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HOLD THE PADDED TOPS AND VOGUE TIRES

October 24, 2016

HOLD THE PADDED TOPS AND VOGUE TIRES

HOLD THE PADDED TOPS AND VOGUE TIRES
by Jim Corbran, Automotive Columnist


Buick has taken its best-selling full-sized car and transformed it into a smooth, much less chunky-looking modern luxury sedan. The 2017 LaCrosse should once and for all put to rest all of those Buick-driving retiree jokes.

If you really do only get once chance to make a first impression then the new LaCrosse should have no problem signing up new fans. Leading the way is a new grille, inspired by the Avenir concept car (Avenir is a story unto itself which we’ll get into in the coming weeks). Buick is proudly bringing back its tri-shield insignia and placing it front-and-center in the blacked-out waterfall grille bars. The rear fenders lose much of their previous bulk, and the overall shape has more cohesion than the last LaCrosse, which was introduced for 2010.

In true American tradition, this LaCrosse is longer, lower, and wider than the previous model, yet is 300 pounds lighter due to the use of modern high-strength steel in the car’s structure.

All 2017 LaCrosses will be powered by a 3.6L V6 with Stop/Start and Active Fuel Management, which is connected to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Under certain conditions, the V6 will act as a four-cylinder engine to enhance fuel economy — which should be around 31 mpg.

Four trim ranges are being produced: base LaCrosse, Preferred, Essence, and Premium — all are front-wheel-drive (Premium models
will also offer a dual-clutch all-wheel-drive system).

Pricing starts at $32,990 for the LaCrosse, and tops out at $41,990 for the LaCrosse Premium. When I went online to build my own, I was somewhat disappointed at the exterior colors on offer. Dullsville was the first word that came to mind, although there are a couple of very attractive two-tone interiors available.



Buick should have a winner on its hands with the new LaCrosse. But they’ll need to ban dealers from offering padded tops if they want to build on the image.

More info, and build your own, at buick.com

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