Buick Vehicle Quality Proven with 2022 J.D. Power Study

When you spend your hard-earned money on a new car, you want to make sure you’re getting a well-made product — and that’s especially true of automobiles. You don’t want to wind up owning a lemon, which is why automotive outlets like J.D. Power assess the newest vehicles every year.

Looking at all U.S. models manufactured for 2022, J.D. Power recognized Buick as the top overall brand. As the highest-ranked brand in the 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study, Buick produced models that experienced the lowest quantity of reported problems during the first 90 days of ownership.

In particular, the 2022 Buick Encore GX performed well in the study, showing that it exceeded the quality of many other small SUVs on the market.

Why should this matter to drivers in Bellefontaine, Ohio? Steve Austin’s Auto Group wants to make sure you aren’t buying a car or SUV that will suffer from frequent problems or need immediate repairs. Why should you spend more money on your vehicle after you just bought it? That’s why we wanted to share this news on Buick vehicle quality.

To learn more about the latest Buick models and how well-made they are, talk with the automotive experts here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group. We have great Buick models in stock every day.

Healthy Snacks For Your Summer Road Trip | Bellefontaine, OH

Family on Road Trip | Bellefontaine, OH

Road trips are a delight for the whole family, but fast-food dining options and truck stop snacks can put a serious damper on your healthy lifestyle. Here’s a look at a handful of nutritionist-recommended healthy snacks for your summer road trip.

Popcorn

Here’s a popular pick that’s both healthy and affordable. Pop a bag before you hit the road for an easy on-the-go snack. You can also find pre-popped bags at gas stations and truck stops, but keep an eye on the labels to ensure that you’re making the healthiest choice. And if you’re really looking to cut calories, reach for air-popped popcorn.

Crackers and cheese

Both kids and grownups love this classic combination. For the healthiest snacking experience, choose whole-grain or seeded crackers, which provide fiber and more nutrients than standard saltines.

Dried fruit

For a sweet treat that won’t give your kids a sugar rush, reach for dried fruit. Dried cranberries, raisins, pineapple, apples, and apricots make for satisfying, fiber-rich road trip snacks.

Veggies and hummus

If you find yourself craving a savory treat, consider veggies and hummus. Chop veggies like bell peppers and cucumbers before you hit the road, or simply pick up a pack of baby carrots to pair with your favorite hummus.

Don’t forget about your vehicle’s health on the road — before you hit the highway, bring your car, truck, or SUV in for a checkup at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

GMC Teases Next-Generation GMC Canyon AT4X

2021 GMC Canyon | Bellefontaine, OH

If you love exploring the outdoors but don’t want to drive a full-size pickup, there’s an upcoming truck that’s perfect for you. GMC recently unveiled the next-generation GMC Canyon — and revealed that this midsize truck will be the second GMC model to boast the AT4X trim level.

The AT4X model of the Canyon will be optimized for off-road performance and capability. It builds upon the AT4 model’s adventure-oriented features, like its off-road rocker panel protection, front and mid skid plates, and a 1-inch suspension leveling kit.

While the full list of the AT4X Canyon’s features are currently unknown, it’s confirmed to have exclusive badges and 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels. The AT4X is likely to share features with the Sierra 1500 AT4X. These exclusive additions include Multimatic DSSV™ spool-valve dampers, custom-made springs, and Terrain Mode for one-pedal rock crawling. It could also share some of the Sierra AT4X model’s interior styling cues, like Vanta ash wood trim, full-grain leather upholstery, and a more elaborate sound system.

The new Canyon AT4X could even boast some innovations from the Canyon AT4 Concept, such as a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch, front and rear electronic locking differentials, integrated front recovery points, and cast-iron control arms.

If you’re looking for a truck that’s designed for rugged adventures, come check out the GMC lineup at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Safe on the Drive

Puppy | Bellefontaine, OH

Thanks to their ample cabin space, advanced safety features, and durable interior materials, GM vehicles are great for families with pets. Just as you take extra safety precautions when bringing little ones along for the ride, you can also take steps to protect your canine companion. Here are some top tips for keeping your dog safe when you’re on the road.

Buckle up

Like human passengers, your pup may be jostled around or ejected from the vehicle in the event of an accident. In addition to injuring themselves and other passengers during a crash, this could lead to your dog getting lost or spooked by first responders on the scene. To prevent this, consider investing in a safety restraint for your dog, such as a crash-tested harness.


Stay safe in the back seat

While it may be tempting to have a canine co-pilot, the front seat can be dangerous for your dog. If your dog tries to get into your lap, sidle up to your feet, or peer out the driver-side window, you and your dog will both be in danger due to the distraction. For the safest driving experience keep your pup in the back seat, properly restrained.


Consider a carrier

Small dogs may find themselves rattling around in a large cargo bay or rear seating area. Keep them safe with a carrier that’s secured to prevent sliding.

Looking for a pet-friendly vehicle? Browse our selection of new and used GM vehicles at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

2022 Buick Encore GX Earns Top Safety Pick Rating from IIHS

2022 Buick Encore GX Essence | Bellefontaine, OH

The experts at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently named the 2022 Buick Encore GX a Top Safety Pick for its impressive crash test performance.[1] Here’s a look at what sets this small SUV apart from the crowd.

Crash-test ratings

The Encore GX earned the Institute’s highest rating on all six crash tests. On top of that, the IIHS had high praise for its driver-assist tech tools. Its standard Automatic Emergency Braking feature earned a “Superior” rating for its performance in both vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests.

Aside from its high-tech safety features, the IIHS also praised the model for its LATCH system, which makes it easier to install child safety seats. Reviewers liked that the LATCH system was easy to identify and locate — and that it didn’t require much force to secure properly.

Advanced safety features

Every 2022 Buick Encore GX comes loaded with the Buick Driver Confidence package. This suite of six technologies includes Intellibeam® headlamps, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and the Following Distance Indicator.  

Want to get behind the wheel of your very own smart, safe, 2022 Buick Encore GX? Take one for a test drive at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

[1] Award applies only to vehicles with specific headlights.

70th Anniversary Edition Corvette Revealed

2023 Chevrolet Corvette | Bellefontaine, OH

The Corvette nameplate is just about to celebrate its platinum anniversary. In honor of 70 years on the road, Chevrolet is releasing the 70th Anniversary Edition Corvette.

This stylish special edition is exclusively available in two exterior colors: White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat and Carbon Flash Metallic. You’ll have the option to pair Satin Black stripes with a Carbon Flash Metallic exterior, or match Satin Gray stripes with White Pearl Metallic Tri-coat.

The 70th Anniversary Edition further distinguishes itself with commemorative wheel caps, unique Corvette crossflag badges, Edge Red brake calipers, and even an Edge Red engine cover under the hood. On the inside, it sports an exclusive plaque, along with 70th Anniversary Edition logos throughout the cabin, red contrast stitching, red seatbelts, and soft sueded microfiber seat inserts. You can also choose between two-tone Ceramic leather GT2 or Competition Sport seats. And on top of all that, the 2023 Corvette comes with a unique set of 70th Anniversary Edition Corvette luggage.

Both the 2023 Corvette Stingray 3LT and Z06 3LZ offer 70th Anniversary Edition models. You can equip the package on either a coupe or convertible model.

You’ll be able to opt for the 70th Anniversary Edition Package when production of the 2023 Corvette begins later in 2022. When it’s available, you can order right here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

What’s New for the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 | Bellefontaine, OH

The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 promises a wealth of innovations and advancements. Here’s what’s new on the latest model of this all-American workhorse.

More Power

The model’s base-trim engine gained a significant power boost — it now delivers 20 percent more torque, propelling the Silverado to the top of its class for standard torque. Thanks to that power, it can deliver a 9,500-pound towing capacity when properly configured. The 3.0-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel dynamo also gained a significant jump in towing capacity. It now maxes out at 13,300 pounds, an increase of 4,000 pounds compared to its predecessor. 

Built for Adventure

The brand-new flagship ZR2 trim level offers unmatched off-road capability. It comes equipped with a specialized set of unique skid plates, custom-tuned springs, front and rear e-lockers, and Multimatic dampers for even more suspension travel compared to other Silverado models. It even boasts an exclusive off-road chassis and Terrain Mode, which enables you to tackle rock crawling with just one pedal.

More Style and Technology

On the LT trim and higher, you’ll find a fully redesigned interior, complete with premium materials and a stunning 13.4-inch-diagonal color touch screen. The Silverado also gained the Chevy Safety Assist bundle standard on all updated trims, while the High Country trim gained available Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

When the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 arrives, you’ll be able to find it right here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Top Accessories for Your GM Truck in Bellefontaine, OH

Top Accessories for Your GM Truck in Bellefontaine, OH

Want to upgrade your daily drive? You don’t have to break the bank or buy a newer model. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite accessories for GM trucks.

Bed accessories

Get the most out of your GMC Canyon with some convenient truck bed accessories. A bed extender can help you haul long cargo items, like lumber. You can also keep the truck bed organized with a handy bed divider and a Toolbox Hardware Kit by BACKRACK™.

Exterior cargo management

The Chevrolet Colorado enables your active lifestyle with a huge variety of roof- and hitch-mounted cargo carriers. There are specialized transportation solutions for everything from skis and bikes to canoes and snowboards.

Rear-seat entertainment

Make your Silverado 1500 even more family friendly by adding a rear-seat entertainment system to keep your little ones engaged on long drives. For a more budget-friendly alternative, consider choosing a tablet holder with an integrated power outlet.

Interior protection

Keep the inside of your GMC Sierra 1500 Denali looking fresh. Floor liner protects your truck’s carpet, while making messes easier to clean up. And if you have pets along for the ride, protect those luxurious leather seats from muddy paws and sharp claws with an Aries™ rear bench seat cover.

You can find all of these great accessories — and more — at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

GMC HUMMER EV Electrifies Audiences at SEMA

2022 GMC HUMMER EV | Bellefontaine, OH

GMC spotlighted three showstopping HUMMER EV models at the annual SEMA show, held in Las Vegas. The trio of HUMMER EVs showcased the model’s versatility — the vehicles on display ranged from production spec models to ones outfitted with dozens of available accessories.

Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, explained that both the HUMMER EV Truck and SUV models are well suited to personalization. “Their commanding looks draw attention wherever they go, and our accessories portfolio is designed to offer customers more choices to tailor their vehicle with off-road functionality, lifestyle integration and styling enhancements,” he stated.

You’ll be able to customize your HUMMER EV truck with accessories in a variety of colors, like Tech Bronze and Performance Red. Other stylish options include a lunar map, accessory wheels, a hood decal, and tow hooks. On top of that, the models on display showcased nearly a dozen other customization options.

Prepare for adventure with the off-road recovery kit, rocker protector with integrated assist steps, front off-road auxiliary lights, and 50-inch roof-mounted off-road light bar. Keep your gear protected and organized with a hard Power Retractable Tonneau Cover, an under-seat organizer, and cargo management rails. These are just a few of the ways you can put your own spin on the GMC HUMMER EV.

When it arrives in the fall of 2022, you’ll be able to find it right here at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

GM and Amazon offer OnStar® Guardian Emergency Service at Home

OnStar® is famous for offering on-the-go assistance to drivers in need. Now, General Motors is teaming up with Amazon to offer the new OnStar® Guardian skill for Alexa, so you can enjoy that same peace of mind when you’re at home.

OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor

With OnStar® Guardian, you can simply say “Alexa, call for help,” to contact an OnStar Emergency-Certified Advisor. They can lend assistance during crises including fires, health emergencies, and home invasions.

Pam Fletcher, the vice president of GM Global Innovation, stated, “This is another great example of how we’re expanding the safety and security of OnStar® beyond the vehicle to help more people, which demonstrates GM’s commitment to its growth strategy and innovating its software enabled services.”

Giving Families Greater Peace Of Mind

“This hands-free Alexa skill makes it easy for customers to get help from OnStar’s Emergency-Certified Advisors when they need it,” concurred Beatrice Geoffrin, director of Amazon Alexa services. “We hope this feature helps give families greater peace of mind throughout their day-to-day lives at home.”

Initially, OnStar® Guardian will only be available to select OnStar® members. GM plans to offer the service more broadly by early 2022. Ultimately, the automaker is working towards making OnStar® Guardian available to both GM and non-GM drivers.

For more information about OnStar services, contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group in Bellefontaine, Ohio.