2010 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2010 Lexus ES350 Review: Car Reviews

25 Aug 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on 2010 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2010 Lexus ES350 Review: Car Reviews
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The Buick Challenge: Lexus vs. Buick LaCrosse CXS


1. The Lexus ES350 is powered by a 3.5L V6, while the Buick CXS gets a 280-hp 3.6L V6.

2. For Buick will also a 182-hp 4-cylinder for the LaCrosse, 30-mpg highway and priced $26,995.

3. The ES starts at $35,175, a V6-powered LaCrosse CXS is priced $33,015


Even the wheels are larger, standard 17-inchers equal to the but with 18s on higher trim (like our CXS tester) and 19s optional. even the design of the wheels is expressive on the Buick. And in true the LaCrosse also gets more chrome, which stood out on our Red Jewel test

Plus, the large chrome exhaust finishers make a statement.

Other areas the Buick excels include seat room, interior both standard and optional and a slight edge in horsepower (as as offering an additional lower-budget V6 for the remainder of 2010 and even an 4-cylinder fuel economy for 2011).

Up front, the cockpits of both are roughly similar in size, but in the passenger compartment the Buick more space. With an size that is 6-inches 1.5-inches wider and roughly taller, it’s no surprise inside the LaCrosse has an extra of headroom, 4.5-inches more seat leg room and an inch hip room. What surprised us was the Lexus offered the larger with 14.7 cubic compared to 12.8 cu.-ft. in the

The cabin itself, while not as executed, certainly has more to it, with the Lexus interior as as the exterior. The LaCrosse has an impressive stack with stitching on the and plenty of unique details. We however, find there to be an number of buttons, which, with the switchgear, weren’t of as high a quality as the Lexus.

bargain basement is the plastic cover on the center console.


In terms of the Buick appears to win by a significant at first, due to the psychological impact of all buttons, but after closer it’s a close call both vehicles offering different luxury items.

Our LaCrosse CXS, equipped the Navigation package, came the usual power amenities and the ES with power heated and front seats with a function. CXS with Nav models come with rear parking assist, a back-up a power rear sunshade, door sill plates, start and a heated steering We also really appreciated the display.

As for the ES350, when equipped with the Navigation it gets a higher grade aniline leather, power sunshade, a backup camera and front lighting with HID The Buick can also have for an extra $695.

One stand-out item the Lexus offers is radar cruise control a pre-collision system.

Both offer impressive audio with the LaCrosse featuring a Harmon/Kardon audio system, the Nav package on the Lexus also in a 14-speaker Mark Levinson system.

In terms of safety, it’s a bit of a with both models traction and stability control, the Buick features OnStar but six-airbags and the Lexus gets airbags (including driver and knee airbags), plus rear side airbags.


On paper, the Buick seems to the advantage (however slight) in the comparo, with 280-hp a 3.6-liter V6, compared to 272-hp a 3.5-liter V6 in the Lexus. Both get automatic transmissions and both claim a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 Those numbers might not be accurate, however, as we find it to believe even different can make up for the fact that at 4,000 lbs, the Buick is 400 lbs than the Lexus.

In terms of economy, despite advancements by Motors with its new models, the big V6 in the still doesn’t deliver as impressive numbers as the ES, with a of 17/27 mpg (city/highway), compared to mpg in the Lexus. One important note, is that Lexus requires fuel, while Buick regular.

But superior fuel economy is the reason we chose our winner.

Lexus ES350


As a the Lexus is by far the more premium Yes the interior is dull, as is the exterior, but the is still better executed higher-grade materials and workmanship. more style to the interior of the a flashy promo photo can it appear more luxurious, but the is less flattering.

While flashy, at least the Lexus’ is more user friendly the Buick with far less on the dash. The higher-grade leather makes a significant difference in the

From behind the wheel, the driving experience is a hands-down for Lexus. Surprisingly (or perhaps not Buick’s history), the LaCrosse is in the softness of the ride, but the ES manages to a slightly more cloud-like while also being a bit dynamic – although neither car anywhere close to that We have to credit the more feel of the ES350 to its significantly curb weight.

The larger dimensions of the Buick may help it a reasonable luxury ride, but make it cumbersome around While hardly the tippy Buick of yore, it’s tremendous in size. Traditional owners aren’t likely to as much, but we have to think the is in search of a younger demographic this car.

Most noticeable in the driving between the two models is the excellent of isolation the ES delivers – something reasonably priced Lexus offer after years of and achieving Mercedes-like standards.

is a down-side to the Lexus, however, and sure you can guess what it is: the While the Buick CXS starts at and jumps to $36,995 with and a sunroof (plus things HID lights), the Lexus begins at and rises to $41,005 with the package – which also a long list of premium And those top end prices for each are a fair comparison with the same level of equipment on each.


In keeping GM’s marketing of the LaCrosse, we the “Buick Challenge,” but found the wanting. The Lexus ES simply its competitor in those areas it really counts for a luxury namely, interior quality and the experience. Yes, the ES350 a premium, and yes, we wish it came with a heads-up and a heated steering wheel, not to some actual style.

We’re also compelled to here that the Buick is available in AWD, while the is not. Plus, a new 182-hp 4-cylinder can also be had in the LaCrosse for While lacking in refinement and it does deliver better economy and a starting price is far, far lower than the

Losing this comparison all bad news for Buick. In doing so, the gains credibility as it seeks to buyers that it’s products that can stand with the best in the business. But as a Buick as the LaCrosse is, it’s no – not even an ES.

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