- sedan 130,261
- below average 206
- 5,998 fair
- Spencer, IA
- 5 years
- below average 206 sedan 130,261 gasoline blue
2006 buick lacrosse review this car review is specific to this model, not the actual vehicle for sale. Impressive handling, quiet cruising. introductionbuick lacrosse is a premium midsize sedan. It's quiet and pleasant-mannered as we'd expect of a buick, yet its steering is more precise than owners of previous buicks might expect, and it turns into corners crisply, with little body lean. Its v6 engines offer good power, growling under acceleration, but motoring along smoothly and quietly on the freeway, and the transmission works flawlessly. inside is a rich, high-quality cabin with attractive woodgrain trim, nicely presented instruments and controls, and available leather seats with nice-looking gathered stitching. electronic features make the well-equipped lacrosse a safe, all-weather family car with nice conveniences. For 2006, abs and side-curtain airbags have been made standard on all models. lineupthe buick lacrosse comes in three models. The cx and the more luxurious cxl come with a 3. 8-liter overhead-valve v6 rated at 200 horsepower. The performance-oriented cxs comes with 3. 6-liter v6 with modern double overhead cams and variable valve timing that develops 240 horsepower. the cx 22,935) comes with cloth upholstery and manually operated air conditioning. Standard features for all models include tilt wheel, six-way power driver's seat, programmable power locks with remote keyless entry, power windows and mirrors, leather-wrapped shift knob, and a six-speaker am/fm/cd sound system. All models also come standard with onstar and a one-year subscription. Cxs also boasts additional touches like driving lights under the front bumper. lacrosse cx and cxl are available with five- or six-passenger seating. Front bucket seats with a center console and leather-wrapped floor shifter come standard, but a six-passenger option moves the shifter to the steering column and substitutes a 40/20/40-split bench seat whose center cushion flips over to become a mini-console. options include nine-speaker stereo with mp3 capability 545) or six-disc cd changer 695), digital audio with xm satellite radio 325) that includes a one-year subscription, power sunroof 900), heated front seats 295), power adjustable passenger's seat 350), 16- or 17-inch chrome wheels 650), remote starting 150), engine block heater 35), and an exterior chrome decor package 295). The driver confidence package for the cxl 1,250) and cxs 1,150) adds redundant audio and climate controls on the steering wheel, a universal remote transmitter, electrochromic inside rearview mirror, heated outside mirrors, power-adjustable front passenger's seat, ultrasonic rear park assist, and rear-seat reading lamps. safety features on all 2006 buick lacrosse models include anti-lock brakes (abs) and traction control along with the required front airbags. Optional safety features include side-curtain airbags for head and torso protection, electronic stability control, rear park assist, and stabilitrak electronic stability control. walkaroundlacrosse is unmistakably a buick, with its trademark vertical-bar waterfall grille, long nose, long slopes and simple body curves. A tiny third side window behind the c-pillar adds some visual interest, while at the rear, a discernible dent in the decklid ties the taillamps together and recalls the more adventurous surface development that characterized buicks of the early 1960s. A single, slender chrome spear decorates the doors. Xm satellite radio shares a single antenna with the standard onstar system. cx models can be identified by a grained, graphite-color finish on the rocker panels underneath the doors, while this panel is body color on cxl and cxs. Otherwise, the base cx has almost no decoration at all, beyond the bolt-on faux alloy covers for its 16-inch steel wheels. construction quality looks good. Body, door, and fender gaps on the lacrosse are all noticeably smaller than on the previous regal and century models. And lacrosse's headlamps are said to be 35-percent brighter. to improve crash safety and reduce noise, buick used generous amounts of expensive, high-strength steel, a magnesium cross beam behind the instrument panel, another cross beam behind the rear seats, steel reinforcements in the rocker panels, an interlocking door latch system, high-strength steel door beams, a double-thick quiet steel floor pan and firewall, and structural foam in the front fenders. interiorthe buick lacrosse features a roomy, comfortable cabin with a general look of quality. The standard front bucket seats, clad in leather in the cxl and cxs, feature a new type of stitching, and newly developed silk-impregnated vinyl on the seat side panels emulates the look and feel of leather. rear-seat legroom is generous, thanks to a relatively long wheelbase of 110 inches. My 6-foot, 4-inch frame can sit behind a 6-foot, 4-inch driver with plenty of room to spare. interior quality and appearance are enhanced by reducing the number of individual trim pieces, which makes everything fit better and gives the cabin a richer, higher grade look. The instruments and controls are white on black, and each of the three round dials is wringed in chrome and set into a deeply tunneled instrument panel. It's all very nicely presented, and relatively sporty looking. the center stack is finished a mica-flecked flat black, with a trip computer and driver information system that's easy to put through its menu. However, the information panel is so glossy that it's hard to read in early morning or late afternoon light. Quiet tuning uses specially engineered parts and adds sound insulation in the engine, on the firewall, under the toeboard, inside the wheel wells and in the roof. Buick's quiet tuning has made lacrosse one of the quietest cars in the class. optional features upgrade this car to a cut above, making for a truly complete, safe, all-weather family car. This is an older cast-iron v6, but it's been thoroughly upgraded internally to reduce mechanical noise and features electronic throttle control. It's rated at 200 horsepower at 5200 rpm, and 230 pound-feet of torque at 4000. the newer 3. 6-liter v6 that comes on the cxs revs more freely and produces more power despite its smaller size: 240 horsepower at 6000 rpm. Its torque curve is also flatter, peaking with 225 pound-feet at 2000 rpm, but delivering 90 percent of that peak between 1500 and 6000 rpm. Mash the gas pedal and she goes. It works flawlessly. as mentioned, the lacrosse handles quite well. It has terrific body roll control, meaning it's not bouncing and yawing around when pushed harder on rural roads. The suspension used in the cx and cxs is about 20 percent stiffer than in the old regal or century, with larger stabilizer bars, so the lacrosse handles better than those cars. we found the csx more sporty to drive on winding roads in northern michigan. We later pushed one of these cars hard on some tight, bumpy canyon roads outside los angeles and found it handles quite well. The grip from the tires is tenacious. Even when squealing around curves, we found it maintained good composure, not losing its poise the way older american sedans tend to do.
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