• (4.7) 38 reviews
  • MSRP: $8,993–$18,881
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 21-30
  • Engine: 182-hp, 2.4-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Buick LaCrosse

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Buick LaCrosse

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • New 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with eAssist hybrid technology gets 36 mpg highway
  • More powerful 3.6-liter V-6
  • Available AWD
  • Available Buick IntelliLink integrates internet radio from smartphones
  • Available rear DVD screens

2012 Buick LaCrosse Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Although it shares aspects with the Chevrolet Malibu, the five-seat 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. Buyers can choose from a new 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with fuel-saving eAssist hybrid technology or a 3.6-liter V-6.

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New for 2012
The LaCrosse's available 3.6-liter V-6 is now rated at 303 horsepower — an increase of 23 hp — and it can also run on E85 ethanol instead of regular gas. Additional newly available features include dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a high-resolution color driver information center, an 8-inch touch-screen radio and a USB port. Available is Buick's IntelliLink, which uses Bluetooth or the USB port to pair a smartphone to the touch-screen stereo and stream music from Pandora Internet Radio or Stitcher SmartRadio.

Exterior
Though it's a midsize sedan, the LaCrosse is a bit larger in all dimensions than the Malibu and a few hundred pounds heavier. The grille is large and bold, and a distinctive accent line runs along the side from headlight to taillight. It's a stronger statement than the previous generation, but Buick hasn't redefined itself to an extent that will turn off traditional buyers. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch wheels; 18- and 19-inch wheels available
  • Available fog lights
  • Available side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Available adaptive damping suspension

Interior
The interior is modernized with features such as ambient LED lighting and USB connectivity. It doesn't trade the classic interior for anything too edgy. There are high-quality materials and contrasting-color stitching. The backseat truly has room for three passengers. Optional interior features include:

  • Navigation system
  • Dual-display backseat DVD entertainment system
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power rear sunshade

Under the Hood
The LaCrosse comes with one of two engines: a 182-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist hybrid technology or a 303-hp, 3.6-liter V-6. Both are direct-injection designs, a relatively new development in gasoline engines that portends good gas mileage for the engines' size and power. Mechanical features include:

  • Both engines can run on regular gas, and the V-6 can use E85
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive standard; all-wheel drive available with V-6

Safety
The LaCrosse has front- and side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats. Antilock brakes and an electronic stability system with traction control are also standard, as is OnStar communication system with six months of free service. Optional safety features include:

  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot warning system

LaCrosse eAssist
In the LaCrosse eAssist, Buick engineers paired a 2.4-liter direct-injection four-cylinder with an advanced lithium-ion battery pack and a 15-kilowatt electric motor. The result is EPA-estimated gas mileage of 25/36 mpg city/highway. This technology enables regenerative braking, electric-power assist during acceleration, fuel cut-off during deceleration and a stop-start function for the gas engine. The LaCrosse eAssist also has improved underbody aerodynamics, low-rolling-resistance tires and unique electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to direct more air over the car. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

4.7

Average based on 38 reviews

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Best car i ever had i love it

by Koolaid602 from West dundee on October 20, 2017

I love the way it looks the way it rides overall i just love everything about the car i never had a car that looks a ride the way this car do i think i will keep this car forever and past it down too ... Read Full Review

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2012 Buick LaCrosse Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Buick LaCrosse Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Buick LaCrosse Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Buick LaCrosse Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Buick LaCrosse Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 3 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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