Archive for June, 2011

From cashmere interior to chromed wheels, it’s your luxury SUV!  The 2011 Cadillac Escalade‘s frame is the ultimate realization of GM’s full-size truck and SUV platform.  A herculean 403-horsepower V8 is standard and for a truck weighing nearly 3 tons, the Escalade has surprising acceleration.  Cadillac isn’t just a name and though the Escalade is the cousin to the Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon, the interior of the Escalade is of higher quality and it’s living up to its Cadillac badge.


The Escalade has an “in your face” aurora that says, “Yea, that’s right, I’m driving a Cadillac!” Available in four trim levels: Base, Luxury, Premium and Platinum Edition, the 2011 Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury SUV.


  • 18″ wheels
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear-view camera
  • Power-folding and driver-side, auto-dimming exterior mirrors
  • Power lift-gate
  • Automatic xenon headlights
  • Fog-lights
  • Running boards

Luxury: Offers everything from the Base plus the following:

  • 22″ chromed cast-aluminum wheels
  • Automatic headlight high-beams
  • A blind spot warning system
  • Suspension with an active damping system
  • Sunroof
  • Power folding and tumbling second-row seats
  • Heated steering wheel

2011 Cadillac Escalade Luxury Trim

Premium: Has everything included with the base and luxury and adds:

  • Power-retractable running boards
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system

Platinum Edition: Finally, the Platinum includes everything above plus:

  • 22″ chromed alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Upgraded leather upholstery
  • Leather-trimmed dash
  • Heated and cooled cup-holders
  • Headrest-mounted dual screen DVD entertainment system

Powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, the Escalade is good for 403hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. Performance testing of an AWD Escalade showed that it took 7.5 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph. However, according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Escalade was deemed the most stolen SUV in America by a considerable margin, so what do we recommend? An on-board Doberman.

Your new luxury SUV is just a quick trip away from the Omaha Metro area to the surrounding Sid Dillon stores at: Fremont, Blair, Lincoln, Wahoo or Crete. So come out and test drive a 2011 Cadillac Escalade today!

What feature do you look for first when choosing a vehicle for your family?  If vehicle safety is a top priority for you, look no further. The 2011 Chevrolet Equinox is a top rated  Crossover that recently  received the highest possible rating of “good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in a rollover test assessing vehicle roof strength . 

Safety features
  • The StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control and rollover mitigation
  • Four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  •  Steel safety cage
  • Six air bags with rollover sensors
  • All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available


Before we get into more vehicle specifics, let’s define what the term Crossover really means. A crossover is a vehicle built on a car platform and combining, in highly variable degrees, features of a sport utility vehicle  (SUV) .  And there you have it….the 2011 Chevy Equinox described in a nutshell.  Comfort. Style. Versatility. Functionality. The comfort of a car and convenience of an SUV . Have a look.

Exterior of 2011 Chevy Equinox

  •  power driver seat height and lumbar adjuster (standard)
  • 63.7 cu. ft. of cargo space
  •  power-programmable liftgate that adjusts to your height (available)
  •  acoustic laminated glass and sound-deadening materials for a quieter ride
  • Seats up to 5
  • 10 storage areas
  •  most rear-seat legroom in its class
  • economic 2.4L 4 cylinder standard / 3.0L 6 cylinder available

Dashboard of 2011 Chevy Equinox

There you have it. One of the finest Chevrolet Crossovers available.  The 2011 Equinox.

Holy Half-price Retros Batman!!  Is that what HHR means?  Not officially, but from the MSRP of the 2011 Chevy HHRs, you’d think that was a possibility.  At least that was my guess.

Officially the HHR in the 2011 Chevrolet HHR stands for….(drum roll please)  Heritage High Roof.  HUH?   Ok, let’s break this down to simple terms.

Heritage.  We all know the Chevrolet  HHR is a retro design right?  That’s where the term Heritage comes in.  The bulging fenders and the tall stance of the American cars from the 30′s and 40′s inspired the shape of the HHR.

High Roof.  Ok, I am not going to spend much time explaining this one.  High Roof refers to.. well, a high roof.

Side view of Chevy HHR

But let’s go back to my initial guess as to what HHR stands for.  I thought Half Price was  good.  This Chevrolet Crossover starts at an astounding low MSRP of $18,720.  Here’s a sample of what’s available in this amazing vehicle.

  •  A standard 155-hp, ECOTEC 2.2L four-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing
  •  32 MPG highway
  • CD/MP3 player with auxiliary audio input jack /Available USB port for your flash drive or MP3 player/Available Pioneer® seven-speaker sound system
  •  providing 57.7 cu. ft. of maximum storage  with 24 different configurations and a variety of places to store things , including multiple storage bins, an adjustable rear cargo shelf, underfloor storage, and  the front passenger seat folds down to accommodate items up to eight-feet long.
  • A steel cage  surrounds the passenger compartment, the unmatched lifesaving technology of OnStar® with Automatic Crash Response (standard for the first six months) and four standard air bags(15) help protect you in the event of a collision.
  •  StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control and four-wheel ABS.

Rear view open hatch of HHR

The fact is that whatever you call it, the 2011 HHR is one of the best values in the car market today.

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We should be used to it by now, but the Chevy Malibu just keeps winning.  With more than 40 awards to its credit, the Chevrolet Malibu continues to command attention and acclaim.  Last year the Malibu was listed a “Top Safety Pick” by the Insurance Institute for highway Safety for incorporating such safety features as:

  • OnStar® service for the first six months with Automatic Crash Response
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System
  • Six air bags
  • StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System
  • Progressive crush front body structure
  • Four-wheel antilock brakes

Side view of 2011 Chevy Malibu2011 Chevy Malibu Dash

Style, comfort, safety and affordability.  What more can you ask for in a new Chevrolet?  The sleek new 2011 Malibu has it all. 

Choose either a 2.4L  4 cylinder or a 3.6L 6 cylinder depending on your need.  Either choice will get you a range of 26 to 33 mpg  (highway). 

How about an on-board mechanic?  Free for the first 6 months, the OnStar system in your 2011 Chevy Malibu will automatically perform several hundred diagnostic checks on your vehicle and will email you a monthly report.

Is it any wonder the 2011 Chevrolet Malibu keeps winning?

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Remember listening to your Dad and his cronies talk about the “muscle cars” from back in the day?   Well listen up Dad.  You may want to include the 2011 Chevy Camaro when you have your next performance review discussion.

Picture yourself on the streets of Omaha in this sweet ride.  The 2011 Camaro is second to none in looks, style or performance.

side view 2011 Camaro

The new  Camaro has options to fit your needs;

The 2011 Camaro has a powerful V6 capable of 312 horsepower, yet it still offers an impressive 29 MPG highway(6) with an available six-speed automatic transmission.

 For even more power under the hood, move up to the Camaro SS  model and its 6.2L V8 engine. Delivering a standard 426 horsepower, the 2011 SS Camaro offers 24 MPG highway(6). The available automatic transmission version of SS features Active Fuel Management and offers 25 MPG highway while delivering 400 horsepower.

Want to talk about interior?  Ok.  Let’s talk.  Combine the coolest dash display you’ve ever seen with the Chevy Camaro‘s new Head-Up Display (HUD), (which displays your speed, rpm, and more – even your current radio station – on the windshield), and well, it’s time to move over Dad.

2011 Chevy Camaro dashboard.

Remember the post about Dad’s Camaro? Come on, you read it….you know you did.  Well, the Camaro was THE Chevy that Dad cherished, polished and bragged about.  Then he and Mom had you…and then your brother…and so on. It was time for a new Chevy.  Something a little larger.  Enter the Chevy Impala.  In the decades since you were a carpet creeper, there has always been the need to choose a larger sedan to accommodate a family.  The #1 choice in America for large sedans for more than 50 years?  You guessed it….The Chevrolet Impala.  Take a look. front side view of 2011

Unparalleled in style and unsurpassed in performance, the 2011 Chevy Impala has options to fit any need.

  • 3.5L V6  or 3.9L V6 engine, both with E85 FlexFuel capability 
  • 4 – speed automatic transmission
  • Driver/passenger air bags/head curtain side impact air bags (front and rear), 4- wheel disc brakes with ABS, rear door child security lockout and StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System.  Standard on all models.
  • Driver Information Center(DIC)
    Reports on various vehicle functions – includes Oil-Life Monitor and Tire Pressure Monitor (excludes spare tire).
  • Dual Zone Climate Control (standard in LT and LTZ models)

Dashboard 2011 Chevy Impala

Still not American enough for you?  Consider this…The engines in the 2011 Impala are E85 FlexFuel-capable.  E85 is a cleaner-burning, mostly renewable fuel source made primarily from U.S.-grown biomaterial, which can help reduce our dependence on petroleum.

The 2011 Chevrolet Impala.  The new classic.  Again.

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