A Few Of the Key Differences Between the 2021 Buick Encore and Encore GX

2021 Buick Encore GX | Memphis, TN

If you’d like a small SUV for daily commutes and family adventures, the 2021 Buick Encore and Encore GX are two of the best options on the market. To decide which one is right for you, check out the following differences between the two models.

Trim levels

The 2021 Encore gives you the choice between two trims: Encore and Preferred. Front-wheel drive is standard on both, and all-wheel drive is available for the Preferred. Meanwhile, the trim levels of the 2021 Encore GX include Preferred, Select, and Essence. Front-wheel drive also comes standard on these models, but you can also upgrade to all-wheel drive for each.

Engine options

No matter which trim of the Encore you choose, it features the 138-horsepower 1.4-liter Turbo engine. The Encore GX has two engine options: the 137-horsepower ECOTEC 1.2-liter Turbo and the 155-horsepower ECOTEC 1.3-liter Turbo.

Interior space

The Encore is the smaller of the two SUVs, coming with 18.8 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row and 48.4 cubic feet behind the first row. The Encore GX has 23.5 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 50.2 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This, among other reasons, is why the Encore GX has a higher price tag.

If you want a more compact and affordable model, consider the Encore. If you want more space, power, and trim choices, select the Encore GX. We proudly offer each SUV at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike.

Awesome Updates Coming to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 | Memphis, TN

GMC is great at making sure its family of trucks is freshly updated each year with new technology and capabilities. The automaker has added a number of awesome new features to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, and the truck lovers at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike have compiled a few of our favorites below.

More Affordable: It’s unusual for a vehicle to get a price decrease as time goes on, but GMC has improved the price of its diesel Sierra 1500. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel Duramax variant of the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is now priced $1,500 less than last year.

Improved Hauling: In addition to having a more attractive price, the diesel edition of the Sierra 1500 is now able to tow up to 9,300 pounds of gear for your next weekend trip to the lake. The 2.7-liter Turbo powertrain also gains over a ton of hauling capacity.

New Trailer Camera Options: If you frequently travel with a camper or a boat, you’re going to love the five new camera views in the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. Plus, a Jack-Knife Alert lets you know when your trailer is too close to the corners of your truck bed, while the Cargo Bed Hitch Guidance view makes it easier than ever to hook up your camper.

If you want to test out the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500’s new features for yourself, call Sunrise GMC at Covington Pike to schedule a consultation.

Tips for Protecting Your Vehicle’s Interior This Winter

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Wintertime can take a toll on your vehicle, inside and out. While we usually turn our attention to maintenance issues like snow tires and fuel line freezes, it’s also helpful to keep your car’s cabin clean and tidy. Here are some handy tips for protecting your vehicle’s interior this winter.

Seats

Both cloth and leather seats need a little extra TLC when wintertime rolls around. Snow, salt, and grime can mess up your upholstery, so consider investing in seat covers. Leather seating should be conditioned to safeguard it against cracking in cold temperatures. And since you won’t be airing out the cabin with your windows rolled down, consider purchasing an air freshener to keep your car smelling nice.

Floor mats

Thanks to all of the sandy, salty slush on the ground, winter can do a number on your car’s carpeting. Protect your vehicle with some all-weather floor mats, particularly if your car’s own mats aren’t water-resistant. If you really want to go the extra mile, consider getting a second pair of shoes to change into before entering the cabin.

Storage and organization

When temperatures drop, it’s hard to stay outside and tidy up the cabin. But without those regular cleaning sessions, you may find your vehicle overrun with wrappers, napkins, and receipts. Corral the trash with an in-vehicle trash bin, so it’s easy to gather up garbage and keep your vehicle looking its best.

At Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike, we offer a variety of accessories for Buick and GMC models. Shop with us today!

GMC Hummer EV Features a Clever Easter Egg

GMC Hummer EV Easter Egg - Memphis, TN

The GMC Hummer EV has many attractive qualities, from CrabWalk mode to an 18-camera-view UltraVision system to an estimated 350-mile electric range. This supertruck has one subtle feature that’s easy to overlook, however. Per The News Wheel, the automaker has hidden an Easter egg in the cabin.

To find the Easter egg, locate the 14 speakers of the Bose® audio system that automatically comes on the Hummer EV Edition 1. You’ll notice an intricate pattern etched on the speakers’ grille that’s actually a topographical map of the Sea of Tranquility, one of the moon’s lunar mares. This geographical feature is also the site where Apollo 11 landed back in 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. 

It’s not surprising that GMC chose a moon-themed Easter egg for the Hummer EV’s interior. The model comes with a Lunar Horizon standard color scheme that blends white, gray, and black elements throughout the cabin. And the model’s exterior has a futuristic, space-like vibe, from its vertical grille bars and low-turret roof profile to its Infinity Roof with modular Sky Panels that opens the cabin to the starry sky at night.

Contact us at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike for more questions about the Hummer EV’s design. Or stop by to take one of the brand’s other rugged models for a test drive.

2021 GMC Yukon to Feature New Efficient Diesel Engine

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The 2021 GMC Yukon Denali will offer a 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine that actually costs less than the standard gas V8 engine. Opting for the Turbo-Diesel option will save you about $1,500. This unit earned a spot on Ward’s 2020 list of 10 Best Engines.

The V8 gas engine and Turbo-Diesel engine are both paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. GMC has not released horsepower and torque specs for this engine yet or EPA ratings. We also don’t know what the towing capacity of the Yukon Denali will be when equipped with this engine.

Based on the ratings in the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali that shares this engine, though, we can assume it will get about 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.* On the other hand, the 6.2-liter V8 engine gets about 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway, so the diesel option doesn’t only save you money up front but also over time on gas.**

The V8 engine option puts out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. In the Sierra 1500 Denali, the diesel engine puts out the same 460 lb-ft of torque, but its horsepower is just 277.

For more info on the all-new 2021 GMC Yukon, keep your eyes on the Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike blog, or check out our online inventory.

*EPA-estimated.

** EPA-estimated.

Buick Joins Forces with Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa in 2021 Buick Envision - Memphis, TN

If you’re like many tech-obsessed Memphis, TN, residents, you probably rely on your Amazon Alexa to wake you up in the morning, remind you to pick up groceries, and even play your favorite music to get hyped up. Thanks to Amazon’s brand-new partnership with Buick, you can now utilize Alexa’s helpful voice assistance features from the cabin of your car or SUV.

Initially available on the now-retired LaCrosse and Regal sedans, Amazon’s Alexa is offered on the Encore GX, Enclave, and all-new 2021 Envision. The integration is built right into the SUVs without the need to install any additional hardware.

On top of being able to utilize Alexa in Buick’s SUV lineup to get directions, catch up on the latest podcasts, and order coffee hands-free, Alexa now responds to the custom utterance, “Alexa, tell me about Buick SUVs.” This new Alexa skill is the first of its kind for any automaker and provides users with helpful information about Buick’s family of SUVs.

This new Alexa skill is part of a larger multi-channel ad campaign highlighting Alexa integration on Buick vehicles. It isn’t likely to be the last time Buick collaborates with Amazon, as Buick’s Advertising/Media Operations Manager, Kate Hrabovsky, states, “We intend to continue working with Amazon on future initiatives.”

Chat with Alexa in a new 2021 Buick Envision at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike today.

GMC Ranks Highly in the J.D. Power APEAL Study

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The J.D. Power APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout) Study evaluates the level of joy a new vehicle brings to its new owner. For 2020, GMC ranked third among all the models studied, highlighting the drivability and likability of GMC models such as the Terrain, Sierra, and Acadia.

 

GMC had no problem passing popular automakers like Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan in the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study. That means J.D. Power found that customers form a strong attachment to their new GMCs faster than they do for many other brands.

 

J.D. Power ranked the 2020 GMC Sierra highly in its segment, affirming the truck’s trusted strength, reliability, and innovative features. It’s hard not to love the GMC Sierra 3500HD, which offers up to 35,500 pounds of towing power to go along with a payload rating of 7,442 pounds.

 

GMC’s placement in the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL study proves that the company knows how to build vehicles that you will love to love. By making strong, dependable, and smart trucks and SUVs, GMC has created a lineup that brings joy and satisfaction.

 

To learn more about your next favorite car, check out our online inventory of GMC vehicles at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike.

GMC Begins Production of the 2021 Yukon

2021 GMC Yukon - Memphis, TN

If you’re in the market for a high-tech, luxurious SUV, the wait is almost over. Despite initial delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GMC began production on the 2021 Yukon in late June.

 

The model will roll out in three phases. The earliest wave will bring Denali and SLT models. Later, we’ll receive Yukon models with upscale features like Active Response 4WD and Air Ride Adaptive Suspension. If you want a Yukon in another trim or variant, you’ll have to wait until the third wave of production.

 

But, when the full lineup arrives, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. The 2021 Yukon offers three capable engines, more legroom, and more cargo space than its predecessors. And new for the 2021 model year, you’ll be able to go on an adventure in the Yukon AT4. This capable trim is built to conquer rough terrain with its exclusive 20-inch Goodyear® All-Terrain Tires, first-in-class available four-corner Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, and Active Response 4WDTM System.

 

The 2021 GMC Yukon is expected to arrive during the fall of 2020. When it’s released, you’ll be able to find it at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike in Memphis, TN. Contact us to learn more about this exciting new model.

Two GMC Trucks Named In Best Trucks For Towing List

2020 Sierra 1500 - Memphis, TN

Every year, U.S. News and World Report releases a list of the best available trucks for towing. This year, two GMC vehicles earned spots: the 2020 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500.

The small GMC Canyon and the full-size GMC Sierra both offer impressive towing capacity for their segments. In fact, the Canyon tied with the Chevrolet Colorado for the highest towing capacity in its class, with a rating of 7,700 pounds when equipped with the available turbodiesel engine.

The 2020 Sierra 1500, meanwhile, can pull an impressive 12,100 pounds max with its 6.2-liter V8 option. Plus, you can get amazing luxury or off-roading prowess with the Canyon Denali or all Terrain trims, and max towing still comes out to 7,600 lbs.

GMC has also loaded these trucks with smart towing technologies and equipment. The Canyon offers a Tow/Haul mode that you can switch off for lighter, sportier performance when you’re not pulling cargo.

Then there’s the Max Trailering package on the Sierra, which adds an automatic locking rear differential and heavy-duty rear springs, giving the Sierra better control and a more comfortable ride when towing a heavy load.

To learn more about two of U.S. News’ best trucks for towing, check out the 2020 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 on Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike’s website.

Taking Care of Your Car While It Sits Idle

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Cars are meant to be driven. An idle car will eventually develop issues due to inactivity. These service and maintenance tips will help you ensure that once you start regularly driving your car again, it will be in peak condition.

 

Periodically Start and Move It

 

If possible, let your car breathe a little by starting the engine once every two weeks or so. If you can take it for a quick ride around the block or even just up and down your street, the fluids will circulate and the warm engine will help keep them from “spoiling,” while also preventing rubber parts and gaskets from drying out and stopping tires from flattening on the bottom.

 

Cover It Up

 

If your car is outside, covering it will protect it from the Memphis summer heat, which will preserve your paint job, the interior, and the rubber trim while keeping it fresh and clean. Invest in a soft cover over a tarp, as tarps can scratch the paint and accumulate water underneath, which will lead to rust.

 

Service & Maintenance

 

Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike is committed to helping the people of Memphis by offering pickup and drop-off service and maintenance so you can ensure your vehicle’s health even if you aren’t using it at the time.

 

Fuel Stabilizer & Trickle Charger

 

A fuel stabilizer will prevent your fuel from going bad, while a trickle charger will keep your battery powered.

 

For more tips on how to take care of your car while it sits idle — or to schedule a service appointment — don’t hesitate to give us a call at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike, right here in Memphis, Tennessee.