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2011 Buick LaCrosse Review

Totally redesigned in 2010, the 2011 Buick LaCrosse is a sleek large sedan that offers excellent safety scores and a comfortable interior. As a result, the LaCrosse is one of the top 2011 large cars on the market.

Pros & Cons

  • Luxurious interior rivals a Lexus
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 9.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
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2011 Buick LaCrosse Overview

One of the Buick LaCrosse’s big changes for 2011 took place under the hood, as Buick discontinued the 2010 model’s base 3.0-liter V6 engine in favor of a four-cylinder. When it was new, reviewers thought that the four-cylinder provided sufficient power and better fuel economy, but warned that those seeking maximum power might want to opt for the 3.6-liter V6 engine. Test drivers also said that Buick made strides to improve the loose handling experienced on the 2009 model. While it is not as sporty as a European luxury car, reviewers noted that the 2011 LaCrosse was a step in the right direction. 

When it was new, reviewers noted that the LaCrosse’s interior was nearly as nice as a Cadillac. Test drivers said that the LaCrosse had quality materials and that the seats provided more bolstering than previous Buicks, making them more comfortable. Additionally, many thought that the back seat was almost as comfortable and spacious as the front seat. The updated interior has a contemporary feel, according to reviewers, and they also appreciated the easy-to-use controls.

Base equipment on the LaCrosse includes a power driver seat, cloth upholstery and a seven-speaker audio system with satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Available features on higher trims or in option packages include Bluetooth, leather seats with front heat and ventilation, dual-zone climate control, remote engine start and a premium Harman Kardon sound system. Other available features include a power sunroof, back-seat entertainment system and a backup camera. If you’re seeking a ton of cargo space, the LaCrosse will likely disappoint since it lags behind that of most large cars.  

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Other Cars to Consider

The highly-ranked 2011 Ford Taurus offers solid performance and a number of tech features, and it also carries great safety ratings. As a result, the 2011 Taurus won our 2011 Best Family Sedan for the Money award. When it was new, reviewers liked the Taurus’ handling, interior layout and performance. The LaCrosse gets slightly better fuel economy and safety scores, but the Taurus has more cargo room.

The 2010 Toyota Avalon offers a refined interior and solid performance and is a worth a look for large-car shoppers. Additionally, the Avalon excels with good fuel economy. Both cars have solid safety scores and offer a high-quality interior. Ultimately, reviewers said the Avalon is a comfortable, reliable large car that should be on your list.

Compare the LaCrosse to the Taurus and Avalon »

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