Buick LaCrosse Earns Spot on 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors

Buick LaCrosse Earns Spot on 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors

Buick LaCrosse Earns Spot on 2017 Wards 10 Best Interiors

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse went through a complete redesign before making its debut late last year. With its new look and style, the LaCrosse is more impressive than ever—so impressive, in fact, that it was named to Wards 10 Best Interiors list for 2017.

The judges from WardsAuto were impressed with the LaCrosse’s spacious cabin, excellent technology for connectivity and safety, comfort, and a sophisticated design that can set a new standard for the Buick brand.

One judge wrote, “There’s a stylish element to this Buick I’ve never seen before in my lifetime.”

Inside, passengers will find plenty of room to stretch out with abundant leg, shoulder, and hip room both in the front and back. Technology-wise, the LaCrosse’s frameless 8-inch IntelliLink screen blends in nicely with the clean lines that flow across the dashboard.

In addition, the technology interface includes features modern buyers are looking for including OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, all of which will make in-car connectivity seamless and intuitive. In addition, numerous advanced safety technology features are available.

To see this award-winning interior for yourself, come take the 2017 Buick LaCrosse out for a test drive at Rivard Buick GMC today.

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No More Shifters in 2018 GMC Terrain

No More Shifters in 2018 GMC Terrain

No More Shifters in 2018 GMC Terrain

With the advance of technology in vehicles, many previously mechanical components are now controlled through simple switches or buttons. This will be true for the 2018 GMC Terrain. That model will follow a trend that becoming more popular—that of no more shifters.

Instead of having to move a shifter into the gear you want, the Terrain’s Electronic Precision Shift system will include five buttons at the bottom of the center stack. Drivers will simply press the button that corresponds to the gear they need (P for park, D for drive, etc.).

To help make the buttons feel more familiar and ensure drivers know exactly which gear they are selecting, the Terrain will still use a multi-step shifting process. Drivers will need to press in the brake and pull back on the button that represents the gear they need (for drive or reverse). The park and neutral gears are push buttons.

“You quickly learn the (key) positioning and begin using just two fingers, a natural biomechanical movement,” says Rick Spina, executive chief engineer-compact SUVs at GM.

The 2018 GMC Terrain has already started arriving at Rivard Buick GMC. Stop by today to see how the new shift buttons work for yourself.

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Must-Visit Tampa Festivals

Tampa Summer Festivals

Tampa Summer Festivals

There are endless reasons why we love that Rivard Buick GMC is located in Tampa. There is plenty of sunshine, tons of good people, and always something to do—like these Tampa festivals. Mark your calendar and get out this summer to one of these local events.

Tampa Bay Comic Con

Channel your inner nerd this year at the Tampa Bay Comic Con. This three day celebration of all things comics and games takes place July 28-30, 2017 at the Tampa Convention Center. Dress up in your best cosplay and be ready to interact with like-minded people who are ready to celebrate the many possibilities of the human imagination.

 

Bolts Brew Fest

On August 5, 2017, everyone’s favorite hockey team will host a brew-centric event you don’t want to miss. The Tampa Bay Lightning pairs with Creative Loafing to put on this event at AMALIE Arena. Tickets are $50 in advanced and include unlimited beer tastings as well as admission to the Tampa Bay Lightning preseason game.

 

Summer of Rum

Florida wouldn’t be the same without rum, so let this event be your excuse to celebrate the delicious, tropical drink. On Labor Day weekend, September 2nd, Floridians from all over will gather at Curtis Hixon Park to taste dozens of rums and rum drinks. Island-themed entertainment will keep you feeling happy and relaxed, so don’t miss this chance to sit back and enjoy a beverage.

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Summer Driving Tips

Summer Driving Tips

Summer Driving Tips

Whether it’s across the country or just to the neighborhood pool, there’s almost no doubt you’ll be travelling this summer. Use these car and driving tips to make sure your summer adventures are safe and efficient.

Get a Checkup

Before you head out on any lengthy trip, it’s best to make sure that everything is in order with your vehicle. Bring your car into the service department at Rivard Buick GMC to get a maintenance checkup. We can change your oil, rotate your tires, and check your fluid levels, your hoses, and your filters.

Plan Stops

Taking a long road trip is fun, but also challenging at times. When the kids begin to get restless, that can become a distraction and make it more difficult to focus and have fun. Plan to stop every couple of hours so that passengers can stretch out, take a walk, or grab a snack before hitting the road again.

Summer-Specific Safety

Be sure to never leave a child in a car unattended, not even with the engine running and not even for a couple of minutes. Cars heat up quickly in the summer, and an unattended child is at risk of heat stroke. Also, be aware that in the summer season kids will be out and about more, so be extra cautious when driving through neighborhoods or parking lots. Use a backup camera to check behind the vehicle and always stay alert of your surroundings to keep you, your passengers, and pedestrians safe.

 

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Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Car Maintenance

Summer Car Maintenance

If you are making some summer road trip plans, you need to make sure your car is ready for the road, too. Here are a few tips on summer car maintenance to help you stand up to the heat.

  • HVAC. There is almost nothing worse than having your A/C go out while on a road trip. Get your system thoroughly inspected and repaired, if needed, before you hit the road.
  • Battery. Summer heat can wreak havoc on your car, especially on the battery. Have your battery tested to make sure it won’t give out on you when you need it most.
  • Tires. Your tire pressure will fluctuate with the changing temperatures. Make sure your tires are properly inflated. In addition, inspect your tires for any signs of extreme wear and check the tread depth.
  • Windshield wipers. Your windshield wipers should be replaced every six months or so. If yours are leaving streaks, stuttering, or have cracks, it is time to replace them.
  • Brakes. If your brake pads are getting thin, you may want to consider replacing them before starting a road trip, especially if this trip will include any mountain driving.

If you need any service done on your car this summer, schedule a service appointment with us here at Rivard Buick GMC.

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Buick’s Cascada Convertible Will Help You Love Summer

2017 Buick Cascada

2017 Buick Cascada

Nothing says summer quite like the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair and the best way to get that feeling is by driving a convertible. Buick’s Cascada convertible will not only give you that feeling of freedom, but offers premium features, sophisticated styling, and so much more.

Buyers will love its excellent value that offers a lot of features for the money. Standard on the base model are 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote engine start, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a 7-inch touchscreen with IntelliLink, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Higher trims add features like automatic wipers, foglights, air deflectors, navigation, distinctive alloy wheels, and a unique steering wheel.

The Cascada’s innovative soft-top will open in just 17 seconds with a simple one-step activation—and, since the weather can change while you are driving, the top can be put back up or down again at speeds up to 31 mph.

Safety features include automatic rollover pop-up bars hidden behind the rear passenger seats, along with airbags, and other available advanced systems.

If you are ready for your open-air summer experience, come take the 2017 Buick Cascada out for a test drive today at Rivard Buick GMC.

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Top Tampa Attractions: Things to Do this Summer

Top Tampa Attractions
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Visit one of the many top Tampa attractions. You can find something for everyone in the area, whether you’re looking for relaxing beaches or new thrills. At Rivard Buick GMC, we’re put together a list of some of our favorite places to go.

According to Vacation Idea, one of the most popular destinations is Busch Gardens Tampa. For those who love roller coasters, this world-renowned amusement part has rides, kids’ attractions, live entertainment and more. SeaWorld runs this location, so you can also see animal attractions, making Busch Gardens a one-stop destination that’s bound to make everyone happy.

Next, stop by the Tampa Museum of Art. You can find incredible exhibits and displays, and the museum is also home to educational programs, workshops, and more. The permanent collection includes Greek and Roman antiques, modern lithography and screen printing, and classic realist painting. You can also see local artwork.

Finally, the Tampa Riverwalk is idea for date night as well as a family adventure. This pathway extends along the Hillsborough River and leads to the downtown area. You can see the Florida Aquarium, visit the WWII American Victory Ship, see Brooke Park, and more.

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Buick Encore Features: What’s New for 2017?

2017 Buick Encore Features
The new 2017 Buick Encore is a new take on a classic SUV design. The Encore is built to be compact yet roomy, sporty and efficient, and truly high-tech. There are some new features for the 2017 model year, offering improved design and performance, among other things. Read on to see new Buick Encore features listed below.

According to Car and Driver, the new Encore comes with up to 26/31 mpg city/highway * and up to 153 horsepower. This allows the new SUV to go from 0 to 60 in just 8.4 seconds, with a top speed over 120 mph. When equipped with all-wheel drive, you can also get improved capabilities on off-road trails and slippery pavement.

“In the burgeoning field of subcompact crossovers, the Buick Encore stands out for a couple of important reasons. For one, compared with its many competitors, it has an upscale aura, particularly inside . . . Two, the Encore coddles occupants with a surprisingly supple ride given its short wheelbase as well as exceptionally low interior noise levels and upscale interior appointments,” reads the review by Car and Driver editors.

What else is new for the 2017 model year? This model has improved quietness thanks to the use of different materials, as well as available leather and a tuned suspension. You get a firm ride that’s also comfortable, ensure control without sacrificing comfort. Other features include an updated Buick IntelliLink system and an auto-stop-start function on the engine to conserve fuel. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC to learn more about the new Buick Encore.

 

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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Tampa World War II Veterans Celebrate Final Reunion

Tampa World War II veterans

Over 70 years ago, members of the 451st bomber squadron were taking bombing runs across Europe—flying 296 missions in their B-26 Marauders. Just one year after World War II ended in 1945, Squadron 451 came back together for a reunion in Chicago. The location may have changed, but this tradition continued every year with the last two remaining members getting together here in Florida.

In 1969, the group took a bottle of cognac and sealed it into a box. Each member signed his name on the wrapping. As the years passed and the men passed away, their names were crossed off. This year, Colonel Sanford Graves and Lieutenant Marshall Clark were the last two surviving members of the group.

They had the honor of dusting off the package and opening the almost 50-year-old bottle. They poured glasses and made toasts to each other before reading off the names of all the other squadron members. Other family members were there and joined in a toast to the 451st squadron.

These Tampa World War II veterans hope to continue the tradition of their reunion, which was nicknamed the “Alligator Wrestle.”

Here at Rivard Buick GMC, we would like to thank these honored veterans for their service.

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2018 Buick Regal TourX Adds Adventure to the Buick Lineup

2018 Buick Regal TourX

When you think about the Buick brand, you might think about models like compact Encore crossover, sophisticated Cascada convertible, or athletic Regal sedan. Now, the 2018 Buick Regal TourX is bringing adventure to the Buick lineup with a purpose-built design.

The Regal TourX combines the best features of both worlds with the drivability of a car and capabilities of an SUV. It starts with the standard Regal sedan, but adds a versatile hatchback opening, rides higher off the ground, comes with standard roof rails, standard intelligent all-wheel drive, and an extra dose of rugged style.

In true versatile form, the Regal TourX offers up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. This is more than some of the popular competition, including the Subaru Outback, Audi A4 Allroad, and Volvo V60 Cross Country.

With the standard all-wheel drive and active twin-clutch, the Regal TourX will deliver superior vehicle control in a variety of driving conditions. Powering the wheels is a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX will be coming to Rivard Buick GMC late this year. What adventures would you like to take behind the wheel of this capable, sophisticated machine?

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