The 2018 GMC Canyon

The 2018 GMC Canyon parked illegally.

The 2018 GMC Canyon

For a few years, the GMC Canyon has been billed as the first premium midsize truck. And the 2018 GMC Canyon is poised to continue defending that legacy. The current generation of Canyon/Colorado began in 2006. That means we will soon see a complete redesign. It also means, with the Canyon nearing the end of its life, the changes for 2018 are minimal. But that’s not such a bad thing. GMC has included a few styling tweaks including new mirrors and two new colours: Marine Blue and Satin Steel. But let’s be honest, it looks better than the Colorado in any colour. However, drivers will be more interested in what’s under the hood.

Engines:

The base engine in the 2018 GMC Canyon is still the 2.5L 4-cylinder. It delivers 200 horsepower, 191 lb.-ft. of torque, and max trailering of 3,500 pounds. It’s capable and definitely fuel efficient for a pickup. But it’s the 2018 Canyon’s other two engines that will steal the show.

Next, is the 3.6L V6. It gets 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. GMC has also included Active Fuel Management to reduce the number of cylinders in use when performance demands are low. That means as you pull out of your driveway, or cruise at low speeds, you aren’t wasting fuel with full 6-cylinder operation.

Last, is a Duramax 2.8L I-4 Turbo Diesel. The engine cranks out 181 horsepower and a stunning 369 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine is available on SLE models and up.

Canyon

Notably for 2018, a 7” IntelliLink Screen is replacing the standard 4.2” model. That’s a welcome adjustment that defeats the need for eye strain. And you can use it for the Rear Vision Camera that’s standard across the lineup. Obviously, it makes parking, and reversing in general, much easier. That’s particularly welcome with the Canyon being such a big small truck. All 2018 Canyons also come with projector-type LED signature headlamps. LEDs are both brighter and longer-lasting than traditional bulbs.

Canyon SLE

The 2018 Canyon SE elevates the standard of comfort and style quite quickly. Upgrades to the aluminum interior trim and soft-touch instrument panel. The Steering wheel is leather-wrapped. And Remote Keyless Entry. The SLE’s infotainment screen is 8”. It works in accordance with the 4.2” Driver Information Center. Other standard equipment includes:

  • Fog lamps
  • EZ-lift tailgate
  • 17” Blade Silver Wheels
  • Auto-dimming mirror

Canyon SLT

It also comes standard with the 3.6L engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The shorter distance between gears results in smoother acceleration and improved fuel economy. The 2018 GMC Canyon SLT also comes with:

  • Standard Remote Start
  • Front heated seats
  • Chrome folding heated mirrors
  • 18” Polished Aluminum Wheels

Canyon Denali

GMC Denali is the peak of professional grade. As you probably expect, the Canyon Denali will feature custom stitching and badging as well as premium interior materials. You also heated/ventilated leather seats, heated steering wheel, and burnished aluminum trims. The Canyon Denali comes with the latest safety technology, too. Lane Departure Warning keeps you centered while driving and Forward Collision Alert helps avert some life-threatening collisions by using sensors at the front of your truck. Other Denali equipment includes:

  • Standard trailering package
  • 20” Ultra-Bright Aluminum Wheels
  • Spray-on bedliner
  • Bose Premium Surround Sound

The 2018 GMC Canyon will be arriving fall 2017. Visit here for more information

 

The Cadillac ATS-V & CTS-V: The Fastest Names In Luxury

Cadillac ATS-V

Any car shopper from the past few years that hasn’t driven a Cadillac is doing themselves a disservice. Like in decades past, the experience remains smooth and infinitely comfortable. However, there’s also a growing movement toward elite racing dynamics and athletic driving performance. Specifically, the Cadillac ATS and CTS have become thrilling sedans with stiff suspensions, tight handling, and well-tuned engines. These vehicles are the beneficiaries of the Cadillac V-Series, Cadillac’s top-of-the-line, race-ready vehicles.

2017 Cadillac ATS-V (MSRP $68,395)

Cadillac says the 2017 ATS-V has “roots in the performance racing circuit”. But that’s an understatement. Among the sensible, anything on four wheels that can travel from 0-97 km/h in 3.8 seconds is a racecar. And that’s before mentioning it’s 304 km/h top speed. To get up to that pace quickly, the ATS-V also features Launch Control, a system that reaches optimal RPM and traction conditions before you release the brake to ensure optimal acceleration off the line.

  • 3.6L Twin-Turbo Engine with 464-horsepower.
  • Carbon Fibre Hood
  • ZF Steering System
  • Brembo Brakes
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Electronic Limited Slip Differential
  • Performance Traction Management System

Of course, the ATS-V is still a Cadillac. And that means owners get a high standard of interior comfort. Features like Bose Premium Audio and Active Noise Cancellation and leather seats with sueded microfiber inserts are standard.

CTS-V (MSRP $93,110)

The Cadillac CTS-V is even an even greater track monster than its younger brother. Somehow, Cadillac has found space underneath the hood for a supercharged 6.2L V8 Engine with 640 horsepower and 630 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s good enough a top speed of 322 km/hr that I hope you never reach. And Despite all that force, Cadillac has taken great steps to ensure that you’re comfortable. 20-way adjustable performance semi-aniline seats with microfibre inserts are standard. They also feature heating and ventilation to ensure comfort in all conditions.

Other standard features include:

  • Front and rear Brembo brakes
  • Bose 13-Speaker Premium Audio
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • Carbon Fiber Hood
  • 8-Speed Automatic Transmission with Magnesium Shifters

It’s Smart, Too

The 2017 Cadillac CTS-V comes with some of the latest safety technology including Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Given the CTS-V’s power, the included safety tools are almost necessary. But when you can launch from 0-96 km/h in 3.7s, it might be nice if it came with a parachute.

Cadillac V-Performance Academy

The Cadillac V-Performance Academy is a school for Cadillac ATS-V and CTS-V owners. The academy is held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club. Located a short drive west of the Las Vegas strip, Spring Mountain is an oasis for enthusiasts to buy, service, and drive their racecars. During the V-Performance Academy, the track belongs to Cadillacs, as owners learn advanced driving skills from the professionals. The program is intended to help owners get the most out of their vehicle, but also to expand their driving skillset in order to remain safe and confident on the road.

Enrollment in the Cadillac V-Performance Academy is included in the purchase of new 2017 and 2018 V-Series vehicles. Cadillac provides airfare, two-nights’ accommodations, food – and, of course, training. They lend you the same V-Series model that you purchased. All you need to provide is a lead foot and an open mind (and maybe some sunscreen).

Winter Tires: What, Why, & When?

 

Winter tires vs. the rest
If you live in Saskatchewan, alternating winter tires and three-seasons (formerly all-seasons) is vital.

Why Do I Need Winter Tires?

Why are winter tires important? Well, let’s start by talking about your summer tires. Summer tires are very firm. During the warmest months of the year, the heat of the pavement and the rubber, as well as the friction between the two, causes your tires to increase in elasticity. So, to maintain a good grip, your tires must be naturally stiff.

Inversely, cold temperatures causes rubber to contract. If you use summer tires, they will become even stiffer, reducing the amount of rubber in contact with the driving surface. Less contact means less grip. On the other hand, winter tires are naturally soft and are typically inflated to a lower pressure than their summer counterparts. Despite the cold temperatures, winter tires remain pliable, and give you more surface area in contact with the road. Subsequently, you get better grip (50% better than three-seasons), shorter stopping distances, and a decreased likelihood of sliding.

All-Weather Tires

All-weather tires are not the same as all-season tires. They’re best for urban areas that routinely see mild winter weather. Before you ask, a two-foot Saskatchewan blizzard is not mild winter weather. All-weather tires don’t perform very well on ice or snow packed snow. However, they are very competent for fresh, light snow; rain, and dry pavement. Consequently, all-weather tires have become popular tires for urbanites to use throughout the entire year. They are much more effective in winter than three-season tires. However, they will not outperform winter-specific tires.

When do I need winter tires?

Winter tires aren’t just for snow. They perform much better on dry pavement in cold temperatures, too. How cold? Well, according to the Canadian Tire and Rubber Association (which exists for reasons I can’t fathom), you should switch to winter tires when the temperature dips below 7℃. In Regina, the average temperature for September is about 11.6℃, dropping to 5.1℃ for October. So, if you want to maximize your grip on the road, and preserve the tread life of your all-weather or summer tires, put your winter tires on at the beginning of October.

Tire Storage

Once you have two sets of tires (possibly on two sets of wheels), you’re going to need somewhere to store them. If you have a shed or garage, you might end up lugging your tires back and forth twice a year. Or, you can use Capital GMC’s tire storage facility. When we change out your seasonal set we’ll put the other tires in our temperature-controlled storage. Once it’s time to switch back, we’ll have your tires waiting for you.

Conclusion

Basically, if you want the best traction and performance in winter, get winter tires. While it seems more expensive to buy two sets of tires, using one set during the improper season will cause it to prematurely wear. Alternating two sets of tires will save you money in the long run. However, if you refuse to get two sets of tires, remember to go with all-weather tires, not three-season (all-season).

 

The 2017 Buick Enclave: A Premium Ride for Eight

The 2017 Buick Enclave

The 2017 Buick Enclave is a bit of a hidden gem. With the overwhelming popularity of small crossovers, the redesigned Buick Encore receives more than its share of attention. While that attention is largely deserved, it’s left the Buick Enclave in the dark. And that’s a shame because the 2017 Enclave is a stellar full-sized luxury SUV. And, when you look at the price, it only gets better.

The Buick Enclave is available in Canada in two trims, making shopping relatively easy. The base model is the Enclave Leather. However, the use of the term “base” is a little misleading. The Enclave Leather packs a pretty stunning array of standard features.

Buick Enclave Leather (Starting MSRP: $52,135)

The standard 2017 Buick Enclave comes with a range of features that are far from standard.   Both models get a 3.6L V6 engine. It’s powerful and smooth on the highway, and gives you enough power to tow or trailer. Inside, heated front seats, memory driver seat, and WiFi are all standard. You also get Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert. That technology monitors your blind spots when you’re on the highway or reversing in a busy parking lot. It alerts you when a vehicle is approaching where you can’t see it, so you’re never caught off guard.

Buick has made three rows of premium seating standard, too. Most automakers will say that, but in this case, it’s actually true. Even if you’re the eighth person into the Enclave, you can enjoy a comfortable drive. (Pro tip: try not to be the eighth person into any vehicle smaller than a bus). But comfort and an atmosphere of refinement are only the beginning.

2017 Buick Enclave seating.

A few other standard highlights include:

  • 19” 10-Spoke Aluminum Wheels
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear Park Assist
  • QuietTuning

Buick Enclave Premium (Starting MSRP: $56,635)

The Buick Enclave Premium, as its name suggests, delivers even more first-class comfort and style. Heated and cooled seats are standard, along with a Bose Premium 10-speaker audio system for true, clear sound reproduction. Forward Collision Alert is included as well. The name is pretty self-explanatory: camera sensors warn you when you get too close to the vehicle in front of you. It’s a simple system with a great benefit to safety and peace of mind.

Other standard features on the Premium trim level include:

  • Articulating Headlamps
  • Power, Heated Wing Mirrors
  • 19” Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels
  • Buick IntelliLink Navigation

Best Value

For 2017, the value choice is clearly the Enclave Premium. The sheer amount of extras you get for a few thousand above the base price is pretty compelling. Assuming that you’ll be driving with family members, the inclusion of Forward Collision Alert alone should make the upgrade worthwhile. Of course, that’s not to say the base model isn’t a good purchase. Every 2017 Buick Enclave comes loaded with enough standard features to constitute a truly luxury driving experience, for a non-premium price.

Learn even more about the 2017 Buick Enclave by clicking the link below.

 

The 4 Best GM Vehicles You Can’t Buy in Canada

The 4 Best GM Vehicles You Can’t Buy in Canada

In Canada, GM vehicles belong to four brands, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac, all of which feel thoroughly “domestic.” So, it may surprise you to know that GM produces vehicles in 37 countries under 12 different brand names. And while many of these international products are either boring or direct clones of what you’ll find in Canada, some are surprisingly interesting. Here are four exciting GM vehicles that you can’t buy in Canada.

Buick Velite 5 – China

The 2017 Buick Velite 5

In the simplest terms, the Buick Velite 5 is a rebadged Chevrolet Volt. The Volt (not the Bolt) is Chevy’s popular hybrid car. It offers one of the best fuel economy records on the market today. It can also drive up to 85 kilometres electrically without engaging the gasoline engine. However, in 2018, it’s estimated that nearly 75% of Saskatchewan’s energy production will still come from fossil fuels. So, although you’ll save money at the pump, your drive will be far from carbon neutral.

Plus the Volt, which resembles an early model Prius, is awful to look at. Chevy has tacked on an absurdly large plastic bumper, as if it knows the Volt will be rear-ended by drivers dumbstruck at its ill visage. But the Buick Velite 5 is another thing entirely. The sharpened grille is a great improvement. Buick offers stunning options for the interior as well. But the revised rear of the Buick Velite 5 is the most important change. From the back, the Buick Velite looks quite stylish – even sporty, asking questions of Tesla and other electrified standouts.

Buick Verano GS

This yo-yo guy loves it, so it must be good.

The Buick Verano was discontinued in the North American market in 2016. Politely, in its final model year, the Verano was a mover of the aged. Which is why it may be surprising to learn that the Verano is still thriving in the Chinese market. The Verano GS is a sport-tuned hatchback in the style of the Honda Civic Type R or Ford Focus RS. As GM offers no North American “hot hatch,” the Verano GS would be very welcome.

Of course, the GS would probably look out of place amongst the rest of North America’s GM vehicles – let alone Buick’s. The North American contingent is much rounder and wider than the Eastern models. Admittedly that may start to change in the 2018 model year. Later this year, Buick will introduce the 2018 Regal GS. It will boast a 3.6L, 310-horsepower V6 and standard nine-speed transmission. Still nothing on offer in Canada will match the wild charm of China’s Verano GS.

Chevrolet SS – United States

2017 Chevrolet SS: International GM Vehicles
The Terminal 2017 Chevrolet SS

This one is a bit of an oddball on the list. It technically falls into the international GM vehicles bracket because you can’t buy it in Canada. However, it is available for purchase in the United States. Further, the Chevrolet SS is a strange choice because it looks like a standard sedan from the rental car line. But don’t be deceived; The SS is a performance machine. It offers a standard 6.2L V8 engine with 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine allows the SS to charge from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. The handling is stiff and sporty. In short, the Chevy SS is thrilling. But it is currently slated for discontinuation, maybe a consequence of its lame styling. Consumers can find the same power elsewhere (Cadillac’s V lineup, for example) with aggressive design to match.

Holden Ute – Australia/Oceania

The 2017 Holden Ute in Spitfire Green

The Holden Ute is a wretched pickup-hearse hybrid available in “Son of a Gun Grey” and “Spitfire Green”. In a sense, it’s the spiritual opposite of the Buick Velite 5 that commenced our list. Its proportions are unnatural and it has a low stance like a deformed angel shark.  But you have to admit, on roads dominated by black pickup trucks and drab crossovers, a rust orange orphan descended from the Chevrolet El Camino could give some character to your commute. Don’t believe me? Close your eyes and imagine it parked next to the grease bin at your local Denny’s, or spitting out couch cushions and loose timber on the highway. But you can’t doubt its titular utility.

The Holden Ute has a 6.2-litre engine that delivers 407 horsepower! And with Brembo brakes, head-up display, and automatic parking assist, the Ute is actually surprisingly sophisticated. Plus, with the demise of the Subaru Baja, there may be room in the hearts of consumers for an eccentric, miniature pickup.  

What vehicle would you like to see imported to Canadian dealerships? My pick is the Buick Velite 5. Let us know in the comments.