Nuts & Bolts

Nuts and Bolts: 2010 Buick LaCrosse HiPer Strut

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bottom line: GM may not yet be profitable. It hasn't been since 2007. But if it keeps doing what it's doing, rolling out cars such as the 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS with HiPer Strut, up and down its various car lines, it'll be profitable sooner than not. More than that, it will have regained what it foolishly threw away, a solid reputation for product quality and innovation.

Ride, acceleration and handling: Excellent ride and acceleration. Handling is best in class. See for yourself. Drive it.

Head-turning quotient: It easily beats anything from Lexus inside and out. Let's put them side by side on some mild, azure day and compare. Again, see for yourself.

Body style/layout: The 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS with HiPer Strut is a full-size, front-engine luxury family sedan offered with front-wheel drive. It sits at the top of a five-member LaCrosse line, including the CXL, which is offered with all-wheel drive.

Engine/transmission: The 2010 LaCrosse CXS comes with a 3.6-liter, double-overhead-cam, 24-valve engine that develops 280 horsepower at 6,300 revolutions per minute and 259 foot-pounds of torque at 4,800 rpm. It is linked to an electronically controlled six-speed transmission that can be shifted automatically or manually.

Capacities: Seats for five. Maximum cargo capacity is 13 cubic feet. Fuel capacity is 18.4 gallons of recommended regular unleaded.

Mileage: My distance behind the wheel was a robust 50 miles, just enough to get me excited, not enough to give me a real-world mileage reading. The government puts it at 17 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, 21 mpg combined.

Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear), emergency braking assistance, electronic stability and traction control, side and head air bags.

Pricing: The 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS HiPer Strut driven for this column was a pre-retail prototype. It is estimated that it will start an estimated $3,000 above previous Buick LaCrosse CXS cars, putting its starting price at an estimated $36,000. The car goes on sale next month.

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