I've got a mother-in-law who refers to the car color of her father's late-model Buick as "old-man tan." The statement is fairly indicative of how America sees Buick - an aging car brand for aging people. Not surprisingly, this image concerns Buick, and they have set out to make their upscale cars relevant to the non-senior crowd again. The new 2010 Buick LaCrosse is their first major attempt at this - and somewhat surprisingly, they've pulled it off quite well. Review specs, features and mpgs of the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse to find out why it's one of the best mid-size cars for the year.
New 2010 Buick LaCrosse Styling
Right from the get-go, it's pretty easy to see that the 2010 LaCrosse is breaking ties with the old ways of the brand. The exterior is a near-perfect balance of grace, elegance and subdued aggression. To really size up the vehicle, check out more Buick LaCrosse photos in our gallery.
Slip behind the driver's seat, and you may have to re-check the badging to make sure you didn't accidentally get into a Lexus. The LaCrosse is well-appointed - especially on upper-tier models. Standard features include power driver's seat, air conditioning, full power features, steering-wheel audio controls, 7-speaker stereo with CD and MP3 player, satellite radio and an auxiliary jack. Upper-tier models boast ultra-soft leather seats, dual-zone climate control, memory seating and keyless ignition.
Both front and rear seats are exceptionally comfortable. However, it should be noted that the additional rear cabin space compromises trunk space a bit. At 13.3 cubic feet, there are more cargo-friendly models out there.
New 2010 Buick LaCrosse Performance
The LaCrosse is not meant to be a sport sedan. If you can live with that, then you'll likely be more than impressed with the Buick's confident performance. The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine makes 182 horsepower. For a boost in performance, consider the 255-hp V-6.
The four-cylinder model earns an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway (23 mpg combined). The V-6 offers a maximum of 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway (21 mpg combined).
New 2010 Buick LaCrosse Safety
The LaCrosse comes standard with six airbags, stability control, traction control, anti-lock disk brakes and OnStar. Rear-seat side airbags are available as an option. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) names the LaCrosse a "Top Safety Pick" for the year.
New 2010 Buick LaCrosse Pricing
Buick LaCrosse prices are in line with its closest competitors. Base models come with a starting price of $27,085. Given the level of luxury and standard features, this is considered a good value. Upper-tier models may be considered as more affordable options to true luxury models. If you like the LaCrosse, then other affordable upscale midsize sedans worth considering include the Mercury Milan, VW Passat and upper-tier models of the Honda Accord.
Visit our Buick LaCrosse rebates page to see if additional savings apply to you.