We recently received one of General Motors other premium brand’s full size vehicles into the Top Speed test fleet, the 2010 Buick Lacrosse CXS. At first our fully loaded Quicksilver Metallic appeared to be the typical American made land yacht, but after climbing inside we were pleasantly surprised by the Buick’s eye pleasing interior and spacious cabin. It looks like after many years of Japanese automakers reverse engineering American and German automobiles, GM is trying to be more like Lexus by offering a well priced and well appointed luxury sedan without any of the traditional cheap American drawbacks.
Everything about the Lacrosse ’s exterior is big, from the sculpted lines and oversized 19 inch nine spoke rims to the wide grill that almost wraps around the entire front end of the Buick, making it a genuine full sized sedan. We can thank Buick for starting the trend of gluing faux vents to the sides of their cars, however in this car’s case the American automaker saw fit to include the classic Buick ventiports on the hood. Like almost every other GM vehicle our Lacrosse had a sort of shark fin antennae at the back of the roof that only reaffirmed our car’s nautical theme. We also managed to find a few design cues that could have been lifted from other full size luxury sedans, like a set of BMW 5 Series inspired taillights and doorframes that look like they could have come straight off of a Lexus LS .
The Dark Titanium/Light Titanium interior of our Buick Lacrosse is just as high class as any other premium vehicle, made up of high quality materials that are pleasing to the eye and soft to the touch. The seats and center armrest are wrapped in plush leather and the dash and door panels are covered with a soft material that is worlds ahead of lesser car’s hard plastic units. The instrumentation is eye catching and the controls are well laid out. We are a bit partial to the Buick’s in dash nav system that also functions as the AM/FM/XM/CD entertainment unit with built in back up camera. The Lacrosse features green accent lighting similar to that found in the Camaro with a long thin strip stretching across the top of the dash, an illuminated horseshoe around the controls and even more accent lighting throughout. I also features one of the most spacious back seats on the market. The car’s sunroof opens up the interior, making the back seat seem even more spacious then it already is, combine this with the retractable rear sunshade and the Buick Lacrosse becomes the perfect car for long road trips.
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We were surprised to find out just how many horses were under the hood of our Lacrosse CXS. The last high performance Buick worth mentioning was the black on black Grand National from 1987, and although it was also rated at 280 HP from the factory thanks to a big V6, the GNX made use of a bit more displacement and a Garrett turbocharger to make that kind of power. Our 2010 model makes the most of a 3.6 Liter V6 complete with 21st century technologies like power enhancing and fuel saving variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. The result is an internal combustion engine that makes 280 HP and 259 lb-ft of torque while getting an estimated 17 MPG around town and as many as 27 MPG on the highway, pretty impressive for a 4000+ pound vehicle. However you can expect to see somewhere closer to 19 MPG with mixed driving.
The only other option box that could have been checked is for all wheel drive, but unless you plan on going skiing we don’t think that is all that necessary. While the 2010 Lacrosse starts out at $33,015, our well appointed CXS added $800 for the bigger wheels, $995 for the panoramic sunroof and $1,995 for the audio navigation unit with back up camera; bringing our cars grand total to $37,555. If you ask us, it’s quite a bargain.