The 2019 GMC Acadia already promises to hold its own in the competitive midsize SUV segment, but every model can use an edge, right? Enter the GMC Acadia Black Edition. This limited-run model boasts all the features drivers love about the standard model and much more, providing a jolt of bold, confident style. We’re looking forward to welcoming the Black Edition here at Ron Smith Buick GMC.
All Acadia Black Edition models will feature black trim and a darker grille insert. Black mirror caps, trim badging, and surround make this quite the standout model. Black roof rails and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with black accents complete the Acadia’s top-to-bottom blackout.
When purchasing a Black Edition model, drivers will also have a choice of five exclusive exterior finishes: Ebony Twilight Metallic, Summit White, White Frost Tricot, Dark Sky Metallic, and Smokey Quartz Metallic.
The Black Edition will be available only on the Acadia’s SLT-1 and SLT-2 trims. The SLT-1 features a four-cylinder engine that puts out 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The SLT-2 features a bigger 3.6-liter V6 engine that pounds the pavement with 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.
The 2019 GMC Acadia Black Edition is scheduled to bring its swagger to dealerships this summer. Until then, view our available new GMC Acadia selection!
Brand name recognition is a big deal. Word of mouth and having a recognizable logo are major marketing tactics in the business world. And it seems that, in time for the 2019 Buick lineup, Buick has achieved the ultimate goal of gaining customers who can recognize the brand’s vehicles from logo alone. Buick recently announced plans to drop the brand’s name from the 2019 Buick lineup, relying entirely on the tri-shield logo for brand recognition.
This marketing decision comes in the wake of a survey conducted by Buick at the beginning of 2017, the results of which showed that 73 percent of drivers could recognize Buick vehicles from the logo alone. It’s also another strategic move by the brand to switch up expectations and preconceptions of Buick. In the past, the Buick name was associated with an older target demographic, while the automaker is currently aiming to appeal to a broader (and younger) audience. Dropping the Buick name from the back of its vehicles will also leave room for the new Avenir sub-brand badging.
The new Buick lineup, soon to be available at Ron Smith Buick GMC, will continue to deliver the brand’s “attainable luxury” while also building and expanding the new Avenir sub-brand. By leaving off the Buick name, the brand is taking another step towards revamping its image.
Worried about buying a used car? Concerned that the process will suck up all your time and stress you out? It’s easy to get caught up in the difficulties of deciding on a type of car, getting the best value, and making sure the car is in good condition. To help you navigate the process of shopping for a vehicle, here are a few tips to keep in mind when buying a used car:
Set a Budget
Begin the process by settling on a good budget. If you’re open to buying cars older than five years, there may not be many banks willing to give you a loan to pay for an old used car, so make sure you have enough money to purchase the type of used car you want. While you should probably aim for vehicles with a bit of wiggle room underneath your budget cut-off point, you can also negotiate with the seller for a better price, as long as you’ve done your research.
Seek Out a Reputable Dealership
Shopping for a used car can also take you to different places. Customers are familiar with third-party sellers, such as former car owners placing classified ads. But everyone has heard their fair share of horror stories about former owners selling poorly-maintained vehicles to unsuspecting buyers.
You’re better off seeking out a reputable dealership like Ron Smith Buick GMC, because we can offer a more guaranteed, higher quality of vehicle than third party sellers.
When shopping for a used car you should always do your homework by checking the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, and having a history report run on the car to ensure it’s in good quality.
Finding a used car for an affordable price and in good condition could be right around the corner, especially when you visit Ron Smith Buick GMC.
The 2018 Terrain design is new for the latest model year, offering a fresh, bold look that’s bound to stand apart. The Terrain is a dependable small SUV that’s great for families and a wide range of drivers, and the 2018 model year will include smoother contours and a less boxy style. Not only will this improve aerodynamics, but it also gives the Terrain a refined look that will impress both family and friends.
According to The Oakland Press, the Terrain is shorter and lighter than the previous model year, and the Denali trim will have a satin-chrome grille, LED lighting, and signature alloy wheels. The front end is remarkably different, with new lines around the grille and front headlights that make the exterior changes stand out.
The interior also has some changes. Matt Myftiu at The Oakland Press notes that the GMC Terrain is “one of the most comfortable SUVs you will find on the market,” and that the Terrain is “surprisingly roomy for a small SUV.” In other words, the Terrain is compact without sacrificing comfort.
Other great features include a tuned 2.0-liter turbocharged engine to complement the bold exterior, while a nine-speed transmission provides a smooth ride. You can also opt for all-wheel drive if you want a little added control on slippery surfaces.
To experience the beautiful GMC Terrain in action, stop by Ron Smith Buick GMC for a test drive.
Hanukkah has come and gone for another year, and people around the world celebrated accordingly. Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, can be an illuminating reminder to celebrate the various lighting technologies in the automotive industry. Buick’s lighting system is extensive and comes with plenty of options that can make your life easier throughout the year.
Adaptive Forward Lighting
Safety technology is always advancing, and Buick has been equipping most of its vehicles accordingly. Adaptive Forward Lighting senses the direction the car is going, then moves the headlights in that direction. This system enables drivers to see around curves at night.
Buick vehicles are luxurious when it comes to materials and controls, but many people forget about the interior lighting. Most Buick models feature warm ambient lighting to set a relaxing mood. Footwell lighting helps passengers find exactly what they need, even if it’s on the floor in the dark.
High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps detect the conditions of traffic and turn on or off as necessary. The system allows drivers to flash their headlights prior to passing a vehicle to alert drivers ahead. Models equipped with HID headlamps help improve visibility at night or in dark areas, such as a garage.
We here at Ron Smith Buick GMC are happy to see Buick models offer lighting options to meet the needs of all drivers and driving conditions.
These local holiday events are a great way for you to enjoy a night out on the town this December.
A Very Choral Christmas
There’s nothing that brings holiday cheer like Christmas carols. That’s why you should head to this live performance at Gallo Center for the Arts on Dec. 15.
Head over to St. Stanislaus Catholic Church on the 19th of December for another live musical performance with a full church choir, followed by a performance the Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus.
Lithia Holiday Party Red & White Ball
If music isn’t your style, maybe a party will be right up your alley. On Dec. 15 at 6 p.m., Lithia Fresno Automotive is kicking off a ball with an open bar, live DJ, magic show, and casino night.
New Year’s Eve Dinner
Want to shell out some cash for a date night you’ll never forget? This fancy dinner at Trelio Restaurant offers you a decadent feast to enjoy as you count down to zero.
Harlem Nights Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party
Celebrate the arrival of 2018 in old-school style at this 20s-themed party with live DJs, a bottle of champagne for every table, and hors d’oeuvres.
These local holiday events will get you in the seasonal mood, and we at Ron Smith Buick GMC wish you and your loved ones Happy Holidays!
Looking for fun activities in your local community? Here’s a list of some of the great attractions in Merced from TheCrazyTourist.com:
Merced Fruit Barn: This rural landmark features all sorts of barnyard animals plus a place to shop for fresh local produce. Additionally, there’s an onsite deli that makes fresh sandwiches.
Vista Ranch and Cellars: The grounds of the ranch are known for their beauty, and when ablaze with the colors of autumn, it’s a stunning experience. Plus, you can stop inside to sample a variety of white, red, and rose wines.
Castle Science and Technology Centre: This is a great place to take young kids with curious minds, featuring plenty of hands-on exhibits and fascinating displays to educate while you have fun.
Lake Yosemite: While actually a manmade reservoir, Lake Yosemite is nestled in the Sierra Foothills, making it a picturesque spot to wander and enjoy the views.
Merced National Wildlife Refuge: More than 10,000 acres, several different ecosystems, and a variety of indigenous wildlife are available for you to see and explore in this incredible wildlife refuge.
Check out other fun activities in Merced, California. They’re a great way to sample local goods and enjoy the beauty of autumn in our city. And remember, if you need a car to get you to all these great attractions, visit Ron Smith Buick GMC.
The 2018 GMC Terrain has been completely redesigned, and we couldn’t be more excited. From its powertrain, to its sporty, handsome exterior, this small SUV is raising the bar for crossovers. Here are five of our favorite things about the new 2018 GMC Terrain.
- Three Engines
When it comes to engines, you can take your pick from three efficient turbocharged engines, including an exciting new 1.6-liter diesel option.
- Versatile Cargo Space
The 2018 Terrain has a front-to-back flat load cabin that offers flexible space for passengers and cargo. The rear seat and the passenger seat both fold flat, and an available hands-free liftgate makes loading even easier.
- The Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
This SUV sets a new standard for luxuries, starting with the leather wrapped steering wheel that you’ll find standard in all 2018 GMC Terrains.
- GMC Infotainment System
The standard 7-inch screen can be updated to an 8-inch screen, but every single infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easy smartphone compatibility.
- The Denali Trim
If you want to take an already-sophisticated SUV and further heighten its luxury, you should opt for the Denali trim of the 2018 GMC Terrain.
Has our top five list caught your attention? Visit us soon for a special unveiling of the new 2018 GMC Terrain at Ron Smith Buick GMC. We’ll see you there!
Finding the perfect fall event can help fill a weekend and introduce you to new things. Here are a few fall events in Merced County that you won’t want to miss!
California Republic Comic Con
Merced County’s official comic con returns for its second year in a row. The California Republic Comic Con event brings together celebrities, comics, and video game fans alike. The event takes places on Saturday, Sept.16 starting at 10 a.m. This year’s list of celebrity attendees includes Sean Kenney (Star Trek), Matt Haley (DC Comics), Chris Marrinan (Marvel), and many more.
Girl Scout All About
The Girl Scout All About takes place on Sept.16 and features interactive booths. The event sets the stage for a year of fun-filled activities only found in the Girl Scouts.
2017 Installation and Awards Dinner
The 2017 Installation and Awards Dinner kicks off on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. The event features a silent auction, photo booth, and music. Awards will be presented to the Man and Woman of the Year.
COVE Vision Fair
The COVE Vision Fair takes place on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair brings resources and technology to those who need it most. The event is open to the public and offers a free vision screening.
Marine Corps 242nd Anniversary 6th Annual Event
Marines, Corpsman, military veterans, and spouses are welcome to attend the Marine Corps 242nd Anniversary 6th Annual Event. The event will honor those who have served or are currently serving the United States. The gathering takes place on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.
We here at Ron Smith Buick GMC hope to see you at some county events this fall!
If you’re looking to host your own cookout this summer, check out these grilling tips first. You’ll be surprised at how a little preparation and awareness can take your cookout from lukewarm to sizzling.
Get the Tools
Before the grill heats up, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the task. Tongs, a long metal spatula, and a grill brush will allow you to make expert moves and help you to prevent food from falling apart or cooking unevenly.
Grilling over hot charcoals is totally different than cooking in the kitchen. It’s important to have everything prepared ahead of time. Get the veggies chopped, the burgers formed, and the meats marinated and lay it all out neatly in a work station so that you can focus on the grilling and not the preparation.
Keep the Lid Closed
Every time you peek at your food while it’s cooking, you allow some of the heat to escape. That can cause your food to become drier and to lose some of its flavor. Avoid the temptation and trust your grill to do the work.
Get the Timing Down
You should pull your meats off of the grill just before they’re done cooking, since they’ll continue to cook a little while longer even off of the heat. Use a meat thermometer to determine how far along your food is. When you pull it off, let it sit and marinate in its own flavor. And remember, if you want an expert opinion on your finished product, you can always bring a taste over to Ron Smith Buick GMC!