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#361 of 2335 2005 Buick Lacrosse
Feb 07, 2004 (12:04 pm)
Here's my take on the new Lacrosse:
it's a perfect addition for Buick's lineup, the interior is nice and the exterior is bolder than competitors. The exterior chrome adds to the upscale look. OnStar, Rear Parking Assist makes this a solid choice for customers looking for a mid-lux car.
The only thing I don't like it that there is no (so far) OPTIONAL navagation system, which I think it important for competiton. The interior is so nice and needs a nav. system. It would add to the feature list, will GM ADD ONE??
I hope, GM adds a nav. system to Lacrosse.
I think pricing for a CXS model equipped will be around $32,800??
Feb 07, 2004 (3:05 pm)
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Feb 07, 2004 (3:36 pm)
i like the new lacrosse. it's a good first effort for buick under lutz to rejuvenate the marque. some odd detailing though, such as the overly long front overhang, and the unnecessary extension of the front main headlight. if you put your finger over the amber front turn signals, the hoodlines leading to the front lamps look just like a jag. exactly.
Feb 07, 2004 (6:27 pm)
I can't see how the LaCross interior is outdated. It looks as good as any near luxury car I have seen. Can't touch yet, but the car seems to be a winner for Buick over all. Ya the styling on the outside is so so but you can say that about lots of car these days!
#365 of 2335 LaCrosse
Feb 08, 2004 (6:11 am)
could use a NAV system.
#366 of 2335 Your avg 60 yr old Buick customer
Feb 08, 2004 (8:45 am)
is not interested in that new fangled technology.
Of course if Buick keeps up selling this style of car it will be killed off like Olds. You want your customer base to grow up with the brand, not die with it.
Feb 08, 2004 (8:48 am)
Lutz could do a lot worse than pick Lexus as a benchmark.
#368 of 2335 Lexus and young people
Feb 08, 2004 (11:23 am)
I am almost 22 years old and am not ashamed to admit I aspire to be a Lexus owner. Not the godawful looking SC430, or the IS300 (too small), but I like the rest of their lineup. After owning a hip car (VW Jetta) and experiencing its abysmal reliability, long-term reliability is something I place an extremely high value on. Buick and Lexus are both well above average in the JD Powers study, but I find Buick's current models unappealing. The LaCrosse is a nice step forward, but features-wise, it looks as if only a fully loaded CXS will compete with the imports. Looking at the specs, it is a shame that major safety features such as ABS and side airbags are extra-cost options. Also, the length of the car seems long given the interior dimensions. And, a world-class car should include a five-speed automatic transmission. The seats appear to be flat and unsupportive. I do like what appears to be a tall ride height/ground clearance. I am cautiously optimistic about the LaCrosse.
Feb 08, 2004 (12:01 pm)
Excellent post, and sums up my feelings very closely. Im also 22, and I take offense to the unintegrated style of the new SC, a Greek (well... Japanese) tragedy compared to the first generation. And although it seems to have a fair amount of nay-sayers, I think the next GS looks awesome, and am eagerly awating the next IS.
But I digress.
The LaCrosse looks like a good effort to me, and the 240hp engine in the CXS model is appealing. I'm very interested to see a comparo of the Ford 500/Mercury Montego, LaCrosse CXS, the next Avalon XLS, a Maxima SL, Amanti, and finally... a 300 Limited.
My only contentions with your post are with your statements regarding a 5 speed auto - nice to have if they downshift promptly, but several mfrs have had issues engineering a good one- and your comments on the seats- who cares whether or not they LOOK comfortable? As long as they aesthetically LOOK good, and are comfortable, I couldnt care less if they APPEAR flat and unsupportive.
#370 of 2335 "young" vs "younger"
Feb 08, 2004 (12:03 pm)
I wonder if the sales of sedans like the Acura TL and Infiniti G35 are really enough (volume wise) for GM/Buick to target?
Personally, as a 39 yr old father of two, neither of those vehicles would be practical for me, I'd want something bigger & more safety oriented. Unfortunately the pricing of bigger more safety focused sedan is not attractive and that was a factor in my decison to instead purchase an SUV (MDX)...
Despite the intrest in sedan by the automotive press among my peers only single guys drive sedan.