Chevrolet Sonic Named 2015 Top Safety Pick by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Chevrolet has improved the midyear 2015 Chevy Sonic and achieved the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating in the small overlap front crash test. This was enough for the Sonic to then receive the IIHS’ highest overall rating of ‘Top Safety Pick for 2015’.

The Chevy Sonic, available at Christenson Chevrolet in Highland Indiana, was already a highly rated car for safety with class exclusive 10 airbags plus a plethora of other safety systems such as StabiliTrak (Electronic Stability Control), and OnStar’s telematics system.

“With good ratings across the board in all five IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, the improved Sonic delivers a high level of protection among small cars in the most common kinds of crashes,” said IIHS President Adrian Lund.

‘Good’ is the IIHS’ highest test rating.

The Sonic’s improvements were in the front-end structure, door sill and door pillar for the midyear 2015 model.

“Customer safety is of utmost importance to Chevrolet, across all segments” said Jeff Boyer, vice president, General Motors Global Vehicle Safety. “The Sonic receiving this designation is a testament to that focus.”

Sonic also strives to avoid crashes with two optional, aptly named, safety features. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Forward Collision Alert signals the driver to help avoid crashing into an upcoming vehicle traveling much slower or has come to a stop. It also tells the driver they are following a vehicle too closely.

Lane Departure Warning alerts the driver that they may unintentionally be drifting out of their lane when their turn signal is not on.

Below is a video that explains how they work. It’s pretty impressive. to think that these systems were only found on high end cars just a few years ago.

Jim Schroeder
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2014 Chevrolet Impala Quick Review Overview

The 2014 Impala, available at Christenson Chevrolet, is a huge leap in safety, styling, and technology over it’s predecessor.

Standard safety features include;

  • 10 Airbags to help protect every part of the Impala’s occupants. Most of you know about the usual six airbags. So lets explore the other four. Two protect the knees of the driver and front passenger. The other two protect the mid-section of the outboard passengers in the back seat. Combined with Impala’s safety cage, it;s like cruising down the road in bubble wrap. 🙂
  • Along with Anti-lock Brakes and Traction Control, the Impala also has StabiliTrak. This system automatically applies precise amounts of brake pressure at individual wheels and reduces the engine torque to help the driver keep the vehicle on track. For example, it’s a cold snowy day and the road has a hard right curve. Without StabiliTrak, you turn your wheel but the continue to go straight. This is called “Under-steer”. With StabiliTrak, the Impala knows you have the wheel turned and recognizes the start of under-steer. It then reduces the engine power and uses individual brakes to help keep your car on it’s intended path.

These are just two of the many safety features that are standard on the new Impala. There are also new safety options available as well. You can talk with one of our Chevy Sales Specialists for information about such options as

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning

The curves and lines of the new body are aggressive and upscale. With some inspiration from the Camaro. The new Impala is both sporty and elegant. With some of the highest praise in years coming from critics. Such as;

  • “envy-me exterior styling” Car & Driver
  • “arresting exterior design” Motor Trend
  • “it is sure to further blur the lines between luxury cars and mass-market vehicles” Wall Street Journal

I have mentioned some of the safety technology. But let’s look at a piece of tech that just about everyone interacts with in the car. The new available MyLink system is one of the biggest and easiest to use. It has three, that’s right 3, USB ports, an auxiliary jack, and an SD card slot. That’s a ton of options to get media to the 8″ control screen. Oh and one of those USB ports is behind the display that raises and lowers with the push of a button and is lockable. There is Bluetooth for wireless streaming of your music and voice recognition to listen to your commands. You can even customize the screen to set up your most used icons and apps.

All in all, the 2014 Impala is exactly what Chevy is striving for. Giving the consumer more than they expect. Check out our 2014 Impala inventory at or stop in our all new showroom for a closer look. We are at 9700 Indianapolis Blvd in Highland Indiana. Thank you.

Jim Schroeder
Internet Sales Director
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Christenson Chevrolet’s First Auto Blog

Welcome to Christenson Chevy’s Auto Blog. We hope to answer your questions about servicing or buying a vehicle and hopfuly have a little fun while we do it.

For most people, a car will be the 2nd largest purchase in their lives. Choosing the right vehicle and properly maintaining it are crucial to your happiness with your car as well as your dealer. Topics will range from;

  • Buying versus leasing?
  • What type of oil should I use?
  • If I have an accident, are there warranty issues I need to know about?
  • Should I buy a new or used car?
  • Is it better to take the rebate or special financing?
  • How often should I change my oil?
  • How do I change my wiper blades?
  • What is a Chevy, Buick, or GMC Certified used vehicle?

And so much more. This is a work in progress and we have not figured out how often this blog will be published. Please check back often or “Like” our Facebook page for posts when a new blog is up.

We will also review some of the latest features from Chevrolet that folks like you have questions about. Such as the MyLink Radio, Setting Up Bluetooth, and more. We may even post some in depth videos explaining how to use this great technology.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and questions. So please send them to me, Jim Schroeder, by filling out the form below the quick links at the end of this post.. We will only use your first name and city you live in for question credit if we use it. 

Thank you,
Jim Schroeder 
Internet Sales Director
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