2005 Buick LaCrosse Review
New midsize sedan is smooth, comfortable, roomy.
Buick's long tradition of fine sedans is served and continued very well by the new LaCrosse. It is a very quiet car that surprises the new driver with its steering precision, road manners, and handling crispness. The interior has been given extra attention since Bob Lutz ordered a re-do, and that, too, has paid off handsomely.
We don't know that the LaCrosse will compete directly with the Accord and Camry, but it is certainly a worthy competitor for all the American-made competition in the $30,000 sedan class.
Jim McCraw filed this report from Pellston, Michigan.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||Buick LaCrosse CX ($22,835); LaCrosse CXL ($25,335); LaCrosse CXS ($28,335)|
|Engines:||3.8-liter ohv 12-valve V6|
|Transmissions:||4-speed automatic overdrive|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||front airbags|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||side curtain airbags|
|Basic Warranty:||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Oshawa, Ontario, Canada|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||Buick LaCrosse CXL ($25,335)|
|Standard Equipment:||air conditioning, dual-zone automatic; air filtration system; leather upholstery, front bucket seats w/driver's side 6-way power adjuster & 2-way power lumbar; defogger, electric rear window; cruise control; driver information center with compass, warning messages, personalization features; OnStar with 1-year Safe & Sound service; tilt/telescopic steering column; leather-wrapped steering wheel; split-folding rear seats w/center armrest; theft deterrent system, Pass-Key III; dual illuminated vanity visor mirrors; manual day/night rearview mirrors; delayed exit/entry lights & theatre dimming; lights, ashtray, glovebox, trunk, instrument panel, courtesy & engine compartment; remote trunk release; carpeted front/rear floor mats; retained accessory power; cargo convenience net; AM/FM/CD 6-speaker sound system; steering wheel mounted audio controls; power windows w/driver's express-down; power door locks w/lock-out protection; sport suspension, 17-inch tires and wheels|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||Sunroof ($900); XM Satellite Radio ($325); chrome-plated wheels ($650); Gold convenience package ($1150); remote start ($150); StabiliTrak ($495)|
|Gas Guzzler Tax:|
|Price as tested (MSRP)||29665|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||240 @ 6000|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||230 @ 3200|
|Transmission:||4-speed automatic overdrive|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||19/28|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||39.4/55.3/42.3|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||37.2/54.6/37.6|
|Suspension, f:||independent, MacPherson strut|
|Suspension, r:||independent, tri-link, coil springs|
|Brakes, f/r:||vented disc/solid disc with ABS|
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