About time it got with the times.
The exterior design is downright voluptuous, which is exactly what a Buick should be.
It was not that long ago that Buick had a huge lineup of cars, all of them similar in their mission and target consumer. For the 2008, there are just three vehicles with Buick badges on them, a sign that the manufacturer is attempting to focus its offerings.
I don't like the black C pillar.
Joe--I know why your only comment about the transmission was about its smoothness. It was that probably your grandmother was driving and it's not common for her to do high speed maneuvering requiring fast downshifts, especially when snowing.
Try to make those GM front wheel drive transmissions to downshift at common interstate speeds (5 to 10 over the speed limit), and you will have time to say more than a few four letter words.
If Ralph Nader were still in Congress he would say that these are unsafe at interstate speed. Even family cars like this Buick should have responsive transmissions, it's a matter of safety.
@Seawolf2 you clearly have not driven a newer Lambda - the transmissions are all extremely responsive to downshifts.
If someone didn't like the responsiveness of the transmissions previously, it was easily fixed with a reflash. Like many modern transmissions from MANY different OEM's, the trans are programmed to upshift quickly and stay there to improve fuel economy.