Each year, J.D. Power conducts its U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study. This study asks vehicle owners to measure their emotional attachment to and excitement about their new vehicles. The study includes 37 attributes ranging from a sense of interior comfort and the exhilaration of the gas pedal. In the 2021 study, GMC performed well. Here are a few of the highlights.
The GMC Sierra HD came away with the best APEAL ranking in its class for the second year in a row. The GMC Sierra HD offers premium comfort and convenience features like leather upholstery, heated seats, a Bose® sound system, and wireless smartphone charging. The Sierra HD offers all of these available upscale features, while still delivering an available best-in-class maximum tow rating of 36,000 pounds.
In addition to the GMC Sierra HD, the overall GMC brand performed well in this study. GMC scored a total of 861 points out of 1,000 and had the fourth-highest score among mass-market brands. The segment average was a score of 845.
Other GMC models also performed well in the study. The GMC Yukon had the second-highest score in the large SUV segment, while the GMC Sierra 1500 had the second-best score in the light-duty pickup category.
Want to know more about the appealing Sierra HD? Contact our team at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck in Clinton Township, Michigan.
Overlanding is popular with outdoorsy types who modify their trucks to make them suitable vessels for camping and off-roading. It’s a natural fit for the flexible GMC Canyon. The Canyon is already beloved amongst the off-road community for its agile handling and capable AT4 trim, so GMC decided to take it up a notch with its brand new AT4 OVERLANDX concept.
The Canyon AT4 OVERLANDX off-road concept truck completely transforms the Canyon you know and love into a muscular, multi-functional pickup perfect for overlanders. The concept truck is equipped with integrated front recovery points, cast-iron control arms, an off-road rocker panel protector, guy lines to protect the windshield, and a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch. The conceptual Canyon takes design cues from the existing AT4 trim.
GMC equipped the Canyon AT4 OVERLANDX with a 3.6-liter V6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, but the automaker also recommended useful modifications like a 270-degree awning, solar panel, kitchenette, and roof-mounted tent to completely customize the rig. As-is, the Canyon AT4 OVERLANDX can ford up to 32.1 inches of water, has a 27.7-degree approach angle, and boasts 10 inches of ground clearance.
The 2021 GMC Acadia earned high marks in a barrage of crash tests, which helped it win a rating of 9.7 out of 10 from the editors at U.S. News. This three-row family SUV boasts a variety of advanced safety technologies, including standard HD Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist to make maneuvering easier, Rear Seat Reminder to help you remember pets and little ones in the back seat, and Teen Driver Mode, which makes it easy to check up on your youngster’s safety habits.
For more reassurance on the road, available safety tech includes Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking, a feature that earned the highest rating from the IIHS.
If you’d like to upgrade to the 2021 GMC Acadia, you can find it right here at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck in Clinton Township, Michigan.
If you’ve been hoping to score a GMC Terrain Denali trim at Jim Causley Buick GMC, you’re in luck. After a short absence during the 2020 model year, this luxurious Terrain variant is returning to production again for 2021.
The Denali trim is the most upscale version of the Terrain that you can buy here in Clinton Township. It’s easy to tell right away that you’re in the presence of a Terrain Denali — it stands out in a big way with a gleaming grille design, touches of exterior chrome, bright roof rails, LED headlamps, and 19-inch machined aluminum wheels with gray-painted accents.
The Terrain Denali is loaded with premium features to make your travels more comfortable. A hands-free programmable power liftgate, leather-trimmed seats with unique stitching, a heated steering wheel, and a Bose® audio system are just a few of the amenities you can expect.
The Terrain Denali also comes standard with the GMC Pro Safety Plus package, which includes nine advanced driver-assist features to keep you and your loved ones protected on the go.
Under the hood, the Terrain Denali is propelled by a 170-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. An exclusive Denali Premium Suspension with Enhanced Shock Control provides an exceptionally smooth ride on Michigan roads.
If you’re looking for a new truck to take on an off-roading adventure near Clinton Township, Michigan, we always recommend the GMC Canyon. Its AT4 trim is perfectly designed for conquering muddy bogs and sandy dunes. And if you want something even better than perfect, GMC offers a brand-new Off-Road Performance Package for the 2021 Canyon AT4. Here’s a look at the best off-road enhancements and features offered on this capable version of the latest GMC Canyon at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.
Extra protection from rubble
The Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition adds extra aluminum plates to the undercarriage to shield its mechanical components from damage. Now you can cross rocks and logs without worrying about the lower engine or axle.
For better balance on rough trails, the enhanced AT4 uses a suspension leveling kit that increases ride height by one inch. Now it accomplishes a greater approach angle for increased clearance over off-road obstacles.
Massive performance wheels
The Canyon AT4 utilizes a fine-tuned four-wheel-drive system that sends power to each wheel as needed to keep the truck rolling. Each wheel is wrapped in a 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac™ tire boasting deep tread and resistance to punctures.
If you’re ready to start your off-road adventures this new year, come to our GMC dealership in Clinton Township and ask about the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4.
Have you ever felt alienated by the automotive industry’s stubborn refusal to stray from the traditional linear forward and reverse modes of transportation we’ve come to expect from our vehicles for over a century? If so, you might want to sit down and prepare yourself, because General Motors has some exciting news for you: the all-new GMC Hummer is set to rattle the market to its very core with an all-new crabwalk mode.
Before you get too excited, don’t expect that the all-electric Hummer’s crabwalk mode will let you use the super-SUV as an amphibious vehicle, or that it has extendable pincers for dealing with jerks who cut you off in traffic. The Hummer’s crabwalk mode offers four-wheel steering that allows the driver to control both the front and the rear wheels.
Traditional steering columns only control the front wheels, while the rear wheels simply trail behind. With GMC’s innovative new crabwalk mode, both sets of wheels turn, which allows the new Hummer to travel diagonally. This feature will be especially useful when traveling through tricky terrain on the trail or when you’re looking to spice up your commute by striking awe in onlookers.
Even though the new Hummer hasn’t made it to the lot of Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck just yet, you can crabwalk your way over to one of our sales associates to reserve yours today.
The auto industry is full of major studies and awards that evaluate a vehicle’s power, popularity, or overall quality. But only one evaluates automakers and vehicles on how much joy they bring their owners, and that’s the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout, or APEAL, awards.
The vice president of automotive quality at J.D. Power has said that the goal of automakers should be delighting customers and meeting their needs. Some of them are better at that than others. And that’s what the APEAL Study measures.
GMC received third place among the mass-market brands surveyed. Ranking third sounds like less of a win, but look at the results. GMC was higher than Chevrolet and Buick, both General Motors brands, and well surpassed other competitors like Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan.
The J.D. Power study also found that the GMC Sierra HD was one of the highest-ranked models in its segment. It’s easy to see why. The 2020 GMC Sierra HD has impressive power numbers, with 18,510 pounds of towing on the 2500HD and a massive 35,500 pounds on the 3500HD. In addition to this, the Sierra HD now has the off-road technology of the AT4 trim.
You can experience the satisfaction of the Sierra and other GMC vehicles for yourself by scheduling a test drive at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck today.
Whether you’ve got children or you’re expecting, it’s vitally important to make sure you have a car seat to keep them as safe as you are in your GMC SUV. However, the buying process can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. So, we put together a quick list of tips for picking the right car seat for your GMC.
Pick the right size
No matter their age, kids grow like weeds, and their size and age make a big difference in which car seat is right for them. For instance, infants and very young children’s car seats should be rear-facing, whereas toddlers’ seats should be front-facing. Additionally, as your young one gets bigger, they may outgrow their car seat, so make sure they fit comfortably before making a final decision.
Make sure the seat fits
Car seats aren’t all the same, so it’s important to make sure that any one you’re thinking about buying will actually fit in your vehicle. If you can’t get it to sit firmly on the actual seat or you have trouble securing it, look for another option.
Actually getting a car seat into place can be deceptively challenging, so give installing it a few test runs before you finalize the purchase.
GMC SUVs like the Acadia are safe enough to earn a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but a car seat is essential for children, even in the safest of vehicles. For more tips on how to keep your kids safe on the road or for help installing a car seat, give us a call at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.
The 2021 GMC lineup will introduce the off-road AT4 trim to several new vehicles, including the Terrain small SUV, the Canyon small truck, and the Yukon large SUV. The AT4 trim will continue to be available on the mid-size Acadia SUV and the Sierra full-size truck line.
The decision to add the AT4 trim to more GMC vehicles was an easy one, thanks to year-over-year increases in AT4 sales. Off-road capability is one of the most sought-after qualities in SUVs and trucks today, and the AT4 adds a wide range of smart off-roading features.
Across the lineup, the AT4 trim adds a suspension lift for higher ground clearance, making uneven terrain safer and easier to navigate. AT4 vehicles also come with special skid plates, shocks, and all-terrain tires.
In addition to off-road parts, the AT4 makes some available features standard, like the MultiPro™ Tailgate on the Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD pickup truck, which can open in various configurations, and up to 15 camera views that provide better visibility for tricky terrain.
The AT4 trim is also distinguished by its rugged design upgrades. With highlights like a black chrome grille, light surrounds, appliques, and unique interior fabric colors, you can customize your AT4 to your preferences.
For more information on the new GMC AT4 lineup, visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.
You take a lot of the basic features in your car for granted. But at some point in history, that feature didn’t exist, and someone invented it. Many of these essential vehicle features came from General Motors. These are some of the General Motors innovations that changed the industry forever.
The first automatic transmission, called the Hydra-Matic, made its debut on the 1940 Oldsmobile. Today, nearly every car sold is equipped with an automatic transmission.
General Motors was the first company to use air bags commercially in the 1970s (under the name “air cushion restraint system”) in the Buick and Oldsmobile brands. Today, air bags in cars are as necessary as steering wheels, and have saved countless lives.
A catalytic converter helps control the amount of toxic gases emitted by your car. General Motors started developing the converter in the 1960s and implemented the first units for the 1975 model year.
The now-beloved OnStar® system made its first appearance in 1996. It was the first type of in-car communication system and was used to offer drivers’ assistance long before cell phones became massively popular. More than 7 million drivers continue to use OnStar® today for help with emergency services, diagnostics, and even Wi-Fi.
While the industry continues to see new technology created on a regular basis, the early innovations of General Motors reminds us that sometimes, the best things never change. Visit Jim Causley GMC today for a look at the latest innovations from GM.