2012 Buick LaCrosse Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$30,170-$38,820
$28,963-$37,267
19 /CITY / 29 /HWY
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What's New for 2012:
- Hybrid version with 4-cylinder engine
- More powerful V-6 engine
- Adjustment of trim levels

Exterior Features
This is the third year of the latest design for the Buick LaCrosse. This midsize sedan features a Buick-signature flowing waterfall grille and wrap-around headlights, plus a choice of several wheel options. The base trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, which may be upgraded to 18- or 19-inch wheels with chrome treatment as an option. Other exterior features, either standard or available in upper trim levels, include fog lights, Xenon headlights, and a sunroof.

Interior Features
Trim levels higher than the base model include the Leather package (leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated mirrors, fully powered passenger seat); Premium 1 package (rear parking assist and upgraded seats and mirrors); Premium 2 package (larger engine, keyless ignition and entry, perforated leather seats, and more); Premium 3 package (sportier suspension and premium sound system); and Touring package (adaptive suspension, navigation system, and added safety features that include a rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring system).

Optional Features
Many upgrades are available as options on lower trim levels, including a sunroof, push-button start, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Under the Hood
The eAssist hybrid system of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse consists of a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that works with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver 182 horsepower with front-wheel drive. Buick says eAssist improves the fuel efficiency of the LaCrosse by approximately 25%. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine has been improved from last year and now delivers 303 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard. The V-6 engine is offered with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Buick LaCrosse are:
- LaCrosse with 4-cylinder engine: 25/36/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- LaCrosse with V-6 engine and all-wheel drive: 16/26/20 mpg
- LaCrosse with V-6 engine and front-wheel drive: 17/27/21 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and a full complement of air bags. Several other safety features are optional.

To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not conducted tests on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse. In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the LaCrosse received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection.


What's New for 2012:
- Hybrid version with 4-cylinder engine
- More powerful V-6 engine
- Adjustment of trim levels

Exterior Features
This is the third year of the latest design for the Buick LaCrosse. This midsize sedan features a Buick-signature flowing waterfall grille and wrap-around headlights, plus a choice of several wheel options. The base trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, which may be upgraded to 18- or 19-inch wheels with chrome treatment as an option. Other exterior features, either standard or available in upper trim levels, include fog lights, Xenon headlights, and a sunroof.

Interior Features
Trim levels higher than the base model include the Leather package (leather upholstery, heated front seats, heated mirrors, fully powered passenger seat); Premium 1 package (rear parking assist and upgraded seats and mirrors); Premium 2 package (larger engine, keyless ignition and entry, perforated leather seats, and more); Premium 3 package (sportier suspension and premium sound system); and Touring package (adaptive suspension, navigation system, and added safety features that include a rearview camera and blind-spot monitoring system).

Optional Features
Many upgrades are available as options on lower trim levels, including a sunroof, push-button start, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Under the Hood
The eAssist hybrid system of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse consists of a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that works with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver 182 horsepower with front-wheel drive. Buick says eAssist improves the fuel efficiency of the LaCrosse by approximately 25%. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine has been improved from last year and now delivers 303 horsepower and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission as standard. The V-6 engine is offered with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Buick LaCrosse are:
- LaCrosse with 4-cylinder engine: 25/36/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- LaCrosse with V-6 engine and all-wheel drive: 16/26/20 mpg
- LaCrosse with V-6 engine and front-wheel drive: 17/27/21 mpg

Safety
Standard safety features on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse include anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, and a full complement of air bags. Several other safety features are optional.

To date, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not conducted tests on the 2012 Buick LaCrosse. In safety tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the LaCrosse received a \"Good\" rating--the Institute's highest--for frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection.


Available Trims for the 2012 Buick LaCrosse
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name Base (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 30170.00 Engine 3.6/217 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
Name Convenience (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 31240.00 Engine 3.6/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
Name Leather (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 32705.00 Engine 3.6/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
Name Premium 1 (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 33450.00 Engine 3.6/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
Name Premium 2 (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 34865.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
Name Premium 3 (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 36285.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
Name Touring (4dr Sdn FWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 38820.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/27
Name Leather (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 34870.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/26
Name Premium 1 (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 35615.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/26
Name Premium 2 (4dr Sdn AWD) Transmission Automatic w/manual shift MSRP 37040.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 16/26
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket with seatback map pockets
  • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
  • Seat adjuster, passenger, 4-way manual, 2-way power vertical
  • Seat, rear split-folding
  • Seat trim, cloth
  • Head restraints, 2-way adjustable, front
  • Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable (up/down)
  • Floor mats, carpeted front with anchors
  • Floor mats, carpeted rear
  • Sill plates, front, bright
  • QuietTuning, Buick exclusive process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic, manual
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped rim
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls
  • Compass display
  • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, multi-color
  • Personalization features includes driver memory, 2 specific Remote Keyless Entry FOB controls for the driver identification greeting, audio system settings, station presets, content theft, automatic door locks, activation verification, perimeter lighting, delayed locking and (UD7) Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (if equipped) (Does not include (UD7) Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist.)
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Up/Down
  • Windows, power with front passenger Express-Up/Down
  • Windows, power, rear with Express-Down
  • 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
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range
  • Cruise control
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, immobilizer, vehicle, PASS-Key III
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
  • Air vents, rear, heating/cooling
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Air filtration system
  • Sensor, humidity and windshield temperature
  • Cup holders, 2 front console, covered, 2 rear armrest
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary
  • Armrest, rear center with 2 integral cup holders
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Console, floor, front with sliding armrest and multi-level storage
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with coat hooks on rear passenger assist handles
  • 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
  • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
  • Brake, parking, electronic
  • Cargo net
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power lumbar
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat trim, leather-appointed seating
  • Memory settings includes "presets" for 2 drivers, 8-way power driver/passenger seat with easy exit driver seat and outside mirrors
  • Personalization features includes driver memory, 2 specific Remote Keyless Entry FOB controls for the driver identification greeting, audio system settings, station presets, content theft, automatic door locks, activation verification, perimeter lighting, delayed locking and (UD7) Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (if equipped)
  • Seat, ventilated driver
  • Seat, ventilated passenger, front
  • Seat trim, perforated leather-appointed seating
  • Steering wheel leather and wood grain, heated, 4-spoke
  • E-Z Key Passive Entry System, extended range with (BTM) keyless start and automatic door lock/unlock features
  • Sunshade, power, rear
  • Entertainment Package includes (UQA) Harman/Kardon 384-watt 11-speaker 5.1 Matrix surround system, (USR) USB port and (KI6) 120V power outlet
  • Power outlet, 120-volt (150-volt max capacity)
  • Head-Up Display
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) machined alloy
  • Tires, P235/50R17 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire repair kit
  • Moldings, bodyside, bright
  • Grille, chrome waterfall
  • Shutters, front lower grille, active
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with flash-to-pass feature automatic on and off, automatic delay and warning buzzer
  • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
  • Lamps, rear stop tail, LED
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual folding
  • Windshield, solar absorbing
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Glass, acoustic, laminated front-side and windshield
  • Wipers, front intermittent, structure-less wiper blades
  • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
  • Spoiler, rear body-color, decklid
  • Tires, P235/50R17 all-season, blackwall (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine)
  • Tire repair kit (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine.)
  • Shutters, front lower grille, active (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine)
  • Spoiler, rear body-color, decklid (Not available for Fleet or Government order types or (GBE) Crystal Red Tintcoat exterior paint.)
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) machined alloy (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine)
  • Fog lamps, front halogen with projector technology
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators and ground illumination
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination and driver-side memory and auto-dimming feature
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) machined-faced alloy, painted
  • Tires, P235/50R18 V-rated all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare, 17" (43.2 cm) includes steel wheel and jack kit
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) chrome-plated
  • Wheels, 19" (48.3 cm) 9-spoke painted, machined alloy
  • Tires, P245/40R19 all-season, blackwall
  • Headlamps, high intensity discharge (HID), Xenon projector lamps with Adaptive Forward Lighting, flash-to-pass feature automatic on and off, automatic delay and warning buzzer
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder DI (Direct Injection), 4-cylinder with eAssist technology includes (MHH) 6-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission, (FXJ) 2.64 final drive ratio axle, (KY2) 120 amp alternator, (TM7) heavy-duty 438 cold-cranking amp battery, (NWM) single-outlet hidden exhaust, (J60) 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, (Q05) 17" machined alloy wheels with (RAF) P235/50R17 all-season low rolling resistance tires, (T43) rear body-color spoiler, (VRI) front lower active grille shutters and underbody aero panels (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm, 172 lb-ft of torque [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control
  • Axle, 2.64 final drive ratio
  • Driver Shift Controls, tap-up/-tap-down
  • Drivetrain, front wheel drive
  • Battery, 60AH, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 438 cold-cranking amps
  • Alternator, 120 amps
  • Suspension, front MacPherson strut
  • Suspension, rear 4-link
  • Steering, power, electric
  • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel with hidden turned down tip
  • Engine, ECOTEC 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder DI (Direct Injection), 4-cylinder with eAssist technology includes (MHH) 6-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission, (FXJ) 2.64 final drive ratio axle, (KY2) 120 amp alternator, (TM7) heavy-duty 438 cold-cranking amp battery, (NWM) single-outlet hidden exhaust, (J60) 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, (Q05) 17" machined alloy wheels with (RAF) P235/50R17 all-season low rolling resistance tires, (T43) rear body-color spoiler, (VRI) front lower active grille shutters and underbody aero panels (182 hp [135.7 kW] @ 6700 rpm, 172 lb-ft of torque [232.2 N-m] @ 4900 rpm) (Not available with (SB2) Rear spoiler, LPO)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine.)
  • Axle, 2.64 final drive ratio (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine)
  • Battery, 60AH, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 438 cold-cranking amps (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine.)
  • Alternator, 120 amps (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine.)
  • Steering, power, electric (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine)
  • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel with hidden turned down tip (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine)
  • 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)
  • Axle, 2.77 final drive ratio
  • Battery, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 512 cold-cranking amps
  • Alternator, 150 amps
  • Steering, power, variable effort
  • Tool kit, road emergency
  • Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel with bright tips integrated in fascia
  • Suspension, front, HiPer Strut
  • Sport Mode Selectivity
  • Chassis continuously variable real time damping
  • Suspension, rear H-arm
  • Differential, electronic limited slip
  • Drivetrain, all wheel drive
PACKAGE
  • Comfort and Convenience Package #1 includes (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, (APG) driver 4-way power lumbar seat adjuster, (BTV) remote vehicle starter system and (UG1) Universal Home Remote
  • Leather Package includes (KA1) heated driver and passenger front seat, leather-appointed seats, (AG2) front passenger 8-way power seat adjuster, (T3U) front halogen fog lamps with projector technology, and (DLL) outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and ground illumination
  • Comfort and Convenience Package #2 includes (UD7) Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, (A45) memory settings, (DLG) outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination, driver-side memory and auto-dimming feature and (UVC) Rear Vision Camera ((DLG) outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination and driver-side memory and auto-dimming feature replace (DLL) outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and ground illumination.)
  • Leather Package includes (KA1) heated driver and passenger front seat, leather-appointed seats, (AG2) front passenger 8-way power seat adjuster, (T3U) front halogen fog lamps with projector technology, and (DLL) outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and ground illumination ((DLG) outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination and driver-side memory and auto-dimming feature replaces (DLL) outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and ground illumination.)
  • Luxury Package includes (NR5) leather and wood grain heated steering wheel, (KU1) driver ventilated seat, (KU3) front passenger ventilated seat, perforated leather-appointed seating, (DB3) power rear sunshade, (ATH) E-Z Key Passive Entry System and (BTM) keyless start
  • Sport Package includes (Q52) 18" (45.7 cm) chrome-plated wheels, (QKE) P235/50R18 V-rated all-season blackwall tires and (GNB) HiPer Strut front suspension
  • Driver Confidence Package includes (UFT) Side Blind Zone Alert, (TT2) Xenon High-intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and (UV6) Head-Up Display
  • Touring Package includes (Q70) 19" (48.3 cm) 9-spoke painted, machined alloy wheels, (RP2) P245/40R19 all-season, blackwall tires, (GNB) HiPer Strut front suspension, (GNE) rear H-arm suspension, (F45) chassis continuously variable real time damping and Sport Mode Selectivity
SAFETY
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with Brake Assist
  • StabiliTrak stability control system with 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 (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 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)
  • 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.)
  • Automatic Crash Response
  • Stolen Vehicle Assistance
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger includes pretensioners and load limiters
  • 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
  • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with Brake Assist (Not available with (LFX) 3.6L E85 capable V6 engine)
  • Rear Vision Camera (Included and only available with (PCM) Comfort and Convenience Package #2.)
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with audible warning
  • Rear Vision Camera
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Audio system, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo with MP3 CD player USB and AUX port, IntelliLink with 8" color LED touch screen display, MP3/WMA playback, iPod support and upgradeable software
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio standard on nearly all 2012 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month trial to the 'XM Select' package, with over 170 channels including commercial-free music, all your favorite sports, exclusive talk and entertainment. And now add premium channels to your trial at no-cost. Welcome to the world of satellite radio. (Requires a subscription sold separately by SiriusXM after the trial period. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your subscription, service will automatically renew and bill, at the rates in effect at the time of renewal, until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. Available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C.)
  • Audio system feature, premium 7-speaker system
  • Audio system feature, USB port with iPod connectivity
  • Antenna, integral rear, roof-mounted, body-color
  • Bluetooth for phone and music, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system HMI (Human Machine Interface), phonebook access, voice recognition for audio, phone, phonebook and music selection, Pandora and Stitcher Smartphone compatible, SiriusXM weather and data services, and software Bluetooth and Smartphone interface upgradeable
  • Audio system feature, Harman/Kardon 384-watt 11-speaker 5.1 Matrix surround system
  • Audio system with navigation, AM/FM/SiriusXM stereo, single CD/DVD player and MP3 player 80GB Hard Drive Device (HDD) with 30GB for music storage, HDD-based voice-activated navigation and USB port (located in the center console)
  • Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system

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