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What are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

More and more manufacturers have been implementing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in their vehicles and for good reason. If you have an iPhone, or an Android device, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can make your drive far more enjoyable.

Both of these technologies allow you to integrate your phone into your vehicles infotainment system. It is not just about connecting the audio and speaking via Bluetooth - these car stars are the best way to have more of your phone’s features available while you’re driving.

Now, let’s take a closer look at Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and see what makes them tick.

What is Apple CarPlay?

Apple CarPlay is the version of this technology that works with Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. Vehicles that enable Apple CarPlay integration have the ability to display the content from your mobile device, transforming your vehicle’s infotainment system into a mobile powerhouse that gives you the settings, applications and features you have on your smart phone.

In order to get these features, you need to connect your iPhone. In most cases this is done by plugging your phone into the USB port of your vehicle using a Lightning cable. In some cases you will need to enable the feature both on the phone and the infotainment system when you are prompted to do so. In newer vehicle models, you might also have the option of connecting your device wirelessly. This gives the same functionality, but is a little easier and more convenient. As soon as a connection is established, your infotainment systems screen will mimic a simplified version of your iPhones screen. Aside from the screen change, the infotainment buttons also change their functionality to support the functions on your phone. For example, the buttons used for voice control will work through Siri when your iPhone is connected.

Speaking of Siri – she’s never sounded better. With Apple CarPlay she can read your messages through the car’s very own audio system. CarPlay can also respond to a message, or send a new one using voice-to-text. The microphone used for these commands is the one in your infotainment system and not the one in your phone. This means that your phone can be in your pocket while you’re sending your messages.

Another advantage is Apple CarPlay’s navigation system integration. The ones used on our phones are installed, updated and configured more easily and more often. Even if your car doesn’t have satnav, Apple CarPlay lets you use the one in your phone.

If you have a data plan on your phone, you will be able to listen to podcasts, get streaming content or play music apps, and the list of apps adapted for Apple CarPlay is growing rapidly.

What is Android Auto?

Android Auto does the same as Apple CarPlay but is compatible with Android devices. It gives you the functionality and the apps from your phone, and streams them directly to your vehicle’s infotainment system. It enables you to use the features on your phone in the safest way possible, keeping your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Much like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto changes your infotainment interface to mimic the one on your Android phone. Icons are larger for simple operation, and menus are far easier to read at a glance.

Android Auto has the advantage when it comes to navigation. The system it provides is powered by Google Maps which, aside from familiar functionality and heavy traffic rerouting capabilities, also carries over your saved destinations and Points Of Interest (POIs).

Using your phone’s data plan, you can listen to your favourite music or podcasts, surf the internet and use your phone and messaging apps.

Just like with Apple CarPlay, you can use voice commands to control everything, and reply to messages using voice-to-text functionality. Even if your car doesn’t have voice recognition technology, you can use the one from your phone.

Basically, the only thing you can’t use is your phone’s screen, as it is locked when your phone and Android Auto are connected.

The Future of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Both of these systems are here to stay. Both Apple and Google are working on making them even better and the latest advancements are already dealing with any issues that pop up.One issue is that if your vehicle’s infotainment system is used to control driving modes or climate control, you’ll have to exit Android Auto to control them. Google already works with some manufacturers to integrate this functionality to improve the user interface, and more partners are coming on-board every day.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are the future of Infotainment control, navigation and fun in your vehicle. At Summit GM we have tons of Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles featuring this great feature. If you want to learn more about Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, come on down to our Fort McMurray car dealership at our new location at 530 MacKenzie Blvd,give us a call at (780) 743-2871, or book a test drive online today.

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Chevrolet Silverado Trim Levels Explained

In attempts to make things easier both for car manufacturers and customers like you, trim levels were recently introduced as equipment packages. This is why knowing the trim level of the vehicle you are buying is very important. If the vehicle of your dreams is a Chevrolet Silverado, you are in the right place, since we this article will explain all the various trim levels the Silverado has to offer.

If you are looking for a pick-up truck nowadays, you can do a lot better than simply finding a workhorse of a vehicle. Trucks have been evolving from rugged and capable to rugged, capable and comfortable. However, the level of comfort and safety perks your vehicle includes somewhat depends on the trim level of the vehicle. As you are climbing up the trim ladder, price also increases, so having clear information about trim levels will let you to decide with confidence how to get all you want and save some money in the process.

The Silverado comes as Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Cab. Bed sizes vary and you can choose between 174 cm, 198 cm and 244 cm models. This alone makes the Chevrolet Silverado truly versatile, but the various trim levels allow you to really make the vehicle your own.

Chevrolet Silverado Work Truck

“Work Truck” is not just a name. It actually shows that the Silverado in this trim level is aimed at workers. It offers ruggedness and practicality, rather than styling details and elegance. It comes with all-season tires wrapped around 17” wheels, CornerStep rear bumper, cloth or vinyl upholstery and floor covers, lamps in the cargo area, locking tailgate, 4.2” entertainment screen and a 3.5” screen for the Driver Information Center.

The engine available in this model is a 4.3 l V6 paired with an automatic gearbox with 6 speeds.

Chevrolet Silverado LS

On the outside, the Silverado LS adds chrome details such as grille surrounded bumpers and stainless steel wheels.

The LS also improves comfort and connectivity with MyLink interface on a 7” touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. Along the same line, you get remote keyless entry, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth connectivity for your phone and audio devices.

Chevrolet Silverado LT

The LT comes with all that the LS has, but adds EZ lift and lower tailgate that helps with opening and closing. On the inside, the LT introduces leather seats, cruise control and more controls on the steering wheel, as well as an 8” touchscreen. The exterior gets body coloured side moldings, door handles and mirror caps.

Chevrolet Silverado LT Z71

The LT Z71 trim level improves both the looks and practicality of your vehicle. It comes with practical improvements such as hill descent control, protection for the transfer case, trailering package, locking rear differential and off-road suspension pack as well as styling perks such as 18” wheels, headlamp and grille surrounds of the same colour as the body, chrome details on the lower bumper and black recovery hooks.

Chevrolet Silverado LTZ

The most notable improvement that comes with LTZ trim level is a respectable 5.3 l V8. It is paired with an 8-speed automatic and the combo makes the already capable truck a real monster that effortlessly conquers asphalt and off-road surfaces. Speaking of asphalt, 18” machined aluminum wheels make it more stable during sharper turns. In terms of off-road perks and heavy duty practicality, the LTZ introduces locking rear differential, trailer hitch and tow hooks for the front.

Heated, leather, 10-way adjustable seats are also a step up both in terms of comfort and interior elegance. The LTZ also adds LED tail lamps and projector headlamps, dual zone climate control, rearview camera and a remote starter.

Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Z71

The additions that come with the Z71 version of the LTZ include the already mentioned Z71 appearance pack, off-road suspension, hill descent control, transfer case protection and trailoring package.

Chevrolet Silverado High Country

This is the flagship trim level and it is focused on luxury and comfort with additions such as Bose sound system, leather and heated steering wheel, park assist, satellite navigation and a wireless device charger. The interior also comes with plush perforated leather seats that are both heated and ventilated, and with 12 different ways you can adjust their position you are sure to be comfy. The High Country can be distinguished from the rest of the pack from the outside as well, with features such as 20” wheels, cargo tie-downs, chrome side steps, polished exhaust tips and bumpers whose colour matches the body panels.

If all of this sounds a bit awesome, why not come check out all the trim levels available in a new Chevrolet Silverado available at our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd. You can also give us a call at (780) 743-2871, or book a test drive online.

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Take a Ride in a GMC Terrain

In 2018 GMC gave us an all new Terrain, far better to drive than before, far more elegantly designed packed with more tech and up-to-date solutions, and noticeably more efficient engines.

Design of the GMC Terrain

The latest GMC Terrain has some pretty interesting parts. The smallest wheels measure 17” in diameter and the largest ones 19”, but even the latter do not look too big. The grille is the most eye-catching feature of the front fascia. It is massive, well shaped and flanked by unusual headlights.

Side view reveals a smart design solution that makes the windows look like a continuous line and give the feeling of airiness even before you enter the car. The rear includes a shark fin antenna, stylish roof spoiler, as well as cleverly incorporated exhaust tips and taillights that continue the front’s theme.

Interior of the GMC Terrain

The interior is beautiful. Good materials and confident design create a very pleasant cabin with a great mixture of materials, look, functionality and spaciousness. Normally-sized adults should have no issues with room for head, feet, knees and shoulders. Finding a good driving position is easy with all the settings available.

Infotainment screen is well positioned, perfectly angled and easy to use, with one of the best interfaces available on the market. Two tone interior adds to the premium feel.

All controls are easy to reach, including the unusual gearbox button controls located in the central stack. Just like with the vast majority of GMC vehicles, the Terrain’s fit and finish are impeccable. The cabin feels solidly put together, well-designed and functional.

There are plenty of small storage places such as trays, cubbies, pockets and bins. The passenger can put their phone in a space just above the glovebox, which is as cleverly incorporated into the design as it is functional. Another great feature is that the front passenger seat folds flat.

There are six USB ports and the car comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Moreover, one of the USB ports is the latest USB-C.

Engines and Drive of the GMC Terrain

The Terrain has three engine options. All of them are turbocharged and provide top figures from comfortably low revs. The two gasoline versions are paired with 9-speed automatics, while the diesel is mated to a 6-speed auto.

The entry level option is a 1.5 l four-pot turbo with 170 hp and 203 lb-ft of torque. The full torque comes in at just 2000 rpm which means that noise levels are kept to the minimum and that the fuel efficiency is remarkable. It is also sufficiently powerful, not really designed to provide sports driving, but relaxed and effortless cruising.

If you want more push, the 2.0 turbo petrol gives 252 hp and 260 lb-ft, which is noticeably faster and more responsive. The 1.5 is not lacking in any way, but capabilities of the 2.0 go beyond the necessary and provide some fun.

The 1.6 l turbo diesel has 137 hp and 240 lb-ft and is designed to give you the best fuel efficiency without sacrificing the low-revs push. On the highway it will consume about 6 l per 100 km.

The new engines also have an easier job, as the car is about 180 kg lighter than the previous version. This also translates to more composed steering and better agility.

The Terrain can be either FWD or AWD, but in any of the forms it will feel more comfortable on the road where it will handle cornering and cruise with ease.

Trim Levels for the GMC Terrain

In total there are three trim levels, SLE, SLT and Denali.

The SLE comes with FWD, although AWD is optional, with traction select system, 1.5 l turbo with variable valve tech and stop-start system. You can also opt for the 2.0 l petrol on the SLE. Other perks include StabiliTrak with traction control, hill start and hill descent controls, stain resistant premium cloth seats, 8-way power and 2-way power lumbar driver seat, 4-way adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, 60/40 split rear seats, flat-folding passenger seat, 3.5” driver information center, keyless entry and start, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Teen Driver function, tire pressure monitoring, active noise cancellation, automatic dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming mirrors, remote start, 7” infotainment system with the previously mentioned features, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera with dynamic grid lines and vehicle theft deterrent system.

The SLE Diesel adds the 1.6 l turbo diesel, six-speed automatic and power programmable liftgate.

The SLT comes standard with the 2.0 turbo and AWD, dual exhaust tips, perforated leather seats, 6-way power and 2-way lumbar front passenger seat, 2-position memory for the driver seat and mirrors, 4.2” driver information screen, heated, leather-wrapped multifunctional steering wheel, accent lighting for the interior, household style power outlet, universal home remote with garage door opener, 8” screen, chrome surrounds and accents for the grille, projector-type fog lamps, power, programmable and hands-free liftgate and silver roof rails.

The SLT Diesel differs only in the engine, gearbox and powertrain accompanying features.

The Denali sits at the very top with all of the above plus perforated leather-appointed seating with unique Denali piping and embroidered Denali logo on front-seat head restraints, heated front and rear and ventilated front seats, premium floor mats reserved for the Denali trim, wireless charging, special infotainment with navigation for the 8” touchscreen, SiriusXM Traffic, Bose premium sound system, Denali grille, chrome mirror caps, bright roof rails, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist, safety alert seat, lane change alert with side blind zone alert and optional surround vision.

Aside from all this there are seven option packages that can be included on these trim levels and also a number of individual perks you can add to each model.

The GMC Terrain rolls down the road like a true marvel of automotive engineering. At Summit GM, we’re here to answer any questions you may have. Come into our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd, give us a call at (780) 743-2871, or book a test drive online now and experience everything the GMC Terrain has to offer.

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Explore the GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon, like a few of its main competitors, aims to satisfy a very distinctive market. It can seat up to nine and still have some room for cargo; it can tow a mountain and it gives loads of comfort and tech perks for a large family with an adventurous spirit.

The 2018 generation of the Yukon is probably the last one of the model that first appeared in 2015. This means it has been upgraded over the years and brought to its best form in the 2018 version. These additions have made the model far more up to date and have added the latest tech and comfort features to make the 2018 GMC Yukon feel completely fresh.

The 2019 model is going to be all new, but let’s see what the 2018 Yukon with all its additions offers.

Design of the GMC Yukon

Design-wise, the GMC Yukon is pretty similar to most full-size SUVs. This is a very specific niche where spaciousness, ruggedness and practicality are more important than quirky design solutions and the Yukon fits the picture perfectly.

It is boxy, with sharp edges that take up as much space as possible to ensure maximum interior space and no surprising parts sticking out while parking in tight spaces. The most prominent part of the front is the huge grille flanked by squared headlights. The lower section has fog lights in the bumper and nothing else.

The side is equally boxy with large doors and massive window surfaces for improved visibility and more sunlight, and the rear has thin pillars to further increase visibility.

This much practicality can make a design uninspiring and bland, but the truth is that the Yukon is a vehicle that looks reassuringly confident, with an imposing road presence and elegance.

Interior of the GMC Yukon

With up to 9 seats, the Yukon is first and foremost a people carrier. That automatically requires features such as comfort, tech, safety, charging ports, multi-zone climate, interior versatility, spaciousness and enough power to push the huge body with all the amenities.

Again, the Yukon delivers. The cabin is spacious, bathed in high-quality materials and exceptionally quiet when driving. It is also very easy to enter all seats. Doors open wide and the versatile interior setup allows easy access.

When it comes to the design, the GMC Yukon is very modern and practical. Again, GMC engineers did not try to conceal the vehicles size, but used it the best way possible. The Yukon feels solid wherever you look, and it is very easy to use and drive. Engineers managed to put all controls very close to the steering wheel, so despite its size, the Yukon is easy to control.

Understandably, the infotainment touchscreen includes loads of options including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is up to date, with a modern design and interface, and lag-free operation.

The seats are massive, comfortable and supportive. The first and second rows give ample room even for taller adults, while the third row is most accommodating to children or adults on short trips.

The standard Yukon gives 2682, 1464 and 433 litres of cargo space behind the first, second and third rows, respectively, while the Yukon XL increases this to 3447, 2172 and 1113 litres.

Of course, the Denali version ups the quality and comfort by a notch. It packs the best available materials and dedicated features reserved for the top of the range model. More about that in our section on trim levels.

Engines and Drive of the GMC Yukon

There are two engines available for the GMC Yukon – a 5.3 l EcoTec3 V8 which produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque and a 6.2 l EcoTec3 V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of twisting force. The first engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic, while the 6.2 comes with the latest 10-speed automatic.

The 10-speed comes with an option to include 2-speed transfer case, which will be welcomed by the people who venture off road occasionally.

Even the smaller engine on the Yukon is pretty respectable when it comes to the power it provides. Maximum weight of the trailer you can tow with this engine is 2948 kg, so it is not very likely that even the entry level power plant will be lacking in this respect. The more powerful 6.2 increases this figure further to 3674 kg.

The thing that people need to get used to is the slow throttle pedal calibration. The Yukon is made like that deliberately so that you can control the power delivery with more precision. This is very good while towing, or trying to park in tight spaces. It is also a great feature for novice drivers who don’t feel confident with dosing the throttle.

However, when you press the pedal, the Yukon flies. The huge body with all the weight-adding amenities reaches 100 in about 7 seconds with the smaller engine.

The Yukon is very comfortable, both on the highway and on bumpy local roads. However, this does not mean that suspension is too soft and that cornering causes boat-like behavior. Advanced suspension tuning allows remarkable control for a vehicle of this size.

Add to this very successful noise insulation and there aren’t many better options for long trips. Even after a day-long drive, the Yukon is relaxing, rather than tiresome.

Trim Levels for the GMC Yukon

There are three trim levels for the GMC Yukon – SLE, SLT and Denali. There are also two body styles, the addition being the longer XL version.

The base trim comes as standard with loads of features usually reserved for high-end models.

The SLE comes with active aero grille shutters, ABS and brakes with Duralife rotors, optional engine block heater, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, StabiliTrak with traction control, trailer sway control and hill start assist, premium suspension and optional air-based rear level control, standard trailering equipment, optional 9-seat interior with front 40/20/40 bench, second and third rows 60/40 splitting, front and rear park assist, 4.2” colour driver information centre, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Teen Driver function, tow/haul mode selector, tire pressure monitoring, tri-zone automatic climate, total of 5 110V household power outlets and 12V outlets, remote start and keyless entry, optional universal home remote, 8” touchscreen with advanced features such as 3-month trial for SiriusXM, 5 USB ports, Siri Eyes Free function and more. This base trim level has even more, including Bose 9-speaker sound system, 5-year basic OnStar plan, assist steps, deep-tinted solar-ray glass, rearview camera, vehicle theft deterrent system, optional forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, safety alert seat and much, much more.

The SLT adds front heated and ventilated seats covered in leather. The second row seats are heated and power released and the third row is also power folded. Adaptive cruise control and sunroof come as optional in this trim, while power-adjustable pedals are standard, as are push button start, heated steering wheel, universal home remote, power tilt and telescoping steering column.

More optional features on the SLT include rear-seat entertainment system and 9.2” screen for the third row. They are a welcome help for large families on long trips.

More features standard on the SLT include hands free lift gate, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, low speed forward automatic braking, rear cross traffic alert, safety alert seat, lane change alert and side blind zone alert.

The Denali introduces the more powerful engine and 10-speed gearbox, but also ups the game with styling, comfort and tech perks. Just some of the standard features on the Denali are dedicated infotainment touchscreen with navigation, Bose Centerpoint surround sound system, HID projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control, LED signature lighting and flash-to-pass, 170-amp alternator, 2-speed transfer case, integrated trailer brake control, Magnetic Ride Control, head-up display, 8” diagonal customizable driver display, active noise cancellation, wireless charging and more.

If you are interested in a lower trim level, but you would like some of the higher trim features, you can upgrade the vehicle of your choice with one of 9 optional packages and make your GMC Yukon truly unique.

To learn more about the GMC Yukon, come into our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd, or give us a call at (780) 743-2871. We’re happy to answer all of your questions. Want to skip right to the fun part? Book a test drive online and see why Summit GM is one of Fort McMurrays top car dealerships.

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See the Buick Envision for Yourself

The latest version of the Buick Envision continues the evolution of the popular compact crossover SUV with more power from the engine, new nine-speed gearbox, a bit of styling modernization and more tech perks to make it one of the most tempting options in its class.

Design of the Buick Envision

The Envision has an elevated rear section which is not very common in its class. A lowered roof usually gives small SUVs a more aggressive look, but also limited headroom for the rear passengers and reduced boot height. The Envision opted for the more practical option with the elevated rear section, which is by no means unattractive.

Bulging front wheel arches continue with a crease along the front and rear doors that creates a streamlined look, while the angled line that stretches from the front doors, through both door handles and all the way to the tail lights work with the roof line to give the rear a narrower look that has a hint of a coupe SUV look, but keeps the practicality of the elevated rear.

The front of the vehicle is a bit more conservative, which is something many will welcome. The elegant grille hosts the badge and is hugged by large headlights. The lower front section has a simple, minimalistic bumper with well placed fog lights.

Interior of the Buick Envision

Interior design of the Buick Envision is very upmarket. Large wood surfaces, good materials, unique infotainment section design, flowing lines and large central console that continues upwards towards the dashboard all combine to create a very elegant feel. Everything is at hand and easy to use, there are plenty of storage spaces, and even some old-fashioned dials for easier operation.

One of the simplest examples of the thought invested in this interior design is the shape and placement of air vents. They are cleverly incorporated into the design, complementing other dashboard elements and not looking like an afterthought, which is common in many models in this class and price range. This general idea of mutually complementary features continues all over the cabin and makes the Envision a really nice place to be in.

The liftgate opens to reveal a nice square loading space with a very simple and practical layout. There are no protruding design elements to hamper practicality and the seats split 60/40 and fold to give a large and almost completely flat floor.

Seats are comfortable both in the front and back and lack of transmission tunnel gives far more legroom to the middle rear passenger. Rear bench seats can also slide and recline for more comfort and practicality.

There is more than enough space for small items around the cabin, with door pockets, bottle and cup holders in the front and back and numerous bins and pockets.

The interior of the Buick Envision is really nice and practical.

Engines and Drive of the Buick Envision

The Envision is powered by one of these two engines: a 2.5 l naturally aspirated with variable valve timing and 2.0 turbo with variable valve timing.

Even though the 2.0 is smaller the turbo makes it noticeably faster than the 2.5.

The 2.5 has 197 hp and 192 lb-ft of torque while the 2.0 turbo has 252 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, despite the added power, the 2.0 consumes just a bit more fuel than the 2.5.

However, despite the obvious advantages of the more modern turbo unit, even the 2.0 has enough power for most everyday tasks. However, the 2.0 packs the real punch, as it pushes the body with ease in all circumstances. It never feels stressed and always seems it has more to give. With the 2.5 the Envision is sufficiently competent. With the 2.0 turbo, it is a joy to drive.

Long trips in the Envision are a breeze. Suspension is reasonably comfortable and standard road bumps will not be a problem. Moreover, sound insulation of the cabin is amazing and even at motorway speeds noise levels are controlled. Add to this ample cabin space, comfortable seats, and plenty of equipment and the Envision is a great choice for longer travels.

Trim Levels for the Buick Envision

The Buick Envision has four trim levels to choose from – Preferred, Essence, Premium and Premium II.

The Preferred is the entry level model and it comes with features such as AWD, 2.5 l engine with a 6-speed automatic, electronic parking brake, driver shift controls, mechanical jack, front recovery hooks, StabiliTrak, automatic delay and on/off headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lights, 10 airbags, 4.2” driver information screen, 8” touchscreen, 8-way power front seats, active noise cancellation, rear air vents, cruise control, four cup holders, leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows, one-touch folding rear seats, four power outlets, rear park assist, rearview camera, Teen Driver system, universal home remote, deep tinted glass, laminated windshield and front windows, projector beam headlamps, hands-free power liftagte, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, rearview camera, rear park assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 18” wheels, xenon headlights, fog lights, heated mirrors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, four USB ports, OnStar, rearview camera, SiriusXM and more.

Optional features for the Preferred include 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and panoramic sunroof, which are optional on all trim levels.

The Essence adds seat memory, heated steering wheel, 18” polished aluminum wheels, chrome roof side rails, heated rear seats, leather seats, heated steering wheel, lane change alert, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and tri-zone climate control.

Optional for the Essence are navigation and perforated leather seats in several colour options.

The Premium has all of the above and adds the wonderful 2.0 turbo with a 9-speed automatic, Bose premium audio system, dual outlet exhaust, electronic rear locking differential with twin clutch, improved front suspension, 19” wheels, Bi-LED headlamps, rain sensors, 110V power outlet, 8” driver information centre, following distance indicator, forward collision alert, front and rear park assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and safety alert seat.

The Premium II completes the offer with heated and cooled front seats, IntelliBeam, automatic parking assist, HUD and wireless charging.

Optional features for the Premium II are forward automatic braking and surround vision. You can also opt for up to 7 equipment packages that include numerous other features.

If the Buick Envision sounds enticing to you, drop on by Summit GM in Fort McMurray at 530 MacKenzie Blvd. You can also give us a call at (780) 743-2871. Either way, our vehicle specialists will be happy answer all your questions. If you’re really eager to get behind the wheel, you can also book a test drive online now.

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The Best GM Vehicles for Canadian Winters

As we all know, Canadian winters can be harsh, so choosing a vehicle that will help you deal with those conditions is essential. Power on all four wheels is helpful as are good winter tires, but there are also some other requirements to make our list of best GM vehicles for Canadian winters.

For example, as much as a heavy body is a downside when you are stuck, it is an advantage in not getting stuck in the first place. Heavy bodies improve traction and break through snow easier.

Ground clearance is very important as well, so this list will not be populated with some vehicles whose AWD makes them capable in snowy conditions, but short ground clearance puts heavy snows above our comfortable level. With this in mind, trucks and SUVs will obviously play a major role in our list. They offer AWD/4x4, but they are also more rugged, have more space between the body and the road and, in most recent times, many of them are packed with luxury, so you can actually enjoy your winter ride.

GMC Terrain

Speaking of improved luxury, one of the best examples of this advancement is the latest GMC Terrain. The design is far more modern and that grille really takes the spotlight.

On the inside, things are even better – bathed in great materials, spacious and very functional. There is enough space for adults in the rear, loads of storage space and a great infotainment system.

The GMC Terrain has three engines available – 1.5 gas with 170 hp, 2.0 gas with 252 hp and a 1.6 diesel with 137 hp. All of them are turbocharged and give torque remarkably low in the rev range, which is great for winter driving.

Of course, if you are buying the Terrain to deal with winter conditions, the AWD version is a must.

Cadillac Escalade

This massive Luxury SUV is just what it should be. Every new generation added more luxury and modernized the theme of the vehicle. It is so good that it has been around for quite a while and seems destined to stay.

No explanations should be necessary when it comes to the luxury and space available inside the Escalade, so we’ll point out the 6.2 l V8 with 420 hp paired with a 10-speed automatic. AWD is an optional feature and definitely one that you should tick. Steering is much better in this generation and that is very important while navigating the huge body on slippery terrain.

Chevrolet Tahoe or GMC Yukon

These two full-size SUVs come with massive interior space bathed in luxury and packed with features. The Tahoe and the Yukon are very similar models, with the same basis and engines and just some minor differences. They are imposing, boxy and practical body-on-frame SUVs and they don’t try to be anything else.

The plush interior with all of its comfort, tech and safety features is driven by a 5.3 V8 EcoTec3, or a 6.2 V8 EcoTec3. They cut through heavy snow with ease, but they are not meant to do any extreme off-roading. However, if you need to tow something the Tahoe and Yukon are up for it with 3,900 kg of towing capacity.

Chevrolet Suburban

When you say something is a full-size SUV like the Tahoe from the previous entry, you expect it to be the biggest. But the full-size has a big brother in the form of the Suburban. The current one is an outgoing model, which means that it has been refined over its production run so every new model year brings improvements.

The Suburban is quiet, refined and comfortable on the inside and it has loads of space for up to 9 people, depending on the trim level. Even the third row has good space and leaves enough room for luggage. In spite of being replaced in 2020 by a whole new model, the interior is very modern and comfortable, packed with tech, great materials and loads of practicality.

Basically, it is a bigger Tahoe and if you need loads of space and capability, it is one of the best options on the market. And heaps of snow? If the Suburban can’t break through, it’s not very likely that anything else can.

Buick Enclave

The Enclave is also a great example of modernization and how versatile these new vehicles are. It replaced several vehicles from the previous lineup and brought a stunning new design with sweeping lines that emphasize elegance rarely found in vehicles of this size.

The interior hosts seven seats, active noise cancellation, sleek design and plenty of storage spaces. Access to the third row is improved, so getting in while in your bulky winter jacket is a lot easier. Moreover, loads of trim levels and optional features give you the chance to tailor your Enclave to suit all your winter driving needs.

The engine in the Enclave is a 3.6 V6 with 310 hp. It also has a FWD and AWD option. Of course, you should go for the AWD, which not only pushes all four wheels through the snow, but also features an Intelligent AWD system with active twin-clutch rear differential.

Chevrolet Equinox

For those of you not in need of tanker-size space, but still looking for a bit more flexibility, the Equinox is a great choice. It is a prime example of the engine downsizing trend that brought us smaller, but more powerful and efficient engines.

The powering options for the Chevrolet Equinox include a 1.5 turbo with 170 hp, 2.0 turbo with 252 hp and a 1.6 diesel with 137 hp. Even the least powerful diesel is definitely good enough for winter conditions, and its top torque available from just 2,000 revs means that it will pull with ease, and without any needs for high revs that result in wheel spin on slippery roads or inclines.

Modernization is not only evident under the hood but also on the interior and exterior designs for the Equinox, as well as in its long list of features. If you want something of this size for the snowy months, the latest Equinox is a great choice.

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

Just like the Tahoe and Yukon, the Sierra and Silverado are very similar. They both offer up to 5 combinations of bed and cabin sizes, so versatility of choice should not be a problem. They are also powered by the same engines, including a choice between a 4.3 V6 with 285 hp, 5.3 V8 with 355 hp or 6.2 V8 with 420 hp. Carrying heavy cargo in snow should not be a problem for either of these vehicles.

The main differences lie in the interior, but they are not huge either. Most of the features are the same, but higher trim levels for the Sierra are plusher and the Denali clearly stands out in terms of luxury.

So, when it comes to beating snow, either the Silverado or the Sierra will do a great job. If you want the top level of luxury while sailing through blizzards, the Sierra Denali is the way to go.

If any of these vehicles sound like they could make your winter feel a little warmer (and safer) come in and visit our Fort McMurray car dealership at 530 MacKenzie Blvd. You can also give us a call at (780) 743-2871 and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions. If you want to get straight into the drivers seat of any of these great vehicles, you can also book a test drive online now.

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