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.

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.

The 2018 Yukon Denali

The 2018 Yukon Denali.

The highest peak of professional grade just stretched a little higher with the 2018 Yukon Denali.

The 2018 Yukon Denali

The GMC Yukon stands atop GMC’s SUV lineup. It’s a category in which practicality and power are essential. But, increasingly, luxury is too. In fact, more than half of Yukons sold are in the Denali trim level – GMC’s highest trim.

Form

The 2018 Yukon Denali features a defining new grille design. Alternating thin and thick slats replace the square mesh design of previous models. Matt Noone, director of Exterior Design, says, “The new grille, which is flanked by HID headlamps and LED Signature Lighting, advances the design legacy established with the very first Yukon Denali in 1999.” The grille is also made smarter by the inclusion of automatic shutters that close at speed to reduce drag and increase aerodynamics.

Function

However, you shouldn’t get the impression that power and practicality aren’t on show in the new Yukon. A 6.2L V8 engine, capable of 420 horsepower, is standard. Active Fuel Management is standard, too. The system switches from eight to four-cylinder operation automatically when performance demands are lower. Obviously, this improves fuel efficiency greatly. Additionally, the 2018 Yukon Denali will include a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission which was developed in conjunction with Ford. Standard wheels are 20”, but there are also available 22” wheels.

Tech

In modern vehicles, luxury is synonymous with technology. The 8” diagonal GMC Infotainment system includes navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. With smartphone integration you can manage phone calls, messages, and media with voice controls. And, with wireless device charging, you can simply set your phone on the charging mat to replenish the battery. The 2018 Yukon Denali’s driver information cluster also offers a head-up display, so you project dynamic information onto the windshield of your Yukon.

More standard and available features include:

  • StabiliTrak, trailer sway control, and hill start assist
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Standard, five-year OnStar Basic Plan with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats, heated second-row seats
  • Hands-free programmable power liftgate

The 2018 GMC Yukon will be available for purchase this fall.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500

2017 GMC Sierra Standout Feature

One standout feature on the 2017 GMC Sierra is the available Bose Active Noise Cancellation System. Bose is widely understood to be the leader in this technology and it shows in the Sierra. Even without it, the truck is remarkably quiet. Aerodynamic mirrors, valved exhaust, triple door seals, and hydraulic body mounts are just a few of the design elements that have been implemented to make the 2017 model the quietest Sierra ever.

But there are a lot of great features on this year’s Sierra. Let’s run through the trim levels to get a better sense of the highlights.

Sierra 1500 (Starting MSRP $30,745)

This is the base model of Sierra 1500. It includes a sturdy 4.3L, 285-hp EcoTec3. Unlike many base engine, the 4.3L includes Active Fuel Management which can automatically shut off half of the engine’s cylinders under light performance demands. The fuel saving benefit is obvious and allows the functional Sierra to double as a worthy city vehicle. Other key standard features include:

  • Chrome CornerStep rear bumper
  • 17” painted steel wheels

Sierra 1500 SLE (Starting MSRP $36,065)

Here are a few of the SLE trim’s highlights:

  • LED box lighting
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • 17” machined wheels

Most importantly, the SLE is more refined. You’ll get standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for connectivity on the go. And you’ll also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Remote Keyless Entry, and Bluetooth integration.

Sierra 1500 SLT (Starting MSRP $50,945)

Upgrading to the SLT trim includes the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque. The engine delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency among gas V8s. SLT also brings 18-inch, polished aluminum wheels and the option of full LED headlamps.  The following SLT features are standard:

  • Leather-appointed heated front split bench
  • LED fog lamps and tail lamps
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

The SLT can also be upgraded to include the 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 with eight-speed automatic transmission.

Sierra 1500 Denali (Starting MSRP $66,070)

The 2017 GMC Sierra Denali is the perfect realization of luxury and rugged performance. When you upgrade to Denali, you get GMC signature LED lighting and high-performance LED headlamps. The 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 is standard as well. Of course, you get a host of luxury features:

  • Heated and vented leather seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wireless charging mat
  • 20” aluminum wheels

You’ll also get the very latest in safety technology:

  • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Intellibeam Technology
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • And more

The Sierra 1500 is one of the most versatile trucks on the market. It can be meaningfully customized to fit the demands of the driver. But, on each trim, elite, professional-grade performance remains constant.

Introducing the 2018 Buick Enclave

Enclave was introduced as a game-changer for the Buick brand and has since become one of our most successful and important vehicles. It set the tone for a more progressive Buick, helping change perception for us and serving as the standard-bearer of what our products stand for: smart, stylish luxury.

-Duncan Aldred, Global Buick and GMC Vice President

Meet the 2018 Buick Enclave.

The 2018 Buick Enclave

Now is an exciting time for Buick. The heavy lifting of their lineup overhaul is complete, and they can now focus on refining their vehicles. And the 2018 Enclave is perhaps the first Buick to reap the full benefit of this overhaul. Drivers will immediately notice the new 2018 Buick Enclave’s styling. Buick has completely reimagined the interior. A sharp, narrow new grille punctuates the athletic posture. You’ll also find Evonik Acrylite lighting technology and LED lighting to complete the aggressive new design.

Under the hood, the 2018 Buick Enclave will have a standard 3.6L V6 generates 302 horsepower and 260 lb-ft. of torque. Buick is pairing it with a nine-speed automatic transmission and auto stop/start technology for better fuel efficiency – and efficiency in general. Put that power to good use by upgrading to the available intelligent AWD. It is Buick’s first switchable AWD system. From the outside, the combination of force and ingenuity promises a highly enjoyable drive.

The Driver’s Enclave

Inside the 2018 Buick Enclave, you’ll find a standard 8” infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. That also includes OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. Those features, along with available 10-speaker Bose sound system, can be fully enjoyed in the Enclave’s remarkably quiet cabin. Both QuietTuning and active noise cancellation have been improved even further. The combination of those technologies creates a silent cabin, even when driving over rough stretches of highway. You can carry out conversation from the third row to the first with little strain.

Frankly, the amount of standard features in the 2018 Buick Enclave is staggering. In addition to everything mentioned above, standard equipment in the 2018 Enclave includes:

  • Keyless Entry & Push-Button Start
  • Hands-Free Programmable Liftgate
  • Tri-Shield Logo Illuminating the Ground
  • Tri-Zone Climate Control

As you might expect, the Enclave also has a comprehensive suite of available safety technology:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Front Park Assist

Obviously, the 2018 Buick Enclave is shaping up to be a very exciting SUV for the new model year. So, if you’re a fan of Buick’s new direction, don’t miss the Enclave.

Buick Regal Sportback and Tour X

Buick is adding two new variants to the Regal: “Buick builds on its track record of making bold moves outside traditional vehicle segments to deliver unique customer offerings that fit modern lifestyles.” One of those “unique offerings” is a powerful sports sedan, the Buick Regal Sportback, and the other is a reimagined station wagon.

Buick Regal Sportback and Tour X.

Buick Regal Sportback

The Buick Regal Sportback starts with available All-Wheel Drive and eight-speed automatic transmission. The Sportback’s AWD system “uses two clutches at the rear wheels for seamless, smart torque distribution. Beneficial not just in snowy weather but also during spirited driving, the system relies less on braking to maintain maximum performance and efficiency.” Buick have also added a 2.0L engine that cranks out 250 horsepower to push those wheels.

In 2017, Buick’s entire lineup received 5-Star Safety Ratings from IIHS. Now, they’re building on that success with the latest in safety technology. For example, the Sportback will add an industry first active hood pedestrian safety system. The system “senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 25-48 km/h (16-30 mph) and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood […] to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.” But, with available Front Pedestrian Braking, collisions with pedestrians can hopefully be avoided entirely. Other available safety features on theBuick Regal Sportback include:

  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert,
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Park Assist.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking

Buick Regal Tour X

The Canadian auto market is showing a high demand for compact and subcompact SUVs. Drivers want fuel efficient vehicles with AWD functionality. For this reason, all three of Buick’s SUVs outsell their cars. So, it makes sense that Buick would aim for the gap between the compact SUV and large sedans. Therefore, they’re introducing the 2018 Regal Tour X in hopes of making the station wagon sexy again. To its credit, the Tour X evinces some European flair. It’s design lines are much smoother than competitors like the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack. In other words, it’s not the boxy station wagon with rear-facing seats from your childhood road trips. But the logic behind reintroducing the station wagon is function, not form.

And the Tour X is certainly functional. It will have greater ground clearance than other Regal models and will likely feature All-Wheel Drive. Further, it will share the Sportback’s turbocharged 2.0L Tour X But perhaps its greatest feature is the ample cargo space. Behind the rear seats, you’ll find 33 cubic feet. When you fold those seats down, you’ll get 74 cubic feet. That’s enough space to rival most small SUVs. The cost, if you consider it as such, is the Regal’s size. The Tour X is incredibly long – seven inches longer than the comparable Subaru Outback. Then again, it will be a more manageable driving platform than most compact SUVs.

Both the Sportback and Tour X will be available at the beginning of next year. If you can’t wait that long, explore the 2017 Regal today.

One Million Denalis Sold

GMC has sold one million Denalis and it took less than 20 years.

One million Denalis have been sold.

“Mountain of a Milestone”

Hey, it’s their pun not mine. Denali is the tallest mountain in North America, and the Denali trim is the peak of professional grade. The name Denali commands so much respect that it often replaces the model names of GMC vehicles. But before we can talk about “now,” we need a little history lesson.

The Denali line was introduced in 1997 with the Yukon Denali concept. It was conceived as a one-off, but hit production the following year. The concept drew its significance from the environment in which it was introduced. At that point, the SUV was clearly prioritising function over form. But GMC “sensed an opportunity to create a premium-grade model that could resonate with customers on a whole new level.” In other words, they saw an opportunity to combine the SUV’s natural capability with luxury comfort.

The production Yukon Denali of 1998 brought unique moldings, a single-colour paint job, and chrome wheels. Needless to say, it looked good. With the popularity of the Yukon, GMC immediately moved to expand the Denali lineup. In 2002, the Sierra 1500 became the first Denali pickup. Now, the Denali product portfolio consists of three SUVs (Terrain, Acadia, and Yukon) and three pickups (Canyon, Sierra, and Sierra HD). The expanded lineup allows more drivers to combine professional-grade performance with premium features.

One Million Denalis Plus

Speaking of premium features, the current selection of Denali vehicles have plenty. The latest technology comes standard. You get the connectivity of a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot, and ultimate safety provided by a suite Driver Alert technologies. On the inside, you can expect leather-appointed, heated front seats with French stitching, and aluminum accents. Finally, on the outside, signature chrome grilles and LED lighting project an aura of unrelenting confidence.

With the SUV and truck market still expanding, the demand for luxury features and innovative technology will only grow. Now that Denali has cemented itself atop the marketplace, GMC’s future is exciting. One thing’s for sure: it won’t take GMC 20 years to sell the next million.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

2018 GMC Terrain

Per Mike Speranzini, brand director of GMC in Canada, “The all-new Terrain delivers bold design, capability and precision to the fastest growing segment in the market.” There’s little substance in his statement, so let’s dig into the new 2018 GMC Terrain a little more.

The 2018 GMC Terrain was revealed at the Canadian International Auto Show earlier this year. Somewhat surprisingly, the SUV turned heads in a category typified by sameness. The new Terrain has a noticeably different front end. The previously rectangular grille has been rounded. Beside the angular new headlights, it looks sharp and modern. The chrome accents beneath the grille have been tightened into an aggressive paraph. This new design was informed by testing done in the wind tunnel.

The 2018 GMC Terrain

The Terrain is sporting some new features on the inside as well. For engines, the 2018 Terrain will have a few new options. An available 1.6L turbo-diesel will be offered alongside 1.5 and 2.0L gas versions. Both the 1.5L and 2.0L variants will come with new nine-speed automatic transmissions. The increased number of gears allows for smoother, more efficient acceleration. In turn, this translates to greater fuel savings.

Say Goodbye to Shift Levers

The most radical feature to be introduced is the New Electronic Precision Shift. EPS will replace the traditional shift lever which has long been the standard for automatic transmissions. Consequently, it might take some getting used to. The EPS panel is situated beneath the infotainment centre in an illuminated row. Neutral and Park modes are pressed like buttons, while Drive and Reverse must be pulled like switches.

Although it may seem strange at first, GMC insist the new technology is much more intuitive than competitor’s shift knobs. More importantly, the move to EPS will free up cargo space between the front seats. When combine with the flat-folding passenger and rear seats, the Terrain seems set to emphasise its utility.

The 2018 GMC Terrain will be available this summer. It will come in SLE, SLT, and Denali trims. If you’d like to check out the 2018 Terrain’s predecessor, follow the link below. After all, you may want to get one before the shift lever is a thing of the past.

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