Quick Spin: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

A 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist might not be as much of a head-turner as a Cadillac CTS-V Coupe or a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but it certainly gave the GM Authority gasoline budget a breather. And by the same token, the LaCrosse excels — although differently than the supercars — in its own right.

We’ve had a go at the LaCrosse eAssist before. But our time with it was far too brief. Thankfully we were able to reassess the car after living with it for a short while. This one in particular was a member of the Premium I equipment level, and came with $2,235 in options for a total price of $36,045.

The options consist of a $600 entertainment package, a $1,440 “driver confidence package” and $195 carbon-black metallic paint. The entertainment package featured a 384-Watt 11-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system — which to us sounds better than the

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