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2017 Buick Models Safer Than Ever

2017 Buick ModelsNot one, not two, but all of Buick’s 2017 models have top safety this year. All six 2017 Buick models have earned an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

It’s not easy to earn five stars from the NHTSA. To get a five-star Overall Vehicle Score, a vehicle must pass a range of tests like frontal, side, and rollover tests. But it also considers vehicle safety technology.

So how did all six 2017 Buick models do it? They did it with intelligent and advanced safety features. Additions like all-new Front Pedestrian Braking increase your safety and the safety of those outside the car. The Safety Alert Seat helps alert you when you’ve left something in the seat behind you. Plus, high-strength steel and advanced air bags help protect you in the instance of a crash.

“We know safety is top of mind for buyers when shopping for new vehicles, and the recent ratings by NHTSA showcase our brand’s dedication to providing our customers with safe, reliable transportation,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing.

So no matter what 2017 Buick you’re getting behind the wheel of, you’ll get the perfect combination of style, power, and safety. Check out your favorite Buick today at Crawford Buick GMC.

Buick Ranks Top Three in Consumer Reports Reliability

With so many automakers out there, it’s hard to find the “best” one. But one thing that makes automakers stand out above their competitors is their reliability. Many call American automakers among the least reliable, but that’s not true for Buick, as it was just ranked among the top three in the latest Consumer Reports Reliability Survey.

For the first time in thirty years, an American automaker has made it into the top three of the Consumer Reports’ list of most reliable cars. That automaker? Buick! This is a big leap from Buick’s place on the list last year – seventh. It’s only under Lexus and Toyota on this esteemed list.

So, what are some elements of Buick that make them so reliable this year? It has something to do with the attention to detail on their cars. With a smaller lineup than other American competitors, the safety and reliability of each car affects their overall reliability much more. Essentially, Buick knows what works and they’re sticking to it.

“Top reliability means Buick owners are spending less time getting their cars serviced and more time meeting obligations at work and at home,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick sales, service and marketing.

So what are you waiting for? Call a reliable Buick “yours” today.

The Best Used Cars for Under $25k

Used CarsOne of the largest benefits of shopping used is the sheer amount of choices buyers have. However, that can be overwhelming if you don’t even know what some good options are. If you don’t want to slog through ad after ad looking for the best used cars, we’ve gone ahead and compiled some nameplates that have made their way onto Consumer Reports’ list of Best Used Cars for Under $25,000.

  • Ford Focus: Typically less than $10k, the Focus offers an interior that feels more upscale and it will make you feel like you’re driving something a little more sporty.
  • Hyundai Sonata: Hyundai is known for offering great cars for a fraction of the price. Consumer Reports says that the Sonata is an accommodating alternative to some of its pricey competitors.
  • Infiniti G: A luxury convertible on this list? That’s right! Luxury vehicles are a surprising prevalent in used car markets, as you can find them with similar prices to other cars as they depreciate faster.
  • Toyota Highlander: Reliable, available third-row seat, and available hybrid version. What’s not to love about the Toyota Highlander?

There are plenty of other great used cars we could have put on this list, but this is just a sample of some of the great options offered. If you’re interested in buying, give us at Crawford Buick GMC a call. When it comes to used cars, we have more than just GM products, so we’d be happy to help.

GMC Named KBB Most Refined Brand in 2016 Brand Image Awards

GMC was named the KBB Most Refined Brand in the non-luxury market in the 2016 Brand Image Awards, announced by the website in late March.

Kelley Blue Book determines the winners of the Brand Image Awards based on data from customers who participate in KBB’s Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch study, which surveys more than 12,000 customers through the website. The study determines what factors make customers pick certain brands or vehicles, as well as what determines brand familiarity and loyalty.

GMC has received this award three years in a row, repeatedly receiving praise for its refined design and features while maintaining rugged performance and image. The luxury Denali badging is a big part of GMC’s win, which offers luxury without compromising GMC’s image.

Denali Lineup
Current GMC Denali Lineup

In 2015, nearly a quarter of GMC sales were Denali vehicles, with the sub-brand alone outselling numerous luxury automakers. Since its introduction in 1999, more than 850,000 Denali vehicles have been sold in the US.

GMC Sierra 1500 Named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion

We at Crawford Buick GMC know that it takes a tough truck to earn the title of Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion. The truck that took home the award this year is the GMC Sierra 1500 SLT with the available 6.2-ltier V8 engine.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500
2016 GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra 1500 SLT performed the best in head-to-head capability tests with a variety of objectives. These took place in Texas and were conducted by editors for PickupTrucks.com, Cars.com, and MrTruck.com.

The other trucks in the competition included the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra—all of which the 1500 SLT beat.

The Sierra offers a max trailer rating of 12,000 pounds, with an engine of 420 horsepower and 460lb-ft. Even with the powerful engine and towing ability, it still ranked first in fuel economy with a trailer.

Judges praised the Sierra for effortless performance with the most powerful gas engine. “This is a mild-mannered pickup that is ready to don its cape and do some heavy lifting, saving the day from a long list of work chores,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor.

GMC trucks are powerful vehicles, capable, and refined. Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce stated that the craftsmanship is bold styling so that the “the Sierra handles the toughest tasks in the utmost comfort.”

Come to Crawford Buick GMC to see for yourself why the Sierra was named the Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion.

GMC Canyon & Sierra Earn KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Awards

Two GMC models have been recognized in KBB.com’s Best Resale Value Awards, including the GMC Canyon and Sierra. This is the second consecutive time the two models are ranked in the top 10.

“A vehicle’s resale value is of critical importance, because a vehicle with high resale value will typically be less expensive to own over time than a similar vehicle with poorer resale value,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director of Kelley Blue Book.

The 2016 GMC Canyon was ranked 3rd in the Best Resale Value Awards, with a projected resale value of 70.7% after three years and of 59.5% after five years. The 2016 GMC Sierra was projected to retain 57% of its value after three years and 48% after five. KBB.com’s projections are derived from current vehicle and sales data, market conditions, competition within segments, and expectations of the future economy.

2016 GMC Canyon
2016 GMC Canyon

Unless you intend to drive your vehicle until it literally falls apart beyond repair, these projections give you a good idea of the kind of value you can get back from your GMC Canyon or Sierra several years down the line. And, they’re already a great deal at Crawford Buick GMC before taking resale value into account!

Chevy and Buick Earn Recognition for Best In-Car Voice Recognition Software

While we’ll admit that some in-car voice recognition systems can be downright frustrating to use, there are certainly plenty of options that actually work really well. According to a recent study by AAA Foundation for Safety and Edmunds, the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Lacrosse offer the best in-car voice recognition software for model year 2015 vehicles.

2015 Buick LaCrosse
2015 Buick LaCrosse – Check it out at Crawford Buick GMC!

The testing took into account ten different voice-recognition systems in 2015 model year cars, ranking each one by how distracting it is. The software in the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Lacrosse were ranked as the two least-distracting voice command systems.

Safety experts agree that distracting voice command systems can pose a serious problem on our streets.

“The lasting effects of mental distraction pose a hidden and pervasive danger that would likely come as a surprise to most drivers,” said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “The results indicate that motorists could miss stop signs, pedestrians, and other vehicles while the mind is readjusting to the task of driving.”

If you’re in the market for a new car that features voice recognition software which is easy to use, stop by Crawford Buick GMC!

Buick Wins Third Consecutive Best Value Luxury Brand Award

Ever heard the saying “image is everything”? Well, it’s true…to an extent. Brand image certainly plays an important role in the auto industry, which is why we at Crawford Buick GMC are so excited that Buick earned the Best Value Luxury Brand award in this year’s Kelley Blue Book® Brand Image Awards.

Kelley Blue Book’s Brand Watch Study is able to ascertain the perceptions of new-car shoppers toward various brands as they research vehicles on the reputed website. From the results of the study, 13 brands in 7 categories are named award-winners.

This is the third year in a row Buick has earned the award for Best Value Luxury Brand.

The experts at KBB.com praised, “As the Buick brand becomes more luxurious and more contemporary, it’s becoming more appealing and thus a better value. Offering small sedans and SUVs starting under $25,000, Buick has retained its focus on quiet and comfort, while adding style, technology and even a bit of driving fun to its lineup.”

Stop by the Crawford Buick GMC dealership today to experience the brand lauded for its overall value as a leading luxury automaker in today’s market.

Buick
Buick Wins Best Value Luxury Brand Award

Buick Customer Satisfaction: Another Luxury Ranking Number One

<img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-504" src="http://elpasobuickgmcdealer.crawfordbuickgmc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Buick-Emblem-300×200.jpg" alt="Buick Logo" width="300" height="200" srcset="http://elpasobuickgmcdealer.crawfordbuickgmc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Buick-Emblem-300×200.jpg 300w, http://elpasobuickgmcdealer.crawfordbuickgmc viagra au maroc prix.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Buick-Emblem.jpg 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px” />Aside from performance and luxury, when most people buy a Buick they expect great customer service. In fact, Buick was recently named among the top 20 mass-market brands in the world for having great customer service. The rankings were done by the JD Power 2015 Customer Service Index.

According to Buick, the award specifically recognized Buick dealerships nationwide. Measuring several service areas, JD Power concluded that customers are most satisfied when they buy a Buick. These areas include service initiation, service advising, facility, and vehicle pick-up.

“Superior reliability, quality and customer service is core to every model we bring to market,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Leading the market in service satisfaction demonstrates that we and our dealers continue to deliver on that commitment.”

Buick customer satisfaction is just one more thing you get when you buy from Crawford Buick GMC. Offering owners renowned luxury, incredible performance, and a long-time satisfaction guarantee, it’s easy to see why Buick is an industry leader.