The BMW 3-Series Sets a Higher Standard in Value for Price

2017-05-31T17:12:03+00:00May 31st, 2017|Award, BMW|

BMW’s sleek, sporty, and affordable 3-Series rises above competitors to win Kelley Blue Book’s 2016 “Best Luxury Sedan” award.

The BMW 3-Series was named best luxury sport sedan in North America in 2016, after sales records proved it was the best-selling luxury car in the country. Dependable and affordable, the 3-Series sedan is among the elite in driver satisfaction. From performance to design, this 6th generation model stands tall among its competitors and is one of many reasons BMW Santa Barbara is proud to be an authorized BMW dealer.

BMW 3-Series: Excellence in Power and Design

BMW vehicles are known for their sporty performance, long-lasting quality, and superior comfort. The 340i sedan, for one, recognized by its well-balanced suspension, ultimate steering, and six-speed transmission, is fuel injected with a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine that gets 30mpg on the highway and hits 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. This four-cylinder engine, with 330 pound-feet of torque, glides through the gears whether you’re gradually gaining speed or putting the petal to the floor.

The new 340i’s exterior design stays the same with updated air intakes and enlarged headlights along with the L-shaped rear LED lights and turning indicators. As usual, BMW generously equips the standard model with features that would usually come at an additional cost such as rain sensing wipers, auto-dimming lights, keyless entry, and a power-glass moon roof. BMW also offers the 18-inch double-spoke alloy rims in the standard model with a variety of additional spoke upgrades to choose from. Other upgrades include black and red leather upholstery, and the track handling package. The track-handling package includes matte chrome exterior trim, anthracite wood interior trim and M Sport brakes

Build your own BMW E-Series Today

Whether your best choice is the Standard 3 Series 340i or the 330e, you can build a model to meet your own specifications for quote or purchase. Check BMW Santa Barbara online and build your own BMW by clicking on the “Build Your Own” tab at the right of the screen alongside the vehicle you like. Then choose color, wheels, upholstery, trims, driving- assist packages, along with convenience and performance options. You can also visit BMW Santa Barbara and speak to one of our brand-specific trained representatives who can walk you through the “Build Your Own” online procedure.

About BMW Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto Group is conveniently located off the 101 and Hope Ave and proudly serves Santa Barbara and the greater Southern California area. Santa Barbara Auto Group is an authorized BMW dealer and features a wide array of new and pre-owned BMW vehicles. The sales department at Santa Barbara Auto Group has one purpose – to exceed customers’ expectations from test drive to delivery. The professional sales team is committed to a no-pressure, high integrity approach to every ownership experience. Santa Barbara Auto Group also features a dedicated professional service department and a state-of-the-art facility offering the most current diagnostic and repair equipment available and highly skilled factory-trained technicians to deliver efficient quality vehicle care.

Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular BMW models including the BMW 2-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, or i8 models, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

BMW Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste A
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4251
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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  • Acura ILX

Kelley Blue Book Awards Acura as Best Cost-To-Own Brand

2017-05-19T12:33:28+00:00May 19th, 2017|Acura, Award|

Kelley Blue Book recognizes Acura for offering long-term reliability, low-cost ownership, and pricing below the competition.

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing/leasing a new vehicle is ‘will it stand the test of time?’ Buying a new car is making a commitment that has the potential to affect your daily life for many years. Therefore, it’s more important than most people realize to research your next purchase while considering reliability-over-time as a significant factor.

Though driving an Acura may not be as enticing as driving one of their more expensive luxury competitors, like Audi or BMW, Acura has established a reputation for quality and reliability for a reasonable price. The brand might not offer too much in flash, but when it comes to getting your money’s worth over the time of ownership, Acura leads the industry. In fact, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has recently awarded Acura their KBB 5-year cost-to-own gold medal.

Kelley Blue Book determines the 5-year cost-to-own award by examining the cost of a vehicle’s projected financing, insurance and state fees, fuel, and scheduled maintenance and repairs. In addition, Kelley Blue Book includes the vehicle’s projected depreciation in value over time. Acura has proven to have the most value in this category for two consecutive years.

Acura proves that luxury and value don’t have to be exclusive concepts in a vehicle. Not only does Acura have an initially lower price than their luxury brand competitors like BMW and Audi, their vehicles hold their value incredibly well over time.

“If you’re looking for the prestige and tradition that distinguish European luxury brands, you’re going to have to pony up. But if you’re instead more interested in the practical advantages of a premium-priced vehicle—a quieter cabin, more comfortable seats, higher-quality interior appointments and such—Acura delivers for less.”

-Kelley Blue Book > 2017 5-year Cost to Own Awards: Best Brands

Awards like this make us proud to be an authorized Acura dealer at Acura Santa Barbara. It comforts us to know that we supply our customers with top of the line luxury vehicles. In fact, our team of expert technicians is prepared to make your cost-to-own value even better. By scheduling routine maintenance checks our team will make sure your vehicle is always running at peak performance, and work to identify and fix any budding issues before they become costly repairs. Come visit us at Acura Santa Barbara to check out some of the brand’s award-winning luxury models like ILX sedan or the RDX crossover.

About Acura Santa Barbara

Acura Santa Barbara, serving the Santa Barbara area, is the premier retailer of new and used Acura vehicles. With a dedicated sales staff and top-trained technicians, at Acura Santa Barbara we aim to make each customer’s auto shopping experience fun, easy, and financially advantageous. Check out the 2016 TLX, MDX, the popular RDX, or any of the other reliable, affordable models in the Acura line up. Acura Santa Barbara is located at 401 South Hope Ave in Santa Barbara, right off the 101 and Hope Ave exit.

Acura Santa Barbara

401 S Hope Ave Ste D
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4266
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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Porsche Ranks Highest in J.D. Power’s 2016 APEAL Study for 12th Consecutive Year

2017-02-22T10:30:22+00:00February 22nd, 2017|Award, News, Porsche, Santa Barbara Auto Group|

Porsche Santa Barbara applauds Porsche’s victory and the brand’s ability to design vehicles that appeal to nearly every driver.

One of the many vehicle studies conducted by J.D. Power is the APEAL study, which stands for Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout. The intent of this study is to determine what features customers value most by examining what consumers like about their vehicle ninety days after purchasing. In fact, the study has been nicknamed the “Things gone right” study.

APEAL focuses on eight categories of vehicle performance and design: engine/transmission; ride, handling and braking; comfort/convenience; seats; cockpit/instrument panel; heating, ventilation and cooling; sound system; and styling/exterior. In other words, the study is basically an overall evaluation of the vehicle’s reliability and likeability. Porsche ranking highest in overall appeal is exciting news for Porsche Santa Barbara. Though we’ve never had any doubts about the quality of Porsche’s designs, the recognition affirms our reputation for delivering superior luxury vehicles.

Porsche Delivers Top Quality in Several Categories

J.D. Power categorizes the vehicles in the APEAL study by vehicle type. Porsche won in three categories including: Compact Premium SUV for the Porsche Macan; Midsize Premium Sporty Car for the Porsche 911; and Compact Premium Sporty Car for the Porsche Boxster.

The Porsche Macan has been a customer favorite since it was introduced. J.D. Power awarded the 2016 Macan five-stars in nearly every one of the fourteen categories that are analyzed when compiling a performance and design review. By replacing much of the steel parts that were used in previous models with aluminum, the 2016 Porsche Macan cuts significant weight, adding to the overall efficiency. With one of the best traction control systems on the market, the Macan offers a smooth and enjoyable ride.

The Porsche 911 also holds a reputation for developing a loyal following of enthusiasts. Though this sports car is a bit on the pricey side, its review speaks for itself. Receiving five-stars in all but one of the fourteen categories assessed, the 2016 Porsche 911 truly embodies the heart and soul of the company. High-performing, stylish, comfortable, luxurious, and technologically advanced? What more can a driver ask for?

The Porsche Boxster has been considered Porsche’s “entry-level” sports car. With easy maneuverability and 2.7L 6-cylinder engine, the Boxster is perfect for drivers who want the sport car experience without the desire to hit the race track. It comes with Porsche’s latest safety features and offers one of the most stylish looks in the sport car category.

The kind of quality displayed in these vehicles is not out of the ordinary for Porsche. These are not isolated incidences of luck. Porsche has a reputation for combining style, performance, luxury, and reliability that is unmatched, with twelve consecutive years of awards to prove it. So visit Porsche Santa Barbara where our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will help you find the Porsche you’re looking for.

About Porsche Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Porsche dealer located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The Porsche team at Santa Barbara Auto Group is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sales staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Furthermore, the Santa Barbara Auto Group offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Porsche vehicles which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

The Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Porsche models including the 2013 Porsche 911 or Porsche Boxster, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Porsche Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste C
Santa Barbara, California 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4217
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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J.D. Power 2016 Recognizes Porsche Macan for Extraordinary Quality

2017-02-06T13:43:42+00:00February 6th, 2017|Award, News, Porsche, premium|

According to J.D. Power the 2016 Porsche Macan overcomes all competitors for Initial Quality Rating in a compact premium SUV.

The Porsche Macan has been a customer favorite since its introduction to the brand. The sleek and sporty exterior fits right in with Porsche’s sporting heritage, and the quality that Porsche’s engineers put into the design of this machine is nothing short of amazing. J.D. Power annually awards vehicles in several different categories—one being Initial Quality Rating. The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first ninety days after purchasing, mainly focusing on mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories. The 2016 Porsche Macan was the winner this year for compact premium SUVs. Visit Porsche Santa Barbara where we’re proud to offer award-winning vehicles like the 2016 Porsche Macan.

Enjoy Industry-Leading Quality with the Porsche Macan

Porsche has outdone themselves with the 2016 Macan. The body is comprised of steel and aluminum offering the feel and efficiency of a lightweight vehicle. A Porsche representative claimed, it “embodies sportiness, dynamism, and precision, together with an elegance and lightweight constructions.” Out of the fourteen categories J.D. Power examined for the Initial Quality Study, the Macan received five stars in eleven of them, with the lowest category still receiving three stars.

The 2016 Porsche Macan is available in either S or Turbo trim, both of which now come standard with all-wheel drive. Also, this luxury SUV comes equipped with a new development of Porsche Traction Management that shifts axle power from front to rear depending on cues from the available traction. Two all-aluminum engines are offered in the Macan. The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0L V-6 engine that pushes out 340 hp and a top speed of 156 mph, while the Macan Turbo has a 3.6L twin turbo V-6 that produces 400 hp and a top speed of 164 mph.

The interior of this vehicle is just as luxurious and ergonomically efficient as you would expect a Porsche to be. With leather upholstery for your comfort and cutting-edge technology for your safety and convenience, the 2016 Porsche Macan really does offer extraordinary quality. At Porsche Santa Barbara, you can talk with our team of Porsche experts to see if the Macan is the best choice for you. If not, let our knowledgeable team guide you in finding the luxury vehicle that suits your needs.

About Porsche Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Porsche dealer located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The Porsche team at Santa Barbara Auto Group is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sales staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Furthermore, the Santa Barbara Auto Group offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Porsche vehicles which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

The Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Porsche models including the 2013 Porsche 911 or Porsche Boxster, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Porsche Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste C
Santa Barbara, California 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4217
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
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  • Porsche Santa Barbara Exterior

Porsche Earns Top Collective Score in 2016 J.D. Power APEAL Study

2016-09-30T10:19:11+00:00September 30th, 2016|Award, News, Porsche|

Porsche takes home multiple awards from the J.D. Power APEAL study released last month for leading models including the Boxster and Macan.

Porsche once again received high ratings from the J.D. Power APEAL report released last month. The APEAL report is an annual study that provides information on driver satisfaction across a variety of factors including design, performance, and driver experience. The study correlates responses from over 80,000 owners of new cars who evaluated more than 240 models grouped into ten different categories. In the 2016 study, Porsche won the overall classification for best luxury brand. Additionally, the Porsche 911 Boxster and Porsche Macan both earned the first place in their respective categories.

Porsche Earns Leading Score for Overall Classification

The 2016 J.D. Power APEAL study has named Porsche as the top luxury brand in overall classification twelve times since 2004. Overall classification is based on an aggregate score out of 1,000 covering an array of categories. This year, Porsche beat out all other manufacturers with a score of 877. In addition to a top overall score, Porsche also earned top scores in multiple individual categories. For example, the 911 came in first place in the “Midsize Premium Sports Car” with an overall rating of 893. The Porsche Boxster also performed well earning a score of 892 points in the “Compact Premium Sport Car” category, and the Macan earned a top score of 876 in the “Compact Premium SUV” category.

The 2016 J.D. Power APEAL study was released last month and included rankings on design and performance characteristics of 33 different automotive brands. The study is completed annually and serves as a premium benchmark for luxury vehicle performance and ownership satisfaction.   The survey is taken by drivers 90 days after they take delivery of a new car and covers purchases made from November of 2015 through February 2016.

Porsche Boxster and Macan Lead Their Categories

The APEAL study is not the first report to place the Porsche Boxster and Macan at the top of their class. Since the release of the Porsche 718 Boxster, it has received rave reviews from journalists and drivers alike. Reviews in publications such as Top Gear, Auto Express, and Car Scoops call out the exceptional handling, power, and value of the new Boxster.   Similarly, the Porsche Macan has been named Best Entry Luxury SUV by the Daily News Auto Awards. It has been called out for leading performance, capability, style, and practicality.

Drivers can learn more about the entire Porsche line-up by contacting a representative at Porsche Santa Barbara. Stop by and see for yourself what sets the Boxster and Macan apart from the rest of the competition by scheduling a test drive today.

About Porsche Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto group is proud to be an authorized Porsche dealer located just off the 101 and S Hope Ave. The Porsche team at Santa Barbara Auto Group is strongly committed to delivering an exceptional buying experience. The sales staff offers many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Furthermore, the Santa Barbara Auto Group offers a wide array of new and pre-owned Porsche vehicles which customers may view online or on-site at the dealership.

The Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular Porsche models including the 2013 Porsche 911 or Porsche Boxter, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

Porsche Santa Barbara

402 S Hope Ave Ste C
Santa Barbara, California 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4217
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net
  • BMW 7 Series

BMW Models Earn Top Ratings from 2016 J.D. Power APEAL Study

2016-09-28T12:00:18+00:00September 28th, 2016|Award, BMW, News|

BMW earned top scores across five different vehicle categories in the 2016 J.D. Power APEAL study for premium performance, design, and satisfaction.

Santa Barbara, CA – BMW models received top accolades from the 2016 J.D. Power APEAL study which was recently published in July. The top BMW models to take first in their category included the BMW AG, BMW 2 Series, the BMW X1, and the BMW X6. Each model received the highest points within its classification based on ownership experience, performance, design, and functionality aspects.

“We are proud to have so many models achieve the highest potential on this consumer study,” shares BMW Santa Barbara General Sales Manager, Bill Fogg. “BMW consistently strives to provide an exceptional ownership and driving experience and is proud to have achieved that goal with consumers in 2016.”

In addition to the models mentioned above, the J.D. Power APEAL study authors noted that the BMW 7 Series also received the highest score in the large premium car segment of the 2016 study but was not presented an award because the category does not have a sufficient number of models represented.

The J.D. Power APEAL study is now in its 21st year and is the premier benchmark for consumer satisfaction in the automotive industry. It measures owners’ responses to 77 different attributes of the vehicles including power, capability, comfort, luxury, and capability. Each APEAL index score is measured on a 1,000 point scale and high scores consistently equate to top customer loyalty and improved model sales.

Drivers can learn more about their favorite BMW modes by stopping by BMW Santa Barbara to speak with a friendly brand expert or to schedule a personalized test drive.

About BMW Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto Group is conveniently located off the 101 and Hope Ave and proudly serves Santa Barbara and the greater Southern California area. Santa Barbara Auto Group is an authorized BMW dealer and features a wide array of new and pre-owned BMW vehicles. The sales department at Santa Barbara Auto Group has one purpose – to exceed customers’ expectations from test drive to delivery. The professional sales team is committed to a no-pressure, high integrity approach to every ownership experience. Santa Barbara Auto Group also features a dedicated professional service department and a state-of-the-art facility offering the most current diagnostic and repair equipment available and highly skilled factory-trained technicians to deliver efficient quality vehicle care.

Santa Barbara Auto Group is dedicated to providing the best sales and service experience in Southern California. To learn more about any of the popular BMW models including the BMW 2-Series, 3-Series, 5-Series, or i8 models, feel free to call, email, or stop by for friendly personal service.

2016 Range Rover Earns Top Honors from J.D. Power APEAL Study

2016-08-24T11:42:12+00:00August 24th, 2016|Award, Land Rover|

Land Rover celebrates the recent J.D. Power 2016 Automotive Performance award given to the 2016 Range Rover.

Land Rover has earned yet another prestigious award for the 2016 Land Rover Range Rover. This popular vehicle was recently ranked as the highest model under the Large Premium SUV category in the J.D. Power 2016 Automotive Performance report. The report was released last month and included rankings on design and performance characteristics of 33 different automotive brands. The study is completed annually and serves as a premium benchmark for luxury vehicle performance and ownership satisfaction.

Five-Time Award Winner

The Range Rover is the flagship vehicle for Land Rover and is no stranger to top ratings and reviews. In fact, this is the fifth time the Land Rover Range Rover has earned an award from the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study™ (APEAL). The newest model was designed from the ground up to encompass a higher level of sophistication and all-terrain capability. It speaks to the iconic design of the original model yet includes innovative new design features that make it a leading model in the modern automotive marketplace. Consequently, it has earned rave reviews from automotive journalists and owners alike.

Leading Performance and Design for 2016

The APEAL study measured 77 different factors of vehicle ownership and driving experience including: exterior and interior design, driving dynamics, visibility, and other safety factors. In the 2016 APEAL study the Land Rover Range Rover earned an overall score of 872. Land Rover itself ranked in 5thplace among other luxury brands earning an overall score of 843. Other top performers included the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque which ranked 2nd in the Small Premium SUV segment with a score of 826.

The 2016 Range Rover features an opulent interior, quick acceleration, a variety of powerful engine models including the new Td6 diesel engine, and reliable off-road capabilities. The 2016 Range Rover offers an enhanced V6 engine capable of 380hp for greater strength and control no matter the road conditions.   It also introduced a powerful new diesel engine this year as well to provide drivers with a more fuel-efficient option that does not compromise on power or capability.

The 2016 Range Rover is now available at Land Rover Santa Barbara. Interested drivers can research inventory selections online with Santa Barbara Auto Group or stop by the dealership to take a test drive or meet with an experienced sales representative.

About Land Rover Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Auto Group is conveniently located off the 101 and Hope Ave and proudly serves Santa Barbara and the greater Southern California area. Santa Barbara Auto Group is an authorized Land Rover dealer and features a wide array of new and pre-owned Land Rover vehicles. As a premier Land Rover dealership, Land Rover Santa Barbara welcomes drivers and is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance. Furthermore, the fully trained Land Rover auto repair technicians will keep your Land Rover in top running conditions.

Land Rover Santa Barbara

401 S Hope Ave Ste B
Santa Barbara, California 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-563-4264
Email: sales@sbautogroup.net