2014 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Reviews new electric cars 2013 2014

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2014 Buick LaCrosse

Compared to previous year 2014 Buick LaCrosse remains pretty much the and offers same features before. Prototype was delivered in while the production started in and if you are looking for a large luxury with improvements on the fuel segment this might be a good choice for you.

large Buicks aren t for their gas mileage, this one is by the EPA at 29 mpg combined no, that s not the highway which is higher than of its non-hybrid competition.

Over a road test of 270 miles, we got an gas mileage of 30.2 mpg on our usual which is about two-thirds and one-third around-town and suburban

For 2012, all four-cylinder Lacrosse come standard with the name Buick has applied to the generation of GM s belt-alternator-starter mild-hybrid

The new version of the system powers the motor-generator from a small battery pack, mounted at the of the trunk toward the rear

For better gas mileage, the eAssist of the Lacrosse also comes active grille shutters to its aerodynamic drag at speed.

In practice, this means the engine in the Lacrosse with switches off when the car is stopped, restarts as soon as the driver s starts to lift off the brake

That s the only benefit chose to show in its introductory ad for the with eAssist, but there s benefit to the system s more 15-kilowatt (20-hp) electric as well.

The motor not only the engine, but also contributes electric torque to the engine a little more power is In practice, this means the car s automatic transmission needs to less.

That allows the 2.4-liter engine to continue at lower, more economical not to mention making the Lacrosse smoother and quieter in use.

The net is much better fuel The EPA rates the four-cylinder 2012 at 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, for a combined gas figure of 29 mpg.

That s for such a large near-luxury and it s far better than the 19 city, 30 and 23 combined of the 2011 model the same engine, but without the system.

Though hybrid near-luxury are hardly their own category, competition for the 2012 Lacrosse includes the slow-selling Lexus HS (35 mpg combined) and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (39 mpg

Buick also suggests the TL (23 mpg combined), though we think car s performance leanings and urban and audience isn t particularly a match for Lacrosse buyers.

So as not to scare buyers, Buick refers to the eAssist system as light and it tends to avoid the dreaded in its marketing for the car. Wouldn t anyone to think it was a Prius, would we?

To be honest, the 2012 Lacrosse with or without is not a vehicle we particularly relish It s a surprisingly large sedan, almost 2 tons and stretching 16 and a feet long.

And the proportions of the from behind the wheel a little oversized for our six-foot with the armrests on the door and just a bit too far apart. In other this seems to be a car for large

The styling features a big toothy grille, slab sides, and low-mounted door handles.

The openings are short, the beltline toward the rear, and occupants sit low in the meaning outward visibility isn t Five-foot tall rear-seat may not even be able to see out their

From the inside out, in the base of the windshield pillars a blind spot that s so we almost missed an approaching The thick pillars are second to those of the Chevy Volt in outward vision, and we d like to a stiff word with GM s engineers about them.

said, the 2012 Lacrosse is a and very quiet place to especially if you re in the habit of racking up miles.

While the eAssist is almost imperceptible, the drivetrain stumbles on quick transitions acceleration, regenerative braking, and the friction brakes.

The alternator-starter both drives and is by the engine crankshaft, through a and complex pulley-tensioning system, and in a while the driver can feel it

It was especially noticeable under engine loads and when the car was downhill. But we don t think the occasional will be a huge impediment to the car, especially since it may out simply because the Lacrosse is so

The transitions are far less noticeable in the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Kia Optima Hybrid we ve driven, showing that the more of a hybrid system the automaker has the better the blending gets.

our three-day drive was mostly (and did we mention quiet?), the Buick Lacrosse has some flaws.

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Our first impression getting behind the wheel was the dashboard is a confusing mess of black buttons, switches, and We counted 43 of them, some multiple functions depending on way they were rocked.

We to drive the subcompact 2012 Sonic just a week from the Lacrosse, and found its with rotary knobs, colors, and a far more intuitive far, far better than of the Lacrosse. A Buick Regal we earlier this year had the issue as the Lacrosse.

The one exception to the prevailing hush, at idle and on the road, was a remarkably electric rear parking Engaging and disengaging it produced a and not-all-that-pleasant electric whine somewhere to the rear of the car.

the lack of convenient interior was nothing short of shocking. The had access to a pair of cupholders, one door bin, and a cubby in the

That s it. No tray for mobile no overhead compartment for sunglasses, large and flat enough to an old-style road map.

The system is not offered with the all-wheel drive system in the Lacrosse, which is only with the far thirstier 3.6-liter V-6 (16 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, 20 mpg combined).

The price of the 2012 Buick with eAssist is $29,960, a mandatory $860 delivery

As tested, our car with the Premium I was base-priced at $32,440 and had a bottom of $36,685 including delivery. included $600 for the Entertainment including the AM-FM-XM stereo CD player, an 11-speaker Harman/Kardon and a 120-Volt power outlet.

On top of the Driver Confidence Package $1,440 for adaptive high-intensity headlamps (which were a blind-zone alert system, and the display (also very Finally, the Navigation system backup camera added $1,345.

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