Elegance and Power, the Cadillac CTS

2013 CTS Coupe at Les Stanford Cadillac in DearbornThe 2013 Cadillac CTS is available with a choice of two different V6 engines.  The 3.0-liter engine comes base with the 2013 CTS, or, the larger 3.6-liter V6 is available.  The 3.6-liter offering even more power to the driver, and a similar fuel economy to the base 3.0-liter engine.  Interested in ever more power?  The Cadillac CTS-V comes with a supercharged V8 engine and an upgraded suspension.

The CTS is available as a sedan, coupe or even as the CTS Sport Wagon.  The interior materials of the vehicle are high-quality and superb design, guaranteed to please any driver.  Features include a navigation screen that possesses a large, attractive display, a fantastic-sounding stereo system.  The seats are leather, heated and with dual-zone climate control available.  Bluetooth comes standard as well.  All these features come with the base 2013 CTS Luxury model.

The CTS also sports a much-roomier cabin than similar vehicles at a comparable price, with a very elegant interior design.  The cars handling is superb as well, being described by one reviewer as “Capable and secure.”  Speaking of secure, the CTS scores exceptionally-well in automobile safety scores, with it’s antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints, front-head side airbags and a full-length side curtain airbags.  OnStar comes standard as well, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, an emergency button, stolen vehicle locator and active intervention as well as remote door unlock.

Considering a CTS?  Test drive one today at Les Stanford Cadillac!

The 2013 Avalanche – Rugged and High-Tech

Chevy Avalanche at Les Stanford Chevrolet in DetroitThe 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche adds a bevy of new features while still retaining the power and reliability the model is known for. The Avalanche offers a 320-horsepower 5.3 liter V-8 that’s equipped to handle any payload you decide to throw at, and the truck’s 335 lb-ft of torque ensures it can travel through the roughest and toughest terrain.

The 2013 Avalanche includes the innovative mid-gate which allows the second row of seating to fold down and expand the bed’s cargo capacity. This makes it great for those who work in construction or anyone looking to carry long pieces of cargo. Regardless of what’s placed in the bed, the Avalanche still offers a smooth and comfortable ride with solid gas mileage to keep you moving. An EPA estimated 15 city 21 highway mileage ensures you won’t be hitting the pumps as often as other trucks. The interior cabin of the Avalanche feature simple and understated styling designed to make everything clearly visible and within arms reach. As a bonus, the base model includes a rear view camera and park assist, features often reserved for high end configurations. Overall, the cabin features a spectacular amount of space with plenty of ample leg room for all passengers.

The 2013 Avalanche offers everything a truck owner could want, with some great features to round out the package. The classic styling, rugged construction, and marvelous power all come together to make a truck that is as tough as it is graceful.  Check it out for yourself at Les Stanford Chevrolet!

A Luxurious Favorite in 2013 Automobiles: Cadillac SRX

2013 SRX Crossover at Les Stanford CadillacThe 2013 Cadillac SRX is ranked #7 in its class, which is Luxury Compact SUVs, because of its many appealing features and its strength under the hood. The 2013 SRX comes standard with a V6 engine as well as a six-speed transmission. This car might be a little heavy, but the weight does not stop its strong acceleration. This vehicle handles well and it is both sporty and comfortable to drive. With a fuel economy of around 24 mpg on the highway, this crossover SUV is both beautiful and relatively efficient.

The SRX comes with all kinds of great features including the CUE, two USB ports, Bluetooth, Bose stereo and plenty of cargo storage. Optional features are also available such as navigation system and various safety features like forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Other optional features include under floor cargo space and a cargo fence in certain trims. It stylish and beautiful interior can be upgraded to a wood trim if the owner prefers. This vehicle seats five comfortable and is available in four different trims, standard, luxury, premium and performance.

With a slightly larger cabin than most crossover SUVs, the 2013 Cadillac SRX is a great option when looking for a vehicle of this size.

Cadillac has always been a name for luxury cars and the 2013 Cadillac SRX is no exception.  Pick yours up at Les Stanford Cadillac today!

The 2013 Chevrolet Volt Charges Into The Market

2013 Chevy Volt at Les Stanford ChevroletThe 2013 Chevrolet Volt includes numerous new features that reinforce its status as one of the best hybrid cars on the market. The 2013 model features the same hybrid electric/gasoline engine of last years model but with a 10 percent boost in range, resulting in 94 to 98 miles per “gallon” of battery power.  In total, the Volt offers a driving range of 380 miles ensuring drivers feel no range anxiety on long road trips. The interior of the Volt is roomy and features numerous new options usually reserved for luxury vehicles, including leather seating, a navigation system, and a large dynamic display in lieu of a traditional speedometer.

The 2013 Volt was chosen to be a top safety pick of the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, and received high ratings from the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Volt’s five seat, four door hatchback offers plenty of room for passengers and cargo alike. The rear seats fold down, providing increased space for carrying large loads. The interior has been refreshed in the 2013 model resulting in a more understated and classy experience with less plastic and more leather.

The 2013 is also a bit quieter than last year’s model, but still performs briskly while offering a smooth ride and driver comfort.

The Volt is a great choice for average city drivers who want a stylish and efficient plug in hybrid vehicle. Test drive one today at Les Stanford Chevrolet!

Can’t Touch This – XTS Unmatched Looks, Power And Safety!

2013 Cadillac XTS at Les Stanford CadillacCadillac is continuing its tradition of leading the world in vehicle innovations which combines comfort and style, with the latest in performance and safety technologies.

The new XTS is the premier model born out of the CUE7 (Cadillac User Experience, 7th generation) philosophy.  The exterior looks space-ready and compact, yet inside it’s one of the roomiest Cadillacs to date.  The breaking and suspension systems are taken directly from those used in Cadillac circuit racers.

The 3.6 liter V6 engine is remarkably efficient and provides 306 HP under-foot.  Combined with 20 inch wheels and Cadillac’s patented Magnetic Ride Control using HiPer struts, the engine is a dream on the open road.

The interior is truly “smart.”  Like the latest communication devices, all aspects of control are powered by BlueTooth and operated by touch and command.  Even down to the customizable digital driver gauges, the CUE7 makes driver-to-vehicle integration instant, full and luxurious.

The greatest highlight features of new XTS are found in Cadillac’s unwavering commitment to making the safest cars on the road.  There are 10 interior airbags and a host of short range radar sensors which allows the driver to be in full control of their part of the road.  These sensors use special types of software in the car’s CPU to take pictures which instantly map out objects near the car.  XTS alerts the driver to changes in outside object proximity, especially in blind spots.  Nothing happens near the car that the driver will not become aware of instantly and graphically.

This type of safety technology is what separates Cadillac from the rest of the field.  With the XTS, Cadillac is not only creating fantastic full-sized sedans, but better, more confident drivers as well!  See for yourself with a test drive at Les Stanford Cadillac!

When You Are Looking For A Small Car

Chevy Spark at Les Stanford ChevroletWhen you live or work in the city, you want a car that is going to be able to match your needs. If you get a car that is too big, you will have issues not only navigating the city, but also finding a parking spot, which can cause you trouble when you are in a hurry. Of course, just about every car company out there is putting out a small car, especially with people caring more about MPGs. The thing is, not all of these cars are worth your time, as you are looking for a small car that you actually like to drive. A 2013 Chevy Spark won’t just give you the size advantage that you need, but also the features that you want as well.

While a Spark gets you 38 MPG, its most impressive features may be in the interior of the car. Not only does the Spark feature the Chevrolet MyLink system which helps with navigation and audio/visual settings,and can screen movies via a USB port when parked, but it also offers a six speaker stereo, along with an optional SiriusXM package when can get you your favorite music wherever you are. Even more impressive is the 31.2 cubic feet of room you get when you need to transport items. This comes in handy when you have to help move, and when you need to stock up at your local “big buy” store.

Looking for a sporty little car like the Spark?  Head to Les Stanford Chevrolet to take one for a spin today!

Cadillac ATS – Innovation Matched with the Elegant Cadillac Style

Cadillac ATS at Les Stanford CadillacThe 2013 Cadillac ATS is a new model compact luxury sport sedan. It was ranked 5 out of 22 in US News and World Reports review of upscale midsize cars.  Experts and car enthusiasts are impressed with the design and engineering of this model Cadillac.

It is available in three engine choices; the 2.0 liter turbo, the 3.6 liter V6 and the 2.5 liter which offers a 30mpg estimated highway fuel economy.  It has four-wheel independent suspension and drives with exceptional handling and control.

The interior of the Cadillac ATS is stylish and functional in design.  It comes with a choice of 7 interior colors and finishes and is available with a cold weather package that includes heated front seats and a heated leather-trimmed steering wheel.  Equipped with the CUE (Cadillac User Experience) touchscreen interface, you can store information from up to ten different electronic devices.  The CUE is easy to use and has a large, glare-free 8-inch LCD screen. This system combines navigation, vehicle control, entertainment and communication into one.  Also available in this model is the heads-up display that projects key driving information at eye level so that you never have to take your eyes off the road. The state of the art Bose Active Noise Cancellation speaker system generates beautifully sounding music while eliminating road and engine noise from inside the car.

The combined features make for an all around impressive driving experience. To see for yourself, take an ATS for a spin at Les Stanford Cadillac today!

Science Bolsters 2014 Chevrolet Impala’s Seat Comfort

2014 Chevy Impala at Les Stanford ChevroletCrafting comfortable car seats takes more than high-tech tools like seat pressure mapping systems and a multi-part mannequin that feeds data into a comfort dimensioning system.

As helpful as they are, there is no substitute for an element of human fine-tuning, or putting butts in seats.

General Motors’ human factors engineers who understand biomechanics, psychology, quantitative research and ergonomics, applied all these disciplines to help make the seats comfortable in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Customers for each car segment want more or less support and rigidity in their car seats. What the car will be used for – such as commuting, city driving or track racing – helps engineers establish precise parameters of comfort. Finding the “sweet spot” for each vehicle doesn’t come easy.

For the new Impala, volunteer seat testers ranging from 5th percentile females (5 feet tall, 110 lbs.) to 95th percentile males (6 feet tall or taller, 223 lbs.) spent hundreds of hours and logged thousands of miles in prototypes of the redesigned flagship sedan to evaluate seat comfort.

Seat testers typically drive or ride in prototype vehicles for several 60-minute intervals at a time recording initial feedback after the first 10 minutes. At each 60-minute interval, they numerically rate every aspect of the seat: cushion, backrest, lumbar support, headrest and side bolsters.

But tester feedback is subjective and design changes are often subtle because seat designs evolve from past programs and reams of data collected with precision instruments.

“Developing comfortable seats is both an art and a science,” said Jill Green, GM seat comfort lab manager. “Knowing how to translate a physiological impression into tangible design elements is the art, and knowing how to execute the design is the science.”

Seat tester evaluations alone would have been insufficient to achieve such results. That’s where tools like Oscar come in hand. The mannequin-like tool made of steel, plastic and aluminum is assembled in 18 removable parts weighing up to 170 pounds. Early in the Impala’s development, Oscar helped determine the overall dimensional layout of the interior, allowing engineers to make the best use of space.

State-of-the-art digital pressure-mapping technology was used to scan the rear-end impressions of people of all shapes and sizes over the seat surface, creating a map with more than 4,600 data points. A laptop computer used the data to generate graphics illustrating how occupants sit in the seat statically or while driving.

The Impala’s front seats are heated and ventilated, and bolstered for greater support. The seat cushions are designed to provide a firm, premium feel. LS models feature cloth seats, while LT comes standard with cloth/vinyl seats. Sueded microfiber-trimmed seats are available on LT and LTZ models, which feature standard perforated leather seating. Standard on LT and LTZ models, rear-seat headrests fold to improve rear visibility when there are no back-seat passengers.

Car reviewers have noticed the attention paid to Impala’s seats.

“After hours in the driver seat, we found ourselves just as fresh as we were before we set out,” wrote Mark Takahashi, automotive editor, Edmunds.com. “The outboard rear seats have enough head- and legroom for the average adult male to remain comfortable for extended trips as well.”

Interested in the 2014 Chevy Impala? Check it out at Les Stanford Chevrolet today!

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Offers Hands-Free Texting

2014 Chevy Malibu at Les Stanford ChevroletNew technologies help the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu deliver greater efficiency and connectivity, two of the most important considerations for customers of midsize sedans.

“The midsize sedan segment is one of the most competitive in the industry and by improving the Malibu so quickly, we’re proving to our customers that we’re listening and acting on their needs,” said Chevrolet Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney. “The new and enhanced features make the 2014 Malibu a smarter choice, putting it at the heart of the strongest Chevrolet passenger car lineup in our history.”

A new Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine is the first standard engine in the segment with stop/start technology. It helps owners conserve fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop, such as at stoplights, contributing to EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway – a 14-percent improvement in city mileage and 6 percent greater highway efficiency.

The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake. It’s the industry’s most refined and simplest stop/start system, with no buttons to push or procedures to learn, for a seamless driving experience.

Additionally, the 196-horsepower (146 kW) dual overhead cam, or DOHC, engine features variable intake valve lift control, or iVLC, which enhances fuel efficiency, while also enhancing low-rpm torque, for a greater feeling of power at lower speeds. It is matched with a six-speed transmission with improvements that enable additional fuel economy savings – and a more refined driving experience – compared to the previous model.

The available Chevrolet MyLink for the 2014 Malibu delivers enhanced connectivity and convenience, with the new Text-to-Voice feature for smartphone users and Siri for iPhone users. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity.

Text-to-Voice converts incoming messages to speech, reads them over the audio system speakers and allows the driver to reply with preset messages such as, “I’m driving and will contact you later.” Users can create and save their own preset messages when the vehicle is in Park. The feature requires a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth profile and applicable text messaging features.

Driver safety is General Motors’ first priority. A driver’s focus should remain on driving and texting can usually wait. So, only text and drive with this voice system and never text using a handheld device while driving.

The 2014 Malibu is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models. All models include a two-year/24-month scheduled maintenance program, which covers four oil changes, tire rotations and 27-point inspections. Visit Les Stanford Chevrolet for your 2014 Malibu today!

Luxury and Power Come Together In The 2013 Cadillac Escalade

2013 Cadillac Escalade at Les Stanford CadillacThe 2013 Cadillac Escalade has a generous number of features and equipment available starting at the base model. Escalade will seat seven people comfortably with its heated first and second row leather captains chairs and third row three seat bench. Some other standard features include a tri-zone climate control air conditioning system and radio controls conveniently located in the tilt steering wheel. Rear-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive is available as an option on every trim and model.

There are three Escalade models to choose from: the Escalade standard wheelbase, the Escalade ESV long wheelbase, and the Escalade Hybrid. Both the standard wheelbase and the long wheelbase models come in four trims: Standard, which is Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum. Higher trims have some added features and upgrades to materials in the interior. For example, the Platinum trim has an additional DVD entertainment system, a rearview camera, navigation system, cooled and heated cupholders and cooled front seats.

The Escalade gets its power from the aluminum block design 6.2-liter V8 engine under the hood. This powerful engine is coupled, in all trims, with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Escalade offers 18-inch alloy wheels and AutoRide ® suspension as standard equipment, while the Escalade Platinum edition is equipped with impressive LED headlamps and Magnetic Ride Control. This system uses the same type magnetic shocks that are used in the Corvette to achieve a superior quiet, smooth ride quality and improved handling.

Want a luxurious ride for you, your friends and family?  Test drive an Escalade today at Les Stanford Cadillac!