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Legal Notice-DeSoto 05-15-16

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Case Z-1329-16
The City of DeSoto Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing to consider a Specific Use Permit Request (SUP). This SUP would allow for an Accessory Structure of approximately 864 square feet at 1143 Whispering Oaks. The property in question consists of approximately 2.894 acres and one (1) lot. The applicant is Audra Buckley. The hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission has been set for Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.If the case is approved by the Planning Commission, or the applicant appeals a denial of the request, then the hearing before the City Council will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.Both hearings will be held in the Council Chambers at Town Center, Suite A, 211 East Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto, Texas. If you have any questions regarding this case, contact the Planning and Zoning Department at (972) 230-9622.

The building in which the above meeting will be conducted is wheelchair accessible; spaces for the mobility impaired are available. Any request for sign interpretative services must be made forty-eight hours prior to the time of the meeting. Arrangements for sign interpretative services may be made by calling the City Secretary at 972/230-9646 or by calling TDD-1-800-RELAYTX (1-800-735-2989).

To be a valid written protest the protest or petition in opposition must be filed with the Planning Department before 4:00 P.M of the working day immediately preceding the date in which City Council will hear this case.

Legal Notice-Duncanville 05-18-16

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Sealed electronic bids will be received online only, by the City of Duncanville, at www.publicpurchase.com until 2:00 p.m. C.D.T., Thursday, June 16, 2016, where they will be publicly read aloud at 2:15 p.m. C.D.T., for:

IFB# 16-16

A pre-bid conference will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 10:00 AM, C.D.T., Duncanville Municipal Service Center Conference Room, 330 Shady Trail, Duncanville, TX 75137-4037.

A complete list of current requests for bids and proposals is available by visiting our web site at www.duncanville.com (select Departments, Purchasing, and Bid Opportunities). This bid is available through Public Purchase at www.publicpurchase.com. The official bid or proposal document(s), specifications, and terms and conditions are available at www.publicpurchase.com or by calling The Public Group at 800-591-5546. The City of Duncanville reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive any and all informalities.

‘Schools remain grossly underfunded and underserved’


State Rep. Helen Giddings Reacts To Texas Supreme Court Ruling

DESOTO—In reaction to today’s ruling by the Texas Supreme Court, which found the state’s school finance system to be constitutional, State Representative Helen Giddings released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling diminishes educational opportunities to 5.2 million Texas school children. It is a tremendous disappointment to millions of teachers who have been repeatedly given less while being asked to do more. It comes at the expense of Texas public education, and the time has long since passed for us to reverse our course.

Unless the Legislature is willing to take it upon itself to act, our schools will remain grossly underfunded and underserved. I will continue to work with my colleagues to meet the court’s challenge in addressing our “Byzantine school finance system” by offering real, full-day Pre-K, restoring the disastrous $5.4 billion spending cuts from 2011, and finally giving our teachers the tools they need to foster growth in our classrooms. Texas ranks 38th among the 50 states in per pupil funding. Our kids deserve better.

The fight for quality and equitable public education did not end with this ruling. This cause will endure until every Texas child has the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential.”

Duncanville’s Entrepreneur School Graduates First Class

Duncanville Entrepreneur School

Duncanville Evaluates Future Of Entrepreneur School

DESOTO—Recently the Duncanville City Council included an agenda item for discussion to take a look at the future of the EON Reality Entrepreneur School after the graduation of its first class. Staff had requested Cliff Boyd give the presentation about upcoming developments. Boyd is the EON Reality Entrepreneur School Advisory Committee representative for the City Council.

It was on October 24, 2014 that the City of Duncanville and EON Reality entered into an agreement for the creation and management of the Entrepreneur School within the city.

Duncanville Entrepreneur School Graduates Seven Students

Boyd said the Duncanville entrepreneur school has been holding classes for one year. The first class just graduated with seven students completing the program.

“Four of the seven were extended offers to work for EON in Duncanville,” Boyd acknowledged via email. “We need to continue to make the opportunity more visible to the public.”

Boyd said that this year there were 80 applicants for the 20 slots available at the school.

“The EON Corporation is very pleased with the first year and happy with high quality applicants for the next class,” Boyd explained. “New clients working with the center include Parkland and UTSW.” Boyd said diabetes education is an area that has also shown much interest by the medical community.

“Graduates receive a certificate of certification in Virtual Reality software development,” he explained. “Our efforts to bring EON to Duncanville should be viewed as planting seeds for future growth of economic development, retaining higher skilled labor resources and high tech support for businesses in the Best Southwest Cities.”

Advisory Committee Role

To keep the Duncanville City Council appraised of the school’s success the Advisory Committee is slated to convene by conference once every month during the first year. Thereafter, quarterly meetings will be held to keep each party to the school’s agreement while also making certain each party is aware of the Entrepreneur School’s activities.

Updates by all parties involved also serve to confirm that coordinating the ongoing collaboration between the City of Duncanville and EON Reality stays on focus while also reviewing and exchanging all information relating to specific projects, reviewing and approving significant contracts, identifying problem areas and preparing respective solutions. The meetings are an ongoing way to review and comment on the Entrepreneur School’s annual budget. This is when they will approve all investments and contracts in excess of $20,000.

The Duncanville City Council voted for Boyd to represent the City of Duncanville on the EON Reality Entrepreneur School Advisory Committee.

With the school located in Duncanville he believes, “We will see higher paying jobs for those who live and work in Southwest Dallas and Ellis Counties.”

DeSoto Track Teams Sweep State Titles

DeSoto Track teams

DeSoto Track Teams Finish Strong

DESOTO—Congratulations to both the DeSoto Women’s and Men’s Track Teams for winning the 6A State Track Meet at the University of Texas in Austin on May 14. The Lady Eagles won the first five races they competed in – 100M, 100M and 300M hurdles, 4x100M and 4x200M relays; the boys won their first two – high jump and 4x100M relay.

The women finished with 79 points (Cypress Springs in 2nd with 60) to win its first state title since winning three straight from 2011 to 2013. DeSoto finished third in 2014 and was the runner-up last year. Alexis Duncan set a new 6A State Record in the 100M hurdles as she three-peated in the 100M hurdles and repeated in the 300M hurdles – she is a five-time State Champion in the hurdles, and has several relay medals as well! The women earned points in all seven events!

The pressure was on for the men after winning the first two, they only had the 4x200M and 4x400M relays left to compete in and were behind Manvel entering the final relay. A second-place finish in the 4x400M secured the win and a sweep repeat of 2012. DeSoto is the only ‘big’ school to have won the men’s and women’s titles in the same year – and this makes it twice!

Track Meet Results

MEN – 54 points

1st place CJ Gilmore, DeSoto, 6-9

4×100 RELAY
1st place DeSoto, (Savion Drake, Trevin Chambers, LaDarren Brown, London Dunn), 40.34

4×200 RELAY
4th place DeSoto (Frederic Williams, LaDarren Brown, London Dunn, Trevin Chambers) 1:26.58

4×400 RELAY
2nd place DeSoto, (Terrion Spivey, Evan Chambers, Darrin Jackson, Cameron Neely) 3:14.22

WOMEN – 79 points

1st place Kira White, DeSoto, 11.63

6th place Rosaline Effiong, DeSoto, 24.47

100M HURDLES (State and Meet Record)
1st place Alexis Duncan, DeSoto, 13.22

1st place Alexis Duncan, DeSoto, 41.88

4×100 RELAY (2016 Fastest in Nation)
1st place DeSoto (Shavonne Jackson, Kira White, Zaria Whittaker, Alexis Duncan), 45.13

4×200 RELAY
1st place DeSoto (Rosaline Effiong, Taylor Armstrong, Zaria Whittaker, Chloe Cavazos), 1:36.29

4×400 RELAY
4th place DeSoto (Taylor Armstrong, Zaria Whittaker, Mariah Crawford, Bryannia Murphy) 3:46

Exploring San Antonio In The 2016 BMW 3 Series


A Road Trip In The 2016 BMW 3 Series

The 2016 BMW 3 Series 340i, is as classy as the city where I headed to test it out. The BMW 340i is a sporty rendition of a luxury sedan offering comfort, style and power behind the wheel. This year all the BMW 3 Series offerings have been tweaked a bit inside and out with not only suspension improvements, but also a name change from 335i to 340i and under the hood there is more power in the 340i than in the previous incarnation.

You can opt for a sedan or wagon body style in the 2016 BMW 3 Series and there are four trim levels; the 320i, 328i, 328d and 340i. Go for the 340i and you won’t be disappointed because it is certainly a road trip vehicle for both the front and back seat passengers and the seats move and recline in a variety of configurations. Take note of the gauges too, which are easy to read and a throwback to pre-BMW design. The 6.5-inch infotainment will give you everything you need to know and there is also the iDrive controller with a menu that works intuitively.

It’s a wonderful driving experience the 340i, the ride is smooth and since this one is a sportier version you can definitely feel that ramped up aspect when driving it. Even better, it’s 22 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Not bad for a road trip so I headed to the very chic La Cantera Hill Country Resort, part of the larger Destination Hotels collection.

A Hill Country Escape

Sitting on 550 acres of prime San Antonio land close enough to anything you might want to do (like the River Walk or the Alamo), but far enough away for you to enjoy a peaceful vacation. There are five pools on the property so there is never a crowd, two championship golf courses, a soon-to-be very high-end spa to open and 498 rooms.

Diverse Dining Options

Since I write about food and spa, and the spa wasn’t ready yet (there were plans to open this month), let’s focus on the tasty aspect of La Cantera because part of being on a good road trip is eating a good meal. The folks at La Cantera Hill Country Resort are certain they have created not only a relaxed style when it comes to dining, but added to that luxury and sophistication too.

Chef John Zaner, La Cantera Director of Culinary Operations who hauls from The Ritz Carlton-Kapalua in Hawaii says “We want them to say that our food is as unique and satisfying as the thoughtfully designed dining settings we offer.”

Actually, the new restaurants he is speaking of are part of the resorts multi million-dollar transformation that included a refresh all around – and that includes the aforementioned spa that I can hardly wait to visit.

From casual to gourmet there are nine locales to enjoy a meal at La Cantera. I enjoyed SweetFire Kitchen with its American menu and an open-air exhibition style kitchen. Other options are the Primero Cantina with an indoor/outdoor bar, Sire Bar (try a hand-crafted cocktail), Topaz and Vista Grille (that one offering up healthy cuisine).

So if you are looking for a resort that offers everything with comfortable rooms and a friendly staff, this is a prime go to destination. In fact, you really don’t even have to leave the premises during your vacation whether you want to eat healthy farm-to-table, want to relax and dive into a week of golf, spa and happiness, whatever the case may be head to La Cantera Hill Country Resort for a real Hill Country experience that won’t disappoint.

San Antonio’s Riverwalk

Of course I’m quite certain that you will want to head to the Riverwalk in San Antonio to get a feel of the vibe there, so when you do, take a meal at Las Canarias at the Omni La Mansion del Rio. Picture a Spanish colonial type of architecture with a bit of a European vibe and take in the great views outside the restaurant as you dine on the patio overlooking the Riverwalk. The menu features American cuisine and the chef uses local ingredients for fresh tastes from local farmers and artisans in the area. If you want a signature dish from the kitchen try the Lockhart Quail or the Veal Tenderloin and you are definitely not going to want to leave without trying one of the hand-made margaritas.

Texas is all about the perfect margarita and Las Canarias has the perfect blend so make sure you make this your first stop while taking in the river. Near the Omni La Mansion del Rio is the Mokara Hotel & Spa – also part of the Omni family. These guys at Mokara have their own reason to boast with specialty tequilas, more than 70 labels in all, but it was the spa I was seeking when I visited this destination.

Mokara’s spa lays claim to 17,000 square-feet, all of it a truly fine oasis of relaxation. There are a variety of spa treatments to choose from on the spa menu and a very comfortable environment in the restful lounge before and after your treatments. It’s the only world-class spa in the heart of downtown San Antonio and there is plenty to go around with 17 treatment rooms. Of course, you don’t want to miss the outdoor poolside café and rooftop views at Mokara either.



New 2017 Honda Ridgeline Adds Unique Features

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline First Look

It has been years since I have been in a Honda, but this spring when I had the opportunity to drive the new Ridgeline in a special launch event has turned into the perfect time. Although the Ridgeline was first introduced way back in 2006, this is a REAL new generation, completely changed from the original model which broke the mold in terms of design and functionality.

I drove the Ridgeline on the highway, on off-road slaloms, through mid-tire level water, through sand, through mud, up steep inclines and through a forest, and found it as tough and capable as any truck I have ever driven. I did not expect to be as impressed as I was. Honestly, I haven’t driven a “bad” truck in the past few years. Prior to my drive, I felt any Honda would have a hard time even beginning to match up to the leaders in the pickup truck market.

But it did. I would actually venture to say that this fall, come Texas Truck Rodeo time, this new kid on the block is going to give Ford, Ram, Chevrolet, GMC and this year’s Truck of Texas, the Nissan Titan, a real run for the money. Yes, it’s not full-size, but is certainly is fully capable.

The Ridgeline is not only good at things a truck should be able to do. It has features I have never seen on any other truck. Take the in bed audio system. So incredible I had to record a video of it in operation and another of the background behind it. Audiophiles will love it. So will tailgaters everywhere. It is simply amazing.

Another thing that really impressed me is the under-truck-bed-storage area … just like a trunk, but in a pickup truck. Flip up the rear portion of the truck bed and you will find a really neat storage area good for a cooler or any other merchandise you might want to store. Another fantastic idea—why has no one has thought of it before? I hadn’t so no wonder that others have not either. Admittedly, I did not even notice it until the second full day of our launch drive program – an example of why manufacturers shouldn’t shuffle us in and out like cupcakes on an assembly line. When there are a lot of new features, some could very easily escape us.

I should also point out that the under bed “trunk” area is not tiny. It is large enough to actually accommodate a full golf bag. Another key factor is its easy accessibility. The tailgate of the new Ridgeline opens either as a traditional fold-down gate but can also swing outward so that the “trunk” storage area is right at your finger tips with the gate open, just as with any traditional trunk.

The initial vehicle presentations made by Honda were great, but the next set on the second day enlightened me a whole lot more since by then I had driven the truck. I had become more familiar with many features that I was anxious to learn more. There is so much to this truck it would have been impossible to get it all across in less time.

The new Ridgeline has grown from the previous model in every way. It has a longer wheelbase (125.2” vs 122”) and has increased in overall length from 206.9” to 210”. It’s a bit wider too (as are most Americans) now being 78.6” wide versus 77.8”. Previous generation owners had commented that they would like a longer bed, so they were accommodated with a bed nearly four inches longer (64” vs 60.1”). Even though it is that much larger, the overall weight has not grown by much, being only 73 pounds more (4,504 vs 4,431). In terms of payload, the Ridgeline can handle 1,584 pounds and can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

In terms of functionality, it is available as both two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive model. Inside, one will find an eight inch display audio touchscreen complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a completely new satellite-linked navigation system.

Every other creature comfort one has come to desire is onboard: tri-zone climate control, push-button start, remote engine start, a smart entry system, a power sliding rear window, an acoustic windshield, a multi-angle rearview camera, blind spot info system, a lane keeping system and a 115-volt in bed power outlet.

The overall Honda Sensing System is of particular interest. This includes Collision Mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control with LaneWatch, rear cross traffic monitor, and blind spot warnings.

Honda anticipates the Ridgeline will be a Top Safety Pick. It’s ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body construction system with a new three-bone platform, a reinforced cabin, rigid steering hanger beam and roof crush prevention construction. Other safety features include anti-lock brakes, brake-assist, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, traction control, trailer stability assist, agile handling assist, dual stage multiple threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags and side curtain airbags.

New two-wheel drive Ridgelines will be available at dealerships in June with a base MSRP of $29,475 while all-wheel drive models will have a base price of $31,275. Of course, like all Honda’s, the Ridgeline is no friend of ExxonMobil, notching 19 mpg combined (26 hwy and 22 city) for the two-wheel drive version and 18 mpg combined (25 hwy and 21 city) on the four wheel drive model.

2016 Dallas Auto Show Recap

2016 Dallas Auto Show 2017 Ford F250

2016 Dallas Auto Show, More Than Just Trucks

By Harold Allen – Special to Focus Daily News

The 2016 Dallas Auto Show had a host of new cars and trucks to please just about everyone. With over 31 new 2017 vehicles, the media attended seven highlighted presentations before the show opened.

The VIP reception the night before and the early morning media day hosted a huge contingency of media. Highlights included the Texas debut of the 2017 Acura NSX, also Bentley Bentayga, Audi R8, and the Mazda CX-9 debut before the New York Auto Show.

Also on display were a special edition Toyota 2016 4Runner TForce and the Rezvani Beast X a true sports car with no frills, except lots of power and great styling. As Texas is truck country, Ram had a special showing of a Ram 1500 Yellow Rose edition pickup and it was very yellow. Also featured was the 2016 Ram 1500 Rebel that was named the full size Truck of Texas this year. On display was the 2017 Ford F250 and this is one unbelievable truck, you have to see it to believe it.

Some of the features on current Ford trucks are now becoming available on other manufacturers trucks shown at the show. The show had over 700 vehicles displayed within a 650,000 square feet exhibit hall. Ford talked about the Escape and Explorer and the double digit growth last year and starting off 2016 with increases in January and February.

Ford spoke to the Life Rolls On Foundation with Jesse Billauer speaking about how important it is to overcome disabilities and help others with his passion of surfing and skateboarding. Jesse was paralyzed in a surfing accident but that did not stop him. It was so uplifting to see what he was doing to help others.

Classic Cars & Luxury Cars On Display

A host of classic cars were also on display including a ‘59 Ford retractable Skyliner, ‘64 Ford 427 convertible along with a ‘58 convertible that looked like new. The NBC Storm truck was on display, this is a Ford custom built truck. Luxury vehicles included Pagani Huayra, Aston Martin Rapide S and DB9GT, Bentley Bentayga and GTC V8 S, McLaren 570S, Maserati Ghibli and Rolls Royce Wraith with no shortage of luxury vehicles for Texas customers.

It looks like customers are in for some great products to choose from and a great group of Dallas and surrounding area dealers to help them select just the right one to take home.

2016 Infiniti QX60 Crossover Gets Refreshed

2016 Infiniti QX60

2016 Infiniti QX60 First Drive

Launched in the United States in 2012 as the Infiniti JX, this seven-passenger SUV is this Japanese luxury manufacturer’s first vehicle to be 100 percent built in America. Rechristened the QX60 in 2014 to align with Infiniti’s new naming system, the mid-size premium crossover gets a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year. The goal, to better compete against the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and BMW X5. It has updated exterior design cues, new interior luxury touches, retuned chassis dynamics, and a comprehensive suite of comfort, convenience, and safety technologies.

Outside, the QX60’s revised form accentuates its looks that are an appealing blend of power and elegance with familiar signature brand design features like Infiniti’s double-wave hood and crescent-cut D-pillar. The dramatic double-arch front grille sports standard bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lights; restyled lighting extends along the profile and rear, with side indicators and tail lights that sit flush to the body and incorporate the turn signals in red. The smooth and aerodynamic styling benefits from a front underbody spoiler, integrated rear spoiler, and rear tire deflectors to manage airflow over, under, and around the exterior that promote road holding and high-speed stability, as well as improved fuel economy.

Elegance & Craftsmanship

The interior has an ambiance of elegance and fine craftsmanship with thin chrome accents, uplevel soft-touch materials, and standard leather seating trim with contrast stitching. Three-layer acoustic side glass minimizes wind and tire noise. A flat platform floor and split-fold seating enhance flexibility and increase interior space for a total of 149.8 cubic feet. Second-row seating slides fore and aft by six inches as needed to benefit passenger legroom or increase rear cargo space; this sliding feature also negates the need to remove a child seat strapped into the second row, when accessing the third row. Traditionally a tight space, the third row can accommodate children or adults with impressive head-and knee room; behind is 15.8 cu.-ft. of stowage.

2016 Infiniti QX60
Infiniti has comprehensively enhanced its versatile QX60 premium crossover for 2016, introducing a wide range of changes that improve the seven-seater exterior design and its driving dynamics, while showcasing new features and technologies that improve comfort, convenience and safety.

V6 Or Hybrid Powertrain

Available in both front- and all-wheel-drive versions, the QX60 offers a choice of two powerful and efficient powertrains. Standard is a 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine that makes 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm with peak torque of 248 lb.-ft. at 4,400 rpm. Optional is a hybrid powertrain; a supercharged 2.5-liter inline-four-cylinder engine is paired with an electric motor powered by a compact Lithium-ion battery pack to produce a total of 250 horsepower and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are mated to a sport-tuned, electronically controlled continuously variable transmission. It features Infiniti’s D-Step transmission logic that adjusts the shift feel of the CVT to mimic the shift patterns of a more traditional step transmission. A manual shift mode allows the driver to select from the preset gear ratios, if preferred. Fuel economy estimates are 21 mpg city, 27 mph highway (FWD) or 19/26 (AWD).

An Infiniti Drive Mode rotary selector lets the driver dial in one of four drive modes –- Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow –- to vary throttle response and gearshift patterns to optimize performance for road conditions and preferences. Retuned vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering and updated independent-strut-front and multi-link-rear suspension systems with new shock absorbers and spring units give smoother ride control with less body movement when cornering.

Safety Is a Top Priority

Safeguarding occupants is a top priority, with several advanced safety technologies now available through revised options packages. That includes a comprehensive predictive forward collision system with emergency braking and pedestrian detection. This technology watches the vehicle in front and tracks vehicle speeds to detect and help prevent or mitigate a collision. Around View monitor with moving object detection uses four wide-angle lenses mounted around the vehicle to provide a “birds-eye” view on the center console for a clear picture of nearby hazards during low-speed maneuvers. Backup collision intervention alerts the driver to crossing vehicles and other large stationary objects behind the vehicle when moving in reverse; if necessary, the system will automatically brake to help avoid or mitigate a collision.

Assistive technology features include Infiniti Connection services with 24-hour automatic crash notification, emergency call, enhanced roadside assistance, stolen vehicle reporting, remote door lock/unlock, alarm notification, maintenance alerts, and scheduled maintenance notification. An especially handy feature is the “My Schedule” function that can automatically sync a user’s schedule through Google Calendar and provide navigation guidance to appointments.

2016 Infiniti QX60

The Infiniti “Personal Assistant” concierge service provides 24-hour access to a live team of professionals. They provide assistance at the touch of a button from inside the vehicle or through the owner’s mobile or home phone. Personal Assistant services can also locate points of interest, find a restaurant, make the reservation, and send directions directly to the QX60’s hard drive navigation system.

QX60 First Drive Impressions

We drove the new model over a course of 125 miles in the San Antonio environs. Notable is its quiet, luxury-appointed cabin; its high level of technology and communications features; and its responsive ride and handling. Additionally, the premium model has numerous options packages that bring uplevel technology and equipment as well as elegant trims.

The 2016 Infiniti QX60 is available in four models. The QX60 (starting at $42,600), QX60 AWD ($44,400), QX60 Hybrid ($52,050), and QX60 Hybrid AWD ($53,450); destination and handling is $995. Rearview monitor, tri-zone temperature control, and a power sliding moonroof with tinted glass, one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade are standard. Standard connectivity and entertainment features include Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, six-speaker AM/FM/CD audio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and USB connection ports for iPod interface and other compatible devices. Seven equipment packages and seven exterior colors allow customization according to individual needs and preferences.

2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD Redefines Midsize Truck Market

2016 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD

2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD Review

The exterior color was called Red Rock Metallic, the interior was Jet Black. It was a gorgeous pickup which I put to the test during a week-long test-drive. It was the new 2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD mid-size pickup, with a crew-cab configuration and a short box bed.
As full-size pickups have seemed to get bigger and bigger, many consumers are once again looking at the mid-size segment of pickup trucks. Chevrolet introduced their redesigned Colorado a few years ago and its popularity is evident by their sales numbers. It meets the needs of many drivers who do not require a larger truck, and want the versatility of a smaller pickup.

The 2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD I test drove was powered by a 2.8-liter Duramax, 4-cylinder, Turbo-diesel which was matched with a six-speed automatic transmission. Sure, there was a minor ‘rumble’ that indicated it was a diesel under the hood, but the performance was excellent. It has been a long time since a diesel engine has been available in a mid-size pickup, so the GM engineers really worked hard to ensure its performance. My impression is that they hit the nail on the head. The minor sound or ‘rumble’ is mostly due to the Colorado not having a muffler, which is not required within the guidelines for noise.

The truck was outfitted for towing and hauling, including a smart-diesel exhaust brake system that provided more control and a lot less brake wear on steep grades. There was also an all-new integrated trailer brake controller that comes as standard equipment on the Colorado diesel model.

Noticeable features on the Colorado, which are not necessarily considered new or unique, were the ‘Corner-Step’ rear bumper, the EZ Lift-N-Lower tailgate, thirteen standard tie-down locations in the bed, four USB ports, a factory-installed spray-in bed-liner, six airbags, very large rearview mirrors, and a really good backup camera system.

The MSRP of the test-drive model was shown as $34,640. The turbo-diesel engine added $3905 and the ‘assist-step’ side rails added $745. Those side rails were very handy and appreciated by a lot of buyers of pickup trucks because it makes getting in and out so much easier. A few other options along with the destination charges bumped up the final sticker price to $41,905. This was not a full-size pickup but a mid-size model, although it was outfitted with so many extras that it justified the price.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado 4WD diesel was EPA rated for an average of 23 mpg and 29 mpg highway. During the week, the truck was used in four-wheel drive conditions, for minor towing and hauling, and we spent half the time on the highway. The week concluded with an overall average of 27.6 mpg, which was a pleasant surprise.

The Colorado has a close brother in the GMC Canyon, but they are not twins. Each has their own special features included, like the heated seats that worked fast, the abundance of cubby-holes for putting small items such as keys or cell phones, and the fairly decent rear seat area. One slight inconvenience was that acceleration was a bit slow, unless the pedal was mashed down to kick into other gears.’

The 2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD definitely fills the need for those drivers that need a pickup that is not too large. It is a great alternative to a full-size pickup, is easy to drive, very versatile, and provides capability and convenience for many consumers.


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