Or about $1000 more than the outgoing model.
But that base model for 2016 was really "basic". The 2017 comes standard with a 305HP V6 and Apple CarPlay.
While this seems to be quite a deal compared to other near luxury sedans, it is still pretty basic.
Things like leather seats are still an option.
While the Lexus ES is the most obvious competition, it is priced at around $ 39 000.
But the redesigned Kia Codenza might also be quite a competitor.
Sure, it doesn't have the Lexus reputation for quality and reliability. But the Buick doesn't either.
The Kia looks really good, has about the same power as the Buick. And it comes with an 8 speed automatic. And could be quite a bit cheaper when similarly equipped.
It seems like a shrinking segment of the market. So these large semi luxury sedans might be the last of their breeds...
At least for a while.