2010 Buick Lacrosse
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This has to be the most difficult review I’ve done yet. This week I took delivery of a 2010 Buick Lacrosse. Okay, I know what you’re thinking… Lonnie’s going to bash the Buick on the basis of retirement , last time buyers program, etc. Well, no, I won’t take the low road. I’ll just tell you everyone loves this car, except me.
Upon arrival it’s hard not to notice the similarities between the Lexus 350 and the Buick Lacrosse. The exterior lines are remarkable. Smooth and soft curves cover the body of the Buick in a Kardashian fashion. The front grill sits like a jewel on the front fascia. The headlights remind you that this new Buick is sly, maybe even a little sinister. Kind of looks like Jack Nicholson after a night out in Hollywood. And until now, only customers Jack’s age were interested in this car. That’s not the case with the all new Buick Lacrosse. Even Jack’s grandkids probably like it.
Overall, what’s not to like? Power plants ranging from a pedestrian 2.4 liter I-4 putting out 182HP to the somewhat nasty little 3.6 Direct-Injected V-6 putting down 280HP. Also, offered this year, an all wheel drive Lacrosse can now gallop its way into your stable. But, it’s not the power that will grab potential buyers, it’s the elegance.
The Lacrosse is elegant inside and out. The interior is quiet, comfortable, and plush. Base models even include full power driver’s seat, full power accessories and a seven-seven speaker CD/MP3 audio system. I’m guessing a few years ago the typical Buick buyer had no idea what an MP3 player was. Man, how times have changed. In the higher level trims blue tooth (no denture jokes here please), heated power seats, rear parking sensors, heated steering wheel, and an eleven speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with a USB port greet you as you enter the Lacrosse.
I suppose the most impressive aspect of the Lacrosse is the ability to retain the unprecedented Buick ride without compromising the very agile handling. The new Lacrosse is far and away the most nimble Buick I’ve ever driven. Buick achieves this goal with adjustable shocks that devour the road while keeping you clueless to the work they are doing on your behalf.
So, who are you going to listen to? The hordes of people who loved the all-new Lacrosse or, someone like me who just can’t get by the silly wood trim accents and awkward instrument cluster? Exactly. You’ll listen to the masses.
If you have ever thought about a Buick but were scared off by the fact Tiger Woods is the sponsor, do not be afraid. While the underside of the Buick is as wild as a Tiger visit to Vegas, the cabin is as quiet as Tiger on the fourteenth whole six shots down in the tournament.