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.”