Buick introduced the four-door Lacrosse luxury sedan in 2005. Joining a family of other luxury cars and crossovers--such as the Buick Lucerne and Enclave--the Lacrosse has helped to extend Buick's passenger-car lineup where the Regal and Century of old failed to succeed. The new 2011 Lacrosse comes in CX, CXL and CXS models, each maintaining Buick's reputation for luxury and performance.
Engine and Fuel Economy
The 2011 Lacrosse CX and CXL models come standard with a 182 horsepower, 2.4-liter, inline four-cylinder engine. Available is a 280 horsepower, 3.6-liter V6, which comes standard with the CXS. The four-cylinder can achieve about 19 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, while the V6 sips slightly more at about 17 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. The Lacrosse sports an 18.4-gallon fuel tank.
Transmission and Drive Type
Each model of the 2011 Lacrosse sports a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Overdrive allows the engine to achieve greater fuel efficiency while reducing engine wear. The 2011 Lacrosse comes standard with front-wheel drive, while the CXL model offers an all-wheel-drive option. Electronic stability control, four-wheel disc brakes, gas-pressurized shocks, and rack-and-pinion steering come standard on each model.
Interior and Safety
Each model of the Lacrosse supports seating for up to five people with front bucket and rear bench seats. Cloth seat trim comes with the CX, while leather comes with the CXL and CXS models. Climate control, power windows, power locks, and remote keyless entry come with each model. Safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger front- and side-impact airbags, and first and second row curtain airbags. Available for each are rear side-impact airbags.