Buick Adds Four-Cylinder Engine, Price for LaCrosse

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In addition to its 3.0- and 3.6-liter V-6 engines, Buick will add a third engine option for the 2010 LaCrosse: an Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with direct injection. This option will come with a price tag of $26,995. The price puts it a hair below the previous base LaCrosse CX with the smaller V-6, which starts at $27,085.

The more fuel-friendly engine will be matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that Buick expects to deliver a mileage rating of 20/30 mpg city/highway (the EPA hasn’t rated the new engine for official numbers). This would put the LaCrosse at the top of its segment in terms of fuel economy. The Ecotec engine brings with it 182 horsepower and 172 pounds-feet of torque. Its closest competitor, the Acura TSX with a four-cylinder engine, starts at $29,310.

Buick expects about a quarter of LaCrosse customers to opt for the Ecotec engine.

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