2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2012 Buick
LaCrosse

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

9.8

starting from

$39,225
"The biggest surprise though, would have to be the transmission...we were glad to have it."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's transmission
"The FE3 suspension on our tester manages the car’s considerable weight with supreme competence, keeping body motions in check through quick switchbacks."
automobilemag.com | talking about the CTS's ride quality

Reasons to buy the Cadillac CTS 3.6

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Good cornering ability
0.9 g
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Entertainment system
Optional
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Navigation system
Optional
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Average top speed
146 mph
2012 Buick LaCrosse

9.7

Runner-up

Buick LaCrosse

starting from

$34,930

Reasons to buy the Buick LaCrosse

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Spacious back seats
49.0 ft3
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Better drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Power outlets
Standard
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Average-sized front seats
52.6 ft3
Road Tests 9.0 vs 10.0
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6 can change direction more than 10% faster, 0.9 g vs 0.79 g
  • The CTS 3.6 can go around 10% faster than the LaCrosse , 146 mph vs 133 mph
  • The CTS 3.6 needs around 10% less space to stop from 60mph, 108 ft vs 114 ft
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse Winner: LaCrosse
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the LaCrosse
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Longer basic warranty
  • Longer-lasting basic warranty
  • Very inefficient in the city
Safety Features - vs 10.0
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance - vs 10.0
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  • Fairly powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Practicality - vs 10.0
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System - vs 10.0
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Overall 9.7 vs 9.8

Road Tests

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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0-60 mph 6.6 seconds vs 6.1 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 114 ft vs 108 ft The CTS 3.6 has extraordinary brakes, and the LaCrosse is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 15.1 s @ 94 mph vs 14.6 s @ 96 mph The CTS 3.6's 1/4 mile time is zippy, but the LaCrosse 's is just OK
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.9 g The CTS 3.6 has good cornering abilities, but the LaCrosse is not very good for this class of vehicle
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Top speed 133 mph vs 146 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Luxury Features

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the LaCrosse

Cost

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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MSRP $34,930 vs $39,225 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 16 mpg vs 18 mpg Very inefficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 50,000 mile Longer basic warranty
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 4 year Longer-lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Yes
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs OnStar

Crash Test Ratings

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Horsepower 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM vs 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission The LaCrosse 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Not Available
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 12.9 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs rear-wheel drive The LaCrosse has a good drivetrain for driving off-road or in poor weather
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs 35.9 ft

Practicality

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 494 miles vs 486 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.3 ft3 vs 10.5 ft3 The LaCrosse has OK cargo room, while the CTS 3.6 has very little
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front seats 52.6 ft3 vs 50.7 ft3 The LaCrosse has average-sized front seats, while the CTS 3.6 is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Not Available The LaCrosse 's standard power outlets will keep your gadgets charged; not available on the CTS 3.6
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The CTS 3.6 offers an optional navigation system; not available on the LaCrosse
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Cupholders Unknown vs 4
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Buick
LaCrosse
2012 Buick LaCrosse
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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Number of speakers Unknown vs 8
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs No
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Optional Like your tunes? In the CTS 3.6, you can upgrade to satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs No
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs No
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entertainment system Not Available vs Optional It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the CTS 3.6; but it's not available at all on the LaCrosse

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Chrysler 300 300C CTS 3.6 vs 300 300C
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac STS CTS 3.6 vs STS
2011 Cadillac CTS CTS-V 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 CTS CTS-V vs Corvette Z06
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac DTS CTS 3.6 vs DTS
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Dodge Charger R/T CTS 3.6 vs Charger R/T
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Buick Lucerne CXL Premium LaCrosse vs Lucerne CXL Premium
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2012 Lincoln MKZ LaCrosse vs MKZ
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Toyota Camry LaCrosse vs Camry
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Lincoln MKS LaCrosse vs MKS
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Buick Regal CXL Turbo LaCrosse vs Regal CXL Turbo

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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Humberto C. (11:05 PM, October 27, 2014)
2014 Lacrosse is one of the best rides I have driven. Used to drive an Audi A4 Quattro premium plus, switched to the Buick, didn't want to believe it... Changing my German crazy great car for an American built, but believe you me is worth every penny!

The only bad thing of the car is the gas consumption, could make 250-280 per tank (barely)...
 
GN Man (7:08 AM, September 14, 2014)
I have a 2011 Lacrosse CXL it's fully loaded with every option an has a 11 speaker Harmon Kardon system with a DVD entertainment system with flip up tv's under the head rest for the kids, where dis they get these specs from? 2011 Lacrosse has 286 horses an I had my car up to 140 before I got off the gas, an why put a all wheel drive car up against a rear wheel? anyways I pick the Lacrosse over the CTS any day!
 
Susary (5:06 PM, March 21, 2012)
My 2011 LaCrosse has a panoramic sunroof or moonroof or whatever they're called now. Frankly, I chose the LaCrosse over the CTS because the former struck me as better designed, better built, and with far more attractive exterior and interior styling. 
 
Gogobear (3:48 PM, March 02, 2012)
I am driving a 2012 lacrosse with a sunroof right now...