High regards for the Buick Encore at Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH

The 2013 Buick Encore sold at Ballas Buick GMClocated in Toledo, Ohio has arrived at our dealership. It has been getting great reviews, which is not surprising. Examinator.com writer, Greg Engle gave the Buick Encore great marks.  Below are some of his remarks.

“Out of the minivan craze grew the SUV; the Sport Utility Vehicle. These had more style, more comfort than a minivan, but still served the same purpose; plenty of room for growing families, and for hauling bits of your everyday life. But there were other reasons SUVs became popular; the fact that they were based on truck platforms, they were larger and higher giving a more commanding view of the road. But given the size and the truck heritage, most required a fuel tanker following them around to keep going.

Fast forward to modern day and thanks in large part to a bunch of sheiks in the Middle East, auto makers have developed a new breed of SUV; the crossover. Instead of trucks the crossovers are based on car platforms, thus use less fuel than their larger more ungainly cousins. But you still get a little more room than most cars and a higher more commanding view of the road.

Entering the new realm of the crossover SUV is Buick. And they have done so quite nicely.

Buick has survived the turmoil in the auto industry rising from the ashes at GM that saw Pontiac, Saturn and Oldsmobile fall by the wayside. They’ve done this, as they have always done, by filling a niche; reasonably priced vehicles with luxury features that make them a great value. It’s something they’ve done yet again with the newest entry into the crossover SUV genre, the Encore.

Introduced this year, the Encore is cousin to the Enclave, Buick’s full on SUV. Unlike its larger cousin however, the Encore is much smaller and of course less expensive. It doesn’t have the room of a full SUV; the cabin is best described as cozy, comfortable, but cozy. You might not want to bring along Uncle Jack who only showers once a week, but there is certainly enough room not to feel claustrophobic. Storage in the rear isn’t much more than a regular car, but a crossover isn’t about hauling things.

Inside the cabin is where any Buick shines. The base model Encore at $28,190 has enough standard features to keep you happy and many things you would expect only in higher priced vehicles. But for only a few dollars more why not go all out. The FWD Encore with the Premium group I had totaled out at $30,730, and there is an array of amenities that is almost staggering. Among the many items is navigation and radio information via a 7” screen in the center of the dash, rear vision camera, climate control, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, leather wrap steering wheel, cruise control and front and rear parking assist just to name a few. Enough to keep you busy for weeks.

My biggest reservation prior to driving the Encore was the size of the engine. Buick put a 1.4 liter turbocharged four cylinder powerplant rated at 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. I could imagine myself urging the vehicle up a hill thinking all the while ‘I think it can, I think it can’. However, my fears proved very wrong. When mated up to the six-speed automatic the Encore performs just fine. It merges into traffic with ease and leaves the line respectfully. No it won’t be sufficient for a high speed police chase should you decide to use it for a getaway vehicle after a bank robbery and you’ll have to hang your head in shame if challenged at a stop light, but given the available power to weight ratio (3190 pounds in the front wheel drive version I had for week) for what the Encore is the powertrain is just fine.

That powertrain is more than adequate for the purpose the Encore was designed for; getting around town without having to stop at a gas station every few miles, but with many of the things a full size SUV is known for, such as a more commanding view of traffic. That higher view of the road isn’t sacrificed for poor handling though. The first time I aggressively took the Encore into a corner I held on for dear life fully expecting to be hanging upside down moments later. Had I crashed a total of ten airbags could have deployed making me feel as though I woke up in a bag of marshmallows. That wasn’t the case however; yes there was a bit of body roll, but the 18 inch wheels along with the StabiliTrak stability control system was a pleasant surprise and kept body roll to a minimum.

While riding around town, the road noise was kept to a minimum. The Encore has a system called ‘QuietTuning’ which along with sound dampening throughout features Buick’s first use of Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology. While it promised a cabin as quiet of a library and it is quite good, it was more like a college library with few sophomores goofing around in the corner.

You won’t see an Encore charging up a dusty road as a rancher in Texas heads out to punch some little doggies or whatever it is they do, but after all that isn’t what a crossover SUV is for. Likewise growing families might find it too small. But for a small family or a couple whose kids have left the nest and who are looking for an SUV view while zipping around town without the SUV problems, a crossover will work just fine.

The Encore fits well into that crossover arena. It also continues the decades old Buick story of delivering loads of luxury at a reasonable price. Maybe that’s why Buick is known as a survivor; and if the Encore is any indication they are liable to survive for many more years to come.

Bottom Line: Looking for SUV features without breaking the bank or spending the day at the pumps? The Encore delivers luxuriously.

About Ballas Buick GMC: Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

10 Reasons the Buick Encore is Super Cool from Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH

Available with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, the 2013 Buick Encore; available at Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH; is a stylish and smart compact crossover SUV. The 2013 Buick Encore offers you everything you love about a Buick.  We think you will agree, the Buick Encore is one of the coolest cars on the market. Here are 10 reasons we think the Buick Encore is super cool.    

1.  Active noise cancelation offers the quietest ride possible 
 
 
2.  More than 48 cubic feet of interior storage with the rear seat folded 
 
 
3.  IntelliLink system with a seven-inch color screen and voice-activation 
 
 
4.  Front and rear parking assistance to help you squeeze into the smallest of spaces 
 
 
5.  Fuel economy maxes out at 25 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway 
 
 
6.  Dual glove boxes and storage bins offer a safe place to store your gadgets 
 
 
7.  60 percent high-strength steel makes the car stronger, lighter and more efficient 
 
 
8.  Driver’s memory seat and mirrors 
 
 
9.  Blue-accented projector-beam head lamps offer style and practicality 
 
 
10.  Interior seating is made with high-density foam for absolute comfort, and the driver and passenger can enjoy heated seats on a cold day. 
 
About Ballas Buick GMC: Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

A review of the 2013 GMC Acadia

Wonderful things are in store for Buick GMC, including the 2013 GMC Acadia sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio. Is it any wonder Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. It has been getting great reviews.  We can’t say we are surprised.  Below is a review of the GMC Acadia.

The Auto Page
By John Heilig

Model: 2013 GMC Acadia AWD Denali
Engine: 3.6-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque: 288 hp @ 6,300 rpm/270 lb.-ft. @ 3,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase: 118.9 in.
Length x width x height: 200.8 x 78.9 x 72.6 in.
Tires: P255/55R20
Cargo: 24.1/70.1/116.1 cu. ft.
Economy: 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20.3 mpg test
Fuel tank: 22.0 gal.
GVWR: 6,459 lbs.
Sticker: $51,205

Bottom line: The GMC Acadia Denali is a nice package, is a good driver, has good power and towing capacity and is comfortable.

The Acadia was the first crossover in the GMC lineup. The luxury Denali version was added a few years ago, and is definitely the best choice of the model. For 2013 there have been minor exterior changes that clean up the design. All in all, it’s a nice package.

What interests me the most in a vehicle is ride quality. How does this thing do on the highway and in urban settings, and how well does it handle roads that are less than straight. Even an all-wheel drive version doesn’t have to be a world-class off-reader, but I would like it to know how to behave on dirt and lesser quality road surfaces.

Needless to say, the Acadia passes all the tests. On the road, there’s good power from the 3.6-liter V6. Even though the Acadia is fairly heavy, it moves along nicely. A luxury crossover normally has somewhat lower expectations, but the Acadia has a 6,459 GVWR rating that’s pretty good. Adding to the ride quality is a clear home screen for the navigation system. It provides information on audio, navigation, destination, phone, weather (a good source of information), traffic, setting and tone choices for the audio. It’s all part of the GM Intellichoice package. We found the weather information especially important on some dicey winter days.

The heads up display that gives the driver information on speed, outside temperature and other points is very useful. Habit makes me still look at the speedometer, but I can get better at remembering the HUD after a week.

With the Denali package, the Acadia has all the bells and whistles you’d ask for. It has a very complete menu of safety options. I’m a big fan of side blind zone alerts and have recently become enamored of rear cross traffic alerts. With the former, a light lights up on the outside rear view mirror if there is a vehicle there that you might not be able to see normally. With the latter, an alarm sounds if there’s a vehicle approaching from the misidentified when you’re in reverse.

The heated and cooled front seats are comfortable despite being on the flat side with not a lot of side support. However, you do have an arm rest provided by the deep center console and a grab handle on the passenger door. Second row seats have very good leg room when they are slid back. This sliding function is particularly useful when passengers want to go all the way back to the third row. SmartSlide for access to the third row bench seat works this way; the second row seat cushion flips up while the seat back slides forward with the pull of a lever, making it easier to access the third row. Seating back there is decent. Access to the second (and eventually third) row is facilitated with assist handles on the B-pillars and over the rear doors. There’s a flat floor through the whole passenger compartment.

Even with three rows, there is good cargo capacity. GMC says there are 24.1 cubic feet of cargo behind the third row and 70.1 cubic feet with the third row seats folded. If you’re really toting a lot of stuff, you can fold the second row buckets and get 116 cubic feet of cargo capacity. There’s even storage capacity under the cargo floor.

Interior cargo consists of a deep center console that slides. It has a tray inside to make it more useful. There’s a decent glove box that still has a lot of room, even with the manuals in there. The dash has soft surfaces – no hard plastic here – and the overall feeling is one of quality and luxury, to a certain extent.

A front wheel drive version of the Acadia is also available, and so is a non-Denali version, which might ease my major concern about the sticker. Still, the GMC Acadia Denali is a nice vehicle that can do the job of family transporter.

(c) 2013 The Auto Page Syndicate

About Ballas Buick GMC: Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

 

The Baby Enclave named “Encore” at Ballas Buick GMC

The Buick Encore sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is one of the reasons, Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. Its superior design, comfort and power makes it a car everyone loves.

The Buick Enclave, the industry’s best-selling three-row luxury crossover, has been redesigned for 2013 – and given some company.  The new Buick Encore is a smaller version, yet is packed with the same premium appointments as the much larger Buick Enclave.

            Autotrader.com recently named Encore to its list of “Top 10 Must Test Drive Vehicles for 2013,” calling it a “nimble crossover SUV with an exceptionally quiet ride, a high-tech interior and estimated highway fuel economy of 33 mpg.” Encore is also on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s list of “Greener Choices 2013.”

Marianne Ballas says, “The Encore is for the new wave of Buick buyers who are looking for luxury amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle.  It also has some new and beautiful interior color combinations that are quite European and will appeal to the most style conscious consumer.”

Director of New Car Sales Jeff Robinson is excited about the recently unveiled Buick Encore.  “It was great to be one of the first dealerships to have the Encore to hit the Ballas showroom floor, and you can also see it up close and personal at the Greater Toledo Auto Show, then see us for a test drive”.

            The Encore has all the technology of the Enclave, including Intellilink, CD/SiriusXM radio and USB ports for your gadgets.  “Customers seem to like the voice recognition feature in the Encore,” continued Mr. Robinson.  Encore also boosts the Active Noise Cancellation features. This allows you the quiet, luxury ride you have come to expect from Buick. 

            The Encore is only one of nine new, redesigned or refreshed models coming from the Buick GMC division of G.M. in 2013.  Another much anticipated vehicle is the 2014 GMC Sierra scheduled for production in the fourth quarter of 2013.   You can see the 2014 GMC Sierra at the Greater Toledo Auto Show.

            You’re invited to stop in and test-drive any of the Buick or GMC models at Ballas Buick GMC or shop online at www.ballasbuickgmc.com.

About Ballas Buick GMC: Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

A Glimpse At The Buick Enclave

A Glimpse At The Buick Encore

2013 Buick Encore Front Three Quarters

The Buick Enclave, soon to be sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is one of the reasons, Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. Its superior design, comfort and power makes it a car everyone loves. Ballas Buick GMC is eager to receive our 1st Enclave, anticipated in Spring of 2013.

Price Range: $29,690   |   Base Engine: 138 hp /1.4L L4   |     MPG Range: 25 city / 33 hwy

The Buick Enclave revolutionized the brand from Flint, Michigan, when the three-row, seven-passenger package hit the market in 2007. With the sensibilities of a family crossover yet the trappings of an upscale luxury car, the Enclave drew parents into Buick showrooms that had for years attracted more grandparents than the early-bird roast beef special. In fact the Enclave set the stage for a subsequent overhaul of the entire Buick lineup, and the average age of a Buick buyer dropped to 57 from 64.

Now, Buick is reaching even lower — in price and size, as well as the age of the customer – with the 2013 Buick Encore. Based on same Gamma architecture that General Motors employs to underpin pint-sized cars like the Chevrolet Sonic and the Chevrolet Spark, the all-new Buick Encore is a full two sizes smaller than the Enclave.

By combining uncommon smallness with upscale aspirations, the 2013 Buick Encore effectively evades any competition. The Buick Encore is comparable to higher priced foreign models but $5000 less expensive.  Other vehicles comparable to the Buick Encore have also shown to be cheaply made, without the luxury you have come to expect from Buick.

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About Ballas Buick GMC:
Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009,  2010 and 2011 (for business excellence). Mrs. Ballas represents a very small minority of female dealership owners which is less than 1% nationally. She also serves on the National Dealer Council for the Buick GMC Division of General Motors with 21 other dealers from across the nation representing all five regions of the U.S. For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

Ballas; in Toledo, OH; Gets Behind National Teen Driver Safety Week

Your safety is a concern of ours. Is it any wonder Ballas is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. Our vehicle safety features makes the Buick and GMC a car everyone loves.

National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW)–October 14-20, 2012–is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the road. Established by Congress in 2007 and held annually the third week of each October, its goal is to focus the country’s attention on this serious issue.

The theme last year in 2011 was supporting parents in teaching their teens to drive. This includes helping you navigate the practice driving phase, as well as driving on your own. The research of NTDSW shows that teens who say their parents set rules and monitor their driving in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to crash and twice as likely to buckle up as teens with less involved parents. The evidence also reveals that the majority of teens (87 percent) have a parent involved in the learning-to-drive process.

We all want parents to be as prepared as possible to take on the important task of teaching you, your friends, and classmates to safely navigate the first years of driving. Talk to your parents about logging at least 50 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel practice to develop skills in a variety of situations.

Ballas encourages teens to know the driving laws for your state, and work with your parents to understand and follow them.

NTDSW is a great time to help parents become more effective driving teachers and coaches. Get creative with events at your school or in your community. Consider using the free resources on this site to support your efforts. Add a NTDSW message on your school’s website or send home some handouts to parents. Enlist the help of your school’s administration and student club advisors for ideas on spreading the word. Also check out Ride Like A Friend. Drive Like You Care, a peer-to-peer campaign you conduct at your school.

Ballas Buick GMC wants you to be safe.  If you do get into an accident, don’t fret. The Ballas Parts & Accessories Department; located in Toledo, OH; is a quality, skilled group of highly trained professionals. 

Ballas Honors & Distinctions:

  • #1 volume Buick dealership in Ohio (2010)
  • GM Mark of Excellence- 2009, 2010 & 2011-
    • Only awarded to the top 50 dealers defining them as the “finest dealers who have committed themselves to unsurpassed performance and customer satisfaction.”
  • BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics Winner- 2007
  • UT College of Business & Innovation’s Business Pacemaker of the Year 2011
  • 5/3 Bank Platinum Dealer Award
  • Professional Parts Guild Dealership Award
  • President of the Buick/GMC Local Marketing Group (Marianne Ballas)
  • Elected to the Buick/GMC National Dealer Council (Marianne Ballas)
  • Board of Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce (Marianne Ballas)
  • University of Toledo Foundation Board member (Marianne Ballas)
  • Board of Toledo Hospital (Marianne Ballas)

Buick Encore (coming in 2013) Small But Powerful, from Ballas Buick GMC

The Buick Encore, sold at Ballas Buick GMC, located in Toledo, Ohio is one of the reasons, Ballas has been awarded the Mark of Excellence Award three years in a row.  It’s superior design, comfort and power makes it a car everyone loves.  Ballas Buick GMC is eager to see this latest vehicle scheduled to arrive in 2013.

 

The smallest vehicle GM soon to be sold in this country?  That honor belongs to the all-new 2013 Buick Encore.

The Encore is a luxury small crossover. Buick says the Encore is for those new wave of Buick buyers who are looking for luxury amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle.

The Encore will only be available with the Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in other small GM cars. The engine produces 140 hp and 148 lb.-ft. of torque between 1850 and 4900 rpm. It features deceleration fuel cutoff for improved efficiency, which is also helped by low-rolling-resistance tires and electric power steering. The Hyrda-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission has a tall overdrive top gear and neutral-gear disengagement for further fuel savings.

About Ballas Buick GMC: Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

Buick Verano; from Ballas Buick GMC in Toledo, OH; Makes “Ten Best Sedans Under $25,000” List

Buick Verano Makes “Ten Best Sedans Under $25,000” List

KBB.com – If all you want out of your next car are good ride, handling, fuel efficiency, features and value, today you don’t have to look any further than the average sedan. If you want to get greedy and add some sportiness, luxury or refinement, you don’t have to look beyond this list.

2012 Buick Verano

Newest addition to the Buick lineup, the front-drive Verano has the style and substance to attract value-oriented buyers of all ages. Bringing the division’s near-luxury experience to a compact scale, the Verano matches its sophisticated exterior treatment and impressively appointed passenger compartment with a full measure of the division’s classic “Quiet Tuning” technology.

About Ballas Buick GMC:
Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009,  2010 and 2011 (for business excellence). Mrs. Ballas represents a very small minority of female dealership owners which is less than 1% nationally. She also serves on the National Dealer Council for the Buick GMC Division of General Motors with 21 other dealers from across the nation representing all five regions of the U.S. For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

5 Things To Consider When Gas Prices Are High

The price of gas is rising to an alarming level as of late. Just hearing the dials click by at the gas pump makes your stomach drop like a ride at Cedar Point.  Buick hard your stomach drop and answered the call with their product eAssist.  It any wonder Ballas; located in Toledo OH; is the number ONE Buick dealership in Ohio. Its superior design, comfort and power makes the Buick and GMC a car everyone loves.

# 1:   Buick’s eAssist Technology; featured in vehicles like the Buick LaCrosse; is about improving fuel efficiency through innovations.  Here’s what the experts are saying:

“Consider that its main rivals include the likes of hybrids such as the Lexus HS 250h (35 mpg cty/34 mpg hwy) and Lincoln MKZ (41 mpg city/36 mpg hwy) neither of which hold a candle to the Buick’s interior.”  RoadandTrack.com 6/27/11

 

“Given the base price of just under $30,000, these technologies, and the quality of the car, make it a compelling competitor to other luxury cars.”

CNET.com 06/29/2011

 

# 2:  An automatic start/stop technology that shifts from gas to electric power and back seamlessly-conserving fuel. When you step off the brake, the engine restarts instantly-lag free.

 # 3:  A process called regenerative braking, which transforms your vehicle’s forward momentum into energy when you slow or come to a stop.

 # 4:  A state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery pack stored in the trunk, which uses the energy created via regenerative braking to power the radio, climate control, and other accessories whenever the engine operates in auto stop mode.

# 5:   The Power Flow Display in the center of your instrument cluster  shows you what Buick eAssist Technology is doing to improve your  vehicle’s fuel efficiency as it happens. You can also make active decisions in how you are driving to increase your fuel efficiency.  See when your battery is  charging, when your engine is in start/stop mode, or when the electric  motor is giving you a boost.

You will find in your research, the 2012 LaCrosse gets better highway fuel economy than the Lexus HS and Infiniti M Hybrid.The 2012 Regal with eAssist Technology will offer better fuel economy than Acura TSX, Audi A4, and the Volkswagen CC.It’s the combination of simple ideas and innovative technology that helps Buick make 36 MPG HWY5 a reality on the road. That means you can enjoy more time driving and fewer stops at the pump.

About Ballas Buick GMC: Ballas Buick-GMC has been a fixture in the Toledo business community since 1970. Ballas earned the coveted General Motor’s “Mark of Excellence” award in 2009 , 2010 and  2011 (for business excellence). For more information, please call us at 419.535.1000 or stop by 5715 W. Central Ave 43615.

 

 

Get instant  feedback on how fuel efficiently you are driving with the ECO Gauge  located under the speedometer in your vehicle’s instrument cluster. You  can achieve maximum fuel economy by keeping the needle in the middle of  the ECO gauge. Accelerate or brake too aggressively, and the needle  moves to the right or left. Keep the needle in the middle as much as  possible, and eAssist technology will do the rest.