2017 Cadillac Escalade: The King of SUVs at Capital Cadillac

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade touts itself as the King of SUVs. Is it worthy of the mantle?

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade.

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade

The standard engine is a 6.2L VVT V8 engine with 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. f torque. In fact, that’s the only engine available in the Escalade and it’s more than adequate for any task you might throw at it. To help you control all of that power, there are some important standard features. Surround Vision is a four-camera system that combines to create a bird’s eye view of your Escalade and its surroundings. Seeing your vehicle top down makes it easy to maneuver in tight parking lots. Additionally, Automatic Park Assist is standard, too. Your Escalade can locate parking spots big enough to accommodate it, and steer you in automatically.

Fit for a King?

As you might expect, the Cadillac Escalade is also packed with tons of comfort, convenience, and entertainment features. OnStar 4G LTE WIFi, Wireless Charging, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Heated, leather steering wheel are all standard. 16-speaker, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound audio is also standard. The setup delivers breathtaking sound quality and volume for every passenger in the Escalade’s expansive cabin. There’s also Bose Active Noise Cancellation which emits negative sound waves to counteract any distracting engine or road noise. As a result, you can certain you’ll only hear what you want to hear, even when driving at speed.

The array of standard features in the 2017 Cadillac Escalade is pretty impressive – and it should be with a starting MSRP of $85,010. But Cadillac also offers three trim levels above the base model. First is the Escalade luxury, then Premium and Platinum.

Escalade Luxury (MSRP: $91,475)

Notable features include:

  • 22” wheels with chrome inserts
  • Driver Awareness Package with Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Rear Camera Mirror
  • Full Colour HUD

Escalade Premium (MSRP: $96,390)

Notable features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control and full-speed Front and Rear Automatic Braking
  • Front LED cornering lamps
  • Third-row 9” entertainment screens
  • Selectable Four-Wheel Drive

Escalade Platinum (MSRP: $107,305)

Notable features include:

  • Premium semi-aniline and Mulan leather seating
  • Sueded-microfibre headliner
  • 18-way, power seats
  • Unique chrome grille
  • 22” premium painted wheels with chrome inserts

Arguably, in 2017, the Escalade is better than ever. Predictably, Cadillac’s full-sized SUV is confident on the road and remarkably comfortable on the inside. The King of SUVs is sleek, stately, and unmistakable on Canadian highways.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying GMC Used Trucks in Regina

It's the used trucks buying guide.

Used Trucks in Regina

The streets of Regina (increasingly those in international markets) firmly belong to trucks. Why? First, Saskatchewan drivers work hard. Whether it’s construction, farming, or something else, you need a vehicle that can keep up with you. Second, drivers in Saskatchewan need to conquer some tough road conditions. Black ice, potholes, and a couple feet of snow are just a few of the things you might run into on a given day. So, for safety and comfort on the road, you need something versatile and rugged. Finally, given the volatile price of gasoline, and the increasing emissions standards, you need fuel-efficient used trucks, too. Is it even possible to get everything? In short, yes – and even on sale.

Trucks Work Hard

Obviously, performance comes first for most buyers of used trucks. Knowing that, automakers are continuously building trucks that are lighter, stronger, and more fuel-efficient, year after year. Even with adequate horsepower and torque, hauling or towing can be dangerous jobs. So, to avoid hazards, you need to be confident your truck can maintain its grip and balance. That’s why 4X4 is basically a necessity for most pickup drivers. In Canada, it’s even more important. Four-wheel drive is an effective tool against ice that coats our roads for nearly half of the year, preventing slippage when it matters. Also, it’s essential for any driver who likes to take their truck off-road.

Understanding the Cab

The smallest available cab is the regular cab. It comes with two or three seats in the front row. Regular cabs feature no second row of seating, making it good as a raw workhorse, and not much else. Above the regular cab, is the extended cab, or double cab. These have small rear-seat benches accessed usually through reverse-hinged doors. For drivers planning on carrying more than one passenger on a regular basis, the extended cab isn’t the most practical solution. Quite simply, passengers in the second row won’t find much comfort. The biggest format for most pickups is the crew cab. Crew cabs feature roomier second-row seating accessed through standard, front-hinged doors. Obviously, the extra cabin space makes a crew cab more practical as a daily driver. But, buyers should understand the extra space will cut into the length of the bed.

Premium Features

Buyers of used trucks have traditionally needed to sacrifice some level of comfort. But, with the rising popularity of luxury vehicles, and luxury trims, many truck drivers are opting for an elevated pickup experience. Heated, leather seats; large aluminum rims, and a full suite of infotainment technology are just a few of the things you’ll find in the average truck on today’s roads. Further, with the wealth of available safety technology in modern trucks, additional comfort can be found in peace-of-mind. Features like collision alert, and lane-keeping assistance are quietly revolutionizing the way we drive. And, one of the best advocates of that revolution is GMC.

GMC

GMC offers two primary consumer trucks: the full-size Sierra and the mid-size Canyon. The Sierra is powered by a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine. That engine delivers 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. Customization options are pretty broad Drivers who want a little more power can upgrade to the 5.3L or 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. Those engines bring 355 and 420 horsepower, respectively. The base model Sierra comes with a starting MSRP of $31,070. Of course, if you’re buying pre-owned, you can get it for much less. As the flagship of GMC’s “Like a Pro” mantra, the Sierra is built for performance above all else.

GMC Canyon

Meanwhile, the GMC Canyon, which touts itself as the only premium midsize pickup, offers a bit more flexibility. The Canyon is powered by a 200-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Drivers with also have the option of upgrading to a 3.6L V6 with Active Fuel Management. Active Fuel Management automatically switches the engine from six to three cylinder operation when performance demands are low. Consequently, your engine will consume a lot less fuel. Finally, there’s also a 2,8L Duramax Turbo Diesel for Diesel enthusiasts. But the Canyon’s appeal doesn’t really shine on the spec sheet.

Instead, most drivers will appreciate how the Canyon blends the practicality and power of a truck with convenient size. It’s as comfortable towing a boat as it is parallel parking downtown. And, with a standard rear vision camera, available forward collision alert, and lane-departure warning, the Canyon is fairly civilized. Not only can the Canyon fit into the city, but it can fit into a budget, too. With a starting MSRP of $22,930, the price matches the truck’s size. Of course, pre-owned buyers could pay even less to experience “the first smart-sized luxury pickup”. But, how can you make sure you’re buying a quality used truck?

Assessing Condition

Arguably, buyers of used trucks should be more cautious than buyers of other vehicles. Pickups are normally driven pretty hard. Towing a boat, driving off-road, or hauling construction materials will age a vehicle quicker than placid commuting. Those hard kms won’t be reflected on the odometer. So, how do you tell if a used truck is still in good condition? Well, here are a few inspection tips to get you started.

Exterior

When you check out the exterior used trucks, look for any scratches or ding on the body panels. Look for any overlapping or misaligned panels at the places where they meet. That would suggest the truck had been in an accident and had panels replaced. Of course, you should be able to learn about any major accidents from a service like CarProof that provides vehicle history reports. But inspecting the rest of a vehicle can be a bit more demanding.

Engine

However, you can inspect under the hood without being a mechanic. Look for signs of fluid or corrosion where they shouldn’t be. This indicates leaks which can lead to a host of other problems. Even if you can’t see fluid, you should inspect any visible hoses for damage. At the same time check the belts. They should be flexible and display no undue signs of wear. If they are brittle or cracked, they will need to be replaced before catastrophic engine failure arises.

Tires

Having a worn set of tires isn’t the worst expense a prospective vehicle owner could incur. However, you’ll want to make sure you factor the state of the rubber into any negotiation. Stick a toonie into the treads. If the tread extends into the gold ring in the center, then at least half of the tread life is remaining. Most importantly, you should consider the pattern of wear on the tires. If most of the visible wear is present only on a single side of the tires, it could indicate a more serious problem like a bad wheel alignment.

Obviously, the best way to assess the condition of used trucks is to let a professional inspect them. Most mechanics offer relatively inexpensive pre-purchase inspection. Compared to the amount of money your new truck could cost you, it’s a small investment. And it can help steer you away from vehicles that are in bad condition.

How do you shop for a pre-owned truck? Any tips we missed. Leave us a comment.

 

 

 

 

 

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is Denaliville

Denali is North America’s highest peak. Since 1999, Denali has also been the name of the GMC’s premium trim level. In other words, it is the pinnacle of professional grade. And now, Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is the home of Denaliville, bringing you closer to the peak.

Denali

The Denali trim is available on the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, and Sierra (and Sierra HD). In each vehicle, you get the best in performance, comfort, and technology. All Denali vehicles include an OnStar 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot. Each model also gets a custom, chrome Denali grille, flanked by LED signature lighting. Inside, you’ll find premium leather, French-stitched details, and aluminum accents. Your comfort will be compounded by the pristine silence of the Denali cabin.

Capital GMC’s 9 Road Trip Tips

Summer: Road Trip Season!

Summer road trip season is upon us. That means it’s time to reignite your passionate contempt for your closest friends and family while anaesthetizing your thighs on the rear bench of a Plymouth Grand Voyager. But before you take off on that grand voyage, consider these road trip tips.

Capital GMC's top nine road trip tips.

#1 Safety First

Before you take off for Wawota, you should make sure that your vehicle is in good shape. A mechanic inspection can be a good safety measure. Short of that, you should personally inspect:

  • Fluid levels – don’t run out of washer fluid during mosquito season
  • Air filter – unless you enjoy breathing in desiccated grasshopper essence
  • Air conditioner – because sitting still for six hours shouldn’t provoke heavy sweats
  • Tire pressure – properly inflated tires prevent flats and deliver better fuel economy

#2 Are You Not Entertained?

Don’t throw yourself upon the mercy of small-town radio. That can put a strain on your marriage and make a two-hour journey feel like eight. Instead, make a road trip playlist with universally adored jams, like Franz Schubert’s “Erlkönig”. If you drive a relic, put it on a cassette or CD. If you’re using your smartphone, make sure you download the playlist. Music streaming can quickly turn into costly data overages.

If you’re likely to get bored of music, download some podcasts or a good audiobook. Nothing captures the spirit of sunshine and the unity of mankind like Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment.

#3 Plan For Construction

There’s nothing worse being stuck at an alternating, single-lane construction site on a hot highway. And, it’s Saskatchewan; if it’s above freezing, construction is happening somewhere. But, with the internet being readily available, there’s no excuse not to plan alternate routes around construction.

You can check out major roadway construction projects in Saskatchewan here.

#4 Don’t Get Stranded

Believe it or not, there are people in the age of smartphones that cannot change a flat tire. Before you begin any sort of road trip (or start driving anywhere!) learn how to change a tire. Provided you have the right equipment, it’s easy and quick. Of course, a spare tire can only get you so far. If you’re travelling a great distance, or in a remote area, you might want to invest in some form of roadside assistance. CAA and manufacturer services are both good options to help you avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere.

#5 Bring Your Road Trip Documents

Having appropriate documentation is important when you’re driving near your home, so it’s doubly important when you’re far from it. Obviously, you should have your license with you. However, you should also make sure your registration and insurance information are on hand. If the unexpected happens, this will make your life significantly easier, and help you get back on the road more quickly.

#6 Have Kids?

If possible, leave them at home. Children are expensive and troublesome. Just kidding. Make sure you pack some unique entertainment options and let them get some exercise whenever you stop. Snacks help, too – as a distraction as well as an antidote to hunger. Also, it’s a myth that sugar causes hyperactivity, so don’t punish your children with Wheat Thins.

#7 Get Some Sleep

Fatigue accounts for hundreds of thousands of yearly traffic collisions. A good night’s sleep will help you remain alert and focused on the road. If you’re leaving early in the morning, or you had a late night, you should take some extra precautions for alertness. You can jury rig your neurons and synapses with caffeine and fast food. But the health and safety benefits of this method are debatable. Alternating between driving and napping with your passenger, or just pulling over are much safer solutions for tired drivers.

#8 Protect Your Stuff

A car full of road trip possessions is like a sunken treasure chest for thieves. Except that it’s not even sunken – it’s just parked at the Swift Current Mr. Sub. So, if you’re leaving your vehicle, take valuables, and essentials like I.D. with you, or lock them in the trunk. On the small chance you encounter highway bandits, you’ll have a little extra peace of mind.

#9 Save Some Gas Money

If you’re taking off for a long weekend, make sure you fuel up a day or two early. Gas stations will raise prices in anticipation of the urban exodus. Also, make sure you use cruise control. Cruise maintains your speed much more smoothly than you can. Each time you accelerate to resume your ideal speed, you lose fuel efficiency. That also means you should coast toward red lights (rather than jamming on the brakes) and accelerate more slowly. But the most important element for road trip fuel saving is reducing overall speed.

Most vehicles hit their peak fuel efficiency between 55 and 95km/hr. But some people assume that there is linear decrease in fuel efficiency with increased speed. That would mean the rate of increase in fuel consumption between 55 and 65km/hr is the same as the increase between 95 and 105km/hr, but that is not the case. The drop in fuel efficiency is exponential, meaning there is a speed at which your fuel economy will drastically worsen. That point is somewhere between 95 and 100km/hr. Experts have shown that every 10km/hr over 90km/hr will result in roughly 10% more fuel consumption. That’s no small number. If you make a habit of driving 120, you better get the most out of that time you’ve saved.

Have fun and be safe this summer! If you have any road trip tips of your own, feel free to share them in the comments below. 

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac: The Mark of Excellence

On April 7th, 2017, Capital GMC Buick Cadillac received four awards from General Motors Canada: Mark of Excellence.

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac won four awards through GM's Mark of Excellence

GM Mark of Excellence

  • #1 New & Pre-Owned Retailer
  • #1 Certified Pre-Owned Retailer
  • President’s Club Award
  • Top 16 in 16 Award

Obviously, the first two awards are self-explanatory, but the other two are not. The GM President’s Club award is a new distinction that recognizes the overall performance of a dealership on slightly more subjective grounds. Meanwhile, the Top 16 in 16 award recognizes the highest new vehicle sales volume in a given year.

Executives from GM Canada, including President Steve Carlisle, were on hand to personally congratulate the team on becoming the first ever Canadian dealership to receive all of GM’s awards of excellence in the same year.

Capital Auto Group President Bruce Axelson said,

“I think what’s most important is the staff we have and how they respect the investment and time of the customer, our staff all does that. They understand buying a car or servicing a car costs a lot of money, and we have always tried to be very respectful of that. The other benefit we enjoy is that we get lots of referrals and repeat customers, so that’s an endorsement of how we do things. People wouldn’t come back unless they felt safe with how we do things.”

DealerRater

The Mark of Excellence recognitions from GM’s head office are not the only awards the dealership has received this year. At the start of 2017, DealerRater named Capital GMC Buick Cadillac Saskatchewan Dealer of the Year for each of the three brands, and Canadian Dealer of the year for GMC. DealerRater awards are unique in that they are given out based on the feedback of actual customers. Consequently, they’re a testament to the great relationship between Capital GMC Buick Cadillac and its customers.

What It Means for You

Awards on the shelf are nice, but the average customer will wonder what it means for them. Well, here’s what you can expect when you come to Capital GMC:

  • A fun, easy, and transparent buying process
  • Low, fair prices on new and pre-owned vehicles
  • First-class service that does not end when you sign your papers

Ultimately, whether we continue to be recognized or not, we’ll stay focused on providing the best possible service to the people of Saskatchewan. The respect and trust of our customers is our mark of excellence.