• Jan 8, 2009
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The current Buick LaCrosse is one of those cars that passes you on the road and you don't even notice it. GM and the Buick design team are looking to remedy that situation with the 2010 LaCrosse. Classy sheet metal, vastly improved interior materials, and an all-new powertrain will help the new LaCrosse compete with the likes of the Lexus ES350 and the Lincoln MKS. A 260 hp, 3.0L direct injected V6 and a 3.6L powerplant that outputs 280 ponies means the new LaCrosse will also be able to compete on performance and efficiency as well.

We had the opportunity to talk with several of the people responsible for the new LaCrosse, and we had cameras rolling so you could get in on the conversation. Hit the jump to view the video for yourself, and if you'd like to read our extensive preview of Buick's newest sedan, click here.










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      • 5 Years Ago
      If they price this car right it will sell but I don't think gm will do that . It will be priced high and know one will be able to buy it
      • 6 Years Ago
      WANT. I love it, especially the interior and that hood treatment. Great job GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very good GM. The styling apes the Lexus GS series in shilloutte but it is clean taut and modern like a well tailored suit. So unlike the overly styled Acura TL.

      This car is very Euro and very American at the same time which is what you have to be to compete in today's market.

      I especially like the hunkered down look it has like the German cars. I'm sure GM will have no problem moving these once the economy picks up again.

      Now who was saying weeks ago that GM should axe Buick...Bullocks!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The exterior is modern and well designed, but the inside is terrible. It looks like its Fisher Price, every button and control is giant - look at the enormous vent slats for the HVAC, it looks like an industrial fan mechanism. Maybe it works for the intended 60+ target audience, but I prefer acute and precise German engineering.
      • 6 Years Ago
      very sorry to see no 3800 engine available. for reliability and economy, they don't get any better than that.

      AZMike
        • 6 Years Ago
        this engine didn't have a "time". I doubt if these replacements for the 3800 will provide the 30+ MPG fuel economy the 3800 provides.

        3800s are known for lasting 500,000 plus miles with no internal repairs of any kind. I doubt if twin cam, high tech engines will do the same thing. complexity never equals longevity.

        the 3800 is still available in 2009 Lucerne and LaCrosse models.

        AZMike
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 3800 was a great engine in it's day (It's day was the 90's). These new fangled Multi-cam engines with the new acronyms (VVT and such) are the way of the future.

        The only Vehicle in the GM 2009 line up with the 3800 is the 2009 Buick LaCrosse. The second to last hold out was the Pontiac Grand Prix, but it's last year was 2008.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm glad to hear there are others who appreciate the 3800! I believe it is an underappreciated engine just for the fact it's considered "out of date." I agree with you 100%; added complexity does not equal better.

        I now drive a MINI, but I'm still holding on to my old 92 Bonneville with the 3800. At 230k miles, even after being used as a car to teach both my sister and myself to drive (and you know what hell teens give a car), it is still incredibly reliable, powerful, and even passes emissions. Because of that, I have a soft spot and respect for it and will probably never get rid of it!



        • 6 Years Ago
        The 3800 time was when the series II was introduced, in the '90s.

        32mpg isn't all that good (it depends on how you drive) a modern diesel could probably get 50% better (but the US EPA screwed us in 1993, so diesel isn't part of the equation)

        The axle ratio is so tall in the Lucerne 3800 (doesn't 1st go to 50mph, 2nd to 95mph, top speed in 3rd 140mph-if GM would have let it, 4th 120)

        I appreciate that the 3800 is good enough (consistent) that an oil test uses it.
        http://www.swri.org/4ORG/D08/GasTests/IIIFtest/default.htm
        http://www.go-synthetic.com/10W-30_amsoil/10w-30_amsoil.html

        I hated driving the 3800, no top end. (my maxim is that bottom end power gets you IN to trouble, but top end power gets you OUT of trouble) I kept looking for something that wasn't there and commensurately broke a valve spring. Part of the problem was the gearing need to be 5% shorter. (and the third transmission was just about deat at about 210K miles)
        • 6 Years Ago
        AZMike

        I agree the 3800 doesn't have a "time", at least as far as I'm concerned since I have driven a very recent model with the 3800 and I found it to be a joy regardless of how "dated" the design is. But doesn't some of this have to do with emissions standards or something?

        I too have to wonder what kind of economy these newer engines will return. I seriously have never driven anything that manages the fuel economy in it's class for a large vehicle as the 3800 does. And strong, reliable, smooth... Seriously, I really did have to lift the hood on my Lucerne rental because I thought it *must* be a V8. Imagine my surprise to find the trusty old 3800, even better than when I had it in my own old car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Didn't they finally stop production on the 3800? I think it has something to do with needing to modernize but I agree, the 3800 is one of the finest engines ever produced when it comes to a great combination of reliability, power and economy. I wonder how good it would have been if they had given it direct injection.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah SJ I think you're right, but the 3800 will always be one of my favorite engines ever. I had a 1992 Olds 98 which I bought from mom and dad with that engine and it was awesome. My nice is still driving it. Also I have rented the Buick Lucerne with the 3800 and it was just amazing to me how smooth and powerful it was, and I even recorded 32 MPG. It's just a really wonderful engine. I'm so sorry to see it go.
      • 6 Years Ago
      My goodness it's a beautiful car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Errrr, no it's not. It looks okay, aside from that terrible overwrought grille.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really like the look of this car from pictures and specs. Now I hope this will be truly class-leading (not midpack/OK like the current Malibu is). Keep it up GM!
      • 6 Years Ago
      hmm, Infiniti M front and interior, 5series tail lights, and LS460 exhaust...

      I guess if you gotta copy, that's pretty good place to start.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Infiniti M wishes it had a nice front end and an all leather interior that looks this cool.

        The LS460 wishes it had real exhaust outlets that are actually connected to the exhaust.

        I don't think the tail lights look like they're from the 5series. The general shape might be slightly similar, but that's not copying.
        • 6 Years Ago
        oh, and Acura TL from the side.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I used to be a GM hater, but in the last few years they've really changed my mind. I really love some of their recent and upcoming GM products. This thing looks amazing. I'll be buying a new car this year and this one will be making the short list on looks alone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wasn't aware that the current LaCrosse was capable of passing anything on the road today...so the new version is 1000x better.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Damn, you beat me to it.

        For the record, I've *never* been passed by a Puke.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was going to make a similar comment, but only in regards to the typical owner of a Buick LaCrosse.... as happy_penguin pointed out... the cars have the power to pass by a good deal of the cars out on the road, but rarely do I see the driver taking advantage of what Buick provided!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Considering the fact that the current LaCrosse Super has 300hp and 323 lb/ft of torque, I'd venture a guess that it'll pass a good deal of the cars on the road these days quite easily. ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        So Rich, do you lack the mental capacity to call the brand by name? Is the word "Buick" too difficult to comprehend and type out? That's what the copy and paste feature is for. Otherwise you stupid, immature derogatory term for it is just that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Trishield,

      Buick's demographics show the average Enclave buyer is exactly 39 years old.

      a dealer has a huge stock of Enclaves if they have ten. dealers on the East Coast still have waiting lists for the most expensive models, and over 70% of the trades are conquest sales, with many Lexus, BMW, and Inifiniti trade ins.

      all in all, a very solid hit.

      AZMike
      • 6 Years Ago

      Buick seems to be on its way to becoming a hot brand again.
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