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UPDATED: Jul 15, 2019

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These are exciting days for General Motors. GM emerged from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in 2009 leaner and more focused on its core North American brands Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick.

Each one has recent success stories to showcase; for Buick, the upscale LaCrosse sedan is one such success.

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The LaCrosse: A Sign of Buick’s Renewal

After more than a century, Buick has evolved to become an iconic brand in the United States. However, its popularity in China is just as likely to have helped save the Buick after GM’s 2009 bankruptcy reorganization, which saw the discontinuation of Pontiac, Saturn, and Hummer in addition to the sale of Saab.

By that time, the LaCrosse was already attracting younger buyers in North America and gaining popularity in China as part of GM’s significant presence overseas. These two lucrative markets ensured Buick’s preservation.

The Buick LaCrosse was introduced to North America in 2005. In Canada, where it has enjoyed immense popularity, the LaCrosse was known as the Buick Allure until the 2010 model year, at which time GM changed it the Canadian name from Allure to LaCrosse in order to streamline advertising across the continent.

The first generation received mixed reviews; however, with sales nearing 100,000 for the 2005 model year, the LaCrosse enjoyed a successful debut. Buick’s strong reputation for reliability makes it worthwhile for used-car shoppers to consider a LaCrosse from the 2005-through-2009 generation.

The complete redesign for 2010 was praised by reviewers for its style, performance, luxury and impressive options. Most felt that this generation of LaCrosse was an unmitigated success.

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The 2011 Buick LaCrosse

With three trim levels and optional all-wheel drive, the 2011 LaCrosse straddles the affordable and luxury sedan markets so deftly that it is a worthy alternative to many mid-size and large sedans in the $25,000-to-$40,000 range.

The 2011 US News and World Report review of Affordable Large Cars places it third behind the Ford Taurus and the Toyota Avalon, and finds little to complain about except a lack of appeal to sportier drivers. US News praises the LaCrosse’s “sharp styling, confident performance” and its luxurious cabin.

It also compares the LaCrosse to a fully-loaded Toyota Camry or Hyundai Sonata. Edmunds.com groups the LaCrosse with the Acura TL, Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES 350. The new generation also warrants comparison with the Saab 9-5, its 2010 platform-mate.

Of these, the most press-worthy duel is between the second-generation LaCrosse, starting between $26,995 and $33,765 this year, and the Lexus ES 350 starting at $36,025.

Hailed by Buick as America’s answer to the Lexus, the LaCrosse easily prevails over the ES 350 in reviews, and does so at a lower price point.

Edmunds.com says the 2011 LaCrosse is “certainly more engaging to drive than the Lexus ES 350.” Motor Trend’s full blown comparison also puts the LaCrosse ahead of the ES 350.

Ironically, notes Motor Trend, Lexus became a cash cow for Toyota by inventing itself as the Japanese Buick. For Buick, the symmetry is sweet: reviewers have wholeheartedly crowned the LaCrosse America’s Lexus!

Available engines for the 2011 LaCrosse are a fuel-efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder in the base CX or a 3.6-liter V6 with 280 horsepower in the all-wheel drive CXL and the upscale, front-wheel drive CXS.

The six-speed automatic transmission has driver shift control and overdrive, and is well-liked by reviewers. Available options and features more than suffice when compared to the LaCrosse’s entry-level luxury sedan competitiors.

Despite its focus on comfort, luxury and price, the LaCrosse does get some kudos for precise handling and a more youthful ride that, together with its attractive styling, will surely widen its demographic appeal.

Safety Features and Crash Evaluations

The Buick LaCrosse is equipped with anti-lock brakes with brake assist, GM’s Stabilitrak traction control, dual-stage front and side-impact air bags with an air bag passenger sensing system, rear parking assist, state-of-the-art safety belts, LATCH child safety seat tethers, tire pressure monitoring and a full OnStar menu of features including crash notification.

Buick’s attention to safety equipment combines successfully with its crashworthy engineering: the LaCrosse is a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for 2011 and also received a top overall score of five stars from the federal government’s National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration for 2011.

How much is car insurance for the Buick LaCrosse?

Any quote you personally receive to insure a vehicle will depend on such factors as its safety evaluations and whether its personality is more sedate, perhaps like a comfy sedan, or ready to rip like a sports convertible.

Your quote will also depend on you — where you live, your age, your credit history, your driving record, your annual mileage and other factors.

Perhaps you intend to bundle other insurance policies, which usually adds a discount. Perhaps you are a young driver, in which case your premiums will be higher. On average, however, Buick LaCrosse owners can expect to pay somewhere between low estimates of $900 per year and high estimates around $1350.

One of the biggest variables is location: if you live in an expensive state such as Louisiana, average annual insurance for the LaCrosse is above $2000, whereas in vermont and Maine it can be well below $1000.

With all this in mind, it’s a good idea to get multiple quotes from companies eager to do business with you. To begin shopping for car insurance for the Buick LaCrosse, enter your zip code now!

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