By KBB.com Editors
If you've been hearing the words "renaissance" and "Buick" in the same sentence, the word "LaCrosse" is also probably also in there somewhere. That's because this redesigned vehicle has the good looks, dynamic ride and modern feel that Buicks of recent memory - Enclave notwithstanding - have sorely lacked. These features really help the 2010 LaCrosse shine, especially when compared to other premium-leaning sedans such as the Lincoln MKZ, Hyundai Genesis and Lexus ES 350. While the Buick brand still has some work to do in getting back into the hearts and minds of the car-buying public, we think that the well-sorted LaCrosse is a very fine step in the right direction.
If comfort, modern styling and value-for-money are all things you want in a mid-size premium sedan, the well-rounded 2010 Buick LaCrosse should be on your must-see list.
Although Buick has certainly stepped up its game, the brand still doesn't quite carry the same luxury cache as Lexus, nor possess the sporty driving dynamics of others in the segment, like the Acura TL. And, unlike LaCrosses of the past, this sedan does not offer a V8.
The redesigned 2010 LaCrosse is not the stately Buick sedan that your grandfather drove. With a fresh look, a just-right price and a much more engaging ride than you'd expect, this four-door is sure to make people rethink the Buick brand.
Driving Impressions Those looking for a daily driver and comfortable highway cruiser would not be disappointed by the 2010 Buick LaCrosse. It's exceptionally quiet and smooth (as a large Buick sedan should...be), but it also delivers surprisingly eager driving dynamics - especially noticed when driven side-by-side with the Lexus ES 350, the vehicle the LaCrosse is really setting itself up against. The interior is well-designed, with stitching and faux wood details that serve to enhance the vehicle without looking cheap. While there are three engines on offer - a 2.4-liter in-line four, 3.0-liter V6 and 3.6-liter V6 – the lone available transmission is a six-speed automatic which allows for "manual" gear changes via the gear selector. Unlike some of its competitors, those wanting added all-weather on-road security can opt for all-wheel drive on the mid-level CXL trim with the 3.0-liter engine.
Even with the front seats moved as far back as possible, rear-seat passengers still have enough legroom to sit comfortably, no matter the length of the trip.
CXS Ice-Blue Interior Lighting
When the sun goes down, the interior of the LaCrosse is bathed in a soft blue light, emanating subtly from multiple points inside the vehicle. This "mood lighting" is a nice touch that adds to the sedan's premium feel.
Inside is really where the new LaCrosse design comes together. Flowing lines, seam stitching and soft-touch surfaces abound. All buttons and switches have a substantial, upscale feel and are logically laid out. The USB port is located in the center console, and although it is located towards the back of the bin (making it a little difficult to reach), it is thankfully at the top. We found the trunk to be a bit of a mixed bag; although we appreciated how quickly (and completely) it opened, the usable space inside was seriously impeded by two trunk lid supports that take up some considerable real estate on each side.Exterior
No Buick would be complete without the iconic waterfall grille and portholes (on top of the hood, for the first time), and the 2010 LaCrosse sports both outlined in attention-getting chrome. A dramatically sculpted high beltine - known as "sweep spear" in Buick parlance - stretches from the front of the vehicle to the rear, which, when combined with the available 19-inch wheels, make the redesigned LaCrosse look more athletic than anything else the brand has on offer – yet. For a smooth, unbroken appearance in the rear of the vehicle, the exhaust tips exit via the rear fascia instead of under it.
A 2010 Buick LaCrosse CX comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 (a 2.4-liter in-line four will be available soon), six-speed automatic transmission, eight-way adjustable power driver's seat, OnStar, automatic air conditioning and 17-inch alloy wheels. Moving up to CXL territory adds halogen fog lamps, 18-inch wheels, dual zone automatic air conditioning, auto-dimming rear mirror, universal home remote and leather seating. The top-of-the-line CXS is additionally outfitted with a 3.6-liter V6, 18-inch chrome wheels, heated and cooled front seats and a harmon/kardon 11-speaker sound system with USB port.
Looking to outfit your 2010 LaCrosse in every techie extra it offers? Then opt for Bluetooth, the harmon/kardon sound system, rear park assist, navigation, head-up display and the rear seat entertainment system with noise-cancelling headphones. If comfort is more important to you, add the heated and ventilated front seats, four-way driver's lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, heated and power-folding side mirrors and keyless start. And if you want the LaCrosse to look and behave a bit sportier on the road, add the xenon headlights, rear h-arm suspension, 19-inch all-season tires and chassis with continuously variable real time damping and sport mode selectivity.
Motivation for the 2010 Buick LaCrosse comes from either a 3.0-liter V6 (CX and CXL trims) or a 3.6-liter V6 (standard on the CXS). Later in the year, a 2.4-liter in-line four engine will be standard on the CX trim. All engines employ direct injection and are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions to help maximize fuel economy.
2.4-liter in-line four
182 horsepower @ 6700 rpm
172 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 (estimated)
255 horsepower @ 6900 rpm (FWD)
252 horsepower @ 6900 rpm (AWD)
217 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm (FWD)
215 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5100 rpm (AWD)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 (FWD), 16/25 (AWD)
280 horsepower @ 6300 rpm
289 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27
By Kelly on Saturday, August 16, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: windows/poor visibility
Pros: "beautiful styling, good ride"
Cons: "poor visibility and not enough storage"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Such a beautiful car but because of the poor overall visibility of small and blocked windows I felt the need to sell my Buick LaCross. For me it was dangerous to back out of a parking spot and my son who also drove this Buick on occasion also agreed."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By meadowsfab7 on Friday, August 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very nice looking car since re-styling 2011."
Cons: "Reliability is unpredicible"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2
"I bought this car brand new in 2011. I also purchased the CSX which is top of the line. So far, I have been very disappointed in the quality and reliability of this car. Since ownership, I have had 4 major issues with the vehicle. This ranges from timing chain leaks, electronic key fob losing it memory and connection to the car, feathering cracks appearing in the windshield and tire monitoring system just starting giving bogus data. Fortunately all repairs were covered by the factory warranty but I fear what will happen when it runs out."
By i'm sold on Sunday, July 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great hiway gas milage, remote start very handy"
Cons: "See review above."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"This car is on of the best I have owned. My first GM product and I am extremely happy with it. Two things I would change: 1) Add tinted windows, 2) replace the low profile tires with a higher profile for a better ride."
9 people out of 18 found this review helpful
By Matt P. on Thursday, July 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Love to drive, handles well, very comfortable"
Cons: "Has some odd blind spots"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I've really enjoyed this car so far. It's so comfortable to travel in. I've really enjoyed the infotainment system, it's great if you're traveling long distances. The driver's seat is the most comfortable of any car I've ever owned. I recently took a trip with family and my sister, who usually gets car sick in the back seat, said that she didn't have any sickness in this car. I think that has to do with how well it rides. This car has the first back up camera I've ever had in a car, parallel parking is so much easier than other cars I've owned. I've been impressed with how well this car handles on curves, especially when navigating the canyons in Utah. The 3.6 liter engine has plenty of power and then some. The gas milage isn't bad, on the highway I get an average of 28 mpg, around town 22 mpg. There are some blind spots on this vehicle that you have to get used too. The model I bought has vehicle detection, that helps, but I have to turn my mirrors out more than I'm used to to help minimize blind spots. The frame on either side of the windshield takes some getting used to as well. Over all I'm very happy with the car and really like the way it looks. I think Buick hit a home run on the styling."
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By thatsnotabuick on Saturday, July 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I have had the 2011 Lacrosse for 3 years and it is a great car. Runs great and very smooth on the highway. The only difficulty I have with the vehicle is that visibility out the front of the vehicle is unusually cluttered by the large side mirrors and roof supports. Makes for some tricky intersections at times."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By lg on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive and very proud of the good looks."
Cons: "no cons thus far."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This car has to be one of the best if not the best I have ever owned. MPG overall at least 30 and have gotten ss high as 40 MPG, very pleasing."
16 people out of 27 found this review helpful