3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Buick LaCrosse

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Expert's Rating

4.5Excellent

MPG 19 City / 29 Highway
Pros
  • Quiet and refined interior
  • Sleek yet elegant design
  • Easy-to-use optional navigation
Cons
  • Limited trunk space
  • Disconnected steering feel
  • Backseat lower than usual
, Automotive Editor -
In the mid-2000s, General Motors was a mess and it was already losing Oldsmobile and Saturn. Buick was faced with the same reality that its sister company, Chevrolet, was faced with: change or die. With this came the revision of its lineup and the introduction of an all-new luxury mid-sized sedan, the Lacrosse.

Introduction

As the Lacrosse approaches the 2013 model year, there were a few minor changes to its lineup. Added into the Lacrosse lineup was standard Buick IntelliLink, available XM Travel Link, a blue ring surrounding the Xenon HID lights, electric power steering onto the 3.6-liter engine, a repositioned rearview mirror, passive entry chrome button on the door handles, three new exterior colors and redesigned OnStar buttons.

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The 2013 Buick Lacrosse comes in five different trim levels: Base, Leather, Premium I, Premium II and Touring. The Base model comes relatively well equipped with things like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine and 17-inch wheels, and it comes in at a base MSRP of $31,660. The Leather trim level, which comes in at $33,870, adds in some extra comfort features, making driving it more of a pleasure. Moving up to the Premium I trim level nets the Lacrosse even more comfort features and comes in at $35,285. The Premium II trim level carries and MSRP of $36,705 and gives the Lacrosse a better sound system and a sports package to help this luxury sedan look and handle a little better. Finally, for a base MSRP of $39,240, the Lacrosse comes in the Touring trim level, which adds in a larger set of wheels and a Buick’s Driver Confidence Package.


In terms of competition, the mid-size luxury sedan market is huge, giving buyers plenty of options to pick from. The first competitor to the fight is the 2013 Acura TL, which carries with is a pair of powerful V-6 engines, plenty of luxury and a $35,905 base MSRP. Next up is the 2013 Audi A6, which starts of at a bloated $42,200 and features a standard 211-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 310-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 engine with all-wheel drive. Another option would be the slightly smaller 2013 Volkswagen CC, which comes in at $30,250 and features 200-horsepower, four-cylinder engine standard. The final option would be the 2013 Nissan Maxima, which comes in at an affordable $32,780 and features a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine that is good for 290 horsepower.

With Buick still working on rebuilding its image, the 2013 Lacrosse is one model that it is banking on performing well in its segment. With so much on the line, the Lacrosse really needs to come out near the top of the luxury mid-size heap.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Buick LaCrosse
Starting price
$18,500

2013 Buick LaCrosse Base

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a premium mid-size sedan, but want to save money

The Buick Lacrosse Base comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a respectable 182 horsepower and links to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. On the outside, the Lacrosse Base comes standard with StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, four-wheel ABS, remote keyless entry, heated power side-view mirrors, remote start, switchable daytime running lamps chrome grille, LED taillights, and machined alloy 17-inch rims with P235/50R17 all-season tires. Inside the cabin the Base trim features: OnStar, auto-dimming rearview mirror eight-way power driver seat with for-way lumbar adjustment, two-way power passenger seat, universal home remote, six airbags, cloth seats, and premium AM/FM/CD seven-speaker stereo system with USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, Buick IntelliLink, steering-wheel-mounted controls, and SiriusXM.

2013 Buick LaCrosse
Starting price
$18,500

2013 Buick LaCrosse Leather Group

Recommended for: Buyers that want leather interior without adding too much to the price

The 2013 Buick Lacrosse Leather trim level comes standard with the Base trim level’s drivetrain and the majority of its standard features. However, the Leather trim level does add in some extra interior and exterior features to the mix. Additionally, the Leather trim level is available with all-wheel-drive, for an added fee. On the outside, the Leather trim adds in fog lamps, side-view-mirror-mounted turn signals and ground illumination, rear parking assist with a camera, and auto-dimming side-view mirrors. Inside the Leather trim level, the Lacrosse gets leather seating, eight-way power passenger seat, memory settings for driver and passenger seat, and heated seats.

2013 Buick LaCrosse
Starting price
$18,500

2013 Buick LaCrosse Premium 1 Group

Recommended for: Buyers that need more comfortable seating and extra power

First and foremost, the Premium I trim level is the first to add in the 3.6-liter V-6 engine that pumps out 303 horsepower and hooks up to the six-speed automatic transmission. On the outside, the Premium I trim level carries over a lot from the Leather trim level, but adds in some extra items, like: passive entry and push-button start. On the inside, there are only minor, but noticeable, differences between the Leather and Premium I trim levels, as the Premium I trim adds in perforated and ventilated leather seating, a leather and wood-grain heated steering wheel, and a power rear sunshade.

2013 Buick LaCrosse
Starting price
$18,500

2013 Buick LaCrosse Premium 2 Group

Recommended for: Buyers that need a premium stereo to go along with their premium sedan

The Lacrosse Premium II carries over the same features as the Premium I trim level, sans the ability to add in all-wheel drive, but it adds in a few extra goodies here and there. On the outside, the Premium II trim level adds in 18-inch, chrome-plate wheels wrapped up in P235/50R18 V-rated all-season tires, and HiPer front struts for slightly better handling. On the inside of the Lacrosse Premium II, it receives a 345-watt, 11-speaker Harmon/Kardon surround-sound stereo system and a 120-volt power outlet, so you can plug in a laptop computer, shaver or other electronics that run on household power only.

2013 Buick LaCrosse
Starting price
$18,500

2013 Buick LaCrosse Touring Group

Recommended for: Buyers that want a loaded mid-size luxury sedan for less than $40K

The 2013 Buick Lacrosse Touring is the peak trim level and it comes fully equipped with all of the Premium II’s standard features, plus a little more. On the outside, the Touring trim level gains a set of 19-inch machined alloy wheels wrapped up in P245/40R19 all-season tires, an H-arm suspension, real-time dampening suspension for increased comfort with selectable “Sport” mode for increased performance, and articulating HID headlight. On the inside, the Touring trim level comes with the Driver Confidence Package, which includes: side blind-zone alert, a heads-up display and navigation.

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