2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ


This pickup-based, 5,700-pound family-sized assault vehicle has it all: Four-wheel-drive. A 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Magnetorheological shocks. Six USBs. Rain-sensing wipers. Auto fold-flat seats. Adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring system. Eight-inch nav screen. Front spoiler. Towing capability of 8,400 pounds. An automatic rear liftgate.

In 2013, the Tahoe and its bigger brother Suburban captured more than 50 percent of the large SUV market (the Tahoe alone more than doubled the sales of the Ford Expedition). The Chevy twins are part of a GM stable that dominates the large truck market. Built on GM’s proven, body-on-frame pickup architecture, they are only getting better.

The LTZ is the Tahoe nameplate’s flagship. The whole enchilada. The showcase for everything Chevy is capable of putting in a truck. Its power and size make it wildly versatile.

Has GM thought about selling it as commercial living space? The LTZ’s interior is bigger than most Manhattan apartments. Its leather seats and climate control amenities are more comfortable than most living rooms.

Approach the driver door — and the LTZ unlocks, sensing the key in your pocket. Open the latch and an automatic step swings out to ease entry. Step out of the vehicle at night and the door-mounted mirrors instantly fill the ground below with perimeter lighting to aid your step.

Gorgeous interior

Plush is the new language of truck interiors and the LTZ is no exception.

Once inside, acres of gorgeous upholstery accented with wood and chrome stretch to the horizon. Front and second row heated bucket seats beckon. The transmission selector is located — pickup-like — on the steering column, opening the center console to a variety of useful spaces from cup holders to an arm rest compartment that could hide a file cabinet.

The Ride

As big as this truck looks, it feels much smaller on the road thanks to some impressive engineering under the skin. The Tahoe’s athleticism defies the ocean liner stereotype.

Where pickups ride like bucking broncos on rear leaf springs, the Tahoe gets a multi-link suspension with coil springs and shocks. And not just any shocks — but the same magnetic system that undergirds the ferocious Stingray. Controlled by a CPU, twin electromagnetic coils at the end of each shock piston can change the viscosity of the magnetorheological fluid within. When the LTZ leans hard, the system instantly stiffens the suspension.

2015 Chevy Tahoe

Vehicle type: Front-engine, four-wheel-drive, seven-passenger sport utility vehicle
Price: $45,890 base (LTZ trim: $71,375 as tested)
Power plant: 5.3-liter, direct-injection V-8 engine
Power: 355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Performance: 0-60 mph: 6.9-7.1 seconds (Car & Driver est.); towing capacity: 8,400 lbs.
Weight: 5,683 pounds
Fuel economy: EPA 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway/18 mpg combined
Report card

Highs: Comfortably seats your entire offensive line; sure-footed handling


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Chevy enters small crossover segment with the Trax


Chevrolet is adding the Trax to its U.S. lineup, making it the latest brand to enter the budding market for petite crossovers.

Chevrolet unveiled the 2015 Trax at an event tonight on the eve of the New York auto show. It is about 19 inches shorter than the Equinox and 7 inches shorter than the phased-out HHR and is expected to arrive in dealerships early next year.

Sporty and modern, Trax blends small-car agility with the utility of an SUV, including up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of cargo space. It’s Chevrolet’s seventh small-vehicle launch in less than four years. During that time, the brand’s share of the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled – up 221 percent.

Trax technologies also enhance passenger safety, with more standard air bags than its competitors, a standard rearview camera and available rear park assist.

Additional vehicle highlights include:

  • Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that delivers the efficiency of a small-displacement engine with the power of a larger engine on demand
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
  • Ten standard air bags, including side-curtain and knee air bags – and the segment’s only rear seat-mounted thorax air bags
  • Clever and convenient storage areas, including upper and lower glove boxes – with a USB port and auxiliary jack in the upper glove box for plug-in media
  • 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down front passenger seatback for storing and transporting items up to eight feet long
  • Standard remote keyless entry and available remote start.

Trax will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Connectivity and infotainment details

Available Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhances connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity so customers can keep phones stored and their hands on the wheel.

Additional standard and available features include:

  • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports
  • Available Chevrolet connected by OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
  • Available BringGo navigation app
  • Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three months of trial service), SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Tune Select (requires XM subscription)
  • Supports playback of MP3 files stored on USB flash memory drives.

With Chevrolet’s connected by OnStar 4G LTE connection, Trax provides an available Wi-Fi hotspot that allows passengers to connect multiple personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.

Turbocharged performance

Trax is powered by a power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine backed by an efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is expected to be rated at an SAE-certified 138 horsepower (102 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.

The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps it deliver a more confident driving experience, with a strong feeling of power across the rpm band. The turbocharger’s on-demand performance also contributes to efficiency because it enables greater power when needed with the lower fuel consumption of a small-displacement engine when it’s not.

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A solid cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional durability to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque.

A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control is matched with the 1.4L turbo engine. It has a unique design, with the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower weight.

A “steep” first gear and a “tall” overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows Trax to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds.

Refined ride and handling

Trax is built on a robust global platform and engineered with precise suspension tuning to deliver one of the segment’s quietest and most refined driving experiences. Available all-wheel drive seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling.

A 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,539 mm) front and rear tracks – contribute to a confident driving experience, while a strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quiet ride.

A MacPherson strut front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules.

The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Noise-damping urethane spring isolators improve ride isolation and dampen noise.

Trax also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system that saves fuel compared to a conventional engine-driven power steering pump.

Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT (aluminum wheels on LT). LTZ has standard 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Built to protect

Trax incorporates technologies that help avoid crashes and protect occupants in case one occurs. Crash-avoidance technologies include:

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, incorporating traction control and rollover mitigation features
  • ABS and electronic brake force distribution
  • Cornering brake control and brake assist

The body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment, with 66 percent of the structure composed of high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. That structural protection is complemented with 10 standard air bags:

  • Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
  • Driver and front passenger knee air bags
  • Front and rear thorax air bags for all outboard positions – including the segment’s only rear-seat-mounted thorax air bags
  • Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.

Trax’s safety and security features also include exclusive OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.


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Tom Peters of GM Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Peters of GM Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

GM Design’s Tom Peters honored by Art Center College of Design

Tom Peter’s history at GM Design comprises more than 30 years spent creating some of General Motors’ most iconic vehicles. This year, Peters was the lead of the exterior studio teams behind two of GM’s most important vehicle introductions: the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Last October, Peters was presented with a lifetime achievement award from his alma mater, the Art Center College of Design, a school that has build a reputation for itself at the international forefront of design and art education for over 80 years. This lifetime achievement award honors Peters for his outstanding history with GM.

Peters, currently the director of exterior design for performance cars, accepted the award from the chair of the college’s Transportation Design Department, Stewart Reed. “Tonight Show” host and prodigious car collector Jay Leno was also at the ceremony to help present the award.

“Through your efforts to promote the very best in automotive design as seen in examples like the 2014 Corvette Stingray, you continue to represent Art Center in the best way possible and serve as an inspiration for our graduates following in your footsteps,” said Stewart Reed.

After Peters graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980, he worked briefly at GM before spending two years working with Texas Instruments. After the stint at Texas Instruments, he again returned to GM in 1982. Throughout his long and successful career at GM, he has added many memorable concepts to his portfolio, including the Buick Velite, the Cadillac Sixteen, the Corvette Indy show car, and the Pontiac Banshee. He was also involved with production vehicles like the current-generation Camaro, the Corvette C6 and C7, as well as GMC and Chevrolet’s new full-size SUVs and pickup trucks.

“The list of Art Center alumni at GM is long, but Tom Peters is without a doubt the most visionary designer I have ever known or worked with in my more than 40 years at GM,” vice president of GM Global Design Ed Welburn wrote in a letter that was read at the event celebrating the award. “The men and women who work for Tom share his desire and thirst for winning, and they create incredibly spirited designs.”


Welburn did not only have complimentary things to say about Tom Peters’ history at GM, he also expressed his high hopes for the designer’s future. “Tom has had an impressive career…let’s not forget that he has plenty more to do in the years to come as a valued member of the GM Global Design team,” wrote Welburn.

For more than a decade, Peters had dreamed of bringing back the Corvette Stingray as one of his personal career goals. When he had the chance to do so, he acknowledged the intense scrutiny that came with the task of working on an icon like the Corvette. He found inspiration from looking back into his childhood infatuation with the 1963 Corvettes that a schoolmate’s father owned.

“My focus customer was going to be that 9-, 11-, 12-year-old kid,” Peters told an interviewer earlier this year. “Kids don’t know and don’t care about what’s traditional. When I see kids look at it and point, stop what they’re doing and they go ‘Stingraaaay,’ that’s when I know we got it.”

With his true love of GM vehicles and talent for design, Peters will surely add many more success stories to his portfolio in the years to come.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. http://www.jackmaxton.com


Vehicle Details: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Awards and Recognition

All-new for 2014, the Corvette Stingray is the ultimate in Chevrolet performance

There isn’t an Italian, German, or Japanese-bred supercar that measures up to the bang-for-the-buck performance value offered by the Chevrolet Corvette. The completely redesigned 2014 Corvette Stingray, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, delivers a combination of powerful styling, outstanding handling capabilities, under-the-hood muscle, and even fuel economy, that simply can’t be matched by the competition.

The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray coupe (MSRP starting at $53,000), and convertible models are all-new, front to back, including all of the bits that make the car run fast and tackle corners with precision. At the heart of it all is an aluminum 6.2-liter LT1 V8 with direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, which allows it to operate on four cylinders under light loads. Standard output measures 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque, or opt for the available performance exhaust system and those figures climb to 460 and 465, respectively.
20140331_092623According to the EPA, the Stingray will hit 29 mpg on the highway when equipped with the new seven-speed manual transmission featuring Active Rev Match technology (which blips the throttle on downshifts), or 28 mpg with the six-speed paddle-shift automatic. The Stingray also features an aluminum frame, carbon fiber body panels, and a Driver Mode Selector with “Weather,” “Eco,” “Tour,” “Sport” and “Track” settings.
Stingray fitted with the available Z51 Performance Package include a dry-sump oil system (as opposed to the standard wet sump system), larger alloy wheels and brake rotors, an electronic limited-slip differential, added drivetrain cooling, aerodynamic enhancements to increase downforce, and a specially tuned suspension. Collectively, these upgrades allow the 2014 Corvette Stingray to reach 1.03g’s on the skid pad, come to a complete stop from 60 mph in just 107 feet, and accelerate to 60 mph in a blistering 3.8 seconds.


To say that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray has been well-received would be a rather large understatement, to say the least. Thanks to its aggressive looks and proven performance, the new Stingray was chosen as “2014 North American Car of the Year” (by a panel of U.S. and Canadian automotive journalists), “2014 Automobile of the Year” (by Automobile Magazine), and “Performance Car of the Year” (by Road & Track magazine).

The praise doesn’t end there, either. After a thorough round of testing, Edmunds.com editors said, “The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is outlandishly quick and capable of generating such fierce acceleration that you’ll be forgiven if you erroneously think that Chevy secretly strapped a rocket motor underneath the car. The V8, especially with the optional dual-mode exhaust, sounds so glorious under full throttle that you’ll want to uncork at every tunnel or highway underpass opportunity.”

Those sentiments were echoed by the staff at Autoblog.com: “With its supercar rubber, the Z51′s grip is wall-to-wall and its thrust absolute. Chevy’s all-new-for-2014 small block architecture benefits from direct injection and variable valve timing, as well as Active Fuel Management (GM-speak for cylinder deactivation). This free-revving powerplant will spin to 6,600 rpm, and on the way it will match the outgoing Corvette Z06′s 7.0-liter LS7 engine pound-foot for pound-foot between 1,000 and 4,000 rpm. There will be no lollygagging. Likewise, steering is appreciably slop-free, as well as accurate and communicative, loading up nicely in corners. Transient response is excellent and throttle-steer is but a toe-tickle away. The brakes are linear and easily modulated, delivering consistent, drama-free performance, even after being heated up doing sorties around the winding and often indifferently surfaced roads surrounding Hell, Michigan.”

To learn more about the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, including details about trim levels and available features, and to schedule a test drive, stop in today. http://goo.gl/ZUUsMi


Jack Maxton Chevrolet Goes to Bat for Olentangy Braves Little League

, April 3, 2014 – Jack Maxton Chevrolet is partnering with the Olentangy Braves Little League in Worthington.  Jack Maxton Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to free instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn additional donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

“Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet’s commitment to baseball, community and families.  Jack Maxton Chevrolet is bringing that same dedication to youth baseball,” said Jeff Mauk, Owner of Jack Maxton Chevrolet.

 “There is nothing more American than Chevrolet and baseball and Jack Maxton Chevrolet wants to combine America’s favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in Worthington to enjoy,” added Mauk.

2014 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s ninth year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 3.5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play.  In 2013, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Jack Maxton Chevrolet will present Olentangy Braves Little League with an equipment kit that includes useful items, such as bags, batting tees, catcher’s gear, water bottles and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

In addition, Jack Maxton Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Olentangy Braves Little League.  Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™.

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, so we hope young people and their parents will consider a Chevrolet as an official vehicle of their household,” said Mauk.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com.

April is Car Care Month

April is the time to make sure your car is running right

Did you know that April is Car Care month? That means there’s no better time to take care of any lingering issues that may have crept up over a rough winter.

A small investment in repairs or preventative maintenance will keep your car running smoothly and help prevent bigger problems later on. “A thorough vehicle inspection this spring can help keep your car safe and dependable and help you avoid much higher costs down the road in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council.

A few of the items you should take a look at include:

Battery: Almost everyone has been there before. You turn the key, and nothing happens. Maybe you left the lights on, or there’s another malfunction, or your battery is simply a lot older than you remembered – regardless, if your battery doesn’t work, neither does your vehicle. The experts in your dealer’s service department can run a diagnostics check to see how much juice your battery has left and advise you if it needs replacing.

Brakes: Do you hear squeaking, squealing or grinding every time you stop? Have you noticed it taking more and more pedal pressure to come to a stop? It may be time to replace your brakes. Neglecting your brakes puts you, your passengers and everyone else around you in danger. Stop by and let the technicians check the condition of your brake pads, rotors and the rest of your braking system to ensure you have maximum stopping power.

Exhaust: While your exhaust system may not seem as vital as your brakes and battery, it’s still important to fix any cracks, holes or damage. Loud noise and potentially harmful exhaust gases inside your vehicle are associated with neglected exhaust systems, which can also hurt the environment and be simply unpleasant to your neighbors and fellow motorists.

Steering and Suspension: Today’s suspension systems are pretty complex and allow you to travel on even the most treacherous roads in relative comfort. Rattling or clunking or excessive bouncing should be checked by dealership experts. Shocks, struts, springs and other components should be inspected periodically, whether you experience problems or not, to ensure optimal long-term performance.

Tune-up: The traditional tune-up has evolved over the years, but today’s vehicles still need tune-ups. Dealership technicians know your vehicle – and its recommended maintenance schedule – well, and can help you keep it running as efficiently as possible. Remember, a little maintenance now can help prevent major work down the road.

Stop by today and let the factory-trained professionals who know your vehicle best do the right work, with the right parts.


Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Camaro

Sleeker styling and a new Z/28 model highlights of the 2014 Camaro

For 2014, the Chevrolet Camaro, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, dials up the level of competition in the segment, thanks in part to a slew of updates including revised front and rear styling, improved aerodynamics, available features like RECARO® performance bucket seats and a head-up display, and, perhaps most significant, the return of the Z/28 model to a lineup that already includes SS and ZL1 variants. Coupe and convertible body styles are available.

Trims: Cool Cruiser to Track-Ready Brute


As noted by Kelley Blue Book editors, “Whether you’re a 20-something performance enthusiast seeking a car that boasts loads of power and aggressive looks, or a mid-lifer ready to get your crisis on/relive your youth, the 2014 Camaro offers serious thrills for the money.” Indeed, with an MSRP of just $23,055, the Camaro 1LS coupe packs a punch courtesy of its powerful V6 engine, rear-drive chassis dynamics, and a bounty of standard features that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth® connectivity, and a complimentary 6-month subscription for OnStar’s Directions & Connections® plan with helpful Turn-by-Turn Navigation assistance.

The 2014 Camaro 2LS and 1LT trims are equipped with premium cloth upholstery, foglamps, power-adjustable front seats, and the Chevy MyLink touch-screen and voice-controlled infotainment system featuring Pandora and Stitcher music apps, smartphone integration and much more. Drivers looking for extra amenities may want to consider the 2LT trim with its standard leather upholstery, head-up display, distinct gauges, rearview camera, 245-watt Boston Acoustics® sound system, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Camaro SS is available in 1SS and 2SS versions, the former marked by the addition of a V8 engine along with 20-inch alloy wheels, Brembo ventilated disc brakes, and a limited-slip differential. The 2SS trim ups the ante by also adding the amenities found on the Camaro 2LT.


Moving the performance needle to even greater heights is the Camaro ZL1, which Chevy has fitted with a vented hood to increase road-gripping downforce, a dual-mode exhaust system that delivers a throaty bark at higher rpm, and a track-tuned chassis that includes GM’s incredibly responsive Magnetic Ride Control technology, the fastest-reacting suspension in the world.

Positioned atop the Camaro lineup is the new-for-2014 Z/28. Using a V8 engine borrowed from the Corvette Z06 and featuring components such as Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix brake rotors, RECARO® seats, and massive R-compound tires that are essentially street-legal slicks, the Z/28 is quite simply the most capable factory-built Camaro ever offered.


Engines: No Less Than 323 Horses
In their review of the new Camaro, the editors of Edmunds.com wrote, “No matter which engine you choose, no one will ever accuse your 2014 Chevrolet Camaro of being slow. The V6 is responsive and revs freely, and the exhaust note is pleasingly sporty.”

The V6 they’re referencing is a direct-injected 3.6-liter with continuously variable valve timing. It produces a big 323 hp backed up by 278 lb/ft of torque, all of which is transmitted to the rear wheels via an Aisin® six-speed manual transmission with Hill-Start Assist or an adaptive six-speed automatic with TAPShift steering-wheel paddle shifters.

That six-cylinder is standard in LS and LT trims, while the SS variants are amped up with a 6.2-liter V8 that puts out 426 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque. The V8 features efficiency-minded Active Fuel Management technology, which allows it to run on four cylinders under light loads to save fuel. In the ZL1, that 6.2-liter V8 is coupled with a supercharger that boosts output to 580 hp and 556 lb/ft of torque. The SS and the ZL1 come with separate versions of a TREMEC six-speed manual with Launch Control or with the six-speed TAPshift automatic transmission.

Finally, there’s the 2014 Z/28. At the heart of this all-new, track-ready Camaro is a hand-assembled LS7 7.0-liter V8 pushing 505 hp and 480 lb/ft of tire-shredding torque paired with a model-specific short-through TREMEC six-speed manual transmission. A standard 10.5-quart dry-sump oil system uses pressurized oil to ensure essential lubrication during high performance driving, and the Z/28 also features a special Performance Traction Management System and standard limited-slip differential. According to Chevy, this version of its iconic muscle car finished a lap of the famous Nürburgring race track, in bad weather, in seven minutes and 37 seconds (faster than some high-priced exotic supercars), and can pull 1.08g’s in corners.


Take a drive in your Chevrolet – Five Places for the Best Pizza in Ohio

Ohioans love their pizza. Geographically located between Chicago’s deep dish and New York’s thin and crispy, Ohio pizza has a taste all its own. Discover the exclusive pizza Midwesterners are serving in the Buckeye State at these five pizzerias.

Dish it up at The Coccia House in Wooster

For more than 50 years, members of the Coccia family have been dishing up pizza for Wooster residents. Made fresh daily, the pizza dough is smothered with mounds of provolone cheese and quality toppings. As an Italian eatery, the Coccia House also makes its own pasta and sauces. It’s a go-to destination for college students, but the students come back again and again well past graduation. For more information, visit http://www.cocciahouse.com.

Taste blue ribbon pizza at Michael Angelo’s in Kenton

Owner of one of the best pizza joints in central Ohio, Michael Shepherd serves up blue ribbon pizza, and he has the awards to prove it. As a four-time world champion and a three-time U.S. champion, Shepherd knows his pizza. A 48-hour cold rise dough method enhances the crust, which is then baked in an aged soapstone pizza oven. The results bring visitors from hundreds of miles. To learn more, visit http://www.michael-angelos.com.

Stand out from the crowd at Bruno Brothers in Boardman

While Bruno Brothers restaurant in the small town of Boardman already had its regulars, visitors to the pizzeria grew in numbers after USA Today proclaimed its Brier Hill pizza the best in Ohio. The Brier Hill pizza is an old-school deep dish made with several sauces and topped with fried green peppers and Romano cheese. The restaurant is also known for its jumbo chicken wings, served with sides of dipping sauces. Visit brunobrospizza.com to learn more.

Stay for the show at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music in Worthington

If you’re looking for great food, followed by dynamic local entertainment, Natalie’s in Worthington is your place. Coal-fired pizza made with fresh ingredients is accompanied by local talent for an enjoyment-filled evening. Design your own pizza or choose one of the unique items from the menu and then add baked macaroni or an antipasto plate. To learn more, visit http://www.nataliescoalfiredpizza.com.

Whistle while you wait for the white pizza at Capo’s Pizza in Ashtabula

For more than 30 years, the Capo family has been serving local favorites at this Ashtabula restaurant. One of the most-requested offerings includes the white pizza, where the owners leave out the tomato sauce and replace it with olive oil and spices. Visitors design and pick their own toppings, resulting in a white pizza of gooey goodness. Learn more about their other pizzas, pasta dishes and grinders by visiting capospizza.com.

Discover the unique pizza flavors Ohio has to offer. Ohioans have ditched the customary thick-crust Chicago pizza and thin-and-crispy New York pizza to create pizza combinations exclusive to Ohio.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio http://www.jackmaxton.com 

Car Care: Springtime Check Up

Shake off the dust and rust and get ready for nicer weather

With winter nearly over and warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to start thinking about getting your automobile back into shape. Cold weather and poor road conditions wreak havoc on your vehicle, both inside and out, so here are some helpful suggestions to get your ride ready for spring.

A thorough exterior and interior cleaning is first on the to-do list. Outside, be sure to give your car, truck or SUV a good wash to remove dirt and debris that has built up over the winter. Those in snowy regions should pay special attention to the undercarriage, where salt and sand can take its toll on metal parts.

Inside, clean out any winter-specific accessories you are carrying, and be sure to check and replenish your first-aid and roadside assistance kits. If you carry items like tire chains or bags of sand or kitty litter in the winter, it can be tempting to just leave them in the trunk or bed until next year, but don’t do it – all that extra weight will cost you money at the pump. According to http://www.fueleconomy.gov, carrying just 100 extra pounds can reduce your mileage by up to two percent.

Pay special attention to your vehicle’s upholstery and carpet to ensure they are free of dirt, stains and salt residue, and make sure you use products safe for the specific type of cloth, microfiber, suede or leather you have. Your dealership can advise you about the appropriate cleaners, stain removers, etc., recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer, and most dealers offer detailing services to quickly and professionally get your vehicle looking great.

Now that winter is almost over, it’s also time to replace your snow tires with your warmer-weather rubber. While you’re at it, check both sets of tires to see if they are ready for another season. Make sure there is adequate tread depth, and look for uneven tread wear that could indicate a balancing or wheel alignment issue. Vibrations felt when driving, and pulling to one side or the other, are also signals that service is in order. Your brakes have probably been through a lot over the past few months, so having a factory-trained technician take a good look at all the components would be a good idea, too.

Next, check your belts and hoses; fluid levels; battery; air, oil and fuel filters; and plugs and wires. Test your air conditioning system to be sure it is blowing cold air, and inspect your wiper blades for winter damage. It’s also a good time to get an oil change.

Regardless of what service you need, stop by and have the factory-trained professionals who know your vehicle best do the right work, with the right parts, for a price that’s lower than you think.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Small size, big value

The Chevrolet Cruze, on sale here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, delivers that perfect mix of individuality, performance and equipment, which is one reason it is Chevy’s best-selling passenger car around the world. With a deep selection of powertrains, striking design and premium features, the five-passenger Chevy Cruze is the perfect automotive companion. Now, an all-new clean turbo-diesel engine choice gives the 2014 Cruze unmatched fuel economy, as well.

The biggest news for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze (MSRP $17,520) is the Cruze Turbo Diesel model (MSRP $24,985) and its new 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine. Chevrolet harnessed extensive diesel expertise, here and in Europe, in developing this four-cylinder, which is the cleanest diesel that General Motors has ever put into production. With 151 hp and a stout 264 lb/ft of torque, the Cruze Diesel is fun to drive, and thanks to its inherently efficient diesel engine, it returns an EPA-estimated 46 mpg highway. When it becomes available this summer, the Cruze will be the most fuel efficient non-hybrid gasoline or diesel car sold in America.

The automotive press was quick to recognize the virtues of the Cruze. U.S. News ranked it ahead of 36 other vehicles––including the Honda Civic and Civic Hybrid, Kia Forte and Rio, Subaru Impreza, Dodge Dart, Volkswagen Jetta and Jetta Hybrid, Toyota Corolla, MINI Cooper and many others––in the “Affordable Compact Car” category. Kelley Blue Book reviewers said, “The Cruze stands out from other compacts with its comfort-oriented ride and overall feeling of solidity and strength,” while the Edmunds review said, “It’s hard not to take a shine to the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. Big-torque performance and hybrid-baiting efficiency is an alluring combination, while the Cruze’s intrinsic goodness continues to impress three years after its launch.”

The Cruze also offers two Ecotec® gasoline engines. The first is a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder with Variable Valve Timing that delivers 138 hp, 125 lb/ft of torque and an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway. The second is a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four-cylinder. It produces 138 hp, 148 lb/ft of torque and even better fuel economy, EPA-estimated at 26 mpg city, 38 mpg highway.

In addition to the Cruze Turbo Diesel, the 2014 Cruze lineup includes LS, 1LT, Eco, 2LT and LTZ trims.

The LS comes with the 1.8-liter engine and either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with ActiveSelect manual control. Some of the great standard equipment on the LS includes Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, CD/MP3 audio, a tilting/telescoping steering wheel with audio and phone controls, a USB port and auxiliary input jack, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, OnStar, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, 10 standard air bags and an Enhanced Acoustic Package that employs more than 30 separate noise-abating treatments to the vehicle to keep noise out of the cabin.

Both the 1LT and 2LT are powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, and both offer a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic with ActiveSelect. Highlights of 1LT standard equipment include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 16-inch alloy wheels and cruise control. Choosing the 2LT will snag you 17-inch wheels, heated leather seats and a sport-tuned suspension.

The LTZ is the most luxurious version of the gasoline-powered Cruze trims. It features 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior accents, automatic climate control and foglamps all as standard equipment. It also comes standard with the Chevrolet MyLink stereo with seven-inch touch-screen, rear-vision camera display and voice recognition; keyless access with push-button start; and a remote vehicle start system.

The Cruze Eco combines the best convenience and luxury features from the other trims and adds a collection of fuel saving technologies. It comes with the same 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and available six-speed automatic transmission as the LT and LTZ trims, but its standard six-speed manual transmission is Eco-specific, featuring gearing designed to maximize fuel economy. The lightweight, 17-inch alloy wheels are wrapped in low-rolling-resistance rubber, and the Eco front fascia includes a lower air shutter to improve aerodynamics at highway speed. The result of these and other Eco-specific features is an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city, 39 mpg highway with the six-speed automatic and 28 mpg city, 42 mpg highway with the manual.

Regardless of your choice of Cruze trim, you can rest easy knowing that you and your passengers are protected by the car with the most standard safety features in its class. On top of the 10 airbags, the Cruze provides standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and four-wheel antilock brakes. Additional driver assistance and safety systems that are standard or available, depending on trim, include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist and a Rear Vision Camera. Plus, the Chevrolet Cruze is the only car to include the OnStar suite of safety and convenience features.

Your new 2014 Chevy Cruze is designed to protect you, and Chevrolet is committed to protecting your Cruze. Every new Cruze comes with a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and two years of free scheduled maintenance.

There are lots of compact cars on sale today, but none of them can offer what you get from the Cruze. Come in today for details about the new Cruze Turbo Diesel and the rest of the Cruze line, and experience the excellent new 2014 Chevrolet Cruze for yourself.

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