2013 Buick LaCrosse Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - December 20, 2012

As the Lacrosse approaches the 2013 model year, there were a few minor changes to its lineup. Added into the Lacrosse lineup was standard Buick IntelliLink, available XM Travel Link, a blue ring surrounding the Xenon HID lights, electric power steering onto the 3.6-liter engine, a repositioned rearview mirror, passive entry chrome button on the door handles, three new exterior colors and redesigned OnStar buttons.

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The 2013 Buick Lacrosse comes in five different trim levels: Base, Leather, Premium I, Premium II and Touring. The Base model comes relatively well equipped with things like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine and 17-inch wheels, and it comes in at a base MSRP of $31,660. The Leather trim level, which comes in at $33,870, adds in some extra comfort features, making driving it more of a pleasure. Moving up to the Premium I trim level nets the Lacrosse even more comfort features and comes in at $35,285. The Premium II trim level carries and MSRP of $36,705 and gives the Lacrosse a better sound system and a sports package to help this luxury sedan look and handle a little better. Finally, for a base MSRP of $39,240, the Lacrosse comes in the Touring trim level, which adds in a larger set of wheels and a Buick’s Driver Confidence Package.

In terms of competition, the mid-size luxury sedan market is huge, giving buyers plenty of options to pick from. The first competitor to the fight is the 2013 Acura TL, which carries with is a pair of powerful V-6 engines, plenty of luxury and a $35,905 base MSRP. Next up is the 2013 Audi A6, which starts of at a bloated $42,200 and features a standard 211-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 310-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine with all-wheel drive. Another option would be the slightly smaller 2013 Volkswagen CC, which comes in at $30,250 and features 200-horsepower, four-cylinder engine standard. The final option would be the 2013 Nissan Maxima, which comes in at an affordable $32,780 and features a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is good for 290 horsepower.

With Buick still working on rebuilding its image, the 2013 Lacrosse is one model that it is banking on performing well in its segment. With so much on the line, the Lacrosse really needs to come out near the top of the luxury mid-size heap.