When Buick announced it would eliminate its eight-cylinder engine and offer two engines, six- and four-cylinders, I knew the company was doing the right thing. It was going to be able to attract new premium buyers who are concerned about fuel economy.
Loyal Buick owners who cling to their eight-cylinder ride have to let go. For 2011, General Motors has given its Buick a 2.4-liter Direct Injection four-cylinder engine to market in a midsize sedan, the LaCrosse. Buick’s competitors currently offer only six-cylinder engines. Buick’s own 3.6-liter V-6 engine horsepower and torque compares admirably to its competition like the Acura TL, the BMW 3 Series, Lincoln MKZ, the Lexus ES350 and the Hyundai Genesis.
A walk around the LaCrosse produces appreciation for its sleek yet powerful stance. It’s hard not to replicate the glowing language of a press release. This car is both handsome and elegant on the outside. Stepping into the base model LaCrosse continues the feeling of a sharp, modern, ambient lit, comfortable interior — classy and inviting especially at this price range at $26,000 to $33,000. That is $4,000 to $5,000 less than the competitors.
Maybe the decision to put the four-cylinder engine in the Buick, which replaces a 3.0-liter V-6, was helped along the government wanting automakers to achieve a Corporate Average Fuel Economy of 35.5 mpg by 2016.
The 2011 four-cylinder LaCrosse produces 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque.