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2006 Buick LaCrosse Review
Quiet and powerful sedan.
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Replacing the Regal and the Century, the 2006 Buick LaCrosse aims to become one of the best and most affordable sedans in Buick’s lineup. The long equipment list, higher-quality interior, and reworked suspension give the LaCrosse an uptown image that pleases most drivers. Within the styling cues of traditional Buick fashion, the LaCrosse has a vertical-slat grille and a softly curved hood to make it more suitable to modern-day trends.
Among the midsize sedans, the 2006 Buick LaCrosse interior surpasses others with door pull handles, a clean control layout, liberal wood grain trim, and interlocking analog gauges. The acoustical laminate and sound-deadening material assists in providing a very comfortable, smooth, and quiet ride. Sitting a few steps above the Century and Regal in quality, refinement, and performance, the LaCrosse takes over where the previous platform leaves off. Almost 80 percent of the installed components have been retuned for balancing the ride quality of Buick notoriety with the controlled handling of other mainstream sedans in the midsize category.
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick LaCrosse CX, Buick LaCrosse CXL, Buick LaCrosse CXS
The 2006 Buick LaCrosse adds standard anti-lock brakes and side curtain airbags.
The 2006 Buick LaCrosse offers three levels of trim and comes in the sedan body style. The models include the CX, CXL, and CXS. The basic CX level models feature 16-inch alloy wheels, the CXL has painted alloy 16-inchers, and the CXS comes with 17-inch painted alloy wheels. Buick also offers parking assist for the rear and many different exterior colors to choose from.
The 2006 Buick LaCrosse interior looks beautiful and has a classy feel, with many standard features. Beginning with the CX, buyers get basic cloth upholstery, a six-speaker stereo with a CD player, a power driver’s seat, and OnStar. Bumping up to the CXL model adds automatic climate control, leather upholstery, up-level exterior trim, and rear seats with a 60/40-split. Available options include the remote-start feature, satellite radio, and an MP3-compatible stereo.
Getting into the flat seats seems easy when entering the sedan and five or six passengers can fit comfortably depending upon the configuration selected. The dash employs a simple and easy-to-use design with clear and concise readouts. The LaCrosse offers ample storage space in the cabin, and trunk capacity measures a good 16 cubic feet.
Performance & Handling
Powering the 2006 Buick LaCrosse CX model and CXL models is the 3.8-liter V-6, producing 200 horsepower, and the CXS gets the 3.6-liter DOHC V-6. With the assistance of variable valve timing, the CXS gets about 240 hp with 225 lb-ft of torque. The automatic four-speed transmission comes standard without additional options.
Driving the LaCrosse proves enjoyable with a very smooth ride that soaks up ruts and bumps. This indicates of a very well-made sedan with adequate steering while cornering. The base models become a bit noisy at high speeds, but good fuel economy and decent power prove advantageous. For a broader power band, however, the CXS offers more refinement.
2006 Buick LaCrosse standard safety features include Anti-lock brakes, OnStar, and side curtain airbags. Stability control remains optional only for the CXS model. Reverse-sensing is an additional option. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration impact tests, the LaCrosse earns a rating of five stars for driver protection and front passenger protection in frontal crashes. The vehicle also earns three stars for side crash tests, even though it does not come equipped with standard side airbags for this year.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick LaCrosse CXL: 17/28 mpg city/highway
Buick LaCrosse CXS: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Passenger seating for six
- Powerful engine in CXS model
- Quiet and smooth ride
You Won't Like
- Lower grade interior materials
- Unsupportive seats
- Noisy V-6 base
- Cramped legroom in rear
- Unimpressive handling
Quiet and powerful sedan.
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