Buick has a history that dates back to the dawn of the modern automobile and the birth of General Motors. Historically, Buick's were stylish cars considered a notch above other products in General Motors. More recently, Buick has struggled to find the right product mix as consumer tastes evolve.
The Encore is a small five-passenger, entry-level luxury SUV from Buick. At just 168 inches long outside, the Encore has a passenger compartment that is roughly equivalent to that of their smallest sedan, the Verano. Compared to other small SUVs, the Encore is a notch down in size from popular models like the Honda CR-V or Ford Escape. Power is provided by a small 1.4l turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Buick offers both FWD and AWD models with a six-speed automatic transmission standard. As an entry-level luxury vehicle, the Encore's feature list includes optional leather seating, a power-operated driver's seat, dual-zone climate control, and a Bose sound system. The Encore also includes an active noise cancellation system to help quiet the ride.
The Buick LaCrosse is a large five-passenger sedan similar in size to Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, and Toyota Avalon. At 197 inches long, the LaCrosse is about 7 inches longer than the next largest Buick, the Regal, yielding significantly more leg room. All LaCrosse models are powered by a 3.6l V6 engine rated at 310-bhp. For those in the snow belt LaCrosse is available with all-wheel-drive. The LaCrosse is priced higher than other models in its segment.
One of Buick's most storied nameplates returned in 2011 as mid-sized, front-wheel-drive sedan. The Regal is derived from the Opel Insignia sold in other countries. Slotting between the entry-level Verano and the longer LaCrosse, the Regal is very close in size to the Nissan Maxima. A high level of standard equipment on the base model includes power equipment, heated leather seats and alloy wheels. Most models are powered by a turbocharged 2.0l four cylinder engine. An optional 2.4l four-cylinder engine with mild hybrid operation is also available. With its German heritage and high level of standard equipment the Regal is a unique choice in a crowded mid-sized segment.
The Buick Verano is a small front-wheel-drive sedan that serves as the entry-level vehicle for the Buick brand. With dimensions that are six inches shorter and 2 inches narrower than the Regal, the Verano could be smallest new Buick sedan since the Skyhawk of the eighties. The Verano is powered by a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Verano will be offered with a variety of options and trim levels. Buick has named the Lexus IS and Audi A3 as competitors, but the more powerful rear-wheel-drive Lexus and the all-wheel-drive wagon A3 are far more specialized.