2012 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

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

Landing somewhere between mainstream and true luxury brands, the 2012 Buick LaCrosseThe 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 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.

For those who are considering the LaCrosse V-6, the Infiniti M might be worth comparing; it's more of a sport sedan and more dynamically engaging, but its feature set is remarkably close to that of the LaCrosse.

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As a sophisticated, roomy, tech-savvy premium sedan—now with up to 36 mpg—the 2012 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for a lot of shoppers who want luxury on a limited budget.
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The 2012 Acura TL is a surprisingly well-rounded luxury sedan, with a host of advanced tech features, and in top SH-AWD trim morphs into a complete and compelling sport sedan.
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The Genesis' impressive details and execution make it a pragmatic luxury-car choice, especially in the quick, plush V-6 version.
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The 2012 Lexus ES 350 is a great pick for those who want a lavish interior and the latest in-car tech, but place a priority on comfort over cornering performance.
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The 2012 Nissan Maxima is a great pick if you want a stylish, sporty, comfortable, and lavishly trimmed sedan; serious sport-sedan enthusiasts should look elsewhere, however.
MSRP From     
$30,170$35,705$34,200N/A$36,725$32,420
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Gas V6N/AGas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMid-SizeLarge carN/ACompactMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan V6 3.8LN/A4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan V6 CVT 3.5 S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555N/A55
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanN/ASedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftN/AAutomaticContinuously Variable