Take On Your Summer Road Trip in a Top 5 Highway Cruisers Pick

2013 Buick LaCrosseThe warm weather has rolled in, the school year is winding down, and the summer travel season is about to be in full swing. In the past, popular summer road trip vehicles have included large SUVs for their space, or on the opposite spectrum, compact cars with great gas mileage. Thanks to both efficiency and advanced technologies, today’s full-size sedans are becoming a thriving choice as they provide power, roominess, and impressive fuel economy ratings.

The Buick LaCrosse has been recognized by AutoTrader.com as one of the Top 5 Highway Cruisers, making the American-made large sedan a solid choice for both families and individual adventure-seekers this summer vacation season. The eye-catching exterior is sharp and classy and gives way to a high-quality, inviting interior. The 2013 Base model features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 182-horsepower and estimated mileage ratings of 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway. Features include a leather wrapped steering wheel, remote engine start, auto-off headlights, power steering, climate control, and navigation.

To entertain the crowd during a highway cruise, satellite radio, an MP3 player, a CD player, an auxiliary audio input, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system are readily available. The 2013 LaCrosse is also a safe vehicle for summer travels, earning an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick and an overall 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

When you are reading to head out on your summer road trip, make sure you are being the wheel of one of the Top 5 Highway Cruisers, the Buick LaCrosse. Visit Crawford Buick GMC in El Paso for a test drive today. Explore the LaCrosse online anytime at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.

Safety Tips for Teenage Drivers

Teenage driversIt might surprise you to learn that the deaths of 16- and 17-year-old drivers rose 19% in the first six months of 2012 compared to the first six months of 2011. The Governors Highway Traffic Safety Association found that 25 states reported an increased in 16- and 17-year old driver deaths. The fact is teenage drivers account for more auto accidents than any other age group. We’ve compiled a few safety tips below to help teenage drivers stay alert behind the wheel and hopefully keep these statistics down:

 

 

1)      Keep your cell phone out of reach while driving.

–          Several studies indicate that using a cell phone while driving is equivalent to driving drunk. Both talking and texting on cell phones distracts you from focusing on the road ahead and you may miss key developments that could create hazards for you.

2)      Be mindful of the speed limit and obey it.

–          Did you know that 40% of all fatal teen accidents are caused by speeding? That’s a number that can easily be brought down. The recommended speeds are posted for a reason. Follow them.

3)      Be a defensive driver.

–          Be aware of traffic that is in front of you, next to you, and behind you. Always stay at least a car length behind the car in front of you.

4)      Skip the carpool lane and drive solo.

–          While it may be fun to pile up a few friends in your car and head to school or weekend activities, having even a single teen passenger in your car can double the risk of causing a car accident. Add in a few more teen passengers and the risk continues to escalate.

5)      Start by driving a safe car.

–          Choose a car with the latest safety technology and excellent crash test ratings. We can help with that!

At Crawford Buick GMC, your safety is important to us. Visit our El Paso dealership in person for additional safety tips and to view our new inventory for the latest in vehicle safety technology.

2014 Sierra To Offer Most Torque In Segment

2014 Sierra engineIf you’re a truck owner who uses your pickup for hauling or towing, you know a thing or two about torque. For others who are unfamiliar with this term, you may not know the benefits torque can bring to your vehicle. To put it in its simplest terms, torque is the force that enables a vehicle to start moving from a stop and pulls it up steep hills. Torque also provides power when you are towing or hauling something behind the vehicle.

We are excited to say that the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra full-size pickup will arrive later this summer with a standard 4.3-liter EcoTec V6 engine that will offer the most torque of any standard V6 in its segment. The standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 will offer 305 lb-ft of torque. The new EcoTech3 engines feature state-of-the-art direct injection, active fuel management, and continuously variable valve timing.

“This is technology no other truck maker can match, and we offer it in every EcoTec3 engines, for every customer,” said Jordan Lee, GM Powertrain chief engineer. “It is a standard feature, so our drivers our best and most sophisticated technology regardless of trim level.”

In addition to new engine choices, the 2014 GMC Sierra will showcase a new look and a plethora of new features. Watch for its arrival this summer at our El Paso dealership. Stop by or visit us online for more information.

GM Wins Big in Vincentric 2013 Best Fleet Value in America Awards

Crawford Fleet VehiclesAs costs rise in the automotive marketplace, so does our desire to make our dollars stretch farther. When a vehicle is recognized as being a good value by a trusted automotive resource, we tend to take notice. Vincentric, a leading resource for providing data and insight in the many aspects of automotive value, recently announced their picks for the Vincentric 2013 Best Fleet Value in America Awards. General Motors led the pack with a total of 13 vehicles being recognized in this year’s awards, including four Buick and four GMC models.

To determine this year’s award winners, Vincentric analyzed several cost factors, including depreciation, fuel, insurance, maintenance, and fees taxes. The Buick models recognized as Best Fleet Value winners are Encore, Enclave, LaCrosse, and Verano. In addition, the GMC Savana Cargo G1500, Savana Passenger G3500, Sierra 2500HD work truck, and Sierra 3500HD work truck were also declared award winners.

“The Vincentric Awards are a great yearly measurement for fleet vehicles,” said Ed Peper, GM U.S. vice president of Fleet and Commercial Sales. “This year demonstrates GM’s strength in not only the work truck and van segments, but across our product portfolio. These awards are a testament of how we cater to the business needs of any customer – small or large.”

Find your next fleet vehicle at Crawford Buick GMC. Our extensive lineup of fleet and commercial vehicles is waiting for you at our El Paso dealership. Stop in for a test drive today or view our inventory online anytime.