2011 Cadillac
CTS 3.6
vs. 2012 Buick
LaCrosse

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6

10.0

starting from

$42,605
"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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OK drivetrain traction
rear-wheel drive
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OK cornering
0.84 g
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Average top speed
146 mph
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Great braking distance from 60mph
108 ft
2012 Buick LaCrosse

9.8

Runner-up

Buick LaCrosse

starting from

$39,130

Reasons to buy the Buick LaCrosse

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Power outlets
Standard
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Spacious back seats
49.0 ft3
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Has a semi-automatic transmission
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Navigation system
Standard
Road Tests 10.0 vs 9.4
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 Winner: CTS 3.6
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  • The CTS 3.6 can change direction around 10% faster, 0.84 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
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 Buick LaCrosse Winner: LaCrosse
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  • The best price we've seen is $3,475 cheaper (around 10% less), $39,130 vs $42,605
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Performance - vs -
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  • Both provide sporty handling
  • Fairly powerful
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Both come standard with an entertainment system
  • Both come standard with satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.8

Road Tests

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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0-60 mph 6.5 seconds vs 6.6 seconds Both vehicles have good 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 108 ft vs 114 ft The CTS 3.6 has extraordinary brakes, and the LaCrosse is pretty good, too
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1/4 mile 14.9 s s @ 95.3 mph mph vs 15.1 s s @ 94.0 mph 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 0.84 g vs 0.79 g The CTS 3.6 has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average LaCrosse
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Top speed 146 mph vs 133 mph Both vehicles' top speed is just average

Cost

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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MSRP $42,605 vs $39,130 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 17 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

Luxury Features

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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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 Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Performance

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6
2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Horsepower 304 HP @ 6,400 RPM vs 303 HP @ 6,800 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The LaCrosse 's semi-automatic transmission is a rare find for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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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 12.7 lb/hp vs 13.3 lb/hp Both provide sporty handling
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Drivetrain type rear-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The CTS 3.6 has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

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CTS 3.6
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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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

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Practicality

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 486 miles vs 486 miles Average highway range
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Cargo space 13.6 ft3 vs 13.3 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.0 ft3 vs 52.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Optional vs Standard A standard folding rear seat on the LaCrosse is a great way to free up space for road trips; requires optional upgrade on the CTS 3.6
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power outlets Not Available vs Standard 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 Optional vs Standard The {better}'s standard navigation system will ensure you never get lost again; optional upgrade required on the {worse}
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Cupholders 4 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Cadillac
CTS 3.6
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2012 Buick LaCrosse Buick
LaCrosse
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Standard Both come standard with satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Cadillac SRX CTS 3.6 vs SRX
2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6 2011 Lincoln MKS CTS 3.6 vs MKS
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 XLE LaCrosse vs Camry XLE
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Honda Accord LX LaCrosse vs Accord LX
2012 Buick LaCrosse 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT LaCrosse vs Malibu LT

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...