Whether you’re flying solo, going on a date, or planning an activity for the whole family, you’ll find plenty of fun places to visit in Merced, California. Here at Ron Smith Buick GMC, we recommend visiting these three educational, entertaining, and family-friendly destinations.
Castle Air Museum
Even if you aren’t an aviation aficionado,
Castle Air Museum is a great way to educate yourself about military planes and
local history. The museum’s 25 acres of well-maintained grounds feature
everything from pre-World War II planes to present-day aircraft for visitors to
see and learn about.
Applegate Park Zoo
The Applegate Park Zoo is open through the
winter! It’s always fun to meet the animals here, including California natives
like black bears, bobcats, and the desert tortoise. The zoo hosts animals from
other parts of the world, too. The Applegate Park Zoo also specializes in
rescuing and rehabilitating animals, especially those that have been kept
illegally as pets.
Multicultural Arts Center
If you value culture and the arts, Merced’s Multicultural Arts Center offers a variety of events that will enrich your life. This community-centric spot schedules galleries, exhibits, and educational programs throughout the year, striving to promote creativity and art in Merced County.
These are just a few of the incredible sites in the Merced area. And if you’re looking for an awesome ride to get you to and fro, stop into Ron Smith Buick GMC and shop our vast selection of new vehicles.
Pictured: 2018 GMC Acadia
If you’re looking for a refined, luxurious SUV, you’re probably considering the 2018 GMC Terrain and Acadia. You might also be wondering what the differences are between the two. Here at Ron Smith Buck GMC, we’ve assembled a short comparison guide to help you make the purchase that’s best for your needs.
Segment and Space
The GMC Terrain is a compact SUV, whereas the Acadia is a mid-size SUV. As a result, the Acadia is more spacious than the Terrain and accommodates up to seven passengers and boasts 79 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. The Terrain, on the other hand, comfortably seats up to five and offers 63.3 cubic feet of space behind the front row. With all seats in place, the Terrain actually edges out the Acadia and offers 29.6 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Acadia’s 12.8 cubic feet.
The Acadia offers slightly more power than the Terrain. It comes equipped with a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The Terrain still offers a respectable amount of power, coming equipped with a standard 1.5-liter turbo engine that pumps out 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles have engine upgrade options.
Both the Acadia and Terrain offer about the same interior tech options, including comparable infotainment and smartphone integration options.
The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is getting a new Sport Touring trim, and here at Ron Smith Buick GMC, we’re excited to welcome it for the latest model year. This trim will add luxury features and sophisticated styling, accentuating the already refined LaCrosse.
According to The News Wheel, the Sport Touring, or ST, trim will get body-color accents, a distinct grille, and 19-inch alloy wheels. One of the most notable design changes is the new rear spoiler, a subtle yet bold addition to make the LaCrosse sportier than ever. There are also some minor touches, like added badging and five color options. The wheels are also finished in Midnight Silver.
“The LaCrosse ST emphasizes the importance of design, while also complementing the safety, refinement and technology of our flagship sedan,” said Phil Brook, Buick and GMC Marketing Vice President. “The LaCrosse exemplifies what we mean by attainable luxury, offering Buick’s signature QuietTuning, spirited and efficient performance, and the latest in-car connectivity all at a tremendous value to customers.”
The LaCrosse lineup also includes the 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. Like these five other trims, the Sport Touring comes with a nine-speed transmission and a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 310 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque.
The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is expected to arrive at dealerships later this year with a revamped style that sets it apart on the road. This is one luxury car that’s bound to impress friends and family alike, and we can’t wait to offer it here at Ron Smith Buick GMC in Merced, CA.
According to Motor 1, the new 2019 LaCrosse design will include LED brake lighting, dual exhaust tips, and sleeker contours. The most significant change will be to the front fascia, which has new cues that give the LaCrosse a more aggressive look than before. The LaCrosse’s front will also feature a larger grille. The headlights will be sleeker, providing the LaCrosse with a refreshed but familiar style.
The LaCrosse will also be offered in a brand-new Sport Touring trim level, which will offer a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine, unique blacked-out features, body-color accents, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.
The LaCrosse will likely carry over some of the powertrain technologies from the 2018 model. The current version has a 194-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with light electrification, which is itself a recent innovation. There’s also the previously mentioned
Nobody wants to pay more for gas than they have to. That is why many people put fuel efficiency near the top of their list when shopping for a new car. If you are considering a GMC vehicle, here is a rundown of the most efficient 2018 GMC models for you to look at.
- 2018 GMC Terrain. This compact crossover is one of the brand’s most popular models. It was recently redesigned and is more efficient than ever. With its base engine, a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, drivers an expect to get an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg combined.* There is even a diesel engine option that increases fuel economy to 28 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined.*
- 2018 GMC Acadia. If you need more interior space, the Acadia has it. Its 2.5-liter base engine delivers an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined.*
- 2018 GMC Canyon. Did you know even a pickup can be fuel efficient? The mid-size GMC Canyon can, especially if you opt for its 2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine. This will return an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 25 mpg combined.*
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*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.
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.