Chevrolet's Duramax Diesel-powered Colorado arrives for 2016

When Chevy re-introduced the Colorado to the US market last year, Tacomas and Frontiers finally had some serious competition. The new 2015 Colorado set the bar for "best" mid-size truck. For 2016, that bar just got a little bit higher with the introduction of the new 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel engine under the Colorado's hood. What does the Colorado Duramax give you for $3,730 (over a comparably equipped V6 model)? Try 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. How about a six-speed automatic with a 7,700 lb. towing capacity (2WD). And of course class-leading fuel economy. The Colorado is available with a lot of GM's good stuff like Chevy MyLink with phone integration technology (and compatibility with Apple CarPlay), OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert. all-wheel drive, and much more. Since the Colorado has been out and about for almost a year, it  has shown itself to be "right-sized" for city dwellers and many others. I think it's the best-looking pick-em-up as well (remember the ZR2 Concept?) and now with the available diesel, the purchase of a new Colorado makes sense for many more folks. Check out the press release after the jump for more info.

Source: Chevrolet - Press release after the "read more" jump. Previous post.

2016 Honda Accord gets updated styling and tech

Honda went to Silicon Valley to introduce the updated '16 Accord. Why you may ask? Tech of course (and probably Honda's new Tech Lab there). The new Accord gets all of Honda's current technology plus new ones like Honda Sensing™ (a suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies including a Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control) and adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for good measure. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow the Accord's infotainment system to use your Smartphone as a tech hub for music, maps, streaming, etc. (Pretty soon they will be mandatory tech for any new car purchaser.) The '16 Accord gets updated (fussier?) styling with the expanded use of LED lighting (maybe the grille of the Touring model shown will grow on me). The Accord is one of the biggest sellers in the US market, so sweeping changes for a mid-cycle refresh shouldn't be expected. Plus it's an attractive car and one of Honda's better designs, so... And don't forget that the Accord is also available in a two-door Coupe model. Engines carry over pretty much with a 2.4-liter inline-4 mated to a CVT (continuously-variable transmission) or a six-speed automatic with the 3.5-liter V6 (although six-speed manual transmissions are available...Coupe buyers maybe?). They'll sell bunches of them. The updated 2016 Accord should be at your local dealer this Fall. For more info, check out the press release after the jump.

Source: Honda - Press release after the "read more" jump.