The current generation of the Buick LaCrosse is heralded with kicking off the once staid Buick brand’s transformation into a serious player in the lucrative near-premium segment. Priced competitively at $29,960, the LaCrosse offers powerful yet fuel efficient drivetrains, a healthy list of standard features, and plenty of technology.
Interestingly, the base engine in the LaCrosse is a four-cylinder that’s matched with a compact electric motor integrated into the vehicle’s six-speed automatic transmission. While many other automakers call this kind of a setup a mild-hybrid, GM prefers the term “eAssist”.
Unlike a full hybrid system, eAssist cannot power the vehicle on electric power alone but works to aid the engine during high load situations and help reduce fuel consumption. It pairs the LaCrosse’s 182-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor rated at 15 horsepower.
The electric motor also acts as the car’s...