Off-Road Parks Near Dixon, IL to Take Your Chevy Silverado

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Dixon, IL

One of the best parts about owning a capable truck like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the taking advantage of its off-roading capabilities. Nothing beats seeing what your truck can really do. To properly test out the Silverado’s off-roading readiness, here are some great places you can take your Chevrolet Silverado 1500 near Dixon, Illinois

River Road Rally Park

With the exception of a temporary close during 2020 due to the pandemic, River Road Rally Park in nearby McHenry, Illinois, has been a go-to site for truck-lovers in the area. The park is set to open back up this spring season in 2021. Take your Silverado here to start experiencing some off-road excursions as the weather warms up.

Badlands Off-Road Park

Right across the Illinois-Indiana border is Badlands Off-Road Park in Attica, Indiana. While a bit of trek from Dixon, Illinois, the trip is well worth the drive when you see the trails that this park has to offer. Its “Badlands” name might seem a bit ironic in retrospect, as these lands are certainly good for having fun with your Silverado.

If you need a new Silverado 1500 for your off-road adventure, feel free to reach out to our sales team here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet. We’ll help you find the model that’s equipped with the best off-road enhancements that Chevy offers.

A Look at the 2021 Traverse Midnight and Sport Editions

2021 Chevrolet Traverse | Dixon, IL

If you’re looking to add some extra style and eye-catching appeal to your 2021 Chevrolet Traverse, we have some great news. We’re proud to offer our customers two new packages for the Traverse: the Midnight Edition package and Sport Edition package.

These two editions, previously only available on models like the Chevy Malibu, Equinox, and Trax, are now available on the 2021 Traverse’s LS and LT trims. Opting for the Midnight Edition will give you classy black features and details that replace the usual chrome. You’ll enjoy stylish black roof rails, 18-inch gloss aluminum wheels and center caps, logos, and badging. The Traverse’s exterior is also colored Mosaic Black Metallic for a more striking appearance.

The Sport Edition package offers most of the same options you’ll find in the Midnight Edition, but with a few extra twists. This edition includes a black tailgate applique and black fog lamp bezels, and offers color options beyond just Mosaic Black Metallic. These colors include Cajun Red Tintcoat, Summit White, and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat.

If you’re interested in driving off the lot of Ken Nelson Chevrolet in either the Midnight or Sport edition of the 2021 Traverse, visit our dealership in Dixon, Illinois.

3 Tips to Get Your Car Ready for Spring

With the promise of warm weather getting closer by the day, it’s important to remember that winter isn’t the only season that you should prepare your Chevrolet vehicle for. Here are a few easy tips for how to get your car ready for spring.

Keep an eye on your tires

Changes in temperature can cause fluctuations in tire pressure, and the switch from winter to spring may leave your tires underinflated. Before you head out for a family road trip across Illinois, make sure to check your tire pressure, and don’t forget to give the tread a look as well.

Tips To Get Your Car Ready For Spring | Ken Nelson Auto Group | Dixon, IL

Make sure the air conditioning works

While a nice warm commute may sound like a dream when you’re in the middle of a frigid Dixon winter, you should try firing up your air conditioner to verify that it isn’t on the fritz before it starts getting hot outside. If it’s not able to get the job done, a service expert at Ken Nelson Chevrolet can recharge the system.

Replace wiper blades

Snow and ice can do a number on your windshield wipers, reducing their effectiveness by the end of winter. If you notice them skipping across your windshield or leaving unsightly streaks, it may be time to pick up a new set from Ken Nelson Chevrolet.

If your car needs some preventative maintenance or replacement parts to start spring in tip-top shape, don’t hesitate to schedule a service appointment at Ken nelson Chevrolet.

The Differences Between the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer

If you’re in the market for an affordable small SUV, Chevrolet has two great options to consider. Setting aside their distinctive looks, there are several differences between the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Chevrolet Trailblazer to consider before making your decision.

2021 Chevrolet Trax | Ken Nelson Chevrolet | Dixon, IL

Max storage space

Both the Trax and Trailblazer make good use of their compact sizes. But if you’re looking for the one with the most cargo volume, the Trailblazer offers 54.4 cubic feet with the second row laid flat. The Trax is still impressive in its own right with 48.4 cubic feet of total cargo volume. Both can accommodate long cargo items, too — the Trax has a max cargo length of 8 feet and the Trailblazer has a max length of 8.5 feet.

Safety features

Both the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer earned the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each also offers a range of safety features, including Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer features Chevy Safety Assist, a suite of driver-assist technologies including Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning.

Trim choices and engine options

With the 2021 Chevrolet Trax, you can choose from the well-appointed LS and LT trims. Both versions of the Trax feature a standard 1.4-liter ECOTEC® Turbo engine that puts out 155 horsepower and returns 31 mpg on the highway.*

The all-new Trailblazer offers a bit more variety with five trims: L, LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS. The Trailblazer lineup includes two engine options: a standard 1.2-liter ECOTEC® Turbo and an available 1.3-liter ECOTEC® Turbo.

The best way to weigh the many differences between the 2021 Chevrolet Trax and Trailblazer is to try them both out for yourself. Call or email Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon, Illinois, and we’ll schedule your test drive.

*EPA-estimated 26 MPG city/31 highway (FWD models).

Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Clean This Winter in Illinois

Cleaning Your Car | Dixon, IL
Cleaning Your Car | Dixon, IL

During the colder months here in Illinois, snow and ice can do a number on your car. Here are some easy ways to keep your car clean this winter.

Protect the Finish

Keeping your car’s paint job looking as fresh as possible will improve its resale value, and let’s face it, it looks nice. Applying wax or sealant helps to protect from salt as well as chips and nicks from stones and ice. A protective coat of wax lasts about three months, so do it at the end of autumn before the weather cools down. You can go a step further with a high-tech, polymer sealant available at an auto parts store.

Regular Rinse

Rinsing your car with a pressure washer, either at home or at a car wash, is a good way to remove salt and small rocks that can damage the finish. Pay attention to the underside and wheel wells, too, as these areas are especially vulnerable to corrosion. Make sure to dry the locks and door seals after rinsing to keep them from freezing.

Keep Mud in its Place

The inside of the car needs protection, too. Mud and snow tracked into the car can leave dirt and salt stains on carpeting, so invest in some all-weather floor mats. It is easy to remove them, hose them down and then put them back when they are dry.

For more care-care tips, give us a call here at Ken Nelson Chevrolet in Dixon.