Spending a long weekend in the new Buick LaCrosse isn’t what your average 20-something car enthusiast would normally be excited about, but I've been looking forward to seeing what Buick is bringing to the full-size luxury table. We should start with how good this car looks -- it seems like Buick is finally headed back in the direction of genuine upmarket styling. It's not Merc, Bimmer or Caddy, but it’s not supposed to be -- it’s a Buick. While that can be taken as a slight, Buicks were some of the prettiest cars on the road in the Harley Earl era. This LaCrosse obviously wasn’t penned posthumously by the man, but we like the direction.
Furthering Buick’s fight for luxury owners, the interior is incredibly well-appointed. While, again, it falls short of what you’d find in a Mercedes or even a Genesis, it’s far from bland. The dash is accented by a pleasant strip of glossy wood trim -- the same wood is found on the flowing center stack.
Instead of using the traditional GM multifunction steering wheel, with controls on the back for volume and seek functions, you’ll find paddle shifters. Sure, controlling the shift points of your car is necessary for engaged driving, but this vehicle would work better without them. The controls on the face of the wheel are fine, but they're placed awkwardly. With the cruise controls at your left thumb, a rocker switch to control your volume on your right thumb and the skip/seek function controlled by buttons placed to the left of a control pad, you’ll find yourself frustrated by having to always hunt for the button you’re looking for, even though it’s right in front of your face.
Powering the Buick along, the eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth. With 310 hp on tap, the 3.6-liter V6 is far from sluggish, but it isn’t exactly tuned to be a sports car. Throttle response is linear, with a light pedal, and gets you away from traffic lights with ease.Read more on AutoweekUSA site