School’s in session, and it is time for report cards – the Consumer Reports Report Card, that is. In an unprecedented occurrence, Buick has, for the first time, become the top-ranked domestic brand in the annual Consumer Report’s top ten picks.
To establish the rankings of the Car Brand Report Card, the magazine’s test drivers made assessments based on performance, reliability, and safety of 270 vehicles from 28 different automobile manufacturers. In order to receive a top ranking in the Report, vehicles must also receive high marks for crash or rollover tests from the IIHS or federal government.
Buick was able to surpass both Honda and BMW in the rankings with the Buick Regal taking the lead in the sports sedan segment beating the BMW 328i which claimed victory for the past two years. “Buick has a reputation for large, cushy cars, and they’ve really reinvented themselves pretty quickly,” Jake Fisher, director of automotive testing at Consumer Reports, “In many ways, they’re like the new Lexus, but also sporty to drive.”
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.
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.
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.
You will not hear the new Enclave coming. Buick has mastered the art of a silent cabin, making a ride that is both enjoyable and, well, quiet. It offers a smooth ride that is matched with comfort, making the Enclave a crossover to swoon over.
The interior is as spacious as a minivan, making room for cargo, and allowing people to both ride contently. It is safe to say that the Enclave has seamlessly entered luxury territory.
Outside noises stay outside. This means you won’t hear that annoying guy next to you at the stop light jamming to some obscure music. Autoweek reports that “potholes and road imperfections create a dull thud somewhere in the distance rather than a jarring crash at a definable corner of the car.”
The Buick Enclave offers all of the features car buyers look for in a crossover for a premium price of $54,000. Schedule your test drive today with us at Warsaw Buick GMC! You will be glad you did!
While a rear DVD entertainment system is a great feature to have in a car, especially for those long road trips, they tend to have one messy negative—a whole lot of motion sickness. As part of an effort to offer the best vehicle possible, the Human Factors group at Buick set out to discover how they might place the screen outside of “the puke zone” and reduce motion sickness, something that wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for Take Your Child to Work Day.
“Working with children on Take Your Child to Work Day is an excellent way for us to expand our pool of feedback,” said Don Shreves, GM Human Factors engineering group manager. “Our group and research is very data-driven. Designing every element to a vehicle comes down to millimeters. While a door handle placement of seat switch might feel right to the designing engineer, we come in with data points from real consumer feedback, including kids, to help determine the best location.”
Though this year during Take Your Child to Work Day testing focused on the comfort of the Enclave’s third-row seat belt buckles, last year focused on “the puke zone,” which is a measurement to determine the ideal placement of the DVD screen to reduce motion sickness. By rigging the DVD screen on a track, the team was able to determine where to position it after recording the responses of more than 75 kids who were asked when the screen distance was too far away or too close.
If you want to see the Buick Enclave’s perfectly position DVD screen for yourself, make sure you stop by Warsaw Buick GMC for a test drive!