Digital Drive Top 10 Buick LaCrosse

first_img“This is a Buick?” Yes, indeed, thanks to a Buick DNA that now includes good looks, reasonable handling, and the right technology features (some standard, some optional). The full-size Buick LaCrosse sedan (see review) is helping move Buick demographics from Social Security to social, outgoing, and secure. It even gets as much as 30 mpg highway albeit with an entry, life’s-too-short-for-this, four-cylinder engine in a $27,500 base LaCrosse CX. The tech features you want will be more readily had on the mid-range CXL or top-line CXS.At the top of the line, you get (standard) Bluetooth, a USB jack, rear parking sonar, a 120-volt power outlet, ventilated seats, remote start, and a rear sunshade. About half that is standard on the mid-range CXS line. Of the two-must have features,  Bluetooth is standard on the CXS while the USB jack is optional. Go figure (we didn’t say Buick has it all figured out). On the plus side, every model gets all the safety features, including GM’s subscription-based OnStar telematics and crash notification service. It is lacking blind spot detection that is not uncommon among competitors. Some automakers with delusions of grandeur try to replicate what the Germans do, for less money. Buick’s laser focus is on matching the Lexus ES platform (for less money). Buick does a good job mimicking the compliant (read: soft) Lexus ride without falling back to the marshmallow suspension of Buicks of yore, making the interior attractive and roomy, and still undercutting the more prestigious Lexus by a couple thousand dollars. If GM built every car of the past decade with the attention that went into the Buick LaCrosse, there never would have been a government bailout.2010 Digital Drive Top Cars Chevrolet Volt – Car of the Year Audi A8BMW 5 Series & BMW 7 SeriesBuick LaCrosseFord EdgeHonda OdysseyHyundai ElantraHyundai SonataNissan LeafVolkswagen GolfDigital Drive 2010 Honorable MentionDigital Drive Technology of the Year: MyFord Touchlast_img

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