Which 2016 Chevy Model is Best For You?

October 15th, 2015 by

It’s hard not to get overwhelmed when you’re eyeing the Chevy lineup, but this is a good issue to have. Every one of the brand’s vehicles has its own unique values, and there’s certainly a vehicle that will appeal to every consumer.

However, how you determine which vehicle is best for you? Before you decide to go shopping for a Chevrolet in Albany, New York, see which 2016 car you may want to target…

Malibu

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The 2016 Malibu will see some general changes across the board, including the addition of the new 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of producing 160 horsepower (or, if you’d prefer, you can choose the alternative turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, capable of producing 250 horsepower). Considering all this power, it’s impressive that Chevy still managed to improve the fuel economy, as the car should return class-leading mpg specs.

The interior is just as fancy and upscale as the past, boasting plenty of features and amenities. The six-speaker audio system supplements the eight-inch MyLink Infotainment system, and there’s also the option for ventilated front seats, navigation, adaptive cruise control, and a new Teen Driver system, which keeps a driver focused on the road.

Last year’s Malibu was commended for it’s price. This year’s Malibu will mostly be praised for it’s fuel economy, but it’ll also be remembered for its changes and impressive specs.

Camaro

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Unbelievably, Chevy had managed to produce an even faster Camaro, and Jeremy Korzeniewski of AutoBlog attributes the upgraded speed to additional power and reduced weight. The writer first focuses on the 2016 Camaro with the 6.2-liter V8 engine. Essentially an automatic Camaro SS, the vehicle can produce 455 horsepower, a zero-to-sixty time of 4.0 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 12.3 seconds (at 116 miles per hour). Compared to other muscle cars on the market, these specs would top those of the Mustang GT.

Korzeniewski doesn’t only pass along the engine, power and speed specs. He also notes the Camaro’s ability to drive on “twisty” roads, commending the vehicle for it’s .97 g on the skidpad. He also notes that the vehicle (which rides on the accompanying Goodyear Eagle F1 summer tires) can stop from 60 mph in 117 feet.

The writer then switches focuses to the additional engine options. There’s the 3.6-liter V6 (which can produce 335 horsepower, a zero-to-sixty time of 5.1 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 13.5 seconds) and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (275 horsepower, zero-to-sixty of 5.4 seconds, quarter mile time of 14 seconds).

“The performance of the Camaro 2.0L Turbo will challenge many of the iconic muscle cars from the 1960s, while the Camaro SS’s performance – including 0.97 g cornering – makes it one of the most capable 2+2 coupes on the market,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “The performance numbers only tell half of the story, because the lighter curb weight also makes the new Camaro feel more responsive and agile behind the wheel. It brakes more powerfully, dives into corners quicker, accelerates faster and is more fun to drive than ever.”

Chevy truly took every measure possible to drop some weight from the Camaro, as Korzeniewski claims they went as “far as to shave down suspension bolts so that no thread went unthreaded.” Overall, engineers managed to shave 390 pounds off the standard Camaros and 223 pounds from the SS model. Despite losing weight, engineers managed to produce a more dependable chassis, as stiffness has been increased by 28 percent (compared to the fifth-generation Camaro coupes). Finally, when compared to the nameplate’s main rival, Korzeniewski notes that the Camaro will weight less than the Mustang.

“Every Camaro model offers exceptional chassis strength and rigidity, but the modular design made the architecture more adaptable and mass-efficient, because we didn’t have to compensate for the unique demands of, say, the SS convertible when building a 2.0L Turbo coupe,” said Oppenheiser. “The result was an elegant engineering solution: 12 chassis components that could be combined to meet the structural requirements of each specific model, without adding unnecessary mass to other models.”

The 2016 Camaro sees a $1,995 price jump over the 2015 model, coming in at $26,695. The SS starts at $37,295 (a $2,795 increase over 2015). The vehicles are expected to hit Chevy dealerships in the next few months.

Cruze

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The Cruze may not lead the class of compact cars in any one specific spec, but it’s consistency across the board justifies the car’s solid reputation. Earning the role of Chevy’s best-selling model, the 2016 Cruze continues to impress. The brand improved on the areas that needed some modifications, but left us with the best attributes of the vehicle.

The new D2 front-drive architecture results in a must lighter and smoother design, as the Cruze has dropped 250 pounds from the 2015 model. Chevy didn’t stop there, as the interior’s been redone, as well. There’s a new seven-inch MyLink touch-screen display, which is compatible with Apple and Android phones. There’s also the inclusion of 4G LTE, meaning you can always take work with you without worrying about having access to the internet.

We know that the tank can hold 15.6 gallons, allowing for up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway. The standard 1.4L turbo engine should present an improvement over last year’s engine, which was capable of producing 138 horsepower and 148 ft-lbs of torque.

“We are excited about the introduction of the all-new 2016 Cruze and what it will offer customers,” a Chevrolet spokeswoman said. “The hatch variant helped make the Cruze Chevrolet’s best-selling car globally and that body style will continue to be offered in various markets. However, we are not confirming markets, timing or content at this time.”

There are rumors that Chevy could be looking to add a five-door model Cruze to the United States market as they look to compete with rival companies. If we’re looking for a specific target, we can assume that the brand may be eyeing Honda, which recently announced that they’d be releasing their own hatchback version of the Honda Civic. The Civic sedan will launch in the new few months, but it’s also uncertain when the hatchback will hit dealer lots. Furthermore, the brand could be looking at Ford Motor Company, where the Ford Focus hatchback accounts for 40-percent of the nameplate’s sales. Other potential competitors are the Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3.

Silverado

It was generally expected that the new Silverado 1500-series would differ from predecessors based on the vehicle’s styling. However, as Noah Joseph of AutoBlog.com writes, that’s not entirely true. Instead, there’s a variety of new “enhanced equipment” that’s been included in the Silverado HD.

It starts with the innovative Digital Steering Assist system, which helps with an easier and safer towing experience. Furthermore, a brand new gooseneck/5th-wheel trailer prep package will allow the new heavy duty truck to tow a maximum of 23,200 pounds. That initial number will automatically place the Silverado on all top-10 lists of the best towing vehicles, regardless of the brand.

As Joseph notes, the 2016 1500 series will be available in a pair of versions (2500HD and 3500HD), with four available trim levels, three cab sizes, two cargo box lengths, and a variety of powertrain and drivetrain combinations. Furthermore, there will be plenty of special editions and packages, including the Z71 (best for off-roading) and a Custom Sport Edition (presenting a powerful vehicle with a “sleeker” design).

 

Make up your mind? There are of course a number of other vehicles that we didn’t get to, so your choices aren’t limited to the options above. In any case, head down to DePaula Chevy and check out their current selection of vehicles. We’d bet you’ll find the perfect vehicle for you, and you could be driving off the lot in no time!

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