Vehicle Profile: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country


The most luxurious Silverado model ever

The Chevrolet Silverado has gone through a full “hood-to-hitch” makeover and emerged for 2014 leading the segment in V8 fuel economy, maximum towing capacity and cabin quietness, to name a few of its virtues. For drivers who appreciate the finer things in life but still need a tough-as-nails pickup to get the job done, Chevrolet designed the Silverado High Country, the epitome of luxurious capability and it’s available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Available exclusively in a Crew Cab body style with either a five-foot, eight inch or a six-foot, six-inch bed length, the 2014 Silverado High Country (MSRP $45,605) is the brand’s first premium trim. Powering the High Country is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 that cranks out 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic now features Automatic Grade Braking, which reduces brake wear by downshifting the transmission. The Silverado High Country uses Duralife® brake rotors that last up to twice as long as conventional rotors and vibrate less. Also available is the all-new, 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 that ups power to a best-in-class 420 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. Drivers can expect a maximum payload capacity of 1,957 pounds (more than Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra) and a 9,800 pound maximum towing capacity.

Credit direct fuel Injection, Active Fuel Management and Continuously Variable Valve Timing for the 5.3-liter V8’s excellent fuel economy. Its EPA-estimated 23 mpg highway makes it the most efficient gasoline V8 truck engine ever. Other notables include a new electric power steering system, a standard locking rear differential, a trailering package, Trailer Sway Control, and two years or 24,000 miles of free factory scheduled maintenance – coverage not offered by either Ford or Ram. In addition, the Silverado comes with 40,000 miles more powertrain warranty coverage than is offered on the Ford F-150 and the Toyota Tundra.

The Silverado High Country features a unique chrome grille with chrome bars, trim-specific 20-inch chrome wheels, chrome side moldings, mirrors and handles, and body-colored bumpers.  The rear CornerStep bumper makes for easier access to the bed. Front and rear park assist are also standard.

High-end craftsmanship is apparent in the Saddle Brown interior that’s unique to the High Country. The seats are covered in premium leather, and the front seats are heated and cooled and have “High Country” badging on the headrests. Other impressive equipment includes the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system with an eight-inch touch-screen, a Bose Premium audio system, power-sliding rear window, remote start and a Rear Vision Camera. Available features include a navigation system, Rear Seat Entertainment System with BluRay capability, a sunroof and a High Country Premium Package that adds adjustable pedals, a heated steering wheel and a Driver Alert Package with Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

“Silverado High Country adds a higher degree of capability to the premium truck market and broadens the all-new Silverado’s lineup with a unique combination of exclusive features and purposeful technologies,” said Maria Rohrer, Silverado marketing director. “Its class-leading power is matched with the strong chassis and new suspension and drivetrain elements that make the 2014 Silverado 1500 the strongest, most capable and most refined truck in Chevrolet’s history.”

Regardless of whether you want your truck to work hard or play hard or both, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country won’t let you down. Stop by today to see and drive the new 2014 Silverado High Country.

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Fun Facts About New Year’s


A cross-cultural celebration rings in the next calendar year

New Year’s not only heralds the start of a new calendar year, it also is a time of hope and promise. As many across the world make resolutions and set their sights on a better tomorrow, the joy of new beginnings rings out in celebration around the globe. Here are a few facts about this festive holiday.

Times Square

Perhaps the best known New Year’s Eve celebration on the globe is the one that takes place in Times Square in New York City. The dropping of the lighted crystal “ball” in Times Square is witnessed live by more than one million people each year, who crowd the city streets to be a part of one of the biggest parties in the world. It is also watched on television by almost a billion viewers worldwide.

A kiss at the stroke of midnight

It is a time-honored tradition that people have a special kiss right at the stroke of midnight. Statistics show that a full 44 percent of Americans say they expect to kiss someone at the turn of the new year. Sadly, another 22 percent of Americans will never get that kiss; they admit that they always fall asleep before midnight on this special evening.

The history of the day

New Year’s celebrations actually date back more than 4,000 years. Even though we didn’t have the calendar as we know it, the ancient Babylonians celebrated the new year at the first full moon after the spring equinox. In ancient Egypt, the new year began each year when the Nile flooded. A new year on Jan. 1 was first instituted in the western world by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C.

Resolutions

For those making resolutions on New Year’s, there are a few common promises that crop up time and again. Among Americans, 45 percent claim to make a resolution, and most of them are related to weight loss, getting organized, saving money, staying fit or stopping smoking.

Foods of luck

Across the world, many cultures have a tradition of eating certain foods at New Year’s for “good luck.” In Italy, Germany, Ireland and the U.S., people traditionally prepare beans and leafy greens, which are supposed to signify financial success. In Japan, the food of choice is long noodles, which signify hopes of a long life. In The Netherlands, Mexico and Greece, the New Year’s treat consists of a ringed cake or other confection, which signifies that the year has come “full circle.”
Whether you decide to spend this evening every year with a special someone or eating a lucky food in front of the television watching the “ball drop,” it is interesting to consider how this holiday has such an impact on people the world over. No doubt, it is the hope for better times and a bright future that gives it such appeal.

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

Maintaining Your Car’s Heating System in Cold Weather


Make sure that your vehicle’s heating system is working correctly

Nobody enjoys getting into a cold vehicle on a chilly morning. You appreciate your vehicle’s heating system most during those first cold minutes of your journey, when your breath is frosty and you have to try to adjust the radio knobs while wearing gloves. When the heat kicks on and begins warming your hands and toes, you realize how essential it is. So make sure you always have heat when you want it by making a service appointment to make sure everything is working properly.

Not only is the heat important for your comfort, it is critical for your safety. This time of year, the roads can be treacherous. If they are covered in ice or snow and you become stranded or get into an accident, you will need your heating system in working order while you wait for help to arrive.

It is important to be prepared for winter weather before it strikes,” states Ready, a public service announcement (PSA) organized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Ready recommends that you have both your heater and defroster checked professionally before driving in winter weather. So, if you still haven’t had them checked out, make sure that scheduling an appointment is at the top of your to-do list. Making sure that your thermostat is in proper working order will also ensure that your heating system will work efficiently to keep you happy and safe when the temperature dips.

According to Ready, winter storms are known to be deceptively dangerous because many resulting injuries are not directly caused by the events of the storm. Ready indicates that traffic accidents and exposure to the cold can be some of the most dangerous aspects of inclement winter weather. That is why it is especially important to make sure your vehicle is ready for winter.

“Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage,” warns AAA. This is important to keep in mind because the cold weather can tempt people to warm up their vehicles before they leave the comfort of the garage. It is far better to get into a chilly car than to risk the health of yourself or a family member, so don’t risk the dangers associated with the build up of exhaust fumes that can result from running your car in an improperly ventilated space.

The cold weather is here, but fortunately your dealership can help you make sure that you will be warm and comfortable whenever you venture out in your vehicle.

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

Five Winter Festivals in Ohio


Explore winter fun festivities in the Buckeye State

Even though Ohio winters may be crisp and cold, there are still many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the season. Grab your winter coat and gloves and head outdoors for a fun-filled day at one of Ohio’s winter festivals.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a splash

If you think the watching the ball drop in New York City’s Time Square is an event, you apparently haven’t seen Port Clinton’s fish. Yes, fish. A walleye, to be exact. Thousands of people visit downtown Port Clinton each year to celebrate the drop of a walleye fish at the start of the New Year. Walleye Madness has been a tradition for years, and it’s noted as one of the top 10 most unique New Year’s drops around the world. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve with family activities, followed by a New Year’s drop at 6 p.m. for the kids. Music, dancing, and fireworks take place at midnight. For more information, visit http://www.walleyemadness.com.

Opt for an icy outdoor art exhibit

January in Ohio is the perfect backdrop for outdoor ice sculptures. Join the fun at the Mohican Winter Fest on Jan. 10-11, as artists sculpt their ice creations in downtown Loudonville. Visit the train expo and enjoy a family movie event. Take a self-guided winter hike through Mohican State Park, or join the Annual Winter Hike taking place that weekend. Visit festivalnet.com/state/ohio/Loudonville_OH.html, or call the Mohican-Loudonville Visitors Bureau at (877) 266-4422 for additional information.

Jazz up your February

Sponsors of the 2014 Winter Blues Fest in Cincinnati are bringing the party inside for two full nights of nothing but jazz on Feb. 8 and 9. Located in The Phoenix, a historical landmark on Race Street, the event will feature more than 25 local blues bands and two national headliners. Visit cincyblues.org/winter to learn more.

Get groovy with it

Cold weather isn’t going to stop Cleveland residents from getting outside and getting their groove on. The Brite Winter Music Festival in Cleveland’s Ohio City Market District sponsors a free outdoor music and art festival each year for those tough enough to brave the weather. On Feb. 15, thousands will gather to hear musicians perform at the stage located at West 26th Street and Bridge Avenue. There will be additional music programming indoors at nearby businesses. Visit http://www.britewinter.com for program lineup and more information.

Escape to a winter wonderland

Bring the whole family for weekend of Winterfest fun Feb. 14-16, in downtown Bowling Green. Children’s activities include snow games and ice skating, as well as photo shoots. Ice carvings and snow sculptures will be available throughout the event, and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available. This event is free to the public. Visit eventful.com/bowlinggreen_oh/events/winterfest-/E0-001-057583597-6 to learn more.

There’s no need to stay cooped up through the winter months. Bundle up and enjoy the many events and festivals Ohio has to offer.

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