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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
“Speaking of features, Buick sees Lexus on most counts and raises on others”
“Standard features include a power driver’s seat, single-zone automatic climate control”
“cubbies and storage in the LaCrosse are pretty terrible”
The Buick brand is one of four GM lines that will continue post-bankruptcy, but figuring out where exactly Buick fits is a bit of a challenge. Some of the features on the latest 2010 Buick LaCrosse would be at home in an entry-level Cadillac. One thing is for certain right now—Buick offers a pretty strong value with a load of high-tech features and a competitive base price.
The 2010 Buick LaCrosse comes in three feature levels, which are designated CX, CXL, and top-end CXS. Most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com heap praise on the Buick LaCrosse’s feature set, with Motor Trend claiming that “Buick sees Lexus on most counts and raising on others.” Beginning with the base model Buick LaCrosse, Cars.com reports that “standard features include a power driver’s seat, single-zone automatic climate control and a CD stereo with an MP3 jack and steering-wheel controls.” The mid-range Buick LaCrosse CXL pushes toward Cadillac-ery, and with this model Jalopnik says that “cloth seats move to leather, a super basic radio readout goes to a navigation and entertainment screen, 17s become 18s, and, overall, you get more of the pampering.” The 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXL, meanwhile, gets a standard Harman Kardon sound system, among other features.
The 2010 Buick LaCrosse also gets a slew of optional features, including a world-class navigation system. Cars.com raves that the LaCrosse’s “optional in-dash navigation system—it’s GM’s latest generation—has excellent graphics and quick response: zoom in on the map or jump to a submenu, and it happens now.” Motor Trend adds that “once everything’s programmed, many of the features can also be accessed via voice command.” The nav system is far from the only desirable feature on the list, though, as Cars.com writes that “Additional options include a panoramic sunroof…xenon headlights and a backseat DVD system with a screen behind each front-seat head restraint.”
The 2010 Buick LaCrosse gets mixed reviews from automotive experts for its cargo space and interior storage. Beginning with the trunk, Consumer Guide claims that the Buick offers a “deep and spacious storage area,” but Cars.com contests that it’s “not particularly roomy.” Cars.com reviewers also back up their opinion with some data, pointing out that “overall volume, at 13.3 cubic feet…leads the TL (13.1 cubic feet) but trails the ES 350 (14.7) and MKZ (16.5).” Inside the passenger compartment, Jalopnik reviewers are disappointed to find an unremarkable center console, and notes that, “for large cars in a luxury segment, the cubbies and storage in the LaCrosse are pretty terrible.”
The base-model 2010 LaCrosse lacks some of the polish and basic technology mid-luxury buyers are going to expect as standard; high-tech luxury features are available but costly.