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When Driving is about Lifestyle, Car Life Nation is the Answer

When Driving is about Lifestyle, Car Life Nation is the Answer

The interior of a 2021 Chevy Blazer shows the climate control at a used Chevy dealership.

Critiquing the Comfort and Amenities of Chevrolet

What are some of the first things you do when you get in your car? Before you answer—think about this as honestly as possible. While your driving school teacher would want you to say that you buckle up, adjust your rear-view mirror, and take careful notice of your immediate surroundings, such itemized checklists don’t always take top priority. There’s no need to be ashamed; just because you don’t follow this procedure every time you get behind the wheel doesn’t mean you’re not a responsible driver. Talk to any staff member of your local used Chevy dealership, and they’ll tell you entering your vehicle’s cabin should be an exercise in comfort, not stress.

The first thing you might do is fire up the heat or crank up the AC. If you’re on the way to work, you might do a quick look around to make sure you have everything you need to get through the day. Of course, you might take a moment to decide which podcast or musical artist you plan on utilizing to drown out the stress of the day-to-day ordeal known as life—if only temporarily.

Whether you’re a casual observer or devotee of the bow-tie brand, it’s common knowledge that Chevy makes vehicles that keep America’s working class productive, their dreams realized, and their tense bodies relaxed. More than being a powerful workhorse or provider of commutes and joy rides (although such models certainly fall under the Chevy label), Chevy vehicles also come with features designed to make your drive enjoyable and relaxing. They reinforce the idea that the interior of your vehicle isn’t just a place to sit and use as storage, but a sanctuary removed from daily stressors. Read on as I take a closer look at Chevy’s comfort and amenities.

The black interior of a 2022 Chevy Bolt EV shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

Climate Control

You might find this tidbit of information fascinating, but did you know that cars have been equipped with air-conditioning since 1940? It’s true! While consumer goods weren’t manufactured all that often in the years during America’s involvement in World War II (1941-1945), drivers who lived in the warmer climates of the country must have been enthralled at the prospect of regulating cabin temperatures with the flick of a switch.

While the various apparatuses have certainly changed and evolved over the years, the fundamentals are still the same. The weather is one aspect of life that’s far out of our control. Therefore, when we step into our vehicle, we can achieve some temporary relief from the cold and heat. Let’s face it: immediate access to a sauna or swimming pool isn’t always possible.

That’s why Chevy offers climate control that can be tailored to your taste. You already have a schedule that keeps you occupied from 9 to 5; you might as well be a master of your car’s temperature.

However, AC is a standard-issue feature, not a luxury, by today’s standards. To raise the bar, many Chevy models come equipped with dual and triple climate control. Have a passenger whose desire for certain temperatures differs from yours? No problem! While we certainly can’t do anything about their pesky attitude, we can make them comfortable in hopes that they’ll keep quiet while you’re on the road.

Double and triple-zone climate control is what happens when Chevy takes their keen eye for innovation and applies it to comfort. If you opt to get a remote start for your Chevy, climate control can be set up to coincide with the engine turning over. Ensure that your car will feel “just right” before you hit the road.

Heated and ventilated seats are the perfect accompaniment to Chevy’s climate control tech. However, these features are on temporary hiatus. Due to supply issues and chip shortages affecting many worldwide industries, this feature may be all but absent from 2022 Chevy models—even those with higher trim packages.

Moving in Stereo

It’s hard to believe that we once lived in a world where the entertainment options for our vehicles were limited to AM and FM radio. Luckily for us, times have changed and engineering has now provided us with a variety of options. These latest features are designed to help us enjoy our commute more than we should.

Chevy is one of 13 manufacturers that currently offer high-end audio options in conjunction with Bose. That’s right; one of the best pro audio companies in the world today is in cahoots with Chevrolet.

I’ve taken the time to break down some of the audio options in some of Chevy’s most popular models. If nothing else, these offerings give you the perfect opportunity to hold communion with your inner metalhead:

The Chevy Malibu might have the appearance of a common 4-door sedan, but we assure you there’s nothing common about its nine-speaker premium Bose system that can turn any drive into a high-decibel event.

Small in size but large in volume, the Chevy Bolt EV can be equipped with a high-grade, 7-speaker system with a rich bass woofer.

The SUV continues its meteoric rise in popularity; drivers who decide to get behind the wheel of the Chevy Equinox can take advantage of a 7-speaker Bose system that comes with active sound management and Engine Harmonic Cancellation. This space-age technology actually works to lower the distracting noise that can find itself into the car cabin. A noise cancellation signal is sent to the engine in an effort to counteract the sounds that some engines generate.

If Engine Harmonic Cancellation intrigues you, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s also available on new Chevy Traverse, Trailblazer, Camaro, and Corvette models. While many Chevy engines are known for their high-octane performance and incredible capabilities, we’re sure that you’d much rather listen to some music than a motor.

A teen is shown inside a Chevy vehicle with Safe Driver program.

Additional Connected Services

The trifecta of Chevy creature comforts is almost complete. When we discuss comfort, we know that a good stereo system and climate control are both wonderful, but what about the comfort that comes from peace of mind? Every Chevy vehicle is OnStar-capable, meaning that when the unpredictable happens on the road of life, you’ll be covered.

At the push of a button, you’ll be connected with an OnStar representative, who can provide roadside assistance, helpful information about nearby automotive repair shops, and more. OnStar also includes WiFi, in-vehicle entertainment, and other services based on your subscription. For added protection, you might want to consider the OnStar Guardian App. Even when you’re away from your vehicle, you’ll still have the coverage you need. You can even locate a lost or stolen car!

Chevy intends to help look out for your best interests, as also evidenced by the Safe Driver program. This technology monitors your driving habits and provides feedback on your driving abilities—or potentially risky driving habits. After all, a little constructive criticism and periodic reinforcement never hurt anyone.

Our Final Thought on Comfort

As we’ve seen, the comfort and amenities Chevy offers come in a variety of forms. Be they temperature control, sound, or just a little reinforcement in knowing you’re looked after, Chevy has your best interests in heart—and commuter comfort in mind. Things have certainly evolved a lot since the first Chevys took to the road, but the dedication that the manufacturer exhibits yearly is a foundation you can always trust.

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