The 2017 Buick Enclave: Safe, Smart, Sophisticated

The 2017 Buick Enclave

Today, the midsize luxury crossover segment is fiercely contest. Many drivers either opt for the highest trim levels of less premium, domestic brands, or pay through the teeth to drive a base model German SUV with few standard features. But retail data shows that smart consumers have started shifting to brands like Buick that combine affordable prices with tons of premium standard features. But does the 2017 Buick Enclave deliver the same level of comfort and confidence as its higher-priced, European rivals?

The 2017 Buick Enclave

Let’s start under the hood. A 288-hp, 3.6L, V6 engine is standard. It has all the power you need to move six people or haul a load of camping equipment out to the lake. Combine it with the available all-wheel drive, and you have a machine with some rugged power and flexibility. Its toughness is a bit deceptive considering that the 2017 Enclave has some pretty refined manners. After all, this is a vehicle in which heated, leather seats; WiFi, and QuietTuning technology all come standard. But the impressive standard gear isn’t restricted to the inside of the cabin.

Safe and Smart

The 2017 Buick Enclave comes with an incredible amount of standard safety features. Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera, and Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Keep in mind, these are things that almost all other manufacturers will make you pay extra for. The latter system protects you from vehicles driving where you can’t see them, whether you’re on the highway or in a tightly-packed parking lot. With all of those standard features in action, you’ll be a lot more confident on the road with your Enclave.

For Canadians, the Enclave comes in two trim levels, Leather and Premium.

Buick Enclave Leather

  • Heated Leather Seats and Steering Wheel
  • 19” Aluminum Wheels
  • Remote Starter
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Front-Wheel Drive

Buick Enclave Premium

For comfort and convenience you get a Bose 10-speaker audio system paired with Buick IntelliLink. The front seats are both heated and cooled, so you can quickly adapt to any temperature. For smart safety, you also get standard Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

  • Articulating Headlamps
  • 19” Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels
  • Heated, Power-Folding Mirrors
  • Buick IntelliLink With Navigation
  • All-Wheel Drive System

When you simply look at the standard features included with the 2017 Buick Enclave, you might guess that the MSRP is much higher than it is. Instead, the Enclave hits the sweet spot between the economy midsize SUVs and the ultra premium. However, Buick’s midsize roller actually delivers some standard features that those ultra premium crossovers do not. To learn more about the stellar 2017 Enclave, hit the link below.

2017 GMC Sierra Owner Manual Tips & Tricks

Sierra Owner Manual Tips

Sierra Owner Manual Tips & Tricks

There was a time when vehicles were easy to use. If you could handle your starter, lights, transmission, radio, and wipers you could call yourself the master of your domain. That time has passed. Now, the shift lever has been replaced by insane knobs. Chairs move in 32 directions. Our vehicles have WiFi! WiFi! Without studying the owner’s manual religiously, some of us will never be experts on our new vehicles. But I’ve studied the GMC Sierra Owner Manual for you, and put together some of the most useful tips.  

IntelliBeam System

IntelliBeam is the automatic version of GMC’s high-beam headlamps. The system contains sensors which detect the light of oncoming traffic. If a vehicle is approaching, your high-beams will turn off. When the system no longer detects any lights, your high-beams will be turned on again.

Turn on the IntelliBeam system by activating the high/low-beam changer twice within two seconds. A letter “A” within your dashboard’s headlight symbol indicates that you’ve successfully activated IntelliBeam.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

In order to use Android Auto, you must first download the Android Auto App from the Google Play store. No app is required to use Apple Car Play. Next, simply connect your Apple or Android device to one of your Sierra’s USB data ports via a USB cable. Your device should connect automatically. If it does not, just press the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto icon on your IntelliLink touchscreen. Now you should be able to access appropriate features from your smartphone with your Sierra’s touchscreen and IntelliLink voice commands. Now that you mention it…

Voice Commands

Mastering voice commands is a useful and underappreciated skill. Navigating, changing music, or responding to messages on your phone, or touchscreen, while driving is completely irresponsible. But with voice commands, you can keep your eyes on the road while still being able to make an important call or adjusting your navigation route. But first you have to know what to say.

When you press the voice command button on your steering wheel, the one with the face and the sound symbols, the IntelliLink system will begin listening. Then, you need to use one of the main keywords: “Phone,” “Audio,” or “Navigation.” You can say “Pair phone” to connect your smartphone to bluetooth. You can say “Play” followed by a song, artist, genre, or playlist. And you can “Directions to..” followed by a street address, landmark, restaurant, or contact name.

The IntelliLink system will even respond to synonyms and casual phrasing. For example, IntelliLink accepts multiple variations yes and no (responding to the system with only “positive” or “negative” adds a real touch of character). A full list of the voice commands and their uses can be found here or in the 2017 GMC Sierra Owner Manual.

These are only a few of the many Sierra Owner Manual tricks you need to learn before calling yourself an expert. You can learn even more about the feature-packed 2017 GMC Sierra by visiting our model breakdown, or by hitting the link below.