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Automotive Editor - August 22, 2016

2016 Buick LaCrosse OVERVIEW

Buick's full-size LaCrosse gives buyers a lot to like in terms of interior appointments and running smoothness. It's conservative by nature, delivering exactly what most buyers want in a premium American sedan.

What's New for 2016

The IntelliLink infotainment system gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Entry-level models now come with a power driver seat. A new Sport Touring edition serves as the mid-range trim. The previously standard eAssist mild hybrid engine has been demoted to a no-cost option.

Choosing Your Buick LaCrosse

Every LaCrosse now comes standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces a robust 303 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission handles the shifting. All-wheel drive is available in place of the standard front-drive setup. The optional (at no cost) 2.4-liter four-cylinder features eAssist technology, which means a small electric motor provides additional power, but does not operate independently of the gas engine. Peak output is a modest 182 horsepower, but fuel economy is outstanding for this class.

The LaCrosse lineup contains six models:


Comes with cloth upholstery with leatherette inserts, a power driver seat, a rearview camera, remote start, a universal garage door opener, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system features an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, smartphone integration, and seven audio speakers.


Adds 18-inch wheels and a cargo net for the trunk.

Sport Touring

Gets unique 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and access, and auto-dimming side mirrors. You also get heated front seats with passenger power and leather upholstery throughout.


Equipped like the Sport Touring, but without the spoiler and different wheels. All-wheel drive becomes available at this level, along with a few option packages. Driver Confidence 1 adds adaptive HID headlamps, front collision alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, foglamps, and a head-up display. The Experience Buick package has all that, plus a Bose sound system and navigation. Finally, the Ultra Luxury package contributes a panoramic sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Premium I

Comes standard with ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and the Bose system. Other equipment includes a rear power sunshade and a household-style power outlet. The Driver Confidence 1 package continues as an option and can be paired with Driver Confidence 2, which adds adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. A revised version of the Ultra Luxury package tacks on the panoramic sunroof and upgraded leather. Navigation is a standalone option.

Premium II

Builds on the Premium I with 20-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension system, and standard navigation. The Driver Confidence and Ultra Luxury packages remain optional. Due to its upgraded suspension, the Premium II is front-drive only.

CarsDirect Tip

The eAssist engine (available on Base and Premium I trims only) delivers an excellent 29 mpg in combined driving. However, the performance penalty is significant, and it costs the same as the strong V6, so it's hard to justify in a car of this caliber.

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