2012 Buick LaCrosse Among Most Satisfying 10-Year-Old Sedans, Says Consumer Reports17
When most people think of cars that are pleasurable to hop behind the wheel of, the 2012 Buick LaCrosse is probably not at the top of their list. The LaCrosse appears to be a bit more enticing than some may realize, though, as it has been dubbed one of the most satisfying used vehicles to own by the editorial team over at Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports recently published a list of the top ten most satisfying ten-year-old sedans, which placed the 2012 model-year Buick LaCrosse in good company with popular models like the 2012 Toyota Camry, 2012 Mazda6, 2012 Acura TL, 2012 Subaru Legacy and 2012 Honda Accord.
According to Consumer Reports, a nice example of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse can be purchased for between $11,300 and $12,725 on the used market in the United States. This model has an owner satisfaction score of 3/5 on the publication’s website and a reliability score of 4/5.
In its road test review of the 2012 LaCrosse, editors for Consumer Reports noted the vehicle had a narrow cockpit, busy dashboard and somewhat poor outward visibility, but praised it for its “quiet, roomy and luxurious” cabin, as well as its responsive handling and steady ride. They also liked the mild hybrid 2.4L four-cylinder powertrain that was added to the lineup for 2012, replacing the non-hybrid 2.4L setup, and said the available 3.6L V6 engine is “smooth and delivers plenty of power.”
Many motorists may overlook used sedans, Consumer Reports says, as the vast majority of shoppers are in the market for a crossover, SUV or pickup truck. For this reason, shopping for a used sedan like the 2012 LaCrosse can be a great way to get an under-the-radar deal on a second-hand vehicle, even with today’s inflated prices. The publication says there are other advantages to owning a sedan, too, such as “better fuel economy for a given size of vehicle, lower purchase price, and in many cases, a more comfortable ride and more responsive handling.”
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For a large sedan, the Lacrosse was badly compromised IMO. To give it more rear legroom for the Chinese market, they pushed the seat backwards until headroom was reduced to less-than-full-size-American-adult levels by the fast roofline. That also impinged trunk room to 14 cu ft, and 3-4 more were lost to the hybrid’s battery. The Cadillac XTS did a much better job maximizing space (18 cu ft and decent rear room) on their shared 111″ wheelbase (too short), but it was still too narrow for a big sedan–and its height. I believe the last Impala was somewhere between the two space-wise.
No surprise really. The did a good job with these.
And GM’s response? Quit making them??? There is still a huge market out there for sedans, I have little interest in an SUV.
I have a 2015 LaCrosse and think it is the best vehicle I have owned in my 80 years. Looks, comfort, performance all excellent. I want a new car but since the LAcrosse is no longer availble in the USA, and I really do no want an SUV, I think I will keep and enjoy my LaCrosse.
I have a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ 4cyl. It is still running like a top, very smooth and quiet ride with no major problems ever.
I can’t believe that Buick just quit making cars??? WTH? A nice Buick sedan would position well between the Malibu and the Cadillac. Duh!
My least favorite years for the LaCrosse. For a car this large the trunk was ridiculously small and the front seat felt cramped and narrow. Rear seat headroom was not great either. The door panels were odd too with a slit opening to pull the door shut. Driving down the road these looked like bloated whales with short stubby trunks. Rear seat legroom was grand and that was due to this car being a China design. The powertrain is good with the LFX 3.6 and 6 speed transmisison. The 2014 MCE helped a little but it wasn’t until the 2017 redux that this car really started to shine. All for GM NA to pull the plug. This car deserved so much better!
Lacrosse has garbage interior most car I’ve seen used with just over 100k miles have torn leather seat the first generation had better leather then second generation had some of cheapest leather I’ve seen
No way this car compares favorably to a 2012 Honda Accord, then or now.
I drive cars built by American-owned companies, I don’t even consider foreign cars. But that’s just me.
One of my vehicles in a 2009 Buick Lucerne. I love this car and I plan to keep driving it until it’s time to take it to the junkyard. My first car was a 1984 Buick LeSabre. It was a great car and my only complaint was it had a weak 307 Oldsmobile engine and TH 200 transmission. I swapped in a strong running 455 Buick engine along with a TH 350 transmission. I added a few other goodies like 3 inch exhaust pipes with glass pack mufflers and a Autometer 160 mph speedometer. This car was a blast to drive and most of the time I would ride around with the windows rolled down so that I could hear those glass packs. The only bad thing was the gas mileage. I was getting about 8 or 9 miles to the gallon on the highway. Wish I still had that car though.
I have a used 2010 CXS and am very happy with it. Plenty of power, very comfortable interior, nice array of tech (especially for a 2010), and no problems with the reported issues in the replies above. The car is quiet, comfortable, and a joy to drive. My 24 yr old twins love driving it and they are 6’4″. A lot of luxury for the $$$. Keyless entry, push button start, auto start w remote, Nav, climate control, moonroof w power shade, rear window shade, led interior lighting, rear seat reading light, pass through trunk, to name a few. If I can find another at a good price I’m a buyer.
I came home from my Dad’s funeral and was greatly surprised to see this gorgeous 2012 Buick LaCrosse in White Diamond sitting in the garage where my car usually parked.
My husband had been looking at vehicles other than sedans and decided to go to the Cadillac dealer.
His salesman told him the Cadilllac that year had uncomfortable seats and wanted to show him the LaCrosse.
He brought out the LaCrosse fully loaded, just like I would have wanted.
Needless to say, my husband loved the car and the salesman let him take the car home for my arrival.
The rest is history and one of the best decisions we made.
We traded often due to buying cars with problems so we leased it for a year. At that time, we decided to purchase it outright.
Unfortunately, my husband passed a few years later. He left me with this beautiful car that 10 years later I’m still proud to own. It still looks new. I have kept it up and haven’t had a bit of problem with it.
It is a dream to drive. The ride is so smooth. A few of my friends have new cars but they want to go in mine for the heated/ac seats in the front, the Sirius radio and the luxury ride.
They also love the remote start and the looks of the car.
I followed a friend of mine to a restaurant. When we got there he told me that I had the prettiest car on the road. I had to agree with him on that, I still think it’s stunning after 10 years. That is alot to say about a 10 year old car. I will drive it on vacation without a second thought to it’s age.
Who could be satisfied with such a homely design – for 10 years? I’ve also come to find Consumer Reports to be a wet blanket in many instances lately.
Owned a 2012 and loved everything about it EXCEPT the fact that water came into the front floor area that multiple examinations could not fix. Reluctantly traded it off.
I love my 2015 lacrosse!!