"Good but needed more attention to detail."3.0 starson by iceman721
Pros: Smooth, comfortable ride. Very, very quiet. The quiet cabin in this car rivals my Lexus GS. Decent braking and acceleration. Good back seat space. Very nice factory sound system and I'm an audiophile. One of the better factory system's I've heard.
Cons: Challenging outward visibility. Poor size & shape of the exterior mirrors. Center console is far too busy with buttons of different sizes and shapes. Gas tank is on the passenger side (UGH!!). Fonts on the dashboard suck. Seats get uncomfortable.
Summary: I currently own a Lexus GS and a Honda Prelude. I have owned a number of luxury cars in the past including a Cadillac & a Mercedes. I had this car as a rental for about a week and I put about a thousand miles on it in both city & highway driving in DC, Maryland & Virginia. City mileage in DC was horrible (about 14-15mpg). Highway was much better especially in the Maryland, Virginia at about 26-28mpg. The car drives fairly well and it was so quiet inside that I was shocked. The interior quietness rivals a Lexus and that's saying something. Interior space in the front & rear is very good.
Now on to the flaws. None of them are huge but collectively they are an issue. The gas filler is on the passenger side. #fail The front seats can be hard and uncomfortable over time. The center console is waay too busy. Too many buttons of different sizes & shapes make controlling the sound system & ventilation system unintuitive. I spent 10 minutes looking for the trunk release inside the car when I first got in the car. There isn't one. It's only on the remote. The shape of the car limits visibility to the rear of the car. I'm ok with that if the mirrors were better and they compensated for it but they don't. The rear ultrasonic park assist is far too sensitive and this is a car where a back up camera is needed.
The car drives well and it's minor annoyances actually can overshadow the quiet, sound drive. This where GM needs to sell out and become more like BMW & Lexus. Attention to detail. How do you sell a car as a luxury car with no interior trunk release or no locking gas filler door. Uncomfortable seats is a huge issue and is never acceptable in any car let alone one billing itself as a luxury car.
I might buy this car used if it was at a fire sale price as Buick quality ranks high. It's still no competition for Lexus, Infiniti or even Cadillac. Buick can easily fix this with some minor tweaks and more attention to detail.
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