Category Archives: 2013 Buick

2013 Buick Encore: A Parent’s Back-to-School Dream Car

2013 EncoreA new backpack, a new first day outfit, new teachers…yes, back-to-school time is full of many new things for children. But what about parents? If you find yourself in the market for a new vehicle to tote around the carpool bunch, the 2013 Buick Encore should not be overlooked.

With agile maneuverability and sporty performance, the 2013 Buick Encore is a compact luxury crossover that proves big things can come in small packages. This five passenger SUV combines comfort and utility without sacrificing power or style. Its compact size allows it to be an efficient vehicle, even with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine under the hood.

Every family with young children should make safety a high priority when car-shopping, just as Buick did when creating the 2013 Encore.  The 2013 Buick Encore has been named a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.

The 2013 Encore ranked highest in initial quality in its segment during the J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM.  This recognition shows that the Encore delivers the high-quality materials that can withstand the test of time, as well as endure rambunctious children.

Your perfect Encore is waiting now at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership to find the right back-to-school dream car for you.

Buick Encore First in its Class says J.D. Power APEAL Study

2013 Buick EncoreeThe Buick Encore is at the top of its class, according to J.D. Power’s APEAL study released last week. The study ranked the Encore higher than every other model in the Sub-Compact CUV segment, establishing its dominance in the category after J.D. Power recognized the Encore as the “Highest Ranked Sub-Compact CUV in Initial Quality (in a tie)” just last month.

Its big brother (or is it a sister?), the Buick Enclave, ranked among the top three in the Midsize CUV category.

The APEAL study is based on more than 83,000 responses from consumers who were asked to rate their satisfaction with their newly-purchased car, based on a total of 77 attributes such as design, comfort, performance, features, and style.

“Recognizing the Encore demonstrates the effort and attention to detail given by our engineers and designers,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “This award reinforces our focus on putting the customer at the center of everything we do.”

Come check out the lovely Buick Encore and Enclave at the Crawford Buick GMC dealership, where we’ll be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have about our class-leading vehicles.

Buick Celebrates Eleven Decades as an American Automaker

1931 Buick SedanVery few car companies have reached as many milestones as Buick has. This year the automaker celebrates its 110th birthday and highlights a legacy that spans 11 decades of constant innovation. Buick has become one of the mainstays in the General Motors brand, having survived the axe a few years ago and becoming a true survivor. Buick is currently the oldest active American automobile brand, and one of the oldest automotive brands in the world.

The Buick Motor Company was founded by David Dunbar Buick on May 17, 1903 in Detroit, Michigan. The Buick Model B, Buick’s first production vehicle, was offered to retail customers as a 1904 model. The first of the Model Bs off the assembly line was sold to Doctor Herbert H. Hills of Flint, Michigan, and ironically decades later the brand developed a reputation as a “doctor’s car”. Today Buick makes a variety of luxury cars including LaCrosse, Verano, and the very popular Enclave crossover.

“Consistency, longevity, reliability. Those are the words that come to mind when you talk about Buick,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum, in an interview.

In early 2013, Buick was named Best Value Luxury Brand in Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Brand Image Awards. With elegant designs, efficient performance, and tech-savvy interiors, Buick shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Happy Birthday, Buick!

Encore Joins All Other Current Buick Models as a 2013 IIHS Top Safety Pick

2013 BuickThe weather is warm, the sun is shining, and school is out for the summer: yes, summer travel season has arrived. Before you pack up your family hauler this vacation season, ask yourself, is this vehicle safe enough to carry my precious cargo to our destination? Well, if you’re driving any of the five current Buick models, the answer is yes. Recently the 2013 Encore earned an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick, which means all five models in the brand’s showroom now share this distinction.

To earn a Top Safety Pick nod a vehicle must score the highest rating possible in all four tests performed on it. In addition to an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the 2013 Encore also received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. New for the 2013 model year, Encore is a compact luxury crossover with high efficiency in a smaller package.

“Safety is a top priority in Buick’s product renaissance, as evidenced by receiving these latest safety accolades for Encore,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. “Our customers can have confidence in the safety performance of every Buick for sale today.”

The entire safe and stylish Buick lineup can now be found at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership before you head out for your summer adventures. Find more information on any current Buick vehicle at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.

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.

Buick Encore Ranked Among the Top Ten Most Fuel Efficient SUVs of 2013

2013 EncoreIn the past, the SUV segment was filled with gas guzzling monsters that were great for hauling around passengers and gear, but couldn’t get you very far on a single tank of gas. Fast forward to 2013 and we are now offered an abundance of great SUV choices that combine versatility and good gas mileage. New to the Buick family this year, the 2013 Buick Encore is already making a name for itself as a capable and fuel efficient compact crossover. The 2013 Encore has landed a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s recently published list of the 10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs of 2013.

The 2013 Buick Encore arrived at our dealership back in February. It offers signature Buick characteristics like an attractive upscale interior and numerous luxurious features all packaged together in a compact, yet comfortable, crossover. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and EPA estimated mileage ratings are up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway. Even the base model is well equipped with privacy glass, power windows, a rearview camera, steering wheel controls, satellite radio, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, all standard.

“Fans of basic Buick panache will find plenty to favor in the new Encore, thanks to its combination of refinement and comfort complemented by a bounty of standard/available features, solid value orientation and outstanding fuel economy,” wrote KBB.com Editor Bob Nagy in a review of the 2013 Encore.

Get ready for your spring travels in a new Encore from Crawford Buick GMC! Visit our El Paso area dealership in person for a test drive today. Learn more about the 2013 Encore and our current inventory online anytime.

Verano Recognized as 2013 Best Upscale Small Car for Families

2013 VeranoWhat makes a great family car? For some it’s the size of the vehicle. Others are drawn to high fuel economy ratings when selecting a vehicle to tote their brood around town. Taking into consideration a mix of space, quality, and family-friendly features, U.S. News has released its picks for the 2013 Best Cars for Families Awards. The innovative and stylish 2013 Buick Verano was chosen as the winner in the Upscale Small cars segment.

With youthful looks and a spirited ride, Verano is the smallest vehicle to wear the Buick moniker. Even so, it still impresses automotive reviewers with its spacious interior and good trunk space. The Base model averages EPA estimated mileage ratings of 21 city/32 highway mpg. Each Verano trim also comes with an lengthy list of family-favorite features, including a rearview camera, Buick’s IntelliLink touch screen infotainment system, and wireless cell phone capabilities.

When you’re ready to purchase or lease your next family car, we have the perfect option for you, the 2013 Buick Verano. Visit our El Paso dealership in person on Montana Avenue, or find us online at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com for a complete list of our new Buick inventory.

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.

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.

Announcing the Arrival of the 2013 Buick Encore at Crawford Buick GMC

2013 EncoreComfortable seating for up to five passengers. An impressive list of tech-savvy standard features. A premium, practical, crossover with boast-worthy fuel efficiency. So which one of these statements describes the all-new 2013 Buick Encore? They all do! Buick’s new compact luxury crossover offers all this and more, and we are excited to announce it has now arrived at Crawford Buick GMC!

The 2013 Buick Encore is one-of-a-kind. Its sculpted and stylish exterior is agile enough to maneuver with ease, yet it will still turn heads with its elegant design. Simple and purposeful technology put useful features within easy access to drivers. Regardless of which trim level you select, standard features on every Encore include a backup camera, satellite radio, wireless cell phone hookup, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch color display. Be sure to take note of Encore’s fuel economy ratings. With an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined, Encore is readily available for short or long commutes will fewer stops at the gas station.

Experience for yourself why it’s the little details that make a big difference. Test drive the all-new 2013 Encore today at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership in person or online at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com to learn more about this unique crossover.