LaCrosse Comparison



LaCrosse advantages include:
More driver and front passenger comfort - The standard LaCrosse driver seat has more adjustment abilities than the XLE Touring. The LaCrosse Leather equipment group's front passenger seat also has more comfort with 8-way power adjustment vs. the Avalon XLE Touring's 4-way power controls.

More rear-seat comfort and convenience - LaCrosse has more rear-seat leg room. It also has more convenience with a split-folding rear seat that expands cargo capability.

More premium appointments and luxury - LaCrosse has a standard Remote Vehicle Starter System-a dealerinstalled option on the Avalon. The Leather equipment group also includes Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, and the available Ultra Luxury Package on LaCrosse adds a heated steering wheel, real wood trim, ultra-sueded headliner and semi-aniline leather-premium features Avalon doesn't offer.

Better interface and personalization capabilities - The LaCrosse IntelliLink system has more personalization capabilities with 60 available favorites presets plus the ability to name favorites for navigation destinations, phone numbers, playlists and radio stations.

Siri Eyes Free - Included on LaCrosse and provides convenient hands-free access to select compatible phone features by voice. While Toyota has announced plans to integrate Siri Eyes Free into the Entune system, it's not on the Avalon yet.

Better connectivity with a standard Wi-Fi hotspot - A built-in mobile Wi-Fi hotspot with 4G LTE and a data trial are standard on LaCrosse. It can connect up to seven tablets and laptops at 4G LTE speeds to stream customized content. Avalon doesn't include or offer Wi-Fi hotspot capability.

More power, more torque, competitive fuel economy - The extra power (36 more horsepower and an additional 16 lb.-ft. of torque), performance and confidence LaCrosse offers diminishes Avalon's slightly higher fuel economy numbers.

Available AWD - Only LaCrosse offers all-wheel drive and an Electronic Limited-Slip Differential that enhances control and handling performance on dry and wet roads.

Better handling dynamics - LaCrosse V6 models benefit from bigger brakes and vented rear brakes that help dissipate heat, improving brake performance and brake life.

Diagnostics support included - OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics is included with every LaCrosse. Avalon lacks a similar feature.

More comprehensive crash avoidance features - Both vehicles include many standard safety features, but LaCrosse Leather takes safety a step further with its available Driver Confidence Package I. It includes features Avalon lacks: like a Head-Up Display, articulating HID headlamps, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Change Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

More peace of mind and value - Every LaCrosse includes OnStar and its advanced suite of safety, security and convenience services. Toyota Safety Connect-a similar built-in telematics system-is offered only on the Avalon Limited, the most expensive Avalon trim. LaCrosse also has a great owner benefit-standard Courtesy Transportation-that Avalon does not offer. Finally, LaCrosse is clearly the better choice with longer bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties, plus longer roadside assistance coverage.


LaCrosse advantages include:
Better styling - While styling is subjective, LaCrosse has a more attractive and cohesive appearance. Its elegant waterfall grille has a more refined and timeless appearance than the grinning split-wing grille on the MKZ.

More luxurious - Both vehicles offer upscale appointments, but only LaCrosse Leather offers semi-aniline leather seating and real Tamo Ash wood as part of its Ultra Luxury Package. Car and Driver may have said it best: "The MKZ's interior, although clean and sophisticated in appearance, doesn't really say luxury."

More comfort and convenience - LaCrosse has more passenger volume, more rear-seat leg room and more head room. It also has an ergonomic consolemounted transmission shifter designed for easy reach, unlike the unusual pushbutton transmission controls on the MKZ instrument panel.

Better connectivity - Buick IntelliLink and OnStar provide a more robust approach to connectivity than SYNC with My LincolnTouch. Connectivity in the MKZ is based on having a powered, paired and active phone in the vehicle. You won't be able to connect if you forget your phone, don't have a signal, drain your phone battery or break your phone. Built-in features like a Wi-Fi hotspot, OnStar with 4G LTE and OnStar services (Directions & Connections, RemoteLink, Vehicle Diagnostics) help LaCrosse drivers connect, even if their phones cannot.

More intuitive, customizable interface - IntelliLink is easier to operate with an interface that displays just the right amount of information. MKZ's quadrant interface has an overload of details that's challenging to decipher. IntelliLink is also more customizable with nameable favorites and up to 60 presets for navigation destinations, phone numbers and playlists.

Impressive performance - The V6-equipped LaCrosse and MKZ have impressive performance with competitive fuel economy. LaCrosse has a slight horsepower advantage over the MKZ and direct injection fuel injection that helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

More handling choices - The MKZ uses a one-size-fits-all approach to handling. Its 3-mode Continuously Controlled Damping system (Lincoln Drive Control) is standard. LaCrosse offers a similar adaptive suspension with its available Continuously Variable Real-Time Damping and 3-mode Sport Mode Selectivity. Certain LaCrosse equipment groups also offers two handling enhancements that are not available on the MKZ-a performance HiPer Strut front suspension and an H-arm rear suspension. These LaCrosse chassis enhancements elevate control and handling character the MKZ can't match.

More comprehensive suite of advanced safety features - The LaCrosse Leather equipment group offers crash avoidance features the MKZ doesn't offer-Forward Collision Alert with a Following Distance Indicator, Lane Change Alert and the Head-Up Display.

Built-in peace of mind - OnStar telematics are built into LaCrosse and unlike the MKZ, don't require a mobile phone to access Automatic Crash Notification and emergency services. OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance with Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and Ignition Block are built in as well and enhance vehicle security. Convenience is another win for LaCrosse with 5 years of OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services. In the end, the MKZ just can't provide the reassurance LaCrosse offers.


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