The Cadillac XTS — A New World Class Luxury Performance Sedan

In a way, the Cadillac XTS is a successor to the STS. In the past, GM often debuted some of its most dynamic and innovative new ideas in the STS. The XTS follows that pattern as GM introduces the XTS CUE system. CUE is the acronym for ‘Cadillac User Experience.’ Now, a host of controls are accessed through a large touch screen. The driver can access climate, audio, navigational, and OnStar functions via the touch screen. Sophisticated natural voice recognition software improves upon the experience.

The all-new XTS is larger than the former STS and smaller than the discontinued DTS. Its back seat is large enough that it is already being employed by some livery services. The trunk offers a very substantial 18.0 cu ft of space.

The XTS is now the ‘big brother’ to the redesigned CTS introduced in 2008. The XTS offers certain standard features that are options on the CTS. The ‘DI’ or direct injection V-6 is rated at 304 hp. It offers quick, smooth acceleration aided by a six speed automatic transmission.

Dual-mode magnetic ride control is a GM innovation that allows the firmness of the ride to be adjusted many times per second. This allows a smooth ride on the straightaway while providing firm cornering when needed. On those corners adaptive forward lighting allows the headlamps to better illuminate the way.  Hi-performance brakes by Brembo combined with standard 19-inch alloy wheels further contribute to a luxury performance sedan experience that rivals competitors’ entries often costing much more.

Be among the first to own an XTS!  Check it out today at Les Stanford Cadillac!

The 2013 Chevy Volt Stands Alone

When is a hybrid not a hybrid? When it has a gasoline engine but doesn’t use it to power the wheels.

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt has a 16.5-kwh lithium battery pack and a 149 horsepower, 273 pound-feet of torque electric motor. The high torque of the electric motor means the Volt is more energetic around town than its gas counterpart. It can reach a speed of 100 mph and goes from a standing start to 60 mph in a little under nine seconds.

The Volt will run on electric-only for 25 to 50 miles around town before the batteries run low.  Everyone else has a gas engine which powers the wheels directly or no gas engine at all. The Volt’s 1.4 liter gas engine turns a generator which sends electricity to the motor and can power the Volt for another 380 miles. If you use the car only for trips less than 35 miles and plug it in every night, you’ll never use a drop of gas. Equivalent miles per gallon while running on electricity are around 130 mpg in the city and 100 mpg on the highway (another oddity of electric motors – they perform best in stop and go driving).

The rest of the Volt makes driving enjoyable. Chevy provides the common list of standard equipment; automatic headlights, keyless entry, automatic climate control and Bluetooth capabilities. The Premium package adds leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats. You can get a rearview camera and parking sensors and a navigation system and Bose speaker upgrade.

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Some Positive Features of the Chevy Spark

One of the more interesting cars to come out in a while is the Chevy Spark. The trend in micro cars is heating up. People want better gas mileage, yet still have the ability to haul around four adults. This car delivers on both counts. The Spark has gas mileage ratings of 32 MPH in the city and 38 MPH on the highway. There is enough room in the interior to haul four six foot adults in comfortable fashion. The Spark also sports some interesting features to ensure a pleasant ride.

The higher end audio system in the car include four speakers and has CD/MP3 with FM/AM features. There are various sound options that can be adjusted for a great listening experience.

The safety features on the car are what one expects these days. In the front are large ventilated brakes of the ABS variety. This ensures hard breaking, without skidding  out of control. In addition, to the heavy duty braking system, the car is equipped with dual front airbags. The Spark is propelled by a 1.2 liter 16 valve engine matted to a 5 speed transmission. This helps propel the car from 0-60 in about 11.9 seconds, which is more than sufficient in most situations.

If a person wants to buy a new car, they should take a long look at the Chevy Spark. With all of its positive attributes it is a car that should be considered.  Check one out at Les Stanford Chevrolet today!

2012 Chevy Silverado: Gold-Standard Work Truck

Chevy Silverado 1500 at Les Stanford Chevrolet Dealership in Dearborn MiThe Chevy Silverado has proven itself as a tough and reliable all-work-and-no-play vehicle over the years. For 2012, it remains largely unaltered from previous incarnations except for a few minor visual modifications.

A 4.3-liter V6 engine powers the standard model Silverado to give it just under 200 bhp with 260 pound-feet of torque. While this is enough juice to get most jobs done, those who require more can upgrade to a robust 6.2-liter V8 that pushes over 400 bhp. Even as a full-size truck, the Silverado is quick on its feet with a 0-60 sprint time of 6.6 seconds. The car manages to haul a whopping 10,700 pounds with that large 6.2-liter engine.

Most people probably wouldn’t suspect a car like the Silverado to be quiet as a whisper and smooth as glass on the road. Handling is good because the steering is surprisingly responsive, and maneuverability is also excellent for a car of this class. The Silverado drives just as well in the city as it does on the open highways and off the road completely.

Designed with a specific purpose in mind, the Silverado won’t win any beauty contests–but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have utilitarian good looks. With classic lines, good proportions, and an eye-catching grill, the Silverado’s aesthetics are definitely a case of less is more.

As for the interior, the Silverado has just enough room and comfort to make driving quite pleasant. Interior materials are of good quality, though not especially luxurious or performance-oriented. Cargo space is plentiful in the back of the truck, so it’s possible to bring whatever or whoever along for the ride.

All in all, the 2012 Chevy Silverado is a great contender in the full-size truck market. With very sufficient performance capabilities, a comfortable ride, tons of space for hauling stuff around, and decent looks to match, the Silverado passes the test for both form and function.  Get yours at Les Stanford Chevrolet today!

2012 Chevy Cruze: Family Friendly Efficiency

The 2012 Chevy Cruze is a compact sedan that is certain to be popular with young families. It features sharp styling and a fuel efficient 4 cylinder engine with surprising power. Other premium features include a keyless ignition and a hard drive navigation system.

The 2012 Cruze is available in several models including the base LS, the Cruze Eco and the higher end LTZ. The base model offers a manual transmission with a 1.8 liter 4 cylinder engine and 136 horsepower. The other models feature a manual transmission with a 1.4 liter 4 cylinder engine and an upscale turbocharger. This increases torque levels and provides increased acceleration. An optional automatic transmission is available.

The Cruze Eco model features aerodynamic styling with alloy wheels and an impressive 42 mph EPA rating. The LTZ offers premium interior styling with 18 inch alloy wheels and an EPA rating of 38 mph.

The passenger cabin is built for driving comfort with six-way adjustable driver seats, power accessories and OnStar assistance. Upgrades include a Connectivity package that features a USB port and a Bluetooth wireless kit. Additional options offer a premium 9 speaker sound package, a sunroof and a hard drive navigation system. The Cruze comfortably seats five and offers 15.4 cubic feet of truck space.

Safety is of prime concern and the 2012 Cruze hits the mark. All 2012 models provide anti-lock disc brakes and stability control. The standard package includes front and rear side impact bags, full length side curtain bags and front knee airbags.

Considering a Cruze?  Test drive one today at Les Stanford Chevrolet!

The Luxury Cadillac SRX

Cadillac is known for making sturdy, reliable, and luxurious cars, and the 2012 SRX is no different.  The SRX’s many features make it stand apart from the competition.

First, the technology in the SRX make it an easy and enjoyable car to drive.  For instance, keyless access allows you to get into your car without having to dig for your keys.  The car even senses when you’re close by and will automatically unlock the doors for you.  Additionally, these automobiles include an eight-inch touch screen from which you can access OnStar, GPS navigation, and more.

Second, the SRX’s performance features make the car efficient to use.  For example, the automobile is fuel efficient and doesn’t require premium gas.  This model of Cadillac has the most powerful engine in any standard car, a 308 HP V6 engine.  Auto-dry brakes and four wheel drive also make the SRX easier to drive in all types of weather conditions.

The 2012 SRX also comes with a large amount of storage space.  You can fold the back seats flat, which provides more than 60 cubic feet of storage space.  The double deck glove box can hold a two liter bottle, and has a cooling feature.  There are also storage places in the front and back doors, in the backs of the front seats, and in the floor.

Finally, the Cadillac SRX is customizable to your personal preferences.  You can adjust the pedals so that you can comfortably reach them, no matter what your height.  The pedals also have memory settings In addition, this automobile features a tri-zone automatic climate control system that allows the driver, front passenger, and backseat passengers choose the temperature they desire in their area of the car.

The 2012 SRX has many features that make it stand apart from other automobiles on the market.  These features will make your drive a more efficient and enjoyable experience.  Test drive one today at Les Stanford Cadillac!