Would grandpa know what to do with this Buick?
Reservations, I have a few. Front-wheel drive only seems to be a questionable choice. With nearly 300 pound-feet of twist, it seems like it would take a mere toe twitch to overwhelm the front tires, and I find the lack of mention of a Limited-Slip differential suspicious. While I'm pleased to find the three-pedal variant available, it's quite surprising it's the only variant available at launch. Remember the first generation CTS-V that was only offered with a manual? "Underwhelming" comes to mind when I think of sales numbers for that car. Hopefully, buyers buy differently this go-round.
But the real question stands: are U.S. shoppers ready to accept a high-performance Buick? Sure, there's performance heritage in the brand, (Grand National) but it's been years since anything resembling performance has been adorned with a Buick badge. When I think of Buick, I think of grandpa's 2004 Century that he claims is the "last good Buick" with column shift and bench seats. Buick is trying to prove grandpa wrong, but will it work?