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Buick
LaCrosse
2019
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Andrew Davis
Automotive Editor - September 12, 2018

2019 Buick LaCrosse OVERVIEW

When it comes to Buick’s modern model lineup, the LaCrosse is by far the brand’s most traditional offering, as it follows the feature-filled, four-door sedan formula that has most famously flowed from its Flint, Michigan assembly lines for the last 50-plus years. But as its traditional clientele is “aging out,” Buick’s moving to appeal to a (relatively) younger demographic by updating its gear and adding a Sport Touring trim to the 2019 LaCrosse.

What's New for 2019

A Sport Touring trim joins the LaCrosse lineup, along with two new exterior color choices and an air ionizer on the Premium trim.

Choosing Your Buick LaCrosse

While “full-size Buick sedan” and “hybrid propulsion” may seem antithetical, Buick’s flagship sedan is powered by a surprisingly-small 2.4-liter inline-four-cylinder gasoline engine with automatic start/stop and eAssist “light electrification technology” producing a total of 194 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque as standard for most of the line.

Paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, this setup is standard on every LaCrosse trim save the Sport Touring and Avenir which are V6 only. The system earns EPA fuel economy ratings of 25 miles per gallon city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 combined.

The six-cylinder is a 3.6-liter that puts its 310 hp and 268 lb-ft to the front or all four tires through a nine-speed automatic. Adding it where needed runs $2,500. All-wheel drive comes at less of a cost, adding $2,200 on V6 Essences and Avenirs and $2,300 to Premiums. In all cases, it drops fuel economy by five across the board to 20/30/24 mpg (city/highway/combined), and all-wheel drive drops it a tad more to 20/29/23 mpg.

Base

Available in either black or white with a tan leatherette interior, the LaCrosse 1SV is a special-order model for fleet use, designed with offering the lowest MSRP in mind, which is $30,495 (all prices include the $925 destination charge). But it's no “stripper” trim. Standard equipment includes 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, perimeter locking with push-button ignition, remote start, eight-way power front bucket seats, a 60/40-split folding rear bench, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with shifter paddles mounted on a tilt/telescope column, dual-zone automatic climate controls, ambient LED interior lighting, automatic HID headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, and heated power outside mirrors with integrated turn signal repeaters and ground illumination.

Also standard is the Buick Infotainment System with OnStar and Buick Connected Services, an eight-inch color touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple’s CarPlay, Siri EyesFree, multiple USB slots, an AUX port, an eight-speaker audio system with Active Noise Cancellation, a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, rear park assist, and Teen Driver, a feature that can limit vehicle performance and tattle on assumedly-teenage drivers.

Preferred

The LaCrosse Preferred is priced from $34,595. Now, $4,100 does seem like a bit much to charge for adding power adjustability for the steering column, “bright machine-faced” alloy wheels, and a cargo net for the trunk, but it also includes access to the $2,500 V6, additonal paint colors, and various interior and exterior options.

Essence

Most traditional Buick buyers – and, to be honest, pretty much any Buick buyer – would see the $37,295 Essence as the entry-level trim. First and foremost, it has perforated leather-appointed seating in beige, black, or brown with heating and driver’s side memory. The wireless device charging pad, electrochromic rearview mirror, and articulating headlights are a plus as well. One can now opt for all-wheel drive, too, which adds $2,200 on top of the $2,500 V6 it requires.

Buick offers the $1,550 Sun and Shade Package that includes a power moonroof and rear window power sunshade. The automaker also offers the $445 Driver Confidence Package I, with rear cross traffic alert and lane change alert with blind-spot monitoring. But when one selects it, it costs $1,590 as it includes the $1,145 Sights and Sounds Package with an upgraded eight-inch infotainment system with navigation, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and HD Radio.

But when it comes to the best gear one can add to a LaCrosse, the Dynamic Drive Package ($1,300) contains most of it. We’re talking real-time damping suspension, dual-outlet exhaust, four-wheel disc brakes, a selectable Sport Mode to sharpen things up, and 20-inch aluminum wheels. It requires the V6 engine and excludes all-wheel drive.

Premium

Those looking at a loaded Essence should skip straight to the $39,595 Premium. For its additional $2,300 asking price, it gets the Driver Confidence I Package, forward collision warning, a following distance indicator, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, heated/ventilated/massaging front seats, and more as standard.

Adding the V6 is the same $2,500 as always, but the AWD is $100 more than before. The Sights and Sounds Package ($1,145) is available individually here, as is the Dynamic Driving Package ($1,300) so long as the LaCrosse in question has a V6. The big news is the introduction of the Driver Confidence Package II ($1,690). It adds automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, forward automatic emergency braking, and front pedestrian braking.

Sport Touring

Essentially an appearance package, the $40,295 Sport Touring trim joins the LaCrosse lineup. Available only with the V6 and FWD, it trades the typical Buick bling for a black mesh and body-color grille, and adds a rear spoiler, body-color “porthole” fender vents, and Painted Midnight Silver Finish 19-inch wheels. The Driver Confidence Package I, Sun and Shade Package, and Sights and Sounds packages return.

Avenir

“Avenir” is the name Buick uses to denote its top-shelf offerings, like GMC’s “Denali.” As such, Buick threw nearly everything it had into the $45,795 FWD Avenir (AWD is $2,200 more). The LaCrosse Avenir has a few exclusive items including 19-inch aluminum wheels with a Pearl Nickel finish, and unique Black Ice Finish on the upper and lower mesh grilles. The Dynamic Drive Package and Driver Confidence Package II remain extra-cost items at Premium trim prices.

CarsDirect Tip

The aptly-named Essence trim is the best of all worlds, offering a well-appointed vehicle to start with plus access to nearly everything else the 2019 Buick LaCrosse lineup has to offer including the V6 engine, all-wheel drive, the Dynamic Drive Package, and the full range of interior and exterior colors.

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