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Buick seems to really stepping up their game; I hope that Acura is paying attention:


Posted: January 8th, 2009
Buzz up! Filed under: 2010 Releases, Auto Shows, Buick, GM, Videos

Just last night GM released the details and images on the 2010 Buick LaCrosse. We now have a video of the 2010 LaCrosse in action and one of the Buick team giving us their take on the new mid-sized sedan.

The new Buick LaCrosse will be unveiled next week at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show with sales to begin in the later part of summer. It will be available in three different trim-levels including CX, CXL and CXS. Buyers will have two engine options to choose from including a 255-hp 3.0L V6 and a 280-hp 3.0L V6. Both will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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Specifications

Trims:
* CX FWD
* CXL FWD
* CXL AWD
* CXS FWD​


Engines:

* 3.0L SIDI High-Feature V6: 255 HP/211 lb.-ft.
* 3.6L SIDI High-Feature V6: 280 HP/261 lb.-ft.

Fuel Economy:
* 3.0L: 18/27
* 3.6: 17/26​


Features:
* Bluetooth
* USB Port
* Electronic Parking Brake
* Power Rear Sunshade
* In-Dash Hard Drive
* Ice Blue Ambient Lighting (lots of it!)
* Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist
* Push-Button Start
* Heated and Air Conditioned Seats
* Adaptive HID Headlamps
* Rear view camera
* Side Blind Zone Alert
* Rear Seat Entertainment System w/ 2 LCD's
* ...and more.​

Sculpted design

Buick’s long heritage of leading designs, such as the Y-Job Concept, the Roadmaster and the Riviera, helped define American automobile design through the years, according to Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. Today, Buick design is a product of a global team and resources. Creative collaboration between designers in the United States and China, in partnership with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) as well as chassis and body engineers in Europe, resulted in the first General Motors vehicle to be created on three continents.

“The new LaCrosse is intended to represent modern elegance,” said Welburn. “Throughout the design, you experience a balance of contrasts. Both the interior and exterior have been designed with harmony in mind. The exterior balances taut, sculpted lines with sensuous accents and surfaces. Inside, smoked chrome accents, warm wood, first-class leather and materials combine with cool blue ambient lighting to create an inviting environment.”

The exterior design is faithful to the Buick Invicta show car introduced at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show.

“It is instantly recognizable as a Buick, with its signature ‘sweep spear’ body-side styling, portholes inside the character line on the hood, and waterfall grille,”
added Welburn.

Luxurious interior experience

Inside, the two-tone interior is defined by a flowing, uninterrupted design theme that wraps around the instrument and door panels. Attention to detail is evident throughout the interior, including the analog instrument cluster, chrome offset by dark wood accents, and the contrasting thread and French stitching on the instrument panel.

Buick’s signature QuietTuning – an engineering process to reduce, block and absorb interior noise – provides a distraction-free passenger environment.

An unexpected, inviting touch is the cool blue ambient lighting throughout the cabin from the center console, instrument panel and door panels.

Intelligent personal technologies

The contemporary atmosphere of the cabin includes the digital connectivity and personal technology offered in the new LaCrosse. That includes features such as in-dash navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary audio input and a USB port. For rear-seat passengers, a power rear-window sunshade and a DVD entertainment system, with two display screens integrated into the seatbacks, is available.

LaCrosse’s intelligent technologies also work to deliver a 360-degree field of vision behind the steering wheel, for a greater feeling of comfort, security and safety. It starts with the available head-up display in the windshield, allowing the driver to monitor speed while keeping his or her eyes on the road. At night, the available adaptive lighting package can direct the high-intensity discharge headlight beams up to 15 degrees for enhanced illumination of the road and its curves.

LaCrosse offers Side Blind Zone alert that notifies the driver if a vehicle in adjacent lanes is traveling in the driver’s blind spot. The LaCrosse is also available with a rear view camera, with the display integrated into the navigation system screen.

The technology available on LaCrosse enhances a suite of standard safety features that is designed to meet the criteria for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 20 Star Safety Rating. Highlights include front-, side- and roof-mounted head-curtain air bags, StabiliTrak stability- and traction-control system. The safety and security of OnStar is also included for the first year of ownership.

Responsive performance

LaCrosse’s stiff body structure serves as the foundation for precise suspension tuning, safety and a quiet ride. Buyers can choose from a family of efficient, direct-injection six-cylinder engines and a fuel-conserving six-speed automatic transmission with tap-up/tap-down control.

The direct injection engines in the LaCrosse create more power with less fuel and reduce vehicle emissions through greater combustion control – particularly cold-start emissions that are reduced by up to 25 percent.

The 2010 LaCrosse will be offered in three models - CX, CXL and CXS:

* CX – equipped with a new 3.0L direct injection V-6, premium cloth seats and 17-inch wheels. The 3.0L engine generates an estimated 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 211 lb.-ft. of torque (286 Nm) and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
* CXL – also equipped with the new 3.0L direct injection V-6, adds leather-appointed heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicators and puddle lamps, and 18-inch wheels. Intelligent AWD is available.
* CXS – equipped with a 3.6L direct injection V-6; real-time active-dampening suspension; perforated, leather-appointed, heated and cooled seats, and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels (19-inch optional). The 3.6L engine, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, generates an estimated 280 horsepower (209 kW) and 261 lb.-ft. of torque (354 Nm).

LaCrosse production will begin this summer at the Fairfax Assembly facility in Kansas City, Kan.

 

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no thanks... still american, and doesnt do anything for me that a lexus, infiniti, or acura cant do for me. ls460/600 ftw!!!!!! i love that car. i mean it looks a lot better than the models now, but still... it's a buick lol
 

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looks ok to me, but i will NEVER buy American cars, that's just my preferance.
Plus it's a Buick that's what older Americans drive don't they? I know Tiger Woods endorse it, i think it's partly due to his late father pushing him to endorse Buick. I mean Tiger could endorse any car he wants right now, he'd get free cars and i'm sure people will buy it just because of Tiger.
 

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Since when did they have enough money to even think THAT far ahead in the future?
 

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Not sure how it will drive but the styling smokes a certain redesigned car that I can think of...and I'm willing to bet Buick dealerships won't be painting the front grill after the fact to attract buyers...
 

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Buick

According to recent headlines, Tiger Woods no longer endorses Buick ... I think it was a budget thing.

I would not be interested in buying a Buick bc reliability is a big factor to me & so far Acura is 1 of the tops ... actually the top luxury brand according the latest JD Powers ... & altho I kinda like the exterior, I am still no fan of the interior {too much wood which I have never liked}. Honda/Acura still makes the best interiors IMHO.

That grill is kinda big & bold, much like what Acura is trying as well as other brands including Nissan. I guess that is the direction the industry is headed in ...


 

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Don't you guys think it's kind of ignorant to just say you won't buy it because it's American? I would at least try it and give it a chance before I say anything about it.
 

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yea i guess, but its the combo of american/buick. like id buy an srt-8 charger or challenger, camaro, or 60s/70s charger, camaro, mustang, gto and so forth, but i mean cmon.... buick doesnt offer me much. oh and the 04/05ish dodge ram daytona, 07-09 yukons and tahoes are pretty nice also. but thats pretty much as far as i'll go with american cars
 

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lol but actually in china.... they love gm cars. like they have models there that dont even exist here. like buick is like one of the top luxury cars there. hahaha and they have sh!tload of replica cars that look exactly the same as the originals
 

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Don't you guys think it's kind of ignorant to just say you won't buy it because it's American? I would at least try it and give it a chance before I say anything about it.
Amen! I used to think that way, until I got behind the wheel of a supercharged Saturn Ion Redline.. I said I would never buy another American car, and I purchased that Saturn after a 1/2 hour test drive.. Glad I'm past that short lived stage of my life. My Saturn was the best car I've ever owned, and I had previously owned 2 Hondas, a Nissan, and a Chevy. I would still have the Saturn if it weren't for the fact that coupes aren't good family cars.

As for Buick being an old persons car... So? That LaCrosse is a great looking car, maybe it will do for Buick what the CTS did for Cadillac? I would consider one with AWD if the price is right.
 

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I'm not much of a fan of American car styling either. My wife and her family have always bought Ford products, and I always said I would never participate in that. That was until I was persuaded to test drive a Ford Edge. It was a lot nicer to drive than I expected, and my wife and I bought it. The interior isn't up to par with the foreign competition, but wow does it have power!

American quality will hopefully keep improving, and soon if the companies was to survive.
 

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I like the looks of this new LaCrosse, looks way better than the new TL!
 

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Looks Like a Lexus from the Rear


2010 Buick LaCrosse
A bold new direction
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec – Buick. Exciting.​


It’s not often you read or hear those two words in the same sentence. However, a few surprises seem to be in store for the revamped General Motors to go along with its new management and slogan, and the 2010 Buick LaCrosse midsize sedan, believe it or not, is certainly an exciting vehicle.

The LaCrosse has been completely redesigned for the 2010 model year, right down to its name (it was called the Allure in Canada up until 2009). It’s a much different vehicle from the Allure, so the name change couldn’t come at a more appropriate time.

Though it’s more expensive than last year’s model (up to $5,400 more, depending on what trim you compare), there is a lot more standard stuff packed into the new LaCrosse to help it compete with luxury midsize sedans such as the Lexus ES 350 and Acura TL. Keep in mind that just last year, Allure was aimed at the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Camry. Hey, so no one can accuse the new GM of backing down from a challenge.

Every LaCrosse gets a six-speed automatic transmission with driver shift control, power eight-way driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch wheels, and automatic climate control. That’s compared to last year’s four-speed automatic, power six-way seat, optional leather steering wheel, 16-inch wheels and optional auto climate control.

LaCrosse has a longer wheelbase than last year’s Allure, but is slightly shorter overall. With the wheels pushed out to the corners, it possesses a much sportier feel but we’ll get to that in just a moment.

The interior design was actually handled by GM in China, which may be why so many interior dimensions are decreased this year. Turning its back on any sort of the GM ‘more-is-more’ attitude from years past, there is a decrease in rear head room from last year’s model. That being said, the LaCrosse actually has more rear leg room than a BMW 750i. As a tall, long-legged person, I easily notice both those differences without having to read over any spec sheets. There is plenty of room to stretch my legs even with the seat in front of me moved far back, but my head hits the roof whenever I lean back.

Head, leg and hip room have all decreased in the front seats this year, but there are no problems getting and staying quite comfortable up front. The seats are strong and supportive, yet never cause a sore back or rump on hours-long trips. Most surprising of all is that the front seats are quite supportive during spirited driving (yeah, we did that!)

LaCrosse is built on a brand new global midsize architecture; it gets a stiffer body and an optional real-time damping system that is constantly monitoring body, wheel and lateral acceleration. Variable effort steering also comes standard on CXL and CXS trim levels, and the steering really does tighten up as you accelerate. Both the 3.0-litre and 3.6-litre V6s provide strong, brisk acceleration and give off a nice little snarl when the hammer is dropped. For the especially fuel-conscious among us, a 2.4-litre four-cylinder is available in December 2009.

The interior has a lot of personality as well, with an optional head-up display that is extremely useful and some equally-cool ambient lighting throughout, slick instrument cluster behind the steering wheel, and good fit-and-finish (with a cheap-feeling headliner being the only real weak point).

The 2010 LaCrosse is a fine new direction not only for the Buick brand, but for the new General Motors. It’s just the kind of vehicle that may get consumers to forget about the automaker’s recent troubles, and focus on what is most important to any car company - product.

Summary:
Year/Make/Model
2010 Buick LaCrosse
Trim level
CX, CXL, CXS
Price range
$32,745 - $40,745
Freight
$1,350
Options
all wheel drive
EneryGuide fuel economy ratings
12.7/7.7 L/100 km (3.0), 13.3/8.0 (AWD), 12.2/7.3 (3.6)
Warranty (basic)
3 years/60,000 km
Warranty (powertrain)
5 years/160,000 km
Competitors
Acura TL; Lexus ES 350

Strong Points

* - styling
* - handling
* - personality

Weak Points

* - too many buttons
* - rear seat headroom

Editors Rating:
Fuel consumption 3.5 *
Wait for the four-cylinder if fuel efficiency is most important.
Value for price 4 *
Price goes up but comes with many more standards.
Styling 4 *
Looks good from far; gets better as you move closer.
Comfort 4.5*
Excellent suspension, quiet interior, fantastic seats, lots of room.
Performance 4 *
A heck of a lot of fun.
Overall 4.5 *
Tough to pick out any significant weakness; strong new entry for Buick.​
 

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ES Competitor; Not TL


Our road test for the 2011 Buick LaCrosse includes a full evaluation of the 2011 Buick LaCrosse from the inside out. We evaluate not only engine and handling performance for the 2011 Buick LaCrosse, but also interior cabin and cargo space. Let our comprehensive road test ratings for the 2011 Buick LaCrosse help you decide if a 2011 Buick LaCrosse is right for you.

ACCELERATION
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
3 3 6 4.3

The 4-cylinder engine is smooth but not at all powerful. It delivers adequate go from a stop, but it quickly runs out of steam. The 3.6-liter V6 is robust, with plenty of reserve power. Regardless of engine, the transmission is silky smooth. Shift behavior is generally good with the 4-cylinder, though we notice some occasional lurching when the car downshifts. With the V6, it's sometimes hesitant to downshift when more power is needed.

FUEL ECONOMY
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
7 7 6 3.7

In Consumer Guide testing, a 4-cylinder CX averaged 25.3 mpg in city/highway driving. Our extended-use CXL 4-cylinder is averaging 25.8 mpg over its first 2,704 miles. A CXS, which has the V6, averaged 26.4 in a test consisting of mostly highway travel. Another CXS averaged 21.6 mpg with a more even mix of city and highway driving. LaCrosse uses regular-grade gas.

RIDE QUALITY
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
9 8 6 5.4

With the standard suspension and 17-inch wheels, the 4-cylinder CX is among the best in class. It has a great combination of comfort and control. CXL versions ride on 18-inch wheels. They're a bit firmer than the CX, but not annoyingly so. Most bumps are smothered with ease, and LaCrosse's solid body structure prevents the car from feeling floaty on the highway. Available only on the CXS, the Touring Package includes larger wheels and tires with a driver-selectable "sport mode" that, when engaged, tweaks the steering, transmission, and suspension for more-spirited driving. Ride quality suffers in sport mode, with larger road irregularities registering with pronounced thuds.

STEERING/HANDLING/BRAKING
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
6 6 7 4.1

Not what you would call sporty, but LaCrosse handles well, with assuring competence. Even in standard form, the car is more nimble than you would expect given its size. CXS with Touring Package has sharper moves, but the incremental agility gain is a poor trade-off given the package's detrimental impact on ride quality.

QUIETNESS
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
8 8 7 5.7

LaCrosse is impressively hushed overall. The Touring Package's tires are somewhat noisy on coarse pavement. During acceleration, the 4-cylinder engine is a bit raspy. The V6 is more refined. Both fade into silence while cruising.

CONTROLS
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
7 7 6 4.8

Large gauges and dials are well marked and easy to read at a glance. Controls are mostly large and clearly marked, though some less-frequently used buttons suffer from look-alike syndrome and can be difficult to decipher at a glance. Testers are divided on the optional head-up display. Some find it useful, others a distraction. The available navigation system absorbs audio functions. Its large, clear graphics are helpful, but some functions are not as intuitive as they should be.

DETAILS
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
8 8 8 5.1

Regardless of trim level, LaCrosse's handsome cabin is finished in rich, well-textured materials with careful assembly. One test car suffered from persistent rattles from the steering column.

ROOM/COMFORT/DRIVER SEATING (FRONT)
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
8 8 8 6

Plenty of space for most folks, though headroom is tight for those much over 6-feet tall. Seats lack side bolstering, though given LaCrosse's lack of sporting pretense, that's not much of an issue. Visibility is mixed. The view aft is OK, but thick front roof pillars obscure vision to the corners.

ROOM/COMFORT (REAR)
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
7 7 7 5.1

There's generous legroom for most adults, though knee space is limited behind taller front-seat occupants. Headroom is marginal for 6-footers, and low-cut door openings mean taller passengers have to duck deeply to enter or exit the rear compartment. The doors are fairly long, which can make access a little difficult in tight spaces.

CARGO ROOM
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
4 4 4 3.1

A small trunk opening and high liftover restrict access to an otherwise deep and spacious storage area. The rear seat backs are split 60/40 and include a center pass through for skis. Interior storage is not very good. The center console is quite small, and the front-door pockets are all but useless.

VALUE WITHIN CLASS
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
9 10 7 5.2

Buick claims to target both the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350 with LaCrosse, but in reality it is only the Lexus that has been successfully challenged. Though lacking the TL's sporty nature, LaCrosse matches the more sedate ES in cabin and drivetrain refinement, and surpasses it in available passenger space. LaCrosse is an excellent choice, with the CX and a modestly equipped CXL representing the best dollar values. Those versions earn our Best Buy designation.

Total Score
CX 4-cylinder CXL 4-cylinder CXS w/Touring Pkg, navigation Class Average
76 76 72 52.5

Total Score: 75
 

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Considering where buick has come from, this is a sexy car.
 
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