Buick LaCrosse

Introduced in the 2005 model year, the Buick LaCrosse is best known as a replacement for the Buick Regal and Century car lines. Classed as a midsize sedan with a classic and elegant body style, it became popular with older adults with money to spend.

In Canada, the LaCrosse series is known as the Buick Allure. "La crosse," in Quebecois slang, refers to the act of swindling, so Buick changed the name for the Canadian market.

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Under both names, the LaCrosse is offered in a variety of styles and trim options. Owners can choose from a long list of standard and special options.

Buick Origins

Like so many of the other great American car manufacturers, the tale of how the Buick company came into being is a fascinating one. Buick's founder, David Buick, emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland when he was two. His background was in plumbing until the gasoline engine caught his attention in the late 1890's. From there, David Buick started a love affair with engines and the cars that housed them.

The Buick Motor company began in May 1913. The new firm had two cars in its lineup: These cars contained some of the most innovative engines of the time, featuring an overhead valve system unlike any other. Buick's chief engineer, Walter L. Marr, registered more than 30 patents pertaining to that particular piece of engineering.

In September of the same year, the Buick Motor company was bought out by a group of wagon-makers in Flint, Michigan. The group moved Buick's manufacturing plant, as well as David Buick and his top engineers, to Flint, and the famous location of the Buick plant was born.

In 2012, Buick continues to make and sell great automobiles under the company name and logo, including the popular LaCrosse series.

About the Buick LaCrosse

The Buick LaCrosse has only been in production since 2005, and in that time, has gained an excellent reputation, especially among those who appreciate the workmanship and quality that Buick offers. The LaCrosse is a good choice for families and older drivers who value comfort and reliability in their vehicles.

The first generation LaCrosse line stayed in production from 2005 to 2009 and featured an front-engine, front-wheel drive layout. This generation offered two engine choices and three trim options. The cars either contained a 3.8-liter, 3800 Series III, V-6 or a 3.6-liter, HF V-6. The HF V-6 was installed in the top-of-the-line options and offered more power than the standard model.

Buick decided to make a great deal of changes to the second generation LaCrosse, starting in 2010. Many of those changes continued to the 2012 model. In this design, the LaCrosse was upgraded to an Epsilon II platform, making it among the premium sports sedans available. These cars feature a more fuel-efficient motor, too.

Modern Buick LaCrosses

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse has a lot going for it. While it retains the dignity of older models, many feel that the 2012 LaCrosse offers a more athletic look and feel, which may appeal to the younger market. The new version also supplies the driver with improved handling capabilities along with the comfortable ride and classic Buick light-steering feel.

There are three trim options available with this model. The standard sedan offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. New owners will also find that this trim option allows for front-wheel drive. This plush basic style contains extras such as power accessories, Bluetooth capabilities, a seven-speaker CD stereo unit, and seats with heating options.

Even on the basic model, Buick decided to change the LaCrosse design from a four-cylinder engine to a more fuel-efficient hybrid motor. The hybrid motor is a four-cylinder unit as well, but offers a unique system to conserve fuel, creating better efficiency in town and on the open road. There are 2012 models available from other manufacturers that offer better fuel economy, but for those that have to have a Buick, the LaCrosse is an excellent choice.

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