2018 Buick Enclave Review: New Year, New Style

It’s been ten years since the first Buick Enclave debuted. It was a sophisticated choice back then, and remained a solid pick all throughout its first generation. Now, this mid-size SUV is even more impressive than before with the launch of its long-awaited second generation. The new 2018 Buick Enclave offers drivers more style, more substance, and more of everything that made the first-gen Enclave a consumer favorite for so many years.2018 Buick Enclave Review - DeVoe Buick GMC - Naples, FL

The new 2018 Buick Enclave is generously detailed from top to bottom, inside and out. New standard offerings for 2018 include LED headlights and taillights, an 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, and 10% more storage space than the previous model year.

 

Lovers of luxury can also get their Enclave in the all-new Avenir trim. The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir is the first offering in North America for Buick’s new high-end sub-brand, which adds a unique grille, pearl-nickel wheels, and wood accents to enhance the feeling of luxury you get whenever you get behind the wheel.

 

Every 2018 Buick Enclave is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that kicks out 310 horsepower. It’s matched with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and expert reviewers are saying that this powertrain translates to smooth handling and a responsive performance in both urban and country settings.

 

We love how the 2018 Buick Enclave handles, and think you will too. Stop in at DeVoe Buick GMC to take an in-person look at this new and premium option for family travel.

Three New Year’s Resolutions to Try in 2018

2018 is here, and if you took a little extra time to get your resolutions in order, now it the time to start setting your goals for the year ahead. If you’re still struggling to think of something to try for 2018, consider these useful New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s Resolutions to try in 2018 - DeVoe Buick GMC - Naples, FL

Start Meditating

Meditation can be good for many different things, from reducing stress to improving concentration. You might be surprised to find how much a regular meditation practice can affect your day to day life. There are plenty of books, CDs, and smartphone apps to get you started on your meditation journey in 2018.

 

Improve Your Finances

This is a common resolution, but it can also feel like one of the most difficult. One of the keys to successful saving is setting realistic expectations for yourself. Take a detailed look at your finances and your current spending habits to learn where you can cut back. Set up your saving goals on a monthly basis and make sure that your aims are achievable, and you will see the benefits in full by the time 2019 is being rung in.

 

Learn a New Language

There are so many benefits to learning a second language. With so many resources available to do help get you started, like the Duolingo app or Rosetta Stone software, there’s no excuse not to get started on learning a new language in 2018.

 

These are just some of the goals you can set for yourself in 2018. If you’re still searching for something, consider setting an automotive goal—follow a regular maintenance schedule by bringing your vehicle in for service at DeVoe Buick GMC and be a more proactive vehicle owner.

 

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Debut

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir debuted early this month, and positive reviews are already rolling in, citing the luxury sedan’s refined interior, advanced features, and lightweight design. The Avenir luxury trim was announced in 2015 with a concept car, and since then the Enclave has come out with an Avenir trim in addition to the more recent LaCrosse.

The LaCrosse Avenir has a subtly redesigned interior with leather seats in a dark brown color, giving the car an extra touch of class. In addition to premium materials, you’ll also find Avenir branding in the car, and it offers a lot of standard technology too, like a panoramic moonroof and standard navigation system.

With a slight boost in horsepower and a 300-pound drop in weight, the Buick LaCrosse 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir DebutAvenir also offers significantly better performance and fuel economy, as it uses Active Fuel Management and stop-start technology to reduce energy use much as possible. As to safety, the LaCrosse Avenir will offer a wide range of driver assist features, including Front Pedestrian Braking and Automatic Park Assist.

If you want to find out more about the new Buick LaCrosse Avenir or you want to take one for a test drive, give us a call today at DeVoe Buick GMC!

Things to Do in Naples at Christmas

Naples, Florida was voted one of the top 10 best towns for Christmas last year by Coastal Living, thanks to its abundance of festivals and attractions that keep the holiday cheer going through the whole month of December. So, in the same spirit, here are some fun things to do in Naples at Christmas.Naples at Christmas

Spending Christmas at the beach is unusual, but fun—especially since it’s a low-stress way to spend time with family, and we all know Christmas can be a stressful time. Plus, Naples has some of the most beautiful white sand beaches around.

This year’s Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay will take place the evening of December 9th, and boaters will decorate their ships with lights—one even turned his boat into Santa’s sleigh—and sail around the bay. Make sure you arrive early to find a great spot to watch!

Every year, Fifth Avenue South downtown is decorated elaborately with Christmas lights while a band plays Christmas music. The Naples Botanical Garden is also beautiful around the holidays, and if you’re just visiting, you’ll definitely want to stay at the Ritz-Carlton, which turns into a winter wonderland around Christmas.

The staff here at DeVoe Buick GMC wish you the happiest of holidays!

Black Friday Shopping Tips

If you’re like many people, you like to get a solid start on your Holiday shopping by venturing out on Black Friday. You can find dozens of excellent deals if you know where to look. Use these Black Friday shopping tips from DeVoe Buick GMC to make the most of your shopping.

 

Make a List

 

Before you head out, you need to get organized. Make a list of what you’re looking for and order it based on priority. Know which store you need to visit for each item, and have a backup plan in case you can’t find what you wanted.

 

Shop Together and Apart

 

You can make the most of your Black Friday shopping if you go with a friend or two. Not only is it more fun, but you can split up when needed to cover more ground more quickly.

Black Friday shopping

Shop Online

 

If you don’t like the busy stores, no problem! You can still find tons of great deals online, especially if you do your research ahead of time. Many websites will advertise their sales beforehand so you can plan your purchases.

 

Be Patient

 

When the crowds get frustrating, remember that everyone is out for the same reason as you are. Try to be patient and careful when in the stores and in traffic. Bring a book or headphones if you’re going alone so you’ll have something to do while you wait in line. You might want to pack snacks, too—especially if you’re susceptible to becoming “hangry!”

2018 GMC Terrain

There’s no vehicle like the crossover. Efficient yet capable, compact yet filled with useful features, it’s a favorite for families, young adventurers, and everything in between. With that in mind, every brand is always looking for new ways to make their crossover the best in the segment. With the new redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain, GMC has succeeded at this goal admirably.

 

Changes are applied to both the interior and exterior of this SUV. Outside, the 2018 GMC Terrain gets new, bold styling while the cabin gets updates to accommodate versatile needs. A fold-flat front passenger seat and rear seats allow drivers to load cargo that’s up to 8 feet long.

 

The 2018 GMC Terrain also gets updated powertrain options. Drivers can now have this crossover with a new diesel engine that kicks out 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, all while delivering 39 mpg highway.* Each of the two turbocharged gas engines also promise exceptional fuel economy.

2018 GMC Terrain

In addition to design and performance, the new GMC Terrain also comes with generous features that will be appreciated by all. A standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is perfect for any lifestyle, and a long list of advanced safety tools are just what many divers are looking for. This list includes the standard Teen Driver feature, a useful tool for teaching safe habits to young drivers.

 

If you’re thinking of upgrading to a modern crossover that offers a ton of bang for the buck, you can’t go wrong with the 2018 GMC Terrain. Learn more when you take one of these SUVs for a test drive at DeVoe Buick GMC.

 

*EPA estimated.

History of Trick-or-Treat

Since your parents started dressing you in that (totally awesome) pumpkin costume, you’ve associated Halloween with trick-or-treating. But just how did it all start? Here’s some history about how trick-or-treat came to be, from us here at DeVoe Buick GMC.

The term “trick-or-treat” was only coined in 1951, when it was made popular by the Peanuts comic strip. However, that’s not the origin of the actual practice of trick-or-treating. Back in the Middle Ages, people would dress up as ghosts or demons and would perform “tricks” for food and drinks.Trick-or-Treat

In later centuries, young people in Scotland and Ireland would dress up (called “guising”) and go door to door, telling jokes or singing songs in exchange for a treat of some sort.

Guy Fawkes Day was a celebratory holiday in England. In the 19th century, children began dressing up as Fawkes (a famous conspirator) and asking people for “a penny for the Guy”.

In the United States, trick-or-treating spawned from the American colonists who celebrated Guy Fawkes Day as well as the Irish and Scottish who practiced their tradition of “guising”. Pranking on Halloween became a common practice during the 1920’s, which ending up leading to the “trick-or-treat” practice.

After a short halt on trick-or-treating during WWII, it became popular again during the postwar baby boom. And we’ve been trick-or-treating ever since!

2018 GMC Terrain

If you’re ready for an adventure, the 2018 GMC Terrain is the one for you. This crossover has the strength and power it takes to travel any road. Check out why the Terrain is a standout among its competitors.

While you don’t need incredible style to take on an adventure, it certainly doesn’t hurt. The 2018 Terrain has sharp angles that make it stand out from other crossovers on the road and help it cut through the air and improve its aerodynamics.

On the inside, you’ll get luxury with heated and ventilated seats, aluminum trim, and a heated steering wheel. All of this helps to make long road trips comfortable.

2018 GMC TerrainYou can travel the landscapes with the help of three different engine options. With up to 252 horsepower, you’ll have the power to do anything. Don’t worry, though, there’s still plenty of efficiency available, with a diesel engine that delivers up to 39 mpg highway.*

At the Denali trim level, you’ll get a unique suspension that will make your drive sportier and smoother than ever. Whether you choose Denali trim level or not, though, you’re sure to get optimal performance and handling.

All of these features make the 2018 GMC Terrain the obvious choice for any adventure. Take it for a test drive today at DeVoe Buick GMC.

*EPA-est. 28 MPG city/39 MPG hwy (FWD).

5 Movies with GMC Cars as Stars

The GMC brand is known for its capable but sophisticated lineup of SUVs and pickups. At DeVoe Buick GMC, we love seeing our favorite GMC vehicles on the road, but we also love to catch them on the big screen. Here are five movies with GMC cars as their star.

movies with GMC

The Notebook (2004)

This classic romance film was one of the first chances crowds had to fall in love with the handsome Ryan Gosling, but we have to assume that his 1935 GMC QB truck was part of the charm.

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

A slightly newer GMC truck plays a role in this romance film when Clint Eastwood’s character drives a 1960 GMC 1500.

Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem (2007)

Thanks to this movie, it has been proven that the 2005 GMC Yukon XL is the perfect vehicle to take when you’re heading out to defeat the Predators and the Aliens.

Joe (2013)

This serious drama makes room for the 1997 GMC C-15, which helps to drive the plot, telling a story of young Gary and his new father-figure Joe.

Transformers (2007)

The Transformers franchise takes the opportunity to showcase many different manufacturers. You’ll spot plenty of GMC cars in these movies, like the GMC Topkick C4500 which turns into the Autobot Ironhide. We’re waiting for GMC to release this transformative feature as a standard for us to try, but until then we’ll have to settle for binge-watching Michael Bay’s Transformers series.

Tailgating Ideas

We love tailgating at DeVoe Buick GMC, so we’re always looking for new tailgating ideas. Looking to take your tailgating parties to the next level? Then it’s time to stray from the standard burger and chips. With an updated menu and some fresh meal plans, your friends will never want anyone else to host the tailgating festivities.

tailgating ideas

Mini Sandwiches

A selection of cheeses, meats, and veggies can make for some delicious, cool sandwiches that you can prepare the night before. Use miniature buns or assemble on a baguette that can be sliced into small sandwiches. Place sandwiches in ziplock bags and keep refrigerated until it’s time to go.

Chips and Dip

Knock regular old chips and salsa out of the park by making a trio of your own homemade dips. You’ll have no trouble finding recipes for things like grilled salsa, easy guacamole, cheese dips, and more.

Stews, Soups, and Gumbos

When the weather cools down, let your guests warm up with more than just hot chocolate and coffee. Crock-pot recipes for soups, stews, and gumbos let you cook your meal overnight. Come morning, it’s ready to store in thermoses where it will stay warm until you’re ready to serve it later.

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