TALKING CARS: Chevy, a world different

It also features voice recognition, large trunk, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seating, adaptive cruise control, Bose audio and a lot of insulation to eliminate noise. Look for a base Impala around $27,000 and the LT $36,500. Junior Damato writes regularly about cars. You can send questions to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360. The working people at Chevrolet have been working overtime. It wasnt so many years ago the car and truck sales were dismal and the future was dim. Here we are six years later and the American car companies have made a big comeback.
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Three new reasons to love a Chevy

However, its an all-new model, including a trio of new enginesthe 5.3-liter V-8, 4.3-liter V-6, and coming 6.2-liter V-8, a option that will have 420 horsepower, 450 lb.-ft. of torque, and be capable of towing up to 12,000 pounds. Coming soon is a premium High Country Silverado, a reaction to the market reality that 30 percent of pickups have a transaction price above $40,000. But if attention to detail is an indication of excellence, three improvements to the Silverados box are telling: A footstep in the bumper and corresponding handhold in the bedrail to make climbing into the bed easier; the easy-up, easy-down, no bang tailgate; and LED lighting under the bed rail, great at night, indispensable if you add a tonneau cover. Theyre three simple examples of great engineering. Impala Chevy is touting the Impalas 305-HP V-6 as the segment leader, but buyers might be more intrigued by its 29 mpg highway mileage rating. The available 2.5-liter direct injection four-cylinder has 196 horsepower and a 31 mpg highway rating.
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