Family-Friendly Games to Play in the Car

When you hit the road, whether it be for a quick trip around Bellefontaine, Ohio, or a full-blown road trip across the country, it’s wise to have different solutions for keeping your family entertained.  If you’re looking for a couple of new ways to occupy your children in the car, consider these family-friendly games.

Word-by-word improv

Not only will this game encourage your kids’ creativity, but it will also almost certainly make you laugh. The rules are simple: you start by saying one to three words, then pass the continuation of the sentence off to your backseat passengers, who will take turns adding a few words to the story. By the end, the story will have turned in directions you never imagined, and you’ll have covered numerous miles without realizing it.

A good old-fashioned singalong

It doesn’t matter if your kids are into musicals, animated movies or classic rock, singing along with a song you all love is a fun way to pass the time. Consider bringing along a variety of music so you can cater to everyone’s tastes. If you have older kids, turn the singalong into a game by having each family member sing a line from a different song. The last word of your song’s line should then be the first word of another family member’s line, and so on.

No matter where you’re headed, laughing and passing the time with your family is an experience to be treasured. If you think your car needs service before your next road trip, don’t hesitate to contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.

Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay® Capabilities Coming to GM Models

General Motors has announced that many of its 2021 models are receiving wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities. Vehicles with these capabilities will make it more convenient for you and your family to enjoy smartphone connectivity.

Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ enable you to connect your phone to your vehicle’s touch screen and utilize your favorite smartphone features on the go. As such, you can send and receive messages, listen to your playlists and access different apps.

With wireless integration in 2021 GM models, you can use all these features by taking advantage of Bluetooth® technology instead of plugging your phone into a USB cable. In the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, you can have wireless smartphone connectivity by simply opting for the available Technology Package.  

Other 2021 vehicles that will offer wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® capabilities include the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. In addition, the new GMC Yukon and Yukon XL as well as the Buick Encore GX will have these impressive capabilities available.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are excited to add 2021 Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models to our dealership located in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about these new models and the innovative technologies that they will offer.

2020 Cadillac XT6 Makes List of the Safest SUVs

The seven-passenger 2020 Cadillac XT6 has earned itself a spot on MotorTrend’s list of the safest SUVs for the 2020 model year. The editors compiled this impressive list by looking at the vehicles with the top crash scores and safety ratings.

Thanks to its Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and its 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2020 Cadillac XT6 proved itself worthy of being on the list.

On top of having these fantastic ratings, the midsize SUV also comes standard with a comprehensive suite of driver-assist technologies. These include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

In addition, there are plenty of available safety features, like Reverse Automatic Braking and Rear Pedestrian Alert, to give you added peace of mind. However, the 2020 XT6 has more to offer than just its protective technologies. It also boasts a variety of entertainment options and a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque so you can have fun drives.

The 2020 Cadillac XT6 is a great option for active families. Contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to learn more about the midsize SUV and the other family haulers at our dealership.

2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST Is a Cool Family SUV

It used to be that there was really only one segment geared towards family travel — the minivan. However, thanks to the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST, you can take your family on road trips and weekend outings in a spacious SUV. U.S. News & World Report placed this SUV on its list of the 23 Coolest Family Cars for having a well-appointed interior as well as a stylish exterior.

The RST Edition of the Suburban can turn heads in the carpool lane with its Black bowtie emblems, 22-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels and Black nameplate badging. Inside the Suburban, there’s seating for a maximum of nine occupants and plenty of legroom for each family member. The versatile seating of the SUV also enables you to adjust the space to accommodate your family and your road trip necessities.

The Suburban can keep your family entertained on each trip with the standard Chevrolet Infotainment System, which comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities. Back seat passengers can enjoy the available rear-seat entertainment system, which lets them watch their favorite movies.

By opting for the RST Edition of the Suburban, you can also have fun and smooth drives with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. This powerful engine achieves 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Discover all that makes the 2020 Chevrolet Suburban RST a cool family SUV when you contact our staff at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

GMC Recognized as One of the Longest-Lasting Brands

In a recent survey that assessed over 15.8 million vehicles, iSeeCars.com found that GMC is one of the longest-lasting brands. The study was conducted in order to discover which vehicles consistently make it to the 200,000-mile mark, and the GMC brand earned third place overall in the study.

GMC trucks and large SUVs, in particular, performed well in the study, lasting a great number of miles. The Yukon and the Yukon XL both ranked highly on the list of the longest-lasting SUVs, with the Yukon XL claiming the seventh spot.

The 2020 Yukon XL provides plenty of space in its sophisticated cabin with up to 121.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. Plus, the SUV has seating for up to nine passengers and lots of family-friendly amenities, making it the ideal vehicle for long family road trips.

The GMC Sierra 1500 took the sixth spot on the list of the longest-lasting light-duty pickups. The 2020 model is a powerful and capable option, coming available with a 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 12,100 pounds with ease.

If you want a vehicle to drive your family for years to come, consider driving a GMC vehicle. Learn more about the different models available when you view the online inventory at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

Canyon and Sierra 1500 Make 12 Most Reliable Pickup Trucks in 2020 List

Buying a new truck is a big deal, which is why it’s a good idea to choose a truck that you can depend on for years to come. Recently, U.S. News & World Report compiled a list of the 12 Most Reliable Pickup Trucks in 2020, and both the 2020 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 were included on the list.

2020 GMC Canyon

The Canyon earned praise for its impressive capabilities and high-quality cabin. The Canyon can tow up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped. Plus, you get to choose from among powerful powertrain options, like the 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine.

Inside the cabin, you can enjoy the 7-inch GMC Infotainment System, which comes with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration. The truck is also available with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot so you can have connectivity on the go.

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra 1500 delivers a smooth ride and offers a number of powertrains. For a fun driving experience, you can opt for the 6.2-liter V8 engine, which produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. The truck can also tow up to 12,100 pounds when properly equipped so you can take your trailer or boat along for the ride.

The Sierra 1500 is available with the ProGrade™ Trailering System to make towing easier and more convenient with custom trailer profiles and pre-departure checklists. Teen Driver, the Rear Vision Camera and the Rear Seat Reminder are also standard to give you peace of mind.

The 2020 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 are both capable trucks that you can depend on. Call us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio, to learn more about the trucks.

13 Most Comfortable SUVs List Includes 2020 Traverse

While a stylish exterior design may be what draws you to a vehicle, the interior features are what make a drive enjoyable. If you are looking for a new family SUV that can keep you comfortable on each ride, consider the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse. This vehicle recently earned the top spot in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the 13 Most Comfortable SUVs in 2020.

U.S. News & World Report commended the 2020 Traverse for having an impressive amount of space for passengers and cargo. Plus, the SUV received high marks for its entertainment and safety technologies, which can keep you at ease on the drive.

Inside the cabin, the 2020 Traverse has three rows of seats for up to eight people. With 98.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, there is plenty of room for everyone to bring their necessities on road trips. The Smart Slide® seating in the second row also makes it easy for passengers to climb into the third row.

You can stay connected to family members with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System, which has Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities. Available leather upholstery adds an upscale feel to the cabin, while available heated and ventilated front seats can keep you comfortable as the weather changes.

The 2020 Chevrolet Traverse has all you need to be cozy inside the cabin. Discover which creature comforts are offered in each Chevrolet SUV when you give us a call at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Advanced Technologies of the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is a modern, sophisticated SUV that stands out from the crowd with its agile design. Along with its elegant styling, the Blazer comes equipped with advanced technologies that are designed to keep you connected and in control.

Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System

The 2020 Blazer comes standard with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System, which features an 8-inch touch screen. This system has Bluetooth® audio streaming as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility.

Through the touch screen, you can send and receive messages, make phone calls and utilize different apps. You can also upgrade to the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Premium System to take advantage of the connected navigation system. 

HD Rear Vision Camera

The HD Rear Vision Camera allows you to keep an eye on the area behind the 2020 Blazer by giving you a high-resolution view on the touch screen.* As such, you can more easily back into a parking spot and avoid objects that are nearby.*

Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

Available Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning can detect when you’re drifting out of your lane and alert you.* The system can then gently turn the steering wheel to help you avoid collisions.*

The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is a high-tech vehicle that’s great for small families. If you want to experience the SUV for yourself, check it out at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.

* Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times. Visibility, weather, and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for more important feature limitations and information.

Best Places to Enjoy the Outdoors Near Bellefontaine

Spring is a wonderful time of year here in Ohio with beautiful flowers blooming. If you are ready to get out of your home and take advantage of the warming weather, head to these places to enjoy the outdoors near Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Campbell Hill

Campbell Hill is recognized as the highest point in Ohio at 1,549 feet above sea level. A sign sits at the top of the hill to mark the spot, and it’s worth taking a walk up the hill to see.

Mary Rutan Park

This beautiful park is a fun location for you and your family to spend the day. There are 28 acres of the wooded area to explore as well as four shelter houses where you can have a picnic. You can also enjoy the basketball court, the tennis court and three playground areas.

Indian Lake State Park

Indian Lake State Park has lots of activities to do, including hiking or biking along a trail. While it may be too cold to swim in the 5,100-acre Indian Lake during the spring, you can still go fishing or kayaking. You can even spend the whole weekend here and camp with your loved ones.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group hope you have a spectacular spring and catch sight of flowers as you explore Bellefontaine. If you’re looking for a family hauler to drive your family around the city, visit our dealership to view our available vehicles.

Chevrolet Equinox Gets Refresh for 2021

With its peppy look, spacious interior and cutting-edge safety technology, the Chevrolet Equinox is great for small families as well as drivers wanting to make the most of their daily commute. For the 2021 model year, the Chevrolet Equinox is receiving a refreshed design and exciting new features to look forward to.

Stylish exterior

The 2021 Equinox is gaining updated design elements, including redesigned rear and front fascias. The gloss black grille has a more aggressive appearance and chrome inserts. The modern look is complete with new LED headlamps.

Safety systems

The 2021 Equinox features a long list of safety technologies, consisting of Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking and a Following Distance Indicator. You can also opt for features, like Automatic Parking Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist.

RS and Premier trims

For the 2021 model year, the Equinox is gaining the RS trim. This new trim comes with a sporty design, including 19-inch Dark Android wheels, red stitching on the upholstery and black interior detailing. The Premier trim is receiving a few updates and has new 19-inch machine faced wheels, French stitching, and LED taillamps and headlamps.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are excited for the 2021 Chevrolet Equinox. While there’s still some time before the model is released, you can check out the 2020 model at our dealership.