Edmunds Comparo & Video - Redesigned Buick LaCrosse vs Lexus ES350

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  1. TriShield

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    The Buick wins.

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    The LaCrosse CXS's direct-injected 3.6-liter V6 makes 280 horsepower with 87-octane fuel. The widely employed Toyota 3.5-liter V6 utilizes premium fuel and variable valve timing to make 272 hp in the ES 350.

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    Intimately designed but roomy nonetheless, the cockpit of the LaCrosse CXS is a step ahead for Buick. Nothing daring here, and while the color palate is indeed subdued, there seems to be too much at work in the interior of our Lexus ES 350.

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    White-on-black gauges are highly legible and amply sized. The instrument panel also features a crisp color display for a multitude of info outputs including tire pressures, navigation and trip meters. Simple, precise and highly legible gauges are among the design elements of the Lexus ES 350 we wouldn't change. The small info panel up top could stand an upgrade, however.

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    At $1,995, the Buick's optional audio upgrade and navigation system utilizes crisp and intuitive graphics. The yoke-shaped center console has few buttons and is dominated by the optional and expensive ($4,250) premium audio/navigation system. The high-contrast touchscreen serves a multitude of climate and infotainment functions.

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    We like the soft boot and straight-line action of the LaCrosse's shifter over the shifting labyrinth of the Lexus ES 350. Sport and manual mode are a simple nudge to the left. The Lexus features wood by Fred's Furniture; shifter by Mercedes-Benz circa 1996.

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    These super-attractive 19-inch wheels come as part of the attractively priced ($800) Touring package. The Lexus ES 350's standard wheels measure 17 inches in diameter.

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    Our LaCrosse CXS test car's price is pumped up with more than $5,500 in options, yet still comes in under $40,000. With more than $8,600 in options, our Lexus ES 350's as-tested price swelled to $43,975, but the Buick LaCrosse was $4,650 less and better equipped.

    1st Place - Buick LaCrosse - The LaCrosse earns a resounding win for GM. Its biggest challenge will be getting people to consider a Buick.

    2nd Place - Lexus ES350 - Sure, picking on this aging car was easy, but who expected Buick to be the bully here? Due for replacement in 2011.

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    buick interior >>>>>>>>>>> lexus

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    in before GM haters
     
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    Our LaCrosse CXS test car's price is pumped up with more than $5,500 in options, yet still comes in under $40,000. With more than $8,600 in options, our Lexus ES 350's as-tested price swelled to $43,975, but the Buick LaCrosse was $4,650 less and better equipped.
     
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    LaCrosse means masturbation in Canada, did you know that? :mamoru:
     
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    Lexus>Buick anyday.
     
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    It's very nice. I would drive it.

    Still, very few people are going to cross-shop Buick and Lexus.

    If someone is going to buy a Buick, they've already decided to buy 'merican.

    If someone is looking at a Lexus, they aren't going to say "hmm.. let me just stop by the BUICK dealershop to see what they have up there before I sign"
     
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    zomg $40k for a Buick!!!!!1!
     
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    No doubt American can produce extremely nice cars though, even if the Buick fails it won't be because it was a subpar product. Like the Genesis sedan which isn't doing well.
     
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    i think buick and cadillac will be a force to be reckoned with in the short term future...

    now all GM needs to do is market the shit out of them and get the word out so people can see how good their cars really are
     
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    christ that lexus is just an expensive camry
    Either way, boring vs. boring :sleep:
     
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    I wish I could mix and match those interiors

    Buick actually has high points for reliability doesn't it?
     
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    Not a fan of either, but Buick did a nice job. I wish Saturn was still around to get an Insignia variant, too.
     
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    Yes I agree.

    Even though I have never personally owned an American car, I can honestly say I am proud and impressed to see how far they have come from the horrid cars of my youth in the early 1980s to what they build now. They truly are competitive in most classes now.

    The Cadillacs they made when I was a kid were a joke. The Cadillacs they make now are beautiful and well built while still remaining uniquely American.

    I actually entertained the thought of buying American after 9/11 but couldn't quite get myself to do it. There really wasn't anything in my price range that measured up to the Japanese competition IMO. Wound up with a Scion xB. Loved it. Drove it for 3-4 years and sold it to CarMax at a $500 profit despite having purchased it with a loan at 5% with $0 down. It was 100% reliable the entire time I owned it. Somehow I'm sure that story would have turned out differently if I had gone with the Ford Focus I was considering.
     
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    Yeah the past few years have been the first time in recent memory with multiple good reviews of domestic cars, like the Malibu, Fusion, and Buicks and Caddys, I would consider a domestic next time.
     
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    I hope they can get some creative marketing behind this.. I knew the buick would be good!!!

    the Lexus is such an uninspired car.. its meant for 60 year old ladies. such a boring car.
     
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    I can't wait to buy a 5 yr old model for $20k :mamoru:
     
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    The *only* issue the genesis sedan has is a suspension issue. Im sure the buick will drop a tranny and everyone will chalk it up to "oh its an american car". But if the import has an issue, its a complete piece of crap and a brand failure
     
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    ES sucks so hard, had it as a loaner twice from Lexus
     
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