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Buick LaCrosse Sedan with eAssist (2012)

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Just because it’s a mild hybrid doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice power or comfort. In fact, you’ll get both in the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist.

Let’s set something straight, the current lineup of Buick products in no way should be compared to those that your parents or grandparents may own or have owned. No, it’s a new millennium and parent GM is getting Buick’s groove back on.

That said, the LaCrosse eAssist hybrid offers the 2.4-liter direct injection I-4 engine with a helper 15kW motor-generator to deliver smooth power, resulting in a commendable 25 mpg-city and 36-highway rating; this, in a full-size sedan.

If you haven’t visited the interior of a new generation Buick in the past couple of years, we encourage you to do so. We think you’ll be really surprised by the level of luxury and all of the whiz-bang electronics that are standard, including Buick IntelliLink that includes Pandora Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio.

With sleek exterior styling, great fuel mileage, gobs of luxury and a starting price of $30,170, Buick is calling your name. Listen.

Engine: 2.4-Liter

Horsepower: 182

Transmission: 6-speed Automatic

Highest MPG City: 25

Highest MPG Highway: 36

Trim Designations: Base, Convenience, Leather and Premium 1

Base Price: $30,170

What I Liked: It’s all about the mileage and comfort, the price point isn’t bad either. Here is a lot for the money.

What Needs Improvement: I’d like to see an optional handling package. Hey, who says a big hybrid has to conform?

Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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