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.
There are plenty of amazing places to take your GMC truck off-roading in Michigan, but you won’t get far if your truck isn’t properly outfitted for hitting the trails. From your friends at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck, here’s a list of essential upgrades for preparing your truck for off-roading near Clinton Township.
Installing all-terrain tires is necessary for safe driving off-road. All-terrain tires are designed to grip onto looser surfaces like dirt and sand better than standard tires can, letting you navigate forest trails, deserts, and other off-road surfaces more easily.
When you’re driving on rocky, loose, or wet terrain, you need a skid plate to protect the underside of your truck. The skid plate acts as a barrier between debris from the road and the important parts housed under your vehicle, including the radiator and drivetrain.
A lift kit raises your truck further off the ground, giving you more ground clearance for driving over steep hills and other obstacles without scraping the underside of your truck. Body and suspension lift kits exist, but only suspension lift kits give you more ground clearance.
You should never go off-roading without equipment that can help you recover from emergencies like getting stuck in mud or sand, tire punctures, and running out of fuel. And don’t forget to pack plenty of food, water, spare clothing, and sleeping bags in case you get stuck somewhere overnight.
With these upgrades, you’ll be all set for your next off-road adventure. To order and install these parts on your truck or find a pre-modified off-road truck to purchase, visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck today.
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.
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.
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 work for General Motors (or are related to someone who is), the GM Employee Discount includes a range of perks and special deals that you won’t find elsewhere. There’s a GM Extended Family Card, a GM Accessories Employee Discount, a Certified Service Discount, and more. In short, you or your GM employee can find special deals for every step of the car-buying process. Whether you’re looking for small accessories or you’re buying a new GMC, using your employee discount will save you money.
According to GM, employees and eligible family members can use a GM Employee Discount to buy or lease an eligible, new Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle at a discounted price below the MSRP. The list below shows everyone who’s eligible:
Any active GM employee
Their spouse, children (and stepchildren), grandchildren, grandparents, parents, siblings, in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Retired and former hourly or salaried GM employees
Widows and widowers of former GM employees
And employees, retirees, and surviving spouses of eligible divested companies and other organizations
Most new and used 2019 and 2018 GM cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans are eligible for discounts. In order to use the special discounts and rewards, you’ll need to obtain an authorization number and then take that to your local GM dealership. Simply select “GM Employee Discount” from the Programs menu on the GM Family First website, and select “Get Authorization Number.”
If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at Jim Causley and let us know you’re eligible for a GM discount.