We Got to Drive Like an All-Star MVP

2016 chevrolet colorado diesel midnight edition

In light of last Tuesday’s All-Star Game in San Diego, we’re going to show you how to drive like a Major League MVP. It’s surprisingly simple with no home runs required: you get a Chevrolet. The 2016 lineup from the famed American car company is sleek, sophisticated, and damn smart. We know this because we got to drive a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado to San Diego and it was awesome.

gettyimages-546301996
David Ortiz at the T-Mobile Home Run Derby

Monday night’s T-Mobile Home Run Derby was a smashing success with Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton snatching victory from last year’s winner, Todd Frazier, with an astronomical 61 total home runs. Frazier may have been robbed a few homers from eager kids catching in the outfield, but he put on a great show.

Before Tuesday’s All-Star game, we went to FanFest, an enormous everything-baseball themed event at the San Diego Convention Center. In addition to a live auction offering up baseball history, autograph stations, booths selling official MLB merchandise (personalized if you want your own All-Star jersey), Chevrolet had mini-baseball camps (work on your pitch, your swing, even steal a base), and PlayStations, all set up for MLB The Show 16, turned us  into Major Leaguers.

eric hosmer all star mvp kansas city royals chevrolet colorado
2016 MLB All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer

For the fourth consecutive year, the American League won the All-Star Game, earning them home field advantage come World Series time. It was also Red Sox-great David Ortiz’s last All-Star game. But it was Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer who won this year’s Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. He helped lead the American League to their 4-2 victory with an impressive home run in the bottom of the second inning and a RBI single in the third. His exciting 2-for-3 performance earned him a brand spanking new Chevrolet of his choice– after all Chevy is the official car of baseball– either a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro (celebrating it’s 50th anniversary) or a 2016 Chevrolet Colorado. He chose the Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition, suggesting it would be a gift for his father.

 Well, Papa Hosmer got quite lucky as we now know firsthand. The Colorado is the twin cab midsize truck, already much beloved in 2015, earning the Motor Trend Truck of the Year. Even Cars.com said it was the best Pickup of the year. The 2016 Chevy Colorado has gotten better. Built in Wentzville, Missouri, the modern-looking Colorado looks equally at home on a work site or downtown city driving, purring along with a Duramax 2.8 liter turbo-diesel engine. The diesel engine offers pretty incredible gas mileage: 20 miles per gallon in the city and about 29 on the highway, ranking it as one of the most efficient trucks of its size. Seating up to five, the Colorado is a smooth, quiet ride with Bose speakers, back up camera, towing capacity of up to 7,700 pounds, oh, and USB charging outlets all over, even in the back seats to charge your devices because Chevy has thought of everything.

But, perhaps the best thing about the 2016 Chevy line isn’t restricted to Hosmer’s new Colorado. It’s the smart features included across the range of Chevrolet cars. They have Wi-Fi. That’s right: the cars have built-in Wi-Fi thanks to the OnStar 4G LTE capability, which means when you’re streaming music or navigation or podcasts–whatever it is, you’re not using data and you’re no longer at the mercy of cell towers. The Wi-Fi has a range of 50 feet around the car itself, so feel free to hand out the password if you’re feeling generous while stuck in traffic.

 Chevy knows we’re in the information age, so they provide all the info you could want. The display on the dash offers a digital reading of your speed, trip tracking, miles until gas tank is empty, your current fuel economy, remaining oil life and pressure, the transmission fluid’s temperature, how the diesel exhaust fluid levels are doing, and even each individual tire’s pressure. With the press of a button, you get an instant look at the health of the car.

 Starting this year, Chevrolet also included a system called Apple CarPlay, which turns your Chevy into a giantApple CarPlay chevrolet cars smart features iPhone on wheels, which is way better than that sounds. The cars offer intuitive, large touchscreen displays which will synch up with your phone, offering most apps (think Pandora, Audible, Podcasts, your music) at the touch of very large buttons, as well as visual voicemail and texts. Siri takes your commands so you never have to take your attention away from the road. All this and you’re not even destroying your data plan because you’ve got that Wi-Fi, baby.

 Even without hooking up your iPhone (Android can link up with the cars, too), the MyLink home screen offers navigation, weather, traffic, even gas prices, through Sirius XM TravelLink/NavTraffic. Onstar, a consistent feature of Chevrolet cars, continues to offer you roadside assistance and the ability to remotely unlock the car, and even automatically summons help in the event of a collision.

 Perhaps you’d like to take it a step further and have a Chevy that an All-Star player was actually in. Chevrolet is making that dream happen this year. Each of the 65 Silverados used in the Red Carpet Parade that ferried the players (we’re talking David Ortiz, Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Salvador Perez, Mark Trumbo just to name a few) to the game at Petco Park have been authenticated and sent to various dealers around the country to be sold.

 If you want a piece of Chevrolet and baseball history in your home, you can bid on the hood of the 50th

2016 all-star chevy camaro hood autographed by all-star players
The autographed hood of a 50th Anniversary Edition Chevrolet Camaro signed by the players in the 2016 MLB All-Star Game.

anniversary Camaro, autographed by each of the All-Stars. It is being auctioned off on MLB.com (closing date is July 24th) with all proceeds going to MLB-MLBPA Youth Foundation, a recent initiative that supports local youth baseball programs.

 Chevrolet’s 2016 line is tough to beat, leading the industry with incredible smart technology like MyLink and Apple CarPlay, fuel efficiency, and sophisticated design. Chevrolet and Major League Baseball: a crowd-pleasing home run.

Travel

Ecuador Travel Guide: What to Know Before You Go

We've got tips for everything from navigating your way around the country to what kinds of food to expect.
Travel

How to Find the Best Black Friday Travel Deals of 2018

We've also included some of the best travel deals we've seen so far in 2018.
Auto

Jaguar’s Newest F-Type is Rally Car Begging to Go Off Road

Jaguar XK 120 (left) and the rally-ready Jaguar F-Type (right). Dirt is a special substance. It can be both soft and hard. Dirty and clean. And when you’re flying across a section of dirt road in a specially outfitted rally car, it can be…
Food & Drink

Top Poppers: The Best Popcorn Makers for Your At-Home Enjoyment

What’re you waiting for? Get things poppin’ with our favorite popcorn makers
Auto

Hyper-Sub Is an Insane Navy-Approved Speedboat-Submarine and We Want One

Because jetpacks and flying cars are so last month.
Auto

Britain’s Legendary Morgan Motor Company Announces ‘110 Anniversary’ Lineup

Experience "the nearest thing to flying without leaving the ground."
Auto

Porsche GT2 RS MR Destroys Lamborghini’s Record on the ‘Ring

Porsche's ballsiest 911 ever shaved another four seconds off its lap time to re-take the title of "King of the 'Ring."
Auto

McLaren Reintroduces a Three-Seater Supercar with the Speedtail

Now you and your two best friends can hit 186 mph in 12.8 seconds together.
Auto

Aston Martin Wants Its Flying Car Concept to Be Your New Commuter

"Air travel will be a crucial part in the future of transportation ... We need to look at alternative solutions to reduce congestion, cut pollution, and improve mobility.”
Auto

Aprilia Teases a 217-Horsepower Superbike Dubbed the RSV4 1100

The horsepower wars we’ve seen take root in the automotive world have spread to the motorcycle realm. Case in point: the Aprilia RSV4 1100.
Auto

Harley-Davidson Wants to Harness Lightning with the Production LiveWire

If Harley-Davidson wants LiveWire to be a success, not only does it need to drive well, but it needs to be priced so the next generation of riders can afford it.
Auto

Dodge Unleashes a 1,000-Horsepower Stampede Called the Hellephant

Dodge's new crate engine was designed to be a fairly plug-and-play kit.
Auto

5 Best Beginner Motorcycles for Aspiring Riders

Our top picks will have you grinning from ear to ear, seeing the sights, carving canyon corners, and doing so on a relatively respectable budget, but also keep you safe.
Culture

How to Maximize Your Mini-Moon

Though far less tedious than orchestrating a honeymoon (while also planning a wedding), a mini-moon does require a bit of planning. Here are some ideas to get you started.