Vehicle Preview: 2015 Chevrolet Suburban

The full-size SUV icon raises the bar

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, promises levels of refinement, efficiency and technology never before seen in this class.

The new, 12th generation Suburban made its debut to high praise at this year’s New York International Auto Show. A few details of the production version, set to reach showrooms early next year, are still being finalized. Here is some information to hold you until then.

Chevrolet made increased fuel economy a top priority in its stem-to-stern redesign of the Suburban. To that end, designers incorporated a host of aerodynamic refinements into the truck’s new shape, including a more rounded front fascia with a full-width bumper and a signature dual-port chrome grille. Stacked projector-beam headlamps (High-Intensity Discharge units with LED running lights are available) sweep around to the sculpted front fenders for improved air flow.

New inlaid doors fit inside the body of the truck, rather than wrapping to the roof-rail and the body’s bottom edge as they did in the previous version. This switch in design not only cheats the wind, it also provides better door sealing for a quieter cabin. The hood and liftgate panel are now made from aluminum, a boost to efficiency thanks to their reduced weight compared to steel.

A full-size SUV requires premium power, and the new Suburban delivers with a 5.3-liter V8 that produces 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque (increases of 35 hp and 48 lb/ft compared to the previous model). Part of the ECOTEC 3 family of engines, the new V8 balances performance with fuel efficiency utilizing such advanced technology as direct fuel injection and Continuously Variable Valve Timing. The Active Fuel Management system shuts down half the cylinders during highway cruising and other light-load driving conditions to conserve fuel. EPA mileage estimates are forthcoming, but Chevrolet expects the new Suburban to offer the best V8 fuel economy in the segment.

Designed for smooth power delivery through light jaunts or heavy chores, the standard Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission features a Tow/Haul Mode and Automatic Grade Braking. For 2015, maximum towing capacity increases by 300 pounds for properly equipped rear-wheel drive models, to 8,300 pounds; maximum towing for four-wheel drive models remains 8,000 pounds.

Drivers might be surprised to find such hardcore capability coexisting with a refined ride and precise handling, but that’s exactly what they’ll get when they climb behind the wheel of the new Suburban. Features like Electric Variable Assist Steering and Electronic Throttle Control improve over-the-road performance and improve fuel efficiency, while a wider rear track and standard 18-inch wheels contribute to sharper cornering and a more planted stance.

Engineers redesigned the four-wheel antilock brake system for stronger pedal feel and switched to Duralife brake rotors, which can double service life compared to rotors used previously. For the ultimate in confidence at speed, choose the available third-generation Magnetic Ride Control system, complete with active dampers that read road conditions every millisecond and instantly adapt shock-absorber performance for the perfect ride.

The 2014 Suburban also introduces a suite of first-time safety technology to the segment. Radar-based systems such as Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control help prevent collisions; inside the cabin, the available Safety Alert Seat vibrates on the appropriate side of the driver-seat bolster to warn of a potential crash. Threats from the front or back cause both sides of the seat to vibrate. Another segment-first in the new Suburban is a front-seat center airbag that deploys between the driver and front passenger to protect front-seat occupants from rebound injuries during far-side impacts.

Drivers and their families are sure to appreciate the elevated comfort and flexibility of the new Suburban. Second-row passengers gain an additional two inches of legroom, and both second- and third-row seats now fold flat (a power-folding feature is available) to yield 121.1 cubic feet of unobstructed cargo space.

The editors at Car and Driver found the interior “vastly improved” compared to the outgoing model, praising the truck’s superior materials and craftsmanship. Leather trim and wood accents lead a long list of standard and available features that also includes Chevrolet MyLink, an eight-inch LCD touch-screen, six USB ports and up to 12 charging stations (including a 110-volt, three-prong outlet). There’s even an available dual-screen Blu-Ray rear-seat entertainment system to keep passengers entertained for miles on end.

After seeing the 2015 model at its debut, the editors at Road and Track wrote, “The Suburban is still the best SUV. And this one is going to be awesome.” Get set to experience the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, and stop in soon for more information and updates regarding availability.

Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Volt

Drive the car of the future for less

When Chevrolet introduced the Volt in 2011, the editors at Motor Trend called it “a game changer,” likening the car and its breakthrough extended-range electric propulsion system to “a moonshot.” The Volt won the magazine’s coveted “Car of the Year” award for 2011, and in the years since buyers have made it the best-selling plug-in vehicle on the market. Retaining all the qualities that have made it a chart-topper, the Chevrolet Volt pushes value to the forefront for 2014 with a starting price that’s $5,000 lower than last year and it’s available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Saving owners money has always been a factor in the Volt equation. Provided its battery is charged regularly, the Volt can travel about 900 miles between fill-ups, which averages out to around one gas-station visit per month. Aiming to help you hang on to even more of your hard-earned dollars, Chevrolet has dropped the MSRP on the 2014 Volt to just $34,185. Apply the available federal tax credit of up to $7,500, and you can own a new 2014 Volt for as little as $26,685.

Innovation runs through every inch of the Volt, but the centerpiece is its groundbreaking powertrain. The Voltec propulsion system earns its “extended range” (rather than “hybrid”) designation because its gasoline-fueled 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine never sends power to the drive wheels. It serves solely as an on-board generator, recharging the car’s advanced 16.5 kilowatt lithium-ion battery while you’re on the go. Full-time electric propulsion comes from the 111 kilowatt electric-drive unit, which cranks out 149 hp and 273 lb/ft of torque.

Last year, engineers adjusted the composition of the lithium-ion battery, leading to a three-mile increase in the car’s all-electric range. That means you can drive the Volt up to 38 miles emissions-free before the gasoline engine seamlessly switches on. The benefit of extended-range operation is clear when you compare the Volt to an all-electric vehicle like the Nissan Leaf. In real-world driving, the Leaf can travel about 100 miles before you need to park, plug in and wait. The Volt lets you keep right on going.

Acceleration is quick thanks to the electric motor’s near-instantaneous torque delivery. Runs from zero-to-60 mph take less than nine seconds, and still the hyper-efficient Volt returns a staggering 98 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) combined city/highway in all-electric mode (37 mpg combined in extended range). Plug the Volt into standard 120-volt household power and a full recharge of the battery pack takes about 10.5 hours, or you can cut that time to a bit more than four hours by opting for the available 240-volt charging unit.

Back out on the road, the Volt delivers refined and agile handling thanks to its intuitive electric power steering and independent MacPherson-strut front suspension. Four-wheel antilock brakes, ultra-lightweight 17-inch wheels and low-rolling resistance tires further bolster performance and efficiency.

The Volt easily adapts to shifting travel conditions thanks to four available drive modes. “Normal” delivers economical everyday performance, “Sport” sharpens handling response for aggressive maneuvers, “Mountain” keeps power in reserve for long uphill climbs and “Hold” mode allows you to reserve battery charge while negotiating stop-and-go traffic.

Boasting standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, eight airbags and high-strength steel construction, it’s no wonder the Volt has earned “Top Safety Pick” honors from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as a perfect “5-Star Overall” safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Available driver aids include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, a Rear Vision Camera and Front and Rear Park Assist. Should an accident prove unavoidable, OnStar with the Directions and Connections Plan (standard for the first three years) features Automatic Crash Response to alert emergency responders and guide them to your location. The Volt extends safety even beyond its bumpers – since the car is nearly silent when running in electric mode, the driver can warn pedestrians by issuing a warning chirp from the horn via a button mounted on the turn-signal lever.

Two seven-inch interactive color LCD screens keep you in tune with every aspect of your Volt. A display mounted in the instrument panel features a reconfigurable Driver Information Center that provides an array of feedback, including fuel economy and drive mode. The second display – a touch-screen set atop the center stack – allows you to monitor information such as energy usage and power flow. You can even schedule your car’s charging time for low-rate, off-peak hours via in-car display or your smartphone using the available OnStar RemoteLink mobile app.

With hatchback utility and comfortable seating for four, the Volt requires no compromises. Storage bins and 10.6 cubic feet of cargo space make grocery runs a breeze – even in wet weather thanks to the dedicated umbrella pocket. Want to complement efficiency with luxury? Indulge in the available leather-appointed heated front seats, seven-speaker Premium Bose Energy Efficient Series sound system and Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation (Chevrolet MyLink Radio comes standard).

Last year, the Volt earned “Highest Ranked Vehicle Appeal among Compact Cars, Three Years in a Row” from J.D. Power and Associates. With a $5,000 reduction in MSRP, the 2014 Chevrolet Volt is a shoe-in to run that streak to four.

Trips to take in your Chevrolet – Date Night

Five Date Night Ideas in Ohio

Highlight your evening with a unique Ohio experience.

Chilly winter weather and busy holiday preparations can leave you yearning for one-on-one time with someone special. Take the opportunity to enjoy a romantic evening at one of Ohio’s many date night destinations.

Up, up and away

What is more enchanting than an evening spent drifting across the sky in a hot air balloon? Gentle Breeze, located in Lebanon, offers sunset hot air balloon excursions lasting approximately two hours (allow three hours for the entire experience). A little chilly? No need to worry. Hot air balloons function better in cooler weather, and winter excursions are available. Gentle Breeze is located at the Warren County Airport. Call (513) 932-9007 or visit to learn more.

Step back in time

Spend an evening strolling through the quaint village of Chagrin Falls. Located just east of Cleveland, this historic village offers a relaxed evening filled with strolling, shopping, and dining. Stop by the town’s namesake waterfall located downtown and share a serving of popcorn from the Popcorn Shop Factory. Continue on, browsing some of the 80 local shops. For a light dinner, consider Dave’s Cosmic Subs. For more formal fare, stop in at Raintree or Yours Truly restaurants. End the evening with a sweet treat from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams or Sugar Me Desserterie. Visit for additional information.

Enjoy the view

Even in brisk weather, Eden Park in Cincinnati offers panoramic views of downtown Cincinnati and the Ohio River. Visit the Cincinnati Art Museum or the Krohn Conservatory (located within Eden Park) and then wander down the paths and gardens, stopping to snuggle at the gazebo. Enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants located nearby, including Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse or View Cucina. Visit for more information.

Become a wine connoisseur
If you consider yourself an expert on wine, or if wine-tasting is simply an enjoyable hobby, consider a visit to It’s Your Winery in Akron. Spend an evening developing your own wine. Design a blend just for you and your date, and have the winery blend a small batch to pick up at a later time. Not interested in designing a unique blend? Linger over the many selections available. More information is available at

Ski the slopes

If your idea of a romantic evening includes adventure, athletics, and the outdoors, a visit to Mad River Mountain in Zanesfield might be the perfect experience for you and a date. Ski the many acres of hilly terrain, choosing the hills appropriate for your skill level. Mad River stays open late (sometimes as late as 3 a.m.), lighting the slopes for visibility and a great view. Those with no ski experience can opt for the Avalanche Tubing Park. Visit or call 1-800-231-7669 to learn more.

Whether your special evening is a romantic candlelit dinner for two or a racing ride down a snowy ski slope, discover one of the many unique destinations Ohio has to offer.

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