Friday, February 25, 2011

You've Got To Love Buick's Fuel-Efficient Offerings

Gas has shot up over the past couple of weeks, rapidly leaving the $3-a-gallon mark in the dust.  Ever since the first trip into holy-cow-that's-expensive-gas territory in 2008, Buick has brought a host of models that achieve an estimated 30 highway miles per gallon or better--and the list will grow even longer by the end of the year!

Ever since its second generation launched, the Buick LaCrosse has seen exceptional demand in Columbia.  2011 saw the widespread availability of the 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine option, which is standard on CX and CXL models.  The 182-horsepower engine delivers an EPA-estimated 30 highway miles per gallon, no small feat for a car of its size.  For 2012, LaCrosse models equipped with the four-cylinder engine will receive the eAssist suite of gas-saving technologies including a 15-horsepower electric motor to help acceleration from a stop (which uses the most gas), regenerative braking, and subtle aerodynamic tweaks--The net result is a GM-estimated 37 highway miles per gallon, and it comes as standard equipment.  Whether you want to wait until summer for the eAssist system or want to enjoy 30 MPG right away, it's hard to go wrong with the Buick LaCrosse.

The all-new 2011 Buick Regal CXL benefits from the same great 2.4L engine as the LaCrosse, netting it the same 30 MPG rating in a sportier package than its bigger sibling.  In addition, the Buick Regal CXL Turbo is FlexFuel capable, allowing it to run on blends of ethanol and gasoline up to an 85%/15% split.  If the news about the eAssist platform as you torn between the Regal and LaCrosse, fret not; the eAssist package of technologies will be available on the Regal as an option.  Production on the 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist should begin in the fall of this year.

If you're looking for Buick luxury in a smaller package, consider the 2012 Buick Verano, which will arrive in the fall.  Verano offers many of the features you've come to love in a modern Buick, such as pushbutton start, leather-appointed seating, plenty of connectivity options (including Pandora online radio), and your choice of 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, all while achieving a GM-estimated 31 highway miles per gallon.  Verano may the new entry-level Buick when it goes on sale late this year, but it is still a Buick through and through.

Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the Buick Enclave luxury crossover SUV.  Although its 24 highway miles per gallon is short of the magical 30, it still provides exceptional fuel economy for an eight-passenger crossover--better, for the record, than the seven-seater Acura MDX or Lincoln MKT.  Columbia Buick owners have fallen in love with the Enclave's mix of style, capability, and efficiency, and we think you will as well!

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