New 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Gets Upgraded Powertrain Options, Enhanced Tech

2020 Sierra 1500 | Houston, TX

The GMC Sierra 1500 has long been a benchmark of overall quality and capability in the competitive full-size pickup segment, and the new 2020 Sierra 1500 is set to set the bar even higher. Featuring some new powertrain updates as well as enhances technology and safety features, the 2020 Sierra 1500 takes a good thing and makes it even better.

Enhanced ProGrade Trailering Features

The 2020 Sierra 1500 features an all-new Available Enhanced ProGrade Trailer system that features a segment-first transparent trailer view technology. This industry-leading technology offers up to 15 total available camera views for unrivaled confidence when trailering.

Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera

New to the 2020 Sierra 1500 is available Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera technology for enhanced safety and convenience. This upgraded ACC system leverages a forward-facing camera mounted behind the rearview mirror to monitor traffic ahead and bring the Sierra 1500 to a complete stop.

Upgraded Powertrain Options, CarbonPro™ availability

For the first time, the new 3.0-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel engine will be available from launch on the 2020 Sierra 1500. Additionally, 5.3-liter V8 models will now be available with the 10-speed automatic transmission options. The new CarbonPro™ cargo bed will now be available for the full model year and will be offered for models equipped with the Duramax®.

Enhanced Tech Features

The 2020 Sierra will also see some upgrades to the existing infotainment system. Most notably, the 8-inch diagonal touchscreen display infotainment system will now support SiriusXM™ radio with 360L2 technology.

The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 will be available soon at West Point Buick GMC. Stop in to learn more about what you can expect when it arrives later this year.

Your Guide to Car Seat Laws in Texas

Car Seat Laws in Texas | Houston, TX

Safety requirements for traveling with a child in a car are continually updated, and it’s vital that caregivers are aware of and follow the most up-to-date information about car seat laws in Texas. Below are the “best practice recommendations” from the recently published guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (November 2018).

Although it might feel odd to have your baby riding backwards in the back seat, it’s the safest traveling position. The longer you can keep your child safely and comfortably in a rear-facing car safety seat (refer to the CSS manufacturer guidelines), the better. A child may be able to ride rear-facing until age two or beyond in a modern convertible seat.

Once your child has exceeded the approved weight or height limit on the rear-facing CSS, they should be secured in a forward-facing CSS. Make sure the new car seat has a harness and refer to the CSS manufacturer for height and weight limits to determine how long they can safely ride.

A belt-positioning booster seat should be used once a child becomes too heavy or tall for the forward-facing, harness-equipped CSS. Until your child is able to secure a car’s lap and shoulder seat belt properly, they should use the booster seat. According to the AAP, that typically occurs between ages 8 and 12 and when the child measures 4 feet, 9 inches.

When the booster no longer fits, always instruct your child to fasten their lap and shoulder seat belts. No one under the age of 13 should ride in the front seat.

Safety is a priority in the vehicles we sell at West Point Buick GMC. Stop by to experience the latest safety technologies.

Why Service at West Point Buick GMC?

service at West Point Buick GMC

Buying a vehicle is a significant investment, and it’s worth protecting your investment by properly maintaining your vehicle. There’s no better way to do this than having it serviced at a dealership service center, such as the one at West Point Buick GMC. Here are a few reasons why you should service at West Point Buick GMC.

  • Highly trained and certified technicians: At West Point Buick GMC, our technicians are GM factory-trained and have particular expertise in the make and model of your vehicle, allowing you to feel confident that your vehicle is in good hands.
  • Complimentary shuttle service or loaner car: While your vehicle is being serviced at our dealership, we provide a complimentary shuttle service or loaner car, making is so properly maintaining your vehicle doesn’t impede on your schedule and responsibilities.
  • 5-Year GM Elite Service Department: West Point Buick GMC has a Certified Elite service center, which allows us to better handle customer needs and maximize customer satisfaction. In fact, our service center has received tons of 5-star reviews, and we couldn’t be prouder.
  • Comfortable Waiting Area: if you decide to wait at the dealership while your vehicle is serviced, you’ll be treated to a comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi, coffee, popcorn, and snacks. The waiting area is child- and pet-friendly and includes a service play area.
  • Houston’s Largest Parts Department: West Point Buick GMC is home to Houston’s largest parts department, ensuring that all your service and repair needs are met in a timely manner. In addition, our service center frequently runs specials on parts and services to provide the best possible value.
  • Convenient Hours: Our service center is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, accommodating a range of schedules for your convenience.

Regular service and maintenance are key for the longevity of your vehicle, and there’s no better place to preserve your investment than West Point Buick GMC.

2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro™ Editions Make Best-in-Class Even Better

2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro Editions

The all-new Sierra 1500 is already one of the most versatile, capable, and advanced full-size pickups to ever hit the road, but this legend is about to take things to the next level as GMC rolls out new 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro™ Editions. Available on Sierra Denali 1500 and Sierra AT4 1500 trims, the carbon-fiber CarbonPro™ bed boasts best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance.

Strength and durability

Engineered for unrivaled strength and durability, the carbon fiber of the CarbonPro™ bed lends it better scratch, dent, and corrosion-resistance than any other truck bed around today.

Corrosion-resistance

The CarbonPro™ bed lasts longer thanks to the natural corrosion-resistance of carbon fiber, which withstands weathering and other damages that often cause major problems for lesser truck beds.

Reduced weight

Not only is the CarbonPro™ bed stronger, it’s lighter, too. In fact, it weighs 25 percent less than a traditional steel bed.

Increased volume

The Sierra 1500 already has a class-leading cargo capacity, but the CarbonPro™ bed takes things even further, increasing overall bed capacity by an entire cubic foot, enabling best-in-class cargo volume.

Enhanced functionality

The CarbonPro™ bed features two additional tie-down locations for added versatility, as well as new indentations designed specifically to accommodate dirt and street bikes.

The 2019 GMC Sierra CarbonPro™ Editions head into production this June and should be arriving at West Point Buick GMC shortly thereafter. These durable beds will be in limited supply for the 2019 model year, so call ahead to secure yours.

When Are the Best Times to Fill Up the Tank?

Best Times to Fill Up the Tank

While gasoline prices are not as high as they were a few years ago, getting gas is still a significant expense when it comes to car ownership. If you are looking for ways to save, here are some of the best time to fil up the tank.

According to GasBuddy’s nationwide analysis, Mondays are the days you can expect to see the cheapest gas prices. Sundays and Tuesdays follow. On the other side of the coin, Thursdays and Fridays are the most expensive days, on average. However, here in Texas, Wednesdays are often the most expensive days to buy gas.

If you are more concerned about saving time, you can follow the same advice. On Sundays and Mondays, you will have the shortest wait times. And, if you want to fill-up during your commute the work, the best time to visit the gas station is between 8-10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said, “Our data shows that most motorists are filling up on not only the most expensive day, but the busiest. Having a tank of gas last until Sunday or even Monday each week can collectively save drivers $2.6 billion and spare the headache of not being able to find an available pump.”

If you’re looking for a new ride to pump petrol into, look no further than West Point Buick GMC. We’ve got the latest fuel-efficient vehicles from two of America’s favorite premium brands.

Buick Cascada Discontinued, So Get While the Getting’s Good

A lot of drivers have a soft spot for droptops because they make springtime and summer driving feel all the more adventurous and freeing. Something about driving with the top down in a convertible just seems so quintessentially American. But as market demand shifts toward more crossovers and SUVs, the convertible becomes less and less of a priority. For this reason, the Buick Cascada will be discontinued after the 2019 model year.

Buick Cascada discontinued

If you’ve always wanted a stylish Buick convertible, now is the time to act. The 2019 Buick Cascada is an elegant and refined choice that’s perfect for all-season driving but especially tailored for tackling the open road when the sun is held high over Houston. From its quick-retracting top, which stows in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph, to its smooth handling informed by StabiliTrak and an innovative Hi-Per strut front suspension, the Cascada is fun to drive and great for showing off.

Because both the Buick Cascada and Buick LaCrosse will be leaving the lineup after 2019, you can expect to see them replaced with exciting new crossover options in the future — the names Envoy and Enspire have been thrown around a bit, but we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, if you want to get in on the action with a new Cascada or LaCrosse, get into West Point Buick GMC and take one for a spin.

What’s New with the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

The all-new GMC Sierra has established itself as the most innovative and exciting pickup in its class, topping even its reputation from years gone by. If you’re considering making a new truck purchase this year, check out what’s new with the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and see for yourself why it’s the best thing going.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

MultiPro™ Tailgate

The 2019 GMC Sierra’s most impressive improvement is its industry-first MultiPro™ Tailgate, which offers six different functions and positions. The MultiPro™ Tailgate offers advanced solutions for second-tier loading and load-stop as well as improved access to the cargo box and a functional workstation.

CarbonPro Box

The 2019 GMC Sierra is the first truck in the game available with a carbon fiber cargo box. The CarbonPro box delivers best-in-class dent, scratch, and corrosion resistance, making it the superior choice for rugged work.

Segment-First Technologies

The 2019 GMC Sierra offers first-in-segment technologies like a Multi-Color Head-Up Display and Rear Camera Mirror, which helps keep you and your passengers safer and more secure. The Sierra is also the first truck in the industry to feature an auto Electric Parking Brake, which keeps your trailer on the ball and helps you avoid unwanted rolling.

From the way it performs to the way it looks, there’s more to love about the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 than we can even put in to words. The best way to experience how much the Sierra has improved is to stop into West Point Buick GMC and test one out for yourself.

What to See at the Johnson Space Center

There are a lot of cool sights to see and do in Houston — like NASA’s Johnson Space Center. If you’re planning a visit, you can expect to see a lot of fun, exciting things.

Johnson Space Center

Rocket Park

Ever wondered what the rockets that launch missions to the moon look like? When the Apollo missions were launched to the moon, they were launched with a Saturn V rocket. You’ll see one of these at Rocket Park, where a long shed houses the most complete of the three Saturn Vs that are left. Rocket Park also hosts two rockets outside an Apollo capsule on a Little Joe II and a Mercury Redstone pointing to the sky.

Neutral Buoyancy Lab

At Johnson Space Center, you can also see where some astronauts go to train for their missions. The Neutral Buoyancy Lab is a pool with life-size models of International Space Station (ISS) modules underneath. Astronauts wear suits that make their weight the same as the water to mimic the feel of zero gravity, enabling them to practice their missions in the pool.

Astronauts

Not surprisingly, the Johnson Space Center hosts weekly events where visitors can meet astronauts. One regular event is Lunch with an Astronaut, a comfortable and casual experience where attendees can hear astronauts tell stories of their experiences.

If you want a new vehicle you’ll be over the moon about, stop into West Point Buick GMC!

Holiday Events in Houston

If you love the holiday season, you should pile your family into your Buick or GMC and head down to these holiday events in Houston.

Christmas Light Tunnel

A Christmas Carol at Alley Theatre (Through Dec. 30)

In the mood for a live Christmas tale? Alley Theatre in Houston will be home to A Christmas CarolA Ghost Story of Christmas, a staging of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. It’s the ideal holiday activity for the whole family.

Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo (Through Jan. 13)

While the zoo is usually a place to spot wild animals, it becomes so much more in the winter. Gorgeous light displays throughout the zoo turn the park into a must-see winter wonderland.

Ice Skating at Discovery Green (Through Jan. 27)

Whether you’re good at ice skating or have trouble even staying upright, you have plenty of time to practice! An ice-skating rink in downtown Houston will be open through January and is the perfect family-friendly outing.

Christmas Village at Bayou Bend (Through Jan. 5)

The Christmas Village is perfect for kids, but adults can just as easily find themselves wide-eyed and gape-jawed. There’s sledding on a faux-snow slide, live music, scavenger hunts, and more. There are even fake snowball fights using cotton balls.

Alvin Christmas Train (Through Dec. 23)

Take a trip to Alvin to hop on this holiday-themed trained. While it’s not quite the Polar Express, it will take you to see various Christmas sights and over 300,000 lights, all from the seat of an old-fashioned train car.

From our family at West Point Buick GMC to you and yours: Happy holidays!

J.D. Power Awards Buick Total Ownership Experience Award

Total Ownership Experience Award

Customer satisfaction is a top priority here at West Point Buick GMC, and we think it’s safe to say that Buick feels the same way. That’s why it comes as no surprise that J.D. Power has recently named Buick the first-ever mass-market automaker brand to receive its new Total Ownership Experience award.

Automotive brands can earn this award by offering top-notch customer service throughout the entire vehicle buying and ownership process. Each brand is reviewed in five categories before the winners are decided. These categories include: sales, appearance, service, long-term reliability, and initial quality.

Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, stated, “We continue to examine every aspect of customers’ opinions on vehicle sales, quality, and dependability, as well as dealership customer service. Addressing these areas effectively creates repeat buyers and brand advocates, so it’s important for manufacturers and dealers to listen, learn, and continue to evolve with the times.”

To earn the Total Ownership Experience award, Buick had to do well in five other studies from J.D. Power: Execution and Layout (APEAL), Automotive Performance, Initial Quality Study (IQS), Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI), Customer Service Index (CSI), and Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). Specifically, the premium brand came out on top in the J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index and Customer Service Index last year.

Come test drive your favorite Buick model at West Point Buick GMC, for even more reasons to fall in love with the brand’s reliable and rewarding vehicles.