LaCrosse Proves to Be a Good Listener with Speech Recognition

2013 Buick LaCrosseHands-free calling and voice commands are great features to have in your car, as long as your car is able to recognize and execute the right command. When road noise interferes as you are trying to give you car a command, a request to “call Laura” can easily be misinterpreted to “play Pandora” and suddenly you find yourself frustrated and distracted as you try to undo what just happened.

The advanced Buick LaCrosse and its forward-thinking technology are more than prepared to remedy situations like this. LaCrosse features QuietTuning technologies reduce, block, and absorb interior noise with features like triple door seals, laminated window glass, and liquid applied sound deadening. Standard on every 2013 Buick, the IntelliLink infotainment system can control navigation and audio functions through voice commands. Of course it is also a hands-free calling system. IntelliLink is so smart that it has speaker adaptation which trains the engine to recognize different accents or dialects, making it compatible for any driver.

“There’s definitely an advantage when we’re developing voice controls in a quieter cabin,” said Robert Sims, General Motors speech recognition engineer. “The system’s ability to hear a command relies on SNR, or signal-to-noise ratio. If noise is extremely low like it is in the LaCrosse, the use’s voice, or signal, cab ne lower. In other words, a LaCrosse driver can easily speak to the IntelliLink system at a normal, conversational volume.”

Think this technology is too good to be true? Stop by Crawford Buick GMC today to experience for yourself what a good listener the 2013 Buick LaCrosse is. Visit our El Paso dealership for a test drive. You can find more information on the elegant LaCrosse by visiting us online anytime.

Buying vs. Leasing: Which route is right for you?

Car Buying and LeasingWhen you arrive at a car dealership, one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is whether you intend to buy or lease your next vehicle. This decision and the reasoning behind it can be unique for each individual stepping onto the lot. Perhaps you always love driving new cars. Then leasing would be a clear choice for you. Maybe you get satisfaction out of seeing your payments fall to nothing. If so, buying a car would eventually lead you to this achievement of owning it outright. We have gathered together a mini comparison of buying vs. leasing to help you choose the best option for you.

  • Monthly Payment.  Monthly payments on a leased vehicle are typically lower than financing payments. This is because when you purchase a vehicle, your payments include the entire purchase price whereas lease payments are only on the vehicle’s depreciation.
  • Frequency of Changing Vehicles. If you are someone who loves that genuine new car smell, you’d probably be a fan of leasing. The average lease lasts 2-3 years, meaning every 24-36 months you’d be driving a new vehicle. If you like changing vehicles that often and driving a new vehicle is a priority for you, leasing is your ideal choice.  
  • Warranties. When you lease a new vehicle for 36 months or less, all manufacturer warranties will cover the full lease term. Buying a car and financing it for 48 months or more means your warranty will expire before your finance term does. This could have you facing unknown repairs and costs for your vehicle.
  • Mileage. After purchasing your vehicle you have the freedom to drive it as many miles as you want. However, lease payments are based on predetermined mileage and most leases only allow you to drive 12,000-15,000 miles per year. Going beyond this mileage limit could have you paying some pretty hefty fees for each mile you exceed. If road trips are your thing, leasing is probably not the best option for you.
  • Vehicle Return. At the end of a lease you can return you vehicle and walk away. If you purchased your vehicle you would have to sell it or trade it in when you decide you want a different one.

Still can’t decide which route is best for you? Take our convenient online questionnaire to see what category your habits best fall under. Visit our El Paso dealership for any additional questions you may have. Our team will be happy to help!

GMC Sierra HD Ranks Highest in Large Pickup Segment by J.D. Power

GMC Sierra HDThe J. D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study measures problems experienced during the past year by original owners of three-year-old (2010 model year) vehicles to determine dependability long after you’ve driven off the car lot. GM vehicles took the highest ranking in four segments this year, including the GMC Sierra HD winning the Large Pickup category.

In addition to its good reliability rating, Sierra HD also boasts a comfortable, well-made interior and easy-to-use tech features. Its impressive hauling and towing capabilities are showcased through a variety of powerful engine options.

“As GM heads into a big year of new model launches, we believe this tells us that we engineer and manufacture our cars and trucks so that they are reliable and last a long time,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, vice president GM Global Quality and U. S. Customer Experience. “Outstanding, dependable vehicles combined with an exceptional customer experience are the cornerstones of our commitment to provide the best overall ownership experience in the industry.”

Find your next dependable Sierra HD pickup at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership in person for a test drive, or find us online at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.

Verano Recognized with a KBB 2013 Cost to Own Award

2013 VeranoYour car is an investment. On average, most people keep a vehicle for approximately 5 years before contemplating their next vehicle purchase. So it would only stand that reason that not only should you be looking for a great purchase price on your next vehicle, but also consider the cost of owing that car over a 5-year span. Insurance, fuel, and financing are just a few of the monthly costs you’ll have to endure every month.

Annually, Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards honor vehicles in different market segments that have been determined to provide you with the best bang for your buck while owing the car. KBB considers a vehicle’s Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, projected depreciation, insurance costs, financing costs, scheduled maintenance, repairs, and estimated total cost of fuel when evaluating potential winners of their 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. We are proud to announce the stylish 2013 Buick Verano is this year’s Entry-Level Luxury Car Winner.

The upscale 2013 Verano is a small car that’s big on comfort and features. A standard rearview camera and Buick IntelliLink infotainment system deliver top-notch technology. New for 2013 is a Turbo model, which has a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes an impressive 250-horsepower. Verano’s quiet cabin and attractive design offers the refinement you have come to expect from a vehicle that wears the Buick moniker.

The 2013 Buick Verano is waiting for you now at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership in person for a test drive today! Find more information on Verano and other great Buick vehicles on our website, www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.