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Virginia has it all, from warm sandy beaches to rugged mountain trails. Therefore, it’s no wonder why adventurous Virginians need vehicles that have the same roaming spirit. For those looking for a family vehicle that can handle a full load of passengers, as well as plenty of equipment, there’s nothing that meets these needs quite like a Chevy SUV. SUVs have come a long way since the boom of the 1990s. While many think of SUVs as larger vehicles that can accommodate lots of passengers, they come in many shapes and sizes.
Mini and crossover SUVs, like the Chevy Trax, look a lot like the station wagons of the 1980s, only with the modern safety and convenience technology we’ve come to love. Compact SUVs like the Equinox are also smaller, and while they typically can’t tow large loads or stow lots of cargo, they’re a great choice for a camping trip or an exploration of new territory. Mid-size SUVs are slightly larger, like the Chevy Blazer or Traverse, and typically have plenty of room for backpacks, beach bags, and skis. Lastly, there’s the full-size SUV, which fits the first image. These are vehicles like the Chevy Suburban or Tahoe, with three rows of seats, the towing capacity of a truck, and cargo room for everyone’s weekend bags. No matter what type of journey awaits, there is a perfectly sized Chevy SUV for you.
Since 1969, Duke Automotive has been helping friends in the Suffolk, VA community find their perfect adventure vehicle. Serving everyone from Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, North East North Carolina, and beyond, Duke Automotive follows a family tradition of helping locals stay on the road safely and in style. This means no gags, no gimmicks, just people helping people find the perfect automobile.
The automotive tradition runs in the blood of the Duke family, starting with Ray Duke, who owned a gas station and trucking business based out of Carrsville, VA. Mr. Duke’s operations gained popularity through the 1940s, and by the 1950s, he began selling cars in the Suffolk area. Starting from the ground up, by 1969, Mr. Duke was able to open the first automotive dealership bearing his name.
Duke Oldsmobile Cadillac was soon joined by Eley Duke Jr., and together, father and son connected new friends with their dream vehicles throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, and the DC area. Though Eley Duke Jr. sadly passed away in 1989, his wife Lydia joined the family business, and the tradition continued.
With GM’s rebranding in 2013, Duke Oldsmobile Cadillac became Duke Automotive, focusing on providing drivers with the ideal Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC for their lifestyle and needs. In fact, the sales team at Duke Automotive will make it a personal task to find what you are looking for within 24 hours.
Today, Lydia Duke remains the President of Duke Automotive, a role she has held with pride since 2002. Vice President Eley Duke III grew up on the lot, so to speak, starting with washing cars and pulling weeds.
Not only does the automotive industry run in the Duke family’s veins, but all staff members bring decades of experience to the table each and every day. From the sales team to the service team, all of Duke’s professional, friendly staff members are fully qualified to answer questions and provide suggestions based on each driver’s needs.
Most people are familiar with “New” and “Used” vehicles, but have you looked into a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle?
A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is one that has undergone an extensive inspection and meets a strict list of qualifications in order to be fully certified by the manufacturer. Duke Automotive is pleased to be able to provide Certified Pre-Owned Chevy, Buick, and GMC vehicles.
All CPO vehicles are less than six years old and have fewer than 75,000 miles, along with a clean title. They undergo a 172-point inspection, and any recalls are addressed. All CPO cars, trucks, and SUVs include a CARFAX Vehicle History Report, as well, to ensure drivers have all the information about their new vehicle.
There are additional benefits to purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle, including an Extended New Car Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty for 12 months or 12,000 miles. Drivers will receive two scheduled maintenance visits for the first two years or 24,000 miles. A 6 year/100,000 mile Extended Powertrain Limited Warranty is also included, along with complimentary Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation during the warranty period.
And, since recent vehicles are equipped with so many technological advances, drivers of CPO vehicles can take advantage of them for free. This includes up to three months of OnStar Safety & Security and Connected services and three months of SiriusXM All Access radio.
Best of all, drivers have up to three days or 150 miles to change their minds regarding their CPO vehicles. Duke Automotive allows exchanges on these vehicles so that drivers can be completely satisfied with their choices before committing. While the inventory is always changing, there are always many choices on the lot, so if the Tahoe is too big, check out the Trax!
Duke Automotive truly cares about drivers, and the service department reflects this close relationship with the public. In fact, Virginia State Inspections are free for anyone, regardless of the make or model of the vehicle, or where it was purchased. Duke is staffed with Certified Virginia State Inspectors and ASE Technicians who are happy to keep the state’s vehicles running safely and efficiently.
The Duke Collision Center opened in November 2017, located just three miles from the main dealership. It has been rated a PPG Certified Collision Center and ICAR Gold Collision Center, receiving top accolades for repairs.
The goal is to be as comfortable and convenient as possible and to treat customers as friends. Therefore, drivers looking for service and repairs can schedule convenient appointment times via the Duke Automotive website, and take advantage of a waiting lounge with complimentary snacks and beverages and a kitchenette. And because time won’t stand still, workers can take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi, while parents appreciate the children’s play area and televisions.
Often, the most intimidating part of the car buying experience is financing. Not only does Duke Automotive offer a $1,000 Best Price Guarantee on New vehicles, but the Business Manager team is on hand to walk drivers through the process of getting the best rates for their loans. The Business Manager team members are all certified through the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals, and have relationships with many major banks, credit unions, and lending programs.
This midsize SUV is a classic in the making. Starting with a sticker price of $28,800 and offering a number of different trims and sub-trims, which include the L, LT, 1LT, 2LT, 3LTm RS, and Premier, the Chevy Blazer has a lot to offer potential drivers. Sourcing its power from a standard 193 hp, 2.5-liter inline-4, the Chevy Blazer is pretty adept when it comes to power delivery, and the standard 9-speed automatic transmission helps this cause. Although, if you want something a little bigger beneath the hood, you can find it within two engine alternatives. On the one hand, you have a competent turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is responsible for 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Last on the list of powertrains is a 3.6-liter V6, which takes things to the next level delivering 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft worth of torque. As can be expected from an SUV like this one, you can opt for a very capable all-wheel drivetrain, which hugs the road even when the conditions are at its worst. Of course another aspect to look at is the fuel economy. The Blazer has different numbers depending on the chosen engine. If you opt for the standard 2.5L engine, you will see numbers of 23 MPG combined, 21 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. With the 2.0L engine, the numbers improve a little bit with 24 MPG combined, 21 MPG in the city and 28 MPG on the highway. Lastly, you will see 21 MPG combined, 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway with the 3.6L V6 engine. All of these numbers are impressive and will save you time and money at the gas pump.
Step inside the Chevy Blazer, and the continued line of quality continues. The five-seater Blazer comes with a max cargo capacity of 64.5 cubic feet, and the option of either cloth or leather interior seating. In the center console, you’ll find a sprawling 8.0-inch touch-activated infotainment system, which is packed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. A dual-zone automatic climate control system is also standard, as is the keyless start ignition. And for drivers who make safety a top priority, you can find plenty of active safety and driver assistance features in top-end trims, including things like active lane control, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control all in a single package.
Some classics never die, and that’s true of the 2020 Chevy Suburban. The Suburban can boast about being the largest vehicle in the Chevy family lineup and has upheld that title since it first rolled off of the factory floor way back in the 1930s. The Chevy Suburban starts at a rate of $51,700 MSRP and is available in the LS, LT, and Premier trims. This hefty SUV can seat a maximum of seven passengers with ease and touts a tremendous 121.7 total cubic feet of cargo space. Hauling the large and in charge, Chevy Suburban is a 355 horsepower 5.3-liter V8 engine that uses a 6-speed automatic transmission to make 383 lb-ft worth of torque. This engine can be upgraded to an even bigger 6.2-liter V8, which uses a 10-speed automatic transmission to churn out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Both two- and four-wheel versions of the Chevy Suburban are available, and when equipped with the standard rear-wheel drivetrain can haul 8,300 pounds. It can be tough to get good fuel economy out of such a large and in charge vehicle, but the Suburban’s numbers are not too bad. With 2WD, this SUV gets a combined fuel economy of 18 MPG (15 city/22 highway). When upgraded to 4WD, the combined efficiency goes down slightly to 16 MPG combined (14 city, 21 highway). While these numbers are seemingly low in comparison to sedans or smaller SUVs, they are excellent for an SUV of this caliber.
The Chevy Suburban is also plenty comfortable, offering a variety of modern cabin amenities. Take, for instance, the fact that even base models of this big SUV get a big 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that is integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. On top of that, potential buyers can also get power-adjustable front seats and a three-zone climate control system. Higher-end trims like the LT and Premier, add on features such as a powerful audio system designed by Bose, a hands-free liftgate, and keyless ignition. Also offered in the Suburban are some seriously high tech features in terms of safety, as drivers can opt for the Enhanced Driver Alert Package. This comprehensive driver assistance package includes automatic high-beam headlights, active lane control, and a low-speed automatic emergency braking system. All totaled, the Chevy Suburban is a worthwhile buy for anyone in need of a large, and well-geared SUV.
While many SUVs in the Chevy family lineup are large, some of them have earned significant popularity in our showroom for being the exact opposite. The 2020 Chevy Trax is a compact SUV that makes compact sizing and well-roundedness its center appeal. With a starting price of $21,300 MSRP, the Chevy Trax is already on the affordable end of the spectrum. There are also a number of trims available, including the LS, LT, and Premier. While the Chevy Trax is small, it is far from underpowered, as it uses a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to get around. This turbo-4 is responsible for 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque and uses a 6-speed automatic transmission to funnel that power through the engine. This smaller engine plays out in the fuel economy of the Chevy Trax, too. This compact SUV earns 26 MPG in the city and 31 MPG on the highway with FWD. And when equipped with AWD, the numbers only slightly change with 26 MPG in the city with 29 MPG on the highway.
Inside the Chevy Trax is still rather spacious, even considering its smaller size. The interior cargo hold measures in at 48.4 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down, and 18.7 cubic feet when you have rear passengers to contend with. Cloth upholstery is standard fare in the Chevy Trax; however, the Premier trim makes synthetic leather the primary furnishing material. Technology in the Chevy Trax is up to par with competitors, sporting a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Higher trims advance on this standard offering by adding in additional bells and whistles such as a Bose audio system, a moonroof, heated front seats, and synthetic leather upholstery. Safety tech is also quite impressive on this compact SUV, as features like lane-departure and forward-collision warnings are available in specific models. Perfect for the regular commuter, or the weekend adventurer, the Chevy Trax is an SUV built to be a crowd-pleaser.