Chevy Equinox Makes IIHS 2020 List of Safe Vehicles for Teens

Chevy Equinox | Dixon, IL
Chevy Equinox | Dixon, IL

Chevy Equinox models from 2016 and after were all named as top choices for teen drivers in the latest “Safe Vehicles for Teens” list released annually by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In order to receive a spot on this respected IIHS list, cars must receive ratings of “acceptable” or “good” in the IIHS driver-side small overlap front test. The Equinox also had to earn “good” safety ratings in the moderate overlap front, roof strength, side, and head restraints tests.

More standards had to be met to get on the list. The 2020 Chevy Equinox also received at least 4 stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) side and front tests to go along with an overall score of 4 stars at minimum. A spot on the list also required a score of at least 3 out of 5 on the Consumer Reports emergency handling capability test.

The 2020 Chevrolet Equinox was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS after proving its mettle in crash tests. Teen Driver is a safety feature that enables you to determine which features will be activated and which will be limited while your teen drives. Teen Driver will track your child’s performance and present you with an in-vehicle report card detailing their habits.

Find out more about the Equinox when you call us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Or better yet, stop by to take it for a test drive!

Transform Your Truck Bed for Summer Fun

Silverado Truck Bed | Dixon, IL
Silverado Truck Bed | Dixon, IL

Though some people are already counting down to fall, there’s still plenty of summer days left to enjoy. If you have a Chevy Colorado or a Silverado, it’s easy to transform your truck bed to enhance your summer fun. Here are some simple ways to do that.

Truck Bed Picnic

Take a meal outdoors with your loved ones while avoiding sitting directly in the grass. All you need to bring are some pillows, a blanket, and your favorite homemade or takeout food.

Truck Bed Movie Night

You don’t have to go to a drive-in to catch a movie in your truck. Grab a laptop or a tablet and watch your favorite movies in the bed of your truck. All you need to do is blow up an air mattress that fits, get some blankets and pillows, and lay back and watch. And pack some movie snacks and drinks in case you have the munchies.

Truck Bed Camping

Thanks to Chevy technology and towing capabilities, you might have already used your truck for camping. Consider truck bed camping in your backyard or driveway, to adhere to social distancing standards while still having a delightful night outside of the house.

For more ideas to get the most out of your Chevy truck, contact us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Reveals Gas Mileage and Tow Rating for the 2021 Tahoe

2021 Chevy Tahoe | Dixon, IL
2021 Chevy Tahoe | Dixon, IL

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe is one of the most anticipated upcoming additions to the Chevrolet lineup. The brand has tweaked the model to be bigger and bolder than ever. Now, we know a little more about this SUV, since Chevy released the gas mileage and tow ratings for the 2021 Tahoe.

The 2021 Tahoe manages to squeeze out an EPA-estimated 20 mpg on the highway, when equipped with the standard 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. Engines with higher power outputs lower the fuel economy by just a bit.

Towing capacity is where the 2021 Tahoe really shines, however. You’ll be hard-pressed to find more impressive metrics among large SUVs. When the 2021 Chevy Tahoe is equipped with the 5.3-liter V8 engine and comes configured with 2WD, it can tow up to 7,900 pounds. Opting for 4WD lowers that tow rating by just 200 pounds. Regardless of which drivetrain you go with, you can easily bring along a camper or boat on your family’s next getaway. 

Learn more about the upcoming 2021 Tahoe when you call us at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. Can’t wait until the new model arrives? Stop by to test-drive one of the 2020 Tahoe models we have in stock right now. We’ll help match you with the right Tahoe to suit your family’s needs, preferences, and budget.

2020 Chevy Blazer Wins Good Housekeeping Institute Award

2020 Chevy Blazer | Dixon, IL
2020 Chevy Blazer | Dixon, IL

The 2020 Chevy Blazer was recently named the Best New Midsize SUV, which is part of the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Best New Family Car Awards. If you’re in the market for a new two-row SUV in Dixon, Illinois, consider this family-friendly Blazer.

The Blazer is a midsize SUV that comes with seating for five people, over 64 cubic feet of total cargo space. The Blazer can also easily tow 4,500 pounds, when properly equipped, so you can bring along a small trailer. Plus, drivers can pick between a 2.5-liter engine, 2.0-liter turbo, or a 3.6-liter V6.

“A stylish exterior and an appealing aesthetic wraps this practical, fun-to-drive crossover,” said Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute head engineer and chief technologist. “You’ll enjoy a confident, responsive drive that stands out on city streets and highways alike.”

The institute tested each vehicle for convenience, considering things like cargo space, convenience, safety, and infotainment. The Blazer, for example, has Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ to let you hook up your smartphone to the in-vehicle media system, accessing apps, playlists, contacts, and more. Each vehicle is tested for 5,000 miles by the Good House Keeping Institute for the Best New Family Car Awards.

Experience all that the Blazer has to offer when you stop by Ken Nelson Chevrolet to test-drive it. You’re sure to fall in love with this award-winning SUV.

How to Make Working from Home With Kids Easier

How to Make Working from Home With Kids Easier | Dixon, IL
How to Make Working from Home With Kids Easier | Dixon, IL

As part of social distancing and government guidelines for safety, many parents suddenly find themselves adapting to a work-from-home lifestyle. While working around your children can be rewarding in some ways, it also makes getting work done more challenging. Working from home with kids can be tough, but you can take a few steps to make sure you’re staying productive.

Establish a home office

A good general rule for working from home is setting up a dedicated workspace within the house. Not only does this make work-life balance easier to achieve, but it helps give your kids boundaries to let them know when you’re off limits. Lay down ground rules about what’s appropriate when you’re in the office and make sure your kids stick to them. Have them knock when the door’s closed or even ask them to slip notes under the door so you can deal with whatever questions or problems they have after you’re done with an important task.

Build a schedule

You and your kids both need stimulation, so working small breaks into your schedule will help you create a rhythm and keep everyone happy. Having a dedicated 15-minute block for a walk around the neighborhood or planning to have lunch at the same time every day creates a nice sense of stability that also gives you and the kids something to look forward to. What’s more, taking periodic breaks to get up and walk around will help you stay focus by clearing out the cobwebs when the day gets stressful.

These are just some of the many ways that you can boost your productivity and keep your kids satisfied while working from home. Working from home with kids can be challenging, but the reward of being around your little people more than you’re used to is well worth the adjustment. The family at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, IL, hopes that you and your family are staying safe in these tough times. If there is anything that we can do to help make your life easier, whether it’s essential service or a new vehicle, don’t hesitate to give us a call.