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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|16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy|
|Gas L4||Gas V6||Gas V6||N/A||Gas V6|
|4-Door Sedan CX||4-Door Sedan 2WD||4-Door Sedan V6||N/A||4-Door Sedan|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||N/A||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||N/A||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||N/A||Automatic|