From supply chain issues to personnel disruptions, the automotive industry experienced a barrage of trials resulting in a decline in initial vehicle quality. General Motors, however, rose above these challenges and brought home nine segment awards in the J.D. Power 2022 studies, with Buick claiming the top spot in the Initial Quality Study.
The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study surveys customer experience for the first 90 days they own a new vehicle. For 2022, the IQS surveyed over 84,000 vehicle owners and lessees via a thorough questionnaire, looking at categories such as driving experience, driving assistance, infotainment, controls, displays, interior features, exterior components, and more. Ratings are determined by problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). Lower scores mean higher quality.
Buick scored 139 PP100, placing it at the highest-ranked brand in overall initial quality. In fact, Buick actually improved the brand’s overall vehicle quality by 17 PP100 in comparison to earlier model years. And the 2022 Buick Encore GX specifically ranked first in its segment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GMC recently scored high marks in J.D. Power’s Automotive, Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. Evaluating automakers on driver satisfaction, the evaluation showed that the GMC brand surpassed several other manufacturers, including Ford, Mazda, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, and Toyota.
In order to compile the list, J.D. Power uses something called the Tech Experience Index (TXI) to determine how attached owners feel to their vehicles. This rates 37 different attributes, including aspects often overlooked in similar studies, such as comfort, a sense of luxury, and the thrill of the drive as you accelerate. GMC models scored third in the industry, which means its vehicles aren’t only reliable, but also enjoyable.
Dave Sargent, vice president of automotive quality at J.D. Power, stated the company’s vision behind the ranking: “The APEAL Study measures an owner’s emotional attachment to their new vehicle and in what areas that vehicle may not be delivering on all of the positive experiences that were hoped for.”
The Sierra HD was one of the highest-scoring its segment, and comes in two variants: the 2500HD or 3500HD. This model can tow up to 35,500 pounds when properly equipped, carry a payload of up to 7,442 pounds, and also comes with an array of features and trim levels designed to make driving more enjoyable.
Each year, iSeeCars ranks auto brands according to their durability. After evaluating over 15.8 million cars sold in 2019 to see which ones lasted the longest, iSeeCars announced its top most long-lasting brands. GMC secured third place on this list.
Per iSeeCars, 1.4 percent of all GMC models reached 200,000 miles or more. Many of the brands on the list had a rating of 0.6 percent or lower. It’s not surprising that GMC made the list, since the majority of longest-lasting SUVs and pickups that ranked high for endurance were American vehicles, as iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly commented.
In particular, iSeeCars praised the GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Canyon, and GMC Yukon XL for their long shelf life. The Sierra 1500 and Canyon earned recognition in the light-duty pickup truck segment. The organization also lauded the Yukon XL as one of the SUVs most likely to surpass the 200,000-mile mark. Some Yukon XL models achieve 300,000 miles, which is an impressive feat for the category.
If you’re looking for a brand with a reputation for longevity, go with GMC. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC to take the Sierra 1500, Canyon, and Yukon XL models for test drives. We’ll help match you with the right GMC vehicle to suit your lifestyle and needs.
Ever wondered what the most Googled vehicle might be? Well, so did Gold Eagle, a company that makes car maintenance products. In order to satiate its curiosities, the company teamed with marketing agency Digital Third Coast who helped collect Google data. The agency looked at which vehicles were most often searched by state, then took a look at the national search volume.
The results? Our beloved Buick Enclave, a favorite here at Rivard Buick GMC, was the number-one searched vehicle in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Buick Enclave is also the most Googled vehicle in the entire country over all.
We have to wonder whether Gold Eagle was surprised by this finding, but we sure weren’t. After all, SUVs are some of the most popular vehicles out there, and the mid-size Buick Enclave is a luxurious and sophisticated version.
Other states had their eyes on different types of vehicles. Big states like Alaska and Montana had their hearts set on big, heavy-duty pickup trucks. Only two of the states, Washington and California, had frequent searches for electric and hybrid vehicles. It’s hard to say how the Google search patterns will develop with time, but for now, we’re proud that the Buick Enclave is considered by so many to be a worth search.
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.