2012 Buick LaCrosse User Reviews
Premium 2 AWD shown
- $22,836 - $25,449
- No trim specified for this review
- Striking exterior, regular gas, decent comfort
- Poor performer, falling apart interior, weak climate system and no soul to the LaCrosse.
Purchased As New
My former company car was an Infiniti M, and that car was a complete 180 degree from
this monstrosity! I never had a single problem with it, but that is what happens when you
pay for quality. Plus it was such a blast to drive. It is of no matter to me, I plan on trading
it in for a 2012 Infiniti M37 anyway. On to the review.
The exterior is a wonderful departure from General Motors' typically boring and
uninspiring style. It is a huge plus not having to put premium in her. Well, these are truly
the only good points from here on out.
While the interior looks nice and feels nice, there are still some cheap looking and feeling
materials in the cabin. The real issue with the interior is that it ages faster than leaving milk
unopened in the southern Summer heat. Not only that, but the inside is falling apart! The
seats are wrinkled and the leather on the back of the front seats is coming off.
Another huge letdown is fuel economy. I figured since i have a less powerful engine, I
would get better fuel economy. Was I wrong! My M averaged somewhere between 20-23
MPG. Plus I was not exactly a feather-foot with her either due to its intoxicating VQ35
series exhaust note that Nissan/Infiniti's are so well known for. My LaCrosse which is so
unresponsive, dead, and numb feeling, gets a nightmare inducing 17.7 MPG. I could live
with that if it had gusto and soul though.
Speaking of performance, the LaCrosse just plain sucks! When you hit the pedal there is
a one-and-a-half-second delay before two-ton Tess wakes her lazy self up! Once she gets
going she can get there in a respectable for this class, 6.8 seconds. Getting there is not
the smoothest nor nicest sounding affair either. What I find disturbing is that I have this
lazy beast in CXS (S for SPORT!!) trim, with the transmission in sports mode 24/7, and
the traction control turned off so I do not get hit from behind.
Another grip to add to my long list is the inadequate climate system. Yes, it is 100+
degrees but even a cheap-for-its-class $39,000 car should work better. I cannot for
the life of me feel the cooled seats.
A truly dangerous matter are the wicked blind spots on this thing. I am a safe driver but
this is the first time where I have almost been in an accident!! In fact I had another near
miss today!!!! I have driven Acura RL's, CL's, TL's, Infiniti M's and G's and I never had
a problem with those beauties.
In all honesty I am probably NEVER going to buy another General Motors due to have
problems with past GM products. This LaCrosse is the final straw that broke the camel's
back for me.
I'm sorry GM but you truly have a lot of work that needs fixing immediately!
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