2013 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

2013 Buick LaCrosse
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse occupies a middle ground lands somewhere between the mainstream and serious luxury brands—where the likes of the Hyundai Azera and Genesis, as well as the Nissan Maxima, reside.

There's more of a performance emphasis to the Maxima, which is slightly smaller than the LaCrosse, but it also appeals to those who value rich interior appointments.

Both 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; opt for the TL with all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual and as such is more of a driver's car.

The 2013 Lexus ES has also been redesigned The Hyundai Genesis has rear-wheel drive and a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines, and it's an especially strong value.

Along the same line, the Infiniti M might be worth comparing, although as a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan it does give up some space-efficiency for performance.

None of these models are as fuel-efficient as the LaCrosse, except for the all-new Lexus ES 300h, a hybrid model that achieves 40 mpg city, 39 highway.

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2013 Acura TL2013 Acura TL
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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe  -  First Drive, 2/20122013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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2013 Infiniti M2013 INFINITI M
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.
8.0
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling.
8.0
When value counts, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is one of the most impressive performance cars on the market.
8.8
With sharp handling, scorching performance, and decent comfort, the 2013 Infiniti M sedans are bold and beautiful but not overwrought.
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The 2013 Nissan Maxima offers a lot more flair than the typical larger sedan, along with premium feel inside; but driving enthusiasts should be aware that it isn't quite a serious sport sedan.
MSRP From    
$31,660$35,905$24,250N/A$31,000
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4N/AGas V6
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMid-SizeSubcompactN/AMidsize Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD2-Door I4 2.0T ManualN/A4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveRear Wheel driveN/AFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
554N/A5
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanCoupeN/ASedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftManualN/AContinuously Variable Ratio
Detailed Spec Comparison
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