2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse, redesigned in 2010, is helping to shed the image that only AARP card-carrying members purchase the tri-shield brand. The average age of Buick buyers has fallen in the last decade from the mid-70s to the late 50s. To help juice up this trend, and also appeal to entirely new buyers (read green and trendy), Buick is offering a green machine, the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist. It delivers an EPA estimated 25 city/37 highway and 29 combined. Those fuel economy numbers are up from 19/30/23 for the 2011 LaCrosse with the same four-cylinder engine.

Even though eAssist is similar in principle to the very mild belt-alternator-starter (BAS) hybrid system first used on the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line and 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, you won’t find the hybrid badge on the LaCrosse that adorned those earlier vehicles. General Motors is avoiding the H word this time around in part because the word has become synonymous with the Toyota Prius, and also to dodge previous complaints that this mild form of hybrid technology doesn’t deserve the hybrid name.

A BAS system – sometimes called stop-start hybrid and micro hybrid – is a relatively low-tech hybrid design. It is composed simply of an energy storage device, like a battery, and a beefed-up starter motor that can also act as a generator. It essentially shuts off the engine when the car stops, and quickly restarts it when the brake pedal is lifted. Depending on design, it can provide some electric assist to the engine at speed, but not all-electric operation.

Even though the LaCrosse eAssist is coming at a time when automakers are pushing toward greater degrees of electrification – and Honda for one is trying to engineer itself out of a mild hybrid approach that precludes plugging in – this lower cost type of hybrid technology deserves a place in the hybrid family. After all, a jump in fuel economy from 19/30 city/highway mpg to 25/37 mpg can yield a solid 30 percent gain in fuel economy.

What Is eAssist?

The eAssist moniker is quite descriptive. The system enhances fuel mileage by “assisting” the gasoline engine, either by shutting down the engine when the car comes to a stop or cutting off the fuel supply when cruising or decelerating. When the car comes to a stop, the motor-generator unit spins the engine, bringing it to a smooth stop and also properly positions the engine for a smooth restart. In like manner, when in fuel shut-off mode, the motor-generator continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses the accelerator.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

This new BAS design has noteworthy fuel economy gains compared to the earlier system, but neither comes close to fuel mileage delivered by a “full hybrid” operation like those in the Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrid. However, eAssist is more complex and performs better than the “micro hybrid” stop-start systems deployed in the Porsche’s 2011 Cayenne and Panamera models, and coming to nearly every Ford model. Buick’s eAssist is closer in function and fuel economy to the “mild hybrid” systems used in the Honda Insight and BMW ActiveHybrid 7.

There’s been a lot of debate – mostly trash talk – about whether or not eAssist is a mild- or micro-hybrid, some comparing the LaCrosse and the now defunct Honda Accord Hybrid. The proof is in the pudding. The eAssist system doles out better fuel mileage with its estimated 25/37 in the LaCrosse versus 24/32 in the killed-off Accord. Guess that makes eAssist at least as good as that mild hybrid.

More Power, Less Fuel

eAssist has a 15-kw motor-generator that replaces the original 5-kw motor in the Vue and Malibu. It is mounted on the engine in place of the alternator, providing both motor assist and battery charging via a new belt-drive system connected to the engine’s crankshaft. A 115V air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack is a significant upgrade from the old 10 kw nickel-metal hydride battery array. The new batteries bolster the engine with approximately 11 kw (15 horsepower) of electric power assist during heavy acceleration and 15 kW of regenerative braking power. That compares with only 2 kw of power assist and 5 kw of regenerative power on the previous setup.

Under the LaCrosse hood, the new eAssist teams up with a 182-horsepower 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine that generates 172 pounds-feet of torque. The previous design also worked with a 2.4 -liter four, but horsepower was 172 for the Vue and 164 for the Malibu. Plus, the LaCrosse engine produces eight more pounds-feet of torque thanks to high-pressure direct fuel injection that replaced the less-efficient multi-port injection type. Additionally, the engine has an aggressive fuel shut-off during deceleration that provides added fuel savings.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

A new Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission replaces the conventional four speed used previously. Higher final-drive gearing keeps engine revs lower at highway speeds, boosting mpg. An auxiliary electric-driven oil pump is added to the transmission, which keeps it primed and the fluid flowing when the engine shuts down at a stop. That keeps the transmission ready to perform when the driver accelerates. The engine and transmission are engineered to enable regenerative braking and battery charging during coasting and braking.

More Fuel Economy Tricks

To eek out even more fuel sipping mileage, engineers added a few tweaks to the LaCrosse not found on the Saturn Vue or Chevy Malibu. Aerodynamics are improved with underbody panels that smooth airflow and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille close at higher speeds to push more air over the vehicle.

A smaller gas tank is used – 15.7 gallons versus 18.4 – which reduces the curb weight by limiting the amount of fuel, but the eAssist LaCrosse’s range is still greater than the 2011 model. The final touch is low-rolling resistant tires that are optimized for performance and fuel economy.

It’s the total package – the eAssist hybrid system and tweaks – that produce the excellent fuel mileage numbers.

Exterior And Interior

When the covers came off the 2010 LaCrosse, it was clear the exterior design was influenced by the Riviera concept coupe introduced at the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show. Not as dramatic as the Riviera, the LaCrosse’s coupe-like roofline contributes to an elegant, thoroughly modern design. With time honored details like Buick’s waterfall grille, classic portholes and signature “sweep spear” at the rear quarter panels, designers have artfully crafted a look that is tailored for the 21st century. And, since the LaCrosse will become a global vehicle, the vertical front fascia complies with European pedestrian safety regulations, standards that are expected to be adopted in the U.S.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

Slide behind the steering wheel and the late 1970s advertising theme “Wouldn’t you really rather have a Buick?” comes to mind. Styled in China, designers continued the elegant exterior lines inside. The interior exudes the kind of quality and refinement that buyers of luxury cars are used to. Materials are rich looking, everything fits perfectly and switchgear feels substantial and operates with a smooth deliberateness.

Large speedo and tachometer gauges are easy to read at a glance. An ECO gauge below the speedometer aids the driver to optimize fuel efficiency, while the driver-information center has a hybrid diagram that shows electric power flow and the battery’s state of charge.

Officially classified as a mid-size car, dimensionally the LaCrosse is closer to a large sedan. Up front, driver and passenger are cosseted in firm seats that are multi-hour comfortable with plenty of leg and shoulder room. Three rear seat passengers can enjoy more than 40 inches of legroom and, in case your passengers tend to be toddlers rather than adults, there are three pairs of rear seat LATCH anchors.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

While the 2012 LaCrosse’s cabin has more than generous space, the eAssist version takes a hit on cargo room. The battery is placed behind the rear seats, which reduces the trunk space from 13.3 cubic feet to 10.9. Also, the opening is on the small side making it somewhat difficult to load large items.

As for high-tech gear, the LaCrosse eAssist offers all the gizmos and gadgets expected in a luxury automobile. New for 2012 is Buick’s IntelliLink system as standard equipment. IntelliLink provides smart phone integration, allowing users to control their mobile device through the LaCrosse’s new 7- or 8-inch, full-color touch screen display radio. The system allows smart phone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services like PANDORA and Stitcher SmartRadio.

Other goodies available range from a backseat dual-screen video entertainment system to a Harman Kardon surround-sound system as well as a navigation system, rearview camera and a blind-spot warning system.

On The Road

In the not-too-distant past, Buick’s floaty ride was a throwback to earlier times, and the handling and performance was far behind nearly all-modern sedans. Today, the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist is a more than capable performer and handles as well as any family sedan.

In daily life, our LaCrosse test driver was rock-solid and as comfortable as flannel pj’s. The seats are, indeed, splendid and the sedan managed our most rugged urban terrain with a dismissive sneer. Even the worst road hazards failed to produce kickback through the nicely weighted steering system and the shocks took the worst out of every bump and pothole. The cabin was serenely quiet with just a whisper of wind noise.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

We found the eAssist hybrid system faultless to the point that after a few miles it was easy to forgot about it. When the engine restarts after a stop sign pause, there are no shudders or electric motor noises. Response to throttle input is prompt, almost brisk, as torque assist from the motor joins the gasoline engine. It may not be sport sedan quick but we found freeway merging and passing slower vehicles were accomplished in short order.

The LaCrosse also came through with fuel economy. After a week of driving on city streets and a couple of runs on Interstates, the odometer had logged 359 miles with an average of 30.7 mpg, which was more than the EPA’s estimated 29 combined mpg. And in fairness, the final tally was affected by a 60 mile-plus Interstate stint with the speedometer pegged mostly at 80 mph.

Economics

In an unconventional move, Buick has positioned the LaCrosse eAssist as the base model. It starts at $29,995 and includes a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB connection, the IntelliLink system and GM’s OnStar.

Stepping up to the Convenience Group at $30,465 not only adds remote start, power lumbar and auto dimming mirror, it also offers the choice of a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 303 horsepower for the same price. While we haven’t driven a V6 LaCrosse, and I usually prefer more power, the V6’s fuel economy of 17/27/21 would sway me toward eAssist.

2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

Comparing the LaCrosse eAssist to rivals, it is less than Lincoln’s MKZ Hybrid starting at $34,755 and the Lexus HS 250h with a base price of $36,330. While both competitors have better in-town fuel economy than the Buick – 41 mpg for the Lincoln and 35 mpg for the Lexus – the LaCrosse on the highway nudges the MKZ by 1 mpg and the HS 250h by 3 mpg.

eAssist is another sign that hybrid technology – in all its variety of flavors – will become increasingly commonplace in the auto market. In fact, Buick has recently introduced the 2012 Regal eAssist, and the all-new 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist is now arriving in dealer showrooms.

However simple the eAssist hybrid system is, it has impressive fuel economy gains and reduces emissions and, when paired with the Buick LaCrosse, there’s no additional cost.

Prices are Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) at time of publication and do not include destination charges, taxes or licensing.


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  • usbseawolf2000

    Not a single word on emission rating of it?

  • Priusmaniac

    Paying more for a less efficient car is something I just can’t understand. Do you want a spitfire when you can have an F16? Do you look at oil lamps when you can have LED lamps? Do you look at a cathode ray tube when you can have a flat screen? Black and white when you can have color?

    There is something psychological going on here, a kind of evolution denial, a back to the past melancholy. Perhaps it is a simple brand status symbol too, although both things should go hand in hand. Of course, if the queen’s carosse is seen as better then a Prius based on more gold and gems on it, then, it is obviously hopeless.

  • JamesDavis

    GM’s new moto: “It is a new era, so out with the old, and when no one is looking, back in with the old…those dumb people will never know the difference.”

  • Anonymous

    “Officially classified as a mid-size car, dimensionally the LaCrosse is closer to a large sedan.” What’s wrong with it?

    Exactly, the GM Epsilon II platform combined with the interior designed in China resulted in an ‘interior space hog’.

    You pay for a large size car, it drives like a large size car (smooth but not inspiring) and it looks like a large size car when parked but you enjoy only the space of a mid-size car.

  • Anonymous

    For the record:
    Passenger room / luggage room (cu. ft.)
    Buick Regal – 98 / 13
    Buick LaCrosse – 100 / 16
    Buick Lucerne – 104 / 17

    For comparison: Toyota Avalon 107 / 14

  • Shines

    I would like this car if it had better city MPG. 25 mpg in the city seems a bit disappointing for a hybrid – even a mild hybrid.
    The idea of hybrid for me is efficiency. This is a step in the right direction. It is more efficient than previous Buicks and the cost for that extra efficiency is not as much as full hybrids like Fusions or Altimas for example.

  • Nelson Lu

    Shines, that depends on whether you consider Buick to be in the same class of cars as “mass market” cars like Fords, Nissans, and Toyotas (in which case the LaCrosse is competing against the Fusion, the Altima, and the Camry, and will look bad by comparison in terms of fuel consumption/sale price equations), or if its cars are “luxury” competing with Lexus, Lincoln, and BMW. (Of course, there will be some who also don’t consider LIncoln luxury…) I’m not sure how I’d classify Buick myself, but if it fits within the luxury classification, then its comparables are the Lexus HS and the Lincoln MKZ (and, if/whenever it comes out, the BMW 5 hybrid). I think it will look very good in terms of fuel/price equation as compared to the BMW. The Lexus and the Lincoln are harder to tell.

  • Shines

    Nelson, I’m thinking it is intended to be viewed as a more luxury brand than Toyota and Ford. It seems that is what Buick is going for with the new Chinese (there go more American jobs to the Chinese) luxury interior. Funny that the most American made mid sized vehicle seems to be the Camry – more American made parts and assembly done here than Ford, GM or Chrysler mid sized cars…
    But that’s for another forum.
    Over time (as already noted by the differences between the Buick’s BAS and the ones in the Malibu) The percentage of electric propulsion could shift with this mild hybrid type as higher capacity batteries and more powerful electric motors could reduce the size of the ICE giving better MPGs for the same sized car.

  • Anonymous

    From the article: “The eAssist system doles out better fuel mileage, offering an estimated 25/37 in the LaCrosse versus 24/32 in the killed-off Accord.”

    Ahem. According to Fueleconomy.gov, the revised (to 2008 standard) EPA mileage est. for an Accord hybrid is 25/33, not 24/32. The Accord hybrid is rated EPA 29/37 when it was released in 2004.

    Apparently, the Buick hybrid has no advantage in EPA city mileage and only a small increase of hwy mileage when compared with Accord hybrid. I calculate that the improvement in combined EPA fuel mileage for Buick hybrid is about 7% over that of Accord hybrid only.

    It seems that despite adopting:
    - a lithium-ion battery;
    - a “high-pressure direct fuel injection that replaced the less-efficient multi-port injection type”;
    - a new Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission that replaces the conventional four speed used previously;
    - a “new BAS design [that is supposed to] ha[ve] noteworthy fuel economy gains compared to the earlier system”;
    - all those ‘talks’ of “advancements gained from production of multiple generations of hybrid technology as well as development of the Chevy Volt”;
    - and significantly less horsepower and oomph than an Accord hybrid that was first debuted 7 years ago,
    there are actually little to show for any significant advancement in fuel economy from GM’s latest hybrid.

    For model year from 2006, the Accord hybrid is rated 253 hp. Compared with Lexus HS250h 187 hp and Prius 134 hp.

  • Shines

    Just to be fair, the rating on the 2007 Accord Hybrid according to Fueleconomy.gov is quoted correctly in the article. Don’t know what changed between 2004 and 2007 but the Accord Hybrid’s fuel economy went down a bit. Also, I would suspect that the Buick’s battery would be smaller than the Accord’s and take less trunk space. It seems the 2007 Accord Hybrid’s MSRP was around $30k, about the same as the 2011 Buick’s.
    Anyway, I should quit defending the Buick, I’m likely to get a bad reputation on this forum ;-b.

  • Anonymous

    In 2009, fleet sales accounted for 19.3% of Buick LaCrosse’s sales.

    In 2010, retail sales of LaCrosse jumped 112% and total sales increased by 120%.

    Unfortunately, it means fleet sales is rising at an even faster pace than retail sales, an increase of 153%!

    BTW, fleet sales of Enclave also increased 37% yr. over yr. in 2010 while retail sales only increased 27%.

  • Anonymous

    Shine said: “It seems the 2007 Accord Hybrid’s MSRP was around $30k, about the same as the 2011 Buick’s.”

    Yeah, but the Accord hybrid got a V6 engine and was rated 253 hp, roughly about 50% more horsepower than the Buick hybrid (and still got about the same fuel economy).

    BTW, I read that the trunk space of the Buick LaCrosse is said to be ‘only slightly’ decreased, to 10.9 cu. ft. I don’t think the Accord hybrid had a smaller trunk.

  • Shines

    Alas Anon, Where can I buy a new Honda Accord V6 hybrid like the 2004 you speak of? They are no longer manufactured. If only Honda had put the V6 hybrid in their Acura TL instead, it would probably still be available today and be a better value than the Buick. Still I give GM credit for trying. Now that I know the trunk space is under 11 cubic feet – that is another disappointment. You’d think they could have placed the “smaller Li battery” more strategically to take up less space. It will be interesting to see how well this eAssisted Buick sells.

  • Anonymous

    Shines: “Alas Anon, Where can I buy a new Honda Accord V6 hybrid like the 2004 you speak of? They are no longer manufactured.”

    So, you bought one???
    Doubtful. No need to cry after the train has left the station. Shouldn’t there be some ‘real’ progress if GM seriously intend to move on the efficiency game? I just can’t see myself jumping around like a fanboy for ‘eAssist’ that’s barely better than a 7 year old Accord hybrid.

    BTW, there is probably a PHEV in Honda’ lineup next year. Let’s see.

  • Anonymous

    EPA interior room for Buick LaCrosse is 99 cu. ft. (according to Buick.com)

    For comparison, 2005 Honda Accord hybrid has 103 cu. ft.

  • Anonymous

    First we must wait till summer to get to drive one of these Buick’s, and then wait for the heavy discounts if they do not sell. Might be a nice value if you could pick one up for under $27,000. At $35,000 or so, there would seem to be better choices.

  • elswiger

    I am waiting to see this system in a cruze or malibu for about 20 – 25 grand

  • Mileage fiend

    When buick does it it’s done right! Minimalist hybrid sounds perfect. I have had a buick for 10 years and I am just getting ready to purchase again, I think I will get this buick. I know I can do better on mileage than the 37 on the highway cause my old buick was rated at 19/29 and I can get 32 combined with driving techniques. Buick seems to help with a willing transmission setup in the old car . You don’t even have to go fast to enjoy the ride its smooth and quite quiet, no I don’t work for buick but they do it right! God bless

  • Anonymous

    Heres the way I see it. If you are a GM type of buyer. Especially Buick. Yoy will be excited about the 2012 Lacrosse. There are and will a;ways be the nay sayers no matter what GM does. It all comes down to what you like. The 2011 Lacrosse sells itself. I sell them by the way. The Regals are fun to drive, test out the turbo version. The e assist will be a big seller. We are getting calls already at a base of 30k for hybrid technology, Look out Ford, Honda, Toyota etc. Here comes GM.

  • robert pope

    Hello, sometimes less is more when you realize your driving costs are not attributable only to fuel efficiency. Buick is known for cars that last 10 years. We you must figure in this info if your going to be putting down 40,000 when purchasing a new car(financial costs and sales taxes included). The battery will not be as expensive to replace as a full hybrid we are talking about 7,000 vs 1500 guesstimating. Since none of us know the future, this maybe the last car we buy for 15 years so buy quality. Yes, the financial picture does look a bit bleak as america turns into a third world country under the hands of a president with destructive traits.
    I personally think Buick did its homework on this car you get room for a family and low fuel costs to many this should be irresistable.

  • AMcA

    eAssist looks to me like it’s hitting a sweet spot on the cost/benefit curve. Low cost, big benefit.

    Prius heavy hybrids take many years to pay off their added costs. This thing looks like it’s going to pay of in a couple years, easily.

    I predict these kinds of light hybrids – assuming the engineering work is good – come to outsell heavy hybrids in very short order. Simply because the economics are sufficiently compelling to appeal to buyers who don’t have a special place in their hearts for hybrids. And that’s 99% of the car-buying public.

  • TDinsight

    I think this is a great,well maybe good way for gm totake a mext step in hybrids . 15 hp boost seems light for the weight of the car being in the range honda uses formuch smaller vehicles but is at least a big upgrade from their old belt system. Better economy with little or no incremental cost to buy could be very popular. Having a tdi and insight I break out in a cold sweat at the thought of ever feeding a 20-30 mpg car again. Just hope that this time gm lives up to the preproduction expectations. It isn’t about everyone building another Prius but getting diverse choices. I woild love to.see an IMA system on a Miata like roadster and a light suv hybrid able to tow 3000 lbs ifany one is listening.

  • lacrosse owner

    I find it curious too that the v-6 gas engine and the e-assist 4 cylinder will price out the same? There must be a problem with the e-assist or this article is off base on pricing….. Who would buy a 6 cyl. getting 27 mpg vs. a 4 cyl e-assist getting 37-40 mpg? I would think the e-assist would cost more than the gas engine.

  • alk

    Keep in mind that Buick is selling twice as many cars in China as in the USA. It only makes sense they are doing some of their design work in the China.

  • Chuck

    Some are missng the point here; I own a 2008 Saturn Vue hybrid (bas) system… my car weighs 3800 lbs, it consistently gets 24-25 in the city (without air running) and 32-37 on the highway…

    The new Eassist technology with a 15kw electric motor and changes to direct injection system yields alot better benefits…
    Also try getting a family of 5 in a civic on a long trip with luggage!

  • Pedro L. Quintero

    When the Buick Lacrosse 2012 will be on sale?

    Please let me know via E-mai.

    Thanks,

    PLQ.l

  • BIG ROCCO

    Now – bought one on Friday

  • gm fan

    i just bought the 2012 buick lacrosse e assist its a very nice car drives great but on the way home the day i bought it stopped to have dinner and the front end is so low it dragged and 500 dollars damage i fiquered it was my fault so i fixed it went out with it again it dragged again no paint damage this time just marked up rubber stip under the bumper gm rep no help at all this after me being loyal to gm since the early 70s the dealer has been great gm needs to check on the reps they have very nice car but be extra carefull how you drive it

  • Pach

    Have have a 1999 pontiac gran prix gtp. With almost 300K miles, the car still give me 29 hgwy and 17 city. NO ISSUES AT ALL> The other day, I was offered 3K for the car because another GTP owner realized the value. Kept the car for my son. If you are smart, you will get the LaCrosse. But when I go to sell this car again in 12 yrs, I will still have value with no repair issues. It is time we who own the cars and actuallly know something speak out. Those who are GM haters… performance talks bullshit walks… it still would be made in North America had everyone not been romanced by the marketing and no accountability of foreign made cars. As you watch the unemployment rates increase… remember, you bullshitters sent those workers home. I am not an employee. I just believe in us and in the US and drive the proof that made this country economically stable. Enough of your opinions!!!

  • Ted Bortel

    I don’t understand why buick is comparing itself against the Acord of yesteryears. You may as well compare it against a dead horse.I have always had negative experiences involving GM engineering so I expect Go prove itself before ever considering spending my money there. I usedd to have a job before the Bush family brought down another great depression upon us. Yoy figure dady-bush had eight years to transfer national treasure to big business(especially the war- makingestablishment.) anfd then along cam Bush jr. and sacrificed the lives of America’s best young men for the sake of lining the pockets of big business while he got a note from his daddy to avoid reporting for muster in the national guard. Disgraceful!
    Back to hybrids. – i’m shopping, but the best contendersseem to bve the Camry hybrid, the Lincoln MKZ and the Toyota Prius. Although i’m a former unionmember and prefer to buy American, the distinction is blurred when you consider Toyota, Honda and Hyundia are al manufactured her in the US while many of the so-called US cars(Ford,Chrysler and GM are made outside the US (especially in Canada and Mexico).and a great deal of the parts are imported from all over the world and merely assembled in the US.Consumer Reports magazine can elaborate in even greater detail about who does what in the auto industry. Supposedly big business is creating jobs for americans.- NOT SO!
    In fact, we have Americans having to leave the country seeking employment in foreign lands in order to survive.Or you can engage in crime to survive much like our politicians do by selling their services to the highest bidders.
    I wish GM well. I would like to see them succeed for the good of the country and their workers
    Bye, Ted

  • anon

    What’s wrong with a CRT TV? It breaks less and a whole lot easier to fix that a flat screen.

  • Wayne McCann

    I thought I would jump in with a few facts from my own experiences with all kinds of makes and models of automobiles over the past 77 years starting with my dad’s 1932 Chevrolet.

    Facts:

    I started driving at age 15, I’m 82 1/2 now.
    I have owned more than 25 different autos.
    I have owned Plymouth , Buick, Oldsmobile (including the 1978 and 1979 diesels), Ford, American Motors, Subaru, Volkswagen (diesel), GMC (Sierra truck) and Chevrolet (cars and trucks).

    I owned a 1954 Buick Special – traded it for a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville at 93,000 miles. Sold it and bought a 1966 Oldsmobile Starfire – Drove it 135,000 miles – sold it to a race car driver who wanted the engine – (375 H.P. 425 Cu. In.)
    I bought a 1993 Buick LaSabre Limited – traded it for a 1999 Buick LaSabre Custom at 100,300 miles.
    I just traded it after 13 years and 52,500 miles for a 2012 Buick LaCrosse with E-Assist. I also currently own a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 4X4 Pickup.
    I have driven more than 3 million miles in all of these different cars.

    The 2012 Buick LaCrosse with E-assist is one of the finest cars that I have ever owned. My wife loves it! and I like it very much.
    My Chevy truck is still going strong at 55,600 miles – no repairs in 9 years! I don’t expect to live much past the age of 90, so I probably won’t buy any more new vehicles.

    Obviously, I like GM. Oh, and the LaCrosse was assembled in Kansas City, Kansas.

    No, I didn’t work for GM.

  • Anonymous

    Toyota are cheap! Long lasting? So are American made cars and this lacrosse takes the prize. The fit and finish, quietness and smooth ride has no comparison. Oh, and the warranty is better than the anode mentioned, 8 year, 100k on e assist!! Love it

  • Van

    I am not sure why this great looking car was not compared to the 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

    But lets do it, shall we.

    Interior volume a tad over 100 cu ft for the La Crosse, and a tad over 100 cu ft for the Camry. Push

    Trunk, 11 cu ft for the La Crosse, and 13 cu ft for the Camry. Edge to Toyota

    Power – 182 hp + 15 hp for LaCrosse, 200 for the Camry. Push
    The Camry goes 0 to 60 in 7.6 seconds, did not see the number for the LaCrosse. Probably a push.

    Fuel Economy – 25/37/29 for the LaCrosse, 41/36/38 for the Camry. Edge to Camry big time.

    Cost, $30,500 for the La Crosse, $29,000 for the Camry. Push

    So it looks like a test drive in each would be in order, to compare fit and finish, ride, steering, sound, etc. I hope the GM product is not blown out of the water, time will tell.

  • Collin Burnell

    The LeCross is a very handsome car but GM needs to something about that hood. It looks like they measured it all wrong and it does not fit right. Using gaps in the hood as an air vent is a no-pass in my book! Other than that, this is a very nice car and the Regal (eAssist) is very handsome as well! My only (other) complaint about the LeCross and Regal eAssist vehicles is that there is no eAssist badging.

  • JD

    < "Fuel Economy - 25/37/29 for the LaCrosse, 41/36/38 for the Camry. Edge to Camry big time.">

    Its 43/39/41(City/Hwy/Combined) MPG for the 2012 Camry Hybrid(really Big Time). I own a 2011 Prius and I can tell you, the EPA numbers for the Toyota Hybrids are conservative even without hyper-mile techniques. Actually, the regular 2012 Camry with the 4 cylinder, gets 25/35/30 is as good as the e-assist La Crosse.

  • c_harnett

    GM’s committment to eAssist (BAS II) baffles me. It offers very little in the way of improvement, takes a big bite out of the trunk space and every vehicle in which it’s offered is at least as costly as the competition’s real hyrids – if not more. And they’re all heavy, which is bad news in the performance department.

    I mean, seriously, why bother?

  • Yegor

    In my impression eAssist is a full Hybrid (it has regenerating braking) but with a small battery.
    Why fuel economy is so bad considering that it is a hybrid?

  • JD

    eAssist is not a full hybrid. It cannot drive the wheels directly, think Honda Hybirds. It is only a mild hybrid design and it is inferior to a full hybrid design like Toyota’s HSD.

  • Van

    Hi JD, my EPA numbers were for the upscale model of the Camry Hybrid which is heavier. I was trying to pick the model that would be comparable with the Buick. Probably should have explained the odd fact that the EPA numbers do not match the base model.

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    Nevertheless I’m torn between which one to get even though the camry (with options) is less expensive and gets better mileage. The cost difference at 4$ a gallon and 12500 miles is only $300-400 more annually with the Buick.

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    I purchased the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with e assist 4 months ago.The gas mileage is very close to accurate on the highways. I love the design and it handles well. My biggest complaints are getting into the car as it is not a smooth transition…I have bumped my head several times and I am 5’5″ also the trunk space is limited partly due to housing the battery. The interior is beautiful and overall I love this car!

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