$21,830 – $27,330 MSRP
$20,629 – $25,827 Invoice
19 / 27 MPG City/Hwy
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Buick's midsize LaCrosse sedan was new for 2005, and safety and trim upgrades are the only changes for the 2006 model year. Side-curtain air bags and anti-lock brakes are now standard on all LaCrosse models. A new Luxury package, consisting of automatic dual-zone climate control and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel that houses redundant stereo and HVAC controls, is available on CX models only. Also, CX and CXL models receive a leather-wrapped shifter that is also featured in the top-of-the-line CXS. The CXL's 16-inch aluminum wheels are now available with a choice of polished or argent spokes. Additionally, three new exterior colors are available: Slatestone, Sandstone, and Platinum.
Buick's LaCrosse replaces two of the division's long-running nameplates (Regal and Century) with a single vehicle that shares a platform (major chassis and vehicle components) with the Chevrolet Impala and Monte Carlo, and the Pontiac Grand Prix. This new LaCrosse name, taken from a show vehicle, first appeared on vehicles in Buick showrooms in 2005. LaCrosse is sold only as a four-door sedan, and is offered in three trim levels: base CX, CXL, and top-of-the line CXS. The CX comes well-equipped with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, Premium Ride suspension, remote keyless entry, power windows with driver-side express down, six-way power seats, an AM/FM stereo/6-CD changer with TheftLock protection, front and side air bags for front passengers, side-curtain air bags for outboard rear seat passengers, and one year of OnStar service.
The CXL trim adds leather seats with power lumbar controls, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic dual-zone climate control, and styled aluminum 16-inch wheels and tires. Step up to the CXS and you get a bigger dose of performance: an all-aluminum 240-hp, 3.6L V-6 engine, an automatic transmission with a more aggressive final drive ratio for better acceleration, 17-inch wheels and tires, quicker steering, and a stronger suspension for more secure handling. The additional engine power reduces the fuel economy rating one mile per gallon in the city and two on the highway.
All LaCrosse models are manufactured using Buick's QuietTuning system, which consists of denser acoustic materials, improved sealing techniques, special quiet-tread tires, acoustically-laminated glass, and strategically-positioned acoustic absorption panels to help prevent exterior noise from reaching the interior. LaCrosse features a standard four-year, 50,000-mile warranty.
The LaCrosse is part of the crowded Midsize segment-the second largest group in J.D. Power and Associates' official segmentation, and home to some of the top-selling cars in the U.S. LaCrosse competes with 19 vehicles from 17 different nameplates. In a segment this large, differentiation is key, and the competition is fierce.
The sales leader in this group (and overall top-selling car in the U.S. for 2005) is the Toyota Camry, which recorded 376,803 sales in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM Hot on Camry's heels is the Honda Accord, with sales of 369,293 for 2005. Other strong competitiors include the Nissan Altima (255,371 units in 2005), Chevrolet Malibu (245,861), and Ford Taurus (196,919). Two other models with sales over 100,000 include the Hyundai Sonata and Pontiac G6. The LaCrosse finishes with 92,669 units sold in 2005.
|CX||4 speed automatic||$21,830||200-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||20/30|
|CXL||4 speed automatic||$24,330||200-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl||20/30|
|CXS||4 speed automatic||$27,330||240-hp / 3.6L 6-cyl||19/27|
$18,445–$25,805 Base MSRP
20/28 MPG City/Hwy
$20,375–$29,400 Base MSRP
20/29 MPG City/Hwy
$18,225–$29,300 Base MSRP
20/29 MPG City/Hwy
$30,990–$32,990 Base MSRP
25/34 MPG City/Hwy
$17,895–$22,895 Base MSRP
20/30 MPG City/Hwy