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Buick reverts to four cylinders on LaCrosse

Posted by Bill Griffith  July 2, 2009 03:23 PM

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Buick, which once had a straight eight-cylinder engine, will offer half of that — a four-cylinder &mdash in the 2010 LaCrosse. It will be the first four-cylinder offered in a Buick since the 1998 Skylark.

The 2.4-liter Ecotec engine will produce 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-feet of torque. Buick expects about 25 percent of buyers to choose the engine over the 3.0 liter or 3.6 liter V-6s. The LaCrosse is a total redesign for 2010 and will take aim at competing with the Acura TL, Infiniti G37, and Lexus ES 350.

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9 comments so far...
  1. Buick's are way better looking now. It looks like it might actually be worth what they are going to charge.

    Posted by craig July 2, 09 06:36 PM
  1. It's too bad that all GM can do is "me too" Altima in terms of styling. Altima started this modified fast back style about 7 years ago. What is really sad is that in all likelihood it won't get to Altima's level of quality. As far as a four cylinder engine goes--great--but can it reach Altima's fuel efficiency?

    So when someone asks, "Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick?", why would any person respond in the affirmative?

    Posted by habakkukb July 3, 09 08:07 AM
  1. Hey habakkukb, have you checked Buick's quality ratings versus Nissan's latey? Might want to before you start pumping up your Altima, otherwise you could look a little foolish on the message boards of a major US newspaper...

    Posted by bostnbird33 July 4, 09 12:01 AM
  1. The negetive comments will not help. No matter how well North American cars are built some people are hell bent on buying Japanese. But look at the mess that attitude caused.

    Posted by Macho July 4, 09 01:50 PM
  1. The 6 cyl version of the Altima gets about the same mpg as the Buick-- but the Malibu is a better GM comparable to the Altima than the LaCrosse. I like both, btw, although the Fusion is great too. Anyhow, you're right about the styling-- but all the brands copy each other in one segment or another.

    Posted by Mike July 5, 09 12:32 PM
  1. Check the Altima's reliabilty at Consumer Reports. The Altima has never been the equal of the top cars in this catagory. Buick has equaled Lexus according to J D Power for quality. Altima's are decent cars, nothing more

    Posted by Anonymous July 6, 09 08:40 AM
  1. Simple, hab. It's not 1965 anymore. That's when that Buick campaign ran.

    Posted by DSBC July 6, 09 12:32 PM
  1. Habakkukb - That is a lot of assumptions and conclusions based on one photo. But maybe that is how you judge everything and everyone? Buick has shown very high quality levels in the old JD Power survyes I think.

    Trying to argue about who copied who in style or fashion is almost impossible since trends and ideas come from many different places at the same time from similiar inspirations. . But who started something like this can go far back beyond the Altima - such as Buick's own 1978 Century fastback sedan, and then probably a Hornet, and so on. Nor is it really important - what matters is how it works. Which I don't think any of us know yet.

    Posted by Marie July 6, 09 02:04 PM
  1. GM makes a great small V8, with displacments from about 280 to 380 cu in (4.8 to 6.2L). Weighs around 400lbs, not much more than an 4-turbo. It costs less to produce than the Ecotech or a 4-valve V6, is far easier to maintain, delivers more torque, lasts longer and is smoother. I'll happily trade off 2 or 3 mpg for all that. When they (finally) stuck a V8 in their antique fwd cars they got a 30mpg highway rating in their blubbery fwd Impala with an antique 4sp automatic. In a smaller car it would be even better.

    But, that would make too much sense, so you can't have one!

    Posted by Chatter July 13, 09 12:36 AM

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