New Buick Trim Level 1SV Will Lower the Base Prices of the 2015 Verano, Regal, and LaCrosse
People love a bargain. Now that’s perhaps a bit of an understatement, but, nevertheless, the corporate heads over at Buick seem to understand this better than most, because the company just recently announced that some of its sleekest looking cars — the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano sedans — will get an all new 1SV entry-level trim that astronomically reduces the cars’ set price tags (and if there’s any sure-fire way to drum up business for your product, it’s offering that product at a lower price).
What exactly would that cost come out to be, you ask? Well, considering the compact Verano, the 1SV will start at around $21,990 (which is a full whopping $2,315 less than the previous base-model Verano 1SD). Grabbing the less expensive of the two, however, does present some drawbacks. For example, the Verano 1SV does not have such features as the seven inch Intellilink touch-screen infotainment display, Bluetooth, Sirius XM radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, remote engine starting, and a backup camera. But, bearing you can go without the aforementioned features, the Verano 1SV certainly is not a bare bones kind of deal. The car retains GM’s built-in 4G LTE data connection and hot spot, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a six-speed automatic transmission, so it’s certainly not like those who opt for the 1SV are going to be left in the dust, feature wise.
However, the Regal 1SV, at $27,990, does sacrifice a bit more with regard to its higher-up, the Regal Turbo. That is, of course, a turbo. In place of the Regal Turbo’s 259 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four, the 1SV boasts a not too shabby 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 182 horsepower. Still, though, the engine appears to be the only major downgrade regarding the Regal 1SV, which still comes with Intellilink, Bluetooth, leather seats, and 18-inch wheels.
It seems, then, that the top of the pack when it comes to Buick’s 1SV models is the LaCrosse. That is, the $31,990 vehicle comes standard with a 204 horsepower V-6 engine and nearly all of the notably more expensive LaCrosse base model’s standard equipment. The only difference seems to be that the base LaCrosse comes standard with Buick’s eAssited 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and offers buyers a few options, whereas the 1SV only lets customers pick the color. Still, I wouldn’t say this was a loss. In fact, I’d say that, if you’re in the market for an entry-level LaCrosse and you want the V-6, you could do worse than to grab the 1SV version and save yourself quite a large bit of cash in the long run.