It’s not often that people drive for pleasure anymore, but there are still plenty of scenic roads across the country known for their beautiful views and historic origin. Scenic Route 66, once a massive cross-country highway that spanned from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean, is now preserved and honored in California as a monument that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car. This highway winds through countryside and also by historic restaurants that are as old as the highway itself.
The original Route 66 was 2,451 miles long and took drivers across the Colorado River and through the Mojave Desert. Surviving stretches of the highway in Inland Empire boast landmarks such as the California Route 66 Museum, which houses a number of artifacts from the highway’s past, including an old neon sign and the remaining pieces of a roadside folk art project in Hulaville.
Several other places along the highway in California are known for their novelty or for their food. The San Bernardino Wigwam Motel has rooms entirely shaped like teepees, while restaurants along Route 66 include Emma Jean’s Holland Burger Cafe, the Mitla Cafe, and the Summit Inn. Drivers will also pass the last remaining Orange Juice Stand in Fontana, as well as the Route 66 Memories antique store, which is operated out of a 100-year-old house.
Once called the Mother Road and still referred to by that name by some locals, the scenic Route 66 is a great way for drivers to spend the day enjoying the view and exploring a historic part of California. From fun hotels, motels, and inns to vintage restaurants that have survived from the 50s, driving along Route 66 is sure to be interesting, fun, and maybe a little humbling.
We hope you enjoyed these interesting facts about Route 66.
After almost a decade of being on the market, the old generation of the GMC Acadia is finally being phased out and replaced with the next-generation 2017 Acadia. However, the Acadia is such a popular vehicle that GMC just can’t let the old version go. As a result, the old model will be renamed as the GMC Acadia Limited, and will be sold alongside the 2017 Acadia when it goes on sale in the spring of this year.
General Motors spokesperson Brian Goebel was the one who made the announcement in a statement to auto publication Automotive News (subscription required). However, he didn’t mention when the Acadia Limited would eventually go out of production, only stating that the two models will be available simultaneously for “a limited time.” According to Goebel, the decision to keep the Acadia Limited in production was to ensure that the factory at which the previous generation was built kept a full production schedule, due to the fact that the 2017 model is being built elsewhere.
The 2017 GMC Acadia was redesigned to be more compact than the previous generation, with the 2017 model’s dimensions being 7.2 inches shorter in length, 3.5 inches narrower, and 3.9 inches lower. Additionally, the Acadia will become over 700 pounds lighter. Despite all of this, the crossover will still offer seating for up to seven passengers, as well as a choice of two engines and the option of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The GMC Acadia Limited will continue to be produced at the Lansing, Michigan plant alongside the other vehicles under General Motors with which the crossover shares its platform — the Buick Encore and the Chevrolet Traverse. It is unknown what the Lansing plant will replace the Acadia Limited with after the old model phases out of production.
Want more info? Check out our 2017 GMC Acadia Spotlight.
No matter how well you take care of your tires – a blowout can still occur. This is why it’s vital to know how to change a tire ahead of time, before you find yourself in an emergency. Here is a simple summary of how to change a tire:
- Slowly move to the side of the road, or to another safe location, and put on your emergency lights.
- Use a wrench to loosen the lug nuts, but do not remove them yet.
- Use a jack to lift up the vehicle, about six inches above the ground.
- Now, remove the lug nuts that you previously loosened, and gently remove the tire.
- Place your spare tire in its place.
- Put the lug nuts back on but do not tighten them fully yet.
- Lower the vehicle back onto the ground.
- Tighten the lug nuts carefully, applying pressure equally to each lug nut. Start by tightening one random lug nut at about 50%, and then tighten the lug nut on the opposite side of that one. Continuing tightening the lugs nuts in this fashion until they are all as tight as possible.
Lastly, don’t forget to pick up your broken tire and dispose of it properly. For more tips and safety advice, visit us anytime at Hatfield Buick GMC.
The Buick Encore has been one of the most popular crossovers in a popular segment ever since its debut in 2013 – and now Buick has redesigned the model for the 2017 model year, making it more powerful, efficient, and versatile than ever before. Buick unveiled the 2017 Buick Encore debut recently at the New York International Auto Show.
The new model comes in a more streamlined, modern package with a new winged grille, new front headlamps, and rear LED signature tail lamps. Inside, drivers and passengers will find themselves in a refined, plush interior.
Plus – the new Encore comes with the very latest entertainment technology, including both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility – making it a breeze to sync your cell phone right to your new Buick.
The Buick Encore is already Buick’s most popular vehicle, and it’s safe to say that with these modern upgrades, the model will be even more popular. It’s the ideal vehicle for young drivers, small families, and solo drivers, making it an excellent option for many people.
To learn more about 2017 Buick Encore, visit us anytime at Hatfield Buick GMC.
The GMC Yukon has always been a well-respected vehicle, and nowadays it’s moving out of the “well-respected” range and into the realm of “beloved.” That might be a big claim, but we’ve got the proof to back it up: families love the Yukon, they really, really love it.
U.S. News and World Report recently announced the 2016 GMC Yukon is the “Best Large SUV for Families,” a coveted title in a thick SUV market.
Families love the Yukon for its wealth of comfort, capability, and infotainment features. The 2016 GMC Yukon comes stocked with Apple CarPlay and built-in Wi-Fi, ensuring that no one in the family gets bored during those long road trips. And when it comes to safety, you simply can’t beat the Yukon; for the third year in a row, the GMC Yukon was ranked the highest in its segment in the J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study.
Safe, comfy, and fun, families of all sizes love the 2016 GMC Yukon!
The all-new Buick Encore was set to debut at the New York Auto Show later this month, but some impatient reporters have jumped the gun and have leaked images of the all-new Buick Encore ahead of schedule. These Buick Encore leaks are a must see!
As much as we’d like to admonish them for their questionable journalistic ethics, we can’t help but feel a little pleased here at Hatfield to be seeing the 2017 Buick Encore as soon as possible. Like the rest of the country (and folks all across the globe), we’re big fans of the Encore, and we’re happy to report that the new 2017 model looks just as promising as its renowned predecessors.
The all-new Buick Encore features a sharper front fascia styling, a new grille, and new wheel design. We haven’t been able to peak into the interior of the Encore as no cabin photos have been released; we have a feeling we’ll all have to wait for the New York Auto Show for those details.
All in all, the 2017 Buick Encore looks sharper-than-ever, and we can’t wait to start seeing them in our lot (and eventually your driveway).
While it may not be located on California’s west coast, the Inland Empire still has a lot to do and see. Some of the area’s best attractions are its various museums. Covering a wide range of topics, these locations are not just educational, but entertaining as well. Be sure to check out these 5 Inland Empire museums to discover!
- Western Science Center
Guests to this museum can learn all about the past of the Inland Empire thanks to fossils and other artifacts from the Ice Age.
- Cabazon Dinosaurs
For years, travelers from around the country have made the trek out to see these gigantic roadside attractions!
- McDonalds Museum
You can learn all about the history of the fast food restaurant chain at the site of one of its original locations!
- California Route 66 Museum
You can get your kicks at this museum that is all about the most famous Route in the country.
- Planes of Fame Air Museum
Several of the country’s most iconic and famous planes are on display at this Inland Empire museum.
For more information on things to do in the Inland Empire, contact us at Hatfield Buick GMC.
If you caught the Super Bowl, you probably caught a glimpse at a Buick advertisement during one of the commercial breaks. This commercial stands out in a sea of other Super Bowl commercials for a number of reasons.
According to a Buick press release, the Buick Super Bowl commercial was the first one to air for the Buick brand during the biggest of big games.
Super Bowl commercials do not come cheap, so Buick knew they had to find a way to make it stand out. First, they chose to promote the luxurious Buick Cascada.
To make it stand out even more, Buick enlisted the help of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress Emily Ratajkowski.
“We wanted talent that represented attributes of the Buick brand and design philosophy,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing “For Buick, Odell Beckham Jr. represents unique talent and commitment to excellence that mirrors Buick’s commitment to performance. Emily Ratajkowski brings style which aligns with the Cascada’s design and adventurous spirit.”
The result was one of the best commercials of the night! If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out, and check out the Buick Cascada while you’re at it!
No single word guarantees premium quality like the word “Denali.” Since the first GMC Yukon Denali was released in 1999, the moniker has informed customers that the vehicle they’re purchasing is of the highest grade through and through.
The Sierra Denali Ultimate will increase its luxury appointments to offer more comfort, design, and performance amenities to the already best-in-class quality of the Sierra Denali. It debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show and will go on sale late in the first quarter of 2016.
The Canyon Denali, which also debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, is the first Denali version of GMC’s best-selling midsize Canyon pickup. The Denali title will bring new premium features such as a heated steering wheel, a remote vehicle starter system, and a full-color driver information center.
What do you think of the new GMC Denalis? (Besides envy, of course.) Come see us today at Hatfield Buick GMC, and discover why we love them so much.
Already, this winter has been one of the strangest, wildest, most dangerous seasons in a long, long time, and it’s all thanks to that strange weather phenomenon we call “El Niño.”
So, what do you do when you need to get from Point A to Point B in bad weather? Our first tip is just to stay home, but if you need to be out driving in El Niño, here are a few tips to keep you safe:
- Check your tires (an easy procedure: just stick a penny head-first into the tread; if any of Abe’s head is hidden, your tires are good to go). If you tread is worn, your traction is compromised and your chances of skidding, sliding, or slipping are greatly increased.
- Avoid low elevation and valleys. Heavy rain means flooding and puddling, which can mean hydroplaning, which can me big accidents. This is one time when you really should take the high road!
- Don’t use cruise control in wet conditions. In the event of hydroplaning or skidding, your car can accelerate instead of safely slowing.
- Invest in snow tires. These really can make all the difference when the weather turns cold and rain turns into snow
Driving in inclement weather of any kind is a dangerous proposition, so the best thing you can do if you have to be on the road is remain aware, informed, and assertive. For more tips, stay in touch with us at Hatfield Buick GMC.