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Business Class
2005 Buick LaCrosse CXS
By Alain Gayot

In short: A super comfortable midrange sedan.

It's hard not to think of the Buicks from the late sixties and seventies when you climb aboard one of these because of the interior space and cushy ride it offers. So much so, in fact, that the car gives you the feeling of traveling in business class. All things considered, the exterior styling is quite contemporary, and the front end might lead you to believe the car was separated at birth from a Mercedes-Benz E Class.

Decent gas mileage is had out of the peppy V6, along with room for five and a good-sized trunk. It won’t give you the prestige of a luxury European cruiser, but you’ll be happy to have saved plenty on purchase, insurance and maintenance. A corporate mobile or an upgraded safe cruiser for grandma might be its role in life, but we can assure you can get a whole lot more out of it, like a comfortable road trip.

The standard vehicle price hovers around $28,000, but our tester came with a few more goodies like a leather wrapped steering wheel, radio and temperature controls, 17” chrome-plated wheels, StabiliTrak, head curtain side-impact airbags, XM satellite radio, remote start and an array of small things like rear reading lamps.

The LaCrosse replaces two models from Buick that you might have been familiar with: the Century and the Regal. As you test-drive it, you’ll see that this is a new car from the ground up.

Warranty/Service: 36 month/36,000 mile Basic Warranty. 36 month/36,000 mile Powertrain Warranty. 72 month/100,000 mile Rust Warranty.

Price as tested: $32,160

Technical Specifications

Performance Data

Engine: 3.6L VVT V6, 240 hp

Transmission: Four-speed automatic

Safety: Driver & passenger front air bags, OnStar One Year Safe & Sound, rear child seat anchors, remote keyless entry

Top Speed: n/a

Acceleration: 0-60 circa 7 sec.

Braking: Four-wheel power disc ABS

Fuel Economy: 19/city, 27/highway

Handling: Traction control, front and rear independent suspension, Magnasteer variable-assist

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(Updated: 07/28/08 HC)

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