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The 2011 Buick LaCrosse is flowing and graceful, if not downright elegant.
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perfectly balances traditional Buick cues like the vertical bars of the grille and the swooping character line of the body with thoroughly contemporary detailing

Chrome body appliqués are tasteful in no book we’ve ever read.
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Fake vents sit on top of the hood, rather than on the fenders

elegant and contemporary interior

When it was last redesigned for 2010, the LaCrosse was at the front of a new styling ethos for Buick—shutting the door on cataract-friendly gauge fonts; padded vinyl roofs; and squishy bench seats and setting a new, more European-flavored direction for the brand.

The overall exterior design of the LaCrosse is smooth and graceful, with a soft shoulder line and some chrome to gently punctuate. The styling and comfort of the does walk a careful line, though; it's not likely deter the brand's older core buyers, but Buick is hoping the LaCrosse will attract a younger set as well.

The four models—CX, CXL, CXL AWD, and CXS—can only be easily differentiated externally by their rear-mounted badges and varying wheel sizes and styles. We'd like to say that the tacky 'portholes' have been thrown to the design dustbin, too, but they're back, this time in the upper hood area in the CXS.

Inside, the design feels a little more traditional, but if you let any old GM biases fall away before stepping in, it's everything a Lexus shopper might expect and more, with a modern, curvy dash design. Base CX models especially can feel just a little bit simple and plasticky, but on other models there's nice detailing and surfaces, and well-done ambient lighting that really sets a sophisticated mood by night. 


The 2011 Buick LaCrosse is flowing and graceful, if not downright elegant.

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