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.
As 2022 models begin filling our lot at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa Bay, Florida, it’s a good time to review what has changed in the last year. Several GMC models have received significant changes worth checking out, but before we get to those, we should probably talk about the all-new GMC Hummer EV.
2022 GMC Hummer EV
An entirely new addition to the 2022 GMC lineup, the Hummer EV is one of the most anticipated EVs of the year. It has four-wheel steering, over 1,000 horsepower, and a 24-module battery pack. Later, a truck version will go on sale as well.
2022 GMC Sierra 1500
For 2022, this popular full-size pickup gets new front-end styling including eye-catching LED lights. Inside, it has a larger touch screen. And under the hood, the base 2.7-liter engine gets a massive 20% torque bump.
2022 GMC Terrain
Now available with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity, the GMC Terrain SUV also receives a styling makeover as well as three new color options. This should help it stand out in an increasingly crowded and competitive segment.
Denali brings the ultimate level of luxury to GMC models — or so we thought. Now there’s an even higher level of luxury on the new GMC Yukon, and it’s called the Denali Performance Black Package. This new package is confirmed to be available for the 2022 Yukon model when it arrives here at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa Bay, Florida.
What’s included in the new Denali Performance Black Package for the 2022 Yukon? It’s all about exterior enhancements. The upgrade gets you a black nameplate and black GMC emblems, as well as a front six-piston Brembo Brake upgrade and color-matched rear calipers. Finally, the special edition Yukon rides on 22-inch six-spoke low gloss black wheels with machined accents.
This package isn’t just limited to the 2022 Yukon Denali; you’ll also be able to order it for the 2022 Yukon Denali XL.
However, this special package will not be immediately available when the 2022 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are released. GMC has not yet confirmed how much longer we will have to wait to get the upgraded Denali Performance Black Package or how much it will cost to upgrade.
Contact Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa Bay, Florida, before ordering your 2022 GMC Yukon Denali for the latest details on this package.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you tired of unsightly dents and scratches in your truck bed? Then you might want to think about getting a truck with the industry-first available GMC CarbonPro® truck bed. It’s so tough that GMC tested it against hurricane-force winds.
The GMC CarbonPro® comes standard on all 2019 and 2020 Sierra 1500 Denali CarbonPro® Editions and the Sierra 1500 AT4 CarbonPro® Edition models. Instead of using the standard truck bed model, which consists of steel for the panels and floor, this innovative bed is made from a rugged carbon-fiber composite.
The CarbonPro® was designed to ensure long-term durability in a truck bed that provides best-in-class dent and scratch resistance. In order to ensure its ruggedness and functionality, GMC subjected it to a number of rigorous tests, not the least of which being Category 1 hurricane-force projectiles, one of the strongest forces in nature. After proving to be unphased by things like extreme temperatures, corrosion, and 1,800-pound loads of gravel, the CarbonPro showed that it had no issue taking on hurricane winds either.
Beds made without the carbon-fiber composite did not fare quite as well in the hurricane test, thanks to its higher rebound efficiency. That allows items to bounce right off rather than absorbing the impact.
To learn more about the revolutionary CarbonPro® bed and the Sierra trucks it’s equipped on, give us a call at Rivard Buick GMC.
GMC has no trouble selling its signature SUVs and pickups—selling an impressive 700,000 vehicles each year in 12 countries—but the brand is looking to extend its popularity by introducing updated looks and luxury to their model lineup. What does GMC’s brand expansion mean for drivers, though?
If you’re already a diehard GMC enthusiast, you can expect more of the quality you love with more options than before. And if you’re on the fence about GMC, you can be sure the brand is committed to rolling out new vehicles that are perfect for drivers from all walks of life.
Already, GMC has rolled out an all-new Terrain compact SUV that features contemporary styling, real aluminum trim, advanced technology features, and an innovative new shifter design. This new SUV gives a look into GMC’s goal of distinguishing itself from the competition through bold looks and expert engineering.
For years, GMC has advertised under it’s signature “Professional Grade” slogan, but the brand hopes to demonstrate it’s interest in developing new, modern vehicles for today’s drivers with a new “Like a Pro” campaign.
Whether you’d never even dream of buying anything other than a GMC or simply curious about what GMC has going on, the idea of new models featuring entirely fresh ideas is a lot to be excited about. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC today to take a test drive and learn more about what GMC is doing to bring real innovation to real drivers.
The Terrain was added to GMC’s lineup 8 years ago, but up until this point, it had never undergone any significant redesign. Following the introduction of the next-generation Acadia, however, the Terrain underwent a similar transformation. The redesigned GMC Terrain is now lighter, smaller – and more powerful than ever. Now with a range of three different turbo engines, including a turbo-diesel option, the Terrain is set to wow buyers with its new look and capabilities.
The more sculpted and sleek exterior design reflects the new styling cues in other members of the brand’s vehicle lineup and marks the beginning of GMC’s next era of design philosophy. But those new, contemporary looks aren’t limited to the outside. With more luxurious materials used in making the interior, as well as more innovative and versatile seating, the GMC Terrain was designed to offer both comfort and capability from the inside out.
Of course, the fun part of the redesigned GMC Terrain lies under the hood. Two gasoline engines will be offered – a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter option – as well as 1.6-liter turbo-diesel option. These engines will be paired with a new nine-speed automatic gearbox and are said to significantly boost fuel economy in the new Terrain. Specific numbers aren’t yet available regarding fuel ratings and horsepower, but that information will become available when the new Terrain’s launch draws near.