ARB On The Cover Review: 2010 Buick LaCrosse
You see it in the movies all the time. A bashful, nerdy girl with her hair tied up and big, clunky glasses struggles with her self esteem. But the school quarterback accidentally discovers that she is a swell person to be around, and with her renewed confidence she ditches her bulky sweater and emerges as the new school hottie. That’s kind of what’s happening with the Buick LaCrosse. This car was always pretty good, but it just had a milquetoast appearance that wasn’t likely to attract high school football stars. But now—hubba, hubba, is that really the same girl? Based on a new-to-the-U.S. platform, the 2010 LaCrosse appears to have the details right, from the beautiful interior to the body cut line reminiscent of Buick’s “Sweepspears” of the past. The new LaCrosse is expected to debut with two, fuel-efficient, direct-injection V6 choices, with either front- or all-wheel-drive. That’s a sign of the times, because as neat as an all-wheel-drive V8 would be, the V8 “Super” version will not make it to this generation LaCrosse. Not in the short-term, anyway. Nevertheless, this is an amazing, ugly duckling transformation. Hopefully it will do for Buick what the styling renaissance did for big sister Cadillac.