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Behold, the 2012 Buick Lacrosse!

The 2012 Buick Lacrosse

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse ranks 3 out of 7 for Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on  analysis of 30 published reviews US News’ Best Cars Report and test drives of the Buick LaCrosse, and the analysis of reliability and safety data. Whether you choose the fuel-saving eAssist engine or the powerful V6, reviewers say the 2012 Buick LaCrosse offers comfort and luxury that’s on par with longtime luxury leaders like Lexus. The Buick LaCrosse ups the ante with significant enhancements for the 2012 model year. A four-cylinder engine and a small electric motor, which Buick calls eAssist, come as standard equipment. Power is comparable with the 2011 LaCrosse’s four-cylinder engine, but fuel economy is better. The EPA estimates that the LaCrosse eAssist gets six additional miles per gallon in both city and highway driving when compared with the 2011 model. While fuel economy is up with eAssist, shoppers who’re looking at a V6 LaCrosse instead will reap 23 additional horsepower for 2012. The V6 is available as a no-cost option, although Buick does require V6 buyers to purchase its Convenience Group, which adds features such as an upgraded driver’s seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror and universal garage door opener. Inside, reviewers find the comfortable, luxuriously-appointed interior has also received upgrades for the 2012 model year. Buick’s IntelliLink system provides smartphone integration, allowing LaCrosse owners to place calls or stream music via Bluetooth.  The automotive press says that the 2012 LaCrosse’s combination of luxury, tech and available engines makes it good enough to compete against cars costing several thousand dollars more. “The LaCrosse’s base price of just under $30,000, these technologies, and the quality of the car, make it a compelling competitor to other luxury cars,” writes CNET. “Anyone looking at a Lexus ES 350 or Lincoln MKZ should be cross-shopping the LaCrosse.”

“Boasting modern styling, an elegant interior and impressive driving dynamics, the LaCrosse quickly became one of our more favored entry-level luxury sedans.” — Edmunds

“The best part about the LaCrosse, though, is that from behind the wheel, there’s no real price to pay for the enormous (31.5% city, 20% highway) fuel economy benefits. The eAssist drives just as well as the regular LaCrosse did. Smooth, quiet, and comfortable – and that’s exactly what Buick customers want. Just with far better fuel economy.” — Automobile Magazine

“If you’re in the market for an efficient, larger midsize sedan, the LaCrosse with eAssist is worth a close look. … With eAssist, Buick has done an admirable job of creating a green car with minimal compromise.” — AutoWeek

“Buick claims to target both the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350 with LaCrosse, but in reality it is only the Lexus that has been successfully challenged. Though lacking the TL’s sporty nature, LaCrosse matches the more sedate ES in cabin and drivetrain refinement, and surpasses it in available passenger space.” — Consumer Guide

“It’s a bit more car, but a lot less hybrid than its closest competitor, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (EPA 41/36 mpg, $35,455), and comparably equipped it should ring in about $5000 less. So, how high do you expect fuel prices to go?” — Motor Trend


September 20, 2011 - Posted by | Buick, Coulter Tempe | , , , , ,

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