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Review of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse
IntroductionThe 2012 Buick Lacrosse is a four-passenger midsize family sedan available in three trims CX, CXL, and Super. Changes are minor for 2012 and include the Ecotec 2.4L as standard on the CXL FWD, along with variable-effort electric power steering on 2.4L-equipped models. A tire repair kit which replaces the standard compact spare tire and jack is available.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesThe 17-inch 10-spoke Chrome-Tech aluminum and 18-inch nine-spoke chromed aluminum wheels are optional features. An optional front bench seat in CX and CXL increases the passenger capacity to six. Ultrasonic rear parking assist; Bluetooth wireless technology for select compatible phones; Comfort and Convenience Package; Driver Confidence Package; power, tilt-sliding sunroof; driver and right-front passenger heated seats; rear, split-folding seats with armrest and dual cup holders; AM/FM stereo with in-dash six-disc CD changer; seek-scan, auto tone control, speed-compensated volume and premium nine-speaker system; 240-watt Concert Sound III sound system; and six-passenger seats are some of the optional features available on the 2012 Buick Lacrosse.
EngineA 200-hp 3.8-liter SFI V6 engine powers the 2011 Buick Lacrosse CX and CXL trims. The 2012 Buick Lacrosse Super trim is equipped with a 5.3-liter SFI V8 engine rated at 300 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic, electronically controlled transmission are standard on all trims.
SafetyDual-stage frontal, driver, right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System airbags; head-curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating position airbags; four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes; LATCH; and OnStar are some standard safety features that the 2012 Lacrosse hosts. StabiliTrac electronic stability control system and full-range, powertrain- and brake-modulated traction control systems are optional.