2011 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

2011 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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.

2011 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CX Angular Front Exterior View2011 Buick Lacrosse
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2011 Acura TL 4-door Sedan 2WD Tech Angular Front Exterior View2011 Acura TL
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2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2-door 3.8L Auto Grand Touring w/Black Leather Angular Front Exterior2011 Hyundai Genesis
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Quick Specs
The 2011 Buick LaCrosse hits new levels of style, sophistication, and driving engagement without alienating the brand's comfort-oriented customer base.
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.
For road or track, the 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the best performance values on the market.
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.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas L4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
Mid-SizeMid-SizeSubcompact4-door Large Car
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan 2WD2-Door 2.0T Manual4-Door Sedan RWD
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveRear-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4-door Sedan
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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