2011 Buick LaCrosse: Overview
Fri, 08/12/2011 - 20:34
According to reports based on evaluations of the 2011 Buick LaCrosse, there will be some changes in addition to the redesign which happened in the model year of 2010. Also known and sold within the Canadian market as the “Allure”, the LaCrosse is a 4-door sedan equipped with a front-wheel drive. LaCrosse comes in three different trim levels, specifically the CX, CXL, and the CXS. While all models have the front-wheel drive, the all-wheel drive is also available for the CXL. With respect to engines, 182 hp 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engines power up both the CX and the CXL with the front-drive system. A 280 hp 3.6 liter V6 engine is also optional on the two models just mentioned. The said engine, on the other hand, is a standard to the all-wheel drive CXL as well as the CXS model. Reports state that the 255 hp 3.0 liter V6 engine is no longer available in this lineup. All models in the 2011 Buick LaCrosse lineup make use of a 6-speed automatic transmission. The set of available safety features is composed of an antilock brake system (ABS), front-side airbags, curtain-side airbags, an antiskid system, and traction control. Each of these safety features has a specific function to ensure a safe riding experience to all passengers of the vehicle. Whether or not some other features are standard differs per trim level. The CXL and CXS have standardized heated front seats as well as leather upholstery. Only the CXS has ventilated seats as a standard, because the CXL has this as an optional feature. Other available features include a rearview camera, xenon headlights, a navigation system, a DVD entertainment system, and a head-up display. The rearview camera gives the driver a better view of what’s behind the car. This is a camera installed on the back license plate, which transmits images to the screen inside the vehicle. Xenon headlights give much better vision during the night. The navigation system uses GPS technology to give the driver information on the road he or she is driving in, as well as nearby roads and locations, based on a road database. This helps the driver get a better view of traffic and directions, facilitating a more informed choice in making plans. The head-up display makes it more convenient for better viewing of everything that needs to be seen without taking one’s eyes off the road. And of course, a DVD entertainment system will always come in handy anytime you’re on the road. Reports also revealed results from expert testing conducted on CXS model with the Touring Package and the navigation system feature. The results were glaringly positive, with the CSX model garnering a total score of 71, which is significantly larger compared to the average 45.2 that most large car models in its class get.