From outdoor wonders to incredible venues, Michigan has so much to offer. Make 2020 the best year yet in the Wolverine State by enjoying these five highly rated things to do in Michigan.
Marvel at Mother Nature
Michigan has been blessed by Mother Nature’s best gifts, as evidenced by the famous Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The U.S. National Park on Lake Superior features breathtaking views and natural wonders such as sand dunes, waterfalls, beaches, sandstone cliffs, and lakes.
Go on a wilderness adventure
Equally as beautiful, but more rugged and remote than the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, is the Isle Royale National Park. An epic journey of backpacking, hiking, and kayaking await you as you venture out into the breathtaking wilderness. Be sure to plan your wilderness adventure during April 16-Oct. 31, as the park and its surrounding islands are off limits to visitors from Nov. 1-April 15.
Enjoy small town charm
Mackinac Island is a charming destination nestled on a picturesque island. Be sure to explore the island on bike, indulge in Michigan-famous fudge, and take a scenic ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
See the light
Lighthouses are plentiful in Michigan and stand as a unique part of the state’s fascinating maritime history. As you travel through the region, a visit to one (or all) of these structures should be in order.
Toast to good times
Traverse City is a fun-filled town and famous the world over for its wine. If you find yourself here, be sure to explore the Traverse Wine Coast that boasts approximately 40 unique wineries.
Make sure your vehicle is up to the task of exploring Michigan by scheduling a maintenance check at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck. Or, better yet, stop in to get behind the wheel of a new car.
GMC recently announced that the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 would include a brand-new powertrain configuration: a 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine. This new motor is fuel-efficient, ready for off-road adventures, and extremely capable.
Fuel Efficiency: One of the most surprising benefits of diesel engines is increased fuel efficiency, and the new Turbo-Diesel engine on the Sierra 1500 is proof. Thanks to the new engine, a high compression ratio, a variable geometry turbocharger, and Active Thermal Management technologies, the 2020 Sierra 1500 gets up to 30 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city.*
Ready for Off-Roading: One of the best parts of truck ownership is the capability for off-road adventures. The Sierra’s all-new engine option delivers an impressive 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, which means you can enjoy plenty of power for navigating rocky terrain. The available Traction Select System can assist the new Duramax engine to provide peak off-road traction control.
Highly Capable: As with all variants of the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, the 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine is built for power. The engine has the capability to tow up to 9,100 pounds and is rated to carry up to 1,830 pounds of payload.
The Six-Function MultiPro Tailgate is an innovative feature that makes GMC trucks’ tailgates more functional and versatile. Available on the next-generation 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2020 GMC Sierra HD, the MultiPro Tailgate is as strong and dependable as it is flexible.
The MultiPro Tailgate consists of several parts: a primary gate, an inner gate, a primary gate load stop, and an inner gate load stop. The primary gate is a normal tailgate that swings downward, but the difference between the MultiPro and other trucks is the inner gate.
The inner gate can function in various ways. It can open on its own without the primary gate opening so you can use it as a workspace. You can open it with the primary gate and configure it by latching and unlatching different panels. Once you open the primary gate, the inner gate can open so it hangs perpendicular to the primary gate, which lets you get closer to the bed of the truck so you can reach further into it. You can even unlatch another panel to turn the inner gate into a step, so you can get in and out of the bed with ease.
The inner gate can also be used as a load stop. If you’re carrying long items in your truck bed and can’t close the tailgate, the inner gate can fold up to create a barrier that gives you extra length without having to tie your items down.
The MultiPro Tailgate revolutionizes the versatility of truck beds. Check it out in person on the latest Sierra at Jim Causley Buick GMC. For more GMC MultiPro Tailgate details, give us a call.
GMC is a leader in the premium truck market, known especially for the deluxe Denali line. But customers asked for something comparable to the luxury of Denali with the capability of going off-road. GMC delivered the AT4 trim on the Sierra as a response.
The AT4 has stronger suspension and traction control systems without excessive lift jobs or oversized tires. It takes on the backcountry without sacrificing comfort and premium features.
The off-road trim, available on both light-duty and heavy-duty Sierra trucks, takes out the shiny chrome of the Denali and replaces it with matte smoke chrome for a muted, rugged look. Features like a carbon fiber composite bed, convenient infotainment technology, and intelligent safety systems remain in the high-end off-roader.
Inside are comfortable interior appointments that look good and can take on an athletic lifestyle. Plus, the renowned MultiPro tailgate that put Sierra on the map multiplies the weekend adventure possibilities.
Sales of luxury trucks have tripled over the last four years, according to GM, and that’s exactly where GMC shines. The AT4 is another model that lends itself to the “premium that’s meant to be used” ideal of GMC.
If you tow frequently or needs to carry lots of equipment, you need a truck. If you have a busy family who likes the outdoors, you could also use a truck.
No matter the reason you want a truck, it is important that you choose the right truck for your needs. Here are a few pickup buying tips to get you started.
How Are You Going to Use the Truck?
If the truck is just going to be your family hauler, you probably won’t need the most powerful engine, largest truck bed, and most rugged features. However, you want to make sure you get a Crew Cab, so everyone has enough room.
If your truck will primarily be used for work, you want to make sure it has the right towing and handling capabilities.
What Options Do You Need?
An affordable truck can quickly become too expensive with the addition of attractive options and packages. While you might be tempted to add in all the bells and whistles, your checking account might not be too happy about that. Focus on the features you really need to make the truck work for you.
If you are shopping for sophistication, great technology, and premium amenities in your next car, you need to consider Buick. If you haven’t found the Buick you’re looking for yet, perhaps this may interest you: The Buick SUV lineup is expanding with the addition of the Encore GX model for the 2020 model year.
Nearly 90 percent of all Buick sales in the U.S. come from its SUVs, so it’s no surprise that another version of the Encore is on its way. “As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC.
Buyers will get a complete package when they choose the Encore GX. It will come standard with numerous driver safety aids including Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Inside, the Encore GX will have seating for up to five passengers. It will also come with a spacious cargo area that will provide about 5 cubic feet more room than the Encore and about 3 cubic feet less than the Envision.
The Encore GX will arrive in early 2020 at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck. Once it does, Buick will have four premium SUV models to choose from: the Encore, Encore GX, Envision, and Enclave, all available here.
The innovative new CarbonPro bed on the GMC Sierra is the first use of this unique carbon fiber composite in pickup trucks, and it delivers unmatched strength and durability. Boasting “best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance,” according to GMC, the CarbonPro bed is more lightweight, spacious, and versatile than ever.
The carbon fiber used to make the CarbonPro bed, the same raw material often found in supercars and spacecraft, is super lightweight, shaving 60 pounds off the total weight of the Sierra. It’s bigger, too, with an extra cubic foot of cargo space in the bed, and its durable, textured surface means it doesn’t even need a bedliner.
The CabonPro bed was rigorously tested to ensure its resistance to every kind of damage. GMC tested its performance in extreme temperatures both high and low, dropped heavy loads into the bed repeatedly, and even ran a snowmobile in the bed at full power, with the bed sustaining little to no damage.
A limited number of CarbonPro-equipped vehicles will be released for the 2019 model year, so find a GMC Sierra Carbon Pro on sale soon. If you miss it, though, don’t worry — GMC plans to offer the CarbonPro much more widely in 2020.
Visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck for more details on the all-new CarbonPro™ Editions of the GMC Sierra.
J.D. Power published this year’s Customer Service Index study, and Buick scored big. The mass-market brand landed at the top of the rankings for the third year in a row. Booking appointments digitally increased customer satisfaction. Thanks to its industry-leading service, Buick was the Highest Rated Automotive Brand.
Buick scored 857 out of a possible 1,000 points, putting it ahead of second-place MINI and third-place Mitsubishi. Chevrolet and GMC ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Although Buick models feature luxurious amenities and affordable pricing, the brand still competes with mass-market manufacturers. Premium brands were rated separately, although Buick’s score competed with the top brands there as well.
Thirty-four percent of survey respondents stated they preferred to communicate via text message. Unfortunately, less than 10 percent of service departments use text as a method of communication.
Buick continues to streamline the car ownership experience, and that dedication played a major role in the brand’s success. More consumers enjoy the convenience of booking service appointments digitally. Many preferred to communicate with dealers via text messaging.
While some brands lag behind and have yet to implement technology into sales and service, Buick is ahead of the curve. Notably, the Customer Service Index survey found brands with an all-digital experience scored 75 points higher.
Get a closer look at what Buick has to offer and why it is the highest rated mass-market automotive brand for dealership service when you visit Jim Causley Buick GMC.
When water gets into the cracks in concrete and freezes, it expands, weakening the concrete and causing the phenomenon known as potholes. Potholes are one of the worst parts of driving during the winter and can seriously damage your car, so follow these tips on how to avoid pothole damage.
Increase your following distance. If you’re following too close to the car in front of you, you won’t see a pothole in time to avoid it, so leave plenty of space to give yourself more time.
Slow down. The faster you hit a big pothole, the more damage it might do to your car, so go slow on roads and highways with lots of potholes.
Keep your tires properly inflated. Your tires are less likely to take significant damage if they’re inflated to the level suggested by the manufacturer.
Avoid puddles. A puddle in the middle of the road probably means a pothole, and you have no way of knowing how deep it is when it’s filled with water.
Keep a firm grip on the wheel. If you do hit a pothole, the last thing you want is to lose control of your car, so when you see a pothole you can’t avoid, grip the wheel tightly and make sure you have control of it.
Detroit wouldn’t be what it is were it not for the
automotive industry, and the automotive industry wouldn’t be what it is were it
not for Detroit. It’s impossible to understate the impact that the Motor City
has had on the American car market and its explosive growth throughout the 20th
Of the major players in the history of Detroit, few are as influential as General Motors. The Michigan city wasn’t a household name until pioneers like William Durant and Charles Stewart Mott put it on the map. When they founded General Motors in 1908 in Flint, Michigan (later moving to Detroit in the 1920s), they probably didn’t anticipate the impact their business would have.
As General Motors acquired Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and
Pontiac, manufacturing jobs and economic growth in Detroit skyrocketed. By
1950, Detroit was America’s fourth-largest city, with a population exceeding
1.85 million people. Throughout the 20th century, General Motors’ engineering
innovations injecting Detroit’s economy with vitality and prosperity. Even a
century later, General Motors is inextricably linked with Detroit’s reputation
as a hub of cutting-edge innovation.
Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck is proud to be located in the Detroit metro area, where the automotive industry began and continues to grow a century later. We look forward to the many innovations that General Motors has in store for the 21st century.