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Re: 2013 Buick Lacrosse Premium 1 vs 2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury III

Personally, I would go with the 2011 DTS. I have had two DTS models (a 2009 and 2011). The 2011 DTS is the last of a dying breed, that being a large American made V-8 highway cruiser. I'm kind of old school though. I like records and CDs instead of MP3s for example. GM seems bound and determined to try to convince us that V-6s and 4 cyl. cars are just as satisfying to drive. GM is even removing CD players in future vehicles. I suppose they think us old school types can't hear the difference between an MP3 and a CD. There are not convincing me of either. That's the reason I just passed on a new 2014 Cadillac XTS and bought a CPO 2011 DTS last week. It is a personal choice though for sure. Looks like you already have a DTS. The 2011 is not significantly different than a 2006. Go drive them both, have them checked by a mechanic and buy what appeals most to you. Good luck on your new purchase!
 

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Re: 2013 Buick Lacrosse Premium 1 vs 2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury III

Personally, I would go with the 2011 DTS. I have had two DTS models (a 2009 and 2011). The 2011 DTS is the last of a dying breed, that being a large American made V-8 highway cruiser. I'm kind of old school though. I like records and CDs instead of MP3s for example. GM seems bound and determined to try to convince us that V-6s and 4 cyl. cars are just as satisfying to drive. GM is even removing CD players in future vehicles. I suppose they think us old school types can't hear the difference between an MP3 and a CD. There are not convincing me of either. That's the reason I just passed on a new 2014 Cadillac XTS and bought a CPO 2011 DTS last week. It is a personal choice though for sure. Looks like you already have a DTS. The 2011 is not significantly different than a 2006. Go drive them both, have them checked by a mechanic and buy what appeals most to you. Good luck on your new purchase!
Thanks Decibel! I have the Base Model 2006 DTS with no features! There's really no issues with it, but I wanted something newer and still get money for my DTS. After doing a lot of research, it seems like GM invested more in the Lacrosse Sedan than the DTS.

"The 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS is the first North American car to incorporate a front suspension design called HiPer Strut. This suspension design improves ride and handling and reduces torque steer.[26] The Buick LaCrosse CXS includes a Real Time Damping System that adjusts the damping forces of the shocks and struts for improved ride and handling."
 

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Thanks Decibel! I have the Base Model 2006 DTS with no features! There's really no issues with it, but I wanted something newer and still get money for my DTS. After doing a lot of research, it seems like GM invested more in the Lacrosse Sedan than the DTS.

"The 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS is the first North American car to incorporate a front suspension design called HiPer Strut. This suspension design improves ride and handling and reduces torque steer.[26] The Buick LaCrosse CXS includes a Real Time Damping System that adjusts the damping forces of the shocks and struts for improved ride and handling."
My 2009 DTS was the base model as well. My 2011 is loaded up and I really like it. The sun roof, heated and cooled seats, Bose sound with navigation and blind side alert really make a difference in the whole driving experience. I don't know what a HiPer Strut is, but it sounds like some GM marketing hype to me. Again, drive them both and buy what you like. Never buy a car based on what someone else "likes" or base on ANY marketing hype. A car purchase is a very personal one. Only you know what you will be happy with.
 

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Re: 2013 Buick Lacrosse Premium 1 vs 2011 Cadillac DTS Luxury III

Cadillac.
 

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I've been a Cadillac man for years and it runs in my family. However, Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, and Shaq aren't doing any Cadillac commercials :)



Buick Lacrosse Sales
United States China
2004 10,995
2005 92,669
2006 71,072
2007 47,747
2008 36,873
2009 27,818 43,429[41]
2010 61,178
2011 58,474 103,366[44]
2012 57,076
2013 48,798
2014 51,468

Cadillac DTS Yearly Sales
Calendar Year Total sales
2005 23,322
2006 58,224
2007 51,469
2008 30,479
2009 17,330
2010 18,640
2011 11,589
2012 465
 

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I would love to know where I could pick up a 2012 Platinum. With those low production numbers, it is sure to be a collectible car.
 

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I've been a Cadillac man for years and it runs in my family. However, Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, and Shaq aren't doing any Cadillac commercials :)



Buick Lacrosse Sales
United States China
2004 10,995
2005 92,669
2006 71,072
2007 47,747
2008 36,873
2009 27,818 43,429[41]
2010 61,178
2011 58,474 103,366[44]
2012 57,076
2013 48,798
2014 51,468

Cadillac DTS Yearly Sales
Calendar Year Total sales
2005 23,322
2006 58,224
2007 51,469
2008 30,479
2009 17,330
2010 18,640
2011 11,589
2012 465
They are at the end of their careers and can't afford a Cadillac.
 

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Tiger Woods has a Cadillac Escalade. That's what he was driving when he had his accident. He gets paid to drive the Buick just like Matthew McConaughey gets paid to drive a Lincoln...
 

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Tiger Woods has a Cadillac Escalade. That's what he was driving when he had his accident. He gets paid to drive the Buick just like Matthew McConaughey gets paid to drive a Lincoln...
Is that what it's called? an accident? when the wife goes after you with a 5 iron? lol
 

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A good friend of mine has the Buick, he drove a DTS when I was doing my search for our beautiful Lux III. He was quick to say it's no DTS, but needed a new car for financial and business considerations. I'd definitely take the time to fine a clean, low miles DTS. Don't rush it, they are out there if you look hard!
 

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Us Caddy guys have been held down by Cadillac. The new Buick Lacrosse rides better than the DTS!

It has a newer platform, better on gas, better handling, more standard features, and rides smooth.
 

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Us Caddy guys have been held down by Cadillac. The new Buick Lacrosse rides better than the DTS!

It has a newer platform, better on gas, better handling, more standard features, and rides smooth.

Nothing holds me down.

Just remember Woods was in that Escalade a while ago he hasn't won anything driving a Buick.

To me it's like playing checkers or chess.
 

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Nothing holds me down.

Just remember Woods was in that Escalade a while ago he hasn't won anything driving a Buick.

To me it's like playing checkers or chess.
Lol. I thought it was his wife's Escalade. I haven't seen any Buick commercials from him in a long time.

I'll take Peyton and Shaq!!!

I wonder what the Cadillac Mythical Owners think. (MoistCabbage and Submariner)

I test drove the new Chevy Impala and didn't like the ride quality at all. I've driven loaner Impalas in the past and it feels like the same ride, but with more features and new body.

However, this Buick rides like a smooth performance touring sedan. It's not a floating on air feeling, but not a firm feeling either. It's a little in between and it's enjoyable. It's very quick and faster than the DTS. I tap on it like I did with my DTS and I'm at 60 in no time. I think it rides like a DTS without the bouncing on non highway roads. It has the automatic rear window shade, push to star, and everything that seems very modern. The interior is very nice and it has that illumination at night in between the leather. I do miss my soft leather seats and the HID lights from the DTS. However, I'm liking this Buick a little more.
 

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I find it hard to believe that the Buick rides smoother than a DTS. My 2009 is the smoothest riding car I
have ever owned or have had the pleasure to ride in. I just returned from a trip to New Mexico and we
drove 500 miles from Tucumcari arrived home without being tired and I am 70 years old. As far as the gas
mileage I could care less about that. My parents drove Buicks all during the 60's, one Invicta, a Wildcat,
and finally an Electra 225. I like Buicks, but I wouldn't buy a new one just because I think, they are really
ugly cars especially that LaCrosse'
 

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My neighbor traded his DTS for a LaCrosse and a Verano because his wife wanted a new car. Guess who got the LaCrosse? Now he wishes he hadn't. He admitted as much yesterday as I was driving past and stopped to talk. At the top of the list were the styling of the Cadillac, V8 sound and the ride he missed. He hates the interior styling of the Buick and the V6 noise when he puts his foot in it. He took me for a ride in the LaCrosse. It's actually a very nice car, it's just not for me. I gotta have a V8. A V6 will just never produce the exhaust note and the smooth torque of a V8. I will make one exception to that statement, the Buick Grand National. That was one serious muscle car (Mid '80s turbo 3.8L V6 RWD Regal).
 

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My neighbor traded his DTS for a LaCrosse and a Verano because his wife wanted a new car. Guess who got the LaCrosse? Now he wishes he hadn't. He admitted as much yesterday as I was driving past and stopped to talk. At the top of the list were the styling of the Cadillac, V8 sound and the ride he missed. He hates the interior styling of the Buick and the V6 noise when he puts his foot in it. He took me for a ride in the LaCrosse. It's actually a very nice car, it's just not for me. I gotta have a V8. A V6 will just never produce the exhaust note and the smooth torque of a V8. I will make one exception to that statement, the Buick Grand National. That was one serious muscle car (Mid '80s turbo 3.8L V6 RWD Regal).
Which model did he get? The lacrosse is faster than the DTS. It has smooth torque.
 

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I guess it depends on how you define "smooth". The LaCrosse may be a little faster than the DTS, but not by much. I mean, it's not a high performance car by any stretch. Not enough for me to tolerate that V6 sound - but that's just me. It's fine for some.

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Actually, your statement about the LaCrosse being faster than the DTS is incorrect according to the Motorweek tests I read tonight.

2014 Buick LaCrosse
HP: 304
Torque: 264 lb-ft
0-60 time: 7.4sec
1/4 mile: 15.7 sec @ 90 MPH

Cadillac DTS 2009 - 2011 (non-performance edition)
HP: 275
Torque: 295 lb-ft
0-60: 7.0 sec
1/4 mile: 15.6 sec @ 90 MPH

So, I'm not seeing the faster claim here. I AM seeing two vehicles that are very close in performance but a lot different in execution. Like I said from the beginning, it all boils down to personal preference.
 

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I guess it depends on how you define "smooth". The LaCrosse may be a little faster than the DTS, but not by much. I mean, it's not a high performance car by any stretch. Not enough for me to tolerate that V6 sound - but that's just me. It's fine for some.

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Actually, your statement about the LaCrosse being faster than the DTS is incorrect according to the Motorweek tests I read tonight.

2014 Buick LaCrosse
HP: 304
Torque: 264 lb-ft
0-60 time: 7.4sec
1/4 mile: 15.7 sec @ 90 MPH

Cadillac DTS 2009 - 2011 (non-performance edition)
HP: 275
Torque: 295 lb-ft
0-60: 7.0 sec
1/4 mile: 15.6 sec @ 90 MPH

So, I'm not seeing the faster claim here. I AM seeing two vehicles that are very close in performance but a lot different in execution. Like I said from the beginning, it all boils down to personal preference.
The Buick LaCrosse has more features and the Hiper Strut Suspension. Which has been verified by many car experts to actually do what it says. No gimmicks there.

"Here's the business end of GM's Hiper Strut suspension. The first thing to notice is the position of the strut, which hasn't moved from dead center even though the hub carrier/front upright sits at full left lock.
That's because a stubby link containing an upper ball joint juts out at the base of the strut, right where it joins the fork assembly. This upper ball joint is paired with a unique lower ball that bolts to the low end of the fork. Together these two ball joints create a much more favorable kingpin axis than anything found on a normal strut setup.
Normal struts pivot as one with the hub carrier, using the upper strut mount high in the fender as their upper pivot. In Hiper Strut-land that upper strut mount is solidly fixed and the strut itself never budges in turns. Check this out."-Edmonds.com

The LaCrosse has heated and cooled seats, heated steering, integrated wood grain interior and on the steering wheel, review view camera and sensors, passive entry (push to start), power moonroof, 8 inch led screen, power rear sun shade, ambient interior lighting, and etc. All for 19k less than the DTS and XTS.

The XTS is the successor of the DTS. When the XTS Platinum is compared to the Buick Lacrosse Platinum, the LaCrosse wins all the time.

GM used to trickle down the Cadillac technology. Those days are long gone. The new Cadillac top man is trying to change that and will not create a next generation of the XTS, ATS, and CTS.

Price comparison and features, the LaCrosse easily wins. Ride quality is all a preference like you said. The LaCrosse has the Hiper Strut Suspension and the DTS has the old Macpherson Strut Suspension.

I've been a Deville man all my life. I got tired of asking why Cadillac didn't do this or that. So, I tried something new and I like it a little better :)

The LaCrosse has a top speed of 150mph.
 
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