Buick: Not Your Grandpa’s Car Anymore

Not Your Grandpa's Buick: The new lineup challenges its reputation and formulates a new elegance.

For some reason, Buick has been considered the “old man car”. Why? Because it’s dependable and elegant; exactly what Gramps wants. But isn’t that what we all want, deep down? When shopping for a new vehicle, don’t you consider how often you’ll have to bring it into the shop or if it simply looks nice? It’s time we shed this unfair skin and give Buick the spotlight it deserves. After all, things are changing for Buick and the future looks good.

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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 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.

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.

2018 Buick Regal: Is That a Buick?

The 2018 Buick Regal

The “Is That a Buick?” advertising campaign has come and gone, along with the stodgy vehicles of the past. Now Buick is letting its vehicles speak for themselves. The LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave have all been completely redesigned under a modern and elegant aesthetic. But the 2018 Buick Regal is set to really push the envelope. Its exterior design is fluid and graceful and Buick is even offering a few performance variants.

The 2018 Buick Regal (Starting MSRP $31,945)

The Encore may be Buick’s best-selling model, and the LaCrosse may be the de facto flagship, but that should not overshadow the achievements of the 2018 Buick Regal. Just look at the thing! Instead of a sedan, Buick is calling the Regal a sportback, which means that the roof slopes downward from the mid-cabin to the rear. That architecture, combined with the sharp new headlights make the Regal look like a distant cousin of the Jaguar. Finally, with the new recessed grille and split-wing badge, drivers will be proud parking in front of the office.  

On lower trims, the interior remains conservative with a clear priority of comfort. That is by no means a bad thing. But it is safe – something you wouldn’t expect given the aggressive nature of the exterior redesign. And with Buick’s QuietTuning and available Active Noise Cancellation your cabin is supremely quiet, making it a joy on the highway. Of course, when you move to the more sport-oriented trims, you can still hear the engine growl.

Buick Regal GS (Starting MSRP $43,945)

This is where things get really exciting. Inarguably, the sports sedan market has been languishing. So, when an entry like the 2018 Buick Regal GS enters the field, people take note. When you wring out the standard 3.6L V6 and its 310 horsepower, it’s easy to get in tune with the road. The engine is confident, powerful, and even fun. Buick also includes standard Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in the 2018 Regal GS. By constantly monitoring the grip of each wheel, Intelligent AWD keeps the sportback tight and confident in the corners – in all conditions.

  • Brembo Performance Brakes
  • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 19” Technical Grey Aluminum Wheels

Buick Regal TourX

For 2018, the Sportback is not the only new face the Buick Regal will be wearing. Early next year, the Buick Regal TourX will be hitting showroom floors. The North American equivalent of the Opel Insignia is clearly a station wagon, but Buick would like us to all pretend that it’s a crossover, so shhhh!

Of course, Buick’s reluctance to use the words station and wagon in succession is understandable. The whole continent is SUV is crazy, and while there is no discernible performance difference between a station wagon and a small crossover, buyers have abandoned the former (cars in general, really) in favour of the latter. And while taste is subjective, it’s hard not to believe that the 2018 Regal TourX is far more handsome than the Buick Encore, for example.

Plus, its Intelligent AWD, increased cargo space, and long roofline make it an all-season warrior for weekend getaways. Pound for pound (or dollar for dollar) the Regal TourX puts high-priced competitors like the BMW 3-Series Touring wagon to shame. It’s engine has more horsepower and torque and it has an MSRP roughly $15,000 lower!

If you want to learn more about the 2018 Buick Regal and browse our inventory, hit the link below!

 

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The LaCrosse is Buick’s flagship sedan – and a worthy one. Last year, it introduced Buick’s brand-new design language. In the past, Buick’s vehicles have been dated by the time they hit the showroom floor. But the 2018 Buick LaCrosse is clearly more about timelessness than trend. Smooth arches and refined details combine to create the impression that Buick is really back. And the details won’t disappoint the fine first-impression.

(Hybrid)

The standard engine is a 2.5L I-4 supplemented by “eAssist light electrification.” Buick has eschewed calling it a hybrid, ostensibly to avoid frightening the average consumer. But it simply means that you get the best of power and fuel economy. For those who want even more power, Buick also offers an available 3.6L V6 with an impressive 310 horsepower. And, thanks to Active Fuel Management, which reduces the number of cylinders in use at low speeds, it still gets great fuel economy.

Comfort and refinement preside over the interior. Bose’s Active Noise Control and Buick QuietTuning provide a remarkably quiet cabin, even when driving at high speeds. In the silence, you can enjoy stunning details like the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8” touch screen, and OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. Other standard features include:

  • Remote Start
  • Rear Park Assist
  • HID headlamps

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir

Earlier this year, the Buick Enclave became the first vehicle to be released under the Avenir badge. Avenir is Buick’s new premium trim, and it signals first-class refinement and style. Now, the 2018 LaCrosse is set to join the Enclave and become buick’s first Avenir car.

Nine out of ten LaCrosse buyers are choosing one of the top two trim levels — customers are signalling they want more from Buick. With even more content and an elegant look, Avenir adds a unique name and appearance for those who want the best of our attainable luxury.

-Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Buick

It’s impressive look begins with the Avenir grille. Buick calls it “three-dimensional” but I would more impressed if it was two-dimensional. In any case, it looks fantastic with it’s sharp wing badge and lower complement. And the breathtaking style carries over into the interior where you’ll find premium leathers and custom Avenir stitching. Buick has also included the Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium audio and panoramic moonroof.

Refined Performance

The LaCrosse Avenir comes with the standard 310 horsepower V6 and nine-speed automatic transmission. The combination ensures that the power delivery is not only immediate and forceful, but also remarkably smooth. Other available performance features include Intelligent Twin-Clutch AWD and a Dynamic Drive Package with continuously variable real-time dampening control.

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse and LaCrosse Avenir will arrive in early 2018.

 

The 2018 Buick Enclave: Loud Statement, Quiet Crossover

2018 Buick Enclave

The 2018 Buick Enclave

The Buick Enclave has been completely redesigned. Not only is 2018 Buick Enclave sharper, more athletic, and sleeker than previous iterations, it’s also better looking than most SUVs of a comparable size. That image starts with the brand new grille and winged headlamps that transition smoothly into the sharp exterior lines. The rear fascia has been entirely remodelled.  

The atmosphere of modern sophistication is continued inside the 2018 Buick Enclave. In every single Enclave you’ll find premium materials like real wood and brushed chrome accents. SmartSlide allows to easily access the third row. You can also lower the third row with the press of a button. When you lower the second and third-row seats, you get access to an impressive amount of cargo space.

Shhhhh

The 2018 Buick Enclave truly lives up to its name. I mean it’s really quiet. Quiet conversation is easy and comfortable, even when driving on the highway or over rough terrain (why are you driving your new Enclave over rough terrain?). How is that possible? It’s largely thanks to standard Buick QuietTuning. QuietTuning refers to the strict engineering process that Buick uses to eliminate unwanted sound from entering the cabin.

Buick actually uses quite a few techniques to achieve this. Buick has triple-sealed the doors and acoustic-laminated the windshield and side windows. They specially tuned the suspension to minimize the sound of the road. Then, they insulated both sides of the dashboard with sound-absorbing material. Finally, they set the engine on a hydraulic mount to prevent vibration noise. But I guess you don’t really need to know all that. You just need to take a test drive and realise how pristinely quiet the 2018 Enclave is.

Enclave Avenir

The launch of the 2018 Buick Enclave will also be the launch of the Avenir sub-brand. The Avenir was a luxury sedan concept from 2016 that Buick decided to spin into a trim level like GMC has done with Denali. And, like Denali, the Buick Enclave Avenir will offer the best in terms of performance, style, and comfort. It starts with the interior, which features a custom chestnut and ebony theme. Real wood, leather, and embroidery accents create a perfectly refined atmosphere.

The Enclave Avenir comes with a customisable, 8” dash display. You can choose the layout and which is information is displayed. You also get a wireless charging mat. Just place your smartphone in the designated spot and it will charge up as you drive – no more dealing with wires every time you get in and out of your vehicle. On the outside, you’ll find a signature Black Ice grille with chrome wings and 20” aluminum wheels with nickel finish.

The 2018 Buick Enclave is the best kind of surprise. If you’ve been looking for a comfortable, quiet, and stylish SUV for a reasonable price; look no further.

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 Buick Regal

The 2017 Buick Regal

2017 Buick Regal

The 2017 Buick Regal is now the smallest of the old American automaker’s sedans.  The discontinued Verano once appealed to Buick’s loyal grocery-getters, urbanites, or budget-conscious drivers. The bigger La Crosse, meanwhile, hearkens the days of unwieldy boat sedans and is more consistent with Buick’s history. Of course, it’s more graceful than in the past. The point is that the Regal used to be stuck in the middle. And now it’s been thrust into the light as the introductory Buick sedan. And that’s a great thing because the 2017 Buick Regal is a capable, comfortable, and, frankly; stylish car.

Buick (Modest) Power

The standard (and only) engine is 2.0L Turbo DOHC. With that powerplant, the Regal isn’t going to set any quarter-mile records. But it wasn’t designed to. With 259 horsepower, the engine is more than capable of supplying a confident ride on the highway and will never be taxed in the city. The fuel economy numbers are good, but not outstanding at 11.5 L/100km in the city and 8 L/100km on the highway. All in all, the Regal’s performance blends well into the car’s overall design philosophy. The ideal driver is an urban commuter or highway traveller to whom comfort is more important than flash.  

However, the ideal driver of the 2017 Buick Regal may not be the actual driver. What I mean is that Buick is still trying to shake off the perception of being the official vehicle supplier of the Sunday driver. When some people hear the name Buick, they picture a gleaming white LeSabre and a driver with even whiter hair. And that’s a shame. Right now, Buick offers one of the best value propositions among North American Automakers.

Standard Luxury

To start with, every Regal model comes with standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. Heated driver and passenger seats are standard, too. Including those features might seem natural, but consider this: when you pay $40,000 for a new Audi A4, the price doesn’t include the cost of any paint colour other than black or white. Blue, grey, or dare I say, red, will cost you an additional $890. So, you should appreciate the fact that Buick believes certain luxury features should come standard. Of course, not everyone will be satisfied with the standard rendition of luxury.

Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll find above the standard Regal trim level.

Regal Premium I (MSRP: $35,295)

  • Rear Park Assist
  • Remote Start
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Universal Home Remote

Regal Premium II (MSRP: $37,895)

  • Buick IntelliLink Infotainment
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • HID Headlamps With LED Signatures

Regal GS (MSRP: $41,295)

  • Brembo Front Brakes
  • HiPer Strut Suspension
  • Front & Rear Parking Assist
  • Sport Bucket Seats

To learn more about the Buick Regal, and to book a test drive, follow the link below.

 

 

The 2017 Buick Encore

The 2017 Buick Encore

The 2017 Buick Encore

Compact crossovers are taking over Canadian roads. It seems like every automaker offers at least one small SUV. With the sheer number of available crossovers, it can be difficult for one to stand out above the rest. With the 2017 Buick Encore, the company’s approach is to offer the most standard equipment in the class. Quite simply, the base model Encore doesn’t feel like a base model.

That attitude is reflected in the Encore’s bold styling. 18” alloy wheels with magnetic inserts are standard. The split-wing grille is sharp, and the exterior lines are smooth. Overall, the 2017 Buick Encore looks highly confident. Obviously, the Encore is very small. At only 168 inches, the Encore can comfortably parallel park just about anywhere. By looking at it, you can guess exactly who will be driving the 2017 Encore: Canada’s urban dwellers with a demand for luxury. But, before we get to luxury, let’s take a look at the Encore’s engine selection.

Under the Hood

The standard engine across every trim level is the ECOTEC 1.4L Turbocharge I-4. It delivers a modest 138 horsepower. With the Essence and Sport Touring trim, you can upgrade to a 1.4L SIDI Turbo but, for only 15 additional horsepower, you probably won’t. To be fair, it’s also more efficient and features auto stop-start technology. That means it will get you some better fuel-saving numbers. But the most important thing to keep in mind is that either engine is more than capable of pushing the the nimble Encore through the corners. And, when you add all-wheel drive, you get an SUV that is confident in all conditions.

Big Comfort

The Encore is deceptively comfortable on the inside. It would be dishonest to call it spacious. But it does seat five comfortably. The fit and finish are exceptional with touches like a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel and available heated, leather seating. Additionally, the front passenger and second-row seats fold down for pretty impressive cargo space.  Active Noise Cancellation and Buick QuietTuning are standard as well. That technology ensures any noise from the engine or the road is eliminated. Consequently, the cabin is calm and peaceful – even on the highway.

Entertainment

For premium entertainment, you’ll want the available 7-Speaker Bose audio system. It guarantees a concert-like experience within the Encore’s compact interior. You can manage your media with Buick IntelliLink and an 8” touch screen. You also get standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi so that you and your passengers can stay connected on the go.

Ultimately, the Encore delivers comfort much larger than its frame would suggest. With an impressive array of standard features and a remarkably low price, the 2017 Buick Encore delivers one of the highest value propositions in the compact crossover segment.