A few years ago GM experimented with a mild hybrid system, giving cars such as the Chevy Malibu a little electric boost by replacing the alternator with a drive motor. That system didn't show enough benefit to justify the cost, and barely reached its EPA-rated fuel economy in our testing. But it seems during the intervening years that GM perfected the system, as our drive in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse revealed.
At this point you may be thinking, "Do they still make Buicks?" The answer is a resounding yes. Buick survived GM's brand paring, alongside Chevrolet and Cadillac. The focus of the new Buick is building luxury cars, leaving out the sport element so well embodied by newer Cadillacs and some Chevrolet models. Buick is going after Lexus.
The 2010 Buick LaCrosse showed up with a modern design and a quality build, instantly becoming a desirable luxury car. But in the new automotive order, GM knows it can't rest on its laurels for five years until the next redesign. As such, the 2012 LaCrosse comes out with two new significant technologies. … Read more