Flash Drive: 2010 Buick LaCrosse
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2010 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The new LaCrosse represents a new look for Buick, and it is beautiful. The fresh sedan boasts a bold grille, sleek silhouette and integrated exhaust; designers even included a modern interpretation of the classic Buick portholes in the hood. The interior is nicely done with quality materials and comfortable seats. A nice touch is the soft light that runs along the dash at night. However, the slick design does have some issues. The steeply raked windshield causes the dashboard to reflect a lot of light at just about any time of day, which is distracting. And while the rear seat is spacious with plenty of legroom, the high beltline and angled roof make for small windows, making the back seat somewhat claustrophobic. Even so, the LaCrosse is a nice car to drive, with a quiet, smooth ride and more than adequate power. It is a great option as a premium, roomy family sedan. –Perry Stern
I was pleasantly surprised by the new Buick LaCrosse. Its body lines are really eye-catching, and the grille is prominent yet not overpowering. The car we tested was the LaCrosse CXS, which came with the optional 280-horsepower V6 engine. This engine was pretty quick, and delivered some torque steer when laying down the power, and yet I was still able to get 20 mpg in mixed driving. The interior is young and stylish compared with previous Buicks. And the driving experience was pleasurable; the car drove smoothly and the interior was comfortable. At around $34,000, the new LaCrosse is a good deal at this price. Buick definitely has turned the tables on its older image with the LaCrosse. –Joe Chulick
The redesigned 2010 Buick LaCrosse encapsulates everything good about the Enclave SUV and packs it into a midsize sedan. The new exterior design is attractive and distinctive. It could do without the chrome portholes in the hood, though. Inside, the LaCrosse has a premium feel with a luxurious design and quality materials, including blue gauges and ambient lighting. The ride is tuned for comfort but is still responsive and controlled. The 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine in the CXS we tested has great power and is coupled with a smooth, 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers 20 mpg combined. Massive A-pillars contribute to a stiff chassis but limit driver visibility. The heated and cooled seats in the CXS are excellent, and the interior is quiet. The LaCrosse is another excellent new product from GM that should help change how drivers think of Buick. –Mike Meredith