I purchased the 2012 LaCrosse four months ago. The car is so low to the ground that I can't get in and out of my driveway without scraping the front end. The front and side posts plus the high trunk make visability a real issue when driving in heavy traffic. Other features that I don't like is the lock/unlock buttons being on the middle console instead of on the door and the only trunk unlock is on the key fob. The car performs well enough for a 4 cyl. but I wish I had known about the lack of visability and the drag issues before purchasing. Also, be aware that no spare tire comes with this car. You get a can of Fix-A-Flat. There is a space for it, but no tire.
bought a new buick lacrosse eassist on the way home stopped for dinner and the front of the car is so ,low it dragged on the ground causeing 500 dollars in damage thought i was at fault took to body shop and had repainted when i got car back went out that night trying to be extra carefull with driveing and it draged again no damage this time dealer has been great but gm district contact was no help at all this after my being a gm buyer since the early 70s last 3 new gm products where a 96 eldorado 2001 deville and now this buick no wonder people go to outher brands wish i would have kept the 01 deville had it 11 years and it never saw the inside of a body shop
Convenience Group 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
I wanted a living room on wheels and I got it! I have put 85000 miles on it due to family proximity and those spontaneous road trips. My baby has been excellent! I love driving her. Great weight. Solid doors!! Super quiet! Excellent handling and when you have to tromp on it, it comes alive! In all of this time, I only had one problem. It was weird. Wouldn't turn over. Tried using the big battery for the jump start and it wouldn't allow it. A new battery at my most excellent dealer resolved it. NOTE: When I tried to start it after charging and if failed, it would not let me remove the key! Yikes! This is still the best car I have had for full time driving. Knock on wood and happy to report zero rattles. One note, it eats oil. Has since the beginning. I am surprised that the oil warning doesn't go on when low on oil. Must be pressure guided. Easy to tell. It gets sluggish. You can feel it. Check it monthly. Nothing is wearing out in the interior. A new set of car mats at 90k was a great investment both in appearance and enjoyment. After all, it is the first thing you see when you are getting in. Taking this sweet ride for the long haul. See you at 130k!
Bought this car new back in November of 2012, the first thing I noticed like many other owners is that the front is to low I have had to file insurance claims numerous times to have the front fixed after hitting parking lot blocks or going up a high driveway, also the car started having problems running right and idling problems, check engine light came on took to dealer and all I could get from them that they saw in the system where check engine light came on but had no clue why it came on and all they could say was there was nothing they could do cause they could not reproduce the problem, to this day still having lots of problems with car running right and now makes noises.
Having been longtime Pontiac owners we always thought Buick's styling and road manners skewed old. This is not the case with the LaCrosse. The looks are outstanding but it comes at a price. It is hard to judge the front and rear of the car and the blind spots when changing lanes are hard to see. It takes some getting used to but consider getting back up assist and blind spot alert. It has a sporty road feel without a punishing ride. The seats are very comfortable. The layout of the instrument panel is such that the tilt wheel is always obstructing something. The digital speedometer is a big help. The trunk is only adequate for luggage for two. That's the price you pay for the large back seat
Premium I Group 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A)
Options on test vehicle
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, inline-4 with auto-stop/start
DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
182 @ 6,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
172 @ 4,900
Six-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.58; II = 2.96; III = 1.91; IV = 1.45; V = 1.00; VI = 0.75; R = 2.94; Final Drive = 2.64
Not particularly quick, but then again this car is about fuel economy, not power. Engine revs high but never has much punch. Shifts at 6,700 rpm in Drive, will hold acceleration in gear to 7,000-rpm rev limiter in Manual mode. Engine shuts off when you stop, then you nudge the throttle to fire it back up. Quickest run came without power-braking at start line. Manual shifting is via console lever (pull back for downshifts). Does not blip throttle for quick downshifts.
Surprisingly firm pedal. Minimal nose dive and hardly any side-to-side motion under braking. Very consistent stopping distances. First stop was 116 feet and shortest was third stop at 115 feet. Longest stop was fourth at 117 feet.
Skid pad: Where's the steering feel? Just an understeering plow-fest around the skid pad. The stability system was abrupt in its transitions from cutting throttle to reengaging it, so you might have pedal floored with no power, then suddenly power would reappear, making it difficult to stay on cornering arc. Slalom: Light, effortless steering, soft and floppy suspension and low-grip tires. Though I remember the LaCrosse handling better than this. Main culprit is no doubt the Michelin Energy Saver tires, but the eAssist hardware is heavy and the suspension calibration is particularly soft.