Last summer, when Buick first brought us a new LaCrosse to drive, we sampled a similar CXS to this one. However, a few important differences actually make me this particular CXS seem like a better deal. First, the price. This CXS lists for $35,760, a good $3500 less than the previous example we tested. The options missing on this model include include the Touring package ($800, which includes 19-inch wheels and a sport mode), head-up display ($350), sunroof ($995), and xenon headlights ($695), among a few others. Were I to purchase this car, I'd likely opt for the xenon headlights and perhaps the head-up display, but would take a pass on the Touring pack and the sunroof. With the smaller wheels, the car seems to ride slightly better (although, I have to admit that the nineteen-inchers are more attractive than the chrome-plated eighteens).
For sure, this Buick is very attractive, shedding most of the old-man image that was a leftover from the days of the Park Avenue and the LeSabre. The exterior styling is quite modern, as is the interior with its nicely upholstered leather chairs, although the center stack is a little busy for my taste.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor