It is a simple car, without unnecessary and complicated gadgetry, good sense to buttons, buttons and switches and very talented when it comes to performance. Acceleration is strong, flexible and actually fun. It is well sorted with shift points exactly where you expect, and none of the games that you fear.
If GM’s latest North American system has no stability, the new Buick is semi-luxury lighters, front-drive bridge between Chevy and Cadillac. Engines at launch will be GM’s new spark-ignition, direct injection (Sidi) 3.0L gas V-6 in CX and CXL trim levels. It is judged by a healthy 260 hp and 214 lb-ft, and a manufacturer’s estimated 18 city, 27 mpg on the EPA highway cycle. It will come with front-or all-wheel drive. The AWD system is an upgrade to the Saab 9-3x’s Haldex system which can direct up to 85% of power to the rear, even in the dry, to simulate the rear-drive dynamics. It comes with an electronic limited slip differential.
The new Lacrosse is a dramatic departure in both style and technology. It can not be a sports sedan, but it is a very competent sedan that is likely to change our perception of Buick from any father owned to something you might want to own.