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Buick, in the past few years has been making a big effort toward Lexus. With the LaCrosse, Buick has succeeded in making an entry level luxury car that is as nice inside as any Lexus we’ve driven and comes in a great looking package as well.
With a starting price of just under $30,000 dollars the LaCrosee is a great bargain. Our tester was a decked out Lacrosse with eAssist. This cars msrp ran up to just over $36,000 but is basically top of the line. That’s still not bad at all.
The engine is a 2.4 liter 4 cylinder. This is matched up with a 6-speed transmission but is also matched up with an electric engine. The lithium ion battery takes up a little truck space but it’s still sufficient for almost any occasion.
Unfortunately the power train that allows this LaCrosse to achieve the 36 mpg rating is also the worst part about driving the car. The engine lacks power, especially when compared to the likes of Lexus. The stop-start technology is nice and saves fuel but in traffic and in situations where you’re doing lots of stopping and going it becomes rough.