Buick is an American car manufacturing company operating as a division of General Motors. They have been rolling out American steel from Detroit since 1903. The LaCrosse was introduced in 2005 as an entry-level luxury vehicle in the mid-size category.

The LaCrosse received an overhaul in 2010, and the new styling has carried over through the 2012 model. The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is offered in seven equipment groups. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) ranges from $30,170 for the basic model to $38,305 for the LaCrosse with all the bells and whistles.

What are the dimensions and specifications of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse measures just less than 200 inches from front to back bumper, and it is 73.1 inches at its widest point. It offers over 40 inches of legroom in the front and rear seats of the vehicle, comfortably seating four passengers and a driver.

The 2.4L standard engine has four cylinders and an automatic transmission. The luxury groups have the option of a 3.6L engine with six cylinders and an impressive six-speed automatic transmission; it allows the driver to downshift at the touch of a button for added power and speed. The 3.6L is also offered in an all-wheel drive model.

All groups use Buick’s new eAssist engine that increases gas mileage and decreases emissions. The dual-overhead cam 3.6L engine can also inspire the environmentalist in anyone as it can run on E85 ethanol fuel as well as gasoline.

The 2.4L engine gets an estimated 25 mpg for city driving and 36 mpg for highway driving. The higher-powered six cylindered 3.6L engine sports 17 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel drive engine trades only one mile-per-gallon in both city and highway driving for improved handling in rough road situations. Buick claims that the LaCrosse is the most fuel-efficient sedan in its class.

What features does the Buick LaCrosse have?

Buick has filled the LaCrosse with high-end features that allow it to compete with luxury vehicles even at the basic model level. Amenities found on all equipment groups include remote keyless entry, dual-zone AC, and power everything. The standard radio consists of an 8” color screen that operates with voice control. It supports AM, FM and satellite radio, and it has a CD player and USB ports to support MP3 players. Additionally, every 2012 LaCrosse sports a blue ambient lighting system that includes low-level blue lights in the dash and doors.

Safety features found on every 2012 LaCrosse include front and side-impact air bags that sense the size and shape of passengers to adjust deployment, antilock brakes with Brake Assist and OnStar-ready technology. All LaCrosse models also feature StabiliTrak®, a stability enhancement system that uses sensors to correct loss of control in icy or wet road conditions.

Luxury features found on upper-level groups include leather seating, an 11-speaker surround sound system that boasts 384-watts of sound and Bluetooth capabilities. The higher-end vehicles also have a passive entry system that unlocks the car when you approach with the key, heated and ventilated seats, and a universal home remote for syncing with a garage door opener.

Luxury safety features offered on upper-level groups include rear-parking assist, a rear vision camera and specialty air bags for back-seat passengers. The Brake Assist system on the high-end models also has superior safety specifications.

What are the Buick LaCrosse’s safety ratings?

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse earned high marks in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) newer, more rigorous safety ratings. Both the front-wheel and all-wheel drive options earned a top five-star rating in frontal and side-impact crashes. They also earned four out of five stars during rollover testing, earning the 2012 Buick LaCrosse a full five star rating overall.

The 2011 Buick LaCrosse earned the exact same safety rating in the NHTSA’s crash tests. It was also recommended as a best buy in its class by Consumers Digest in 2011.

How much is car insurance for a Buick LaCrosse?

Due to its many safety features and high ratings in safety tests, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse has a fair average car insurance premium of around $1,350 to $1,380, depending on the particular model group. The basic group, the LaCrosse CX, has an average annual insurance rate of $1,329 for the four-cylinder engine and $1,343 for the six-cylinder engine. The cars in the mid-range group, the LaCrosse CXLs, all with six-cylinder engines, average $1,367 for yearly auto insurance. The cars in the high-end groups, the LaCrosse CXS, have a slightly higher annual insurance rate of $1,377. The lower insurance rates are a bonus over the rates of LaCrosse’s luxury car rival Lexus.

Does the Buick LaCrosse come with a warranty?

Every 2012 Buick LaCrosse comes with a four-year, 50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Powertrain and drivetrain limited warranties also add another year and another 50,000 miles for those components. A rust warranty is also included for six years or 100,000 miles. The Buick LaCrosse’s warranty is comparable to those offered by competitors such as Lexus and Acura.

What do reviews say about the Buick LaCrosse?

Kelley Blue Book consumer reviews rate the 2011 and 2012 Buick LaCrosse at 4.4 out of 5. Expert reviews at Kelley Blue Book gauge the 4-cylinder’s acceleration as more than adequate with agile handling and precise steering. Favorite features include the hybrid-option engine and the entertainment center with an impressive eight-inch screen.

They believe that the LaCrosse has all of the styling to attract the younger buyers that the LaCrosse was created for. With a sticker price $5,000 to $10,000 below similar models from Lexus, Lincoln and Acura, the LaCrosse is well on its way to becoming an American-made classic.