2017 Buick Encore: I felt so relaxed in this car

As I was driving this year’s Buick Encore, which has a few styling upgrades from 2016, many people, including passengers, were a bit miffed.  They still make Buicks? I thought Buicks were supposed to be boats with port and starboard…

2017 Buick LaCrosse: A car with largess, luxury, and lotsa class

The all-new Buick LaCrosse doesn’t really scream Orange Is the New Black or anything gender non-conforming. But it does give off a retro kind of style and pizzazz, something that the cast of Gilligan’s Island might enjoy once they were…

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2017 Buick Encore: the crossover takes another bow

Buick was first out of the gate with a sub-compact luxury crossover and risk was rewarded with brisk sales. Apparently, there was an untapped market looking for a crossover that prioritized urban-friendly proportions and full-luxe appointments over stretched rear passenger…

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2017 Buick LaCrosse speaks Avenir

A couple of years ago, Buick rolled out the Avenir concept car on opening night of the Detroit auto show. It was a big, proud sedan riding on a rear-drive architecture. It’s big wide grille, winged Buick logo, ventiported fenders,…

Driving The 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible In Pleasantville

There’s a scene in the movie Pleasantville where Tobey Maguire’s character is driving a 1952 Buick Roadmaster convertible, arm around his babe, when all the colors change from black and white to color.  That’s kinda what it’s like to leave…

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Buick Encore Was Compact Before Compact Was Cool

The great Barbara Mandrell once sang about being “country when country wasn’t cool”.  Buick’s Encore crossover might sing a similar song of being compact before compact was cool, virtually inventing the compact luxury crossover segment with unpretentious, efficient comfort.  Now,…

2015 Buick Regal: I Love This Car!

The Buick Regal has been around longer than Hillary Clinton has had a Chelsea Morning. What has generally been consider a car destined for rental fleets, the Buick Regal has been built consistently by General Motors for the last 43…

2014 Buick Regal Finds Its Place In The Snow

It’s been snowing and icing all over. Like, a lot. Some cities are handling it better than others, which will likely cause some mayors to have longer tenures than others. A European-engineered sport sedan with all-wheel-drive would be perfect for the nasty precip, making dust of city streets while still a blast when pavement clears. But forget Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Volvo, or even Volkswagen. Check out the Buick Regal, which was engineered (and initially built) by GM’s Opel division in Germany and significantly updated for 2014.

2013 Buick Enclave & The Burgeoning Gay & Lesbian Suburban Life

You may be asking yourself right now, “Why on Earth would a gay man or lesbian ever want to buy a Buick? Especially — perish the thought — a big, family-sized Buick SUV like the seven-passenger 2013 Enclave. Have we suddenly become entirely heterosexual?”

2013 Buick Encore: A Compact Crossover With The Soul Of A Buick

When I first saw the new Buick Encore, it seemed to me to be the answer to a question that nobody had asked: “Is there really a place in the market for a compact Buick crossover?” Based on the GM Gamma II platform — also shared with the Chevy Sonic — the little bubble of a Buick is an adaptation of the Opel Mokka, and is about to go on sale as the Chevrolet Trax in markets outside North America. First impressions made me wonder if GM’s little Korean crossover was little more than an exercise in badge-engineering.