Buick LaCrosse CXL Review

Posted on 05. Jul, 2006 by in Auto News

They come from all over the world to duke it out in the U.S. of A:. Mid-size sedans from Germany, Japan and South Korea Each comes armed with a unique feature: German engineering, Japanese and South Korean quality value. Your Upbringings differ, but their mission is the same: capture the hearts and minds of the Middle American car buyers and keep. The clear winner in this battle royale is the American automotive consumer who still has never been so much quality and choice enjoyed for so little money. Meanwhile once tangible American makes and models will fall by the wayside as their "foreign" competition continues its relentless campaign for mid-market hegemony. A victim is the Buick LaCrosse CXL.

Appearances can be deceptive, because Buick has mad coach building skills. The LaCrosse adds feminine curves and masculine edges with continental flair. Buick egg adaptation works in any angle that the last Ford Taurus failed: gentle pleats to emphasize the tinted quarter panels, while the rakish C-pillar, the Ghost of LeSabres past to rest. Experience the minimalist approach to body cut lines, a lost art in these days of excessive plastic ornaments. (Never mind the dorky fender mount GM badges:. 5 minutes with a hair dryer and they are a reminder) The LaCrosse 'true visual appeal lies in its perfect proportions: badges, lights, trim, glass and metal all know their place, harmonization like a barbershop quartet on Ecstasy.

Fine dosing continues in how business line ensures that the LaCrosse the interior elements complement each other perfectly. Unfortunately, the cabin makes no secret Buick State of the Union: The economy is in deep recession. It is littered with portal decorations befitting a Chevrolet. Funny placed wood accents are about as convincing as Buick slogan and win jewelry grazes like a magnet. The Buick standard six-speaker audio system features Mega Bass and crystalline highs for front seats, and nothing impressive sound to the rear seat bomber. The drawbar rigid leather wrapping asks Calgon, take it away, away, away.

All is not lost. Peep the wood and chrome accents around the LaCrosse the headlight controls: the vinyl, announces Chrome and woodgrain dash "tres chic" (even if the slick console sitting on a house of cards Foundation). Seating is standard Buick decadence, with the handy addition of fold-flat, pass-through, rear seats split decision. Pop the finely chiseled decklid and there is room for both golfers and golf bag. Once properly stowed, ensures the lid hinges and double-linked zero-lever handle a clean sheet is dirty handprint on to finish the job.

While the root is not high school physics torque multiplication is the favorite topic of Ye Olde 3.8L V6. The 90-degree six-pot offers pure rod satisfaction. The engine makes 230 pounds-ft of torque for unpaid grunt from the git-go, while 200 horse whip the LaCrosse CXL terminate redline at a time. Yes, but only with four speeds in the game, the LaCrosse needs summon all the Grand National Heritage can. The mill trashy tenor at high speeds quickly kills Buick luxo-muscle image. Although CSX "3.6-liter VVT DOHC engine stall a 40 specially horses, it is not enough to lift the lacrosse acceleration on more-than-just-adequate.

Put the moves on the LaCrosse CXL and it is clear that this is not prom queen tango. The car steering goes the line between responding and relaxing but moderate understeer and body roll are nautical total buzz kill. When it's time to stop for the "fun" threatens monumental nosedive for triggering airbag sensors. The comfortable damper and secular Goodyear donuts make clear the LaCrosse CXL. To older drivers who prefer a quiet library a nightclub (which is a club for you and me) is addressed That brings us to "Quiet Tuning."

The Buick on QT provides a smooth ride and a subdued atmosphere (marred only by the pissed-off 3.8L 's presence at part load). It's quiet fo-sho, but that's not what you "sizzle" in the highly competitive, mid-size sedan market call. In fact, cruising on the highway in the CXL, two words seemed to distill the experience of a car. It's easy on the eyes, sporting a proven drive and has the kind of dynamic challenged behavior that takes the trouble directly from a "troublemaker."

When Bob Elton reports are Buick Dealers. Currently moving a handful of new cars a month "Value Pricing" or not, there is no question that excess inventory LaCrosse finds its home in the car rental market. Meanwhile, Hyundai is busy selling conservatively styled sedans value fully aligned with Buick niche. A country that is a democracy makes all of 19 rides, hand David Dunbar Buick legacy of their collective ass. Sorry, but in today's market takes more than a pretty face and reasonable reliability. The LaCrosse is a solid, good-looking dog that will not hunt.