Change your oil every three months or 3000 miles!

Sound familiar? More than likely your parents ground it into your memory, so every time the little sticker in the corner of our windshield matches our odometer we immediately head for the nearest Jiffy Lube.

When was the last time you went 10,000 miles without changing your oil? If your like most of us, probably never, however, some cars are made to run that long or longer on a single oil change thanks to tighter engine tolerances, better materials, and synthetic oils.

According to a recent government survey only 33% of people had ever driven their cars 4000 miles or more on a single oil change.

The truth is, changing your oil every 3000 miles is just too often, todays engines are made to run 5, 8, 10, and even 20,000 miles between oil changes. The average oil change costs around $30, and lets say we drive the standard 12,000 miles a year, that’s $120 a year in oil changes when really you should only be spending half that, it’s not a big savings, but over time really can help line your pocketbook.

Every year we throw away millions of gallons of half used oil, one analyst from Edmonds.com said “you wouldent change your bath water halfway through, why would you change your oil” and he’s right. If you want to find out how often you should change your oil you can either check your service manual, or go to http://www.checkyournumber.org put in your year make and model, and it will tell you how often you really need to stop in to the service station.

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2012 Chevrolet Suburban at Rapid Chevrolet Cadillac

by Holly Johnson

For over seventy-five years the Chevrolet Suburban has gone through many changes from 1936 when it was a 2 Door panel truck to current day with a smoother body frame and 4 doors with all the upgrades of the 21st Century.  The Chevy Suburban has come a long way from an inline six cylinder engine with 90 horsepower to the current day engine choices of a 5.3L V8 with 320 horsepower or 6.0L V8 with 325 horsepower both are coupled with a 6 speed automatic transmission.  This makes hauling that boat to the lake for the weekend a piece of cake or even driving the family around town, a comfortable enjoyable ride.  With an SUV that can work just as hard as any full size truck why would you look at anything else?  With new changes to the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban isn’t it worth a look to see what it can offer you?  Even if you purchase a new or used Suburban you will be making yourself a great investment in the long run.

The 2012 Chevy Suburban holds up to nine people, some full size vans don’t even hold that many or you can easily convert the cargo space to provide 137.4 cubic feet of room for whatever you need to haul.  When it comes to fuel economy, space, and amenities, the 2012 Suburban has a leg up on the competition be it the Dodge Durango, Buick Enclave, Ford Expedition and Toyota Sequoia.  The 2012 Suburban also offers over 8,100lbs. of towing power when properly equipped.  Kelly Blue Book named the 2010 Suburban “Top 10 Family Car”.  In 2011 the Chevy Suburban was “U.S. News and World Reports” top two pick as being an affordable large SUV.  With the beginning of 2012 there is no doubt that the award winning Suburban will continue to top the “best of” charts.  With a low MSRP of $41,335, the 2012 Chevy Suburban is a truck based SUV that offers supreme value to buyers.

In spite of the 2012 Chevy Suburban’s truck based platform and being a workhorse functional SUV it has a modern sophisticated interior that outshines the bland design of other utilitarian vehicles.  The refined cabin is loaded with plush features giving the Suburban’s interior a contemporary look that sets it apart from its other large SUV competitors.  With each of the different trims available each one has different features such as Bluetooth, full power accessories, satellite radio, rear seat audio controls, heated outside mirrors rear parking sensors, tri-zone manual climate and remote vehicle start just to name a few.

No matter the changes the Chevy Suburban has endured it has still managed to last through history as being one of the longest made SUV vehicles on the market.  With the ability to haul anything from a boat the size of a small studio apartment to the kids Soccer team wouldn’t the 2012 Chevy Suburban be the ideal fit for you?  If you can’t afford to purchase a new Suburban even a used model will be a good investment for your present and future.

2012 Traverse Break Down from Rapid Chevy

Americans are always ready for change be it a job, a new place to live or starting a family so the fact that the average American family has 2.6 kids shouldn’t be surprising but what if you have the Brady Bunch as a family?  Well you’re in luck then because the 2012 Chevy Traverse can hold a family of eight comfortably and still has room to bring the groceries home too.  Edmunds ranks the 2012 Chevrolet Traverse 3 out of 23 Affordable Midsize SUVs which they based on analysis of 26 published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Traverse as well as analysis of reliability and safety data.  Why not go down to your Chevrolet dealer and check out the Traverse and take the family for a spin?

If you’re constantly on the move and your mobile device is your best friend the Traverse has features you’ll love.  OnStar Remote link mobile app lets you start your engine and lock or unlock your doors remotely from your IPhone or Android operating system.  You can check your fuel range, tank level, as well as remaining oil life or connect remotely to OnStar.  You can even schedule service making it easier to get that oil change scheduled using MYCHEVROLET to find the nearest Chevy dealer to book your appointment.  You can even use the app to call for roadside assistance, check what the warning lights and indicators mean or for some of those who lose their vehicle at a busy shopping center you can set a reminder of where you parked.

Before purchasing any vehicle you want to know it’s going to offer safety that will protect you and your family with whatever Mother Nature wants to dish out.  The 2012 Chevrolet Traverse will put your mind at ease.  Antilock disc brakes, traction & stability control, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags for all three rows is standard on all 2012 Chevrolet Traverses as well as OnStar.  In Edmunds brake testing a Traverse LTZ was able to stop from 60mph in 130 ft, a Traverse LT with smaller tires was able to do it in 135 ft.  In government crash tests, the Traverse earned a top five-star rating for overall performance, with four out of five stars being given for overall front-impact protection & five stars for overall side impact protection.  The Traverse also aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, where it received the highest rating of “Good” in all frontal-offset, side-impact & roof-strength tests.  

So not matter if you have a Brady Bunch sized family or a smaller family the 2012 Chevy Traverse will be able to accommodate you all.  With safety features, plenty of room, & accessories that make managing everything a piece of cake isn’t it worth it to check out the 2012 Chevy Traverse to see what it can offer you & your family?

Six Good vehicles for Families: Part 6 of 6

2012 Cadillac Escalade

2012 Cadillac Escalade

The 2012 Cadillac Escalade continues to impress. 2012 Cadillac Escalade is the kind of vehicle that could be your great choice if you are looking for a strong car with large capacity. You can begin considering about its exterior and interior design and see whether the vehicle matches your standard and expectation in term of the appearance. It delivers the luxury and elegance that would really fit your lifestyle, along with the comfortable interior parts that would make your travel time more comfortable. This car is the perfect choice for you who often travel in long distance. The wheelbase as the part of the basic elements also provides comfort in dealing with any types of road.

2012 Cadillac Escalade AWD 4dr Luxury – Summary
Brake ABS System: 4-Wheel
Disc – Front
Disc – Rear
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in): 13.0 x 1.2
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in): 13.5 x 0.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³): 108.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³): 60.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³): 16.9
Engine
Engine Type: Gas V8
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in): 116.0
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in): 202.5
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in): 79.0
Height, Overall (in): 75.9
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in): 31.6
Ground Clearance, Front (in): 9
Ground Clearance, Rear (in): 9
Step Up Height – Front (in): 20.2
Step Up Height – Side (in): 20.2
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal): 26
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity: 8
Front Head Room (in): 41.1
Front Leg Room (in): 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in): 65.2
Front Hip Room (in): 60.5
Second Head Room (in): 39.2
Second Leg Room (in): 39.0
Second Shoulder Room (in): 65.2
Second Hip Room (in): 60.8
Third Head Room (in): 37.9
Third Leg Room (in): 25.6
Third Shoulder Room (in): 61.7
Third Hip Room (in): 49.1
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG): 15 (2011)
EPA Fuel Economy Est – City (MPG): 13 (2011)
EPA Fuel Economy Est – Hwy (MPG): 18 (2011)
Suspension
Suspension Type – Front: Indep torsion bar
Suspension Type – Rear: 5-link coil springs
Spring Capacity – Front (lbs): 3600
Tires
Front Tire Order Code: QST
Rear Tire Order Code: QST
Spare Tire Order Code: ZRS
Front Tire Size: P285/45R22
Rear Tire Size: P285/45R22
Spare Tire Size: P265/70R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 5000
Dead Weight Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 500
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Trailer Wt. (lbs): 8100
Wt Distributing Hitch – Max Tongue Wt. (lbs): 1215
Transmission
Drivetrain: AWD
Vehicle
Rear Door Type: Liftgate
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in): 22 x 9
Rear Wheel Size (in): 22 x 9
Spare Wheel Size (in): 17 x – TBD –
Front Wheel Material: Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material: Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material: Steel

Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Part 2 – GMC Yukon

Part 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevy Tahoe

Six Good Vehicles for Families: Part 5 of 6

2012 Chevy Tahoe

2012 Chevy Tahoe

Hybrid seats 8 people. From the information that has been put out on the 2012. It doesn’t sound like it will be significantly different than the 2011 model. In regards to fuel consumption, the Hybrid has made some ground.

Significant changes were made to improve the fuel economy on the 2012 Tahoe. It is the first full-size SUV with a hybrid engine with the standards of 33% fuel consumption. It has a two-hybrid system; driven by an electric motor at low speeds and the 6.0-liter V8 with Active Fuel Management technology. This system also uses regenerative braking. Other changes in fuel economy are a more aerodynamic front, low rolling resistance tires, low ride height and the use of lightweight aluminum on the hood and tailgate.
“All three models of the 2012 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe are remarkably comfortable and sophisticated. The three models – the Tahoe LS, Tahoe Z71, and Tahoe LT. The LS model offers contoured custom cloth seats, and an available split-folding third-row of seats that provides nine-passenger seating capability, a standard eight-speaker audio system and Premium Ride suspension. The Z71 model comes with features like 17-inch on-/offroad tires, 17-inch cast- aluminum wheels, skid plates, a newly available front brush, and a specially designed luggage rack with rear roller guard that makes loading and unloading heavy gear easy. Finally, the LT model features redesigned heated front bucket seats with standard Custom Leather seating surfaces. New second-row buckets that provide comfort and easy access to the rear are available as well.” -allautoreviews.com

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Six Good Vehicles for Families: Part 4 of 6

2012 Toyota Highlander

2012 Toyota Highlander

The 2012 Toyota Highlander is the best crossover for you if you want a seven-passenger wagon that’s cooler than a minivan and cushier than an SUV.

The 2012 Toyota Highlander should be a repeat of the 2011 Toyota Highlander. Available in front- and all-wheel drive and with gasoline and gas-electric hybrid power, the 2012 Highlander will continue to tread a line between minivan and SUV. It may not possess sufficient attributes of either to satisfy committed family types or image-conscious SUV fans. If you’re somewhere in the middle, you’ll find it an astute compromise.

Highlander is relatively easy to maneuver and garage because its body is no larger overall than the typical five-seat midsize crossover. Highlander, however, does squeeze in an available third-row seat. It’s tighter back there than in a minivan, but Highlander’s first- and second-row accommodations are as generous as any midsize SUV’s.

The 2012 Toyota Highlander will return with a choice of four- and six-cylinder gasoline engines and with a gas-electric hybrid powertrain.

The 2012 Highlander Hybrid will return with three unique features: an instrument panel display that monitors the flow of gas and electric power, an “EV mode” switch to lock in electric propulsion for a limited distance in certain low-speed conditions, and an “Econ-mode” switch that maximizes fuel economy by modulating throttle response during acceleration.

The 2012 Toyota Highlander will go on sale in autumn 2011

Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Part 2 – GMC Yukon

Part 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 5 – Chevrolet Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Six Good Vehicles for Families Part: 3 of 6

Toyota Sienna

2012 Toyota Sienna

2012 Toyota Sienna

The interior capacity of this vehicle model will take up to 7 adult passengers, although you can also remove the middle-section on the second row to enable an extra seat for the eighth person. Aside from a large interior space, you’d also be delighted to know that the 2012 Toyota Sienna is comfortable and provides a lot of room for your luggage.

There are five models available for the 2012 lineup: base Sienna model, LE, SE, XLE, and luxury Limited models. There are two engine choices available for the 2012 Toyota Sienna: four- and six-cylinder engine.  Some of the notable interior features that are impressive for its class include the second-row recliner lounge Seating, dual view entertainment center, navigation system, wide-angle rearview camera, and safety connect telematics system.

There is increased legroom ensure a comfortable ride even for passengers with long legs. Meanwhile, the cargo room has been given a boost to make it suitable for family travel or trips.

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Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Parts 2 – GMC Yukon

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevrolet Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Six Good Vehicles for Families: Part 2 of 6

2012 GMC Yukon XL Denali

2012 GMC Yukon

2012 GMC Yukon

The 2012 GMC Yukon is a sports utility vehicle that’s available in two model types, entry level and Denali with a 9 person seating availability. The Yukon is available with either a two wheel or a four wheel drive. The Denali version is equipped with a 6.2 Liter V8 engine that is rated at 380 horsepower. The 2012 Yukon is equipped with 17 inch tires, lights to combat fog, bucket seats in the front with a center console, accessories that are fully powered, OnStar, entry into the vehicle is without keys and a drivers seat that is powered and can be adjusted in six different ways and a music system with eight speakers and a CD player and a satellite radio. The equipment available with the SLT1 package is leather seats, a CD player that can store 6 CDs, power adjusted pedals; one can start the vehicle without keys and a system to assist the driver park the vehicle. The vehicle is equipped with anti-lock disc brakes, a system to maintain stability and

curtain air bags that run the full length of the vehicle. The interior of the Yukon is made of expensive materials, with easy to use controls and navigation system. It can carry 109 cubic feet of baggage which makes it among the best in its class.

The 2012 Yukon SLT2 equipment package contains, an expensive music system manufactured by Bose, heated front seats and can be adjusted in 12 different ways, and a third row of seats that are split. The 2012 Yukon Denali version is equipped with all of the above equipment and 18 inch tires, a suspension that is equipped with a road leveling feature, and second row of seats that are heated Captain’s chairs.

Part 1 – Chevy Suburban

Part 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevy Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

Six good vehicles for families: Part 1 of 6

Chevrolet Suburban

2012 chevy suburban interior

2012 Chevy Suburban Interior

The new 2012 Suburban seats up to 8 passengers, 9 in the LS model. For convenience is offers power-adjustable pedals, remote start and rear parking assist with camera. Tri-zone temperature control, driver information center and in the LTZ model, heated and cooled leather bucket seats. The exterior has a  remote lift gate, and power-retractable assist steps that add to the convenience. When you have a family, safety is always on your mind. No worries here with a steel safety cage, 6 air bags, OnStar, StabilitTrak, Four-wheel ABS, rear view cameras and a tire pressure monitor system. Technology is at it’s best with hands-free connection for phones, turn-by-turn navigation through OnStar and SiriusXM and XM NavTraffic. It boasts 320 HP and 335 lb-ft of torque under the hood. The Vortec 5.3 V8 gives you the power to pass safely.

Rapid Chevrolet Suburbans

Part 2 – GMC  Yukon

Parts 3 – Toyota Sienna

Part 4 – Toyota Highlander

Part 5 – Chevrolet Tahoe

Part 6 – Cadillac Escalade

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