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 Buick Enclave is a large SUV vehicle with three rows of seating for up to seven passengers. With unibody construction and available FWD models, the Enclave is similar to the Honda Pilot in execution. The Buick Enclave is differentiated from its corporate siblings, the GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse with more rounded styling and wood accents on the interior. A 3.6L V6 engine rated at 288-bhp is the standard engine on all models. Both FWD and AWD models are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes power seats and a power-operated rear tailgate. The Buick Enclave is the most expensive of the three GM crossovers with leather equipped models priced at $43,000 and up.
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.