2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS

Buick tells us that the interior of the LaCrosse was designed with the Chinese market in mind -- particularly the back seat, because so many Chinese customers are chauffeured around and only experience the car as a passenger. So when I drove the LaCrosse this weekend, I made sure to carry a couple of back-seat riders. The verdict was unanimous, in that they felt there was ample room, very comfortable seats, and nice quality upholstery and trim. They were, in fact, quite happy to let me do the chauffeuring for as long as I wanted. I also used the car to cart three sets of golf clubs, and while the trunk opening isn't large, we were able to maneuver the bags and fit them in with room to spare.

From a driver's perspective, the LaCrosse is a welcome change from previous Buicks. The 3.6-liter V-6 provides ample power through the smooth-shifting six-speed automatic, and the suspension tuning is light-years away from the couch-on-wheels approach that olders Buicks were known for. In fact, we were told that engineers from GM's former Opel unit were responsible for dialing in a more European handling profile, and it shows.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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