Buick continues winning comparisons to the Lexus ES.
"Your friends, family and neighbors will probably be more impressed by a new Lexus ES 350 in your garage. Besides its arguably more appealing badge, it's impeccably made and quite obviously worthy of the term "luxury car." However, in many respects, such as driving dynamics, fuel economy, value, and technology, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse outdoes it. It's been a long time since Buick was seriously in the luxury game, but this new LaCrosse could change that. It at least deserves a chance."
The new LaCrosses are competitive, but before 2010 they were seriously old GM and this person is looking for one for $8500 at most. 2017s start in the mid $30,000s. The lowest prices in my area for a 2010 are $12k. The 2010 was a competitive car to the ES350. The 2009 and older LaCrosses had a very dated interior reminiscent of the previous Impala which was horrible. The Buick was no comparison to the ES350 before 2010.
A 2008-2010 Toyota Avalon could be a good pick, too. It's interior is old, but it was a smooth cruiser like the ES.
The ES330, ES350, and Avalon are way more reliable than the 2010-2015 LaCrosses according to Consumer Reports and TrueDelta. All Buick LaCrosse reliability and owner satisfaction ratings have been consistently much lower than the old and new ES.
Keep in mind Camry insurance is probably cheaper than Lexus and Buick. Toyota and Buick have cheaper repair costs.
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