February 23, 2015 |
2015 Buick Regal AWD GS: Aiming for a younger crowd. Price: $43,820 as tested ($39,300 base) including $1,000 for power sunroof, and more options noted throughout. Marketer's pitch: "Take your expectations for a spin. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com cites "plentiful standard features; reasonable base price; available all-wheel drive; standard turbocharged power" as the good, and "some interior comfort and visibility issues; touchscreen interface can be frustrating to use; limited trunk space" among the not-so-good features.
November 1, 2014 |
USED TO BE, people touted Buicks for the "living room" plushness of the upholstery and equally cushy ride. But after a week with a high-performance, high-tech 2015 Buick Regal GS, Gizmo Guy's more inclined to celebrate its living-room-worthy entertainment and communications skills. And to praise the ride's almost maternal protective instincts. In sum, all the cool techy stuff increasingly "driving" new car sales, say market trackers like J.D. Power & Associates. WI-FI EVERYWHERE: Perpetually linked to the outside world via General Motors' OnStar satellites and AT&T mobile 4G/LTE communications service, a Regal offers a great traveling environment for a family focused on gadgets.
October 29, 2014 |
SEVEN CLASSIC sex-symbol cars will have their curvaceous bodies covered with bloody limbs and gaping jaws in today's Liberty Region Corvette Club Show at Katie O'Donnell's Irish Pub in Northeast Philadelphia. The eerie entries in the EmpireCovers Halloween Car Cover Contest - try saying that with a mouthful of candy corn - will be scattered among the street rods and muscle cars in the pub's parking lot on Woodhaven Road near Franklin Mills Boulevard. Among the dozens of local student-artists entering solo and group creations to win the $250 to $1,000 prizes, Holiday Campanella, 25, of South Philly, was shocked when she first saw the size of her blank canvas.
March 3, 2013 |
Over the years, I've come to think of Buicks in John Wayne terms: big guys who need a little elbow room. So, there was something more than mildly oxymoronic about being confronted by a Buick that qualified as the world's smallest luxury SUV. That would be the brand-new Buick Encore, a crossover short on length and long on luxury. The Encore is a nicely realized effort to address a sea change in American car buying. Fuel economy has become a top priority for new-car buyers, important enough to make many of them willing to downsize.
August 16, 2012 |
2012 Buick Verano 1SL front-wheel drive: A baby Buick. Price: $26,850 (no options). Marketer's pitch: "You shouldn't have to upsize to upgrade. " Conventional wisdom: Edmunds.com says it has a "quiet and luxurious cabin; comfortable ride. " But it is "underpowered compared to competitors. " But people who know GM ask, "Is Verano to Cruze as Cimarron was to Cavalier?" Reality: This is not a baubled-up Cruze. And I didn't find power that lackluster, either.
February 15, 2012 |
2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist Price: $36,685 ($32,440 base). Marketer's pitch: "Performance art. " Conventional wisdom: When General Motors goes high-tech, things can get . . . interesting. Reality: Much-improved mileage over the standard four-cylinder LaCrosse, no noticeable sacrifice in performance, and everything worked well. And, yeah, it's kind of pretty. Not a hybrid: The eAssist system in the LaCrosse adds a small electric motor, regenerative braking, and a lithium-ion battery.
February 5, 2012 |
For most of Buick's long life, its suspension engineers traveled to the Gulf of Mexico, donned their snorkels, and dived down to the sea floor to worship at the altar of the Sponge God. As a result, driving a Buick was the automotive equivalent of sleeping on Beautyrest's softest mattress. In recent times, Buick has changed religions. In the interest of building more athletic, more sophisticated automobiles, its suspension engineers have begun attending services at the European Church of Firm and Composed Undercarriages.
December 7, 2011 |
A controversial Philadelphia police officer who survived a 2007 shotgun blast to the mouth has retired. Officer Richard DeCoatsworth left the force this week because of injuries he sustained in the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers confirmed Tuesday night. DeCoatsworth, now 25, was a rookie when he approached a battered blue Buick driving suspiciously down a West Philadelphia street. He was hit in the face with a shotgun fired from the car - and managed to chase down and arrest the shooter despite his injury.
December 6, 2011 |
A controversial Philadelphia police officer who survived a 2007 shotgun blast to the mouth has retired. Officer Richard DeCoatsworth left the force earlier this week because of injuries he sustained in the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers confirmed Tuesday night. DeCoatsworth, now 25, was a rookie when he approached a battered blue Buick driving suspiciously down a West Philadelphia street. He was hit in the face with a shotgun fired from the car - and managed to chase down and arrest the shooter despite his injury.
April 13, 2011 |
2011 Buick LaCrosse CXL four-cylinder: A carryover from the 2010 model year, this Buick aims to go against class leaders. Base price: $29,055. A host of luxury and entertainment options lifted the test car to $37,410. Marketer's pitch: Ready to compete against Acura TL and Lincoln MKZ. Conventional wisdom: LaCrosse? Wouldn't a Buick be better named the Shuffleboard? Reality: Comfortable, smooth, and still pretty nice to drive. Friends and stuff: Let's start here, because this Buick aims to cloak passengers in luxury.