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2011 Buick LaCrosse 2011 Ford Taurus 2011 Toyota Avalon
     
CX
  • CX
  • CXL FWD
  • CXL AWD
  • CXS
4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SE FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL FWD
  • 4dr Sdn SEL AWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited FWD
  • 4dr Sdn Limited AWD
4dr Sdn (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn (SE)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (Natl)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (GS)
  • 4dr Sdn Limited (SE)

Prices

MSRP $27,130 $25,420 $33,195
Invoice $26,045 $23,573 $29,876
Avg. Paid $14,912 $13,901 $20,629

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.8 8.9 9.0
Critics' Rating 8.7 9.3 8.8
Performance 8.4 8.3 8.6
Interior 9.0 9.5 8.5
Operating Cost 7.7 7.9 8.0
Safety 9.7 9.3 9.7
Reliability 4.5 4.5 5.0

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Luxurious interior rivals a Lexus
  • Excellent safety and reliability ratings
  • Excellent reliability rating
  • Attractive cabin
  • Ford’s available Sync infotainment system
  • Smooth and balanced ride
  • Powerful engine with good fuel economy
  • High safety and reliability scores
  • Near-luxury quality interior
Cons
  • Small trunk
  • Lack of steering feel
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Rear seats don’t fold, limiting cargo space
  • Some controls are inconveniently placed

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas L4 2.4L/147 Gas V6 3.5L/213 Gas V6 3.5L/211
MPG 19 City / 30 Hwy 18 City / 28 Hwy 20 City / 29 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Sedan

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 111.7 112.9 111.0
Length, Overall (in) 196.9 202.9 197.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.1 85.7 72.8
Height, Overall (in) 59.2 60.7 58.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Sun/Moon Roof Standard
Power Tilt/Sliding Sunroof Standard
Rear Spoiler Standard Optional

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3829 4015 3572

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional Standard Standard
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Back-Up Camera Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Fog Lamps Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard Standard Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Rear Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional Optional Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard
Front Floor Mats Standard Standard Optional
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Standard
Heated Mirrors Standard
Mirror Memory Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 101.7 102.2 106.9
Front Head Room (in) 38.0 39.0 38.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.7 41.9 41.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 57.9 59.4
Front Hip Room (in) 55.2 56.3 55.8
Second Head Room (in) 37.3 37.8 37.5
Second Leg Room (in) 40.5 38.1 40.9
Second Shoulder Room (in) 56.0 56.9 58.2
Second Hip Room (in) 53.9 55.8 56.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 13.3 20.1 14.4

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard
Premium Sound System Optional Standard

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control Standard Standard
Dual Zone A/C Optional Standard
A/C Standard Standard Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System Optional
Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Optional Standard

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard
Leather Seats Standard
Heated Driver Seat Optional
Driver Lumbar Optional Standard Standard
Passenger Lumbar Optional
Seat Memory Optional
Power Driver Seat Standard Standard Standard
Power Passenger Seat Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Body Air Bag Optional

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Optional Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas L4 Gas V6 Gas V6
Displacement 2.4L/147 3.5L/213 3.5L/211
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 182 @ 6700 263 @ 6250 268 @ 6200
Torque (Net @ RPM) 172 @ 4900 249 @ 4500 248 @ 4700
Transmission Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/OD Automatic
Turning diameter 38.8 41.0 36.9

Fuel

Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 18 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 30 28 29
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 18.4 19.0 18.5

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front MacPherson strut Independent MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Independent Multi-link Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Multi-Link w/Coil Springs

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard Standard