Giving back in more ways than one

Rapid Chevrolet is giving back this holiday season by participating in a variety of charitable causes including the One Warm Coat Drive and Silent Auction.

Looking for a new Chevy this holiday season? We are also offering no monthly payments until spring(1), plus 0% APR financing, and $1,500 Holiday Allowance(2).

Find great savings on the Traverse and Malibu, named a Consumers Digest “Best Buy” three years in a row, while the roomy Equinox has been a Consumers Digest “Best Buy” the past two. Plus, find offers on the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with available 403 HP, 1,925 lbs of payload(3) and 10,700 lbs of towing capacity(4).

And to guarantee the quality, every Chevrolet is backed by a 100,000 mile/5-year(5) transferable Powertrain Warranty, 24/7 Roadside Assistance Program and Courtesy Transportation Programs.

Find us on facebook where you can see special offers, updates and details on how to get involved.

No monthly payments till spring(1), plus 0% APR, and $1,500 Holiday Allowance(2) for qualified buyers on the following 2011 Chevy models:

  • Avalanche
  • Equinox
  • Malibu
  • Silverado 1500
  • Suburban
  • Tahoe
  • Traverse

No monthly payments till spring plus 0% APR for qualified buyers on the following 2011 models(1):

  • Express
  • HHR LS
  • Impala LS
  • Silverado 2500/3500

No monthly payments till spring for qualified buyers on the following 2011 models(6):

  • Aveo LS
  • Cruze

2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe Review

First – we must give credit to Harvey Schwartz with – we loved his post so much we decided to re-post it!

The all-new 2011 Cadillac CTS Coupe is the first Cadillac to go directly from concept form to the showroom floor.  The look is brilliant, expressing Cadillac’s ‘Art & Science’ direction.  It is a perfect balance of dramatic styling with uncompromising performance, comfort and luxury. The CTS-Coupe is the new focal point of Cadillac, expressing both its design and technical capabilities.  It is intended to appeal to a new generation of car enthusiasts.

Cadillac CTS Coupe

Luxury has a new name

The coupe joins the CTS Sport Sedan, the 556hp CTS-V high-performance sedan and the new CTS Sport Wagon as the foundation of Cadillac’s lineup.  A 556hp high-performance CTS-V Coupe will be released later this year.

The coupe is a classic 2+2 layout bolstered with advanced technology, such as a rear-view camera system, and a performance-oriented suspension system coupled to rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The coupe has the same wheelbase as the CTS-Sport Sedan, but an overall height that is approximately two inches lower and an overall length that is two inches shorter.  Although it draws from its sport sedan sister, the CTS Coupe shares only the instrument panel, console, headlamps, front fenders and grille.  Key design feature include a classic hardtop styling with no conventional B-pillar; a touch pad operation for the doors removing the need for conventional door handles, creating a technical, clean profile; a windshield laid at a faster 62.3-degrees, and a long, nearly horizontal backglass area combining to create a dramatic profile; sculpted lower front fascia with unique brake-cooling vents; a rear fascia with mesh lower grilles; deep lower side extensions, a full-perimeter chrome strip that wraps around the sharp, pulled-up greenhouse glass; a center outlet exhaust with twin-dihedral-shaped tips that pass through the rear fascia; signature vertical lighting, highlighted with LED light pipes; a rear spoiler integrated into the signature center high-mounted stop lamp and a sculpted roof-mounted antenna for ONSTAR and XM satellite radio reception.

From any angle, the shape of the CTS Coupe is refreshingly simple, yet amplified with intricately carved details.  There is nothing on the high-end two-door 2+2 coupe market that even comes close to the looks and details of the all-new 2011 CTS-Coupe.

Driving the new CTS-Coupe is pure heaven, fun and easy to accelerate and maneuver whether it is around slow moving city traffic, merging then cruising on the freeways, or when tackling curving mountain roads.  The standard engine is a 3.6 liter, DOHC, VVT, Direct Injected, all-aluminum V6 that generates a healthy 304hp at 6,400rpm and 273lb.ft. of torque at 5,200rpm.  It is mated to a standard six-speed manual, featuring a revised clutch and dual-mass flywheel that offers better clutch pedal feel and improved engine isolation.  A six-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control and steering wheel mounted shift buttons comes standard on the Summer Tire Sport Package that I tested.

The Coupe’s final drive ratio is 3.73:1, up from 3.42:1 of the CTS Sedan, providing more responsive acceleration.  The CTS-Coupe Sport Package can blast out to 60mph from a standstill in just 5.5sec.  Power is put down on the pavement with a standard limited slip differential on the Sport Package model.

The powertrain’s performance is channeled through a chassis that delivers sports car performance without punishment.  The hardware includes an independent front suspension featuring a short/long arm (SLA) setup with hydraulic control arm bushings, monotube shocks, and a hollow 29mm stabilizer bar.  The multi-link rear suspension is mounted on a fully isolated subframe and features monotube shocks, and a 24.5mm hollow stabilizer bar.  Befitting its luxury sports coupe status, the Coupe has a number of adjustments in the chassis tuning enabling crisper driving performance.  The Coupe’s two-inch wider rear track gives it a more planted feel and slightly better cornering.  The Coupe has a smaller 29mm front stabilizer bar compared to the CTS-Sedan, while the rear bar is increased from 20mm to 24.5mm compared to the sedan.  Damping force is firmer at all four corners, helping the Coupe to reach 0.88g peak lateral acceleration in standard form.

You can really feel the cornering power utilizing the new ZF Servotronic 2, power-assisted, rack & pinion steering system.  Turn-in is immediate without delay and the front suspension is so tight as both systems are tweaked with the large, aluminum, re-enforced strut tower brace under the hood.  Standard Cadillac StabiliTrak and all-speed traction control keep you on your chosen path when you take the car to its limit on steep curving roads.

The all-new CTS-Coupe Sport Package stops as fast as it accelerates thanks to big, power-assisted, 4-wheel steel disc brakes.  Up front are 13.6in. vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 13.3in. vented discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  You stopping power and control are enhanced with standard ABS and Brake Assist.

The standard CTS-Coupe rides on 18X8in. aluminum alloy wheels and tires but the Sport Package adds 19X8.5in. aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 245/45ZR19in. front, and 275/40ZR19in. rear, Continental Contact high-performance tires that enhance grip, traction and give a more compliant ride over poorly paved surfaces.

The interior is comfortable, luxurious, with high-tech wonders and plenty of safety systems to keep you and your passengers happy on short or long drives.  The interior emphasizes technical precision with elegant, hand-crafted details.  The hand-assembled center console leads seamlessly into the center stack, providing a sportier ‘cockpit’ feel for you and your passenger without compromising space.  The interior also includes hand-sewn accents on the door, dashboard top, center storage console and instrument panel trim.  The fully power-adjustable bucket seats are comfortable and well bolstered for sporty driving times.  The optional heated and ventilated seats incorporate ‘thin-seat’ technology for maximum occupant comfort and enhanced rear-seat leg, knee and foot room.  The Coupe also offers a host of customer driven technologies including an integrated iPod/MP3 capability, 40-gig hard drive, including the ability to store music and pause-and-replay live radio, a pop-up navigation system, adaptive HID forward lighting system, Bluetooth connectivity, standard Keyless Entry with Smart Remote Start, rear vision camera system and a Bose 5.1 Cabin Surround Sound Audio System with 10-speakers.

Standard equipment includes automatic headlamps, heated, power-remote side mirrors, self-dimming reaview mirror, power tilt-telescoping, wood/leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise-control buttons, dual zone climate control, heated front seats, rear heating ducts behind the center console to enhance rear seat area temperature, LED interior ambient lighting, cargo net, universal home remote, memory seat adjuster, sapele wood trim, remote start, rear park assist, power tilt sunroof, dual map lamp, lighted glove box and trunk, power windows/door locks with one-touch up/down, rain-sensing wipers/washers, center console with dual cupholders, padded storage bin, flip-open front storage with 12-volt plug and one in the center console, rear dual cupholders, rear reading lamp, aluminum door sill plates, thick cut-pile carpeting and front/rear floor mats.  My CTS-Coupe came with those standard features plus a performance cooling system and was covered in Tuscan Bronze Chromaflair custom paint.

Standard safety systems include dual-stage driver front airbag, segment-first dual depth front passenger airbag, driver/front passenger side seat-mounted pelvic/thorax side airbags, roof-rail side curtain airbags that cover front and rear seating rows, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, a tire pressure monitoring system, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door, and a body structure with strategically placed high-strength steel.

The price for the Summer Tires Sport Package equipped CTS Coupe  is stickered at just $50,205.00.  That’s not too much to ask for a stunningly styled, luxury, sport coupe.  This coupe competes against the BMW 335i coupe, Audi A5 coupe and Infiniti G37 coupe but after test driving the all-new CTS-Coupe, I don’t think that there is any comparison.

Overall the CTS-Coupe wins hands down!

Chevy Cruze is the Newest Arrival at Rapid Chevrolet

As one of the newest arrivals to Rapid Chevrolet, our 2011 Cruze LT has been highly anticipated for quite some time.

Let’s start with the basics….

Starting at $16,995 and equipped with many upgrade options, it is a step ahead of the competitors and a fantastic addition to the Chevy collection. The Cruze is available in four different trim levels.

Chevy Cruze

Better than the Civic...drivers are happy!

The basic model LS has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six speed manual transmission. Although it is a standard model, it comes equipped with keyless entry, OnStar, XM satellite radio and ten airbags.

The LT starts at around $18,895 and comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The major difference between the LS and LT is the addition of 16-inch alloy wheels and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Cruze Eco also starts around $18,895 with a turbo engine, six-speed manual transmission and 17-inch alloy wheels. It is estimated to get up to 40 MPG highway thanks to the low-rolling-resistance tires, aerodynamics and decreased weight.

The LTZ starts at $22,695 and like the LT, comes with the turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with power driver’s seat and leather everything – well almost everything, the LTZ also offers Bluetooth phone connectivity, audio controls on the steering wheel, USB audio input, remote-start system, rear parking sensors and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Why all the chatter about this new Chevy?

Unlike its competitors, the Cruze offers a pleasant drive with a spacious interior, comfortable seats, standard safety features that can easily beat out the Honda Civic and a surprisingly quiet ride. A step up from the Cobolt, many journalists and auto critics alike are quite happy with this release from GM.

“Going Green” and saving money with a vehicle…is it really possible?

When General Motors revealed its latest plan to join the “Go Green” movement in 2007, many skeptics dawned their cynical crowns and began to question the possibility of building such a car. For a car that was thought up over a napkin drawing, I must say I think the innovators with GM certainly got it right this time.

Chevy Volt

You know you want to take it home

Promising triple-digit fuel economy, it is easy to see why so many people have had their concerns since this initial concept was introduced.

But can it deliver?

Yes – yes it can. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, here is a quick break-down of what makes this car so unique.

–  Propulsion system – This enables the Volt to run up to 40 miles on electricity. GM believes drivers will be able charge their battery every night and completely stop their dependence on gasoline.

–  Electric Power – If you plan on taking the Volt on a road trip, well then you will need to use regular gasoline. But don’t fret; this amazing car is equipped with a generator that provides the car with electric power through the use of gasoline. Easily translated – no emissions and with a full take of gas, the Volt can deliver up to 310 additional miles worth of direct electric power before a refill is required or the battery needs to be recharged.

–       OnStar functionality – Offering five years of Directions and Connections service, the Volt’s OnStar system offers its own dedicated version of OnStar’s new mobile app for the iPhone or Android smartphone. Not only would you be able to schedule or check the status of remote-activated charging, owners can also view the most recent data from their car: miles driven using gas and/or electric power and the average mpg.

For the sake of simplicity, those are only a few features that make this car outstanding. Now for the important question…

Is it expensive??

For some the answer would quite easily be yes. According to Kelly Blue Book, the 2011 Volt has a manufacturer’s suggest retail price (MSRP) of $41,000. However, it does qualify for up to $7,500 in Federal income tax credit, which can drop the price to a nice figure of $33,500.

For a step in the right direction, GM certainly has risen above the rest and easily surpassed other economical cars like the Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf – but the question still remains – will consumers buy into the hype or continue to stick with what they know. Only time will truly tell.

**Although this particular Chevy is not available in the Black Hills (I know we are sad too, but we hope to see it here soon), it is primarily available throughout the east and west coast of the United States**