Apr 13

What Is the Difference Between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive?

AWD vs. FWD

 

In today’s automotive world, buyers have a lot of drivetrain choices. Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are somewhat self-explanatory, but the difference between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive can be somewhat confusing. We’re glad to explain the difference for you.

 

All-Wheel Drive

This is the newer and more prevalent of the two drivetrain systems. In a general sense, all-wheel drive (AWD) is always on. All four wheels are getting power all the time, but not necessarily equal amounts. Depending on the type of car it is, the system might send more power to the front or rear wheels. And, with modern torque vectoring, the system can respond to road conditions and traction needs to send more power to the wheels that need it.

 

Four-Wheel Drive

Thee days, four-wheel drive (4WD) is reserved for vehicles that spend some time operating off the pavement, like a pickup truck or real sport utility vehicle. 4WD can usually be turned off when not needed to increase fuel efficiency, but it will not automatically turn back on. The driver has to manually change the drivetrain setting to get the traction he or she needs.

4WD is much more capable off-road than an AWD vehicle would be. Most 4WD vehicles come with some type of low-range gearing and locking differentials to help negotiate rough terrain.

 

For a selection of dependable vehicles with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, visit us at Danny Len Buick GMC.

 

Mar 27

2018 GMC Terrain Aerodynamics Are Revolutionary

2018 GMC TerrainGMC continues to innovate when it comes to fuel economy for its large trucks and SUVs. Aside from ever-improving powertrains and shedding weight, GMC also focuses on the aerodynamics of its vehicle.

Let’s look at 2018 GMC Terrain aerodynamics, for example. GMC Terrain engineers clocked in more than 300 hours in the GM wind tunnel to study the Terrain and refine each surface to make it as aerodynamic as possible from front to back.

What did the engineers achieve? For starters, the Terrain boasts a lifted stance, which means air flows beneath it and pressurizes chassis components; this boosts aerodynamic drag, which can decrease fuel economy. To fight against this, engineers were able to develop a way during testing to guide that air to the rear of the vehicle.

“Reducing the aerodynamic drag of an SUV is always a challenge,” explained GMC Aerodynamic Engineer Alicia Bidwell. “Our engineering team paid attention to even the smallest details to deliver the size and cargo space our customers want.”

The work that Bidwell and her team did on the GMC Terrain ultimately led to a three-mile-per-gallon increase for the SUV. Thanks to that team, the GMC Terrain boasts 26 miles per gallon on the all-wheel drive platform.*

To check out this fuel-efficient GMC vehicle, or any others in the GMC lineup, visit Danny Len Buick GMC.

*EPA estimated.

 

Mar 27

Top Travel Tips for Orlando Vacationers

Orlando Night SkylineDanny Len Buick GMC is located in Mt. Dora, Florida, just 30 miles outside of downtown Orlando. We often are asked by friends and family outside the city for some travel tips for Orlando vacationers. Here are our top tips.

  1. Theme parks: The main reason to visit Orlando is likely to go to a theme park. Instead of trying to cram every park into one visit, come back multiple times until you’ve seen them all, including Walt Disney World (all four parks are must-sees), Universal (including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter), and SeaWorld Orlando.
  2. Beaches: If you want to see a beach, you’re going to have to travel at least an hour and a half. The closest is Cocoa Beach, so plan your day accordingly when it comes to traffic and your schedule.
  3. Lodging: You have a number of options for lodging—vacation homes, hotels, and now even Airbnb rooms. We recommend getting a hotel in the International Drive Resort Area if you want to be in the center of everything going on, though your theme park destination will likely have good lodging packages.
  4. Airports: Orlando is a big city—and we have three airports to prove it. Make sure you know which airport you are flying in and out of.

If you need a vehicle to take your family to Orlando or any other vacation destination in, check out our expansive selection at Danny Len Buick GMC.

 

Feb 28

GMC’s 2018 Lineup: Here’s What to Expect

GMC’s 2018 LineupGMC leads the automotive industry with powerful, stylish, and sophisticated trucks and SUVs. What can you expect from GMC’s 2018 lineup? You’ll see these changes to its vehicles, all available now at Danny Len Buick GMC.

  • 2018 GMC Acadia:

    GMC has added new seating configurations to the All Terrain Acadia for the first time. This year, the Acadia also features the standard tire fill alert and an automatic heated steering wheel on the Denali trim.

  • 2018 GMC Terrain:

    The Terrain has undergone a complete redesign with new aluminum accents, new safety technologies, and new transmission options for increased fuel economy. The Terrain is also available with a turbo-diesel for the first time.

  • 2018 GMC Yukon:

    The Yukon and Yukon XL are largely unchanged but do get a new exterior color: Satin Steel Metallic.

  • 2018 GMC Canyon:

    The mid-size pickup truck adds a washer fluid level sensor for 2018; the Canyon also now offers leather-appointed front seats on the All Terrain model.

  • 2018 GMC Sierra 1500:

    Aside from new color options (Deep Mahogany Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat), the new Sierra 1500 adds a seven-inch six-speaker Color Touch radio and rear-vision camera.

  • 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD/3500HD:

    The Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD get new exterior colors, a new grille design for the Denali, and upgraded tech for the interior.

Get acquainted with GMC’s 2018 lineup by paying a visit to Danny Len Buick GMC, where our friendly salespeople will be glad to introduce you.

Feb 15

Buick’s 2018 Lineup: Changes to Know

Buick’s 2018 LineupBuick continues to be on the cutting edge of the automotive industry, so what can you expect from Buick in 2018? Here’s what you should know about Buick’s 2018 lineup, available now at Danny Len Buick GMC.

  • 2018 Buick Envision:

    The Envision adds a new base trim level.

  • 2018 Buick Encore:

    The Encore is largely unchanged but does get an ionizing interior air cleaner and HD radio.

  • 2018 Buick Enclave:

    The Enclave gets a complete redesign of it exterior, with sportier aerodynamics and a lower roofline. It also adds the new Avenir luxury trim.

  • 2018 Buick Regal:

    The Regal adds three new variants: the Regal TourX, the Regal Sportback, and the Regal GS. The TourX wagon has standard intelligent all-wheel drive; the Sportback features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; and the GS ups the ante with a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque.

  • 2018 Buick LaCrosse:

    The LaCrosse gets an updated powertrain with the new available nine-speed automatic transmission. Three new exterior colors join the lineup: Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic, and Red Quartz Tintcoat.

  • 2018 Buick Cascada:

    The Cascada convertible will feature three new exterior colors (Rioja Red Metallic, Darkmoon Blue Metallic, and Carrageen) and two new convertible top colors (Malbec and Sweet Mokka).

If you’d like more information on Buick’s 2018 lineup, contact Danny Len Buick GMC.

Jan 17

The Innovation of the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback

Consumer expectations continue to rise in the automotive realm, and Buick continues and exceed these expectations with creative innovation.

The most recent example of this is the all-new 2018 Buick Regal Sportback. The Sportback concept itself is a one-of-a-kind innovation, flawlessly integrating the convenience of a hatchback with the elegant styling of a traditional Buick. Looking at the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback, even a casual observer can spot its premium design and sporty capability; the versatile Sportback is truly the best of both worlds.

2018 Buic kRegal Sportback

Buick could have taken the easy route and just turned the Regal into a clunky hatchback, such as its competitors, but the automaker persisted until its was able to combine a sophisticated exterior style with a practical body type.

In addition to the innovative rear space, the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback includes new safety features, such as its lane-keep assist system, plus a reimagined powertrain for more powerful driving. The vehicle’s interior is spacious and fully-loaded with the best of modern infotainment technologies, including an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Experts and critics love the new Regal Sportback—and we think you will too. To see the refined practicality of the 2018 Buick Regal Sportback in action, visit Danny Len Buick GMC and take a test drive.

 

Jan 07

Get Ready for More Half-Ton Crew Cabs from GM

GMC Sierra 1500General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Development, Mark Reuss, recently announced the company’s intention to increase production of half-ton crew cabs—meaning you can expect to see a wider selection of rugged GMC Sierra 1500 models in our lot here at Danny Len Buick GMC.

The GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab is manufactured at GM’s plant in Silao, Mexico, though it’s regular- and extended-cabs are built at the GM plant in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The increase in production is part of a long-term plan by GM to improve its overall pick-up offerings.

Half-ton crew cabs from GM offer numerous benefits, so if you’re in the market for a new truck, now is the time to consider making that ultimate purchase. From their flexible and efficient size and weight to their more spacious, four-door interior, everything about a crew cab is more convenient than the alternative regular- or extended-cab options.

At Danny Len Buick GMC, we are always happy to see a customer drive away in a GMC Sierra 1500 pick-up truck, because we know that customer is going home with a reliable, durable, and high-performing vehicle. If you are interested in getting one of these long-lasting trucks into your garage, give us a call.

 

Dec 06

Buick Avenir Trim Makes an Impression in the Market

2018 Buick LaCrosse AvenirA few years ago, Buick introduced the Avenir concept car with a new design that took industry insiders and enthusiasts by surprise. It was intended to revitalize Buick’s lineup and give it fresh appeal without losing any of the signature elegance and sophistication associated with the brand. The concept ended up making it to production as a range-topping trim on vehicles such as the LaCrosse and Enclave. Thus far, the Buick Avenir trim appears to have made a big splash, earning it critical acclaim.

The Buick Enclave Avenir, for example, is hailed not just for incorporating groundbreaking style into its design, but also for packing plenty of value into one vehicle. How? Despite the fact that the Avenir trims sit at the top of the list in terms of luxury, Buick has managed to maintain a relatively low price, making the trim level’s cutting-edge refinement more accessible to buyers on a budget.

Additionally, Buick is extending the Avenir trim to more vehicles, with the 2018 Buick LaCrosse including a version in its lineup, which will add exclusive front and rear grilles, more standard features, and premium materials in the cabin.

Want to check out the Buick Avenir trim and see if it lives up to the hype? Come to Danny Len Buick GMC for more information.

Dec 01

Events for Celebrating Christmas in Mount Dora

Christmas ballsLooking for ways to celebrate Christmas in Mount Dora? Check out some of these upcoming events that we at Danny Len Buick GMC recommend!

 

56th Annual Mount Dora Christmas Parade – December 2nd

Come for a local time-honored tradition on the 2nd of December with Mount Dora’s annual Christmas parade. It starts at 10am in Downtown Mount Dora, so be sure to join the community for this holiday tradition.

 

Christmas in the Park with Snow – December 9th

Head to Donnelly Park for a white Christmas. On December 9th, the Christmas in the Park event will feature sledding, ice skating, and visits with Santa for a fun-filled and festive evening out.

 

The Nutcracker – December 16th-17th

Interested in heading to the theater this Christmas season? The Nutcracker is a fun (and warm!) way to get in the mood for holiday cheer. This classic ballet has been loved by audiences for well over a century.

 

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Lakeside Inn – December 24th-25th

If you’re not interested in going through all the trouble of preparing your own Christmas dinner, head to the buffet at Lakeside Inn on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for a delicious, traditional meal.

 

New Year’s Eve Celebration – December 31st

After Christmas festivities are over, ring in the New Year with live entertainment and fireworks at the docks between Sunset Park and 5th Avenue.

 

Christmas in Mount Dora is fun to celebrate with all of these fun events and activities. We hope you have a festive December!

Nov 09

Drive in Style with New Buick Cascada Colors

2018 Buick Cascada

In recognition that Buick drivers are a diverse and vibrant bunch, Buick has decided to offer more paint options on its striking 2018 Buick Cascada.

We can all agree that the reign of black, white, and gray vehicles on the road has started to feel a bit dull. Rather than only offering the typical range of neutral paint colors, Buick has just unveiled three new exterior colors: Rioja Red Metallic, Dark Moon Blue Metallic, and Carrageen Metallic (an intriguing, dark green color with a hint of teal that’s exclusive to the Sport Touring model). This last color is particularly unique, as new green cars are particularly hard to come by nowadays.

In addition to these three new exterior colors, Buick is adding two new colors to their convertible tops: Sweet Mocha and Malbec.

We’ve been living in a black, white, and gray trend, and Buick knows it. Using color trending analysis, Buick designers have been keeping up with what colors customers want as well as what colors are in style and will be in style in the coming years. Buick smartly analyzes these color trends to make sure you and your car will stay on trend and driving in style.

Visit us at Danny Len Buick GMC to see the new colors yourself and fall in love with the 2018 Buick Cascada.

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