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2010 Buick LaCrosse Sedan

4dr Sdn CX 3.0L

Starting at | Starting at 17 MPG City - 26 MPG Highway

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  • $27,085 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2010 Buick LaCrosse Sedan

Compared to Buicks of the past, the 2010 LaCrosse has a completely new style and attitude, with a curvy, bold look and advanced interior design. Ride, handling and overall refinement are now up to world-class standard. And from behind the wheel, the LaCrosse now stands on the same ground, in terms of features and the driving experience, as many luxury-brand cars, yet it costs thousands less. CX models start well below $30,000, but CXS models loaded to the brim with tech features land above the $40k mark.

What's new for 2010?

The Buick LaCrosse has been fully redesigned for 2010, with new exterior styling, a roomy interior, and new direct-injection V6 engines that are both fuel-efficient and powerful. The LaCrosse has also been retuned to be more exciting to drive than before without sacrificing ride quality, while new tech options include a heads-up display, a Bluetooth calling interface, and a hard-drive-based navigation and entertainment system.

Model Strengths

  • Luxurious new styling
  • attractive, well-designed interior
  • upscale ride and refinement
  • good value

Model Review

The new LaCrosse is offered in three different trim levels--CX, CXL and CXS. The CX and CXL trims come with a new 255-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6, while the sportier, premium CXS gets a 280-hp, 3.6-liter V6.

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I dreaded going to Detroit, Michigan. I was on my way to see the new 2010 Buick Lacrosse. I've seen Buicks for years now, none have impressed me. I was in China five years ago and I liked their Buick cars better than the Buicks in the United States. What was I going to say about this car?

I was so busy with this question that I went out the door, right pass the car I came to see. I stopped looked over the red car right in front of me, looking for a stodgie large four door Buick looking vehicle.

The 2010 LaCrosse is offered in three models - CX, CXL and CXS. I drove the CXL and the CXS.

The CX is equipped with a new 3.0L direct injection V-6, premium cloth seats and 17-inch wheels. The 3.0L engine generates 255 horsepower and 217 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CX MSRP starting price $27,835, including destination. EPA rates this front-wheel drive at 17 mpg city/ 27 highway.

The CXL is equipped with the same 3.0L direct injection V-6 as the CX. The CXL adds leather-appointed heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicators and puddle lamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Available as an option is the advanced all-wheel-drive system with electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD). eLSD splits the torque across the axle to whichever wheel has more grip to enhance control in icy or wet conditions. The CXL front-wheel drive MSRP starting price is $30,395, the all-wheel drive version is $32,600. EPA rates the front-wheel drive CXL at 17 mpg city/ 27 highway, and the all-wheel drive at 16 mpg city/ 26 highway.

The CXS is equipped with a 3.6L direct injection V-6. With the CXS you get real-time active-dampening suspension; perforated, leather-appointed, heated and ventilated seats, and chrome-plated 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch optional with the Touring package). The 3.6L engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, generating 280 horsepower and 259 lb.-ft. of torque. The CXS MSRP starting price is $33,765. EPA rates the CXS at 17 mpg city/ 27 highway.

Buick will offer a 2.4-liter four-cylinder The 2.4-liter generates 172 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft of torque in the LaCrosse this fall.

Buick says the competitors for their Lacrosse are the Toyota Avalon, Lincoln MKZ, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Camry, Lexus ES350. So, how does it compare?

Driving the Lacrosse was easy. The engine is well mated to the transmission. The interior is driver and passenger friendly in terms of room. The design is so pleasant that one forgets their supposed to go home and watch Lawrence Welk and go see Kid Rock at Comerica Park in Detroit instead.

GM executives say that this car had design input from their counterparts in China and Europe, that it was a global effort.

The Lacrosse platform is a new version of General Motor's global mid-size architecture formerly called Epsilon. The platform was designed in Europe and you can see the underpinnings in other products such as Opel's Insignia in Europe.

The interior of the five-seat passenger compartment was designed in Shanghai, China at General Motor's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC). The styling for the sheetmetal was created in the United States at GM's Technical Center in Warren, Mich., and the new vehicle is produced at General Motor's Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas.

When I was in China I was told the story of how Buicks came to be in China. China called General Motors and told them they wanted to import Buicks to China. Buick was not General Motors first choice, they thought Cadillac would fair better. But Buick had a historical appeal as a luxury vehicle in China. I believe it was the emperor that rode in a Buick.

In China, most owners of Buicks are driven. There is particular attention paid to the backseat because the Chinese owner sits in the back. The backseat of the Lacrosse is two feet longer than the Hyundai Azera, four feet longer than Lincoln MKZ, and almost five feet more room than the Lexus ES350.

To be fair, there are a couple issues: The turning radius 38.8, is about a foot more than the competitors, but still, it was still easy to turn curb-to-curb. The Lacrosse is heavier than it's competitors making it not as agile.

I had dinner with Susan Docherty. Susan is the North American Vice President of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. I asked Docherty, besides paying back the government and making a profit within General Motors, what would she consider another success. Docherty stopped, "When I start seeing journalists write, "It's time to clap for GM"".

GM may have a ways to go to prove to many folks that there was a reason for the bailout. But by making a handsome global Lacrosse, Buick is bringing those hands closer together in the form of a clap.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Opt
Passenger Air Bag Opt
Side Air Bag Opt
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance 5 Years/100,000 Miles

Buick Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile1 CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile2 Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2012. 6-Year/100,000-Mile3 Powertrain Limited Warranty for 2013 model year and newer Certified Pre-Owned Buick vehicles (as of 6/24/13).

1Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
2Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
3Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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