Audi Q5 vs Land Rover Discovery Sport

2019 Audi Q5 Shown

Audi Q5 vs. Land Rover Discovery Sport

The 2018 Audi Q5 and 2018 Land Rover Discovery Sport have two popular midsized luxury SUVs. Many customers in this segment will cross-shop the two models, though, through careful evaluation of data collected from several sources — but the clear choice between the two remains the Audi Q5. Here’s why:

Engine

Both models are equipped with a 2.0 L turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder engine. Through its extensive experience developing turbocharged engines since the 1980s, Audi is able to deliver 22 additional horsepower but does so at an engine speed of 500 rpm lower than the Land Rover Discovery Sport. This means you don’t have to accelerate as hard with the Audi to merge onto a busy highway.

Additionally, the Q5 offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more efficient than a conventional automatic transmission but just as easy to drive. The Discovery Sport doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission. In addition, the launch control of the Q5 uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Discovery Sport does not offer launch control.

Fuel Economy

The Audi Q5 delivers better fuel economy ratings in EPA testing, with a two-to-three-mile per gallon advantage over the Land Rover Discovery Sport. While that may not seem like that much of a difference, over three years of ownership the Audi Q5 could save you several hundred dollars in fuel costs. One of the reasons for this is that the Q5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .32 Cd, which is significantly lower than the Discovery Sport and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quiet and helps the Q5 achieve better fuel mileage.

Passenger and Cargo Space

The Q5 has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom and .2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Discovery Sport. The Q5 also features a significantly larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Discovery Sport with its rear seat up (26.8 vs. 6.8 cubic feet). And, with the rear seat folded, the Audi Q5 provides slightly more cargo room than the Discovery Sport (60.4 vs. 60 cubic feet).

Comfort and Convenience

The Q5 offers optional automatic dimming of the rear and side view mirrors, which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Discovery Sport offers an automatic rearview mirror, but its side mirrors do not dim.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Q5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Discovery Sport does not offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study of surveyed new car owners indicate that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles. In addition, J.D. Power and Associates survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Audi vehicles are more reliable than Land Rover vehicles.

And, should you ever need service or repairs when traveling, there are over 72 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers. In addition, The Q5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Discovery Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years).

Safety

The Q5’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event that the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Discovery Sport does not offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Audi Q5 are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Land Rover Discovery Sport does not offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Q5 has standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Discovery Sport does not offer a post-collision braking system.

To learn more about the comfort, convenience, and safety features of the Audi Q5, please come to see us at Audi Petoskey where we’ll guide you around the vehicle and send you out on a test drive so you can experience all the Q5 has to offer for yourself.

Audi Q7 vs Range Rover Sport

2019 Audi Q7

Audi Q7 vs Range Rover Sport

The experts have rendered their decision and the Audi Q7 is a better all-around choice than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. In a multi-vehicle test of premium SUVs, Car and Driver ranked the Audi Q7 Prestige first. They ranked the Range Rover Sport HSE third. After thorough evaluations, the leading consumer publication in the US, Consumer Reports, chose the Audi Q7 as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

So let’s take a deep dive into why the experts have chosen the Audi Q7 over the Land Rover Range Rover Sport. 

Acceleration

As tested in Car and Driver the Q7 3.0T 3.0 supercharged V6 is quicker in a 0-60 mph sprint than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport S.C. V6, reaching that speed nearly 10 percent faster. In fact, of all the acceleration tests conducted by Car and Driver, the Audi Q7 was faster to 100 mph, from 5 mph to 60 mph, and on the quarter-mile drag strip.

Fuel Economy

Surprisingly, despite its faster acceleration, the Audi Q7 V6 achieves better mileage than the Range Rover Sport V6, with a margin of six mpg in both City and Highway cycles. Fill-ups are less expensive in the Audi Q7 which uses regular unleaded gasoline (though premium recommended for maximum performance). The Range Rover Sport requires only premium gasoline which carries a significant price penalty.

Performance

In braking tests, Consumer Reports recorded stops from 60 mph in 127 feet for the Audi Q7 and 137 feet for the Range Rover Sport, a full ten-foot difference. To put that in perspective, an Audi A3 is 14 feet long, and stopping 10 feet shorter can mean the difference between a safe stop and a collision.

The Audi Q7 provides both a smoother ride due to its longer wheelbase, but still out handles the Range Rover Sport on the skidpad, recording a significantly higher 0.85 lateral Gs versus the Range Rover Sport’s 0.62 G performance. This is due, in a great part,  to the Q7 being fitted with larger standard tires than the Range Rover Sport (255/55R19 vs. 235/65R19). The Q7’s optional tires are also larger than the largest tires available on the Range Rover Sport (285/45R20 vs. 275/40R22).

Comfort and Convenience

On the road, the interior of the Audi Q7 has proven itself quieter than the Range Rover Sport. In interior sound testing conducted by Car and Driver, the Q7 was quieter than the Range Rover Sport by 2 dB at idle and 9 dB at full throttle. The decibel scale is a logarithmic scale where a 6 dB increase in level is perceived by the human ear to be twice as loud.

The Q7’s cargo area is larger than the Range Rover Sport’s in almost every dimension. The Audi offers 5.8 cubic feet more of storage space than the Range Rover Sport behind the third-row seat (a grocery bag is about one cubic foot). The third-row seat in the Range Rover Sport cannot be folded but removed entirely. Even with the seat removed, the Audi Q7 offers nearly 10cubic feet more behind the second-row seats. And with the second row folded, the Audi cargo area jumps to 71.6 cubic feet versus the Land Rover Sport at 62.2 cubic feet.

Warranty and Service

Should you be taking a trip out of your area, it’s reassuring to know that there are over 72 percent more Audi dealers than there are Land Rover dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Q7’s warranty, which includes a corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Range Rover Sport’s (12 vs. 6 years). However, the need for warranty service is less likely in an Audi. According to J.D. Power and Associates’ Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Audi vehicles are better in initial quality than Land Rover vehicles.

Safety

The Q7 has a standard Secondary Collision Brake Assist, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Range Rover Sport doesn’t offer a post-collision braking system. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety granted the Q7 the rating of Top Pick, a rating achieved by only 117 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Range Rover Sport has not yet been tested; however, no other Land Rover vehicle has earned Top Pick status in its category.

To learn more about the advantages of owning an Audi Q7 SUV as well as to take one out on a test drive, come visit us at Audi Petoskey.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

The 2019 GM Sierra 1500 has been redesigned from the ground up and is larger in almost every dimension, including a longer wheelbase and longer crew cab body that offers about 3 inches more rear legroom than the previous model. It also features GMC-exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate that offers six functions and positions for enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, a standing workstation and easier access to items in the cargo box. Those are just a few of the many updates in the 2019 Sierra 1500.

2019 Sierra Range

The Sierra 1500 is offered in a number of different configurations including regular cab, double cab, and crew cab body styles,  all offered with 4WD. In addition, the Sierra 1500 range has been modified to better meet the needs of truck buyers. The new models range from the Sierra SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali. 

The new Sierra Elevation is offered exclusively in the double cab configuration, in both 2WD and 4WD, and features monochromatic door handles, bumpers and grille surround, amplified by black exterior accents, including the grille insert, tow hooks, side window trim, and standard 20-inch aluminum wheels

The new Sierra AT4 offers authentic off-road capability with a two-inch factory suspension lift, standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho monotube shocks, 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, Hill Descent Control, Traction Select System, MultiPro Tailgate, exclusive exterior and interior trim, unique recovery hooks and a standard 5.3 L V-8 engine.

The redesigned Sierra Denali offers segment-first technologies such as Multi-Color Head-up Display and Rear Camera Mirror, along with exclusive chassis enhancements such as Adaptive Ride Control and signature design and interior elements.

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 2019 Sierra Engines and Drivetrain

There’s an incredibly broad range of engines and transmissions available in the 2019 Sierra 1500, with six combinations  ranging from the 4.3 L V-6 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic, 5.3 L V-8 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic, the new 2.7 L Turbo with Active Fuel Management and an eight-speed automatic, the 5.3 L V-8 with new Dynamic Fuel Management and an eight-speed automatic, the 6.2L V-8 with new Dynamic Fuel Management and a 10-speed automatic and a new 3.0L I-6 turbodiesel and a 10-speed automatic that will be available later in the model year.

Robust Underpinnings

The 2019 Sierra 1500 is supported by a fully boxed steel frame that is 88 pounds lighter than its predecessor, while offering 10 percent greater torsional rigidity through the use of High-Strength Steel, upgrading to enhanced front and rear suspensions that incorporate new, lightweight components, while stopping is managed by an improved brake system featuring electro-hydraulic power assist, larger-diameter Duralife brake rotors and larger brake pads with ABS. The all-new Traction Select System allows the driver to choose from preset drive modes that have been tailored for different terrain or weather conditions. Selecting one of these modes adjusts Sierra’s transmission shift points, throttle mapping, and StabiliTrak to optimize performance for the situation at hand.

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A Truck Bed That’s Up to the Job

The 2019 Sierra is fitted with a more rugged standard steel floor; roll-formed from High Strength Steel and is 50-percent stronger than the previous model. Additional bed functionality includes enhanced LED cargo lights, 12 fixed cargo tie-downs rated at 500lbs per corner and larger rear CornerStep openings. The Sierra Denali also offers best-in-class cargo volume, with its 5’ 8” box offering 63 cubic feet of volume with most of that volume was created by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly seven inches. The Sierra Denali is available GMC-exclusive, industry-first CarbonPro carbon fiber cargo box that was developed to increase durability while offering best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance.

 The 2019 Sierra Offer More to Serious Truck Buyers

Unfortunately there’s not enough space to cover all the available options and packages on the 2019 Sierra 1500 including the Max Trailering Package, Pro Grade Trailering System, Snow Plow Prep package, the expanded suite of active safety features, including HD Rear-Vision Camera, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and HD Surround Vision, and the new GMC Infotainment systems with improved connectivity.

The best way to learn more about the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra line-up and which pickup is right for you is to come and talk to the truck experts at Fletch’s GMC Buick. They’re ready to assist you in decking out a truck that meets your demanding needs.  

2019 Buick Encore

Encore is Buick’s best-selling vehicle in North America, and for good reason. It offers consumers premium features typically associated with larger luxury SUVs but with greater maneuverability, complemented by its timeless design. In the rapidly evolving small SUV segment, the Encore continues to lead the pack with technology, elegance, and refinement.

Introduced in 2013, the Encore quickly carved out a niche of its own, as it quickly rose to the top of the fast-growing small SUV category, and continues to sit at the top of the market.

New for 2019

The 2019 Buick Encore features a simplified lineup comprised of the base Encore, Preferred, Sport Touring, and Essence trims. An Encore Sport Touring package features unique design cues such as a rear spoiler, 18-inch aluminum premium-finished wheels and body-color door handles. 

Buick’s Safety Package II is now offered on Essence trim and includes Rainsense wipers, Front and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. There are also two new exterior colors: Deep Azure Metallic and Satin Steel Metallic.

Engines and Drivetrain

The standard four-cylinder engine is a turbocharged EcoTec 1.4 L with DOHC operated through continuous valve timing that develops 138 horsepower. Available is an EcoTec 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with VVT DI-4 that features direct fuel injection and develops 153 horsepower. Both engines direct power to the wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with the sixth gear as a fuel-saving overdrive. All trims are available with AWD with the exception of the base Encore.

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Premium Interior

The 2019 Encore’s cockpit-style interior design features an emphasis on premium materials, chrome accents, and contrast stitching, while Signature QuietTuning and Active Noise Cancellation technology keep exterior noise to a minimum. All 2018 Encore models offer room for five and up to 48.4 cubic feet storage space with the 60/40 split rear seat folded, while the front passenger seat can be folded flat to extend the cargo length to eight feet long. There’s 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up, more than enough room for a week’s worth of groceries.

Connectivity and Infotainment

The instrument panel of the 2019 Encore features a 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information center, center stack with an intuitive Buick infotainment system and a frameless, 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen with full-color radio display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard while Bluetooth personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system with voice recognition for audio, phonebook and music selection. A Bose seven-speaker audio system with an external amplifier is available on Sport Touring and Essence trims. Buick 4G LTE connectivity comes through a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, complimentary one-month,3GB data trial (subscription required after one month).

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Safety and Security

The 2019 Buick Encore is equipped with a suite of active safety features including ten standard airbags, a standard rear-vision camera, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and electronic brake force distribution, cornering brake control and brake assist ,StabiliTrak stability control system with full-function traction control and LED daytime running lamps, all of which are standard on all models . Available is the Safety Package on Preferred and Sport Touring and includes Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, which are all standard on the Essence trim.  A Safety Package II is available on Essence and includes an ionizing air cleaner, Rainsense wipers, Front and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

If you’re in the market for a compact SUV and are seeking style and comfort as well as utility and convenience, then drive over to Fletch’s GMC Buick and check out the FWD and AWD versions of the 2019 Buick Encore.

    

2019 GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon is on an absolute roll. For the first half of 2018, it is destroying the previous sales records, in some cases doubling some of the best sales months ever. Why? Because GMC engineers revamped the Yukon in 2018 then further refined it for the 2019 model year, making it the full-size SUV that everyone desires.

Updates for 2019

A new Graphite Edition that’s available on the SLT trim. The Graphite Edition includes 22-inch bright machined wheels with Carbon Flash Metallic pockets, black assist steps with gloss black accents, black chrome grille mesh insert and fog lamp surrounds, body-color grille surround, gloss black beltline moldings and additional trim, and the Z85 suspension package.

Then there’s the Graphite Performance Edition, also available on the SLT trim. Performance Edition contents include a 420 horsepower 6.2L V-8 engine, a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission, 22-inch six-spoke black wheels, 8-inch-diagonal driver information center, heads-up display, GMC Infotainment System with 8-inch color touchscreen, Bose active noise cancellation, trailer brake controller,170-amp alternator, high capacity air cleaner, 3.23 axle ratio, two-speed active transfer case on 4WD models, and Magnetic Ride Control.

New exterior colors for 2018 include Dark Sky Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, and Smokey Quartz Metallic.

A Full Model Range

Besides the SLT model already mentioned, the full-sized 2019 Yukon is offered in a variety of models ranging from the entry-level SLE to the luxurious Denali model, available in 2WD and 4WD configurations. 

Even the base level SLE comes well-equipped with standard equipment includes a wide range of conveniences, connectivity, and comfort features that you might think optional. 

The 2019 Yukon line offers seating for up to eight, a maximum tow rating of 8,500 pounds, along with optional four-wheel drive. A 355-hp 5.3 L V8 and six-speed automatic powers SLE and SLT trims, while the luxurious, leather-lined Denali offers luxury and performance with its 6.2 L 420 horsepower V8 coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The XL version features a 14-inch longer wheelbase and twice the cargo capacity behind the third row; its cavernous interior can comfortably accommodate seven passengers plus their luggage. 

2019 Yukon Denali
2019 Yukon Denali

Powerful, Modern, Fuel-Efficient 5.3 L V8

The standard powerplant in the 2019 Yukon line is the 5.3 L L83 V8, developed and manufactured specifically for light trucks and full-sized SUVs. Part of the EcoTec3 lineup, the L83 features an aluminum block with cast-in iron liners. To assure a secure fitting for the crankshaft, the block features a deep skirt with cross-bolted main bearing caps. The aluminum cylinder heads feature direct fuel injection, variable valve timing with two valves per cylinder.  Power is 355 horsepower at 5600 rpm on gasoline, 380 horsepower on E85. Torque is rated at 383 lb-ft on gas, 416 lb-ft on E85. Power is transferred via a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Other standard features on the Yukon XL include an 8” diagonal GMC infotainment system with available navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility, and rear seat reminder customization.  Five USB ports and a 110-volt three-prong outlet accommodates a truckload of devices while 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot is standard, which does require a subscription after the first three-month, 3GB, free data trial. Optional is a rear seat Blu-Ray/DVD entertainment system that includes HDMI/MHL connector, USB ports, digital headphones, and device projection to help keep the peace among smaller passengers.

And if you’re looking for the ultimate in features and accessories, make sure to check out the 2019 Yukon Denali, available in both standard wheelbase and XL versions.

Yukon XL SLT in Quicksilver Metallic
Yukon XL SLT in Quicksilver Metallic

A Suite of Standard Safety Features

Standard safety features include front and side-impact airbags for driver and front passenger with front-center airbag and head curtain side-impact airbags for all rows, standard rear vision camera, four wheel disc brakes with four wheel ABS and Hill Start-Assist, front rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers, and StabiliTrak, a stability control system with brake assist that includes traction control.

There’s an Enhanced Driver Alert Package standard on SLT and available on SLE which consists of Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Driver Seat, IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Lane Keep Assist and Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking

So should you live or work in western Michigan, come in and view the full range of 2019 Yukon, Yukon XL, and Yukon Denali models here at Fletch’s GMC Buick in Petoskey and see which best meets the needs of your family.

2019 Buick Enclave

 

The Buick Enclave SUV, which had been completely redesigned last year when it received the prestigious Wards 10 Best User Experiences award, has been upgraded for 2019 with several important new features.

New for 2019 is a Preferred FWD model, an automatic heated steering wheel which is now standard on Premium and Avenir models, while a new Ebony interior is now offered on the Avenir trim.

All versions are powered by a 3.6 L V6 aluminum engine that features dual-overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuous variable valve timing, and direct fuel injection. The engine is rated at 310 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, enough for trailering up to 5000 pounds when properly equipped. Power is delivered to a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive systems, based on the model, through a smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission.

Buick Enclave Avenir

The top-of-the-line Avenir trim features an exclusive three-dimensional mesh grille, 20-inch six-spoke wheels with a pearl nickel finish, a choice of five premium exterior colors,  and a Chestnut interior with Ebony piping on the seats and contrasting stitching. The available Avenir Technology Package includes Adaptive Full-Speed Cruise Control with Stop-Go, Front Automatic Braking, a Premium Suspension Package and Continuously Variable Real Time Damping which provides a smooth, comfortable ride, while in Sport mode the system enhances handling and body control.

Exterior Features

The new design gives the redesigned Enclave a sleeker look with aerodynamic benefits for greater efficiency. The lower roofline, sharper windshield angle and longer wheelbase all contribute to a more dramatic stance. Reinforcing the aggressive new styling are bi-functional LED projector headlamps and LED tail lamps and 18” aluminum alloy wheels. Keyless open, remote start and remote vehicle starting systems are all standard.

2019 Buick Enclave
2019 Buick Enclave

Interior Features 

Enter the interior of the 2019 Enclave and you’ll find warm wood tones, brushed chrome accents and leather-appointed first and second-row seating along with a 10% increase in overall interior space, including hidden underfloor storage. Heated front seats are standard on all models while the second-row SmartSlide seat provides easy access to the third row with an available power-folding third-row seat that provides class-leading capacity. Tri-zone automatic climate control is standard on all models.

Ride Comfort

As a Buick, there’s an expectation among consumers that any car or SUV that carries the Tri-Shield will offer exceptional ride comfort, and the 2019 Enclave is no exception. The new model features exclusive Buick QuietTuning technology that utilizes triple door sealing, acoustic laminated windshield, and front side glass, and optimized MacPherson strut front and five-link rear suspension, tuned to quiet outside noise.

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Connectivity and Infotainment

A frameless eight-inch-diagonal Buick infotainment system handles connectivity and information and is standard on all models; includes six USB ports (two for infotainment, four for charging) and features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability for compatible phones. Your passengers can remain connected with the standard OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot (subscription required).

Safety and Convenience

Standard safety equipment on all 2019 Enclaves includes a rear vision camera, rear park assist and seven airbags, including a front center side airbag. An available rear camera mirror allows the rearview mirror to function as a traditional mirror or a camera, expanding the rear field of vision by 300 percent, while the available Surround Vision provides overhead, 360-degree view around the vehicle while maneuvering at low speeds.

Airbags include frontal and side-impact for driver and front passenger, driver inboard seat-mounted side-impact and head-curtain side-impact for all rows in outboard seating positions. A Driver Confidence Package is available on Essence and includes Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Driver Confidence II Package is available on Premium and Avenir, which includes Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, Front, and Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking, Following Distance Indicator and IntelliBeam headlamps.

Of course, the only way to truly experience all that the new 2019 Buick Enclave has to offer is to drive one. So come into Fletch’s GMC Buick and let the Buick experts walk you through the models and available options and then set you loose to experience the Enclave for yourself.

2018 Buick Regal TourX

 

Should you be in the market for a family sports wagon – instead of a bulky SUV?  Are you considering the Volvo V60 Cross Country, BMW 3-series Sportwagen, the Subaru Outback, or the Volkswagen Alltrack?  If so, you need to come in and drive the Buick Regal TourX before you make your decision. And before you start recollecting that the last time you were in a Buick wagon was when your grandfather was taking you to get an ice cream cone remember that everything changes. 

The 2018 Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV. The TourX rides higher than its Buick Sportback counterpart, providing it with enhanced capabilities. Its rugged exterior appearance, standard roof rails, interior amenities, standard intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) with active twin-clutch and functional cargo area epitomize upscale utility, capability, and convenience. 

When it comes to hardware, the TourX is more than a match to its European counterparts with a standard 2.0 L DOHC twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder LTG engine that delivers a stout 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Technical features include a new aluminum block and cylinder head designed specifically for turbocharged applications, variable valve timing (VVT), a forged crankshaft and connecting rods, aluminum pistons specifically engineered for direct fuel injection, and sodium-filled exhaust valves for better heat transfer. 

Power is routed to the ground through a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and intelligent AWD with active twin-clutch for greater control on any surface, from dry to rainy to snow-covered. Buick’s innovative new AWD system utilizes two clutches at the rear wheels for seamless, smart torque distribution. 

Inside the luxurious cabin, the new Regal TourX interior takes on a driver-centric approach, featuring a host of modern technologies. At the same time, luxurious, refined materials in the cabin feature clean lines and uncluttered surfaces, all while keeping utility and capability of utmost importance. 

2018 Buick Regal TourX Interior
2018 Buick Regal TourX Interior

Folding down the second row gives the Regal TourX 73.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and 32.7 cubic feet in the rear hatch area with seats up, with more overall cargo space than the Volvo V60 Cross Country, BMW 3-Series Sport Wagon, Volkswagen Alltrack, or the Subaru Outback, with up to 73.5 cubic feet behind the front seats. Loading is easy as well, with a low liftover height and a hands-free power liftgate with a Buick logo lamp that illuminates the ground beneath the sensor, standard on upper trim levels.

2018 Buick Regal TourX Interior Space
2018 Buick Regal TourX Interior Space

Available in three trim levels — TourX, Preferred and Essence, standard equipment on every 2018 Regal TourX includes push-button start and entry, Hill Start Assist, 10 airbags, universal home remote, and heated side mirrors. Every Regal TourX also comes equipped with an OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (subscription required) and five years of the OnStar Basic Plan at no additional cost. 

A 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity is standard on TourX and Preferred trims, while an 8-inch system is standard on the Essence trim with available embedded navigation being optional. A Bose premium audio with active noise cancellation that features an innovative subwoofer mounted in the spare tire well is also standard.

The 2018 Regal TourX offers new levels of crash prevention and protection. Along with the Regal Sportback, they are the first Buick to offer a standard active hood pedestrian safety system that senses the imminent impact of a pedestrian between 16-30 mph and uses a pyrotechnic actuator to lift the back of the hood up approximately four inches to lessen the impact and potentially reduce injury.

The Regal TourX’s available Driver Confidence I package adds popular active safety features including Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Park Assist. A more advanced Driver Confidence II package adds Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.

2018 Buick Regal TourX
2018 Buick Regal TourX

Like its competitors, the Buick Regal TourX was developed in Europe, but unlike those other brands, it was also designed around American drivers and roads to provide both a European feel as well as capabilities and spaciousness American drivers expect. To learn more, stop by and talk to the experts at Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi in Petoskey.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring

Joining the popular Buick LaCrosse line in 2019 will be the new Sport Touring (ST) model. The Sport Touring (ST) model available this summer is positioned between the LaCrosse Premium and the LaCrosse Avenir.

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse ST brings a contemporary, spirited monotone theme to the LaCrosse model line with a body-color grille surround and side vents, which are otherwise finished in chrome on other LaCrosse models. Additionally, the ST features a subtle rear spoiler, black mesh grille, and “ST” badging on the trunk lid. In other words, it creates a presence without creating a scene.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring taillight and spoiler
2019 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring taillight and spoiler

On the interior, look for perforated leather-appointed heated and ventilated front seats with a lumbar massaging feature along with a heated steering wheel.

Powering the 2019 LaCrosse ST is the 3.6 L LGX V6, which develops 310 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 268 lb-ft of torque at 5200 rpm. The engine is a clean-sheet-of-paper design that features a deep-skirted aluminum block that’s stronger and stiffer than the previous 3.6 L V6. Topped by all-new aluminum cylinder heads featuring dual overhead camshafts with variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust valves, the LGX engine also features a forged steel crankshaft, sinter-forged connecting rods, and polymer-coated pistons optimized for high-pressure direct fuel injection. 

The LGX six-cylinder is mated to the newly-developed Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission. For precise and smooth shifts, engineers utilized a specific strategy in the selection of the gearsets, clutches and torque converter. An internally-developed 32-bit transmission control module (TCM) commands all up and downshifting of the transmission to provide smooth and precise gear changes. The TCM also monitors transmission performance and compensates for normal wear in components such as clutch plates so that performance remains consistent through the life of the transmission.

Constructed on a chassis that features extensive use of high-strength steel, both for durability and collision-resistance, attached to this solid basis is a four-wheel independent suspension system consisting of a MacPherson Strut front suspension and a five-link rear suspension, offered with available electronically controlled continuous damping and spring loads from the body.

The LaCrosse also features an electric power steering system that provides variable effort – more assist at low speeds, less assist on the highway.

Braking is achieved by four-wheel Duralife brake rotors (12.6” front, 11.3” rear) with power assist, brake pre-fill, and Electronic Brake Force Distribution.

While well-equipped, there are a few option packages that can be added to the LaCrosse ST. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring with the Driver Confidence Package I, or a panoramic moonroof and rear power sunshade with the Sun and Shade Package. The Sights and Sounds package will add navigation to the 8-inch infotainment package, along with the added Bose premium audio system and HD radio capability. The 2019 Buick LaCrosse ST is available in one of five available exterior color options: White Frost Tricoat, Satin Steel Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Red Quartz Tintcoat and Ebony Twilight Metallic.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring grille
2019 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring grille

There are much more included and available features on the 2019 Buick LaCrosse that there’s not enough space to cover the standard dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, remote vehicle starter with keyless open and start, and many more. Your best bet is to stop by and talk to the Buick experts at Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi in Petoskey. They’ll walk you through all the standard features and available options so that you drive off with the perfect Buick for you.

2019 GMC Sierra Sneak-Peek

Arriving at Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi in late 2018 is the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, which is the largest, boldest Sierra ever, providing an even more commanding presence. The next generation Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup that builds upon proven strengths while introducing a number of industry-first innovations. While GMC has been fairly tight-lipped about releasing information about the new Sierra, there has been enough information released to discover some of the innovations in the new 2019 GMC Sierra 1500.

Fresh Exterior Design

All-new from the ground-up, the Next Generation Sierra 1500 literally stands tall, with a strong, purposeful stance. GMC designers built upon that substantial foundation with bold bodywork, including chiseled shoulders and a tall, powerful hood, which is capped with a grille that’s bigger and bolder than any previous Sierra.

Interior Refinements

The 2019 Sierra 1500 provides a higher seating position that provides better visibility from behind the wheel, as well as the segment’s first multi-color, customizable heads-up display, which projects key vehicle and infotainment system information on the windshield within the driver’s line of sight.  Sierra’s cabin puts the driver at the center of everything, thanks in part to a higher seating position that allows for a confident, commanding view from behind the wheel. Driver focus doesn’t mean passengers aren’t forgotten. The new Sierra crew cab is larger than before, providing best-in-class front head- and legroom, along with more rear-seat legroom than ever before.

Choice of Engines

Sierra’s powerful line of engines is topped by the available new 6.2 L V8 with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and the new 5.3 L V8 with an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the 10-speed, the 6.2 L engine is able to operate in its maximum torque range. The 5.3 L and 6.2 L engines now feature stop-start technology and new Dynamic Fuel Management that enables the engine to operate on one to eight cylinders, depending on demand, in order to better optimize power and efficiency.

For 2019 the GMC Sierra has a 2.7 L turbocharged LB3 DOHC four-cylinder engine which will replace the 4.3 L V6 EcoTec3 as the base engine. The 2.7 L four-cylinder develops 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque.  The LB3 engine was developed for truck duty with its 348 pound-feet of torque available between 1500 rpm and 4000 rpm. The LB3 engine also weighs almost 400 pounds less than the V6 engine it replaces. 

Next up the line for the 2019 Sierra is the 5.3 L L86 Ecotech3 V8 that develops 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque through a combination of direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing. The largest engine that GMC offers in the 2019 Sierra 1500 is the 6.2 L L87 EcoTec3 V8, which develops 425 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. 

What’s new with the 2019 GMC Sierra is the availability of the all-new Duramax 3.0 L turbodiesel inline six, the same configuration found in long-haul travel trailers. Information about the engine, not just horsepower and torque, but even bore and stroke, has yet to be released. It has been confirmed that it will be mated to the sophisticated 10-speed automatic transmission. However, GMC has stated they expect “we’ll have the best-performing diesel in the segment.”

Pro Grade Trailering System

GMC has a new ProGrade Trailering System, standard on the Denali and SLT. By downloading the trailering app on your Android or iPhone you’re able to run a pre-departure checklist while outside the truck and trailer. You will also be able to preview Maintenance Reminders, Trailer Light Test, Trailer Electrical Diagnostics and Trailer Tire Pressure and Temperature Monitoring.

The 2019 Sierra 1500 also offers Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and Auto Electric Park Brake to help position the truck when hitching. The available side view cameras and a trailer-mounted HD camera provide additional assistance when driving down the road or in reverse. With exclusive Trailer Theft Detection, the horn and lights of the truck are triggered and owners receive a text or mobile alerts from OnStar when the trailer has been detached from the truck without permission.    

2019 GMC Sierra Prograde Trailering Option on SLT and Denali
2019 GMC Sierra Prograde Trailering Option on SLT and Denali

Safety and Security

One of the most interesting features in the 2019 Sierra 1500 is the segment-first Rear Camera Mirror. The Sierra’s dual-function mirror can be used as a conventional rear-view mirror or as a video display showing the live images from the rearview camera at the back of the truck. 

The 2019 Sierra 1500 will offer a full suite of available active safety features, including Front Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Front and Rear Park Assist, and Low-Speed Forward Automatic braking, among others.

MultiPro Tailgate

The GMC Exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate is the most innovative pickup tailgate ever, with six unique functions and positions offering enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions, and a standing workstation. The Sierra 1500 is the first and only truck to offer the MultiPro Tailgate which also incorporates a step entry that, when paired with the assist handle, offers both step and seated functionality, with a maximum weight capacity of 375 pounds. The MultiPro Tailgate will be standard on Denali and SLT.

While there’s still a lot about the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 that we don’t know, we don’t even have enough space here to cover the information available, like the 2019 Sierra offering best-in-class cargo volume, of the 2019 Denali model that will feature an industry-first carbon fiber bed and available 22” wheels. While 2019 is still a few months away, stop by Fletch’s Buick GMC Audi in Petoskey, Michigan for additional information, and if you’re interested, add your name to the list and you’ll be contacted as soon as the first shipment arrives.

Why the all-new 2019 Buick Envision is a great car for Northern Michigan

2019 Buick Envision a great car for Northern Michigan
2019 Buick Envision

From its unmistakable Buick grille to its sculpted rear profile, one glance at the new 2019 Envision confirms that this small luxury SUV offers owners both versatility as well as style. To complement the new styling, there’s increased engine power, a new transmission, and improvements in its connectivity systems. Best yet, the 2019 Envision makes for an outstanding SUV for the conditions that drivers in Northern Michigan face on a year-round basis.

Stylish New Exterior

The New 2019 Envision makes a lasting impression from every angle. At the forefront of the refreshed exterior: the unmistakable Buick grille and tricolor insignia, along with bright, crisp available LED-accented headlamps and new low-profile LED-enhanced tail lamps. The 2019 Buick Envision also features a standard hands-free power liftgate that helps you access your cargo area without lifting a finger.

Comfortable Redesigned Interior

The sense of luxury inside the new 2019 Envision is apparent from its soft-touch materials and modern amenities. The spacious cabin is quiet and comfortable, with up to nearly seven inches of available rear seat leg room. The 60/40 fold-flat rear seats can be easily adjusted to accommodate a variety of configurations. You can even fold the second row flat before entering the vehicle, by utilizing release handles on either side of the cargo area.

Available Engines

Press the premium Start button and the 2019 Envision comes to life. Buyers have a choice of one of two sources: the standard 2.5 L DOHC engine with 197 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque or the available 2.0 L turbocharged DOHC engine with 252 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, which comes mated to a new, smooth-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission. The turbo engine model is a full half-second faster from 0-60 than last year’s model.

The 2019 Envision is equipped with a stop-start deactivation switch on the instrument panel that allows the driver to choose whether to use the auto-stop function. The calibration of the stop-start technology has also been refined for an even more seamless operation.

All-Wheel Drive

Available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with an electronically locking rear differential with twin clutch automatically adjusts the amount of engine torque delivered to each wheel based on road conditions to optimize traction and respond before slipping occurs.

Winter Driving

Beyond the safety and security of all-wheel drive, buyers in Northern Michigan seek creature comforts that’ll make the old winters a little easier to bear. Available on the 2019 Buick Envision are cold-weather features like a heated steering wheel, heated front seats that can also be cooled during hot summer months, separate climate controls for rear seat passengers, heated rear seats for the outside rear seat passengers, and heated exterior mirrors.

There’s much more to the 2019 Envision than we have space to cover, like the standard  Buick Infotainment System with an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and the standard Buick 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s your best bet to talk to the experts at Fletch’s Buick GMC and Audi and check out which features best suit your year-round driving needs. And if you’re an RVer looking for an outstanding dinghy to flat tow, talk to the Fletch’s team about how you can outfit the 2019 Envision for that purpose.