*THE CAR: BUICK 2017 Lacrosse Premium FWD

Just because the 2017 Lacrosse Premium FWD has a great personality doesn’t mean it’s not attractive. It is. It not only looks good on the outside, it looks good on the inside. The panel is user friendly. The speakers are bumping. There is lots of legroom, which, for me, at 5’10”, makes it a winner and my new best friend. Whether you’re the snooty type with your nose up in the air, or the more grounded type, this car can go both ways. It’s elegant, but it’s also not afraid to get down and dirty. The car, which has a dramatic road presence, features a new grille design with a sizeable opening characterized by the return of a three-color (red, silver and blue) Buick tri-shield insignia, accented by wing-shaped elements set against darkened waterfall grille bars inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept. The model I drove had a white frost tricoat exterior and a LT neutral/dark brown accent interior. That, coupled with a smooth, comfortable and quiet ride, makes the 2017 Lacrosse Premium FWD a winner!

BUICK FACT: In the U.S. from July 2015-Jun 2016 – 6% of Buick sales came from African Americans. About 7% purchased LaCrosse.



VEHICLE AT A GLANCE: Engine: 3.6L V6, DI, VVT; Transmission, 8-Spd automatic; Horsepower: 310 hp @ 6,800 rpm, Towing capacity: 1,000 lbs; Dimensions: 198″ L x 74″ W x 58″ H; Tire size: P235/50R18; Buick INtelliLink® Radio audio system with AM/FM stereo and navigation, headlamps, HID, Bose® Premium Sound; memory settings – driver and passenger seat and outside mirrors; HiPer Strut front suspension; heated driver and front passenger seats System; Head-Up Display; rear park LTE; power outlet, 120-volt, rear, OnStar Guidance Plan, OnStar 4G LTE and built in Wi-Fi hotspot; wireless charging, power outlet, 120-volt, rear, heated steering wheel.


MSRP: $45,820


THE DRIVE: Gorgeous and Noteworthy!


Darlene Donloe is a seasoned entertainment, car and travel journalist whose work has appeared in People, Ebony, Essence, LA Stage Times, LA Watts Times, Black Meetings and Tourism, Los Angeles Sentinel, EMMY, The Hollywood Reporter, Rhythm & Business, Billboard, Grammy and more. Contact her via: ddonloe@gmail.com