Buick LaCrosse Performance Delights Columbia SC Drivers

Pushbutton start is available on the 2011 Buick LaCrosse.

Pushbutton start is available on the 2011 Buick LaCrosse at Jim Hudson Buick

One of the primary features that many Columbia, South Carolina shoppers look for when purchasing a new premium sedan is that of power.  Not burnouts-on-the-drag-strip power, but a refined power plant capable of motivating their car in smoothly both from the stop light and on the highway.  The optional push-button start is much more than a modern way to ignite LaCrosse’s responsive performance. It represents an appropriate beginning to a journey that unites engine, transmission and suspension in a formidable configuration.

Longtime Columbia Buick drivers know that the Buick approach to motion is all about you possessing power as well as the ability to handle it. As you’ll discover, once you press start in the LaCrosse, an elaborate series of technologies begin communicating in anticipation of the driver’s shift into drive. At that very moment, highly sophisticated systems spanning engine, transmission, available all-wheel drive, suspension, handling and safety are sharing data all in preparation to go.

Being a Buick means performance measured in much more than just numbers. It’s determined by how the driver uses, controls and channels that power. So while the optional 3.6L V-6 uses direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to generate 280 HP and 259 lb-ft of torque, that’s not the entire story.  When paired with the electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission, Columbia LaCrosse drivers can fully maximize performance while still delivering remarkable fuel efficiency, an EPA-estimated 17 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. The controlled “hands-on” experience comes when you simply move the gear selector to the left for the clutchless manual operation of driver shift control. A quick tap is all that’s needed for smooth, crisp shifts.

You’ll also find a technological marvel inside the 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower. Dual overhead cams, variable valve timing and direct fuel injection deliver the optimal balance of low-end torque and high-end horsepower. This ingenious piece of engineering produces enhanced performance and delivers an EPA-estimated 30 highway miles per gallon–no small feat for a sedan of these proportions.

Buick LaCrosse Suspension Carves Columbia Roads

With all of LaCrosse’s horsepower, we created the HiPer (short for High Performance) Strut Front Suspension on the CXS model to handle it even better on Columbia roads.  LaCrosse’s chief engineer describes it best: “The most significant attribute of HiPer Strut is what the driver doesn’t feel. Torque steer (where steering pulls to one side during heavy acceleration) will be minimized; the normal tugging and vibration felt through the steering wheel on rough roads is significantly reduced. They simply experience a smoother, more controlled and more balanced driving experience.” In other words, it improves grip in dry and wet conditions, as well as the direct feel of the road.

The intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system available on the LaCrosse CXL model turns handling into a team sport on those occasions where South Carolina roads get dicey. It’s one of the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems on the road. Combined with an electronic limited-slip differential, AWD helps optimize traction by distributing power to the wheels with the most grip. In low-traction situations, it can send up to 50 percent of engine torque to an individual front wheel and up to 85 percent to either rear wheel. Seamlessly integrated with StabiliTrak and traction control, AWD helps handle dry, wet and snowy roads you may encounter around town or out on a road trip.

Visit Jim Hudson Buick for a 2011 Buick LaCrosse

Jim Hudson Buick is the premier Buick dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, with many years of experience serving Columbia’s Buick drivers.  Jim Hudson added Buick to the lineup in 2007 following the purchase of Hancock Buick, and continues to serve both old and new customers with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  Columbia drivers have noticed, voting Jim Hudson Best New Car Dealership in The State‘s Readers’ Choice poll an unmatched ten years running.  For more information, visit JimHudsonBuick.com.

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