Ways to Save on Car Expenses

Ways to Save on Car Expenses | Tampa, FL

Owning a car is expensive, but you can decrease your automotive spending with a few tweaks to how you take care of and drive your vehicle. Here are a few ways you can save on car expenses in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Perform regular maintenance

You want your car to last as long as possible, well past the length of your loan payment. The best way to do that is to refer to your owner’s manual and stick to its recommended maintenance schedule. Regular oil changes, maintenance, and tire checks are imperative to the proper functioning and longevity of your vehicle. Make sure you regularly check the inflation of your tires and monitor signs of damage, bulges, disappearing tread, and bulges. When all the components of your car are working as they should, you can evade costly repairs at the service center. Regular maintenance checks, too, can spot small issues before they become big problems.

Fill up with the right fuel

Don’t overspend on gas if your car doesn’t require premium gasoline. The increased price will deplete your funds quickly, and may even hinder your car’s performance if your engine doesn’t require high-octane gas. Check your owner’s manual and fill up your car’s tank with the suggested fuel.

Don’t be aggressive

Aggressive driving habits like hitting the gas pedal hard or slamming on the brakes will burn more fuel than necessary and add extra wear and tear on your vehicle’s components. Speeding, too, will tax your car and cost you more at the pump.

For all your maintenance needs or to test-drive a new Buick or GMC model, visit Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida.

3 of the 2022 Buick Enclave’s Coolest Features

Buick Enclave | Tampa, FL

The bold, beautiful, and well-equipped 2022 Buick Enclave is one of our favorite SUVs here at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa Bay, Florida. The Enclave comes with a long list of cool features, and here are three of the highlights that we love most.

Buick Driver Confidence Plus Safety

No matter which 2022 Enclave trim you choose, you’ll receive the ultra-generous Buick Driver Confidence Plus package. It comes with nine advanced features to keep you and your loved ones safe, including essentials like Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

Sumptuous Seating Options

The seating options inside the 2022 Enclave are really something. Every trim gets an eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar controls — and Premium and Avenir models add an indulgent massage feature to keep you even more relaxed. Heated front seats and perforated leather upholstery come standard, too!

Enclave Avenir Sophistication

For the ultimate in class and luxury, check out the sensational Enclave Avenir. The exterior features exclusive styling touches like 20-inch Pearl Nickel-finished wheels and a signature Avenir grille. Inside, you’ll find an array of special design elements like trim appliques and patterned stitching. Meanwhile, available Continuous Damping Control technology gives the Enclave Avenir an incredibly smooth ride.

Ready to learn more? Experience all of these 2022 Buick Enclave features for yourself with a test drive at Rivard Buick GMC.

2022 GMC Yukon Gets Denali Performance Black Package

GMC Yukon Denali | Tampa, FL
GMC Yukon Denali | Tampa, FL

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.

GMC Terrain is One of the Best Small SUVs for Luggage

GMC Terrain is One of the Best Small SUVs for Luggage | Tampa, FL

If you’re looking for a small SUV that’s easy to maneuver but still offers lots of space for cargo, the GMC Terrain is the perfect option for you. Consumer Reports named the Terrain to its list of the Best Small SUVs for Travelling with Luggage.

Consumer Reports rated the best vehicles not just by interior space, but by the amount of usable space when carrying luggage. Each vehicle was tested with a special expandable box to see how large of an item could still fit through the opening of the cargo area.

The GMC Terrain ranked high on the list, with 33 cubic feet of usable cargo space for luggage. Consumer Reports noted that the Terrain is spacious in general, with a roomy second row that makes it perfect for families and groups of all ages to travel in.

The Terrain is super versatile and perfect for traveling in other ways, too. The standard fold-flat seating, GMC Pro Safety, and Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability on the latest 2022 Terrain make for a perfect trip car, with tons of room for cargo space and passengers and no need to fiddle with USB cords.

And if you’re looking for a vehicle you can take on off-road adventures, don’t miss the AT4, which has all the space you need for your luggage and gear as well as special Sport Terrain tires, Traction Select System, and a front steel skid plate.

You can find new and used GMC Terrain models right here at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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!

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.

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.