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#1848 of 2056 2012 LaCrosse IntelliLink
Oct 18, 2011 (11:06 am)
Buick has done it again but much better this time.
I was perusing the 2012 LaCrosse brochure and I was blown away by layout and high quality of interior photos in the brochure. Not sure who the target audience is but it has quite a few pictures of young attractive women either as potential buyers or eye candy for the unsuspecting gent.
What's new for 2012? Other than the horsepower bump, the NAV interface looks different from the 2011 and the brochure mentions that the HDD is now 80GB with 30GD devoted to music. It also mentions Buick IntelliLink interactive radio (late availability). It goes on to say that with the ease of voice commands you can choose from Pandora Internet radio, Stitcher SmartRadio and available SiriusXM.
Wow! that's fantastic but I was wondering if I could upgrade my 2011 infotainment system to this new and improve system? And yes, that 2012 brochure again, it is of the highest quality and the best such marketing promotion I have ever seen from GM, ever. Pick up a copy and see and feel for yourself.
#1849 of 2056 Re: 2012 Lacrosse Nav system [dj2006]
Oct 19, 2011 (7:40 am)
It won’t be available until early 2012. I would recommend working with the sales person who gave you the accurate information. If you have any other questions about the new Lacrosse, and would like a more intimidate answer, I would definitely recommend utilizing the web chat tool on the web sites. GM has agents available to chat on GM sites. They can assist with incentives, feature availability, locating a specific vehicle or even a dealer. You can find this "floating button" on the current offers page of www.buick.com. Hope this helps! Thank you for your interest in the new Lacrosse!
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#1850 of 2056 Re: New Owner [tjc78]
Oct 21, 2011 (4:26 pm)
Congrats buddy. I'm jealous, got to go drive one!
#1852 of 2056 2012 Hyundai Azera serious LaCrosse competition
Nov 18, 2011 (5:11 am)
This forum is dead so I am hoping this post will ignite some discussion.
Hyundai has targeted its 2012 Azera directly at potential LaCrosse buyers. The elegantly dressed Azera comes with standard leather, navigation, and V-6 delivering 293 hp with better mileage than even the Avalon. No pricing details yet but it will probably sell at a significantly lower price than the Lacrosse Premium I.
#1853 of 2056 Re: 2012 Hyundai Azera serious LaCrosse competition [bwia]
Nov 18, 2011 (5:47 am)
I had great hopes for the Lacrosse. It's a handsome car, and GM gave it their best shot at building in quality and reliability. Unfortunately, the Azera (and V6 Genny) make it irrelevant.
#1854 of 2056 Re: 2012 Hyundai Azera serious LaCrosse competition [bobad]
Nov 18, 2011 (5:59 am)
I wouldn't say that. I've driven an Azera (not new upcoming model) and I've owned and Avalon and a V6 Genesis. All of the cars have their strongpoints. The Avalon is the roomiest,has the best engine, and has a very soft ride. The Genesis is the best handling machine of the group and has a slight edge in interior materials, but the ride is awful (jittery and unsettled on all but perfect roads). The LaCrosse seems to blend everything together pretty well. The premium III I have (think previous CXS w/o the adaptive ride) is just firm enough to allow decent handling but still deliver a very comfortable compliant ride. All the technology works as well as the other cars and it's roomy and comfortable. The revised 3.6 is a sweet engine, but the car could use a diet to make up some mpg. The Lacrosse is behind the others slightly in that category.
#1855 of 2056 Re: 2012 Hyundai Azera serious LaCrosse competition [bwia]
Nov 18, 2011 (6:14 am)
The Hyundai boys have been trying to break into the near lux market for some years IMO. The Sonata and Elantra models have opened up the small and midsized market with GREAT products and price points. We have a 2010 CXL( 3.0L V-6) and could not be happier. Intersting that GM offers Premium models w/o the adjustable ride and other problem features.
Now considering a new Sonata to fill out the garage with warranteed vehicles. Gotta keep an open mind on changes in the car market.
Agree with your comment the forum is dead - Esp. w/o the bashers.
#1856 of 2056 Re: 2012 Hyundai Azera serious LaCrosse competition [crankeee]
Nov 18, 2011 (9:00 am)
Intersting that GM offers Premium models w/o the adjustable ride and other problem features.
They really changed the way the cars are optioned up. There are no trim lines, only packages w/ some additional standalone options.
For example, the 2012 I just got was a "Premium III" w/ NAV, Roof, and Driver Confidence. The "Touring" is the new package that gets you the adjustable suspension and 19" wheels (PIII has 18" chrome)
I would guess the closest 2011 would have been a CXL V6 w/ additional options. I believe the CXS came standard with the adaptive suspension, or was that a package that you could add to the CXS?
#1857 of 2056 Re: 2012 Hyundai Azera serious LaCrosse competition [tjc78]
Nov 19, 2011 (7:34 am)
Very interesting post. By letting the consumer order ONLY the options he/she wants they end up with a happier post sale feeling. Your PIII with 18" wheels lets you get the Michelin tires and NOT the adaptive suspension that has been problematic along with the 19" Goodyears that used to come with. We got the 18" with Michelin Pilots - great tires IMO and the 18" allows for less of the low profile approach that we wanted. I like the change to individual options - like the old days before the "packs" where you had to buy Nav to get leather etc. Enjoy the new car.