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2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus Quattro AWD

The 2106 Audi Q5 has athletic handling, a ton of great room for all 5 passengers, a ton of cargo room, and upscale interior. When I meet someone on the lot, and they ask my opinion of the Audi brand, I say the same thing of all the Audi makes and models. Audi is the best of both worlds from BMW and Mercedes. Audi, in my eyes, like BMW gives a little sportier drive and performance with a stiffer suspension and steering, yet the upgraded features and luxury ride of the Mercedes.

One of the things I like to do at Oliver Motors is drive as many vehicles as I possible. First off, it familiarizes me with the inventory so I can explain features of every vehicle we have. Second, It gives me an opportunity to make sure nothing was over looked in the safety inspection we do on all our vehicles (Seeing our service department is still human). And lastly, I started writing review/blogs of the vehicles I drive, so you can get yet another perspective to help make an educated decision on your next vehicle. I'm not saying that my wants and needs and opinions are the same as yours, but it's another factor to take into play.

With that being said, a couple weeks ago I drove home the 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus Quattro AWD. I have come to really like the Audi product, It has a sporty yet elegant look, sleek body lines, great performance, comfortable ride, and great features. And after driving this 2016 Q5, it proved to check each box I just described.

As I sat behind the wheel of this beautiful Q5, I saw that it had the option of inserting the key fob in the dash or keeping the key in my pocket and pushing the start button located on center column, ad choose the later of the two. As the car fired up, I noticed the side mirrors that had been folded up parked into place, and were ready for me to adjust them to my liking. The first thing I do when getting in a vehicle on the lot, is set it to my driving habits. I reach down with my left hand, and adjust the power seat located on the left side of the seat. Then I reach over on the door and I set the side mirrors to where I need them. The power mirrors on the Q5 are located at the top of the door handle right below the power locks and on top of the power windows and are a round rotate lever which makes it very easy to maneuver while driving.

Audi has done a great job with the two tone interior and then added a wood grain finish to give the interior a little more sophisticated look. As I stated earlier, the interior and seats are very similar to that of the Mercedes or other more luxury vehicle. The seats are a little more plus and comfortable and the features around the drivers compartment and rest of the vehicle are upscale.

I like to familiarize myself with the vehicle, so I don't have to search while driving, and as I scanned the Q5, I noticed on the left side of the steering wheel wash the info button for dash displays, on the right side was NAV and radio controls and the Cruise Control switch was a toggle switch behind the steering wheel on the left hand side.

As I scanned the center council and radio area, I noticed the large screen for NAV, radio features, and back up camera. One thing that took me a little getting used to, was like BMW, Audi has put a selector dial and buttons on center council area at the drivers right hand to change through most features on the center stack. It helps to navigate easier and safer through all the features o the screen. Below the screen, I found all the climate control button, including heated seats (not really needed in June but nice to know).

So I set the radio to XM, tuned in channel 39 (Hair Nation), looked up at the huge panoramic sunroof and opened the shade and vented the roof and started on my way home. It was a beautiful sunny day and the panoramic roof was great, not a lot of wind noise but a ton of sunlight.

As I drove down the road I was impressed with the performance of the 2.0LT motor. It pushes 220hp and is matched with an 8 speed transmission which helps get to speed quick while still helping it with its estimated 20 City/ 28 Hwy EPA. Town driving was fantastic, like I stated it drives and rides more on the BMW side with great cornering and a little lower stance for an SUV. But the main challenge will be how this 4 cylinder gets up to speed and merges onto the highway? I am used to driving more the 6 and 8 cylinder vehicles with a little more pep. And I have to say that this 2.0 compares nicely to the performance and power in drivability. It also has a very comfortable, smooth ride and little to no road noise.

When I arrived at home, I walked around the rest of the vehicle to see what else it had to offer. I folded down the 40/20/40 split back seats, stepped back and admired the way the aftermarket black wheels added the little extra look to this already beautiful machine, and admired the LED rear tail lights.

If you are in the market for an upscale, midsized SUV that gives a sportier feel drive, and luxurious feel interior, with a ton of features and great look, I'd highly recommend looking into this 2016 Audi Q5 AWD. Once you get the hang of the radio controls its one of the nicest vehicles I've driven comfort wise in a long time.

Del--Oliver Motors

2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4

In everything that I've read, they say that the 2016 Jeep Renegade is a top pick for a compact SUV. As many who have read my review/blogs know, I am a Jeep fan! I lean more towards the Gr. Cherokee and Wrangler line up, however, I am still impressed with the room, ride, fuel economy, and especially the 4 wheel drive systems of the Patriot, Compass, Cherokee, and Liberty. I didn't have the chance to drive Jeeps Renegade, until now. We recently picked up a 2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 for our lot in Baraboo. Now, we've had a couple Renegades over the years, but they were sold before I was able to take one home for the night. I like to take vehicles home to familiarize myself with them, make sure everything is in good working order, and no surprises arise when I am with a guest, and so I can write these blogs informing you of my experiences. So when this 2016 Jeep Renegade Latitude 4x4 landed, I made sure to be the one to give it it's test drive after going through our shop.

I have to say at first glance, it does have the Jeep look, a boxier body with stylish body lines and of course the seven slot front grill. It looked like it was going to be a little more on the smaller side, which in a vehicle is not really my liking. I have to say however, I may be a little judgmental of this vehicle, because it's my least favorite look of all the Jeep line. However, with that being said, everyone I knew whom I came across while driving it, loved the look and style, especially my kids.

As I got into the Renegade, I was impressed with the interior color combinations and look. This Renegade has a light gray insert surrounded by a grayish brown with orange highlights around speakers and other components which tied everything together great. Jeep (along with the rest of the C/J/R/D brands) has stood by their soft touch interior that was introduced in 2011 and perfected it. I was especially surprised by the amount of room that was not only in the driver compartment, but throughout the vehicle.

As always, I started to adjust certain features to my driving habits like reaching down to on my left side and adjusting the power driver seat, moving my left arm up onto the door and finding the power side mirrors button located right above the power windows and locks for the vehicle on the drivers door. After I adjusted everything to my liking, I started to familiarize myself with the rest of the vehicle. The steering wheel has your U-Connect hands free controls and controls to navigate through displays on your dash on the left hand side, and cruise control on the right hand side. The Renegade has the push button start feature, so I press down the brake and pushed the button to start. From there I looked over at the display screen for the radio and other features, and clicked the "accept button" so I could tune the radio to 96.3 FM for the ride home.

As I started on my way home, I came across some pluses, and minuses to this Renegade. With gas being $4.67 a gallon right now, I was looking forward to the 24 City/31 Hwy E.P.A estimated fuel economy. This Jeep Renegade is powered by a 2.4L 180hp motor, (which by the way is the bigger of the two offered) and is paired with a 9 speed automatic transmission. With that being said, I am a little spoiled by the mid sized vehicles with a 6 or 8 cylinder powering them, so yes the fuel economy was great, but the power and performance were a little less than I am use to. The in town driving was fine, getting up to speed to merge onto the highway was still better than the performance of most 4 cylinder vehicles I have driven, but it wasn't the quick response I'm used to. Once up to speed the Renegade traveled down the interstate perfect, and the ride was pleasant and comfortable. Once the cruise was set I couldn't tell the difference between this or the vehicles I'm used to driving even while maneuvering between traffic. I did like the line of vision that this renegade has, with all the windows and the height, it was easy to see and I felt like I had a ton of room in the vehicle.

When I arrived at home, my kids came out to check out the "Cool Jeep", and I started going over some of the other features it has, like the drop down 60/40 split rear seats, Alloy Wheels, and played around with the very easy to use remote start. After driving the Renegade, my mind was changed as if I would drive one, rent one, or possibly own one down the road. It ay not have had the get up and go that I'm used to, there was definitely a lot of other great features and options that made up for it.

Del--Oliver Motors

2017 GMC Terrain SLT AWD

Much of the 2017 GMC Terrain's appeal lies in the fact that it's much bigger than most of the other SUV's in it's segment, offering a large cargo area and spacious room for all passengers including the three in the rear seat. Of the three Terrain, Equinox, and Envision, I like the look that the GMC Terrain has to offer over the rest. The Terrain may have a boxier look, but that's what I like, boxier body, and boxier front clip giving it the same look at their truck series.

Oliver Motors is always trying to find ways to help you make the best choice for your next vehicle. Bryan and I will typically drive each vehicle we get in after it's gone through the shop to make sure nothing was missed and that everything is working properly before we offer it for sale. It also gives us a chance to familiarize ourselves with the vehicles so we can give you our best recommendation when ting to match the perfect vehicle to your needs. As an additional benefit, I have started writing blogs on the vehicles we drive. This will help you to see our point of view on the vehicle and it's handling and performance.

A couple weeks ago I took the 2017 GMC Terrain SLT AWD home for the night. Like always, I started by getting into the drivers seat, reaching down with my left hand and adjusting the power drivers seat. Once I had that in the perfect spot, I moved my left hand half way up the drivers door toward the front of the door and adjusted my power mirrors which were located in front of the power window switches and directly under the power lock switch on the drivers door. I was very impressed by the leather interior and how comfortable the front seat was, I've sat in other vehicles where the seats were hard and hugged you too much. Next I turned my attention to the other features on the vehicle. As I was familiarizing myself with he Terrain I noticed the Cruise control built into the steering wheel on the left hand side , and radio controls built into the right hand side. Looking at the key I noticed this Terrain was equipped with not only the power lock/unlock feature but also had remote start. I clicked open the key from the fob, and started the Terrain. The dash lit up with a soothing red background, making it easy to see no matter the time of day or nigh.

I then turned my attention to the radio screen, and went through to XM where I tuned to channel 39 Hair Nation. I noticed the AM/FM/ XM/ Pandora/ USB options on the screen, and below in the climate control buttons I saw this 2017 Terrain also comes equipped with heated front seat (not that I will be trying those out in June).

As I put the vehicle in reverse to back out, The center radio screen turned into a big monitor for the Back Up Camera which also had yellow and red lines to show how close you are to stuff. In posting this vehicle to the website, marketplace, and numerous buy/sell/trade sites, I noticed it states its Avg. fuel economy according to E.P.A is 20 City/28 Hwy. This particular Terrain is equipped with the 2.4L Six Cylinder pushing 182hp paired with a six speed transmission. In driving home, I realized with the good, comes the not so good. It's not a bad thing, just not what I'm used to. The performance around town was great, but as I was on the ramp merging onto the highway, you could definitely tell it wasn't the 3.0 or 3.6L motor under the hood. Once I was up to highway speed though, all was fine and it maneuvered through traffic just perfect.

Once at home I walked around the Terrain to see some of the other features it has to offer. The first thing I noticed was the look, it definitely has a tougher look than its Buick and Chevy counterparts. Especially in this beautiful black paint with the addition of chrome wheels, door handles, side mirror covers and grill. I played around with the 60/40 split fold down back seats which opened up an already huge cargo are behind the back seat's to an impressive cargo area with the seats folded down.

I give this 2017 GMC Terrain a great review for room, comfort, features, and ride. My own personal taste, I like a little more get up and go, however my wife has a different thought on that. This gorgeous black on black 2017 GMC Terrain SLT AWD is currantly at tour Oliver Motors Baraboo location. Call Bryan or Del at 608-355-9440 to schedule an appointment.

Del--Oliver Motors

2014 Jeep Gr. Cherokee Limited 4X4

It's been a heck of a past few months! Oliver Motors has had some great success selling vehicles, and trying to replace just the right inventory has been a challenge. I've had the opportunity to drive a lot of vehicles over the past few months, but haven't had the opportunity to review any of them. Well, I finally have a beautiful sunny summer day to sit down and do a little catch up!!

I'm going to start with the most recent vehicle I drove, a Beautiful 2014 Jeep Gr. Cherokee Limited 4x4 that's currently at our Oliver Motors Baraboo location. When I say BEAUTIFUL, I'm not just saying that!! This Gr. Cherokee is one of my favorite colors for a Gr. Cherokee, many will call it a maroon/red but I believe Jeep calls it Deep Cherry Red Crystal Pearl coat [Red].  My personal feeling is that color gives it a sporty, yet elegant look. And when you match it with a black leather interior it just looks sharp!

Now if you've read my past reviews, you know I'm a little more partial to the Jeep line. If you really want to know whey, stop in and drive this one. Again I was NOT disappointed in the ride, performance, or style.

As always I went to adjust all the features like side mirror, driver seat and rear view mirror to fit my driving style. Everything was quick, smooth, and easy to find right at my fingertips. As I adjusted my seat, I noticed how comfortable the seat was and how thee was plenty of room, not constricting like some seats. This Gr. Cherokee has the push button start feature, so I placed my foot on the brake and went to push the start button. I will say that in doing so I noticed the only thing I may change, (it's not a big thing or a bad thing) the previous owner put a touch of bling around the push button. The vehicle started smoothly and quietly and the dash and display lit up big and bright.

As the U Connect popped up on the large radio/touch screen I noticed that not only was this Gr. Cherokee equipped with heated seat, but also a heated steering wheel (Not that these features are needed in June, but nice to know). I pushed "Accept" and went to the main home screen and adjusted the temperature, tuned into XM and switched to channel 39 (hair nation), and by habit clicked on the Navigation button.

Now that I had everything set into place, I reached down to put in reverse. If there was anything I would say bad against this Gr. Cherokee, it would be the shifter. Not that it's bad, defective, or hard. It's just that I'm set in my ways, and like the old way of shifting, where this has the electric shift and I'm just not used to it and well don't care to learn new things. After driving the vehicle the shifter did start to come around and I did notice that is was a smooth feature. Anyway as I put it in reverse, the center screen lit up bright with a back up camera that features green, yellow, red lines helping judge distance and a perforated line keeping you on track as to where the center of the Jeep's rear end is.

As I put the Gr. Cherokee in drive, and headed down the road, I remembered why I love the Jeep product so much. The 3.6L Pentastar motor has 295hp, which gives more than enough power, get up and go, and performance to satisfy any situation you would have for a 6 cylinder motor. For a full sized SUV, the Gr. Cherokee handles like a dream! It handles great in cornering, has a smooth comfortable ride, and little to no road noise. There wasn't an issue merging onto the highway as far as power, it didn't have a bad blind spot, and it felt like I was driving a luxury vehicle both through town and down the interstate.

When I arrived at home, I did a quick walk around of the rest of the vehicle and played around with the 60/40 split rear seats, folding them both down to see how much room was in the back. Not only is there a ton of leg room with 5 person capability with the seats up, but when you lay the back seats down you open a large cargo area.

I am quickly going to touch on the main reason I am an advocate for Jeep, their 4x4 system. Now in June, there's not a lot of need for the 4 wheel drive, unless I decide to take it in the mud, or out in the woods over a little rougher terrain. However, talking from experience, I know that if I decided to, or was in the middle of a winter storm that I would have the best 4x4 system under me.

All-in all I was not disappointed in this 2014 Jeep Gr. Cherokee Limited 4x4, and I think if you're in the market and drove it, you would also understand the phrase "It's a Jeep Thing"!

Del--Oliver Motors

2012 Chevrolet 1500 LT Crew Cab 4x4(SOLD)

For decades, General Motors truck line has been know for holding the best resale value and having a higher price MSRP when purchasing new. And yet for decades people will still purchase these vehicles new and pay the premium for them on the used car market. At first I thought it was just a looks thing? But Ford and Ram have put out some pretty aggressive competition. Then I thought maybe it was just the Ford-Chevy-Mopar badging thing? However over the past two decades in the business, I've come to realize that brand loyalty isn't as strong as it used to be. Then it hit me, people are buying off a multitude of things, and the GM line up hits most of them out of the ball park.

I have the opportunity to drive vehicles home for a couple reasons. First is to familiarize myself with the vehicles, and then I want to make sure that even though the vehicle has gone through a safety inspection and has been set up for the lot, that there isn't anything that may have been missed or not found like you would in every day driving. I took home the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab 4x4 the other day and had my eyes opened to what people are talking about with the GM product.

Now, in my older years I'm getting a little more spoiled. I like driving a truck to sit me up higher and for the practicality of having a truck form on and end jobs around the house. However I've spoiled myself with the more luxurious SUV and sedans on the market.

As I got ready to leave the dealership, I adjusted the six way drivers power seat to fit my shorter than most structure, adjusted the power mirrors to my liking and adjusted the rear view mirror. After leaving the dealership in the 2012 Chev 1500 Crew Cab, I was impressed by the comfort of the seat. Along with being sat up and able to see more of the surroundings that you get in a truck, this 2012 Silverado also gave a comfortable seat and ride. Handling around the round about and then down the road was more than I expected. The 2012 Silverado for town driving felt more like an SUV or larger car with it's ride, suspension, and steering. Don't get me wrong, it's not as smooth as a Cadillac, but was not what I'd expect from a full size truck equipped to go trail riding.

As I crossed over Old 12, entered the round about, and then merged onto 12/19, getting up to highway speeds was not an issue at all. The 5.3L V8 powering this full Crew Cab truck has more than enough power to get you up to speed and maneuver around the highway. When set in my place on the highway, I started to check out the rest of the features at my fingertips. I moved my left thumb over the cruise control located on the left side of the steering wheel, and turned it on and set it at the desired speed. I then moved my right thumb over the radio controls located on the right hand side of the steering wheel and proceeded to move through the media options (hoping to find XM active and listen to some Hair Nation, but found it was not activated at this time) and ended on FM radio, then adjusted on the steering wheel the volume. I do like how all are right there at your finger tips so you don't have to take your eyes of the road. As I did look around, this 2012 Silverado is well equipped with Power Locks, windows, Air, Tilt Steering and CD player also.

I was rather impressed with the handling of this full size truck driving down the interstate also. I started out this article by saying GM hits most of the features people are looking for out of the ball park. This is what I meant, here is a 2012 Chev half ton truck that most would expect to be basic, rougher ride due to truck suspension, noisy, and a looser steering. However, driving this 2012 Silverado was just the opposite, it handles beautiful down the road with a nice tight steering, comfortable suspension ride (almost like a car even having the Z71 suspension), a quite cabin with little road noise, and is fully loaded. And with an EPA of 15 city and 21 Hwy, this full size truck that can become multi purpose for odd and end jobs and drives out like an SUV with a ton of room gets about the same fuel economy as most mid/full size SUV's.

As I walked around the truck in my driveway at home I was taken in by the tough look, a couple of small accessories that were added took away from the basic look like the black bug shield, tonneau cover, and wheel well moldings to match the black side mirrors and door handles. It wouldn't take much to put a little lift and a slightly more aggressive tire and possible aftermarket rim to transform this already sharp looking truck to the next level. But this is what always gets me in trouble lol, not everyone wants that look and or stance.

Either way, if you're in the market for a full size Crew Cab truck check out this beautiful 2012 Chev Silverado 1500 4x4 currently at our Oliver Motors Baraboo location.

2016 Subaru Crosstrek 2.0i Limited AWD(SOLD)

(SOLD)Does a spontaneous trek through the woods to do some camping sound appealing? The off-road-ready 2016 Subaru Crosstrek could be for you. This SUV is the best of all the worlds, great fuel economy on the highway, smooth commuter around town, and is more than the typical crossover for heading into the wilderness.

I want to start by saying how impressed I am in Subaru as a whole. There aren't a lot of manufacturers that can say that almost all their line of vehicles start under $35,000.00 brand new. Or that the majority of their line of vehicles get over 30 mpg hwy (many in the mid 30's) and did I add the entire line comes standard AWD?

Now with that being said, I have stated in many articles in the past, that I try and drive every vehicle to familiarize myself with them and make sure there aren't any surprises for the guest after they buy it. And while looking over the lot today, to see what vehicle I take should take home tonight, again (like I have numerous times over the past decades) I skipped right over the Subaru in the line-up. I was eyeing up the 2015 Audi Q7, but needed to move the 2016 Subaru Crosstek in order to get it out. As I grabbed the keys for the Subaru, I hesitated and asked myself, why not just take this? Is it because it's not sporty enough? Do I really have a thing against the wagon look? The only thing I truly do know, is that I made it a point to drive EVERY vehicle and give my driving experience in an article.

As I was ready to head home for the night, I walked outside, locked the door, and went to unlock the 2016 Subaru Crosstreck. As I looked at the key fob in my hand I noticed it was very much like BMW. Both makes have a lock button on top, their logo below (which is the unlock) and then this model also has the rear hatch and panic button.

I opened the rear driver side door to place my lap top bag on the back seat and was surprised by the amount of room in this compact SUV. As I climbed into the driver seat I was pleasantly surprised to see the amount of room in the drivers compartment. I was expecting to be cramped or at least a little uncomfortable. But much to my surprise, even after moving the seat forward, there was plenty of room. I set my coffee cup in the large cup holders to my right, and started to make the Crosstrek my own. I adjusted the seat, the rear view mirror, and the side mirrors. Everything was easily accessible and right at my fingertips. While sitting in the vehicle I started to notice a couple extra bonus features on this Limited model, like Weather Tech floor mats, rain guards on the windows, and a nice roof rack. These features nicely complimented the power locks/ window/ mirrors, Air, Cruise, Tilt, sporty honeycomb looking two tone wheels, and Sunroof this vehicle also came equipped with.

I placed my foot on the brake, put the key in the second cup holder, and pushed the start button. As I dropped the vehicle into drive and started to pull out of the driveway onto South Blvd., I noticed that this 2.0L 4 cyl had a little pep to its step. Now don't get me wrong, it's not going to win races or leave black marks on a constant basis, but that's not what this vehicle was designed for. Subaru did a good job of matching a 2.0L 4 cyl with enough pep to nicely take off from a stop sign, and easily merge from an off ramp onto a highway with a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) transmission to make sure to offer the best fuel economy for an SUV.

While driving from work to home on the highway, I moved my right thumb slightly to the left on the steering wheel to easily activate the cruise control. I like having it set into the steering wheel with easy access to reach, and see, so as not to have to search and take my eyes off the road. I also noticed on the left hand side were the controls for the radio and vehicle info center on the dash between the tac and speedometer. I looked up and noticed the large sunroof that was above the driver and passenger in the front seat, I can't wait for this Wisconsin March weather to finally warm up so I could enjoy it.

This 2016 Subaru Crosstrek drove out nicely. It was a smooth ride, comfortable, enough cabin room, performance was there to do the job, and I was surprised by how quite the CVT transmission was compared to ones I've driven in the past. When backing up the large screen turned into a well lit back up camera, and I noticed a ton of other great safety features through out the vehicle like air bags.

The next morning at I walked out of my house, headed down the sidewalk, I looked up and saw the 2016 Subaru Crosstrek sitting there alone in my driveway. For the First time I really noticed the aggressive looking stance, nice body lines, and rounder aero dynamic body that this compact SUV has. When parked next to other vehicles on the lot, you really don't get a chance to take it all in. Then marry in the sharp sporty wheels and the luggage rack and that helps to take the aggressive stance to a tough look.

All-in-all I have to say I was quite satisfied with the driving experience I had with this 2016 Subaru Crosstreck Limited 2.0I AWD. The only feature I wasn't able to check out (and honestly I'm not disappointed I couldn't) was the AWD system. So I will have to take Subaru's word that they have one of the best ALL WHEEL DRIVE system's on the market.

If you'd like to schedule a test drive, call to verify its still available and at what location. At the time I am writing this it is located at Oliver Motors 315 South Blvd Baraboo Wi.

608-355-9440--Oliver Motors Baraboo

608-318-6100--Oliver Motors Sun Prairie

2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD(SOLD)

(SOLD)The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse checks nearly ALL the right boxes for anyone looking for a larger sized crossover SUV, then add the LTZ package to it, and it is now one of the best picks in the segment.

In doing test drive reviews, we..... ok , I like to drive the sportier, fun cars. But lets face it, not everyone has a need for a sportier, fun vehicle. Adulting and practicality come into place. I can't count the amount of times before I was in the business, I went into a dealership to look at a Mustang, only to end up in a mini van. And now, after combining families with my wife, and our son who is now 6 (and needs to take his entire toy room with him on a trip to the grocery store), I am back to a point where we definitely need a 6-7 passenger vehicles

One of the things we like to do at Oliver Motors is to make sure to drive every vehicle. It helps us familiarize ourselves with the vehicle so we can let our guests know all the features and benefits, and also lets us make sure (even though it's been through and passed a safety inspection) that something small wasn't accidently missed. So last night I took home the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD we just had brought to our Baraboo location.

I have driven many 3rd row SUV's over my years, however aside from the Ford Flex, the GM line of Traverse, Enclave, and Acadia seem to have the best leg room and a lot more stylish look. Over the years we have taken family trips, and to date the farthest driven with the larger family was from Portage Wi to Gatlinburg TN. The first of three trips taken was in a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse. At the time it was an LT package, but after driving this LTZ we have on our lot, I can see how the extra features would have come in handy.

Much like that 2014 Traverse I drove to TN, this 2014 gives plenty of leg room for not only driver, but ALL passengers. I remember the 14 hour drive and how comfortable it was for everyone in the vehicle. This 2014 Traverse LTZ was no different. Plenty of room in front compartments, plenty of leg room in middle and third row compartment, and a large cargo are in the back. That was a saving grace with kids and luggage, unlike other vehicles where the kids were crammed together in a back seat and luggage in the trunk, or in a smaller SUV where luggage was hitting them in the back of the head, as it hung over the seat, this had more than enough room for all. One thing that I did notice different, is that the windows for front and middle seats are large, however the 3rd row windows are a little smaller and harder to see out of in the blind spot. One of the advantages I noticed with this LTZ is to help with that, is that it is equipped with blind spot monitors in the side mirrors. A feature that would have been great tooling down the highways to TN.

As I drove the 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ home last night, I again was impressed with the ride quality. It may be a large crossover, but it rides like car yet sits you up like a truck. Everything that I needed to control as the driver, was right at my fingertips.

I was talking about the extra features in this LTZ that would have made my trip years ago more pleasant. I already touched base with one, the blind spot monitors. Other features that this LTZ was equipped with that would have made the trip more pleasant were, the large NAV screen on the radio. Although I didn't need it as much in TN as I would have liked it while leaving Wisconsin in March, this LTZ is equipped with Heated/cooled leather seat. A lot of people don't understand the difference between cloth and leather, but leather definitely makes for a more comfortable seat, especially on a longer trip. As I was driving it home last night I also noticed my hands were getting warm, and realized that this LTZ was equipped with heated steering wheel as well.

When I got home, I started to look over the Traverse. I was impressed with some of the little things it has to offer. Now, only those of you with smaller children can really appreciate the full rubber floor mats. And I may be getting a little older and like a more elegant look, but the wood grain accents really make it look classy. As I was adjusting the seats, I noticed how easy it was to slide the center seats for access into the back and fold the backs down on the center and rear seats making a nice level plateau in case I would need to haul something. It was kind of like a small truck with a solid topper. As I continued to crawl through the SUV, I noticed what are again little but huge features that this LTZ had to offer like the Dual Sunroof, Back Up Camera, Duel Powered Front Seats, Driver Memory Seats, BOSE stereo system, and Alloy Wheels.

The only thing I wasn't able to try out (and I'm not upset at all that I couldn't ) was the AWD system. It's the middle of March and temps are finally hitting high 40's low 50's and 90% of all the snow is gone, so I hope not to have to worry about that feature till next year.

If you'd like to see for your self how great a 3rd row full sized crossover this beautiful 2014 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ AWD is, it is currently at our Oliver Motors 315 S. Blvd. Baraboo Wi. location. Stop by, Call us at 608-355-9440 or visit our website olivermotors.com for 51 photos, a walk around video, and a complete Auto Check.

2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4x4(SOLD)

The Jeep Wrangler is a ready-for-anything vehicle that can trace its lineage right back to the original military-grade Willys that debuted just in time for the Second World War.  Today’s model still features the same body proportions, has a spare tire mounted on the rear door, and has option hard/soft top, traits that go all the way back to 1941. Yes you heard me.... 1941. That's 75 years of heritage, countless other manufacturers have come and gone, and the others have done dramatic changes to their lines, but Jeep remains.

I have driven countless Jeeps in my time in the auto business, and not one has ever let me down. I worked for a C/D/J/R Franchise for many years and came to understand not only the cult following but why. There's a Jeep motto "It's a Jeep Thing , You Won't Understand" that many people laugh at, until they are in the passenger seat of their buddies Wrangler and pass another Wrangler on the road, and there's the subtle "Wrangler Wave" between drivers. Or they get picked up by a friend on a beautiful sunny warm day, and drive across town with the top's and doors off giving the ultimate free experience while driving. Or maybe, just maybe it's when there is a ton of snow and you are stranded at your house but need essential and your friend pulls up in their Jeep knowing they have by far the BEST 4 wheel drive system on the market. I will never forget the day I learned, it was my second day at work for the Jeep Dealership. It had snowed the night before (Perfect way to start my new venture) 14" of snow dropped overnight and was blowing huge drifts. Another salesman and I were trying to move vehicles so we could start to plow. I came across a new 2011 Jeep Patriot that was parked in with vehicles front, back, and a huge wall of snow on the drivers side from the snow plow and what looked like a 2-2/2 foot drift on the passenger side. I looked at Lance and asked how are we suppose to get these out. He laughed, clicked up the 4x4 button and said "don't you know how to drive?? Turn right and crawl over the drift, this will walk out without an issue". Sure enough I was out in seconds. A feat I tried with other pre-owned vehicles on the lot and had to dig out. I WAS SOLD!!!

Over the years I drove all the models and fell in love with the flagship for many reasons I listed above. The Wrangler is the ultimate driving machine, I'm not going to say it doesn't have its fault but what vehicle doesn't. And when the biggest faults are, it hasn't really had a body style change in decades, it has a little more road noise than other vehicles, and it's not a fully equipped luxury vehicle, those "faults" many see, are also the MAIN reason Jeep owners LOVE THEIR WRANGLERS!

When a new Jeep Wrangler hits the lot, I am the one who calls dibs on taking it home for the night to "familiarize" myself with it. Mainly I want to make sure any bugs have been worked out and fixed after it comes out of our safety inspection (and I really just LOVE driving Jeeps). So when this 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara hit the lot, I was all over it.

Now being 5'7'' I get a lot of ribbing when people see me get in trucks and Wranglers. But in all reality, the Wrangler has easy access with the newer Unlimited 4 door models (the 2 door Wranglers, I will admit make it a challenge for the rear seat) and yes they have better ground clearance than most SUV's but the design makes it easy for even someone a little shorter to get in and out of.

So it was a beautiful Wisconsin March night, you know 21 degrees at 6pm. I was getting ready to close up for the day and noticed that this 2016 Wrangler Sahara had remote start. I clicked the lock button, lights flashed, then double clicked the remote start button and the vehicle started in seconds. I let it warm up for a few minutes and as I walked out, unlocked the Jeep and got in. Now there is something to be said for the newer Jeeps, I have driven some older ones where there was a lot more gaps and weren't insulated as well as the new models. The cabin had warmed up in just that short time I let it run. As I put it in drive to head off the, lot I noticed the big screen that was installed as an aftermarket radio. Much to my surprise, it was a touch screen and was wired in so that the controls on the steering wheel also worked the features.

As I drove down the road I did notice the little things like a little stiffer seat, and you definitely feel and hear the road more. But not half as bad as the Wranglers of the past, and again it's what makes a Jeep a Jeep. As I was getting ready to merge from the off ramp onto the highway, I remembered another great feature of the Wrangler, which is the amount of open window view for blind spots and visibility. The biggest change in the Wrangler from the original version over the past decades, was it now has a smoother ride due to extending it into the Unlimited 4 door model. And this 2016 Wrangler proves just that. As I'm driving down the highway it has a smoother ride, and plenty of power from the 3.6 Pentastar motor pushing 285hp. As I pulled into the driveway, my little guy got the biggest smile on his face. When he was really young, everything was a Jeep, and he loves Wranglers. So of course he had to come over and check it out.

As I headed back into work the next morning, and put the Wrangler in reverse to back down the driveway I noticed that the aftermarket head unit also had a back up camera. The nice big screen made for a great monitor to assist in backing out. On the ride in I played around with other features I noticed were included in this Jeep like the power window switches located just under the center screen, the power locks and windows. I set the cruise as I traveled down he highway and enjoyed the rest of the ride.

It's just a shame that it's Wisconsin in March and I was unable to pop the tops above my head off or take off the entire top for a fun convertible ride. But I'm sure we will have another Wrangler in I can enjoy in the summer month. As for now, if you're in the market for a fun 4x4 multi versatile SUV come check out this 2016 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited 4x4 we have currently at our Oliver Motors Baraboo location with 114,299 miles.

2014 BMW 5 Series 528i X Drive AWD(SOLD)

(SOLD)The BMW 5 Series offers a delightful balance of comfort and performance. There is definitely something to be said about not only the 528i X Drive that I had the pleasure of driving, but the BMW line as a whole.

BMW has been noted as one of the highline foreign manufacturers in the United States for decades. Their line up has been a romantic, sporty must have vehicle in the eyes of many. Over the past decades, I've been lucky enough to drive many different year, make and models of BMW. The biggest thing I love about the brand, is regardless if its a 3 series, 5 series or any other model in the arsenal of BMW Line up, they all have that sports car handling and luxury car feel. And this gorgeous 2014 528i X Drive is no different.

We like to drive the vehicles we get in for a couple different reasons, one is to familiarize ourselves with the vehicles. Another, and more importantly, is so we can go through all the options and make sure that even though it's been put through the inspection, everything is working properly. I took the BMW 5 series one night last week for just those reasons. As I sat down behind the wheel to leave, it was a little bit of a drop into the seat (that form around you like a sports car seat), not much, but enough to give you the feel of getting into a sports car. As I drove out of the parking lot, and entered the round a bout in front of the dealership, I noticed it was lowered just enough to give this 5 Series a great stance for perfect handling into the corner. As I was driving down the road I noticed that everything you needed to make your drive enjoyable, was at the drivers fingertips. What really surprised me however, was that with the little lower stance, and responsive suspension, as I was driving down the interstate I didn't hear road noise and feel a lot of bumps.

The next morning it was time to head back to work. I'm driving this 5 Series in Wisconsin, the state that can have all four seasons in one day. I was lucky enough to drive this BMW a morning with a little icier road, which allowed me to feel how the car hugged the road with some amazing traction. I felt comfortable knowing the all wheel drive system kept the vehicle perfectly under control when coming across icier patches. Being it was a brisk and cold morning, I started the car and let the defrost clear the windows. In just a few minutes, I was able to get behind the wheel of the car and start on my way. I turned on the heated seats, which worked perfectly in just a few short minutes, heating up the comfortably fit leather seat. One thing that is a little different about the BMW line, is that these newer BMW's have gone to an electronic shifter which is a little intimidating at first. But after driving it for the night it was like second nature when heading back to work. I reached over with my right hand to where the controls were for the multimedia and quickly and easily tuned in 96.3 for the ride to work. The controls are nicely located right below the shifter making it easy to see and navigate while driving down the road. The big screen in the top center of the dash makes it easy for even my old eyes to read perfectly the radio stations, the information screen, or the bright colored NAV map that's equipped with this luxurious 5 Series.

BMW has not let us down when it comes to performance either. Weather it's from a stop, switching lanes, or merging from the on ramp onto the highway the 2.0L turbo motor gives a great performance and acceleration. All-in-all I am still to this day impressed by the style, performance, features, handlining, and over ride of the BMW line. After driving this 5 series, due to cabin room alone, it has moved up to one of my favorites in the line up. More room than that of the 3 series but yet not too big of a car like I feel the 7 series is for my needs.

If you're in the market for a great AWD sedan, stop in and check out this gorgeous car which is currently at our Olive Motors Sun Prairie location.

What should you research before buying a car.

What should you research before buying a car?

When people think of buying a new vehicle, they usually only think of the car itself as being the only decision they need to make. However, that is just one of the many decisions they will have to make in the car buying process.
Let’s start with the obvious one.:
1) Of course, the first decision is what vehicle to buy. Example: what is the best type of vehicle for me or my family? What features do I want/need? What colors would I like? Is fuel economy a major concern? These are just the start of questions to ask yourself about the car.
2) Secondly, the decision about affordability needs to be made. Do I have enough to pay cash, or should I finance the vehicle? If I finance, what can I afford for a monthly payment?
3) Lastly, there are decisions that must be made at the dealership:
a. Would you like to protect yourself with GAP coverage?
b. Would you like to protect yourself with an Extended Service Plan?
c. Would you like to have the protection of a 5 in 1 package?
d. Would you like to put a Paint Protection / Fabric guard on your vehicle?

There are a lot of factors that go into buying a vehicle. It is best to sit down and figure out a budget you can afford. But it is also important to figure out the cost of the added protection you can put on your investment.
In the State of Wisconsin, every vehicle sold by a licensed dealer is required to go through a 45-point safety inspection. That means at the time of the sale, the vehicle has passed the requirements the State of Wisconsin DOT requires to consider a vehicle is in good safe working condition. That however does not state that the vehicle will not have any issues down the road. Therefore, dealerships will offer additional products (like GAP and Extended Service Plans) from 3rd party sellers to help protect you from large expenses down the road.
What to watch out for?
When people hear Extended Service Plan (many call it Extended Warranties), or aftermarket products, they tend to be reluctant from stories that they have heard in the past. Unfortunately, there are some companies who take advantage of people and promise more than they fulfill or try and find ways not to pay claims through loopholes. That is why it is extremely important to do your homework on not only the vehicle, the dealership, but also the companies for which the dealership sells aftermarket products.
Oliver Motors makes sure that they have investigated the ratings and reviews of each company that they offer. Oliver Motors has contacted references from not only other selling dealers but also other repair shops to ensure claims are paid in a timely manner and that the entire process was simple for the shop and the customer.
What do each of these products even do?

GAP Coverage: Optional coverage you can purchase that will help pay off your auto loan if your vehicle is considered totaled in an accident or stolen and you owe more than the car's depreciated value. Many people will add in tax, title, license, and in some cases, money owed from a previous vehicle that they traded in on a new car.
An Example: If the new car you are buying is valued at $10,000, and you are financing $14,000, in the case of an accident your insurance will only pay out what the vehicle is valued at. GAP coverage will step in and pay off the remainder of your loan, or $4,000.

Extended Service Plans: With the technology put into vehicles today, and with that technology being man-made, there is a chance that there may be some failures. With the amount of moving parts for a better, smoother ride there is a lot of wear and tear on vehicles today. With that being said, the vehicle may be in perfect shape right now, but what about a year from now with an additional 12,000 miles? What about three years from now with 30,000 miles? Will you have money set aside to help with repair bills down the road? Will you have a saving able to fix a large ticket repair?
An Example: The cost to remove and replace a Shock Assembly on a 2015 Ford F150 is in the $1,200-$1,500.00 range. A timing Chain on a 2009 Traverse is in the $1,400-$1,800 range.
You can purchase an Extended Service Plan from a basic driveline to help with the parts listed above, to an all-inclusive which is almost as good as a manufacture’s coverage.
Drive Train will cover all internal parts of the motor, transmission, and drivetrain. The parts that make the vehicle run and get you from point A to Point B. The all-inclusive will be for more of the luxury features. Oliver Motors offers two different companies, which each company has a variety of year and mileage options, and coverage options available.
5 in 1 Coverage: It is the little things that get you!! You are on the dock ready to get in the boat and drop your keys in the lake. You are driving down the highway and the vehicle in front of you kicks up a rock chipping or cracking your windshield. You come out of the grocery store and notice the car next to you left a dent in your door. 5 in 1 will help with all this along with Tire and Wheel Protection and Roadside Assistance.
Paint Protection/ Fabric Guard: Americans are always on the go. In the mid-’90s; the average person would drive 10,000 miles per year. With a combination of more people commuting to work and busier lifestyles; that amount has increased to an average of 18,000 miles per year. With that being said, the interiors of our vehicles have become a mobile office, cafeterias, beauty salons, weekend project haulers, and all-purpose transporters. This is where Paint Protection/ Fabric Guard will help protect your vehicle from interior issues like fast food stains, makeup marks, cigarette burns, rips & tears, and gum. It will also help protect the exterior from issues like bird waste, tree sap, hard water spots, paint overspray from road projects, and bug and insect guts.
In summary, purchasing a vehicle is the largest investment you will make next to buying a house. You will want to make sure that you have made the right choice, at a price/payment you can afford, and have protected yourself not only today but down the road. I hope this information helps you when shopping for your next vehicle!