Buick has brought its flagship sedan further into luxury territory this year. The redesigned LaCrosse hits new levels of quality, sophistication, and interior refinement. Most significant is how well the LaCrosse retains its composure when tackling curves and imperfect roads.
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2017 Buick LaCrosse Overview
What's New for 2017
The LaCrosse has received a full redesign.
Choosing Your Buick LaCrosse
The LaCrosse has a sleeker, sportier body this year, but still promises full comfort for five passengers. The trunk is actually larger, and has been reshaped to better accommodate luggage and golf bags. With its tasteful wood trim and beautiful new console, the cockpit lives up to our expectations for a modern luxury sedan. The suspension has been thoroughly reworked for greater stability and quicker steering response, and yet the ride is even silkier than before.
Every LaCrosse is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 with 310 horsepower, matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Efficiency is above average for a full-size sedan: 21 mpg around town and 31 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive is available on top-trim models in place of the standard front-drive setup.
The revamped LaCrosse is available in four trim levels:
A car as nice as the reborn LaCrosse deserves leather seats, so we recommend starting your build with the Essence, which also gives you access to plenty of tempting extras if you want them.
2017 Buick LaCrosse Review
Redesigned for the 2017 model year with a new platform and V6 engine, Buick’s biggest sedan has lost some 300 pounds. Built on a wheelbase 2.7 inches longer than before, LaCrosse has grown only slightly in other dimensions, but gained substantially in refinement. The eAssist mild hybrid version is gone.
Pricing and Equipment
Starting at $32,990 (destination charge included), LaCrosse comes in four trim levels: base, Preferred, Essence, and Premium. GM’s latest 3.6-liter V6 engine develops 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque (a mild increase), coupled with a new eight-speed automatic transmission and an electronic shifter (there's no mechanical connection between the shifter and transmission). Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available – but only for the top Premium edition.
The base LaCrosse includes:
- HID headlights
- LED taillights
- Power front seats
- Eight-inch touchscreen infotainment
- A rearview camera
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Wireless phone charging capability
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Significantly nimbler than its predecessor, courtesy of an improved chassis with a stiffer structure. Light but accurate steering helps keep this Buick nicely poised.
- Luxury-level ride comfort, balanced with good handling, makes LaCrosse surprisingly refined for a big sedan. A new rear suspension helps improve the ride on harsh pavement, boosting driver confidence.
- Strong V6 engine provides lusty acceleration. In addition, the gas pedal is particularly easy to modulate.
- Standard start/stop feature cuts the engine silently at stoplights.
- Ride quality diminishes a bit with the 20-inch wheels standard on Essence and Premium models.
- Electronic gearshift lever feels a bit cantankerous at first, but most drivers should get used to it quickly enough.
- Spacious, pleasant cabin features comfortable front seats.
- LaCrosse is even quieter than in the past, courtesy of an acoustic-laminated windshield and front windows, triple door seals, and active noise cancellation.
- Even the base model is nicely equipped, including attractive leatherette trim on seats, console, doors, and dashboard. Leather is standard in upper trim levels.
- The LaCrosse's cabin isn’t quite as spacious as its exterior size might indicate. Two adults should be comfortable enough in the back seat, but not three.
- With the available panoramic moonroof, headroom might be limited for taller front occupants.
The Most Pleasant Surprise
An eight-inch touchscreen in the dashboard center is coated with a new film to minimize the lasting impact of fingerprints. This seems like a small matter compared to LaCrosse’s excellent ride/handling balance, but little issues can annoy.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
Some folks doubtless like them, but simulated portholes in front fenders seem like a relic of the distant past. On another level, safety features such as automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are available, but only for the top trim level. Essence models can get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, but only as part of an optional Driver Confidence Package.
The Bottom Line
Buick’s base model stands out for value, while the top-end Premium trim could qualify as a budget-priced luxury sedan. Handsome and sleek in its latest form, the LaCrosse fits neatly between mainstream sedans and posh models.