Buick has spent the last decade trying to shed its image as a retiree's brand and reposition itself as a premium automaker. It's finding some success in this quest, and one model that's helping is the 2016 Buick LaCrosse.

Pricing and Equipment

With a starting price of $31,065, the LaCrosse is one of the least pricey sedans in its class. However, once you move into the Premium trims, the price quickly nears and eventually exceeds the $40,000 range. In fact, the Premium I trim with all-wheel drive creeps all the way up to $40,675.

The LaCrosse comes with some great standard features like:

  • Buick IntelliLink
  • Remote start
  • Power front seats
  • Bluetooth

Performance Pros

Buick LaCrosse Front Quarter

The LaCrosse is a proper grand tourer when equipped with GM’s 3.6-liter V6 and 304 horsepower under the hood. What’s more, optional all-wheel drive makes slippery roads just another stroll down the interstate.

  • We like the LaCrosse's smooth power delivery
  • Optional all-wheel drive makes it great for snowy climates
  • Responsive handling with optional magnetic adjustable suspension

Performance Cons

It’s still a Buick, which means it won’t be winning any autocross events any time soon:

  • You'll feel a pretty heavy body roll
  • The base 2.4-liter eAssist engine runs a bit rough
  • Fuel economy from the V6 leaves us wishing for a turbo four-cylinder

Interior Pros

Buick LaCrosse Interior

When we got into the 2016 Buick LaCrosse, we found its infotainment system is very easy to work. What's more, Buick's "Quiet Tuning" keeps cabin noise to a whisper.

  • Plenty of soft-touch materials
  • Higher trim levels deliver outstanding luxury
  • Large back seat with loads of headroom

Interior Cons

We find the base LaCrosse a little bland in terms of equipment and comfort bits. Some of the styling pieces just seem out of place in this car.

  • Standard features aren't anything great at this price point
  • Plastic panels are too abundant on the base model
  • Wood trim seems forced

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The extreme hush of the LaCrosse is a pleasant surprise for us. Sure, serene cabins have been a Buick trademark for years, but we find the LaCrosse to be exceptionally quiet.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

A quick glance at the EPA estimates shows 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway with the V6 and front-wheel drive. With the eAssist, things get a little better at 36 mpg highway, but you have to sacrifice a lot of performance to get good fuel economy.

The Bottom Line

Buick LaCross Rear Quarter

For buyers trying to stretch their dollar, the entire Buick lineup is a great alternative to BMW, Mercedes-Benz or even Buick's cousin Cadillac. You lose a little brand cachet, but the LaCrosse delivers good value with its premium experience.