Cars.com recently had its 2016-2017 Pickup Truck Challenge to see what exactly was the best truck for buyers. In the mix was the 2016 GMC Canyon, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Nissan Frontier and the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. After major testing, Cars.com named the 2016 GMC Canyon the Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016!
Cars.com editor-in-chief, Patrick Olsen said “The Canyon is an all-around great truck. It is well-balanced and confident both on paved streets and off-road. It’s a well-appointed truck on the interior and has some serious ability when it comes to payload and towing as well as overall engine performance.”
Cadillac SRX got a makeover and its new name is the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5! With the new style and name brings updated features and design. This all-new model comes bigger, better, faster, and stronger. The 2017 Cadillac XT5 crossover’s revised 3.6-liter, direct-injected V-6 engine is rated 310 hp at 6,700 rpm and 271 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. The XT5 marries a collection of lighter-weight materials and techniques creating a crossover that’s bigger than the SRX it succeeds, but lighter creating a more improved performance.
You are mistaken if you think all these improvements are only for you, but there are some extra perks for your passengers as well. The new design provides your riders with three more inches of legroom and cabin appointments that prove to be remarkable in more than one way, with cut-and-sewn leather trim contrasting and your choice of three different woods, aluminum, or carbon fiber.
On the outside are sleek IntelliBeam LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, a panoramic sunroof, and a set of 20-inch, 12-spoke polished alloy wheels wrapped in 235/55 touring tires.
With all the beautiful aesthetics aside, what Cadillac and everyone at Jessup really care about is keeping you and your passengers safe. The Platinum models come with a full array of precise safety tech. These features include front pedestrian detection, forward collision alert, low-speed front automatic braking, following distance indicator, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind-zone alert with lane change alert, a rearview camera, surround vision, front and rear parking assist, and rear cross traffic alert.
But that’s not all, GM has a Safety Alert Seat that vibrates when your vehicle senses an obstacle. These vibrations work in partnership with flashing lights on the dash.
Taking all these details into account it is obvious that the all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5 is a worthy replacement for Cadillac’s best-selling model. If you would like to see one for yourself stop by Jessup Auto Plaza today!
Some Simple Tips To Keep Your Vette In Tip Top Shape
Like any performance vehicle, Chevrolet Corvettes require some special maintenance. Being aware of these requirements will keep the car running well, providing a great experience each time drivers climb behind the wheel.
Corvette owners need to be especially aware of changes in fluid levels, since ignoring them could lead to serious damage to various components. While it might not be convenient, drivers really should check the oil level each time they purchase gas. Failing to do so risks an expensive engine problem.
Since many of the car’s fluids are transported through the many hoses in the engine compartment, checking them regularly is a great habit. Carefully squeezing the hoses to look for cracks is necessary, as is inspecting the connections for leaks. At the same time, looking over the belts for cracking or splitting can also help avoid an expensive repair. If there’s a problem, a technician has the training to determine if the belts need to be replaced or simply adjusted.
One thing that many first-time Corvette owners don’t expect is how quickly the car can go through wearable items, or more specifically tires and brake pads. They’re made of softer materials than on the average vehicle, providing better traction and stopping performance, but that comes at a price. Owners need to listen for noises such as grinding, squealing or chirping whenever they step on the brakes, which could means new pads are needed. If the car takes longer to stop, that can also be a sign.
Aggressive driving maneuvers, including taking corners quickly and doing burnouts, help chew through tires faster. Knowing the signs of worn tires is helpful, such as at least three tread-wear indicators being visible, cracking in the sidewalls, fabric/cords poking through the rubber or any bulges/splits in the rubber. If you’re unsure about tire wear or the brakes, a trained automotive technician who’s familiar with Corvettes can use the proper tools to assess if they need to be serviced. They can also provide the kind of wearables that are paired to the performance abilities of your vehicle, helping avoid problems down the road.
Proper maintenance can help owners enjoy their Corvette more fully. From early on, lubricant should be regularly spread on the door and hatch seals to protect against deterioration. The same can be done for the other seals. Washing and waxing the car at least once a week will help guard against damage to the paint.
Many Chevrolet Corvette owners use their cars for competitive events, including drag races and autocross. The owner’s manual recommends switching engine oil for motorsports of any kind, plus changing the oil more often. Switching to DOT 4 brake fluid is ideal as well, since it’s less likely to vaporize under high heat situations, preventing a crash. Changing the brake fluid once a year is also necessary.
The 2016 Sport and Performance Winner: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette
Declaring it the King of the Hill again, auto critic Kelley Blue Book has given one of its most prestigious awards to the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. This performance car has earned the 2016 Best Buy Award, beating its speedy, competitive class.
The award seems particularly significant when cost is factored into the equation. The Corvette beat out cars, such as the Porshe 911, that cost many thousands more. It also beat out the newly redesigned Mazda MX-5 Miata and the high-horsepower Ford Shelby GT 350 Mustang. The Stingray offers smart styling and all-around ability as well as strong resale values, according to the reviewers at Kelley Blue Book.
Horsepower is the heartbeat of this remarkable coupe. The V-8 powertrain cranks out 455 horses for track-worthy propulsion. Adding to its prowess, it also returns gas mileage that some regular cars would envy. It gets 29 mpg highway because it has cylinder deactivation. This high-tech feature shuts down unneeded cylinders during highway cruising. Kelley Blue Book remarked on its communicative steering and excellent brakes. The auto critic also praised the slick eight-speed automatic and the seven-speed manual, citing its cool automatic rev-matching downshift capability.
The car has special drive modes that allow savvy drivers to take charge of the ride. Drivers can adjust steering response, throttle sensitivity and steering to suit the type of handling that makes their heart race. Touring is the comfort mode that emphasizes ride quality. Sport provides racy handling to match the high horsepower performance. Track adds a stiffer suspension that may be best for an actual race track.
Packed with engineering achievements, the Corvette Stingray can do more with its power. The hood air extractor has precisely angled blades that help pull and direct air flow. This increases downforce and reduces lift, making high-speed handling even more fun. Meanwhile, the powertrain’s cooling system guides airflow into two heat exchangers. This reduces the heat that might otherwise slow high-performance driving. For high-speed stops, the Corvette Z51 has dual front-brake ducts. These keep the brakes cool, reducing the chances of brake fade.
The Corvette is more than a standard coupe. It has a special lift-out panel that turns it into an open-air car. If that’s not enough wind in your hair, there’s a convertible with a power top. This can be raised or lowered in seconds. The thickly layered roof will keep out road noise when the top is up. The cabin has been crafted with high quality materials. The comprehensive cockpit layout provides a link to everything that the driver may need. This ranges from the head-up display on the windshield to the fully configurable display screen between the gauges. Dash tech adds infotainment with apps and navigation. The Corvette even has an admirable amount of cargo space for a roadster. This leads Kelley Blue Book to call it a “car for all seasons and sensibilities.”
Now You Can Choose Between 10 Colors For Your Corvette
If you’ve ever ordered a new car completely from scratch rather than taking one that the dealership had already placed an order for, you’ll probably be familiar with certain limitations that are often in place. While it’s easy to understand why you can’t always mix and match engines, transmissions and drivetrains the way you might want to, it’s a lot harder to see what the problem is with mixing colors and interiors. However, the good folks at Chevrolet have adopted the “customer is always right” mentality when it comes to color matching with the 2016 Corvette Stingray.
When you see that the 2016 Corvette Stingray is available in ten exterior colors and an even wider choice of interiors depending on the model, it can be really helpful to have the manufacturer’s recommendations of what goes with what. Another reason why manufacturers have prescribed interior and exterior combinations is that they’ve had years of experience in knowing what is likely to sell and what might prove difficult for dealers to move. Allowing only certain combinations to be chosen protects dealers from potentially ending up with models that may be hard to sell.
However, if a customer decides that they still want a specific combination that’s not on the order book, why shouldn’t they be able to have it? Chevy certainly believes they should be able to, which is why buyers can check off the “Color Combination Override” option when ordering a new Stingray. This then allows them to order whatever combination of exterior, interior or convertible top that is available on any Stingray for that particular model year.
Depending on which specific Stingray model is being ordered, the cost of choosing the Color Combination Override ranges from $590 to $1,380.
Although a number of other automakers are now offering buyers a wider range of color and trim combinations so people can customize their new cars, those programs don’t offer this kind of flexibility. The real beauty of Color Combination Override for the Corvette Stingray is that it’s kind of like a combination of customization and special edition programs. Also, this is nothing new for Corvette buyers as it’s actually been available for several years now.
Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran, recently said of Corvette customers, “They love special editions, they love having something that nobody else has, and I think for those people there is an appeal knowing that they are going to have maybe one of 10. So it is an effort for us to give customers as many choices as they want even if it is something that we didn’t think of when we started the program.”
Color Combination Override is only available for the Corvette at the moment, but with the redesigned 2016 Camaro coupe now landing with dealers, the manufacturer will be listening to see if shoppers would like something similar for that model too.
Tips How to Pick the Perfect Corvette
Nearly 65 years after the first Chevy Corvette came down the assembly line in Flint, Mich., America’s homegrown supercar isn’t slowing up anytime soon. In fact, the current Corvette Z06 can race from 0-60 in less than 3 seconds, thanks in no small part to a supercharged V-8 engine capable of 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Yet while today’s models may represent the peak of Corvette performance, every generation has its own unique appeal for enthusiasts. So even if you’re set on buying a ‘Vette, choosing exactly the right one should be a careful process.
Decide Where To Buy Your Corvette
First off, you have to decide between buying one of those new Corvettes straight from a dealership or opting for the pre-owned route. Some folks just prefer buying “new” on principle, and they’ll enjoy all the warranty coverage and modern conveniences of the 2016 Corvette, from a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot to Apple’s CarPlay smartphone integration; Android Auto compatibility comes in March of 2016. On the other hand, searching out previously purchased Corvettes is the only way to get your hands on a classic, and with Chevy’s flagship sports car, there are plenty.
That brings us another tricky decision: If you do prefer a vintage Corvette, you have to choose from among seven distinct generations. Beyond the modern-day supercar appearance of the 2016 version, past models have shown a wide spectrum of looks, with highlights including the shark-like style of the third generation and the chrome-and-finned elegance of the first.
Further, with older Corvettes, condition becomes an issue, which means so do both budgetary factors and wrenching skills. As with any vintage vehicle, buying an older Corvette requires balancing your own financial resources with the car’s purchase price, yearly upkeep and your ability to handle maintenance yourself, since a DIY mechanic will be able to defray a significant amount of the unavoidable effort it takes to keep classic vehicles in top shape.
Buy a Corvette Convertible, Hard Top or T-Top
Then there’s the shape of the top to consider. Although Corvette was sold solely as a convertible during its first generation, the striking Sting Ray coupe came along in 1963, with a drop-top variant, and the third-generation cars introduced “T-tops,” too. These removable roof panels became an iconic design cue for the Corvette, morphing into the stowable hardtop panels that still distinguish the latest coupes. Of course, in the 2016 Chevy Corvette, those standard panels are made of carbon fiber to help keep the car light on its feet, and they’re also being offered on the Z06 edition for the first time, backed by a lightweight aluminum frame that is 20 percent more rigid than that of the hardtop Z06 of past years.
Indeed, there’s a lot that’s fresh about the Z06 in its current configuration, including the recently announced special edition that will honor Corvette’s hugely successful racing program. Which brings us to perhaps the toughest thing about choosing a Corvette to buy: Chevrolet just keeps making new ones from which to choose.
Rumors have been flying about the Buick Envision making its way to the U.S for quite a while now. Recently, Buick made an official announcement that the Chinese-made Envision will be sold in the United States as early as this summer.
The small crossover made its first American debut at the Detroit Auto Show. It will be supplied with 252 horsepower, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and 260 pound-feet of torque. With its hellacious engine, the Envision is also equipped with a Bose premium audio system, heated seats, IntelliLink infotainment with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, and an automatic tailgate and 19-inch aluminum wheels. Buick’s newest is just over 15 feet long. Inside there is room for five, as well as all the cargo space you’ll need with 57.3 cubic feet and foldable back seats.
While other smaller brands have done it, Buick will be the first major American automaker to sell a Chinese-made car in the United States. GM is planning first to bring over an estimated 35,000 to test the waters. Prices are predicted to be around $
30k and lower than its competitors like the Audi Q5, and Acura RDX.