First Drive: 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist

During a sweltering morning in downtown Birmingham, Michigan stood four or five Buick LaCrosse full-sized sedans parked on the side of the road. To passers by, they may have been taken for the very same models you could find in a dealership, or your mother’s driveway. But they’re not. These unique Buicks were in fact preproduction models featuring eAssist — a mild hybrid setup revealed at 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show boasting 36 (not 37) miles per gallon on the highway. Full a full descriptive on how eAssist works, read more here.

After being treated to a breakfast and stuffing my face with free bacon and sausage (just kidding, I’m on a diet), a limited amount of local journalists and myself set off for a quick drive in the new 2012 LaCrosse with eAssist. It was 95 degrees, but thankfully, the air conditioning was on.

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