Hybrids are expensive, which is why they still represent less than 3 percent of new cars sold. Buick helped remove that barrier by pricing the 2012 LaCrosse with e-Assist at the same level as the conventional V6-powered version. Primarily, e-Assist takes advantage of the dropping cost of lithium-ion batteries; the car's tiny 0.5-kilowatt-hour battery is affordable but delivers a 25 percent boost in highway mileage, pushing this full-size sedan to 36 mpg. And instead of adding a large electric motor and complicated transmission to match, Buick opted for a cheaper, simpler option, replacing the alternator with a small electric motor. $29,960
I just bought one. The change from the electric motor to the gas is seemless. I can't tell when the transition takes place without watching the tach. The truck still fits my golf clubs. Try it and I think you will agree. It feels like a luxury car and it gets the compact car mileage. A perfect combination. I love driving it.
It's been about a year since you bought your Lacrosse.
Have you been happy with it so far?
Has is delivered the fuel economy as promised?
Have you heard anything about what it will cost when/if the 'hybrid' battery needs replacement?
We're looking into getting one and any thoughts you have would be appreciated.