Both cars prove that there are now strong alternatives to the usual players in the so-called near-luxury segment. The LaCrosse, when equipped and priced to match a high-end Honda Accord V-6 or a Lexus ES350 (as most models no doubt will be), offers a compelling mix of comfort and style. Yes, we're citing style as a reason for buying a Buick sedan.
For just a bit more money though, it's hard to do better than the Genesis. In either V-6 or V-8 form, you get unmatched luxury along with the dynamic benefits and added cachet of rear-wheel drive. And if your snooty friends won't give you enough respect, find a new country club.