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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
“More space, better gear, fewer annoyances, more quiet”
“Standard eight-way power driver’s seat offers plenty of adjustment range”
“The wood on these cars is quite impressive”
The 2010 Buick LaCrosse takes a huge step forward in terms of overall quality, and nearly every review surveyed by TheCarConnection.com praised Buick’s newfound attention to detail.
Inside the passenger cabin of this five-passenger sedan drivers and passengers alike will be treated to a larger cabin that Motor Trend says offers “more space, better gear, [and] fewer annoyances.” The front seats are a huge hit with reviewers, and Jalopnik particularly loves the 2010 Buick LaCrosse CX’s “very, very cushy muppet-soft cloth interior.” Cars.com writes that “the standard eight-way power driver’s seat offers plenty of adjustment range,” although the “optional dual-pane moonroof…cuts headroom significantly.” Consumer Guide agrees that front-seat “headroom is tight for those much over six-foot tall,” and the story is the same in the rear, where “head room is marginal for six-footers.” With the Buick LaCrosse’s rear bench seat, Autoblog appreciates that the cushions are elevated “to give a theater seating effect, aiding visibility out the front.” Unfortunately, the overall dimensions in the rear aren’t entirely accommodating, as Consumer Guide warns that “knee room is limited behind taller front-seat occupants.”
The materials and build quality of the Buick LaCrosse are somewhat less controversial, and most reviewers give the LaCrosse’s interior a thumbs-up. Consumer Guide feels that the “handsome cabin is finished in rich, well-textured materials with apparently careful assembly.” Jalopnik partially agrees; on the one hand, they argue that “the wood on these cars is quite impressive or, rather, we should say fake wood,” as they write that “magnification may be necessary to confirm the screen-printing.” On the downside, Jalopnik also says that “material choice[s] are occasionally mediocre, with the dreaded GM flat gray and beige plastic making an unexpected appearance.” Overall, however, the materials are a decided step up from the 2009 Buick LaCrosse lineup.
Buick engineers apparently worked on more than just the interior materials and workmanship, since a ride in the new 2010 Buick LaCrosse is much quieter than one in other Buicks of the last decade. Jalopnik is so impressed that they claim that “the interior is so quiet you can hold conversations at 100 MPH without even hearing the engine,” and Consumer Guide seconds that by calling the LaCrosse “impressively hushed.”
With ample room front and back, material and assembly quality well above its pay grade and a dynamically adjustable suspension, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse hits all the right marks in comfort and quality.