Great Buick Models for Road Trips in Florida

Buick on Road Trip | Tampa, FL

Florida is a great state to take a road trip in, whether you’re going south to Miami Beach or north to the Florida Panhandle. It can take a while to arrive at your destination, though, so you need to ride in a vehicle that’s extra comfortable and safe. Buick makes many family-friendly SUVs that are great for weekend getaways in Florida. Here are three Buick models for road trips that you’ll find at Rivard Buick GMC.

Buick Envision

Luxury is king on the Buick Envision. This trendy SUV flaunts a chic, modern look that will look great in your vacation photos. Plus, it offers up to 52.7 cubic feet of storage space with the rear seats folded flat, so you can leave the kids at home and take that much-needed camping getaway.

Buick Enclave

If you need to seat seven passengers, the Enclave is a great choice. This spacious SUV is the biggest model in the Buick lineup and offers three rows of seats for your children — and the grandparents to tag along! Plus, the newest Enclave can tow up to 5,000 pounds, so you can bring a boat or camper on your excursion.

Buick Encore GX

A stylish and affordable SUV, the Buick Encore can elevate any road trip with its abundance of technology. With the Buick Driver Confidence Package included on every Encore GX, you’ll have a suite of assistive safety systems watching over you and your family.

Before you take your next drive across Florida, bring your car to Rivard Buick GMC for a tune-up. And if you don’t own a Buick, now is the perfect time to trade in your car for a new one!

GMCs Are the Most Powerful Light-Duty Pickup Trucks of 2021

GMC Sierra 1500 | Tampa, FL

U.S. News & World Report has released its list of the most powerful light-duty pickup trucks in 2021 and found two GMC models worthy of inclusion: the 2021 GMC Canyon and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500.

U.S. News focused on light-duty trucks because the most capable, heavy-duty trucks are “best suited for professional use and tend to be too large and ungainly for most pickup buyers.” For the average customer, finding a powerful light-duty truck should be enough if they intend to haul or tow.

The 2021 GMC Canyon, a midsize truck designed for work and play, took the eighth spot on the list thanks to its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is rated at 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this affordable truck can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

The GMC Sierra 1500 took spot number three on the list, ahead of trucks like the Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado, thanks to its 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. With 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the Sierra 1500 is one of the most powerful trucks in the business and can tow up to 11,800 pounds. The available Duramax® Turbo-Diesel, which has just as much torque, also gets 30 miles per gallon,* proving power doesn’t have to compromise efficiency.

Visit Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida, to check out the GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500, two of the most powerful light-duty pickup trucks sold in the United States.

*EPA est. 23 city/30 hwy mpg (2WD).

Differences Between the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia

Buick Enclave | Tampa, FL

The 2021 Buick Enclave and 2021 GMC Acadia are both reliable, upscale, midsize SUVs that are great vehicles for your family. However, there are some key differences between the two that may help you decide which family vehicle is right for your needs.

Powertrain

Every Buick Enclave is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. The GMC Acadia offers more powertrain options: a standard 2.5-liter engine that offers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0-liter engine that delivers 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 engine that provides 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.

Efficiency

The Enclave’s 3.6-liter V6 engine earns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway1. With the standard 2.5-liter, the Acadia earns 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The Acadia’s 2.0-liter engine delivers 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway2, while its 3.6-liter V6 engine earns 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway3.  

Interior space

The spacious Buick Enclave can comfortably seat seven passengers and offers a maximum cargo volume of 97.6 cubic feet. The GMC Acadia offers slightly less room, with a maximum cargo space of 79 cubic feet.

You can find both of these family-friendly SUVs at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa Bay, Florida.

1EPA estimated MPG 18 city/26 highway FWD.

2EPA-estimated mpg for the 2.5L 4-cyl engine with 9-speed automatic transmission FWD.

3EPA-estimated mpg for the 3.6L V6 engine with 9-speed automatic transmission FWD.

U.S. News Names 2021 Buick Enclave to Quietest SUVs List

U.S. News Names 2021 Buick Enclave to Quietest SUVs List | Tampa, FL

Driving a noisy car can be a real nuisance, and it can also be a safety hazard that prevents you from hearing important road noises. Luckily, many cars these days are built with quietness in mind. In April, U.S. News & World Report released its list of The 2021 Quietest SUVs in 2021. Included on that list was none other than the 2021 Buick Enclave.

The 2021 Enclave comes with QuietTuning technology, which is designed to filter out noise from the powertrain, the road, and traffic. To do this, QuietTuning uses active noise cancellation technology developed in partnership with Bose and Panasonic. The technology uses hidden microphones within the cabin to create a sound designed to filter out low-frequency noises such as body vibrations and acceleration. Additionally, the Enclave’s design incorporates materials designed to dampen noise, and the powertrain is designed to limit vibrations. Altogether, this adds up to a more peaceful and enjoyable ride.

“At $40,000, the Buick Enclave is pricey for a mainstream midsize SUV, but that extra money is well spent if you’re seeking a comfortable cabin that filters out road noise,” said U.S. News’ Steven Loveday.

That price tag also comes with options like tri-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, Smart Slide second-row seats to make the third row more accessible, and the Buick Infotainment system. The latter comes with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, Bluetooth® streaming audio, and an optional wireless phone charger.

Interested in the ultra-quiet 2021 Buick Enclave? Check out the inventory at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida.

All-New 2021 Buick Envision’s Interior Praised by Autotrader

All-New 2021 Buick Envision’s Interior Praised by Autotrader | Tampa, FL

The team at Autotrader chose the redesigned 2021 Buick Envision for its list of the 10 models with the Best Interiors Under $50,000. The Envision’s cabin offers the kind of comfort and sophistication found in higher-priced luxury models.

Room to relax

With three passengers in the back, the 2021 Buick Envision still offers 25.2 cubic feet of cargo space for shopping or sports equipment.  With the 40/60 split seat in the folded position, the cargo space increases to 52.7 cubic feet

Infotainment on the inside

With the latest in infotainment technology, the 2021 Envision keeps you connected. Enjoy your favorite music or stay up to date with podcasts and the news wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto connectivity. You can even connect to your Amazon™ Alexa smart device for voice-activated control. Go for the optional nine-speaker Bose® audio system and it will feel like driving in a concert hall. The system is controlled by an 8-inch touch screen but can be upgraded to 10.2 inches.

Serenity on wheels

Buick’s QuietTuning™ lets you enter a state of tranquility in the 2021 Envision. Active Noise Cancellation and sound-damping glass, plus ambient interior lighting, create a sense of calm and serenity inside the cabin. Luxury touches like a leather-wrapped steering wheel top off the design.

If you want to learn more about the award-winning Buick Envision, contact us here at Rivard Buick GMC.

Hummer EV-Inspired Beast Debuts at the Extreme E Race Expo

2022 Hummer EV | Tampa, FL
2022 Hummer EV | Tampa, FL

If you’re a fan of off-road racing, you’ll want to tune in for the Extreme E Race Expo this April. Not only will it be a fun event full of fast vehicles and plenty of adrenaline, but GMC will be teaming up with Chip Ganassi Racing for a special surprise. This year’s event will see CGR take on the competition with an electric SUV inspired by the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV.

This powerful racing machine has a powertrain that can produce 550 horsepower. Its grille, bodywork, and unique graphics are a direct homage to the new Hummer EV, which is set to release later this year.

Off-road racers Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc will be behind the wheel for the high-octane event.

The 2022 Hummer EV is easily one of the most anticipated vehicle releases of the year. The world’s first all-electric supertruck will be able to achieve a mind-boggling 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque, all while producing zero emissions. Thanks to 35-inch tires, standard independent front and rear suspension, and an available CrabWalk mode, there will be no terrain the 2022 Hummer EV can’t handle.

The Extreme E Race Expo kicks off with the Desert X Prix on April 3. The 2022 Hummer EV will be hitting Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa bay, Florida, this fall.

GMC Sierra Was One of the Only Trucks to Gain Market Share in 2020

GMC Sierra Truck | Tampa, FL
GMC Sierra Truck | Tampa, FL

Competition among the many pickup truck options available in the United States is more cutthroat than ever, and the tumult of 2020 had a significant impact on many manufacturers. In spite of the losses many competitors suffered, the GMC Sierra experienced growth in 2020 thanks to its high-quality construction and understandably loyal customer base.

According to the Vice President of General Motors, Steve Hill, GM was the only truck manufacturer to experience market share growth during 2020. The growth in market share experienced by General Motors allowed it to overtake its fiercest competitor and claim the crown for being the best-selling truck manufacturer in the US.

The GMC Sierra experienced an 8.91 percent uptick in sales from 2019, increasing its total units sold from 232,323 to 253,016. This massive growth correlated to a 2 percent increase in overall market share from 9 percent in 2019 to 11 percent in 2020. The Sierra’s sales increases are especially impressive given that every non-GM full-size truck sold in the US experienced a sales decline of at least 2 percent, with some manufacturers seeing sales lulls of over 16 percent.

The sales growth of GMC’s flagship truck is a testament to its hearty performance and in-demand productivity features. If you want to see for yourself why the Sierra is more popular than ever, schedule a test drive at Rivard Buick GMC today.

2022 GMC Sierra Denali to Feature Super Cruise

GMC Sierra Denali | Tampa, FL
GMC Sierra Denali | Tampa, FL

While we’re not living in a future with flying cars quite yet, some futuristic technology you might have only dreamed about a few years ago is making its way to the 2022 GMC lineup. The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali will be the first vehicle in the GMC roster to receive the cutting-edge Super Cruise technology.

Super Cruise, which is already on a handful of exclusive General Motors vehicles, is a semi-autonomous technology that lets you relax with your hands off the wheel on select highways. While Super Cruise isn’t a fully self-driving car system, it is a very impressive advancement in modern automotive history.

The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali’s Super Cruise System will utilize a robust network of LiDAR maps, cameras, sensors, and GPS data to monitor traffic and keep you safe on the road. Additionally, the system will steer, adjust your speed, and brake for you as needed as it monitors traffic patterns.

For contractors or other professionals that work long, irregular hours, the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali’s Super Cruise system is a great way to help you avoid drowsiness and fatigue while traveling between job sites. The system has built-in safety measures to ensure you’re paying attention to the road, though, so don’t get too comfortable.

Keep following Rivard Buick GMC for more news about the 2022 GMC Sierra.

GM Reveals OnStar Insurance

GM Reveals OnStar Insurance | Tampa, FL
GM Reveals OnStar Insurance | Tampa, FL

Dealing with car insurance just became easier thanks to a recent update from General Motors. A simplified digital insurance service — which emphasizes your good driving record and habits — is the latest update to the automaker’s OnStar® offerings after a new smartphone app and additional fleet management solutions.

Online accessibility

OnStar Insurance from GM is facilitated by its newest agency, OnStar Insurance Services. Its digital platform allows you to shop for OnStar Insurance at your convenience, with representatives available to answer your queries.

Rewarded for good behavior

OnStar Insurance from GM focuses on consistent driving habits, allowing for an unbiased shopping experience. Through OnStar Insurance, you will receive tips on how to be a better, safer driver. Discounts on insurance are possible if you demonstrate safer habits behind the wheel.

Emergency help

In the event of an accident, you will have access to help via the Automatic Crash Response system, activated when you push the OnStar button in your vehicle. An OnStar Emergency-certified Advisor will be contacted, who can direct first responders your way. You will need both OnStar Insurance and the OnStar Safety & Security plan to benefit from collision assistance.

Originally offered to GM employees in Arizona last year, OnStar Insurance from GM is now available to the public. To learn more about the plan, contact Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida.

Your First Look at the 2022 GMC Hummer EV

GMC Hummer | Tampa, FL
GMC Hummer | Tampa, FL

The original Hummer was a legend in the 2000s, but the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV is setting a new standard for the nameplate. With incredible specs and a slew of highly advanced technology, the Hummer EV is unlike any other electric vehicle or pickup truck. And now, we can finally behold its gorgeous and rugged design since GM released photos of the impressive, high-end Edition 1 trim.

One of the most exciting elements of the new 2022 Hummer EV is not apparent at first glance, and that’s the three-motor setup, which delivers an estimated 1,000 horsepower. Driver-selectable modes can adjust output to bring the Hummer EV from 0 to 60 in only 3 seconds. All of that power comes with admirable EV qualities, like over 350 miles of all-electric driving range from the Ultium battery system,* and DC fast charger compatibility for roughly 100 miles of range after just 10 minutes of charging.**

The Hummer EV is equipped with a number of off-road features, including an innovative 4 Wheel Steer with CrabWalk that lets you travel diagonally over rugged terrain. There’s also an adaptive air suspension, 35-inch all-terrain tires, and underbody armor.

The ride is further enhanced with a metric ton of advanced technology. Hummer EV comes equipped with Super Cruise, a hands-free driver-assist feature that works on over 200,000 miles of mapped highway. The cabin also has a 13.4-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch driver information display, and access to 18 different camera views via the UltraVision system.

While the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 sold out within hours of becoming available, you can still reserve your Hummer EV right here at Rivard Buick GMC.

 

*GM estimate applies to Edition 1 and available on EV3X based on a full charge. EPA estimates not yet available. Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, and how you use and maintain your vehicle.

**GM estimate applies to Edition 1 and available on EV3X. Actual charge times will vary based on battery condition, output of charger, vehicle settings and outside temperature. Requires use of public 800-volt DC fast chargers.