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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Review

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist gets great fuel economy for the class, and test drivers agreed that all models offer an upscale interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy with eAssist
  • Powerful available V6
  • First-rate, attractive cabin
  • Small trunk
  • Poor rearward visibility

New for 2012

  • New eAssist mild-hybrid model
  • More powerful V6 engine
  • New trim lineup

2012 Buick LaCrosse Overview

The 2012 LaCrosse is available as the LaCrosse eAssist, with comes with a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, or as a more powerful V6 model. Critics generally agreed that the 2012 LaCrosse eAssist delivers sufficient power, while V6 models feel strong in all driving situations. The LaCrosse comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on V6 models. According to the EPA, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist gets 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class, while the V6 model gets 17/27, which is a bit low for a 2012 affordable large car. Test drivers wrote that the LaCrosse has a comfortable ride and controlled handling. Many auto writers also praised the LaCrosse eAssist’s brakes, which offer linear stopping power.

Reviewers agreed that the Buick LaCrosse’s interior features first-rate materials and an attractive design. Most test drivers wrote that the LaCrosse’s front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable. Still, some noted that headroom is tight for taller drivers, and that rearward visibility could be better from the driver’s seat. The LaCrosse eAssist’s trunk is 10.9 cubic feet, which is tiny compared with the trunks of most other large sedans. V6 models fare better with 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, though that’s still small for the class. Some reviewers noted that the LaCrosse’s climate, audio and navigation systems are controlled by an array of knobs and buttons, which may take time to master. Standard features in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse include an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. Available features include a sunroof, remote start, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, proximity key, push-button start, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, blind spot monitoring and a head-up display.

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Ford Taurus has one of the largest trunks in the class, and reviewers liked the Taurus’ attractive interior design and high-end cabin materials. They agreed that the Taurus has a powerful base engine and a comfortable ride.

The 2012 Toyota Avalon gets better gas mileage than the V6-powered LaCrosse. Additionally, reviewers praised the Avalon’s upscale cabin materials and spacious and comfortable rear seats.

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