Buick LaCrosse

Introduced in the 2005 model year, the Buick LaCrosse is best known as a replacement for the Buick Regal and Century car lines. Classed as a midsize sedan with a classic and elegant body style, it became popular with older adults with money to spend.

In Canada, the LaCrosse series is known as the Buick Allure. "La crosse," in Quebecois slang, refers to the act of swindling, so Buick changed the name for the Canadian market.

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Under both names, the LaCrosse is offered in a variety of styles and trim options. Owners can choose from a long list of standard and special options.

Buick Origins

Like so many of the other great American car manufacturers, the tale of how the Buick company came into being is a fascinating one. Buick's founder, David Buick, emigrated to the U.S. from Scotland when he was two. His background was in plumbing until the gasoline engine caught his attention in the late 1890's. From there, David Buick started a love affair with engines and the cars that housed them.

The Buick Motor company began in May 1913. The new firm had two cars in its lineup: These cars contained some of the most innovative engines of the time, featuring an overhead valve system unlike any other. Buick's chief engineer, Walter L. Marr, registered more than 30 patents pertaining to that particular piece of engineering.

In September of the same year, the Buick Motor company was bought out by a group of wagon-makers in Flint, Michigan. The group moved Buick's manufacturing plant, as well as David Buick and his top engineers, to Flint, and the famous location of the Buick plant was born.

In 2012, Buick continues to make and sell great automobiles under the company name and logo, including the popular LaCrosse series.

About the Buick LaCrosse

The Buick LaCrosse has only been in production since 2005, and in that time, has gained an excellent reputation, especially among those who appreciate the workmanship and quality that Buick offers. The LaCrosse is a good choice for families and older drivers who value comfort and reliability in their vehicles.

The first generation LaCrosse line stayed in production from 2005 to 2009 and featured an front-engine, front-wheel drive layout. This generation offered two engine choices and three trim options. The cars either contained a 3.8-liter, 3800 Series III, V-6 or a 3.6-liter, HF V-6. The HF V-6 was installed in the top-of-the-line options and offered more power than the standard model.

Buick decided to make a great deal of changes to the second generation LaCrosse, starting in 2010. Many of those changes continued to the 2012 model. In this design, the LaCrosse was upgraded to an Epsilon II platform, making it among the premium sports sedans available. These cars feature a more fuel-efficient motor, too.

Modern Buick LaCrosses

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse has a lot going for it. While it retains the dignity of older models, many feel that the 2012 LaCrosse offers a more athletic look and feel, which may appeal to the younger market. The new version also supplies the driver with improved handling capabilities along with the comfortable ride and classic Buick light-steering feel.

There are three trim options available with this model. The standard sedan offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. New owners will also find that this trim option allows for front-wheel drive. This plush basic style contains extras such as power accessories, Bluetooth capabilities, a seven-speaker CD stereo unit, and seats with heating options.

Even on the basic model, Buick decided to change the LaCrosse design from a four-cylinder engine to a more fuel-efficient hybrid motor. The hybrid motor is a four-cylinder unit as well, but offers a unique system to conserve fuel, creating better efficiency in town and on the open road. There are 2012 models available from other manufacturers that offer better fuel economy, but for those that have to have a Buick, the LaCrosse is an excellent choice.

Select a Buick LaCrosse Year

2013 Buick LaCrosse

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan


When it comes to the 2013 Buick LaCrosse, the image of the old, geriatric Buick is finally put to rest.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $19,167

MPG
17-36
Seats
5

2012 Buick LaCrosse

Hybrid, Midsize, Sedan


The flagship model for Buick returns for 2012 with all the usual amenities expected and some extra assistance. The 2012 Buick LaCrosse eAssist rolls off the line with a revised version of the mild hybrid technology available on the 2007-2009 Saturn Aura and Vue Green Line, and the 2008-2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. The new, more advanced system is called eAssist, and this time around, it promises significantly better fuel economy for the LaCrosse, and the 2012 Buick Regal.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $16,600

MPG
16-36
Seats
5

2011 Buick LaCrosse

Midsize, Sedan


LaCrosse enters its second model year with very minor changes. The Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is now standard on CX and CXL front-wheel drive models. Variable-effort electric power steering has been added to four-cylinder models. A tire repair kit is available, replacing the space saver spare and jack. Buick promises to cut trim levels in the future, for single, high-content models.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $13,165

MPG
16-30
Seats
5

2010 Buick LaCrosse
ESTIMATED RESALE: $12,563

MPG
16-27
Seats
5

2009 Buick LaCrosse

Midsize, Sedan


The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a mainstay of Buick’s line of family sedans.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $9,302

MPG
16-28
Seats
5

2008 Buick LaCrosse

Midsize, Sedan


The 2008 Buick LaCrosse doesn’t usually come up first when people look into the competitive, midsize family sedan market.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $8,168

MPG
16-28
Seats
5

2007 Buick LaCrosse

Midsize, Sedan


The 2007 Buick LaCrosse is meant to replace the admired Buick stalwarts, the Century and the Regal.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $6,769

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

2006 Buick LaCrosse

Midsize, Sedan


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.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,979

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

2005 Buick LaCrosse

Midsize, Sedan


The 2005 Buick LaCrosse isn’t your grandpa’s sedan anymore.

ESTIMATED RESALE: $5,686

MPG
N/A
Seats
5

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