Thanksgiving Road Trip Tips

ThanksgivingThanksgiving Day and weekend typically have horrible traffic, so if you’re planning on taking a road trip out of town, it’s important to keep these Thanksgiving road trip tips in mind.

Auto-related deaths on Thanksgiving have generally less to do with drunk driving and more about long distances and heavy traffic. Try to leave early on your trip, since other drivers will be less drowsy and there will be fewer of them on the road, but you should also avoid leaving earlier than you would normally get up in the morning. Driving too early in the morning isn’t any better than driving at night—you’ll still be sleepy and off your game.

Another thing to look out for is stress. The holidays can take a lot out of us, and getting everyone together for a several-hour road trip with the prospect of dealing with relatives isn’t the most exciting. Heavy traffic just increases stress, so you just have to avoid letting it get the better of you and causing you to drive recklessly. And be watchful of other stressed-out drivers!

When packing food and luggage in the car, make sure everything is secured and won’t move. If you do get in a wreck or even just come to a sudden stop and there are heavy, loose items around, it could seriously injure you or a passenger.

Bring plenty of games, handheld devices, audiobooks, and regular books to keep your kids entertained on the trip. Avoid driving after you eat turkey, especially at night—the Tryptophan in turkey makes you drowsy. If you can, stay with your relatives.

Buick Avenir Sub-Brand to Debut in 2018

Buick AvenirAfter the popularity of its Avista concept, Buick has decided to launch its bold luxury sub-brand for the 2018 model year. The Buick Avenir sub-brand will be applied to existing Buick vehicles as a new luxury trim as well as future Buick cars.

Buick has spent the last few years reinventing itself, putting out cars like the convertible Cascada and the stylish Verano. With a reinvigorated brand, Buick hopes to use the Avenir lineup to attract younger customers and allow Buick to compete with other luxury brands.

According to Buick, the brand has quickly gained popularity with female customers, and half of new Buick buyers came from competitor brands, interested in Buick’s high-end luxury vehicles. Most Buick buyers are going for the top trim levels.

Avenir is the French word for “future” and will borrow from the 2015 Avista concept in design, maintaining the mesh grille. Details on the Avenir have been vague, but it will also have large-diameter wheels and interior accents like Avenir script and unique seat details. The Avenir cabin will “enhance the brand’s quiet, inviting environment,” according to a statement from Buick.

More details will be announced about the Avenir sub-brand in the coming months.

Naples, FL Events and Activities for November

community eventsGetting a new car opens up a range of possibilities when it comes to exploring your community. You’ll find tons to do in the Naples, FL area, especially during the month of November. From Thanksgiving events to community gatherings, there is something for every in the area at the end of the year. Read on for recommended Naples, FL events and activities.

According to Paradise Coast, one of the must-see events in the area is the upcoming Marco Craft Beer & Fine Food festival on November 6th. You can sample more than 25 craft beers from the area, from half-a-dozen local breweries. Each beer will be paired with delectable dishes from local Marco Island restaurants. General admission is $50, though it also comes with unlimited food, beer tastings, a beer glass, and more. Just be sure to get a designated driver if you plan on drinking!

If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, check out BaconFest Naples on November 12th. Net proceeds go toward ending child hunger in Southwest Florida. This event is for all ages, and admission is just $10. You can sample unique and exotic bacon preparations, as well as classic fried bacon. If you love bacon (who are we kidding, who doesn’t love bacon?), mark this on your calendar!

These are just two upcoming November events near Naples. Hop in your car and explore the area today.

New 2017 Verano Design: Stunning Sophistication

2017 Buick Verano

2017 Buick Verano

The 2017 Verano design has fans talking. This model comes with a lightweight body that has been restyled like never before. This completely overhauled appearance is made to modernize the Verano while also improving fuel economy and adding luxury. If you want a sophisticated, advanced car, look no further than the new Buick Verano.

According to GM Authority, the new Verano comes with a compact design that is perfect for tight city streets as well as the open road. This fresh compact body has also allowed engineers to cut a significant amount of weight off the Verano, improving fuel economy, performance, and handling. The compact look is just the start, though.

The Verano is also getting an entirely new exterior, with a bold front end, sweeping contours, and available LED lighting. The interior is getting added space, as well as exclusive materials and sophisticated styling. This includes things like leather trim, high-contrast stitching, chrome trim, and wood inlays.

Under the hood will be a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as well, offering optimum performance and gas mileage. While previous model years had naturally aspirated engines, this new turbocharged powertrain will help drivers save at the pump while also reducing unnecessary emissions. These are just some of the great new features set to be released on the new Buick Verano.

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

dashboardThere are a lot of confusing terms when it comes to checking out new cars and reading through the specifications. While horsepower is pretty self-explanatory, torque is a widely referred to spec that not many drivers can define. Even more of a mystery is what torque actually does in a car. So, just what does a car’s torque mean? Let us DeVoe Buick GMC explain.

Putting it plain and simple, torque causes a car to accelerate. While the torque specification is a higher number than the torque on the wheels, it’s still a good indicator of how fast a car can accelerate.

There are a few things that can help a car accelerate other than torque. A lighter car and lower center-of-mass will obviously help.

We’ve defined what torque is but not how it effects the vehicle in reality. Take a truck like the GMC Sierra 1500, for example.

If you’ve ever read the specifications on a full-size pickup, odds are you noticed that the engines fall in the range of a V6 or V8 and may include a diesel option here and there. The reason for that size of an engine is simple: the larger the engine, the more torque it can produce.

An engine with high torque won’t be as effective without large wheels and tires, which is why trucks are usually so massive.

New 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Features

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 is here at last, and the new model comes with quite a new few features. From personal customization options, like paint color, to features that are commonly requested by drivers, this full-size pickup is designed to give customers more for their money. While GMC has added quite a few new features, the automaker has also removed some as well.

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 loses the Light Steel Gray Metallic, Iridium Metallic, and Mahogany Metallic colors. As a replacement, the full-size pickup sees the addition of Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic.

As for highly-requested GMC Sierra 1500 features, the truck sees the addition of capless fuel fill and Teen Driver mode with IntelliLink infotainment system to the list of standard features. Low Speed Mitigation Braking also makes its way onto the list. Tri-Mode Power Steps, 18-inch all-season blackwall tires, and a trailer brake controller (SLT Crew Cab Premium Plus Package) all join the list of available options.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain Package

The All Terrain Package will no longer be available on the Sierra 1500 SLE trim. Instead, the SLE receives the Elevation Edition package.

Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we’re proud to stock the latest GMC Sierra 1500—complete with all its new features!

4 Best Back to School Cars for Your Daily Commute

August is winding down, and you know what that means: it’s time to head back to school! During this season, you’re doing to make daily trips to and from class every morning.

Whether you’re just driving your own or are part of a community carpool, here is a list of the best back to school cars.

  • Buick Encore: Has a starting MSRP around $24,000, gets 33 miles per gallon, and seats five, making it perfect for small groups.
  • Buick Enclave: Has a starting MSRP around $39,000, gets 22 miles per gallon, and seats eight, so your entire family will fit comfortably.
  • GMC Terrain: Has a starting MSRP around $24,000, gets 32 miles per gallon, and seats five, saving you money each morning.
  • GMC Yukon: Has a starting MSRP around $48,000, gets 23 miles per gallon, and seats eight, for the largest groups and families.
2016 GMC Yukon

2016 GMC Yukon at DeVoe Buick GMC

Want to learn more about any of these models? Contact us or visit us anytime at DeVoe Buick GMC!

2017 Buick Envision Tech Updates Continues the Model’s Legacy

2016 Buick Envision

2017 Buick Envision – Coming Soon!

Buick raised the bar with the first-ever Buick Envision, a model that perfectly balanced powerful performance and fuel efficiency. And now, the second edition of the stunning model is on the way: the 2017 Buick Envision.

A 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot is just the beginning of the 2017 Buick Envision tech updates, with a long list of safety features plus surround vision to ensure your peace of mind behind the wheel and when parking.

Plus, the sizable model is set to be remarkably fuel-efficient despite its ability to carry the whole family and all their assorted cargo, while earning up to 29 mpg on the highway. And with a long list of available trim levels, there is sure to be a Buick Envision ideal for every driver.

The 2017 Buick Envision will be available as early as fall 2016, so if you are interested in getting behind the wheel of one of these models, contact us or visit DeVoe Buick GMC.

Discontinued Buick Verano Makes Room for More Crossovers

A market trend toward crossovers is causing Buick to reconsider its lineup and make some adjustments. With a new mid-range crossover recently introduced to the market and two others already being sold under the Buick name, the luxury brand’s three sedans are beginning to fall behind their larger siblings in sales. One of the adjustments being made due to this trend is the removal of the Verano from Buick’s US lineup. The discontinued Buick Verano is expected to last through a 2017 model year before fading from the market.

2016 Buick Verano

2016 Buick Verano

In previous years, before the crossover skyrocketed to popularity, small cars like compact sedans were viewed as attainable entries for first-time luxury buyers. However, the compact Verano was overtaken in sales by the subcompact Encore, which is now Buick’s best-selling nameplate. Buick predicts over 70 percent of their U.S. sales over the next year will come from crossovers.

The move to phase out the discontinued Buick Verano mirrors current Buick sales chief Duncan Aldred’s core philosophy to focus resources on a few hard-hitting nameplates, as opposed to having a broad, diverse lineup that strains the company budget. The Verano only sold just over 31,000 units in 2015, a number that pales in comparison to the 2016 Envision’s predicted 50,000.

Celebrate July 4th in Naples, Florida

4th of JulyIf you live in Naples, Florida and are looking for something to do the evening of Independence Day, why not come to the fireworks show at the Naples Pier at the West end of 12th Avenue? It’s an annual tradition to celebrate July 4th in Naples with fireworks displays, music, and the beautiful sight of the Florida coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.

The fireworks show is set to begin at 9:00pm after sunset, but guests are permitted to come earlier to set up any blankets, towels, or lawn chairs anywhere between Lowdermilk Park and Naples Beach. The music for the event will be broadcasted through the WAVV 101.1 FM radio station so viewers can listen while enjoying the fireworks shows choreographed to the playlist.

If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, make sure to check reservations for sightseeing boats in the area a few days ahead of time, as well. Some boat reservations are available for visitors who wish to enjoy the fireworks display on the open ocean!

Admission for the event is entirely free. Parking is first-come, first-serve, and areas marked “No Parking” will be strictly patrolled by law enforcement. Police will be present at the event to direct traffic. No personal fireworks such as sparklers are permitted, but coolers with snacks and beverages are allowed.

Hope to see you there!

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