2011 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

2011 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Buick LaCrosse lands somewhere between the mainstream and serious luxury brands—in the nowhere land occupied by vehicles like the Nissan Maxima and Saab 9-5.

The Maxima has more of a performance emphasis, and it's slightly smaller inside than the LaCrosse, but it appeals to some of the same crowd that wants a stylish large sedan that's sportier if not high-performance.

The Saab 9-5 has been redesigned this past year and is especially stylish and sleek; its interior appointments also look top-tier.

The Acura TL and Lexus ES are true luxury sedans, though they're both front-wheel drive and have more of an emphasis on comfort—though the TL is available with all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual and as such is more of a driver's car.

And for those who want more of a traditional large luxury sedan, the Hyundai Genesis might appeal; it has rear-wheel drive and a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines and is an especially strong value.

The Infiniti M sits a bit further up-market than the LaCrosse, but offers a level of equipment that's quite comparable in the V-6 models.

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The 2011 Buick LaCrosse hits new levels of style, sophistication, and driving engagement without alienating the brand's comfort-oriented customer base.
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If the bold exterior is to your liking, the 2011 Acura TL is a solid luxury value—and the SH-AWD has true sport-sedan chops.
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If you can do without a luxury logo, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis provides performance, features, and comfort—including impressive detailing—to match premium-brand sedans costing much more.
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The 2011 Infiniti M pairs beauty with a beastly V-8 engine—and at last, Infiniti makes its marque in a class full of winners.
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For those who value comfort and luxury—and still want the latest technology—but don't need a sport sedan, the 2011 Lexus ES 350 is one of the best bets.
MSRP From    
$27,130$35,305$33,000N/A$36,725
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas L4Gas V6Gas V6N/AGas V6
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeMid-SizeLarge carN/ACompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan 2WD4-Door Sedan V6N/A4-Door Sedan
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
555N/A5
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanN/A4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODN/AAutomatic