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Top 3 Truly American Cars in 2017

How would you recognize all-American cars from the ones which were merely assembled in the US but used Japanese mechanics? The global economy opened up the possibility for car manufacturers to source their materials from all over the world. A single vehicle can be planned in Germany but assembled in Asia with parts coming from North America.

To be able to determine which are truly American cars, Frank DuBois, an associate professor at the American University Kogod School of Business, developed a formula based on the car’s final assembly point, its major components, the headquarters of the manufacturer, the research-and-development centers, and the percentage of US and Canadian parts in the vehicle.

1. Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse

Seventy one percent of the Chevrolet Traverse’s parts come from the United States and its neighbor, Canada. Its manufacturer, General Motors, has headquarters in Detroit while the Traverse itself was produced and assembled in a factory in Lansing, Michigan.

The Traverse was completed redesigned for 2018. It is powered by a 281-horsepower V-6 engine with either a front- or all-four-wheel drive system. This will be paired with a six-speed automatic.

2. Buick Enclave

2017 buick enclave

Like the Traverse, the big, bad Buick is made at GM’s Lansing, Michigan assembly plant. According to Prof. DuBois’ calculation, the Buick is 85.5 percent American, thanks to being part of an assembly plant that GM said produced more than two million vehicles to date.

The Buick Enclave is going to be redesigned for 2018, so expect a 288-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic and either a front- or all-wheel drive system. The new Enclave will be on sale starting Autumn 2017.

3. GMC Acadia Limited

2017 gmc acadia

The Acadia Limited is the older and longer three-row crossover that is the predecessor of the current redesigned GMC Acadia. The older one is certainly more American than the current model in the market, though the Limited is still being sold alongside it. Like the Traverse, the Acadia Limited’s parts are 71 percent from the US and Canada.

The Acadia Limited boasts of its roomy interior that is packed with cool features such as the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE connectivity, and mobile Wi-Fi. There are two options available: the 2.5-liter four with 193 horsepower and the 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower.

What To Get Excited About In The Redesigned 2018 GMC Terrain

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After circling each other for some time, the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox are finally going head-to-head because they are both being redesigned for 2018. GMC said its Terrain is now smaller and lighter than its predecessor, making it an ideal fit in the compact crossover and SUVs segment.

Since there are no test drives yet of the Terrain, it will be hard to determine how this less size and weight affected the handling and aerodynamics. If GMC is right, this may finally be the year that they beat the Equinox in its own game.

Smaller And Lighter

The lightest version of the 2018 Terrain is said to have this little fact: it is 465 pounds lighter than the lightest version of the current Terrain. To do this, GMC had to remove the physical heft, so the smoother roof on the redesigned model has the “lightness” and “grace” than the chunkier current generation.

The dimensions of this redesigned Terrain are these: 3.2 inches shorter in length, 0.4 inch narrower, and 0.9 inch lower than the Terrain that it’s going to replace. Curiously, the wheelbase is smaller by 5.2 inches, but the interior is more spacious than before. The rear legroom has 0.2 inch more and the front-seat legroom has 0.3 inch more.

Speed Is The Name

The base Terrain will come packing a turbocharged 1.5-liter four that produces 170 horsepower and 203 lb-ft of torque. The step-up engines are the turbocharged 2.0-liter four that cranks out 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, and the 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel that comes up with 137 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque.

A Denali Trim Is Available

The 2018 Terrain comes in four trims—SL, SLE, SLT, and the range-topping Delani trims. All variants come with the standard LED daytime running lamps, LED taillights, HID headlights, active interior noise cancellation, aluminum cabin pieces, and soft-touch materials on the dashboard and door panels.

The Denali trim will add these: chrome accents, Bose audio system, a satin-chrome grille, a power liftgate, 19-inch aluminum wheels, navigation, LED headlights, heated steering wheel, and piping on the front seats.

2017 GMC Canyon is Set to Receive Updates

2017 GMC Canyon Denali​

GMC recently announced an updated lineup for its 2017 GMC Canyon. According to the automaker, the models of the range will each get a new engine and transmission system plus it will take several updates in the body.

The upgraded Canyon will receive a 3.6-liter V6 engine. That’s the same power unit installed in the Cadillac models like the ATS, CTS, CT6 and XT5. The output of the new engine is increased to 308 hp while the torque is raised to 275 lb-ft. The power boost is made possible due to a variable valve timing and enhanced direct injection. Then the vehicle offers Active Fuel Management, which is capable of shutting off two cylinders to improve performance and fuel-efficiency. It should be noted that the All Terrain X trim available in the SLE model has an option for the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine.

Next, the Canyon is also fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The said transmission system is available in Cadillac, GM and the 2017 Colorado models. Ditching the six-speed automatic transmission found in the 2016 Canyon allows a higher first gear ratio for the auto. The new element reduces overdrive ratios, which paves way for better fuel-efficiency. The feature helps when hauling a heavy cargo too.

The All Terrain X has plenty of upgrades in the exterior, including new bespoke 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac P225/65R17 all-terrain tires, spray-on bedliner, three-inch diameter round step bars, body-color grille surround, and rear step bumper. Other additions are the Hill Descent Control, remote start, automatic climate control and sliding rear window. Inside, the cabin of the vehicle is adorned with red accents and given heated front seats.

The luxurious Denali variant of the Canyon possesses new 20-inch aluminum wheels, grille, tubular chrome assist steps, polished exhaust tips exclusive for the V6 drivetrain, and spray-on bedliner. The interior of the pickup has Jet Black leather surfaces, exclusive instrument panel and console trim, and Denali badges. Lastly, the other goodies in the unit are heated steering wheel, 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, GMC IntelliLink with Navigation system, 8-inch touchscreen, remote start, advanced driver information system, premium Bose seven-speaker sound system, a pair of USB charging ports, and Collision Alert as well as Lane Departure Warning system.

GMC Yukon SLT Premium Edition Is Packing Chrome

It’s Denali no more. GMC has finally decided that chrome should not only be used on its top Denali trim levels. A premium edition for the Yukon and Yukon XL SUV will bring to life chrome in mid-level SLT trim.

According to a source, the biggest difference in terms of overall look would be the chrome grille with horizontal slats that is exclusive on the special edition model. It is shinier and demands more attention than the standard’s simpler grille. It’s even more tough-looking than the Yukon Denali’s honeycomb-mesh chrome grille.

Other things in the package are the chrome body-side moldings, a polished exhaust tip, and 22-inch chrome wheels that features a design exclusive to the premium edition.

There are other 22-inch wheel options for the Yukon SLT, which will cost between $2,900 and $2,995.

If you want the SLT Premium Edition, and is expecting Denali’s interior and drivetrain upgrades, you might be a bit disappointed. Unlike how it almost recreates the exterior through chrome-plated features, the drivetrain can be a letdown, depending on where you’re looking at it from.

Instead of the 6.2-liter V8 engine on an 8-speed automatic transmission on the Denali tuning program, you’ll be getting the 5.3-liter V8 with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

However, the SLT Premium Edition is more fuel efficient with a 16/23 mpg city/highway rating compared to Denali’s 15/21 mpg.

The Yukon SLT, on the other hand, can have a four-wheel drive option for an additional $3,000.

GMC did not say how much these extra “shine” would all cost. If you want the premium edition, expect it to be above the Yukon SLT’s (rear-wheel drive) $58,195 in terms of price range. The equivalent XL version will start at $60,895.

These special edition models will be on the market starting later this summer. Official pricing should be in the next few weeks.

2015 GMC Yukon: A Premier Alpha SUV

If you are thinking that the era for big and bulky full sized SUVs is over, then you are wrong because there are still some SUVs like 2015 GMC Yukon that can fulfill the need of the drivers looking forward for a family hauler that can haul big toys as well whenever required. To make it a tough competition for buyers, the company has completely redesigned its 2015 GMC Yukon and has maintained its traditional body on frame architecture of an SUV, which is loosely based on the basic structure of another offering of the same company GMC Sierra. The Yukon also has the styling cues of Sierra, which primarily include a newly designed grille, sculpted sides, full width bumper, modern looking fenders and amazing aerodynamic look which makes it even more desirable.

To make things more interesting under the hood GMC has endowed its much awaited Yukon with an all new 5.3 liter V8 engine, which is further blessed with direct injection and cylinder deactivation technology which makes it more powerful and highly efficient. The new V8 engine has the ability to produce 355 horsepower along with 383 pound feet of torque with its six speed automatic transmission, which additionally comes equipped with automatic grade braking function and tow/haul mode. The Denali model of Yukon is available for GMC lovers with a new 6.2 liter V8 engine capable of providing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Most of the reviewers have rated 2015 GMC Yukon highly for its excellent towing capacity, which goes up to 8,500 pounds.

To shed some weight from this bulky SUV, this time 2015 GMC Yukon has trimmed down its weight around 250 pounds by decreasing the use of aluminum and high strength steel. If you give a close look, you will find that the weight loss of Yukon is more modest than the one done in Sierra because here liftgate panels and aluminum hood have played a major role in cutting some flab from the structure. On the contrary, inclusion of power liftgate, active cruise control, center airbag between passenger and driver, forward collision alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning and additional adaptive suspension which is available in Denali models only have compensated for most of the weight loss Yukon has gone through.

Some of the major highlights of 2015 GMC Yukon are its upgraded upholstery material, which speaks volumes of class and luxury along with improved door panels and dash board, GMC’s IntelliLink smartphone integration with its 8 inch touch panel make Yukon’s interior a tough competitor for the like of Ford and Toyota who are known for their refined luxurious interiors. The introduction of third row seats which can be folded easily onto the floor is a complete value addition for GMC lovers. But this time, Yukon has compromised with its cargo space which has been reduced from 14 cubic feet to 94.7 cubes which will also be available only when you fold flat the second row seats.

The 2015 GMC Yukon is expected to hit the market by next summer with the speculated base price of $42,000 approx. Just wait and watch.

2014 GMC Terrain


The GMC Terrain has been known to be quite spacious as well as sturdy looking, and has earned an impressive reputation in the same field. 2014 brings no change in this perception of SUV lovers as the company has not planned to make any changes to this image of the excellent SUV. Contrary to what potential customers might fear, the mighty vehicle maintains its impressive fuel economy still! Recollect that the Terrain is quite similar to its brother SUV, the Chevrolet Equinox in construction, on account of the same owning brand. GMC continues to use the Hummer like cuts on the surface of the SUV in order to differentiate it from the Chevy. Being quite a spacious SUV, with excellent looks and a highly economic fuel economy, The 2014 GMC Terrain continues to attract buyers with large families and decent city usage!

The interiors of the 2014 Terrain SUV are designed on contemporary basis and it is quite clear that comfort and space was the prime factor that motivated the designers at GMC. You will be welcomed by a wood grained steering wheel, accompanied by an impressive 7 inch touch screen entertainment and information system. The central console mentioned above is accompanied by a sophisticated array of controls and buttons. It is quite worthy to mention that the SUV is although quite large in size, does not feature a third row of seats. What does that mean? Yes! Extraordinarily large boot space! The rear seats of the vehicle are capable of a movement up to 8 inches in case you need to carry large amounts of cargo with you. Also, you can flaunt a boot space of 31.6 cubic feet if you fold the rear seats up! The SUV is quite comfortable even if five adults are travelling together on account of the huge space it features.

All the models of the GMC Terrain come with a 2400cc four cylinder direct injection engine. These engines churn out a power of 180 horsepower. Opt for front wheel drive system and enjoy a mileage of 22 miles per gallon in city and 32 miles per gallon on highway. All-wheel drive systems deliver mileages of 21 and 31 miles per gallon respectively. However, if this power isn’t enough for you, then get your Terrain upgraded to a 3600cc V6 engine with direct injection. This beast is capable of producing a power of 301 horsepower on the cost of the vehicle’s mileage which drops down to 17 and 24 miles per gallon in city and highway on front wheel drive and to 16 and 23 miles per gallon respectively on all wheel drive.

Although the sturdy look of the Terrain often misleads people to believing that it is an unsophisticated SUV, the interiors make it quite clear that it is very much suitable for corporate as well as semi luxury uses as well. Facing competition from the likes of Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape and the Mazda Cx-5, the highly loaded with excellent features 2014 GMC Terrain makes a great choice for people with families!

The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali

Offerings from GMC have been virtually identical considering those bow ties on the grille, and are considered extra-sturdy and durable as a result of the “Professional Grade” marketing campaign. And henceforth the brand has been a consistent performer. One of the secret ingredients to the recipe of success for the brand is its idea of adding new vehicles to its lineup that do not strictly follow the defined lines by the brand or are altered to an extent that they are no longer recognizable as GMC. The very idea is fortified by the new 2015 GMC Yukon Denali. With additions to its equipment including the enhanced power support, new fold-flat rear seat and more comfortable interiors, the 2015 GMC Yukon Denali is powered by a newer engine offering better performance and efficiency. There are prominent changes in the styling and the full sized SUV promises to give its passengers better security and better entertainment with the improved security and infotainment packages.

Powered by an all new 6.2 liter V-8 Eco Tec3 engine, the grand SUV now boasts direct-injection technology, continuously variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation and avant-garde and active fuel management. Mated to a six speed Hydra-matic transmission with tap shift control, tow/haul mode and Auto Grade Breaking, the new GMC Yukon Denali is one step ahead when it comes to technology. Flaunting the best engine in the segment, the robust SUV runs on 420 horsepower and enormous 450 pound feet of torque! And for this very reason the vehicle sports a top speed of 180 mph and is capable of accelerating from rest to 60 mph in a sprint time of 6.8 seconds.

On the inside, the new Yukon Denali is calm and understated. The premium infotainment system sports a soft touch instrument panel, console and Bose surround sound. Dual-firmness foam of the front seats and ambient air ventilation elevates the comfort for the front seat passengers. The calmness of the 2015 Denali is added to by the active noise cancellation technology making everyday commuting into a rather delightful journey. On the outside, it is slimmer and more aerodynamic than its predecessor and hence is more efficient. The front boasts the signature GMC grille and headlamps equipped with exclusive high intensity discharge (HID) lamp. The additional exterior features include illuminated power retractable assist steps, new inlaid doors designed to open into the body side and light aluminum hood along with liftgate panel, a rear spoiler, all new worm screw-style liftgate arms and the standard 20-inch alloy wheels.

The new GMC Yukon Denali is a beasty full sized SUV that appears to be tracing the footsteps of the forthcoming Cadillac Escalade with its elevated level of techno wizardry. Yet the styling of the premium SUV remains essentially GMC. The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali has not yet been officially priced, but the giant SUV is expected to be priced as not much different from the 2014 version and hence the base price is anticipated to be $ 56,820. Despite the content and aspirations of the 2015 Denali are synonymous with Cadillac that bow on the grille marks its GMC-ness!

2013 GMC Acadia vs. 2013 Ford Explorer

GMC Acadia VS Ford Explorer


It is not necessarily easy to compete in the large crossover SUV category, but GMC Acadia and Ford Explorer manage to deliver standout performances in two very different ways. Both vehicles give you strong engines, impressive towing capabilities, third row seating and a ton of technology features, but while Ford takes the sporty and modern approach, GMC appeals to the more classic and elegant-minded buyer. Regardless which vehicle you choose, you are sure to enjoy a rewarding experience cruising in-city, on the highway, or down a secluded country road.


Every Acadia is powered by a 3.6-liter engine that buyers have come to trust and truly rely on through the years. It delivers 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, and can tow 5,200 pounds with ease. All-wheel drive is available to provide you with an extremely intelligent powertrain capable of reacting to changing driving conditions. Fuel economy is average for this segment, returning 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

Ford gives you a few different options. Explorer’s standard engine is a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic to deliver 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Hill start assist and hill descent control are included. it can reach 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, and yields 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Properly equipped, towing capacity is 5,100 pounds.

Those opting for Explorer Sport will enjoy a turbocharged version of this same engine to boost performance to 365 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. There is also a turbocharged “EcoBoost” 2.0-liter four-cylinder available on front-wheel drive models that delivers 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration speeds drop but fuel-economy is impressive at 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Driving and Handling

Although large, both SUVs are known for handling quite nicely. Will you need to slow down a little around turns? Probably! However, you won’t feel as though you are driving a tank either, like you might expect.

Acadia gets a fully independent suspension so bumps felt by one wheel are not transferred to the others. This helps to deliver a smooth and comfortable ride. Ford feels solid, even at highway speeds and the electric power steering system is incredibly responsive. Both vehicles will give you a commanding view and feel of the road, so whether you are stuck in traffic in, or cruising the back country roads you will feel confident.


Top safety scores in roof, front and side-impact protection from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety can be appreciated in Acadia and Explorer. These are family-friendly vehicles that have been designed with safety in mind. Acadia boasts a Front Center Air Bag, which is an industry first while Explorer gets Ford’s Curve Control; a feature that can monitor speed entering a corner and slow the vehicle down if needed.

Ford gives you the MyKey® system, allowing parents the power to set audio and speed control for younger drivers while GMC gives you OnStar, providing roadside assistance, automatic crash response and more.


As mentioned, these SUVs provide two very distinct looks. Acadia is classic and sophisticated while Explorer is modern and sporty. Acadia gets full redesigned for 2013, with a new hood, front fascia, grille and wheel options. It offers a confident stance with clean lines and gorgeous new projector beam headlamps.

Explorer received a redesign two years ago, and fortunately, Ford did not fuss with it because it is the best design yet. Black lower bumpers offer a rugged look while chrome accents and a satin silver grille provide a modern attitude. Explorer has an agile, fluid look that Ford fans love, and the available 20-inch wheels are a must-have.


Both provide three rows of seating, but if you plan on using your third row for adults, Acadia would be your best option. Explorer’s third row is better suited for children, however Explorer also gives you a power-folding rear seat. Acadia seats up to eight passengers with more than enough room for adults to fill all three rows. The second row does slide easily to provide access the third row.

GMC gives Acadia a revised center console and handsome cabin accents while Ford has one of the most user-friendly interfaces on the market.

Technology and Entertainment

The Color Touch Radio with IntelliLink® is a highlight in Acadia, but is it enough to compete with SYNC®? These interfaces are very similar yet quite unique, so getting familiar with both could sway you toward one vehicle or the other.

Both vehicles also offer a rear seat DVD entertainment system to keep passengers entertained on the road. Acadia’s Color Touch Navigation System is vivid, easy-to-use and integrates seamlessly with SiriusXM® Traffic and Weather, but the 12-speaker Sony® audio system available is hard to pass up.



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