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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.

GM Leads All Automakers in Initial Quality Awards

2013 SierraYou’ve always known you can find quality vehicles from Crawford Buick GMC, but the results of the latest J. D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study are able to back up those claims. General Motors had a total of 15 models in the top three positions of their segments, and many of these award winners can be found now on our sales floor!

GMC was the top ranked non-premium brand in initial quality. The GMC Sierra LD was the Segment Award Recipient for the Large Light-Duty Pickup category and the Sierra HD ranked second among Large Heavy-Duty pickups. The 2013 Initial Quality Study incorporates responses from over 80,000 drivers who purchased or leased a new 2013 model year vehicle and were surveyed at 90 days of ownership.

“Nothing energizes us more than receiving the verification of quality from our customers,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, vice president Global Quality and U.S. Customer Experience at General Motors. “The overall ownership experience of the people who buy our cars and trucks is founded on providing vehicles with innovative technologies, while ensuring the highest levels of initial quality and long-term quality and services they can rely on.”

Find your next quality award winning GMC truck now at our El Paso dealership. Experience quality that lasts from Crawford Buick GMC.

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.

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.

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.

Sierra 1500 Proves Its Strength In a Demanding New TV Spot

Sure, with several decades of brawn and strength backing it up, you’ve come to expect a lot from the GMC Sierra pickup. But just how strong is the 2013 Sierra 1500’s steel frame? In a new TV spot, Sierra was put to the test as four mooring winches pulled the truck in all directions a total of 46 times. After withstanding such abuse, the 2013 Sierra Denali used for the spot drove away unscathed.

“We considered countless tasks and conditions where our trucks would head to work when developing the Sierra’s frame, but to be honest, this challenge caught us by surprise,” said Rick Jayroe, engineering group manager for chassis structure and body mounts. “Not only would this test the four mounting points, but only a very strong frame will stay perfectly straight hanging in the air with the weight of the body, powertrain and interior components on it. The Sierra handled it with ease.”

Still not convinced? Come check out the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 for yourself at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership where you’ll find just the right pickup to suit your needs and withstand all the challenges you throw at it. View our current Sierra inventory online or stop by for a test drive today.

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.