John Diether
Automotive Editor - August 16, 2016

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
21 City / 31 Highway

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2017 Buick LaCrosse OVERVIEW

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.

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:


Comes fully equipped with keyless ignition, remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, power front seat (leatherette), active noise cancellation, smartphone integration, and an eight-speaker sound system. Buick's Intellilink infotainment interface is also standard. New this year is a Teen Driver feature that records driving data and allows parents to set performance limits.


Adds satellite radio, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and a cargo net for the trunk.


Provides a leather interior with heated front seats with additional adjustments, driver memory settings, and a wireless phone charger. The available Driver Confidence 1 package tacks on blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. You get a panoramic sunroof and power rear sunshade with the the Sun and Shade package. The Sights and Sounds package adds navigation and Bose surround-sound. If you spring for the optional 20-inch wheel, you'll also get an adaptive suspension system for sportier handling.


Gets the Drive Confidence I features as standard, plus ventilated front seats with massage, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, lane keeping assist, front collision warning, and a vibrating safety alert built into the driver seat. The other option packages remain available, Exclusive to this trim level is the optional Driver Confidence II package with adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The Premium is the only model in the lineup that can be equipped with all-wheel drive.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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