Mid-sized sedan pretty good deal
Buick may not be the first name you’d think of when considering a new mid-sized car. But it should be. Because for about $1,000 more than the equivalent Chevrolet Impala you can have a Canadian-made vehicle with a host of interior and powertrain options, plus an upscale and distinctive exterior design.
A low list price of $26,495 gets you a large sedan with four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, power six-way driver’s seat, five stars in frontal crash tests, four-speed automatic transmission, power windows and programmable power door locks, power exterior mirrors, cruise control, six-speaker sound system with CD player, remote keyless-entry system, dual-stage frontal airbags, front and rear head curtain side-impact airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, tilt/adjustable steering column, 200-horsepower, 3.8-litre V6 engine, 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers, air conditioning, and driver information centre.
Additionally, Buicks feature what it calls “QuietTuning” technologies, which are engineering-driven noise suppressors, sound deadening and other technologies to keep the cabin noise suppressed. The Allure is incredibly quiet at speed — so quiet you’ll be able to hear your friends in the back seat whisper complaints about your driving.
Along with the entry-level Allure CX, the range stretches through mid-range CXL and CXS trim to almost $39,000 for a fully-loaded Allure Super — a V8-powered sport sedan loaded to the gills with nearly every conceivable option.
Although the Super comes with bigger rims, portholes and fog lights, every Allure — even the base CX — has a new-for-2008 chrome appearance package as standard equipment that improves the looks immeasurably.
Already you can see the base CX is a pretty good deal. The base car also comes with GM’s faithful 3.8-litre V6 engine with 200 horsepower.
The Allure is available in either five- or six-passenger seating configurations.
Accompanying the exterior is a clean and ergonomically designed interior that makes use of high-quality soft-touch materials as well as tasteful chrome and woodgrain accents.
All told, the Allure is an entirely different proposition to that of a Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. It’s a car that’s all grown up and makes no pretensions about being sporty. If you want a well-made, Canadian mid-sized sedan, your coach has arrived. Michael banovsky for Metro Toronto
2008 Buick Allure CX