Modern consumers do a lot of research before making big purchases. We parse through specs and data on the internet, compare and contrast brand offerings, and weigh online reviews alongside anecdotal recommendations from friends and family before making our decision.
This is a good thing; it keeps manufacturers on their toes, removing a lot of the guesswork and blind-buying from high dollar purchases and giving buyers a clearer picture of what to expect from a purchase.
When it comes to buying a car, no one has done more to promote peace of mind and research quality satisfaction than J.D. Power and Associates.
For thirty years, J.D. Power has conducted annual surveys to determine the best quality cars in a variety of categories. For the fourth year in a row, Chevrolet has taken home more Initial Quality awards than any other brand, with a total of five vehicles spanning a wide range of markets.
The IQS, which surveys new car and truck owners after ninety days of the purchase of a new vehicle, aims to determine which vehicles are good investments after the “new car honeymoon” period has worn off and problems have had time to present themselves.
This gives surveyed drivers plenty of time to become acquainted with their vehicles and give honest, substantive survey responses without rose-colored glasses and the fancy new car smell clouding their judgment.
As such, an Initial Quality Study award is more than just a fashion show ribbon or a trinket based on specs and renderings alone; it’s a survey of drivers based entirely upon their impressions of using the vehicle in question. It’s a meaningful accolade—a badge of honor in an industry where harnessing innovation is crucial to building and maintaining consumer loyalty.
With all the cars for sale in Indiana, this study’s results are an invaluable tool for cutting through the nonsense and getting a good, honest sense for the quality of the Chevy you’re considering.
Equinox – Highest Ranked Compact SUV
In a crowded category rife with competition, it’s especially impressive for any one brand to stand out as a clear leader and obvious choice. Yet, for the second year running, the IQS Compact SUV category was dominated by the Equinox, Chevy’s stalwart competitor against the likes of RAV4, Escape, and Forester.
Consumers applauded the minor updates to the 2016 Equinox’s styling, including a new front-end design and more standard features on base models than in previous years, as well as a new blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert capabilities.
Another thing which sets the Equinox apart from many of its closest competitors is the optional 3.6-liter SIDI V6, which yields 272 lb-ft of torque for over three hundred horsepower—more than any other vehicle in this class.
While the standard 2.4-liter DOHC provides plenty of get-up-and-go for a vehicle this size, the V6 option enables the Equinox to tow loads of up to 3500 pounds, making it an even more versatile lifestyle vehicle.
Silverado LD – Highest Ranked Large Light-Duty Pickup
As a longtime leader in the truck categories, it’s no surprise that Chevy’s flagship Silverado 1500 light-duty pickup took home the Initial Quality award in its category. It’s got all the hallmarks of an industry standard truck: towing capability, impressive ruggedness, and all-around utility across models and trims.
Probably the most impressive part of the 2016 Silverado LD is its overall versatility; with the many appointment options and body configurations available, any Spencer Chevrolet dealer will tell you there’s a Silverado for everyone.
With three available engine options culminating in a 420 horsepower 6.3-liter EcoTec3 V8, the Silverado doesn’t want for power or towing capability; when properly outfitted, the 1500 is capable of a twelve-thousand-pound trailering rating.
It’s not just brute strength that modern truck buyers want; they want comfortable front seats for long rides and a sense of easy luxury, a quiet ride, and smooth handling over rough roads. The Silverado has these in spades, as well as stylistic updates to the exterior and a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission for LTZ and High Country models.
Silverado HD – Highest Ranked Large Heavy-Duty Pickup
A workhorse like no other, professionals for whom hauling and towing are daily realities have long relied upon the Silverado HD 2500 to get the job done. With three available V8 engines, including the famous Duramax 6.6-liter turbo diesel, there’s no shortage of raw power here; a max towing capability of eighteen thousand pounds and impressive payload limits guarantee that it will be equal to the task at hand.
Like its Light-Duty little brother, the Silverado HD specializes in rugged dependability without sacrificing the creature comforts that make Chevy trucks so universally beloved. The interior is anything but utilitarian, and the ride quality is smooth and refined, with updated stylistic appointments and standard features.
The HD feels just as much at home hauling refrigerators to a work site as it does running errands about town or ferrying kids to and from soccer practice. Spencer Chevy loyalists have long prized the Silverado HD for its jack-of-all-trades approach, and the IQS shows that the 2016 continues in the same tradition.
Tahoe – Highest Ranked Large SUV
Even beyond the J.D. Power & Associates surveys, it’s an undisputed fact that the Chevrolet Tahoe is, and remains, the best-selling SUV in the country. It helped invent and define the category in its early iterations, and it has continued to lead the way in comfort, style, and overall innovation throughout the years. It has many imitators and successfully competes against the likes of the Expedition and Sequoia for a corner on the full-size market, year in and year out.
Spencer Indiana Chevy drivers have long appreciated the Tahoe for its broad versatility. With 121.1 cubic feet of available cargo space and an indomitable 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8, the Tahoe is the perfect marriage of people-mover and cargo-hauler.
Inside, it seats up to nine passengers, and it can tow well over eight thousand pounds when properly equipped, easily handling a family trip to the beach with jet-skis or to the dunes with ATVs on the hitch. It’s strong and capable, yet sleek and refined in all the right places, to provide the level of luxury Chevy customers have come to expect from its SUV offerings.
Spark – Highest Ranked City Car
With a fully reworked design, including streamlined exterior aesthetics and a lighter, sleeker chassis than the previous model year, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark is built to the specifications of life in the city. When most of your driving is done on narrow, crowded streets or commuting to and from work on the freeway, a small car can be the best choice for a number of reasons.
The redesigned Spark gets up to 41 miles per gallon, and it includes standard features like a 4GLTE Wi-Fi hotspot, MyLink infotainment system, and OnStar Guidance, providing unparalleled connectivity even in basic models.
Efficiency is achieved without sacrificing an ounce of drivability; the 2016 Spark includes a more powerful engine and an updated wheelbase for optimum maneuverability and a sporty driving feel on the city streets, especially with the standard manual transmission options.
It also includes Chevrolet safety features like StabiliTrak stability control system, Hill Start assist, Traction Control, engine immobilizer, and a rear vision camera for safe close-quarters city parking, which outstrip the other competitors in its class, earning the Spark four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Spencer Chevy buyers love the Spark as a safe, stylish, efficient way to get around town, and its low price tag makes it a phenomenal car for first-time buyers and drivers who are just hitting the road.