MONTHLY ARCHIVES: APRIL 2015

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Chevy Silverado vs. Ford F-150

The market for the pickup truck has steadily climbed over the years, and 2015 has been no different. If you're a pickup truck lover, you"ve most likely have heard of the two most famous models; the Chevy Silverado and the Ford F-150. It's mostly a tossup between the these two luxury utility vehicles and if you're trying to figure out which one to buy, it"d be smart to figure out just how far along these trucks have come along since they were first created. A number of improvements and/or manufacturer design choices may just sway you into choosing one or the other. Below you'll find some general comparisons between the Silverado and the F-150 which hopefully will be of use when making your decision.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado

The 2015 Silverado inherits the tried and tested small-block engine design that Chevy's been rocking since the mid 1950's. It has a standard pushrod V8 engine and the body is mostly steel. While others may see this as a lack of true innovation on the manufacturer's part, it is also true that nothing sets minds at ease other than seeing designs that have withstood the test of time with flying colours. Although the Silverado did have a few design changes with last year's model such as the interior, and the new power trains, this year's model does remain unchanged for the most part.

The 2015 Ford F-150

2015 has proven to be a great year for the F-150 so far. For has mostly redesigned the F-150 featuring both new exterior and interior design. In addition, the truck is now mostly aluminium which may potentially increase mileage on gas and was also designed to save weight. Under the hood you'll find a 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6 engine which theoretically saves fuel consumption without sacrificing power due to a combination of turbocharging and fuel injection.

Reliability & Warranty

Unfortunately, it is too early to gauge the reliability of the F-150 as of this time due to the whole new design elements incorporated in the model. Basing on the rating on the previous model however, this newer release should also garner a score of four circles by the experts at J.D. Power. This score indicates a better than average rating. Incidentally, this was also the score given to the 2015 Chevy Silverado indicating a better than average rating as well. As for the warranty however, there is a quite a bit of difference between the two manufacturers. While both offer the same bumper-to-bumper terms, Ford's modest 3 year/36000 miles and 5 year/60000 miles pales in comparison to Chevy's 5 year/100000 mile powertrain warranty.

Fuel Consumption

The fuel economy of a vehicle is an important part in determining whether it is worth purchasing with today's gas prices. If you're trying to pick between the Silverado and the F-150, it would be wise to find out how many miles you're going to get in a gallon of gas. Both manufacturers" base models can run 18 miles to the gallon within a city while Ford slightly edges out Chevy on the highway, capable to go 25 miles per gallon compared to the Silverado's 24 mpg. The F-150's EcoBoost V6 however amps it up a bit to 19 mpg while driving in a city and 26 mpg when on a highway.

Both models also offer bigger engines if you need more power to your vehicle. Chevy has a 355 hp 5.2 liter V8 and a 420 hp 6.2 liter V8 which are capable of running 16 mpg in a city or 23 mpg on a highway, and 15 mpg in a city or 21 mpg on a highway respectively. Ford again does seem to trump Chevy's larger engine models through their optional powerplants that are either a turbocharged V6 or a V8. The V8 model has 385 hp and is capable of going 15 mpg in a city or 21 mpg in a highway, while the turbocharged V6 clocks in at 365 hp, going for 17 mpg in a city or 24 mpg in a highway.

We're going to have to hand it over to Ford when it comes to the fuel economy between the two. This may be something you want to consider if you're ever in the market to purchase either one of these models.

Road Safety Features

The 2015 F-150 unfortunately hasn't gone through a crash test as of yet. We do however anticipate it to get near perfect marks barring any flaws in its design come testing time. The previous model did get a 4 star rating which is quite a high mark. We'll have to give this one to the Silverado though as it did get a perfect 5 star rating after getting tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Our Pick

While both pickups do boast a bevy of features that would certainly make them top tier vehicles, have to with the F-150 for the win by a slight margin. While the Silverado does offer a better warranty, Ford's ingenuity more than makes up for its deficiencies in that area. The new design, fuel efficiency and the number of options available whether base, turbocharged V6 or V8, gives Ford the edge when compared to Chevy's latest Silverado offering.

 

Baierl Automotive is located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Serving North Hills, Franklin Park, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Cranberry, Mars, Zelienople, Butler and all of Greater Pittsburgh, PA. Driven to be better!


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Pittsburgh Area Automotive Group to be Presenting Partner of Friday Night Block Parties

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced a new partnership with the Wexford-based Baierl Automotive Group. The agreement names the group the presenting partner of the Pirates Friday Night Block Parties on Federal Street as well as a presenting partner of various segments on all 162 Pirates regular season radio broadcasts.

Baierl Automotive will present the 2015 Pirates Friday Night Block Parties that, beginning on Friday, May 22, take place on Federal Street prior to every Friday home game throughout the summer. Each Block Party includes a fun and festive atmosphere on Federal Street for all fans starting at 5:30 p.m. with music, food and more. As part of the agreement, Baierl will have the unique opportunity to add to the experience by showcasing several their vehicles outside PNC Park each Friday.

ôWe really enjoy supporting the Greater Pittsburgh community and getting involved wherever we can, said Lee Baierl, President of Baierl Automotive. ôThe Pirates are a great organization to partner with and we look forward to a great season of fun with the fans at the Friday Night Block Parties and another great year of Pirates Baseball.

Baierl's agreement will also place the partner in prominent roles on the Pirates radio broadcasts as the automotive group is the presenting partner of the ôLeague Leaders Stat of the Night, a timely statistic given by each game by a Pirates announcer. In addition, Baierl will be the presenting partner of Pirates Extra Innings throughout the season on all Pirates radio broadcasts on the 40 station Pirates Radio Network.

In addition to the above items, the partnership offers Baierl signage throughout PNC Park as well as advertising placement on Pirates.com.

In addition to 16 new car brands, Baierl Automotive also features service, parts and a complete collision center and offers convenient hours for busy shoppers just a short drive from the Pittsburgh and all western Pennsylvania areas.

Media requesting more information should contact Terry Rodgers, Pirates Manager of Business Communications at Terry.Rodgers@pirates.com.


This entry was posted in Baierl Automotive and tagged Baierl Automotive on 04/24/2015 at 7:24 PM

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Ford Focus

Ford has never been known as a big player in manufacturing compact cars. For the longest time they"ve been linked primarily with bulky pickups and powerful muscle cars. This changed in 1998 when the company released the first ever Ford Focus as a replacement for the Escort in a growing European market. It was awarded the European Car of the Year back in 1999. North America soon followed when the Focus debuted back in 2007. Three generations later, it has now become quite popular with American car owners, further adding to Ford's already robust gallery of cars manufactured.

The 2015 version of the Focus presents a change in both exterior, interior and engine profile. Does it hold its own against similar competition? Only time will tell. For those of you who might be interested in getting one however, the information below should prove invaluable.

Fuel Efficiency

The 2015 Ford Focus offers the both the manual and automatic transmission as has been the case for previous models along with a 4 cyl engine. A new offering called the EcoBoost engine which is turbocharged has also been made available. This addition was made as a change to the SFE package which was optional in previous years. In the same way, the EcoBoost engine was designed to enhance the fuel efficiency of the Focus. In addition to these two, there's also the Focus Electric which has a 23kWh lithium-ion battery, along with a 107 kilowatt electric drive motor.

The automatic transmission model clocks in at 27mpg for city driving or 40 mpg on the highway. There's a small decline on the manual, going for 26 mpg while in the city or 36 mpg on a highway. Both of these numbers are pretty strong efficiency-wise. The SE with the EcoBoost turbocharged 3 cyl 1.0 liter engine does fare a bit better as well going for 29 mpg in the city or 40 mpg on a highway. The only transmission made available however is a 6 speed manual. The Ford Electric also proved to be pretty decent with consumption averaging at 32kWh per 100 miles. The actual range of the battery however can never be fully determined as other external factors such as weather, road condition and driving style will certainly play a part. It is estimated at 76 miles by the EPA though.

Safety Features and Design

The Focus comes either as a sedan or a 4 door hatchback with 3 trim levels being made available namely the S, SE and Titanium.

S - This model only comes as a sedan and has mostly the standard features that can be found on most cars today such as power windows, power locks and mirrors, keyless entry in addition to manual air conditioning and a height adjustable driver seat. The addition of Ford's MyKey feature is a welcome addition too as it limits speeds and audio volume for additional drivers.

SE - Making a jump to the SE gives additional features for safety and luxury alike such as a 6 way power seat, rear air vents and steering wheel audio controls.

Titanium - The Titanium brings more to the table such as a warning system for blind spots, auto high beam headlight controls and lane departure warning among others.

All three models come with antilock brakes, the usual front side and side curtain airbags, as well as a driver knee airbag for additional safety. Crash tests had similar results as its predecessor, with the 2015 model gaining a 5 star rating. Overall, the Focus" rating can be considered above average with getting ôgood and ôacceptable scores on numerous tests done.

The interior design of both sedan and hatchback models is nothing to gawk at either. They are made from some of the best materials one could expect coming from this class of vehicles. Legroom however leaves something to be desired which may turn off some people. The rear seats split and fold this time around giving a bit more storage room while the trunk space is adequate.

Experience

The 2.0 Focus doesn't stand out too much and we can say it was never meant to stand out. Instead what we get is a quiet, smooth driving vehicle that does a wonderful job on the road. Performance can be summarized as above average with the added fuel efficiency giving a nice bonus.

The Titanium model does give the car that extra wow factor though especially with the 18 in wheels and low profile tires. Even with these though, it drives quietly and smoothly most of the time.

The automatic transmission can be a bit tricky. While it does have an extra gear, one should note that it's really an automated manual with dual clutch. This tends to make it behave a bit differently when compared to the traditional automatic transmission cars.

Overall we're quite impressed with what we"ve seen with Ford's 2015 Focus line, and while we found the dual clutch automated manual version tricky at first, a few more rounds with it certainly erased all doubts about handling performance.

 

Baierl Automotive is located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Serving North Hills, Franklin Park, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Cranberry, Mars, Zelienople, Butler and all of Greater Pittsburgh, PA. Driven to be better!


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Toyota Tundra vs. Silverado 1500

The pick-up trucks still dominate the American market and as years go by, automakers keep on upgrading their models to stay in the competition. Improvements in space, style, interior and exterior, engine performance and versatility make the competition tighter – but undeniably offer customers a handful of options.

This article will take a look at the two top-ranked full-size pick-up trucks in the US market. These are the 2015 Toyota Tundra and the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Both models have competitive towing and pay loading capabilities courtesy of improved powertrains and fuel economy.

Comparisons below will seek to help potential buyers to choose the right full-size pick-up.

The 2015 Toyota Tundra

Toyota discontinued using V6 engines for the 2015 Tundra and instead shifted to V8 as its standard powertrain. Toyota Tundra also unveiled its off-road themed TRD Pro models perfect for going through the terrains.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado

The notable update for this year's edition of Chevrolet Silverado is the eight-speed automatic transmission available to 6.2 liter V8 powertrain. It also became the first pick-up truck to offer 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection on-board, allowing passengers surf the internet.

Engine and Fuel Economy

The Toyota Tundra 2015 is now equipped with V-8 powertrains paired to 6-speed automatic transmission. The 4.6-liter V-8 powertrain produces 310 horsepower and returns an estimated 15 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 19 miles per gallon (mpg) in the highway for two-wheel drive and 14 mpg city/18 mpg highway for four-wheel drive.

Customers looking for a bigger engine capacity may look at 5.7-liter V8 powertrain (Limited, Platinum and 1794 models) generating 381 hp with fuel economy estimated at 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway for two-wheel drive.

As for the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500, its base powertrain (except for LTZ) is the 4.3-liter V6 EcoTec3 powertrain producing 285 hp. Its fuel economy is estimated at 18 mpg city and 24 mpg hi-way for 2-wheel drive and 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway for 4-wheel drive.

Buyers may also opt for the 5.3-liter V-8 powertrain which is standard to LTZ trim and optional to the rest. Generating 355 hp, its fuel economy stands at 16 mpg city/23 mpg hi-way for rear-wheel drive and 16 mpg city/22 mpg hi-way for 4-wheel drive.

Silverado 1500's strongest engine is the 6.2-liter V-8 with the capacity to produce 420 hp. It is optional to upper trims like the High Country. Now powered by 8-speed automatic transmission, its fuel economy return is rated at 15 mpg city/21 mpg hi-way both for 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive.

As far as engine capability is concerned, the 2015 Toyota Tundra beats the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado with higher horsepower and torque production. On the other hand, Silverado has better fuel economy returns than Tundra.

Reliability

The 2015 Toyota Tundra and the 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 both received four out of five circles by J.D. Power and Associates Power Circle Ratings in terms of reliability.

Buyers of these trucks are assured of bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage of three years or 36,000 miles. In terms of powertrain warranty, Silverado 1500 owners are offered with five years or 100,000 miles coverage while Toyota Tundra also has coverage of five years or a shorter 60,000 miles.

That gives Silverado 1500 a slight edge over Toyota Tundra in reliability category.

Safety

The 2015 Toyota Tundra received an over-all 4-star rating approval - a significant improvement from what is said to be a terrible performance during the 2014 crash tests. The truck also scored a highest possible ôGood rating in moderate-overlap frontal offset, side impact, rear crash protection and roof strength tests from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

On the other hand, the NTHSA awarded 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 a perfect 5-star rating for excellent performance in crash protection tests. The full-size truck also received a “Good” rating in the moderate-overlap frontal offset crash test. However, it has not performed other tests yet.

Both full-size pick-ups have standard safety features giving passengers peace of mind and comfort. The Tundra offers a rearview camera standard across the board. The Silverado, on the other hand, comes with the standard StabiliTrak, which reduces engine power when it senses trailer sway.

Unlike the Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado 1500 has a safety technology called the Forward Collision Warning system capable of alerting drivers of a possible frontal crash.

In the safety category, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado rules over the 2015 Toyota Tundra- credit to its excellent ratings in the crash tests as well the introduction of new technology-driven safety features.

Verdict

While the 2015 Toyota Tundra has better engine capacity, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 still leads in other fronts specially in towing and pay loading, powertrain options, interiors, and tech upgrades. The maximum towing capacity of Silverado 1500 is 12,000 pounds against Tundra's 10,500 pounds. The best thing about the Silverado is that it is cheaper than the Tundra by around USD 3,000.

If you are interested to get a Silverado 1500, head on to Baierl GM for a detailed discussion with their friendly consultants.

 

Baierl Automotive is located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Serving North Hills, Franklin Park, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Cranberry, Mars, Zelienople, Butler and all of Greater Pittsburgh, PA. Driven to be better!


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Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla

One of the good reasons why you should consider purchasing a slightly-used 2014 Toyota Corolla is its significant improvements from the previous editions. A popular choice and one of the top sellers in the compact car sedan class, the 2014 Corolla came out better in terms of fuel economy.

In 2014, Toyota started to use the continuously variable transmission (CVT) for most of its models which operates smoothly and enables steadiness amid moderate acceleration. Toyota also introduced the latest and fuel-friendly LE Eco trim which consumes lesser fuel in a much longer distance.

Aside from better fuel efficiency, the 2014 Toyota Corolla offer potential buyers good value for their money courtesy of a larger seating (increased rear leg room), less-complicated controls and upgraded features like the audio system and smartphone integration.

There are other notable features and updates that you can find in 2014 Toyota Corolla. And these make Corolla a better choice than other second-hand models in its class.

Engine and Fuel Economy

The 2014 Toyota Corolla is equipped with the base 1.8-liter four-cylinder powertrain with a capacity to produce 132 horsepower (hp) and 128 pound-feet (lb ft) of torque for all models except the LE Eco trim. The LE Eco, on the other hand, uses the Valvematic 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve powertrain, generating 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.

The L and S models are paired to the standard six-speed manual transmission while the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on the LE and LE Eco. The L trim can be also paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. Optional to the S trim is the CVT which improves its steering response.

The fuel economy of models powered with standard six-speed manual transmission and four-speed automatic transmission is rated at 28 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 37 mpg in the highway. The LE model with CVT is estimated at 29 mpg city and 38 mpg hi-way while the S model with CVT works at 29 mpg city and 37 mpg hi-way. The latest LE Eco, on the other hand, has a more efficient fuel economy at 30 mpg city and 42 mpg hi-way.

Trims

When you think of getting a used 2014 Toyota Corolla, there are four trims or models to choose from. These are: L, LE, LE Eco and S. Plus and Premium sub-trims are also available in all models except L.

Corolla L. This entry-level L model comes with 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, four-speaker CD audio system, low-beam LED headlights, a height-adjustable driver seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power windows, Bluetooth phone connection and daytime running lamps.

Corolla LE. Upgrade to Corolla LE and you will get a 16-inch steel wheels, backup camera, six-speaker sound system with a 6-inch touchscreen interface, automatic climate control, power door locks, variable intermittent wipers and keyless entry. Available in the LE Plus are alloy wheels and foglights while the LE Premium model offers a vinyl upholstery.

Corolla LE Eco. With standard features of the LE, the LE Eco adds a rear spoiler, low-rolling-resistance tires and a navigation system. Opt for LE Eco Plus and add 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome beltline, foglights and ECO Drive buttons. The LE Premium also has the vinyl upholstery and an 8-way power heated seat.

Corolla S. The aggressive and sporty S model comes with LE's features plus a leathered steering wheel, dual-upholstery seats, color-keyed mirrors with signal repeater and Multi-Information Display. The S Plus include the optional 17-inch alloy wheels, suspension tuning and rear disc brakes, while the S Premium also offers premium vinyl upholstery and Driver Convenience package (navigation system, smartphone app integration and satellite radio).

Safety

Compared to the previous model year, the 2014 Toyota Corolla is a lot better in terms of safety as evidenced in its scores in the government crash tests. In fact, the 2014 Corolla scored an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for its perfect performance in frontal and side impact areas tests. The 2014 Corolla also received ôGood ratings from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) for acing the frontal, side, rear, and roof strength tests.

Aside from the exceptional safety test results, the 2014 Corolla also put importance in improving its safety features. The latest is the advanced airbag systems comprising of a driver knee airbag, passenger seat cushion airbag, front side airbags and side curtain airbags. Other standard features are electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), seatbelt pretensioners and traction control. Available in upper trim levels is the rearview camera.

One minor setback in terms of safety in the 2014 Toyota Corolla is the defective windshield swiper and washing system which prompted The Japanese automaker to issue a recall. Repair of the said feature is free of charge. If you have decided to buy a used 2014 Corolla, feel free to ask Baierl Toyota on how to go with the repairing of the defective swiper in your car.

 

Baierl Automotive is located in Wexford, Pennsylvania. Serving North Hills, Franklin Park, Sewickley, Coraopolis, Cranberry, Mars, Zelienople, Butler and all of Greater Pittsburgh, PA. Driven to be better!


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