The 2012 Chevrolet Orlando is the Perfect Fit…
The Chevrolet Orlando is GM’s entry into the ever-growing Cross-over Utility segment. Offering the functionality of a mini-van and the “non-mini-van” looks and appeal of a compact SUV, the Orlando will surely put a dent in the segment which has been mostly dominated by the Mazda 5 to date.
The Orlando seems to target all of the important buzz-words in an impressive fashion. Price, Size, Economy and Safety are all key elements in the Orlando and a reason that this vehicle will stand up well against all vehicles in this growing class.
Affordability is a major concern for all young families and GM keeps this in mind with the pricing of the 2012 Chevrolet Orlando. GM is offering 3 different trim levels for this Cross-over starting with the LS model with a starting price of $19,995. A mid-level Orlando with 6-speed Automatic transmission, air conditioning, Premium Cloth, Cruise and a nice assortment of interior conveniences will run you about $25,340. GM expects this to be the most popular configuration. If you are looking for all of the bells and whistles, the LTZ has available leather seating surfaces, 6-way power chair and ultrasonic rear park assist all for about $32,240.
Fuel Economy: If the price of many Cross-over vehicles isn’t prohibitive, the fuel economy is! With many 7 passenger vehicles today offering gas-guzzling V-6 engines, the Orlando offers a fuel-sipping 4 cylinder ECOTEC engine that certainly won’t make you feel short-changed on power. Equipped with 174 horse-power 4 cylinder engine, the Orlando offers Fuel economy ratings of 10.6 L/100km in the city and 6.9 L/100km on the highway (for the automatic) which happen to be best in class.
Space Functionality and Comfort were key considerations to the interior design of the Orlando as it boasts “theatre-style” seating for better forward and side viewing from the back seats as well as flat floor for additional cargo when the second and third row seats are folded down. While any 7 passenger vehicle full to capacity with travellers offers very little cargo space, the Orlando is now exception although you can comfortably carry 6 passengers with luggage, a feat that is not possible with the sales leader – Mazda 5. Unlike some of the competitors, the 3rd row was clearly in the plans from the beginning. Featuring accessibility from both sides, adjustable headrests, tensioning seat-belts and full size seating, the Orlando offers comfort, safety and functionality in the back-row that simply doesn’t exist in the Mazda 5.
Safety: From traction and stability to impact protection and crash response, the Orlando has you covered. Ride quality and handling is enhanced by Traction Control and the Stabilitrak electronic stability control system. Combine that with ABS equipped 4 wheel disc brakes and you have a vehicle that is truly capable of handling our harsh winter driving conditions. Each Orlando* includes On-Star’s in-vehicle communication and assistance feature with a 6mth trial of the Directions and Connections Plan with turn-by turn navigation. (* an onstar delete option is available)
All in all, The Chevrolet Orlando offers a competitively priced vehicle that offers value in all of the right areas. The Globe and Mail gives the Chevrolet Orlando an 8 out of 10 overall rating stating:
“Orlando is a functional people mover that rides and handles beautifully on the sweeping roads of Muskoka…”