New Buick LaCrosse Gets Four-Cylinder Engine, AWD

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Can someone please straighten me out here? What is a Buick? I mean, what’s the point? I’m serious. I don’t get it. The brand’s manager, Susan Docherty, is no bloody help at all. “We’re working hard to change the perception of the brand and to let people know Buick may not be what they think it is,” Ms. Dohery pronounced in a recent web chat. May not be, but might? How do we parse the fact that the brand is sticking a four cylinder engine into its forthcoming sedan? Sure the Honda Accord has one. A mighty fine four pot, in fact. But how does this engine option square with Buick’s “entry level luxury” schtick? AutoWeek is forced to go for the historical angle. “The four-banger is thought to be the first in a Buick since the 1998 Skylark,” AW reports. “It’s from GM’s Ecotec family and makes 182 hp and 172 lb·ft of torque. It’s an inline setup and employs direct injection; look for it to get an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.” So who’s looking?

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  • Akear Akear on Jun 25, 2009

    Knowing GM's recent luck this Lacrosse probably won't outsell the current model. GM will have another vastly improved car that won't find buyers. Game Set Match Buick is done.

  • Fincar1 Fincar1 on Jun 25, 2009

    I remember back in the 50's and 60's when Popular Mechanics magazine would run "owners' reports" on cars. The thing I remember the most about those was that for cars and pickups that offered a 6 and a V8, the reported mileage never varied more than about 2 mpg between the two engines. Of course it's cheaper to put a smaller engine in a car than to totally rethink the engineering of it to cut weight or to make it smoother to push through the atmosphere; and you have all the reasons to add weight: reduce nvh, make the roof and pillars stronger, add twenty or thirty little electric motors; and a 6- or 7-speed automatic tranny must weigh more than a 4-speed, right?

  • Nevets248 Nevets248 on Jun 25, 2009

    Susan Docherty = Lynn Meyers, another bimbo in charge of what was once Pontiac.

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Jun 25, 2009
    akear : June 25th, 2009 at 10:58 am Knowing GM’s recent luck this Lacrosse probably won’t outsell the current model. GM will have another vastly improved car that won’t find buyers. Luck has nothing to do with it.