45 reviews
2011 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Buick LaCrosse
Available Price Range $8,463-$18,399 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 21-24 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2011 Buick LaCrosse

Our Take

Although it shares aspects with the Chevrolet Malibu, the Buick LaCrosse is intended to compete with premium or near-luxury models like the Volkswagen Passat. It was designed in the U.S. and China, where Buick has a significant presence.Buick drops its 3.0-liter V-6 engine and keeps the 3.6-liter... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Small trunk
  • Crowded controls
  • Mushy brakes
  • Backseat too low to the floor
  • Modest acceleration with AWD
  • Numb highway steering

Notable Features

  • 3.0L V-6 dropped
  • 2.4L four-cylinder gets 30 mpg highway
  • Available AWD
  • Standard six-speed automatic
  • Available rear DVD screens


Our Expert Reviews

Editor's note: This review was written in July 2009 about the 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2011, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years. Buick's goals with each new car seem the same: Get less stodgy and attract younger buyers. The redesigned LaCrosse's insipid TV ad... Read full review for the 2011 Buick La Crosse

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Consumer Reviews


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Love this car!

by Badrocks from NY, NY on September 17, 2010

I have a BMW and traded in a Chrysler 300C and this car is the most comfortable driving car I have owned in a long time. I test drove every luxury car in the price range and although I liked the Lexus... Read Full Review


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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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