2019 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2019 Lincoln Continental

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the LaCrosse are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Continental doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Both the LaCrosse and the Continental have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick LaCrosse is safer than the Lincoln Continental:

 

LaCrosse

Continental

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

212 lbs.

218 lbs.

Neck Compression

21 lbs.

43 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

169/229 lbs.

215/313 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Buick LaCrosse is safer than the Lincoln Continental:

 

LaCrosse

Continental

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

15 inches

HIC

203

369

Spine Acceleration

30 G’s

47 G’s

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The LaCrosse’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Continental’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Buick pays for scheduled maintenance on the LaCrosse for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Buick will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance (up to 2 oil changes). Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Continental.

There are over 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the LaCrosse’s warranty.

Reliability

The battery on the LaCrosse is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the LaCrosse’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Continental’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick third in reliability, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Buick 1 place higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the LaCrosse with its standard engine FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Continental with its standard engine FWD (25 city/35 hwy vs. 17 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the LaCrosse gets better fuel mileage than the Continental:

 

 

LaCrosse

Continental

 

FWD

3.6 V6/9-spd. Auto

20 city/30 hwy

17 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

AWD

3.6 V6/9-spd. Auto

20 city/29 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the LaCrosse V6’s fuel efficiency. The Continental doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the LaCrosse eAssist’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Continental doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Buick LaCrosse uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Continental requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Buick LaCrosse higher (5 out of 10) than the Lincoln Continental (3 to 5). This means the LaCrosse produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Continental every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Buick LaCrosse V6, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Continental.

Suspension and Handling

The LaCrosse Premium handles at .84 G’s, while the Continental Black Label AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the LaCrosse’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the Continental’s (38 feet vs. 41.8 feet).

Chassis

The Buick LaCrosse may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 750 pounds less than the Lincoln Continental.

The LaCrosse is 3.9 inches shorter than the Continental, making the LaCrosse easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The LaCrosse has .3 inches more rear hip room and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Continental.

Cargo Capacity

With its sedan body style, locking rear seatbacks and remote trunk release lockout, the LaCrosse offers cargo security. The Continental’s non-lockable remote release defeats cargo security.

Ergonomics

When the LaCrosse Sport Touring/Essence/Premium/Avenir is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Continental’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the LaCrosse owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the LaCrosse will cost $15 to $6600 less than the Continental over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the LaCrosse is less expensive to operate than the Continental because typical repairs cost much less on the LaCrosse than the Continental, including $55 less for a water pump, $1016 less for a muffler, $104 less for fuel injection and $338 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Buick LaCrosse will be $14292 to $22402 less than for the Lincoln Continental.

Recommendations

The Buick LaCrosse outsold the Lincoln Continental by 77% during 2018.

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