...A 4-wheel independent suspension system, standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, front and rear disc brakes with antilock braking, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist all continue as standard features. Traction control, airbags (including front-, side- and roof-mounted head-curtain) and a year of OnStar service supplement safety in the LaCrosse. Standard variable-effort power steering gives greater assistance at lower speeds when it is harder to steer the vehicle, but offers less assistance at faster speeds, increasing road feel and stability. The LaCrosse interior...
...On the road the LaCrosse’s steering feel was steady and the ride was excellent on smooth roads. The occasional frost heave or pothole could be felt elsewhere, but when we took the LaCrosse on several trips over some really bad road, the suspension and ride proved to be amazingly refined. The LaCrosse has its quirks: The small-for-a-hybrid lithium ion battery back is behind the rear seat and cuts trunk space down to adequate. The center stack is loaded with buttons that, while not immediately intuitive, can be lived with comfortably. GM has come a long way with its instrument panels in...
...The backseat truly has room for three passengers. Optional interior features include: Navigation system Dual-display backseat DVD entertainment system Heated and ventilated front seats Harman Kardon surround-sound system Heated steering wheel Power rear sunshade Under the Hood The LaCrosse comes with one of two engines: a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist hybrid technology or a 303-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Both are direct-injection designs, a relatively new development in gasoline engines that portends good gas mileage for the engines' size and power. Mechanical features include:...
...In Edmunds track testing, a LaCrosse with eAssist made the 0-60 mph dash in 9.2 seconds: a rather leisurely performance. Still, this powertrain is about efficiency, not speed; aided by clever aerodynamic improvements like automatically controlled shutters in the front grille, it delivers impressive EPA estimates of 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. Buyers in search of additional thrust can opt for a new, more powerful version of last year's 3.6-liter V6 that now puts out 303 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered here, but buyers do...
...The system works so smoothly few will notice. When the LaCrosse eAssist arrives, there will be customers who never realize exactly how gasoline frugal their car is or that this car is acting like a hybrid in many ways — and in some ways, more sophisticated than a traditional hybrid. See, what really smart engineers have done is connect a 15-horsepower electric motor to the engine to assist it whenever there's a need. The electric assist (eAssist. Get it?) will add some power at different moments. Whether pushing up a slight grade of road or starting the LaCrosse from a standstill, the...
Want to get the next generation of drivers thinking green, long before they get behind the wheel? Buick has come up with an innovative and fun app for Android and iPhone... read more January 30, 2012 by Kurt Ernst
We drove the prototype, and liked it. Now we've driven the real thing. We still like it. In this case, "it" is the 2012 Buick Lacrosse with eAssist, the only four-cylinder... read more December 6, 2011 by John Voelcker 5
The 2012 Buick Lacrosse with eAssist is now beginning to roll into dealerships across the country, and we've been curious to see how GM would market the car. On our preview... read more September 29, 2011 by John Voelcker 12
Buick announced today that it would price the four-cylinder version of its 2012 Lacrosse large sedan at $29,960. That sneaks the advertised price neatly under the $30,000... read more June 8, 2011 by John Voelcker
The Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) exposition rolled into Long Beach, California, last week to examine options available right now to use alternative fuels to their... read more May 9, 2011 by Anne Proffit