Chevrolet’s SUV Trifecta Perfect for Dutchess County

July 14th, 2023 by

A red 2024 Chevy Trax RS is shown from the side after leaving a Dover Plains Chevy dealer.

What drew you to Dover Plains? Do you appreciate its small-town charm? Do you value the convenience of having bigger cities like Poughkeepsie, Middletown, and Newburgh minutes away? Dover Plains strikes an incredible balance between small-town and big-city living, making it a fantastic place to settle down and raise a family.

At Ruge’s Chevrolet, we understand the appeal of a small town, with our dealership located just minutes away in Millbrook. Moreover, we know the demands of living outside the big city, often translating to longer commutes and more time behind the wheel. As your Dover Plains Chevy dealer, we’re here to transform your time in the driver’s seat by introducing you to Chevrolet’s best-selling models that can efficiently navigate your commute and exceed your expectations every mile ahead.

Commuters, Meet the Trax

How long is your commute? Dover Plains residents have an average commute of 63.3 minutes, making it one of the longest in the nation. Whether your commute is shorter or longer, an SUV like the 2024 Chevy Trax can dramatically improve your experience on the road without forcing you to compromise. How so?

Chevrolet redesigned the Trax for 2024, reintroducing its smallest SUV with an affordable price tag of $20,400, a more spacious cabin, and an extensive suite of technologies.[a] The combination is incredible, especially with Chevrolet offering five distinct trims—LS, 1RS, LT, 2RS, and ACTIV—that give Dover Plains drivers every opportunity to find the perfect Trax. Moreover, these trims don’t force you to choose style over performance or luxury over affordability.

Every Trax is powered by Chevy’s proven 1.2L turbocharged inline-three engine matched to a six-speed transmission to produce 137 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. The turbocharged delivers on-demand power but modestly sips fuel. Dover Plains commuters reap the rewards, with the SUV averaging an EPA-estimated 28 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway.

Beyond efficiency, Chevrolet also considers your experience and confidence in the driver’s seat. For example, every Trax features the Chevy Safety Assist suite of six safety and driver-assist technologies. Depending on trim, you’ll enjoy an expansive 8.0-inch or 11.0-inch touchscreen display with smartphone integration via wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With seamless connectivity, you can genuinely enjoy your commute from Dover Plains thanks to features like heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors, automatic climate control, and push-button start.

A yellow 2024 Chevy Trailblazer Activ is shown from the front at an angle.

Adventurers, Meet the Trailblazer

Dover Plains might be renowned for its small-town charm, but that isn’t to say its residents don’t have an affinity for adventure or style. Fortunately, the Trailblazer does double duty as a stylish and capable SUV that can handle your commute and effortlessly transition into “weekend mode.” It’s an outstanding balance Dover Plains drivers can experience firsthand, especially from the driver’s seat of a 2023 or 2024 model.

Where the Trax relies on a single powertrain, the Chevy Trailblazer gives Dover Plains drivers an option between the standard 1.2L turbocharged inline-three or a 1.3L turbocharged inline-three with a nine-speed automatic or continuously variable transmission that’s available based on front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The standard 1.2L powertrain produces 137 hp, but the 1.3L turbocharged pushes that output to 155 hp. Moreover, that increase doesn’t diminish the SUV’s efficiency, with the 2023 Trailblazer averaging an EPA-estimated 29 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway as a front-wheel drive model.

For 2024, the 1.3L’s higher output makes a significant difference on trims like the ACTIV and RS. The RS is stylish and sporty, featuring various drive modes that let you tailor the Trailblazer’s performance to the situation. Alternatively, Dover Plains’ adventurers will fall in love with the ACTIV, which Chevrolet readies for the trail by equipping it with exclusive shocks, tires, and dampers. With the Trailblazer ACTIV, your SUV wears many hats, never hindering your next opportunity to explore life beyond the pavement or transform your weekday commute with tech-savvy tools like Adaptive Cruise Control.

A blue 2024 Chevy Equinox Premier is shown from the front at an angle.

Families, Meet the Equinox

The Silverado holds the title as Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle, but the Equinox is not far behind, holding the second-place title. The Equinox is renowned for its versatility and value-oriented packaging, making it ideal for Dover Plains families. So, how does Chevrolet accomplish such an incredible feat?

Dover Plains drivers have a long lineup to choose from, with the Equinox family available in the LS, LT, RS, and luxurious Premier trims with or without all-wheel drive. While these trims have specific design details, you can enhance the Equinox’s aesthetic with unique packages like the Midnight Edition, Sport Edition, and Redline Edition that put this SUV in stealth mode or add athletic, performance-inspired details. These packages prove that the Equinox is a blank canvas, letting you bring your Chevrolet vision to life.

Chevrolet sweetens the Chevy Equinoxes for sale in 2024 by extending its technology packages. This SUV has a 7.0-inch or 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Connected Navigation on top-tier trims like the LT, RS, and Premier. With navigation, you can confidently navigate every outing beyond Dover Plains, venturing into Hartford, New Haven, New York City, or elsewhere. Like the Trax and Trailblazer, you’ll also enjoy seamless smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and will always be connected via the Equinox’s available Wi-Fi hotspot.

Dover Plains families will appreciate that Chevrolet added several safety and driver assistance features to the Equinox in 2024. The Chevy Safety Assist suite is standard across the lineup, outfitting the SUV with Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, IntelliBeam automatic high beams, a Following Distance Indicator, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. These tools are essential to instilling confidence behind the wheel—but Chevrolet doesn’t stop there.

Depending on trim, you can enjoy advanced features like Adaptive Cruise Control, an HD Surround Vision camera, and the Driver Confidence II Package. This new package is standard on the LT, RS, and Premier, adding Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Front and Rear Park Assist. You can also add the package to the Equinox LS, which adds Rear Park Assist to the base model.

Budget-Savvy Without Compromise: Bring Your Chevy Dreams to Life

Does your commute take you to Poughkeepsie or Newburgh? Or does your weekday drive take you east into Connecticut? Wherever the road takes you, Chevrolet is ready to make your time in the driver’s seat more efficient, enjoyable, and confident.

Over the last century, Chevrolet has lived up to its promise to build affordable and reliable models for every budget, style, and driving need. Chevrolet’s current SUV lineup embodies as much, from commuter-friendly models like the Trax and versatile adventurers like the Trailblazer to best-selling egalitarian models like the Equinox. There’s undeniably a Chevrolet for everyone, and none requires you to lower your standards or settle for less. With Chevrolet, you can have it all because every model makes luxury, capability, versatility, and innovation affordable.

So, what model will you choose? Would your family benefit from an SUV like the Equinox, which offers 63.9 cu.ft. of cargo capacity? Or will you get behind the wheel of the Trax and reap the rewards of its excellent fuel economy? The choice is yours.

[a]MSRP may change without notice. See dealer for complete details.