Buick ranks as one of the oldest marques at General
Motors, its slate of products for 2006 contains
some of the newest GM models. Buick's 2006 models
include two new sedans and three different wagons.
Latest nameplate Lucerne, is a sleek entry-luxury
sedan with optional V8 power.
This mid-size sedan emerged in 2005 as the replacement
for Century and Regal in Buick's line. For 2006,
LaCrosse gains more standard safety features such
as curtain-style side air bags plus an anti-lock
brake system (ABS). Buick laces LaCrosse's cabin
with bright touches of chrome and brush aluminum,
accents in burl wood and a generous supply of
soft-touch material covering dash and doors. There
are seats for five or six.
six-seat version sets a bench for three in front
of the three-place back bench, while a five-seat
arrangement applies twin front buckets divided
by a console with padded armrest. Two trims --
LaCrosse CX and elegant CXL -- pull power from
a 3.8-liter V6 rated at 200 hp, while LaCrosse
CXS stocks an aluminum 3.6-liter V6 spiked to
240 hp. GM's StabiliTrak, URPA and a remote starter
device are options.
This big new four-door sedan with front-wheel-drive
(FWD) traction replaces LeSabre in Buick's line
and brings luxurious appointments and high-tech
mechanical components like GM's Magnetic Ride
Control (MRC) suspension and StabiliTrak skid
controls. It stocks a V6 or V8 engine, seats for
five or six and innovations for safety and security.
Styling is smooth with ripe lines and a bold face
with chrome-rimmed grille.
cabin, engineered with Buick's QuietTuning measures
for noise damping, contains fancy gear like heated/cooled
front seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a
remote starter and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
(URPA), plus a Harman Kardon stereo audio with
nine speakers and six-disc CD/MP3 player. Powertrains
include a 3.8-liter V6 rated at 197 hp or a 4.6-liter
V8 with 275 hp. Trims begin with Lucerne CX stocking
the V6 and continue with uplevel CXL offering
the V8 but culminate at deluxe CXS with the V8
Buick's five-door SUV tips toward luxury with
deluxe appointments like leather upholstery. It
supplies a six-cylinder or V8 powertrain and rear-wheel-drive
(RWD) or AWD traction. Rainier's standard engine
is a 4.6-liter in-line-six that nets 291 hp. A
5.3-liter V8 gains GM's Displacement on Demand
(DOD) technology to pare the number of cylinders
engaged in the combustion process when boosted
power is not needed.
V8 produces 300 hp. Rainier's face for 2006 shows
a revised grille design and revised paint colors
like Dark Garnet Metallic. In the cabin, front
bucket seats flank a central console. Seatback
on the rear bench splits and folds to add room
in the cargo bay. Rainier has a high level of
standard equipment like StabiliTrak, OnStar and
a DVD-based navigation system. Options range from
heated seats to adjustable floor pedals and a
Bose audio system with CD changer.
Buick's smaller SUV combines attributes of a wagon
and minivan. The cabin is that of a luxury vehicle
stocking as many as three tiers of seats for six
or seven passengers plus room in the rear for
cargo. Trim designations change for 2006 as the
CXL Plus replaces Ultra as top model stocking
luxurious appointments beyond CX and CXL trims.
Rendezvous CXL Plus uses a 3.6-liter V6 engine
with VVT to make 242 hp.
CX and CXL models score a new 3.5-liter V6 that
nets 201 hp. A conventional Rendezvous drivetrain
operates constantly in FWD format, while an available
AWD system for top trims helps the wagon maintain
traction on wet or slippery pavement. New standard
features for all trims include OnStar and URPA,
with options for captain's chairs in place of
the second-row bench and a DVD video entertainment
Buick calls Terraza a crossover sport van (CSV).
The two-box package resembles a SUV but the big
cabin with three tiers of seats for seven and
side sliding doors function like a large-scale
minivan. Seats on second and third rows may be
removed to make room for more gear, or the back
bench, split in half, folds on the seatback.
builds Terraza in two trims (CL and deluxe CXL),
with choices for FWD or all-wheel-drive (AWD)
traction. Power flows from a 3.5-liter V6 pushed
to 200 hp with a four-speed automatic transaxle.
For FWD models, an optional engine will be available
later in 2006 from a 3.9-liter V6 with variable
valve timing (VVT) for 235 hp. Standard gear for
both trims includes a DVD entertainment kit and
OnStar telecommunications. New paint colors come
with 2006 Terraza models like Dark Garnet Metallic
and Sandstone Metallic.