2012 Buick LaCrosse Premium III Group

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Price:
$11,999
Stock #:
P5593A
VIN #:
1G4GF5G30CF278355
Mileage:
85,041
Engine:
3.6L V6 Cylinder Engine
Exterior Color:
Summit White
Interior Color:
Cashmere
Body Style
Sedan
Transmission:
Automatic
City MPG:
17
Highway MPG:
27
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Two owner clean Carfax, Clean Carfax, Navigation, Moonroof / Sunroof, Rearview camera, Leather seats, Heated an Cooled Seats, COMPLETELY INSPECTED AND RECONDITIONED, FINANCING AVAILABLE, LOCAL TRADE, ACCIDENT FREE HISTORY REPORT, EXTENDED WARRANTY AVAILABLE, PASSED SAFETY INSPECTION, 4-Wheel Antilock 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, ABS brakes, Compass, Electronic Stability Control, Emergency communication system, Four wheel independent suspension, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Heated front seats, Illuminated entry, Low tire pressure warning, Luxury Package, Outside Heated Power-Adjustable Mirrors, Remote keyless entry, Remote Vehicle Starter System, Speed-sensing steering, Traction control. New Price! Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! 27/17 Highway/City MPG


Reviews:

* Elegant interior styling; smooth and quiet ride; admirable driving dynamics; hybrid's respectable fuel economy; good performance from V6 models; available all-wheel drive; top crash-test scores. Source: Edmunds


Awards:
* JD Power Dependability Study * 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick

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2012 buick lacrosse

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4
31 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (52%)
4 Star - (16%)
3 Star - (23%)
2 Star - (10%)
1 Star - (12%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.1
COMFORT
4.1
INTERIOR
4
RELIABILITY
4.1
VALUE
4.2

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

With the 2012 LaCrosse, Buick has a fully competitive luxury sedan that doesn't nip at the heels of the big dogs, but instead can now run with the pack.

What's New

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse gains a new gasoline-electric hybrid model dubbed "eAssist." The only four-cylinder LaCrosse offered, it promises improved fuel economy but with only a modest price increase. Other changes this year include a more powerful V6 engine and a new trim level structure.

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PROS

Elegant interior styling; smooth and quiet ride; admirable driving dynamics; hybrid's respectable fuel economy; good performance from V6 models; available all-wheel drive; top crash-test scores.

Introduction

For much of the last decade, Buick's sedans held little appeal beyond those consumers still nostalgic about the traditions of this General Motors nameplate. But two years ago, Buick introduced its redesigned -- and much improved -- LaCrosse. Boasting modern styling, an elegant interior and impressive driving dynamics, the LaCrosse quickly became one of our more favored entry-level luxury sedans.

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse gets even better thanks to a new hybrid powertrain. Serving as the LaCrosse's entry-level model (last year's base four-cylinder has been discontinued), the "eAssist" combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system to boost fuel economy to 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. While these numbers are still well shy of what you'll get from the full hybrid Lexus HS 250h, the LaCrosse hybrid is roomier and doesn't come with as big of a price premium either.

Aside from basic variations in trim level, the interior of the 2012 LaCrosse stays the course, meaning you'll find an elegant cabin with sweeping lines and rich surfaces, all set off by the generous use of LED accent lighting. The serene, roomy cabin is filled with useful features and amusing toys ranging from a rearview camera to a dual-screen video entertainment system. In fact, the only significant complaints we have are the small trunk and reduced visibility caused by thick roof pillars.

Even though we're pretty impressed with the LaCrosse, there are a number of strong alternatives we'd suggest buyers also consider, including the Acura TL, Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES 350. You could also check out the Chrysler 300 and upper trim levels of the Ford Taurus and new Volkswagen Passat. Ultimately deciding among all these likable models becomes a personal decision, but we can tell you the well-rounded 2012 Buick LaCrosse is a fine choice.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

For 2012, Buick has revamped the LaCrosse model lineup, replacing last year's three relatively uncomplicated trim levels with no fewer than seven different variants.

Base models come nicely equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a power driver seat and partial-power front passenger seat, split-folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, OnStar, Bluetooth, and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. Next step up would be the Convenience model (1SD), which adds a power lumbar adjustment for the driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and remote ignition.

Spring for the Leather model and you get foglamps, heated mirrors with built-in turn signal repeaters, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a full power front passenger seat. The Premium 1 version adds rear parking assist, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror and driver seat memory settings. The Premium 2 (1SP) ups the ante with the 3.6-liter V6, keyless ignition/entry, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel and a power rear window sunshade. A Premium 3 model includes 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a 120-volt household-style power outlet and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

Rounding things out is the top-of-the-line Touring model, which features 19-inch alloy wheels, an adaptive suspension, xenon headlights, a blind spot warning system, a rearview camera, a head-up display, digital music storage and a navigation system.

Some of the features found on the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trims as options. Other notable options include a sunroof, rear side airbags and a rear seat video entertainment system with dual headrest-mounted screens.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is offered with one of two new engines. For buyers interested in maximizing miles per gallon there's the new eAssist mild hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an 11-kilowatt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This setup sends 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels by way of a six-speed automatic transmission.

In Edmunds track testing, a LaCrosse with eAssist made the 0-60 mph dash in 9.2 seconds: a rather leisurely performance. Still, this powertrain is about efficiency, not speed; aided by clever aerodynamic improvements like automatically controlled shutters in the front grille, it delivers impressive EPA estimates of 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

Buyers in search of additional thrust can opt for a new, more powerful version of last year's 3.6-liter V6 that now puts out 303 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered here, but buyers do have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Despite the added power for 2012, the V6's fuel economy numbers remain virtually unchanged at 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 16/26/20 with all-wheel drive.

Safety

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse's list of standard safety features includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and the OnStar telematics system. Rear-seat side-impact airbags and a blind-spot alert system are available as options. In Edmunds brake testing, a LaCrosse with the 3.6-liter engine and 19-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet -- a bit longer than average. A LaCrosse with eAssist and 17-inch wheels turned in a much stronger performance, stopping from 60 mph in 115 feet. That's excellent for this type of vehicle.

In government crash tests, the LaCrosse scored five (out of a possible five) stars overall, with five stars awarded for both frontal- and side-impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it their top "Good" rating in both frontal-offset and side-impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

Slide behind the steering wheel of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and you'll find yourself surrounded by an interior made up of graceful curves and upscale materials. Even after the sun sets, the cabin's flowing lines are emphasized by soft blue ambient lighting that adds a classy touch.

If there's a weakness in this artful design, it's that the controls aren't quite as straightforward and intuitive as some traditional Buick buyers might like. Just the same, we think the abundance of buttons and knobs used to control the audio, climate control and navigation systems is something most folks should eventually get used to.

As you'd expect in a luxury sedan, the LaCrosse's cabin is long on comfort. Seats are supportive and there's plenty of leg- and shoulder room even in the backseat. The available heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats are a nice touch.

The LaCrosse's trunk is on the small side, however, with just 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Space is even tighter in models equipped with the new eAssist powertrain, where the hybrid battery pack reduces capacity to less than 11 cubic feet. A smallish opening can also make loading larger items problematic.

Driving Impressions

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the 2012 Buick LaCrosse is the driving experience. The steering feels precise, and handling is significantly better than you'd expect without sacrificing the plush ride quality one expects of a luxury sedan.

The additional horsepower that the engineers have wrung out of the V6 makes this engine even more attractive. More importantly, the new eAssist hybrid powertrain is much better suited to this application than the old four-cylinder, providing decent acceleration, very respectable fuel economy and highly refined operation.

Other items worthy of note here include the quiet interior that adds to the upscale feel. Visibility can be a problem, however, making the available blind-spot warning system and rearview camera worthwhile investments.

Factory Installed Options

  • ($350.00 VALUE) AIR BAGS, DUAL-STAGE FRONTAL AND SIDE-IMPACT, DRIVER AND RIGHT-FRONT PASSENGER, HEAD CURTAIN SIDE-IMPACT, FRONT AND REAR OUTBOARD SEATING POSITIONS AND REAR SEAT MOUNTED THORAX

    • Driver Air Bag
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Rear Side Air Bag
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Rear Head Air Bag
  • ENGINE, 3.6L SIDI DOHC V6 VVT WITH E85 CAPABILITY

    • V6 Cylinder Engine
    • Flex Fuel Capability

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort

  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Start
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Navigation from Telematics
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rear A/C
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Telematics
  • Universal Garage Door Opener

Drivetrain & Engine

  • Flex Fuel Capability
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode

Entertainment

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Satellite Radio

Safety

  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rear Side Air Bag
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control

Seat & Trim

  • Bucket Seats
  • Cooled Front Seat(s)
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Heated Front Seat(s)
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Rear Bench Seat
  • Seat Memory

Tires & Wheels

  • Temporary Spare Tire
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Value Added Features

  • Bluetooth Connection

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features

  • Air bag Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information)
  • Air filtration system
  • Alternator, 150 amps
  • Antenna, integral rear, roof-mounted, body-color
  • Armrest, rear center with 2 integral cup holders
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with coat hooks on rear passenger assist handles
  • Audio system feature, premium 7-speaker system
  • Axle, 2.77 final drive ratio
  • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 512 cold-cranking amps
  • Brake, parking, electronic
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with Brake Assist
  • Cargo net
  • Compass display
  • Console, floor, front with sliding armrest and multi-level storage
  • Cup holders, 2 front console, covered, 2 rear armrest
  • Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color
  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
  • Door locks, child security, rear, electrical

 

  • Drivetrain, front wheel drive
  • Engine, 3.6L SIDI DOHC V6 VVT with E85 capability (303 hp [226.0 kW] @ 6800 rpm, 264 lb-ft or torque [356.4 N-m] @ 5300 rpm)
  • Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel with bright tips integrated in fascia
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated front-side and windshield
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Grille, chrome waterfall
  • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable, front
  • Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable (up/down)
  • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Lamps, rear stop tail, LED
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
  • Lighting, custom interior front and rear reading, front and rear door and console ambient lighting, front foot well, puddle lights and instrument panel light pipe
  • Moldings, bodyside, bright
  • QuietTuning, Buick exclusive process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
  • Retained accessory power power windows, audio system and sunroof remain operational after ignition is switched off for 10 minutes or until a door is opened
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger includes pretensioners and load limiters
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
  • Seat, rear split-folding
  • Sensor, humidity and windshield temperature

 

  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Sill plates, front, bright
  • StabiliTrak stability control system with Traction Control
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic, manual
  • Steering, power, variable effort
  • Sunshade, power, rear
  • Suspension, front MacPherson strut
  • Suspension, rear 4-link
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, immobilizer, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Tire, compact spare, 17" (43.2 cm) includes steel wheel and jack kit
  • Tool kit, road emergency
  • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding
  • Windshield, solar absorbing
  • Wipers, front intermittent, structure-less wiper blades