Buick History 101: The 2016 Buick LaCrosse Family Tree Includes One of the Most Powerful American Cars of All Time – Lexington, KY

If you’ve ever done one of those online DNA tests, you may have been surprised by the people that you’re linked to by blood. Cars also have a particular lineage that can be traced back to an original source and like human beings, the family tree often includes good and bad surprises. When it comes to natural selection, auto manufacturers are a bit more cut and dry when it comes to choosing which lines to keep and which to discard then for instance, nature. You can bet that if a company has been around since the early 1900s, it’s got a few things figured out.

Examine the history of Buick, and you’ll agree it has far more than a few things figured out. Buick is the oldest American made automobile marque (make) still active, and the original Buick Motor Company (which originated not too far from Lexington!) was a major element of the formation of General Motors in 1908. Before the establishment of General Motors in Detroit, GM founder William Durant acted as Buick’s general manager, while his friend Louis Chevrolet represented Buick as a racing driver and later took up automotive design as an employee of the company.

In 1939, Buick also pioneered the use of turn signals, which did not appear on other car brands until almost a decade later. I don’t know about you, but my biggest pet peeve while driving is people who completely ignore the little stick to the side of the steering wheel that sends a signal to the rear lights of your car letting everyone know behind you what you are about to do. Somehow this concept seems to have been deemed unnecessary along with saying please and thank you.


Then the 1986 Buick Grand National rolled up and told the haters to sit down. The only mechanical difference between the ’86 Grand National and the previous year was the addition of an air-to-air intercooler, a small tweak that made a gigantic difference. Power increased to 235 horses and Chevrolet’s marketing department went wild. The 1986 Grand National had become more powerful than any American car on the market, violating GM’s long-standing rule that nothing was ever allowed to out-perform the Corvette. Any 1986-87 Buick Grand Nationals in good condition still easily fetch $20,000 to this day, making it one of the most powerful American cars of all time.


The Buick Trishield represents the ancestral coat of arms of the automaker’s founder, David Dunbar Buick. The division began placing this on its radiator grilles in 1937. In 1960, the logo underwent a complete overhaul. Its single shield was replaced by a trio of red, white, and blue for the LeSabre, Invicta and Electra, which was then the Buick lineup.

In the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, Buick tied with Jaguar as the most dependable brand in the United States. In 2010 the reinvented Lacrosse was introduced to the market and the model has been trending upwards since.

All of this wisdom and technology has culminated in one beautiful piece of machinery, namely the Buick LaCrosse. And if you’re driving a 2016 Buick LaCrosse in Lexington, you’re driving right into history.

Under the hood, the 2016 Buick Lacrosse engine boasts a meaty 3.6-liter V6. We’re talking 304 horsepower at your every beck and call. Lightly press down on the race-inspired accelerator pedal and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the power that meets you.

The technology that’s part of the list of Buick LaCrosse standard features doesn’t disappoint either. Featuring a Sirius XM/AM/FM Satellite Radio, all accessible through the beautiful LCD monitor, you’ll be able to stay connected to those you need to and disconnect from those you’re looking to escape around Lexington.

Like Buick, the Glenn brand of dealerships has helped Kentucky drivers to make good decisions for decades. Over fifty years, in fact. You can trust the best Buick dealership in Lexington, part of Glenn Auto Mall, with all of your questions and feel good about the quality of the prompt answers that you’ll receive.