Heading North In The Buick Encore

Buick Encore

When I told my friends at Buick Canada that I had a fun-filled weekend planned with my friend from Vancouver – they graciously provided me with a 2015 Buick Encore for the festivities.

Buick Encore

2015 ENCORE: SIZED AND EQUIPPED FOR YOUR WORLD

The 2015 Encore is the ideally sized crossover for modern life. It uniquely combines efficient and versatile design with luxury, style and technology. The result is a vehicle perfectly suited to an active, spontaneous lifestyle.

The timing couldn’t have been better either! The day I picked up the car, Chevrolet Canada was running an activation, #TheBestDayEver. In the U.S., they ran their #BestDayEver on April 1st, and Chevrolet Canada continued the fun on April 2nd.

So when I picked up the Buick Encore – I met with a friend at Chevrolet who gave me some gift cards to share with random strangers – helping them to have their very own #BestDayEver.

I went in to multiple Starbucks and surprised people with gift cards and used others to purchase coffees and treats for those in line. I even went into Shopper’s Drug Mart and surprised some people with iTunes gift cards!

Buick Encore

After our mini staycation at One King West Hotel and Residences, we hit the road to head up north to The Briars, where we would be spending the weekend filled with rest and relaxation.

And pampering, obvs.
Buick Encore

Knowing we were going away for a girls weekend, Buick Canada surprised me with a couple “Road Trip Essentials” gift bags. Filled with Vitamin Water, Starbucks gift cards, magazines and snacks – these were such a great touch! We may or may not have nibbled on that delicious popcorn while having girl chat all night. I’ll never tell.

The empty bags left in the garbage in the hotel rooms, well – those tell a whole different story. LOL!

We may have stopped both on our way up north, and on the way back for fuel. And I don’t mean gas. LOL

#StarbucksFTW

Buick Encore

When I went to the Canadian International Auto Show for the Media Day preview with Chevrolet Canada, I learned more about how OnStar now offers Wi-Fi in certain vehicles, and teh 2015 Buick Encore is one of them!

New for 2015, Encore’s available next-generation iOnStar with 4G LTE2 — the simplest way to stay connected on the road. This all-new technology provides your Encore with a fast, reliable Wi-Fi® hotspot. Adding this new feature to Encore’s Buick iIntelliLink®3 Audio System, with its integrated full-colour 178 mm (7 in.) diagonal display screen, USB port4, iBluetooth®,4 available SiriusXM Satellite RadioTM,5 takes your connectivity to a whole new level.

Buick Encore

I am a very confident driver. I have driven a lot over the years; across countries, through the Rockies (both American and Canadian) and so much more. That being said…a little extra help is always nice! The rear camera, as well as Rear Cross Traffic Alert is a great way to both help with rear parking as well as monitoring the traffic crossing behind you.

When backing out of a parking space or driveway, Encore’s available iRear Cross Traffic Alert monitors for traffic crossing behind you, even from up to 20 metres (65 ft.) away. When the system detects a vehicle is about to cross your path, it alerts you with a red directional arrow on the centre-mounted rear vision camera display and with three audible beeps.

Buick Encore

We took our time heading up north. I took my friend on a mini tour around some of downtown Toronto. Explaining the different areas and pointing out great places to visit later that week when we got back into town. After a little while, and a long while being stuck in traffic on the DVP and 404 – we finally hit the open road and were able to enjoy some gorgeous views.

Lake Simcoe was still frozen, and my friend found that absolutely fascinating! She is from Vancouver, where the water doesn’t freeze over – so she’d never seen a frozen lake. I told her how some people actually drive out onto the frozen lake – but rest assured, we didn’t bring the Buick Encore out there! LOL

Fun Fact: Even with all of the city driving, driving to and from the airport, going to Oshawa and back, Brampton and back, Lake Simcoe and back – I only had to fill the tank once! The Buick Encore was AMAZING on gas! (9.5 L/100km city 7.2 L/100km hwy≠)

You can learn more about the surprisingly affordable 2015 Buick Encore HERE