Buick Wins Three KBB Cost to Own Awards

For the second year in a row, three Buick models were given the 5-Year Cost to Own award from Kelly Blue Book (KBB). This award is given to models based on value retention and the cost of ownership, meaning that Buick models have some of the highest resale values and cheapest expenses of any car on the market.

2015 Verano - KBB Cost to Own Awards
2015 Verano

According to Buick, the three winners were the Verano, Encore, and Enclave. Because depreciation is often the number one owner expense, the fact that Buicks retain their value over long periods of time makes them easier on your wallet. Not only that, but KBB also considers maintenance, fuel-costs, and finance and insurance fees.

When owners buy each of these models, they save considerably over five years. The Verano, winner of the Entry-Level Luxury Car category, saves owners an average of over $9,000. The Encore, winner of the Luxury Compact SUV category, saves over $14,000, and the Enclave, winner of the Luxury Full-Size SUV, saves drivers over $17,000. That’s a lot of dough in the long run.

2015 Enclave - KBB Cost to Own Awards
2015 Enclave

The KBB Cost to Own awards are just one more reason to consider buying a Buick. Not only does every model feature the latest technology and a high level of luxury, but by buying these models you’ll also save considerably compared to other models.

GMC Canyon Midsize Truck is a Great Family Vehicle

The crossover segment has been blowing up as of late, and for good reason. It offers great options for families who want the versatility of a pickup truck but the maneuverability and efficiency of a car.

But sometimes that compromise goes too far: what if you want more versatility? Well, you don’t have to go for the full-size pickup—instead; you can get something like the 2015 GMC Canyon midsize truck at Warsaw Buick GMC.2015 Canyon - great family vehicle

It’s got all the luxuries and upgrades you’ll find in a crossover, the manageable size and technology that makes for a great family vehicle, and the unadulterated utility of a vehicle with a bed in the back.

Heated front seats, a touchscreen OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, 27 highway mpg, up to 7,000 pounds of trailering capability, and the safety that only a truck can offer are but a portion of everything the 2015 Canyon puts at your disposal. You just have to take it.

Is A More Powerful Buick Encore on the Horizon?

Buick’s small crossover, the Encore, will soon be upstaged by rivals when it comes to power. Currently, the Encore comes with the sole option of a turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower – which is less than what the upcoming Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade will offer. The automaker is not only aware of the issue, but prepared to do something about it.

2015 Buick Encore - a more powerful Buick EncoreAccording to Buick-GMC’s U.S. vice president, Duncan Aldred, a more powerful Buick Encore could be on the way. The Encore was the brand’s third-best-selling vehicle in 2014 – momentum the automaker hopes to maintain. In an effort to further expand the crossover’s sales, Duncan acknowledges that more power may be necessary.

“I’m looking to grow volumes, and we’re always looking at customer feedback for what changes we need to make,” Aldred said to Automotive News. “But there’s always a trade-off between cost and benefit.”

Aldred does mention that the Encore’s power is not generally a complaint among consumers, but rather journalists who test drive the vehicle. Now that competitors will offer more powerful engines though, it might be time for Buick to offer a more powerful engine option.

Here at Warsaw Buick GMC, we think the current Encore can certainly hold its own, but look forward to the possibility of a more powerful engine option, too. Tell us in the comments: would you opt for a more powerful engine in your Encore?

OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App

The OnStar RemoteLink Mobile app will soon receive a much needed (demanded) update. The new interface and capabilities are modeled after years of customer feedback and streamlines access to information and application commands.

“The new version of the app is designed to be more intuitive for customers, with a simpler, cleaner design,” said Dan Kinney, director of User Experience, Global Connected Customer Experience at General Motors. “This new user experience should allow our customers to easily find and access all the features RemoteLink has to offer.”

About 1.3 million users regularly use the app and December 2014 set a record, marking nearly 7 million requests. Usage has only grown in 2015 with over 450,000 requests on several days in January.

OnStar RemoteLink is a General Motors development and is available on all makes (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac). In the second half of 2014, drivers could pinpoint their vehicle’s location on a map and it quickly became the third most-used feature.

“RemoteLink use has been steadily increasing over the past year, as our customers realize the advantages of a remote connection to their vehicle,” said Kinney. “Whether they’re warming their car up, cooling it down or checking vehicle information, the app has many practical uses.”

The app’s remote features include remote start/stop, locking and unlocking, and activating the horn and lights. The app is currently available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. While iOS and Android already have the update, Windows and Blackberry will see it in the coming weeks.