Environmentally Friendly Car Maintenance

Go beyond MPGs with these green maintenance tips

Fuel efficiency gets all the love when it comes to eco-friendly vehicle ownership—and getting high miles per gallon is certainly important—but there are a number of other ways to reduce your car’s impact on the environment. Making sure your fluids are recycled whenever they are changed, using environmentally-friendly fluids as replacements, recycling worn out auto parts and cleaning your vehicle without harmful chemicals all have a positive environmental impact.

Recycle Oil and Antifreeze

Every oil change is an opportunity to recycle used oil, and the same goes for antifreeze. Your local dealership and its automotive technicians are well-trained in all aspects of fluid recycling, but don’t be afraid to ask about the procedures that matter most to you.

Use Green Fluids

Options keep popping up for engine oil and other fluids recycled from previously used oils, and they are just as effective as traditional fluids. Ask your dealer’s service department about recycled products the next time you stop in for maintenance.

Recycle Worn Out Auto Parts

The metal and plastics found in broken or worn out parts can also be recycled for use in other products, vehicular and otherwise. That way, they stay out of landfills. Don’t hesitate to ask about any issues that may concern you.

Use Green Car Washing Methods

If you’re the type to wash your car in the driveway, then you may as well make it a green car wash. Products like Simple Green’s Biodegradable and Concentrated Car Wash product, Gliptone’s Wash N Glow, and others, are effective and economical.

Better yet, stop by the dealership and ask about the detailing and other services and products available to help your car look its best and run as well as possible.

Adopting these measures on your own is significant, because as more people make environmentally-friendly car maintenance a habit, the impacts become greater and continue to grow.

Stop by the service department today – ask about the ways we help the environment, and let us know about the issues that concern you.

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

Vehicle Details: 2014 Chevrolet Malibu Changes

The Malibu keeps getting better 

Building on a 2013 model refresh, the Chevrolet Malibu, on sale now here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, heads into 2014 with an updated design, revised interior, better performance, even more rear legroom, improved fuel economy, new safety features and an enhanced driving experience.

Last year, an Edmunds.com review noted, “The fully redesigned 2013 Chevrolet Malibu…with its added refinement, feature content and efficiency…[is] a top-tier choice.” The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu builds on that solid foundation, piling on the value and presenting an even stronger choice in the midsize sedan segment.

The standard engine in the four-door, five-passenger 2014 Malibu is a powerful new 2.5-liter Ecotec four-cylinder that produces 196 hp and 186 lb/ft of torque – more than the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Advanced engine technologies––including Variable Intake Valve Actuation, Intake Valve Lift Control, direct fuel injection and a new start/stop feature that shuts down the engine during brief stops––team up to deliver an estimated 23 mpg city and 35 mpg highway (up five percent and three percent, respectively, over 2013) and fewer emissions. During engine restarts in situations like stops at traffic lights, an auxiliary battery provides seamless power for electric accessories such as the power windows, climate control and audio systems, etc. Revised six-speed automatic transmission shift points and quicker shifts improve driving dynamics and overall performance, too.

For those who crave more power, the available 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder produces 259 hp and a whopping, best-in-segment 295 lb/ft of torque, 14 percent more torque than last year’s model. The 2.0-liter turbo four’s torque even beats that of competitors’ six-cylinder engines.

The 2014 Malibu, which shares some suspension components with the all-new 2014 Impala, offers a smoother, more refined driving experience. Rebound springs that are internal to the struts enable more precise damper calibration while also improving body roll control and weight transfer during acceleration and cornering. The standard electric rack and pinion variable-effort power steering system has been recalibrated, and revisions to brake system components––which include brake assist, corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist, drag torque control and electronic brake force distribution––make for more confident stopping performance.

Outside, you’ll immediately notice the new front fascia. The more prominent lower grille, narrower upper grille and wider grille openings resemble those of the Impala and create more consistency across the brand. Moving inside, the more refined interior features redesigned front seatbacks that increase rear-seat knee room by 1.25 inches. New cushion sculpting and revised seat-cushion material allow rear-seat passengers to find a more comfortable, deeper position, and the center console has a new armrest for improved comfort, plus thoughtful features like storage space for two cell phones.

Chevrolet engineered the 2013 Malibu to meet the safety requirements of customers at home and around the world. Not only was the Malibu the first 2013 midsize car to earn a “5-Star Overall” score from the National Highway Traffic Safety administration and a “Top Safety Pick” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2013 Malibu earned the highest possible independent crash-test safety ratings in Europe, South Korea, Australia and China, as well. The 2014 Malibu further ups the ante with newly available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, to help make changing lanes and backing out of parking spots worry free. Those features are in addition to a hefty list of standard safety features that includes 10 airbags, four-channel antilock brakes with the advanced brake technologies mentioned previously, StabiliTrak® electronic stability control, full-function traction control and an available rearview camera.

“We made changes within 18 months, demonstrating an unprecedented commitment to make the Malibu the best car it can be,” said Ken Kelzer, executive chief engineer for global full-size and midsize cars. “The 2014 Malibu has been engineered to deliver more precise ride and handling that is on par with more expensive sport sedans.”

Stop by today to learn more about the 2014 Malibu, and be among the first to get a test drive when the new Malibu arrives this fall. http://www.jackmaxton.com

Movies About Parenthood

5 films that portray truths and humor about childrearing

One of the most rewarding things about parenting is living through the hectic, zany, funny, unpredictable, and sometimes sorrowful things that can happen in a family. Most parents can relate well to such scenes depicted onscreen, as many have lived them in real life. Here are a few favorite movies that depict the parenting experience.

Parenthood (1989)

Starring one of American’s favorite comedic actors, Steve Martin, Parenthood was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ron Howard. Perhaps the most belovedly real portrayal of family life to ever appear in theaters, this film shows many of the truths and dilemmas faced by parents of all personality types and family situations. This is a charming film that can be understood and appreciated by parents and children alike.

Finding Nemo (2003)

All parents fear for their children, and few can even imagine the horror of a child disappearing. In Finding Nemo, Disney deals with every parent’s nightmare in a humorous, touching and sympathetic story about a fish that traveled too far from home. Voiced by actors such as Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks, Finding Nemo is a film about parenting that is both visually and emotionally compelling.

My Life (1993)

Perhaps the saddest film on the list, My Life, starring Michael Keaton, does not sugar coat the impending death of a parent. In this film, a terminally ill man films the events of his life so that his child will have a record of what he was like long after he is gone. A real tear jerker, this film may be a bit too intense for very young viewers, but parents are sure to relate to the sorrow of knowing that your child will be raised without you around. Even though the film is melodramatic at times, all adult viewers with young children can understand the main character’s attempt to capture his essence for posterity.

Life As We Know It (2010)

A recent comedy, Life as we Know it tackles parenting from a new angle. In this film, two single people — portrayed by Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel — are tasked with raising the orphaned child of mutual friends that have been killed in an accident. Hilarity ensues as this unlikely parenting couple try to navigate the new life with baby … and each other.

Father of the Bride (1991)

A remake of the old Spencer Tracy classic, Father of the Bride is the second film on the list featuring Steve Martin. This comedy portrays every father’s feeling that he is “losing” a daughter when she marries. This film — rated PG — is great for all ages.

There have been films about parenting for as long as there have been movies. Filmmakers have always tried — and will continue to try — to portray and analyze the most fulfilling and bittersweet of all our relationships.

Vehicle Profile: 2013 Chevrolet Equinox

The go-to compact crossover gets even better

Following a comprehensive redesign in 2009, the Chevy Equinox has become one of the best-selling five-seat crossovers on the market. In 2011 alone, more nearly 200,000 drivers chose the Equinox, and those numbers jumped even higher last year. To build on that winning trend, the 2013 Chevrolet Equinox, on sale now here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, raises the bar on key crossover elements, ranging from safety and efficiency to power and technology.

The 2013 Chevy Equinox––already an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) “Top Safety Pick” thanks to standard equipment like four-wheel antilock disc brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with Traction Control and Rollover Mitigation, and six airbags––ups the ante with a new Safety Package that includes radar-based Rear Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, a system that constantly monitors the distance to the vehicle in front and alerts the driver if a collision is imminent. If an accident can’t be avoided, OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response feature is on hand to notify first-responders and direct them to you.

The Equinox delivers equal measures of power and efficiency thanks in part to its newly available direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 engine, which replaces last year’s 3.0-liter six-cylinder. The V6’s 301 hp and 272 lb/ft of torque are increases of 37 hp and 50 lb/ft of torque over the outgoing 3.0-liter. In their initial test drive of the 2013 model equipped with the new 3.6-liter V6, the editors at Motor Trend wrote, “In a segment filled with strong competitors, the Equinox’s V6 option provides an asset few can match.” Another asset: Even with the increase in power and displacement, the 3.6-liter V6 actually matches its predecessor in fuel efficiency, offering an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway.

The standard engine on the Equinox remains the direct-injected Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which is good for 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque. A miser at the pump, the 2.4-liter returns up to 32 mpg highway and is E85 FlexFuel compatible. Both engines are paired with a smooth and efficient six-speed automatic transmission. In four-cylinder models, the automatic gains an “ECO” mode that alters the shift pattern to maximize fuel economy. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the available all-wheel drive system enhances handling year-round and boosts driver confidence even on the worst winter roads.

The new FE2 Suspension Package available with the V6 delivers dual-flow front dampers that enhance ride and handling by automatically honing the responsiveness of the shocks to match road conditions.

Expanding its suite of advanced infotainment technology, the Equinox now offers the Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation, winner of the “Best of CES” award in the car category at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. MyLink features Bluetooth audio streaming and smartphone integration controlled via enhanced voice recognition, as well as a seven-inch color touch-screen. Available Autonet Mobile Wi-Fi delivers full internet access that extends up to 150 feet from the vehicle.

According to the automotive website Edmunds.com, “The Chevy Equinox boasts a stylish cabin filled with premium touches.” The available two-tone color schemes earned special praise from editors, who called them “eye-catching, and a perfect complement to the dashboard’s elegant, swooping dual-cowl design.” Active noise cancellation, acoustic laminate glass and triple door seals also help to make the interior one of the quietest in this class.

Travel with family, whether the haul is long or short, and you and your brood are sure to appreciate the spacious cabin, which offers the most rear-seat legroom – 39.9 inches – in its class (Edmunds.com called it “limo-like”). If serenity behind the wheel is paramount, order is easily maintained by the new Rear-Seat DVD Entertainment System, which features displays in each of the front seatbacks.

The 60/40-split Multi-Flex rear seat slides eight inches forward and back. With the seat up, maximum cargo space tops out at 31.5 cubic feet; lower the rear seat and the total jumps to 63.7 cubic feet. When towing is a priority, outfit your Equinox with the V6 and available trailer hitch for a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The available Trailer Sway Control system improves stability at speed, while standard Hill Start Assist ensures safe launches on steep inclines.

Chevrolet delivers value in the Equinox, which starts at an MSRP of $24,225. Even the entry LS trim offers a generous slate of standard features, including Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with controls for audio and cruise, an AM/FM/CD sound system with auxiliary jack and SiriusXM Satellite Radio (includes complimentary three-month trial).

The 1LT (MSRP $25,870) expands the roster to include premium cloth seats, a rearview camera, heated side mirrors, roof rack side rails and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The 2LT (MSRP $27,740) sweetens the pot with automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, heat for both front seats, foglamps and a premium 250-watt Pioneer sound system with eight speakers and custom-tuned equalization.

The top-level LTZ (MSRP $30,985) crowns that list with items such as leather trim; projector-style halogen headlamps; chrome trimmed door handles, roof rack side rails and exterior mirrors; body-color bumpers with brightwork on the lower fascias; and 19-inch chrome-clad aluminum alloy wheels.

The new Power Convenience Package (available on the 2LT and standard on the LTZ) nets you an eight-way power front passenger seat, a universal home remote and a power-assisted programmable liftgate.

To experience the enhanced comfort, efficiency, power and convenience of the new 2013 Chevy Equinox crossover, call or come in today to schedule a test drive.

Five Places to Catch a Ballgame in Ohio

Discover minor league baseball in the Buckeye State

Nothing beats the aroma of hot popcorn or the taste of an icy cold drink on a sunny afternoon. A visit to one of Ohio’s minor league baseball parks is a budget-friendly outing the whole family can enjoy. No matter which area of the Buckeye State you visit, there is a minor league baseball park near you.

Akron Aeros

Spend the afternoon with the Aeros’ beloved mascot, Orbit, the red space cat. Orbit keeps kids busy by zooming around the park and participating in dizzy bat races. While there, try out some of the better-than-just-concession-food cuisine. A favorite among fans is the “Garbage Disposal,” which starts with tortilla chips and is topped with kielbasa, hot dogs and hamburger. More heartburn is sure to follow when chili, salsa, nacho cheese and jalapeno peppers are added. Learn more at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t402.

Columbus Clippers

At the Columbus Clippers’ games, kids can get in on the action, when one lucky kids’ club child is selected each week to be the “MVP Kid of the Game.” Although the ballpark offers typical concession food fare, nothing beats the Dime-a-Dog nights, where the Clippers sell hot dogs for only 10 cents all night long. The Columbus Clippers are located in the heart of downtown Columbus in Huntington Park. Visit http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t445 for more information.

Lake County Captains

Although there are many planned family activities at Cleveland’s Lake County Captains games, the fireworks are a fan favorite. In 2013, fireworks will follow Friday, Saturday and Sunday night games on numerous occasions (check the Captains schedule for exact dates). The Lake County Captains are located in downtown Cleveland. Visit http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t437 to learn more.

Toledo Mud Hens

A visit to Toledo is not complete unless you spend an afternoon with mascots Muddy and Muddona, the dancing hens who claim the field with the Toledo Mud Hens. The Philly Cheese Steak and the Black Angus Burger are the most-requested culinary fare in the park, and no game is complete without trying at least one. The Mud Hens call Fifth Third Field home, which is located in the heart of downtown Toledo,. More information is available at http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t512.

Midwest Ohio: Dayton Dragons
The Dayton skyline is the backdrop for the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field. Kids are sure to get a glimpse of Heater, Gem and Wink at the ballpark, as the mascots try to visit every area of the park while games are in session. More than 20 permanent concession stands and specialty carts are located in the Fifth Third Cafe, with choices for children and sophisticated food lovers alike.  More information about the team can be found by visiting http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t459.

GM Set to Deploy a New Generation of 4G LTE Equipped Vehicles

GM brings the industry’s largest deployment of 4G LTE equipped cars, trucks and crossovers

This past February, General Motors announced that it was releasing a new fleet of mobile-connected cars, trucks and crossovers equipped with embedded 4G LTE mobile broadband. GM’s commitment to keeping its vehicles ahead of the tech curve is apparent in the fact that this deployment of connected vehicles with the latest 4G LTE technology is the largest that the automotive industry has experienced to date.

GM is currently implementing this new in-car technology in conjunction with AT&T. The automaker is in the process of expanding this initial collaboration with AT&T to develop a broad array of additional communication applications that will benefit drivers and passengers in the future.

“While our 4G LTE network will provide fast, reliable mobile broadband for GM’s connected vehicles, we’re also looking forward to working directly with GM researchers and engineers as well as the developer community to invent new in-vehicle applications that will take full advantage of our powerful network,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility.

The breadth of technologies currently in the works at GM are a continuation of the automaker’s long-standing tradition of prioritizing the development of cutting-edge innovations, which made it the automaker with the most U.S. patents in 2012.

The newly released vehicles will have increased mobile responsiveness with 4G LTE data speeds up to ten times faster than those of 3G. This technology will also allow simultaneous data and voice connections. The fact that this technology is built-in enables the vehicle to connect with a wide variety of devices and technologies, which provides passengers and drivers with a diverse array of entertainment and communication options.

Vehicles equipped with 4G LTE will be available in 2014 and will include the majority of 2015 Chevrolet models. These vehicles will be released in both the US and in Canada. As 4G LTE networks become more widespread internationally, GM hopes to expand its in-car offerings to other brands, such as Vauxhall and Opel.

Drivers who want to use their mobile devices away from home must currently choose between paying for data charges on the device or find a location that offers Wi-Fi. This inconvenience may be a thing of the past for GM vehicle drivers because these newly-equipped vehicles could potentially offer the ability to create an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot.

It is also expected that there may be new options for infotainment, such as streaming video in the rear seats. This connectivity will also allow for more efficient app usage, including the potential for real-time updating and faster downloading of apps.

Although 4G LTE will make using a Smartphone, or other mobile device more streamlined with the in-car experience, they are not necessary for enjoying this new technology. This is because the 4G LTE system is structured specifically to function through the electrical system of the cars and trucks, with an external antenna to enhance connectivity and maximize coverage.

“In addition to allowing consumers to bring in and connect to personal mobile devices, the vehicle will also act as its own mobile device, enabling embedded vehicle capabilities,” said Mary Chan, president, Global Connected Consumer, General Motors. “Through this built-in 4G LTE connection, we have the opportunity to reinvent the mobile experience inside a vehicle.”

These technological enhancements will continue to get better over time, as it is expected that applications will be developed to allow vehicles to connect directly with the environment in order to enhance efficiency, safety and make the in-car experience more convenient than ever. These 4G LTE capabilities can allow for instant traffic alerts that work efficiently with real-time navigation updates to get you to your destination safely and with as little traffic as possible.

“As we implement 4G LTE connectivity into our vehicles, the most important piece we will consider is delivering this technology to our customers in a safe manner, staying focused on reducing any related distractions,” said Chan.

The addition of 4G LTE to GM vehicles comes on the heels of the automaker’s recent announcement that it would provide application programming interfaces (APIs) to third-party developers to create apps that communicate directly with GM vehicles and can build upon the infotainment systems it currently offers. GM also announced that it would utilize a flexible application framework so that drivers would have the option to add apps and other infotainment options to their vehicles as they are developed and released, much like they are used to doing with their Smartphones.

“Our commitment to 4G LTE strengthens our ability to collaboratively innovate with developer partners,” said Chan. “Developers will be able to take full advantage of 4G LTE speeds as they design vehicle-specific apps, and they can pursue development knowing that they’ll have a broad base of potential customers as connectivity is built-in across GM brands and regions.”

The possibilities offered by the connectivity capabilities of these new GM vehicles and the new app developer program are truly endless and will provide a previously unimaginable driving experience.

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