Check Out This Electric Crossover Concept From Buick!

Buick Enspire Electric Crossover

Buick has spent the last five years drastically overhauling its lineup and its public image. In 2015, Buick unveiled the Avenir concept car. With its dark grille, split-wing badge, and sharp LED lights, the car’s front fascia made a bold first impression and blended well into the graceful architecture and chamfered hood. The stunning Avenir, coincidentally, French for “future;” set down a marker for Buick’s future design language. Thereafter, the brand has only released attractive and compelling vehicles like the new Regal. But, with last month’s exhibition of the Enspire Electric concept, Buick is taking things even further.

The 2019 Sierra AT4: GMC’s “Do-Everything” Off-Roader

The 2019 Sierra AT4

Today, we meditate on another escalation in the arms race. No, not that arms race – the interesting one. The truck arms race. We used to just have trucks. They were pragmatic, ugly, and you could slam some scrap metal in the back without a care in the world. But, in over the past decade, trucks have become drastically more liveable, outfitted with the same technology and comforts as passenger cars. Their performance has also surged. At nearly any dealership you can find a truck that can ford a river, climb a mountain, and win a drag race. Arguably, no truck better combines modern refinement and genuine off-road performance quite like the Sierra AT4, based on the new 2019 Sierra.

GMC Acadia and Terrain Black Edition

Acadia and Terrain Black Edition

With the sheer amount of SUVs and trucks on Canadian roads, it can be hard not to feel invisible driving one. That’s likely a major reason their drivers love spending money to modify the appearance of their vehicles. Some choose lift kits, gaudy racing stripes, obnoxious stickers, and gleaming chrome wheels. But others prefer to express their identity more subtly. For them, I recommend the new Terrain Black Edition and Acadia Black Edition from GMC.

The 2019 Buick Envision: A Complete Set

Envision

The French word “avenir” translates to “future”. So, it’s fitting that the Buick Avenir concept car, unveiled in 2015 at the North American International Auto Show, would foreshadow the styling of every Buick vehicle that followed. Later that year, Buick showed off the brand-new LaCrosse which borrowed the Avenir’s new grille and aggressive contours. Since then, Buick has given the rest of its lineup the same treatment – except for one. But now, with the release of the 2019 Envision, that’s about to change.

Denaliville Used: Edmonton’s Pre-Owned Dealer

Denaliville Used

Why Buy Used?

Why should you buy a used vehicle? The main reason is to save. Now, that doesn’t mean that you have to pay less money just because you’ve crossed over to the other side of the dealership. It means that your money goes further at Denaliville Used. When you buy pre-owned you can get into a higher trim vehicle with more features, or even into a different segment with more space and power. And you don’t have to worry about buying a vehicle that isn’t mechanically sound.

Is a Buick the Best Car to Own?

Is a Buick the best car to own?

Last month, J.D. Power and Associates, noted for their Initial Quality car review and Vehicle Dependability Study, announced an entirely new award and named Buick (along with Porsche) the first recipient. The award suggests a Buick is the best car to own.

J.D. Power & Associates

Each year, J.D. Power hands out a number of awards to the best vehicles and the best automakers. The awards fall into five categories:

APEAL – Measures emotional attachment and excitement
IQS – A study of initial quality in eight key categories
CSI – A serialised crime-solving program from ABC
SSI – Determines the best car buying experience
VDS – A 12-month study of dependability for three-year-old vehicles

Best Car Ownership Experience

J.D. Power’s newest award is called the J.D. Power Total Ownership Experience Award. The Total Experience is a synthesis of J.D. Power’s other awards, going to the brand that demonstrated the strongest overall results in each of the categories. The company already considers everything from the showroom experience to long-term powertrain issues, so they figured they may as well crown a brand that takes care of its customers through each step of the ownership process.

APEAL

Buick’s renaissance began with compelling design. Starting with the LaCrosse, the brand shed its system conservatism and created what is an unmistakably attractive car. The 2018 LaCrosse is athletic and lithe. The modern arches and smooth lines culminate in the new waterfall grille that’s become the signature of Buick design.

But perhaps the most significant transformation is that of the new Buick Enclave. The once burly SUV has become a graceful and modern crossover with a lineup of exciting powertrains to match. It’s easy to see why J.D. Power would give Buick solid APEAL ratings.

IQS

We can say the same for the Initial Quality Study. With refined, soft-touch materials all over the thoughtfully engineered cabin, Buicks make excellent first impressions. When you add QuietTuning which creates a near silent cabin, and improved driving dynamics, you get a true luxury experience – for a near luxury price. That perception will only become clearer as the top Avenir trim rolls out across the lineup.

Dependability

Long-term dependability is arguably one of the most important things to consider when buying a vehicle. You don’t want your vehicle to spend more time in the shop than in your garage. To measure dependability, J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study considers three-year-old vehicles over a one-year period and records the number (and variety) of problems. And Buick vehicles have been coming out on top over.

The fact that Buick won the J.D. Power Total Ownership Experience Award will come as a surprise to some. Previously, the Buick name has been inextricable from uninspired (old) design. But, with recognitions like this one continuing to roll in, public perceptions of Buick are bound to keep turning toward the good.

Oil Change 101

Oil Change

How Often Do I Need an Oil Change?

Most experts would agree that you should change your oil every 5,000 to 7,5000 kms. Considering the average Canadian drives roughly 18,000km per year, that’s 2-3 oil changes per year. However, giving an estimate that suits every oil, in every vehicle, in all driving conditions is, at best, ignorant. So many things can affect your oil change interval including:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Cold starts
  • Short driving trips
  • Extensive idling
  • Towing
  • Driving in dusty areas

So if you practice a lot of those driving habits, change your oil more often than suggested. But, if you use synthetic oil, you can change your oil less often. The important thing is to follow the advice of your trusted mechanic. Chances are no one understands your engine better.

What Does the Oil Rating Mean?

From the outside, oil ratings can seem a little confusing. Let’s take 20W-50 oil for example. The W stands for winter, and the two numbers refer to viscosity at different temperatures. An oil’s viscosity is measured at two temperatures. Its winter rating (in front of the W) is measured at -18 C and the summer viscosity is measured at 100 C.

What is Viscosity?

Viscosity is your oil’s thickness. As oil heats up it thins out which is bad for your engine. Oils resistant to thinning at high temperatures have a high second number in the oil rating. At cold temperatures, your oil thickens. Excessively viscous oil make it harder for your engine to start and worsens fuel economy. In winter, you should use oil that has low first number – preferably 5W or even 0W for some synthetic oils.

If you get an oil change at Capital GMC Buick, we’ll ensure the oil is right for your engine and the climate.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is not a magical compound. It’s just regular oil that’s been refined to a greater degree. Synthetic oil has a number of benefits including greater longevity. Further, synthetic oil resists thickening at low temperatures and has a far higher boiling point, so it performs better at high temperatures, too. It can even improve engine horsepower and torque and many reports suggest it marginally improves fuel efficiency.

Well, it sounds like synthetic oil is a magical compound – shouldn’t everyone use it? Well, not all vehicles recommend you use synthetic oil. And if your vehicle isn’t high performance, or you’re not worried about extra protection for your engine, you may not be willing to pay the extra cost of synthetic oil. In that case, sticking to the oil recommended by your manufacturer should treat your engine perfectly well – the most important thing is that you change your oil regularly.

If you have any more questions about your oil, filters, or engine in general, don’t hesitate to ask one of Capital GMC Buick’s service experts. And if you need an oil change just stop by Capital GMC Buick Certified Service Express or book an appointment and we’ll take care of the rest. 

 

The 2019 Sierra: GMC’s Meaner, Leaner, and Smarter Pickup

The 2019 Sierra

The 2019 Sierra

Guess what? Canadians love pickup trucks. So, when a major brand announces a new generation of truck, people get excited. GM finally pulled the curtain off the 2019 Sierra at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it looks great.

Meaner

Admittedly, we’ve only seen the face of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. But the Silverado and Sierra usually share everything important, so it’s safe to assume we won’t be surprised.   The 2019 Sierra is going to be both longer and wider, and you’ll notice it most in the cabin with headroom and legroom. On the outside, the headlights and taillights are sharper and brighter. They blend well into some swooping, wing-like designs along the sides. Some (it’s me) have called the new front end a little “busy”, but GMCs are usually a little more understated than Chevrolet counterparts, so don’t be surprised if the Sierra’s front is cleaner.

Leaner

Despite the increased size, the 2019 Sierra has actually gotten significantly lighter.  

In fact, it’s shed 450 pounds from the previous generation. How has GM done it? Well, in spite of its recent (obnoxious) attacks against Ford for using aluminum, they’re using aluminum. They placed the flexible metal in swinging panels like doors, hoods, and tailgates. But the fixed panels (box and roof) will remain primarily steel. But even those components are lighter thanks to the use of a high-strength variant of steel.

As a side note, the new aluminum tailgate allowed GM to add automatic raising and lowering. It’s a clever touch that makes the 2019 Sierra even more indispensable for everyday work.

Smarter

Active Fuel Management (tech that reduces the number of cylinders in use at low speeds) isn’t old tech. However, Dynamic Fuel Management has already supplanted it. The technological improvement is greater than the lexical one.

Dynamic Fuel Management, which will improve fuel economy by an additional 5%, does not deactivate the same block of cylinders every time. Instead, it uses an algorithm to determine measure the cylinder load and directs which cylinders fire and which do not on an event-by-event basis. The pattern would seem chaotic if you were watching it in action. But, as a driver, the transition between partial and complete cylinder activation will be less noticeable.  

Engines

It’s been widely reported that the two V8 engines from the previous generation of Sierra will be carried over:

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8: 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8: 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque

But, excitingly, GM is adding a 3.0L Duramax Turbodiesel I-6 to the mix. The decision comes at a time when many automakers are running away from diesel after the Volkswagen poisoned public opinions. Convincing customers that diesel isn’t evil may be a challenge, but informed buyers know that a diesel engine, abiding by industry regulations, is no worse for the environment than a gasoline one. Plus, it provides far better fuel economy and increased torque for towing and hauling.

If you want the high torque and fuel savings of a diesel, you may want to wait for the 2019 Sierra to hit the dealership lots. But if you’re a fan of the current powertrains, and healthy savings, you may want to pick up a 2017 or 2018 model.

 

The 2018 Canyon

2018 GMC Canyon in Edmonton

The 2018 GMC Canyon

Encouraged by the relatively low price of oil, breakthroughs in the efficiency of combustion engines, and lightweight construction materials, automakers have continued to invest tons of resources in trucks and SUVs. For roughly the same reasons, customers have been abandoning cars in favour of bigger vehicles. And for those that think full-size pickups are too big, the choice has been an easy one. The 2018 GMC Canyon is handily the best mid-size pickup. That’s a bold claim, so let’s try to back it up.

Power

The 2018 GMC Canyon gives you the choice of three fantastic engines.

  • 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel: 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 3.6L VVT V6 with 308-horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 2.5L 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque

Those that want to prioritise towing and fuel economy will choose the Duramax Turbo Diesel, and the four-cylinder delivers some good bang-for-buck. But the star of the powertrain lineup is definitely the 3.6L V6. It comes with standard Active Fuel Management which reduces the number of cylinders in use when driving at low speeds to drastically improve fuel economy. It’s even paired with a refined 8-speed automatic transmission. Shorter space between the gears results in better fuel economy and improved acceleration.

Practicality

While the GMC Canyon is technically a mid-size pickup, it never feels too small. Inside, you get plenty of headroom and legroom, making it highly liveable. For rear passengers, the extended cab variant is a little tight, but the crew cab model offers a pretty comfortable ride. However, when it comes to trucks, the space offered in cargo areas is invariably more important to the average driver.

And you don’t have to worry there, because the Canyon offers plenty of space for equipment. At 1,879.6 mm, the Canyon’s long box is longer than the Sierra’s short box (1,760.98 mm) and only 12cm shorter than its standard box. However, even the 2018 Canyon with the short box offers plenty of room.  

2018 Canyon Denali

A Denali is the greatest realisation of professional-grade performance and luxury, and will never be mistaken for anything else on the road. That’s why the exterior of the 2018 Canyon Denali is comprised of all things bright and shiny like 20” Ultra-Bright Aluminum wheels, 5” chrome side steps, and LED signature headlights.  LED in the cargo box which turns it into a mobile workstation. Of course, these features are as much for looking like a boss as they are for performance.

The interior is polished and refined, too. Up front, you get heated and ventilated leather seats as well as a heated steering wheel. There’s a standard 8” infotainment system with onboard navigation and a standard Bose premium seven-speaker audio system. Your favourite music and audiobooks will sound even better thanks to the fact that you have Bose Active Noise Cancellation cutting out the sound of the road and the wind.

Who Should Drive the 2018 GMC Canyon?

The 2018 Canyon is the perfect vehicle for pickup owners who need a maneuverable vehicle for the city, but also need occasional extreme capability. If you need to haul a trailer on the weekends, or find yourself doing some occasional hauling, you can perform those tasks with confidence without making major sacrifices in terms of fuel economy and convenience that larger trucks guarantee.