2011 Buick LaCrosse Review, Feature and Images – The 2011 Buick LaCrosse offers efficiency, comfort and style with a responsive driving experience. Completely redesigned for 2010, this latest LaCrosse is distinguished by its fresh styling. Totally redesigned in 2010, the 2011 Buick LaCrosse is a sleek large sedan that offers excellent safety scores, a strong reliability rating and a comfortable interior. As a result, the LaCrosse is one of the top 2011 large cars on the market.
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. In terms of safety and reliability, the LaCrosse’s ratings are near the top of the class.
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.
Safety features StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, four-channel ABS, Electronic Brake force Distribution and Brake Assist. There are air bags for driver and passenger at front, side, and thorax, plus head-level side curtain air bags for all rows. This is all standard equipment on all models, as are pedestrian protective features. OnStar, with automatic crash response, comes free for a year. Rear seat-mounted thorax air bags are optional ($350) on all models. Optional all-wheel drive can further enhance safety. The LaCrosse comes with well-designed seat belts, which are your first line of defense in an accident.
The automotive press is almost universally astounded by the high-quality materials and superb fit and finish of the LaCrosse’s cabin. Easy-to-use electronics, including a unique radio recording system that allows drivers to pause and play back radio content, win particular praise. Luxury features, like Bluetooth, are optional on the base CX model, and standard on the CXL and CXS trims. One thing you should know is that navigation is not available on the base trim. If that’s important to you, you’ll either have to opt for the CXL or CXS trims, or get yourself a portable unit.