Vehicle Preview: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

One truck to do it all

While you’d be forgiven for thinking the United States has a national obsession with full-size pickup trucks, there are a lot of drivers who want the utility without the bulk. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is a fully-modern option for the midsize-truck buyer. While other automakers have largely ignored this slice of the market, Chevrolet brings a new generation of capability, styling and refinement.

Jeff Luke, executive engineer for GM Trucks, said, “Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve the strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Colorado delivers capability with confidence – and a fun-to-drive spirit that complements active lifestyles.”

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado has a confident stance and projects a sporty demeanor. It has an athlete’s poise, and its design is exclusive to the North American market. The bedside height matches the raked beltline of the cab, resulting in a tightly integrated look and providing more security for cargo. Available configurations include Extended Cab with a six-foot bed, Crew Cab with five-foot bed, and Crew Cab with six-foot bed. Drop the tailgate and the six-foot bed can accommodate an eight-foot-long item.

Trim levels for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado are WT (Work Truck), LT and Z71, and all offer your choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The Z71 is the burliest Colorado, and you’ll be able to spot it by the gunmetal grille surround in place of the chrome on other models, 17-inch aluminum wheels and projector headlamps.

Every Colorado benefits from designed-in refinement. There are triple-sealed doors that nestle into the body sides, just like those of the new full-size Silverado, which has won much recognition for its quiet interior. An aluminum hood keeps weight in check, and the active aero grille shutters, a first in this segment, shut on the highway, improving aerodynamics and, in turn, efficiency.

Standard equipment levels for the 2015 Colorado are high. The CornerStep rear bumper is an elegant way to easily get in and out of the bed, and the EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate includes a damper for controlled lowering. Inside the bed is a standard two-tier loading system. Upper and lower bed sections allow handy storage of items you’d like to conceal, like tools. There are also thirteen standard tie-down locations and movable rings to secure cargo.

The cabin design is clean, and features include an easy-to-read instrument panel, a center console with floor mounted shifter, and premium detailing. You’ll also notice the sculpted headliner for better headroom, halo lighting that points out key controls, and high-comfort seats that use dual-firmness foam.

The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is rendered in lightweight aluminum and features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing. It delivers 193 hp and 184 lb/ft of torque from the end of its forged crankshaft, and it’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual is also available for some models. More power can be had from the available 3.6-liter V6, which supplies 302 hp and 270 lb/ft of torque. Soon, the Colorado will also be the only midsize truck available with a diesel engine. The Colorado will offer a brawny 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel, and, regardless of engine, it’s clear that the Colorado packs heavyweight capability into a tidy package.

Modern pickup trucks of any size must be more than just work vehicles. With so many trucks serving as daily drivers and family vehicles, the Colorado was designed to take these uses into account. That’s why there’s a variety of cab configurations, a fully-boxed perimeter frame, four-wheel disc brakes with Duraliferotors, and a list of available features that includes the sophisticated Chevrolet MyLink system, navigation and luxurious leather seating.

In a time when a truck must be many things for many different people, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado stands out as the only small pickup on Car and Driver magazine’s list of “25 Cars Worth Waiting For from 2015-2018.” Stop in often for more details and updates on availability, and be one of the first to see and drive the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado when it arrives later this year.


Vehicle Details: 2014 Chevrolet Spark


Small car, big impression

Good things do indeed come in small packages, as evidenced by the intelligently engineered city car known as the Chevrolet Spark that’s available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. For 2014, this compact, front-wheel drive ride offers a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) option, improved fuel efficiency, additional features, and a fully electric Spark EV variant boasting an 82-mile range.


MSRPs Starting at Just $12,170

As put it, “Based on pricing and practicality, the four-door Chevrolet Spark is one of the best subcompact cars available for 2014.” That’s generous praise, and certainly well-earned by this four-passenger vehicle that stickers for a tick over $12,000 and also happens to be the winner of Kelley Blue Book’s “2014 5-year Cost to Own Award.” This Chevy is as affordable to drive as it is to buy.


The 2014 Spark offers a choice of trims, starting with the gasoline-powered LS, which is nicely equipped with 10 airbags; a four-speaker stereo; automatic headlamps; OnStar, including a complimentary six-month Directions and Connections subscription; 15-inch alloy wheels; power windows; and a two-year/24,000-mile factory-scheduled free maintenance plan.


For some extra amenities, check out the Spark 1LT, offered in gasoline and electric (EV) versions and home to the seven-inch touch-screen MyLink® hands-free infotainment system, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Service, steering wheel Bluetooth controls, power mirrors, a USB port and more. An available 2LT model contributes leatherette upholstery, sportier exterior styling, chrome exterior accents, foglamps and heated front seats. Smartphone users can enjoy the BringGo navigation app that integrates with the Chevrolet MyLink® system, and iPhone users will appreciate the benefits of Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition software.

Two Paths to Efficiency


As was the case last year, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark offers a 16-valve 1.2-liter ECOTEC®four-cylinder engine that features variable valve timing technology. Output of 84 hp and 83 lb/ft of torque remains unchanged; with the new Continuously Variable Transmission, the four-cylinder returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway (an increase over the previous automatic transmission). Drivers who stick with the standard 5-speed manual transmission gearbox can expect to see an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.


In keeping with the efficiency theme, engineers also developed the all-new 2014 Spark EV plug-in model, which is capable of traveling up to 82 miles between charges. Replacing the four-banger under the hood is 140-hp electric motor joined by a 120 kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack and regenerative brakes. The car can be recharged in less than 17 hours using a 120-volt household outlet, or in fewer than seven hours when plugged into a 240-volt charging station. Another option is the SAE Combo Fast Charging System, which gets the Spark EV to 80-percent charge in just 20 minutes.


For more details about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark, and to test one out for yourself, stop in today. 

Places to go in your Chevrolet – Top Five Ice Cream Shops in Ohio

Favorite frozen Midwest treats

The smells and sounds of summer in the Midwest (freshly cut grass, grazing cows in overgrown pastures and the shrieks of summer softball games) bring with them one of Ohioans’ favorite warm-weather pastimes — ice cream. When the work is done for the day, Ohioans spend their long warm evenings gathered at the local ice cream joint meeting with neighbors and friends.

Young’s Jersey Dairy

Almost anyone in central Ohio can tell you about Young’s Jersey Dairy, which is notable, considering Young’s is located in the middle of nowhere. Located near Yellow Springs, Young’s dairy farm is surrounded by many miles of corn fields and cow pastures. Young’s homemade ice cream is made on-site, just a few hundred feet away from the cows that produce the milk for this creamy treat. The 15 percent buttermilk ice cream is generously scooped out for patrons and comes in flavors like black raspberry and salty caramel pretzel crunch. To learn more, visit

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

If you long for the nostalgia of the 1950s, Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville is the place to go. Not much has changed at this local McIntyre Avenue diner since its inception more than 50 years ago. The wait staff still sport bow ties, and the antique bakery cases display wonderful homemade chocolates. The ambiance complements the handcrafted ice cream, which is still made using the original recipe. Learn more by visiting

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

With their sleek, modern Ikea-inspired interiors, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream scoop shops have reinvented ice cream. From Wildberry Lavender, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, and Banana French Toast ice cream to Hot Toddy sorbet, Jeni’s is a foodie’s paradise. Founded by Jeni Britton Bauer in 2002, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams began with one North Market Columbus storefront, but has now expanded to over 10 Columbus locations. Additional information is available at

Toft Dairy

As the oldest dairy in Ohio, Toft Dairy has come a long way since the days its drivers delivered milk to customers in horse-drawn carriages. Now a Lake Erie landmark, locals and tourists flock to the ice cream shop on Venice Road in Sandusky to taste more than 70 different types of ice cream, crafted only from ingredients from local dairy farmers. Toft’s also has shops in Fremont and Port Clinton. Learn more by visiting

Aglamesis Brothers

Step back in time with a visit to Aglamesis Brothers Ice Cream in the Oakley neighborhood of Cincinnati. Not much has changed since brothers Thomas and Nicholas Aglamesis founded the place in 1908. The French vanilla ice cream is still made in small batches with fresh cream, milk, sugar, and vanilla beans. Learn more about Aglamesis Brothers by visiting

No matter where you visit in Ohio, there is sure to be a charming local ice cream hangout. Take advantage of the warm weather evenings and visit some of Ohio’s favorites.

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

Car Care: Tips to Help Extend the Life of Your Vehicle              

Your vehicle is a big investment, so take care of it

Other than your home, your car or truck is probably your most expensive possession, so taking good care of it is important. In addition to regular maintenance by trained dealership professionals, these tips will help maximize the life of your vehicle and keep it running it the way it should.

Drive With Care
While most people learned to drive defensively and “watch out for the other guy” during driver’s training, driving with care means more than that. It means avoiding rapid acceleration and braking, which can hurt fuel economy and reduce the life of your brakes. Driving with care also means observing posted speed limits; not only is it safer and more fuel efficient, obeying the speed limit also gives you more time to see and avoid potholes (and other “surprises”). Your tires, wheels and suspension components will also last longer if you don’t speed away from stoplights, slam on the brakes at stop signs and crash into potholes at a high rate of speed.

Clean Your Car
Kids, food, sports, home improvement – daily life offers plenty of opportunity to get the interior of your vehicle dirty. Whether it’s a ketchup spill, mud or drywall dust, make sure you tend to stains and dirt in a timely fashion. If you have leather seating surfaces, wipe them down often and use a leather protectant to keep them from staining or cracking. If you have cloth seats, vacuum regularly and use cleaners and stain-prevention treatments recommended by the manufacturer.
The same goes for the exterior. Road debris, weather and pollutants can wreak havoc on the finish of your car or truck, so wash your vehicle regularly with a non-detergent product made specifically for automobiles. Remember to spray down the undercarriage when you wash, especially if you’ve been off-road or live where salt is used on the roads. To keep your vehicle looking its best over time, protect your paint job with wax or sealant at least a couple times a year.

Also, inspect the battery terminals, engine and other crucial parts for leaks and excessive dirt. If you notice a problem, check with your dealer’s service department for advice or assistance. A little work now will keep your vehicle looking great for years to come, but if cleaning, waxing and inspecting isn’t your idea of a good time, watch for dealer detailing specials and take advantage of the free inspections that are usually part of dealer oil change services.

Fix Small Items Before They Become Big Ones

Fixing small things before they become major issues is important, for the health of your wallet as much as for the health of your vehicle. It’s much more cost effective to replace a worn belt or to fix a small crack in your windshield than it is to break down on the side of the road or have to replace an entire windshield. Taking the time sooner rather than later will save you both time and money. Filter changes might seem like small issues, but neglecting them can also lead to bigger, more costly issues down the road. You should also pay careful attention to cabin filters. The filters clean the air that comes in through the ventilation system, and if left unchecked, you could experience unpleasant driving conditions, especially if you have respiratory issues or allergies. They typically need changing every 12,000-15,000 miles but check your owner’s manual. Keeping up with manufacturer-recommended service intervals is another way to have a better running vehicle that will hold more of its value over time.

Watch Your Tires
One of the simplest ways to extend the life of your tires is to make sure they are rotated according to manufacturer recommendations (check your owner’s manual). This helps make sure they wear evenly, and the tread inspection that occurs during tire rotation can help detect other potential problems. If you notice uneven tread wear or you experience vibration when driving, simple things like wheel balancing or alignment can correct the problem and maximize tire life. Proper inflation is equally important – if your tires aren’t properly inflated, your fuel economy will suffer and you will have to replace tires more frequently. The tread-depth of your tires is also an indication of whether or not your car is safe to drive. Your ability to control your car on wet or slippery roads depends on adequate tread, so have your tires inspected at least twice a year and replace them when recommended by the manufacturer or as necessary for your driving conditions.

Don’t Ignore the Dash
Your vehicle is a high-tech and complex piece of machinery and it needs to be treated that way. Any time the “check engine” light, or any other warning light, comes on, it should be attended to immediately to determine the cause. These indicators were specifically designed by the manufacturer to catch smaller items before they turn into major ones. Prompt attention to diagnostic alerts can prevent or minimize expensive repairs.

The best way to keep your car running optimally is to service it regularly and treat it well. Don’t hesitate to stop by and let our factory-trained technicians help you get the most out of your vehicle.

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


Chevrolet Special Service Silverado Joins Police Lineup


Silverado 1500 Crew Cab is adapted for police use

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) joins the brand’s growing police vehicle portfolio. It goes on sale this summer, offering the same capabilities, efficiency and durability as the award-winning Silverado 1500, with special features designed for police use.

The SSV package is available on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab in 1WT or 1LS trims, and includes the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, rated at 355 horsepower and delivering the highest EPA-rated fuel economy for a 2WD V-8 full-size pickup: 23 mpg highway. The engine is available with E85 capability. Police agencies can choose 2WD or 4WD models with the standard 6’6” pickup box or a shorter 5’8” box.

“Last year, the Silverado 1500 was awarded for its low cost of ownership,  a key purchasing factor for municipalities and government agencies,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM Fleet & Commercial. “The EcoTec3 engine provides the best fuel economy of any V-8 and still gives agencies the power and capability they need from a full-size pickup.”

Contented for service

The Silverado SSV is equipped with a standard 170-amp high-output alternator and 730-CCA auxiliary battery, which allows officers to operate lights, radios, computers, cameras and other equipment while parked with the engine turned off, preserving the charge of the vehicle’s primary battery. The SSV pickup also is equipped with a 110-volt outlet for equipment, and comes standard with electrical power supply for four upfitter switches located on the center stack for easy control and accessibility.

The crew cab offers a vinyl rear seat along with large rear doors for easy entry when transporting passengers. Other available interior options include front center seat delete, which provides an open center console space for police equipment, an auxiliary dome lamp and an electronic four-wheel drive switch located on the dash.

An available common key option allows municipalities to use one key to operate all of their Silverado SSVs and 2015 Tahoe police vehicles. Chevrolet will offer ship-through options for the upfit of light bars, sirens, partitions and additional aftermarket equipment.

 SSV package at a glance

Standard features:

  • 5.3L EcotTec3 V-8 engine
  • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
  • High-capacity air cleaner
  • 170-amp high-output alternator
  • 730-CCA auxiliary battery
  • 110-volt outlet
  • Four upfitter switches with electrical power supply

 Available features:

  • Spotlamp – driver or driver and passenger
  • Wiring for grille, lamp and sirens
  • Flasher system for headlamps and taillamps
  • Common key package
  • Vinyl rear seat
  • Front center seat delete
  • Auxiliary dome lamp
  • Electronic four-wheel-drive switch
  • Daytime running lamps delete
  • Rear-vision camera

 Silverado 1500: Proven capabilities and comfort

The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine is certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It combines direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing to achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway (2WD models). It’s the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup on the market.


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