cleaning, and a few models from each brand are expected to get discarded in the near future. On the chopping block on Ford’s end are the Taurus and the Fiesta. They’re expected to be joined by the Chevrolet Sonic after a Wall Street Journal report revealed that all three models are now on borrowed time in the U.S.