2011 Buick LaCrosse Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Red Jewel Tintcoat
Kelley Blue Book Value®
$8,692 - $15,149
Used Fair Purchase Price Range
Crash Test
MPG (up to)
17 City / 27 HWY
Horsepower
182-280
Seats
5

How 2011 Buick LaCrosse Ranks In Its Class

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#8
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#8
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#5
  By MPG

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

You'll Like The 2011 Buick LaCrosse If...

If you're looking for a premium mid-size sedan with a unique look and a great American name, the Buick LaCrosse has all the right ingredients for just such a car.

Buick LaCrosse Models & Trims

CX $8,692 - $11,125
Horsepower: 182 hp - 280 hp
Engine Type: Gas L4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 17 (in.) - Aluminum, Steel
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
CXL $11,834 - $14,687
Horsepower: 182 hp - 280 hp
Engine Type: Gas L4, Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 (in.) - Aluminum, Chrome
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
CXS $12,078 - $15,149
Horsepower: 280 hp
Engine Type: Gas V6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18, 19 (in.) - Aluminum, Chrome
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.19

Smooth Ride with Classy Look

Love the interior design - sleek, modern and classy. Easy to read display. Heads-up feature for the driver is wonderful - easy to see my speed. Comfortable seats - love heated seats. Drives very comfortably. Only drawback is a fairly large blind spot, but adding small mirrors help. Would definitely recommend this vehicle.

Cari S
Helpful

2011 Buick lacrosse. Nice size standard vehicle for any person.

I love my Buick. The issues was the sunroof. It does close up property. Have a gap and breeze and rain gets in somehow. The head up screen is the best thing to have when you sometime get off track on how fast you driving. Some people think this vehicle is for old folks well it's not and really good size capacity inside.

David J
Helpful

I like the night lights on the dash at night.

This car gets great mileage. It is really comfortable. It is a beautiful car and we get a lot of comments and questions about how it performs. There is plenty of legroom front and back. It stays clean looking for a long time. We love our lacrosse and it has not had and problems. We get the oil change as needed.

Sandy J
Helpful

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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$8,692 - $11,125
$11,834 - $14,687

Horsepower

Horsepower
182 - 280 (hp)
182 - 280 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.4L DOHC, 4, 3.6L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING V6
2.4L DOHC, 4, 3.6L Variable Valve Timing V6, 3.6L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING V6
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Not Available
Optional
Optional

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Optional
Optional
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Driver Restriction Features

Automatic Parking

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.7 (in.)
41.7 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
38 (in.)
38 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
40.5 (in.)
40.5 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
37.3 (in.)
37.3 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
13.3 (cu. ft.)
13.3 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

Smart Device Integration

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

CD Player
Standard
Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Optional
Optional
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Cloth
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
5
5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Not Available
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Cooled Rear Seats

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Not Available
Optional
Optional

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Standard
Standard

Seat Massage

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Optional
Standard
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Steel
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Power Folding Mirror

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Standard
Standard

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P245/50R17
P245/50VR18

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
111.7 (in.)
111.7 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
38.8 (ft.)
38.8 (ft.)

Length

Length
196.9 (in.)
196.9 (in.)

Width

Width
73.1 (in.)
73.1 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
3829 (.lbs)
4026 - 4196 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
280 (hp)
280 (hp)

Torque

Torque
259 (ft. lbs.)
259 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Maximum Towing Weight
100 (.lbs)
100 (.lbs)

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Not Available
Standard

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
V6 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
18.4 (gal.)
18.4 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
22 (mpg)
22 (mpg)

City

City
17 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
27 (mpg)
27 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Air Suspension

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

HID Headlights
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Adaptive Cruise Control

Night Vision

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Not Available
Optional
Optional

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Departure Warning

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Optional
Optional
Optional
Optional

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides consumers with information about crash protection and rollover safety.

Overall
Front
Side
Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
G
Side
G
Roof Strength
G
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with Brake Assist *
  • StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist, includes Traction Control *
  • Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
  • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger and head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat outboard occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.) *
  • Air bag Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate infant, child or booster seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling (Also includes Stolen Vehicle Slowdown when (LLT) 3.6L V6 Variable Valve Timing SIDI engine is not ordered. Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.) *
  • Automatic Crash Response *
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance *
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation *
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
  • Door locks, child security, rear, electrical
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System *
  • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • OnStar, 6 months of Directions and Connections plan includes Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance including Remote Ignition Block, Remote Door Unlock, Turn-by-Turn Navigation with Destination Download (requires navigation radio) and OnStar eNav (where available), OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, Remote Horn and Lights, and Hands Free Calling (Visit onstar.com for details and system limitations.) *
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with audible warning *

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

J.D. Power Ratings

JD Power's Initial Quality Study measures issues with a vehicle the first 90 days after purchase.

‌Overall
Mechanical
Powertrain Quality
Body & Interior Design
‌Features
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best
Among the best

Safety Recalls (2)

Recall Jul 23, 2014
Report Receipt Date:
Jul 23, 2014
NHTSA Campaign:
14V447000
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Chevrolet Camaro, as well as certain 2010-2012 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles, equipped with power height adjustable driver and passenger seats. In the affected vehicles, the bolt that secures the driver's and passenger's power front seat height adjuster may fall out causing the seat to drop suddenly to the lowest vertical position.
Consequence:
If the driver's seat unexpectedly drops, the distraction and altered seat position may affect the drivers' control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the height adjuster shoulder bolts, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-458-8006 (Cadillac), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), or 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14271.
Visibility > Defroster/defogger System > Windshield > Controls/wiring Mar 4, 2011
Report Receipt Date:
Mar 4, 2011
NHTSA Campaign:
11V149000
Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 BUICK LACROSSE AND CADILLAC SRX VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 103, "WINDSHIELD DEFROSTING AND DEFOGGING SYSTEMS". ON THESE VEHICLES, THE SOFTWARE IN THE ELECTRONIC CLIMATE CONTROL (ECC) MODULE MAY DISABLE THE ABILITY TO ADJUST THE HEARING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) SYSTEM SETTINGS. IF THIS HAPPENS, THE DRIVER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CONTROL THE HEATING, COOLING, AND VENTILATION FOR THE VEHICLE.
Consequence:
IF THIS CONDITION AFFECTS THE DEFROST SYSTEM WHEN IT IS REQUIRED, IT MAY DECREASE THE DRIVER'S VISIBILITY, AND COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE ECC MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MARCH 11, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BUICK AT 1-866-608-8080, CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

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