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.