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.