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2015 Chevy Colorado Review

Take a look at video review of the 2015 Chevy Colorado midsize truck. See all of the good points about this truck.

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Cloth or leather or your next Chevy?


One of many dilemmas is being unveiled today. Well, we all have different preferences when it comes to choosing between leather and cloth seats. One is more expensive than the other, yet has some pro’s compared to its respectable alternative. Let’s take a look at the differences and see which one best fits your needs.


Leather Pro’s:

  • Luxury aspect and scent
  • Soft and supple feel
  • Excellent resale value
  • Boost interior feel of the car
  • Potentially easy maintenance


Cloth Pro’s

  • More affordable than its alternative
  • More comfortable (no sliding, no burning)


Ultimately, it all comes down to your lifestyle and where you live. If you live in a very hot and sunny states, you might want to avoid the leather. If you have kids and tend to have an active lifestyle, leather is actually good because of its easiness to be cleaned and ability to not retain odors.

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Be good to me, I’ll be good to you, says your car!


We know you love your car, and you know what, we love them too. So this week, we’ve decided to show you how you can extend your car’s life with everyday things. Even if you don’t plan on keeping your car so long, keeping your car in great condition will help you get more out of your car trade-in for your next upgrade!

1. Drive with care everyday
Being car considerate shouldn’t stop after the break-in. Drive with care every day and your car will reward you with longer intervals without repair. Do not race your car’s engine during start-up.This is a quick way to add years of wear to your engine, especially if it’s cold outside.

2. Don’t fill up if you see the tanker
If you happen to see a gasoline tanker filling the tanks at your local gas station, come back another day or go to a different station. As the station’s underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment.

3. Go easy when you’re stuck
When stuck in mud or snow, don’t make the problem worse by damaging an expensive component. Gently rocking in an attempt to free the car is fine. But if it looks as though you’re really stuck, don’t keep at it.

4. Lighten up your key chain
Does your car key share a chain with a dozen or more other keys? That’s a pretty heavy load hanging off the car key when it’s in the ignition.The weight, combined with bouncing while you drive, can wear out the tumblers inside the ignition and eventually lead to ignition switch failure.

5. Park in the shade
Of course, a garage is always the ideal place to park your car. But if one isn’t available, minimize interior damage from UV sunlight and heat by always trying to park your car in the shade. If no shade is available or if you find parking under a tree results in bird droppings, use a car shade to minimize the sun’s impact.

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Truck Comparison: Chevy Silverado 1LZ vs Chevy Silverado 2LZ

If you want a powerful, comfortable truck, the Chevy Silverado is a great choice. You’ll get a pickup that can tow, carry, go off-road, and even handle daily commuting. So you know you need a Silverado, but which one should you choose?


Two of the most popular trim packages are the 1LZ and 2LZ models. Both offer functional and reliable driving at an affordable price, but there are some distinct differences that make each one of these vehicles unique in their own right.

Chevy Silverado 1LZ vs Chevy Silverado 2LZ

First of all, let’s discuss what the two trucks have in common. Both come with excellent engines like the 5.3L V8, which gives the Silverado 355 horsepower while maintaining excellent efficiency and smooth over-the-road travel. Also found in both vehicles is the innovative truck bed that comes with a step-in bumper and easy-to-use tie downs.

Now on to the differences. The biggest difference between the models is the 2LZ’s off-road features like all-terrain tires, and underbody transfer case shield. Front fog lamps and a trailer hitch are standard on the 2LZ, while both of these features are optional on the 1LZ. Also, for excellent control and stability, a limited slip differential comes standard on the 2LZ. This is another optional feature on the 1LZ.

Essentially, the Silverado 1500 2LZ is an LTZ with the Z71 package.

The 1LZ does come with features that are not standard on the 2LZ. For example, the turn signal indicator and auto dimming mirrors are available features on the 1LZ, but these items are not available on the 2LZ*.

Cedar Rapids’ Source for Silverado 1500 1LZ and 2LZ

Call Pat McGrath Chevyland today to learn more about the features and specs about of the 1LZ and 2LZ models.

Fill out a Contact Form and we’ll reach out to you with more information.

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Guide to preparing your car for summer!



Summer is around the corner, finally! I think we’ve all been waiting for the season to come through as it’s been a rather rough winter for most of us. We have a few tips to make sure your car is being well taken care of and ready for the sunny days.

1. Remove your winter tires

Winter tires are heavier than summer tires and will probably hurt your MPG’s. Also, since they are a bit softer than Summer tires, they will be melting away faster, as the road surface warms up. Of course, while you’re at it, you might want to check the tire pressure.

2. Check oil and filters

The winter can be tough on the car so make sure it’s in good health. Make sure you don’t need an oil change and that all of your filters are in good shape. If you’re not sure on how to do that, feel free to come by and see us, we’ll be glad to check on these for you.

3. Clean the undercarriage

Take this opportunity to clean the undercarriage of your cat. If you’ve been driving in snow and salt, you will most likely need one of those. If you can’t do it yourself, feel free to stop by your dealership or carwash, they’ll be able to powerspray it down.

4. Check your hoses, belts, battery

The changes in temperature can cause the rubber pieces to crack and eventually fail. If your belts don’t work properly, you might overheating your engine during the summer months, so be on the safe side. The battery also takes quite a beating during winter, make sure the connectors are cleaned to ensure a clean connection.

 5. Change your windshield wipers

Just like your engine belts, your windshield wipers might be getting  cracked over time, check them and if they don’t work properly, there’s only one remedy: replacement!

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2014 Chevy Equinox Named Top Safety Pick+

The 2014 Chevy Equinox has proven itself to be one of the safest SUVs available, earning a Top Safety Pick+ honor from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The IIHS tested 9 different SUVs, and only the Chevy Equinox, along with its sibling the GMC Terrain, earned a “Good” in the challenging small overlap test.

2014 Chevy Equinox Wins Major Safety Award

14EquinoxThe Chevy Equinox is the 2nd Chevrolet vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick+ designation in only a couple of weeks. At the end of March, the institute named the 2014 Malibu at Top Safety Pick+ as well.

In order to receive the award, the Equinox has to receive a “Good” in four out of five tests and no less that “Acceptable” in the fifth tests.

The IIHS tests also include front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

About the IIHS Safety Tests

The IIHS evaluates almost every vehicle released, putting them through various collision tests that measure the effectiveness of airbags, restraints, and the overall vehicle structure.

Equinox - Honda

The driver space in the Equinox (left) held up while the Honda Pilot’s was “seriously compromised” according to the IIHS.

One of the most challenging tests is the small overlap test replicates a collision between the front driver’s side corner of a vehicle and a stationary object like a tree or utility pole. This test has been difficult for manufacturers, as the main parts of a vehicles crush-zone (the area designed to absorb the most collision energy) are bypassed.

One of the main results that the IIHS looks for is a vehicle’s ability to maintain the driver’s space and not collapse into the crash victim.

The Equinox held up very well in this test, holding its compartment shape and keeping the crash test dummy in front of the air bags and in a safe position.

Top-Rated Vehicles for the Streets of Cedar Rapids

Call Pat McGrath Chevyland today at 888-406-6073 to learn more about our excellent service and large inventory of safe and reliable vehicles, including the 2014 Chevy Equinox and Malibu.



Our knowledgeable sales team is ready to help you find the right car for your needs and your budget, so give us a call today.

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SUV Comparison: 2015 Ford Expedition vs 2015 Chevy Suburban

Large SUVs are an American staple. With power, space, and comfort, these vehicles have the versatility to meet  the many needs of drivers in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City.

For years, Ford and Chevy have been battling to create the best large SUV on the road. While the competition has benefited both automakers, it has mostly benefited the driver, who gets the results of a never-ending competition for SUV superiority.

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Good Fuels = Good Vibes

 Good Fuels = Healthy Cars


Do you still buy the cheapest gas you can find? Ever worry it might mess up your engine? Maybe you should, if you drive a newer, direct-injected car, as the hostile environment these high-precision multi-orifice injectors operate under makes them vulnerable to the performance-robbing deposits cheap gas can leave. 

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Z71Package: Turning Silverado into an Off-Road Machine

The 2014 Chevy Silverado is one of the most impressive trucks to come around in a long time. With strong engines and a comfortable interior, the truck has quickly risen to the top of the automotive world, winning numerous awards including 2014 North American Truck of the Year.

While picking the Silverado is a no-brainer, choosing the right Silverado for your specific needs can seem difficult. A popular option is the Z71 package, so what does it give you?

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Flying Camaro: How Chevy Engineers Designed the Z/28 for Liftoff

The Chevy Camaro Z/28 is easily one of the most track-capable cars available.

Powerful engines and enhanced driving dynamics have made it a favorite for racing and sports car enthusiasts. But as impressive as the Z/28 is, the engineers noticed a small issue: when the vehicle leaves the ground during track tests, the vehicle starts to slow.

So whats causing the slow-down, and how did they fix it? Introducing “flying car” logic.

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