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2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid Rides Solo In Full Size Truck Market

June 21, 2013
2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid

2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid Riverside

2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is the only hybrid in the full-size truck segment, and ideal for anyone working in Southern California.  Compared with comparable, non-hybrid models, the GMC Sierra Hybrid delivers 33 percent greater city fuel economy and a 23.5-percent improvement in overall fuel economy, all with the capability customers want in full-size truck, including a 6,100-pound towing capacity.

GM’s advanced Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT) and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS) work in conjunction with the standard 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late intake valve closing (LIVC) technology to enable the Sierra Hybrid’s efficient performance.  This hybrid system enables the Sierra to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electricity alone, and also allows the 6.0L V-8 engine to operate in its more economical V-4 mode for longer periods.

GM designed the EVT to provide the best combination of city and highway fuel economy, and as anyone in the Coachella Valley knows, rising fuel prices are a larger factor than ever before.  Used with the Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management, it is an all-purpose system well-suited to providing excellent economy and full-size pickup passenger-carrying, cargo-hauling and trailer-towing capabilities.

The EVT is designed to bolt directly to the standard four-wheel-drive transfer case found on the gasoline-only models for true four-wheel-drive capability.  The Sierra Hybrid’s unique powertrain system comprises the Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT), an Energy Storage System (ESS), and Vortec 6.0L V-8 with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late intake valve closing (LIVC).

The key to GM’s EVT is its unique assemblage of two 60 kW electric motors, three planetary gearsets and four traditional hydraulic wet clutches.  This arrangement allows continuously variable operation, and provides four fixed gear ratios with operation comparable to that of a standard electronically controlled automatic transmission.

A sophisticated Hybrid Optimizing System constantly receives torque-based data from the powertrain and other vehicle systems, and then determines the most efficient means of propelling the vehicle; either via electric power, gasoline engine power or a combination of the two.  The EVT is like having two transmissions in one, continuously variable drive for light-load conditions and fixed-ratio drive for high-load situations.

Engineers chose the Vortec 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine for the Sierra Hybrid because of its favorable torque characteristics.  This is especially important because GM engineers adapted the 6.0L V-8 to operate with late intake valve closing for reduced pumping losses and better overall fuel economy.

Using flat-top pistons, cylinder heads borrowed from GM’s 5.3L high-output V-8 and a 10.8:1 compression ratio, the Vortec 6.0L V-8 produces 332 horsepower at 5100 rpm and 367 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm, yet requires only regular unleaded fuel.

The Vortec 6.0L also features variable valve timing to control late intake closing, as well as Active Fuel Management, which allows four of the eight cylinders to be shut off during periods of light load.  With the benefit of electric boost, the engine is able to stay in V-4 mode for longer periods in the Sierra Hybrid.

The interior of the cab features a unique hybrid gauge cluster and includes a special tachometer incorporating an Auto Stop position which indicates when the gasoline engine is in shut-down mode.

Located midway down the center stack, the navigation system’s seven-inch full-color VGA display (3HB models) doubles as a monitor which shows a graphic representation of the hybrid drivetrain’s power flow.  This display continuously informs the occupants how the system is sending power to the wheels from the ESS/electric motors, the gasoline engine or both.  The screen also displays reverse electrical flow during regenerative braking and whether the vehicle is in two- or four-wheel-drive mode.

Additional standard interior features include dual-zone automatic climate control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio standard on all models, Bluetooth phone connectivity, two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets, three-passenger rear bench seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.


2014 Buick LaCrosse Evolves

June 17, 2013
2014 Buick LaCrosse

2014 Buick LaCrosse Riverside California

2014 Buick LaCrosse

The evolution of the landmark luxury sedan that established Buick’s design leadership and technological innovation in Riverside continues with the 2014 Buick LaCrosse.  The full-size LaCrosse offers new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity.

The 2014 LaCrosse introduces a more expressive interpretation of its successful design, with elements and cues that enhance the car’s well-planted, wide stance. Featuring a new front fascia, sculpted hood and more prominent waterfall grille, lower front active grille shutters are included on every model and close at highway speeds to reduce aerodynamic drag.  New headlamp designs, with available Bi-Xenon High-Intensity Discharge lamps (HID), Active Forward Lighting and LED wing-shape signature lighting help accentuate the new rear fascia design and wraparound tail lamps with LED lighting.

The 2014 LaCrosse’s interior creates a more contemporary ambience and supports the integration of Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system.  Highlights include a new instrument panel “center stack” and integrated floor console with more storage, configurable eight-inch color touch-screen in the center stack, and a configurable eight-inch color electronic instrument panel display and gauge cluster.  New, more comfortable front seats with four-way adjustable headrests, and new door panels with revised door lock, seat memory and trunk release controls are also available.  The new, available Ultra Luxury Interior Package with a synthetic suede headliner and pillars coverings, semi-aniline leather seating, authentic Tamo Ash wood trim and more rounds out the latest additions for 2014.

While the LaCrosse’s new interior brings more amenities and enhanced personal technology with next-generation IntelliLink, it does so with greater simplicity.  The new center stack radio controls, for example, have only seven buttons compared to the previous 17.  The large, eight-inch color touch screen is designed to be easier to operate with intuitive controls and smartphone-influenced swipe recognition for easier navigation.  Dual-zone climate controls also feature capacitive-touch operation and are framed in chrome.

The rear-seat headrests fold down to enhance rearward visibility, while the new four-way adjustable front headrests are designed to provide a greater range of comfort, particularly for taller drivers.

Four interior color/trim combinations are available for 2014 including Light Neutral seating/Cocoa accents, offered with cloth or Soleil Keisel leather seats and Kyoto Maple wood-style décor, or Ebony, offered with cloth or Soleil Keisel leather seats and Cellini Wood décor, and Choccachino seating/Cocoa accents, with Soleil Keisel leather seats with contrast stitching and Phantasm Wood-style décor.

As part of the Ultra Luxury Interior Package, Sangria seating color and Ebony accents, with semi-aniline leather seats and trim, along with Shadow Tamo Ash wood décor.  The new Ultra Luxury Interior Package also features premium semi-aniline leather. It covers the seats, console armrest and door armrests and is complemented by synthetic suede on the headliner and door pillars. The Sangria contrast color with the Ultra Luxury interior is exclusive to LaCrosse.

LaCrosse’s use of Buick’s unique QuietTuning engineering defines Buick quality, sound and vibration characteristics and refinement by following a three-point strategy of reducing sounds at their source, blocking sounds from entering the cabin and absorbing any remaining sounds.

LaCrosse’s specific QuietTuning features include acoustical laminate on the windshield and front side glass, steel laminate on the front-of-dash body area, expanded baffles in the roof pillars, extensive use of melt-on sound deadeners throughout the entire lower body structure, and sound-absorbing material throughout LaCrosse’s engine, passenger and cargo compartments.

Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system debuts on the 2014 LaCrosse.  It offers more features designed for intuitive, easy-to-use functionality and incorporates a higher level of wireless connectivity and customized options building on the safety and security of OnStar.

The 2014 LaCrosse is equipped with a choice of two efficient engines: the standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine with eAssist light electrification technology, rated at 182 horsepower; and an available 3.6L V-6 rated at 304 horsepower. Both are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.

2014 Buick Regal Is Sportier And Smarter

June 11, 2013
2014 Buick Regal Riverside

2014 Buick Regal Riverside

2014 Buick Regal Riverside

Designed to be a sportier and smarter evolution of the brand’s dynamic midsize sedan, the 2014 Buick Regal is ready for any professional in Riverside.  New purposeful technologies enhance safety and the driving experience with a more refined turbo engine, along with the introduction of all-wheel drive.

New exterior styling evolves the 2014 Regal’s appearance with cues that enhance a low, wide proportion and were made to convey a more upscale and contemporary presence.  New headlamps with standard LED daytime running lamps and a revised grille show the new “face” of Regal.  At the rear, LED wing-shape taillamps give the car a familial look.  A new chrome accent bridges the taillamps to further enhance Regal’s wide stance.

The new headlamps are available in two versions, including halogen projector beams and xenon high-intensity discharge.  The available LED daytime running lamps form a distinctive wing profile above the headlamps, designed to give the Regal an unmistakable signature on the road.

Inside, the new 2014 Regal’s interior blends sculptural beauty and refinement with technology, centered on Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system.  A new instrument panel “center stack” houses a new, larger eight-inch color touch screen. There’s also a new steering wheel that includes controls for the new safety and infotainment features.

The instrument cluster is also new, with a high-resolution, 4.2-inch color display that delivers vehicle information, navigation, audio system functions, phone features and more.  In Regal GS, an eight-inch configurable color instrument cluster screen is standard.  It allows the driver to customize the displayed information with adjustments via steering wheel controls.  This premium instrument display is framed with chrome accents and delivers chronograph-style graphics in two modes: Touring and Sport.  It is also complemented with a pair of semicircle mechanical instruments for the tachometer and other vehicle functions, befitting of the GS’s driver-oriented mission.

While the Regal’s new interior brings more amenities and enhanced personal technology, it does so with greater simplicity. The new center stack radio controls have only seven buttons vs. the previous 17. The large, eight-inch color touch screen is designed for easy operation with intuitive controls and smartphone-influenced swipe recognition for easier navigation. Dual-zone climate controls also feature capacitive-touch operation and are framed in chrome.

Four interior color/trim combinations are available for 2014, including a new, high-fashion two-tone leather combination.  Light Neutral seating with Cocoa accents is offered with cloth or Soleil Keisel leather seats and Rhythm wood décor, Ebony is offered with cloth or Soleil Keisel leather seats and Echelon Warm décor, Saddle seating with cocoa accents, offered with two-tone Soleil Keisel leather seats and Rhythm wood décor, and Ebony, which is exclusive to the GS, is offered with Soleil Keisel leather seats with contrast stitching and Diamond Black décor including a black headliner.

Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system is available on the 2014 Regal.  It offers more features designed for intuitive, easy-to-use functionality with a higher level of wireless connectivity and customized options.

In addition to easily identifiable icons covering everything from navigation to phone to music apps such as Pandora, next-generation IntelliLink is designed to accommodate new features and enhancements and be highly customizable.  It also features natural language voice recognition, which allows customers to more safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do.

The IntelliLink system can store up to 60 favorites, including radio stations (AM/FM/XM), contacts, destinations, music and other media.  This feature is convenient for those who travel to the same destination regularly and want to save locations such as hotels and restaurants.

On its eight-inch screen, customers can “fling” through lists, swipe and drag just as they would on a tablet or smartphone. In fact, users with compatible smartphones can pair them with IntelliLink using Bluetooth or a USB connection. That gives customers the ability to play passengers’ music or other media through the vehicle.

The evolution of Buick has arrived in Southern California with the 2014 Buick Regal.

2013 Buick Verano Now Offers Turbo Version

May 30, 2013
2013 Buick Verano Riverside

2013 Buick Verano Riverside

2013 Buick Verano Riverside

Buick introduced the Verano to bring luxury, technology, sophistication, craftsmanship and responsive performance to the growing market for premium compact sedans.  For the 2013 model year, Verano expands its appeal by offering luxury drivers in Southern California a powerful, efficient 2.0L turbo four-cylinder engine option.  Verano also adds advanced safety features expected in a luxury car, such as a standard rearview camera and available crash-avoidance technologies, getting it named a “Top Safety Pick” by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The 2013 Verano rides on standard 18-inch forged alloy, machine face, silver-finish wheels.  A premium 18-inch forged alloy, split-spoke wheel in Manoogian Silver finish is available on the leather and 1ST models.

Exterior colors include Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat and Carbon Black Metallic (all for an additional charge), along with Summit White, Quicksilver Metallic, Mocha Bronze Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic and Luxo Blue Metallic.

Exceptional seat comfort and support, as well as premium, soft-touch materials mark Verano’s interior.  Metallic and wood trims and warm ambient lighting make the cabin an inviting environment.

Neutral and medium titanium colors are offered on interiors with leatherette/fabric seating surfaces, while Ebony, Cashmere and a unique Choccachino color are offered on the available leather-trimmed interiors.

Additional interior standard and available features include push-button engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, six-way power driver’s seat, leather-appointed seating, an electronic parking brake, console armrest that slides and locks, and steering wheel radio controls.

Buick’s exclusive QuietTuning is designed to block or absorb sound and dampen or eliminate vibrations.  It is included in every facet of the Verano’s architecture to make it the quietest compact sedan on the road.

Verano’s quiet cabin is supported with numerous features including acoustical laminated glass, triple door seals and refined chassis dynamics. Even its 18-inch standard wheels are specially manufactured to minimize road noise.

Buick’s IntelliLink system is standard on all Verano models, including vehicles equipped with the available GPS-enabled navigation.  New features for 2013 integrate more functionality into the system, including improved voice commands and added SiriusXM Satellite Radio features.

Owners pairing the Pandora Internet radio app interface with a smartphone can tune to a favorite station by giving a voice command.  Likewise, saying “More like this” while an iPod or other USB media device is playing uses the Gracenotes media database technology to generate a random music playlist based on the current song.

Other enhancements include SiriusXM Tune Select, which allows drivers and passengers to tag an artist or song name, triggering an on-screen notification whenever a favorite tune plays on any SiriusXM channel.  SiriusXM Travel Link offers nearby fuel prices, movie theater show times and weather reports.

As an IIHS Top Safety Pick, Verano is equipped with numerous technologies to help drivers avoid crashes, and help protect occupants in the event a crash occurs.  For 2013, Verano’s standard rearview camera helps drivers see people or objects behind the vehicle.

Verano’s strong, unitized body structure incorporates 60-percent high-strength steel in key areas to enhance strength and crash protection by helping to prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment.

Also new to Verano, Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert technologies help drivers avoid collisions by using radar to watch spots the driver may not be able to see, then provide visible and audible warnings.  These technologies are standard on uplevel Verano models.

Verano’s other primary safety, crash-avoidance and post-crash features include ten standard air bags, including frontal, head curtain side air bags, front and outboard rear-seat side-impact air bags and knee air bags.  Pretensioners minimize forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts.  StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both.

A collapsible pedal system, which allows the pedals to detach during a crash to reduce the risk of leg or ankle injuries, is also available.
Luxury, technology, sophistication, craftsmanship and responsive performance come to life in Southern California with the 2013 Buick Verano.


2013 Buick Regal Gets 36 MPG Rating

May 28, 2013
2013 Buick Regal

2013 Buick Regal Riverside

2013 Buick Regal

The 2013 Buick Regal sedan delivers a premium, sporty driving experience throughout Riverside while still achieving an estimated 36-mpg on the highway with eAssist light electrification technology.  It’s also a turbocharged performance touring sedan with power that is responsive yet responsible.

The Regal’s flowing silhouette and coupe-like proportions suggest motion from all angles.  Attention to detail complements the Regal’s bold styling, with Buick design cues such as the waterfall grille, select use of chrome trim and excellent fit and finish of the exterior panels. Buick’s signature portholes are located on the hood instead of the front fenders, and all Regal models sport a black chrome grille.

Regal’s short rear deck and tucked-in body panels are characteristic of a contemporary sport sedan.  Bold taillamps and intricate lighting elements underscore the car’s attention to detail. Regal GS features unique front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots.  The rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets. Rocker panel extensions and a rear spoiler extension are also featured.

The feeling of flow and motion extends inside the car, where side panels flow uninterrupted into the instrument panel.  Gauges and controls have the look of expensive sport timepieces and are lit with ice-blue LED lights.  The center stack was designed to allow for a lower instrument panel profile more inviting to drivers.  Firm, highly bolstered seats rival those of the top import competitors for comfort and support. New exterior colors for 2013 are Black Diamond Tricoat, Champagne Silver Metallic and Dark Blue Metallic.

The entry Regal (1SL) is generously equipped, with standard features like six air bags, including side curtain air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Intelligent Brake Assist.  Six months of Direction and Connections service with OnStar is also complimentary for new Regal drivers.  Also standard are fog lamps, cruise control, power windows with driver and front passenger express up/down, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather-appointed seating, twelve-way power driver’s seat, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, and an electric parking break.  Rounding out the already long list of standard features is a seven-inch color touch screen radio with Buick IntelliLink, AM/FM/Sirius XM with three months of service, stereo with CD player and auxiliary input jack, USB port and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for select phones.

Regal trim levels progressively add standard equipment with packages.  Five trim levels and four packages allow drivers to easily configure their ideal Regal

Regal Premium 1 (1SN) adds the Comfort and Convenience package with power 12-way passenger seat, 120V AC power outlet, rear park assist, remote start, passive entry/push-button start, universal garage door opener, and a heated steering wheel.

Regal Premium II (1SP) adds Driver Convenience package featuring premium Harman/Kardon audio with 5.1 Matrix surround sound and nine speakers, rear-seat thorax air bags, and high-intensity discharge headlamps.

Regal Premium III (1SR) adds standard 220-hp Ecotec 2.0 turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission.  The Interactive Drive Control package comes with an interactive drive control system and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Regal GS (1SX) adds standard 270-hp Ecotec 2.0 high-output turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission, while the GS Package adds Interactive Drive Control system tuned exclusively for GS.  GS bodywork, GS interior, HiPer Strut front transmission, Brembo front brakes, front parking assist, and 19-inch 5 twin-spoke alloy wheels all come with the GS Package, with optional twenty-inch, 5-twin spoke polished alloy wheels and summer-rated performance tires.

Additional options include a power sunroof on all Regal models, and navigation with the Buick IntelliLink system on 1SP, 1SR and GS.

The Regal relies on the excellent horsepower-per-liter ratio of the four-cylinder Ecotec engine family to deliver smart, on-demand performance that is also very efficient. The standard Ecotec 2.4L engine with eAssist and the available Ecotec 2.0L turbo use direct injection technology to optimize performance, reduce emissions and maximize fuel efficiency. These engines (except GS) are also flex-fuel capable and can run on E85 ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two.

Southern California gets a boost in class and elegant power with the 2013 Buick Regal.  Premium, sporty driving in a touring sedan will make drivers in Riverside take notice.

2013 Buick LaCrosse Reinventing Luxury Sedan

May 23, 2013
2013 Buick LaCrosse

2013 Buick LaCrosse Riverside

2013 Buick LaCrosse Interior

Ideal for the long commute and the roads of Riverside, the 2013 Buick LaCrosse is reinventing the luxury passenger sedan.  Its sculpted design, craftsmanship, premium materials and advanced technologies helped it receive TWO “Best Buy” awards from both Consumer Guide, and Consumer Digest.

Designed to represent modern elegance, the 2013 LaCrosse exterior and interior are a balance of contrasts.  Taut lines with sensuous accents and surfaces characterize the outside.  Inside, a flowing, uninterrupted design theme wraps around the instrument and door panels.  It includes smoked chrome accents, warm wood, first-class leather and materials combined with ice blue ambient lighting to create an inviting environment.

Meticulous attention to detail includes tight gap tolerances, analog instrument cluster, and chrome offset by dark woodgrain accents, with contrasting stitching on the instrument panel.  Buick’s signature QuietTuning, a Buick-exclusive engineering process to reduce, block and absorb interior noise, provides a distraction-free cabin.

As drivers in Riverside have come to expect of a premium sedan, the entry level (1SB) LaCrosse offers a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including six air bags, including side curtain air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, Traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes with Intelligent Brake Assist, six months of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service, and a premium audio system with AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio with three months of service, Bluetooth, USB port, CD player, auxiliary input jack, steering wheel-mounted controls, Buick IntelliLink eight-inch color touch-screen radio.

Additional standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote keyless entry, power windows with driver and front passenger express up/down, electric parking brake, a high-resolution driver information center, and an auto-dimming inside rearview mirror.  Rounding out the standard equipment is a four-way power driver lumbar, remote start, and a Universal Home Remote.

LaCrosse trim levels progressively add standard equipment with packages. Five trim levels and eight packages allow drivers to easily configure their ideal LaCrosse.

The LaCrosse Leather (1SL) adds the Leather Package, which includes leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, front passenger eight-way power seat adjuster, and front halogen fog lamps with projector technology.  The Comfort and Convenience 2 Package comes with rear park assist, driver’s side memory seat and mirror settings, auto-dimming outside rearview mirror with LED indicators and auto-dimming feature, and rear backup camera.

The LaCrosse Premium I (1SP) Luxury Package has perforated leather-appointed and ventilated front seats, leather and wood grain heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, and passive entry/push-button start.

The LaCrosse Premium II (1SR) Entertainment Package features a Harman/Kardon audio system with 11-speaker 5.1 Matrix surround system and power outlet.  The Sport Package includes 18-inch chrome wheels and HiPer Strut front suspension.

The LaCrosse Touring (1ST) Touring Package has 19-inch painted, machined alloy wheels and P245/40R19 tires, rear H-arm suspension, and continuously variable real-time dampening and sport mode selectivity.   The Driver Confidence Package features Side Blind Zone Alert, head-up display, articulating high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, and GPS-enabled navigation system.

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse is equipped with a choice of two efficient engines: the standard Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine with e Assist light electrification technology, rated at 182 horsepower, and an available 3.6L V-6 that is E85 ethanol-capable.  Both are mated to efficient six-speed transmissions. LaCrosse was the first GM passenger car to offer eAssist, which achieves an EPA fuel economy of 25-mpg city and 36-mpg highway using a lithium-ion battery system and electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking capability.  Instead of providing all-electric propulsion, the system provides power assistance to the internal combustion engine. The eAssist system also allows the engine to shut down fuel delivery in certain deceleration situations, which saves additional fuel.  While in fuel shut-off mode, the motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses the accelerator.

The recipient of two “Best Buy” awards from Consumer Guide and Consumer digest, the 2013 Buick LaCrosse is reinventing the luxury passenger sedan in Southern California.

2013 Buick Encore Review Riverside

May 19, 2013
Buick Encore Riverside

2013 Buick Encore Riverside

Buick Encore

The 2013 Buick Encore crossover delivers Buick’s signature style, interior acoustic refinement and luxury amenities in a maneuverable, versatile and efficient package designed to appeal to a new audience of drivers in Riverside.

Encore’s sculpted and elegant styling identifies it as a contemporary Buick.  Signature cues include a waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds, portholes on the hood and painted lower panels.  Standard body-color door handles with chrome strips and a styled, stainless steel exhaust tip add to the premium look.

Blue-accented halogen composite projector-beam headlamps and detailed taillamps further enhance the Encore exterior; and 18-inch, five-spoke painted aluminum wheels are standard, with seven-spoke chromed aluminum wheels also available.

All nine exterior colors include a lower accent color: Quicksilver Metallic, Satin Steel Gray Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Glacier Blue Metallic and Brilliant Blue Metallic with Dark Argent Metallic lower accent; Cocoa Silver Metallic and Deep Espresso Brown Metallic with Dark Cocoa Ash lower accent; and White Pearl Tricoat with Satin Nickel Metallic accent.

Inside, the Encore’s distinctive styling carries over to a flowing instrument panel that wraps naturally into the door panels.  A prominent central instrument panel houses the seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display for the standard IntelliLink voice-activated infotainment system.  It also features displays for the SiriusXM satellite radio and standard rearview camera, as well as the available GPS-enabled navigation system.

An all-Ebony or contemporary mix of dark and light tones distinguishes the cabin, which is accented with ice-blue ambient lighting, and select use of bright chrome and woodgrain trim. Premium seats feature high-density foam for greater comfort on long drives.  They are trimmed in either a contemporary cloth/leatherette or available premium leather.  The 60/40 flat-folding rear seat features a fold-down armrest with cup holders.

Buick designers filled Encore with ample storage, including eight beverage holders, storage in all four doors, four bins in the dash, pockets in the seatbacks, an available bin beneath the passenger seat and bins under the rear load floor around the spare tire.  It offers 18.8 cubic feet of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet with the rear seat folded.

With the rear seat in place, there is room for at least six full grocery bags.  When the rear seat is folded, there’s room for golf clubs and overnight bags for a weekend getaway.  Even the front passenger seat folds flat to extend the cargo length and accommodate long items that otherwise would not fit in a vehicle of this size. Interior upholstery and color combinations include upscale cloth with leatherette accents in a choice of Ebony or Medium Titanium with Ebony accents; and leather-appointed seats in a choice of Ebony, Medium Titanium with Ebony accents, and Saddle with Cocoa accents.

The base Encore (1SB) is generously equipped with ten standard air bags, including side curtain and knee air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, Rearview camera, and QuietTuning with Buick’s first use of Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology.  Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution is also standard, along with OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections service, electronic cruise control, Ice-blue interior ambient lighting, upscale cloth seating with leatherette accents, six-way, and power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment.

The standard features continue with power windows with driver express up/down and front/rear passenger express down, leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel with locking feature to deter theft, color-keyed, carpeted front and rear floor mats, rear cargo cover, roof-mounted luggage rails, dual gloveboxes, theft-deterrent system, variable-effort electric power steering, and eighteen-inch painted cast aluminum wheels.  Finally, rounding out the standard features is a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio with Buick IntelliLink, AM/FM/Sirius XM with three months of service, SiriusXM Travel Link and Tune Select, stereo with CD player, auxiliary input jack, six speakers, USB port and Bluetooth wireless connectivity for select phones.

Available for any adventure throughout Southern California, the 2013 Buick Encore is maneuverable and versatile with luxury amenities designed to make any trip an enjoyable one.


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