Safety Tips for Driving in Colorado Mountains

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Here in Denver, Colorado, we’re fortunate to have so many beautiful mountainous destinations within easy driving distance, like the picturesque Rockies. Before you set out on your next trip in your Buick or GMC, check out these safety tips for handling the steep twists and turns of Colorado’s mountain roads.

Dangerous conditions

Exercise caution, and slow down while driving on steep mountain roads. These routes are often narrower than usual, with dangerous curves, limited visibility, and wildlife crossing often, especially near parks. The weather can change quickly at high altitudes, so be prepared for sudden snow, ice, wind, and chills to appear. An AWD-equipped vehicle like the GMC Acadia or Buick Enclave can provide you with better traction in treacherous conditions.

Steep roads

If you are driving down a steep road, keep an eye out for vehicles behind you that may not be able to stop. To control your speed, shift to a lower gear rather than overusing your brakes. If you are driving up a steep road, consider turning off the air conditioning to keep the engine from overworking and overheating. If you can’t keep up your speed, pull over in a turnout to let other vehicles pass before proceeding.

Vehicle maintenance

Driving in the mountains can be especially hard on your vehicle’s engine, transmission, brakes, suspension, and other systems. If you’re planning on taking any rugged trips, make sure your vehicle is running smoothly and up to date on scheduled maintenance.

Whether you need a vehicle that can handle mountain roads or want to schedule service before your next high-elevation trek, contact Transwest Buick GMC in Denver and we’ll be happy to help.

GMC Terrain Features That Are Perfect for Road Trips in Colorado

If your family likes taking road trips throughout Colorado, you need an SUV that’s ready for the open road. The GMC Terrain has everything you need to take every adventure to the next level, from stellar capability to versatility to advanced tech. Here are some of the best GMC Terrain features.

Interior cargo space

The Terrain has more than enough room to store your family’s suitcases or overnight bags. With all of the seats up, you can take advantage of 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space, which opens up to a maximum of 63.3 cubic feet with the second row folded down.

Towing Capacity

If you need a little extra space for your gear or want to pull some jet skis to the lake, the Terrain can do that, too. Depending on which engine you choose, you can pull a trailer that weighs up to 3,500 pounds.

Navigation system

You’ll never have to worry about getting lost en route to your destination with the available built-in navigation system. Leave your smartphone in your pocket since these directions display right on the in-dashboard infotainment display.

Connectivity

Road trip boredom will be a thing of the past with the Terrain’s advanced connectivity features. You seamlessly integrate your smartphone with the SUV via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility. Everybody access the internet without burning through your data plan thanks to the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot.

If you’re ready to raise your road trip game, check out our online inventory of 2020 GMC Terrains or contact Transwest Buick GMC in Denver.

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Consumer Reports Names Buick Encore One of the Best Used Cars

The Buick Encore recently earned recognition as one of the best used cars for less than $20,000. Consumer Reports praised the small SUV’s 2017-2019 model years for having high reliability ratings in the Annual Auto Surveys and for offering a comfortable, quiet interior.

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The Encore easily maneuvers around tight city streets and provides consistently smooth drives thanks to its small stature and peppy engine. Even when driving during rush hour traffic, the SUV prevents outside noises from reaching the interior so you can enjoy a quiet, peaceful ride. Adjustable seats and seamlessly incorporated creature comforts add to the cabin’s relaxing atmosphere.

Other pre-owned Buick SUVs, like the Envision and Enclave at Transwest Buick GMC, are also valuable options. Each of these SUVs has an accommodating interior with plenty of room for your family to stretch out while their many bags fit inside the trunk. Despite being a few years old, these pre-owned Buick SUVs offer an array of modern amenities and intuitive technologies.

If your family is shopping for an affordable vehicle on a budget, a pre-owned Buick SUV is a great choice since it’s less expensive than a new model while still having everything you want in a family-hauler. Browse the Transwest Buick GMC website to learn about the pre-owned models we have available in Denver, Colorado.

Preview of the Exciting 2021 Buick Envision Redesign

The Buick Envision will have a new and improved look for the 2021 model year. The makeover, though, isn’t just about its exterior look. The 2021 Buick Envision will overflow with advanced safety tech, making its good looks even more attractive to drivers who value style and substance.

Power play

Although all specs haven’t been revealed yet, the 2021 Buick Envision will continue to deliver the smooth, powerful performance you expect from Buick. The 2021 model will feature a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Design upgrade

The lower and wider 2021 Envision is sure to impress onlookers, while the all-new Avenir trim will offer more style enhancements. Inside, the 2021 Envision will be equipped with connectivity tech via Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, easily accessed via the first 10-inch touch screen from the automaker.

Safety systems

You will feel more confident and informed behind the wheel of any trim level of the 2021 Envision thanks to standard tech such as rear park assist, lane keep assist with departure warning, forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking. Available technologies include front park assist, HD Surround Vision, a head-up display, and rear cross-traffic alert, worthwhile systems for drivers who prioritize safety.

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Contact Transwest Buick GMC in Denver, Colorado, to learn more about the 2021 Buick Envision. If you can’t wait for the 2021 model, schedule a test drive of the 2020 Buick Envision available now at Transwest Buick GMC.

Exciting Changes Coming to the 2021 GMC Yukon

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Continuing its legacy as one of America’s favorite family-focused SUVs, the 2021 GMC Yukon is poised to introduce some exciting updates when it launches later this year. As the first iteration of an all-new generation, this model will provide improved towing capacity, increased interior space, and heightened fuel economy. Here’s a preview of the 2021 GMC Yukon.

The 2021 Yukon’s available 5.3-liter V8 engine increases power output to 355 horsepower, resulting in a 20 percent increase in towing capacity over prior years. When properly equipped, the Yukon XL can tow a staggering 8,400 pounds. The improved power won’t translate to reduced efficiency, with even the most powerful engine boasting a modest increase in efficiency over the 2020 model.

Due in part to the fact that the 2021 GMC Yukon is six inches longer than the 2020 model, both passenger space and cargo volume are more plentiful than before. The third row has 10.1 inches of additional legroom in the standard model, and 12.3 inches in the XL. Meanwhile, you’ll have 23 more cubic feet of space for storage, adding up to a gigantic maximum of 144.7 cubic feet.

The 2021 GMC Yukon is shaping up to be the best version yet, and we will have it in stock soon at Transwest Buick GMC in Denver, Colorado. Currently, we still have the 2020 Yukon in stock, so get a great deal on it here before it’s gone.

Tips for Researching Cars Online

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Whether you’re stuck at home or simply prefer virtual shopping, researching cars online is a convenient way to learn about the latest models on the market, like the Buick and GMC vehicles we sell at Transwest Buick GMC. We suggest you follow these tips to conduct the most effective, trustworthy online research.

 

Compare specifications

Each automaker’s site can give you detailed information about the current model lineups. Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a handful of models, compare the specifications for each model to find the car that best meets your wants and needs. Make sure you know what features you care most about before comparing them so you can focus your attention primarily on the attributes that you find important.

 

Check user reviews

If you have your eye on a specific model, you may be tempted to purchase the model shortly into your research process. However, before doing so, make sure you check user reviews and customer videos. By hearing the opinions of other consumers, you can better determine if a model is as good in person as it sounds online.

 

Scroll through the dealership’s website

A dealership’s website can house a wealth of information, and our Transwest Buick GMC website has plenty. We have model overviews that go in detail about the features of different vehicles as well as technology spotlights that can keep you informed about the latest technologies in Buick and GMC vehicles.

 

Be sure to check out our website when searching for your next vehicle in Denver, Colorado. If you see a model in stock you like, call us for more information on it.

Study Finds GMC Makes Some of the Longest-Lasting Cars

A new study by iSeeCars.com has evaluated almost 16 million cars sold last year to find ones that reached 200,000 miles. This let judges determine what brands, segments, and models tended to last longer on the road.

The study found that GMC is the third-longest-lasting brand on the market, with 1.4 percent of GMC vehicles on the road after 200,000 miles. Chevrolet was in fourth place, also with 1.4 percent of cars over 200,000 miles. GMC and Chevrolet were the two longest-lasting American car brands on the list, beating Ford.

Two GMC vehicles were in the top 15 longest-lasting cars across the entire auto industry: the GMC Yukon XL, which came in seventh place, and the GMC Yukon, which came in ninth place. The Yukon XL was also named to the short list of vehicles with the highest likelihood of reaching 300,000 miles: 0.2 percent, compared to the average of 0.03 percent for all models.

The GMC Sierra 1500 and the Canyon were two of the longest-lasting light-duty pickup trucks.

The study examined only vehicles that were still currently in production as of the 2020 model year to provide useful data for new-car buyers, and heavy-duty vehicles and low-volume vehicles were also excluded from the study.

If you want a long-lasting truck or SUV, you can purchase a GMC from Transwest Buick GMC in Henderson, Colorado.

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GM Reintroduces the Hummer as a GMC EV Truck

The Hummer that dominated roadways in the early 2000s was many things, but efficient was not one of them. However, General Motors is now ready to rewrite the legacy of the Hummer with a much different revival.

GM is adding a new version of the Hummer to the GMC lineup, and this Hummer will be an all-electric truck.

Both EVs and trucks are growing at an accelerated rate in recent years, so the idea to add a vehicle to the GMC family that belongs to both segments makes a lot of sense. Drivers won’t have to worry about a loss of power for the Hummer, either. In fact, its status as an electric vehicle will actually help increase its power output.

Thanks to a powertrain comprised of advanced electric motors, the Hummer EV will have a reported power output of nearly 1,000 horsepower. This, combined with its incredible all-electric range, will make the GMC EV truck one of the most desirable vehicles on the market. GM has already started marketing the Hummer EV with a series of ads starring basketball legend LeBron James, centered on the silent power of the new Hummer.

The all-new iteration of the Hummer should be joining the GMC lineup sometime in 2021, and we here at Transwest Buick GMC are excited for its coming arrival.

GMC Sierra Tech: How Does CarbonPro™ Work?

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The GMC Sierra is a rugged, capable truck, and there’s one feature that sets it apart from the competition: the CarbonPro™ bed. The more you learn about this groundbreaking technology, the more impressive it becomes. If you’ve wondered “How does CarbonPro™ work?” we have a simple explanation.

Carbon fiber composite

The secret behind CarbonPro™ is its high-strength, durable carbon fiber construction. According to Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Global GMC, “CarbonPro™ is made of the same raw material found in seven-figure super cars and even aerospace applications.”

What can it do?

Just saying “carbon fiber” means nothing; the proof is in the real-world application. After rigorous testing, GMC found that the CarbonPro™ bed is strong enough to withstand drop tests from objects like cinderblocks and 1,800 pounds of gravel. It’s naturally resistant to corrosion and weighs 25 percent less than a steel bed. That weight reduction, alongside carbon fiber’s natural strength, can increase your Sierra’s max payload by up to 59 pounds. Because of its thin stature, the CarbonPro™ bed gives properly equipped Sierra trucks superior cargo space and completely eliminates the need for spray-on liners and rear-wheelhouse liners.

To get up close and personal with a GMC Sierra equipped with a CarbonPro™ bed, or to learn more about its benefits and capabilities, pay us a visit at Transwest Buick GMC.

GM Announces New Three-Cylinder Engines

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Engineers have gotten good at maximizing power from small engines. Many four-cylinder engines available today are more powerful than larger engines that were available decades ago. Now, we have learned that General Motors is adding two new three-cylinder engines to its lineup.

The last time GM offered a three-cylinder engine was on the 2000 Chevrolet Metro. This was a 1.0-liter engine with only 55 horsepower. The modern versions will be much better than that and will come in 1.2- and 1.3-liter displacements with attached turbochargers. The 1.3-liter engine delivers 155 horsepower, while the 1.2-liter option is expected to have an output near 137 horsepower.

Along with their impressive power ratings, these engines should be more efficient. When compared to a larger four-cylinder engine, these engines weigh about 40 pounds less. The weight savings combined with more efficient engine technology should help save fuel. GM has yet to release fuel efficiency ratings, but we expect them to be better than the EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined with the 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine on the current 2020 Buick Encore.

Both of these engine options will be available in the new Buick Encore GX and the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The Buick Encore GX will go on sale here at Transwest Buick GMC by the end of March.