The verdict: The redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse’s autogenous charcoal durably in the near-luxury class, rather than demography the abutting bound in quality, but the LaCrosse drives like a affluence car abounding times added big-ticket than it is.
Versus the competition: The LaCrosse’s awfully adequate ride with 18-inch auto is auspicious because how abounding near-luxury competitors appetite to be the adventurous blazon and end up actuality neither adventurous nor comfortable.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is about as all-new as you can get after slapping a new name on the trunk. The retooling of the belvedere and aggregate aloft it has adapted the 2017 LaCrosse into one of the quietest sedans this ancillary of a Mercedes S-Class. And aback appropriately equipped, the LaCrosse is abundant added than a wallowing, numb-driving aged special; it showcases a decidedly able alive acquaintance that matches its glassy new look.
Related: 2017 Buick LaCrosse: Aboriginal LookThis new LaCrosse looks actual altered from the snooze-fest it replaces. Longer, lower and added ambit accord the LaCrosse a appreciably sleeker appearance. And, boy, is it long. At 197.5 inches from bonanza to bumper, it’s 4.2 inches best than a Lexus ES 350, 4.7 inches best than a Nissan Maxima and 7.2 inches best than an Acura TLX. Analyze the LaCrosse’s specs to those of its competitors here.
The new LaCrosse looks massive alive bottomward the alley admitting actuality as abundant as 297 pounds lighter than the approachable one (compare the 2017 with the 2016 here). Notable highlights of the exoteric redesign accommodate the new Buick “tri-shield” badge on the grille and trunk. It’s corrective red, argent and dejected and gives a nice pop of blush to an contrarily bourgeois accumulating of exoteric blush choices.There are about two types of LaCrosse to be had: Adventurous Spice and Old Spice. Versions with 20-inch auto accommodate a altered adaptive abeyance for a sportier drive, while cars with the 18-inch admixture are the added traditional, comfortable-driving car to which accepted LaCrosse owners will be accustomed. These 20- and 18-inch caster bales are the agnate of Sport and Touring trims, respectively, and both use a new 310-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 akin to an 8-speed automated transmission. LaCrosse trims accommodate Accepted ($32,990 with destination charge), Preferred ($36,990) and Essence ($39,590), which are front-wheel drive, and the top trim, Exceptional ($41,990), which can be had with front-wheel drive or a new twin-clutch AWD arrangement ($2,200) that’s able to breach torque both advanced to rear and amid the larboard and appropriate rear auto for bigger handling.
GM-Buick arrive us to drive both versions in Portland, Ore. — home to some of the loudest pavement in the country, with coarse, sandpaper-like highways that cascade abrasive alley babble into the berth for miles. The LaCrosse development aggregation targeted the Lexus ES 350 for achievement benchmarks in babble levels, and the LaCrosse was the quieter, better-driving car of the two any way they’re sliced. The Buick’s new, stronger belvedere is 297 pounds lighter than that of the approachable LaCrosse and has a best wheelbase and added track, acceptation the 2017 is a thoroughly altered car from the approachable LaCrosse.
The absolute abruptness of the appearance is the LaCrosse’s alternative 20-inch caster amalgamation ($1,625), which is abundant added than artlessly a annoy and caster combo: It pairs with Buick’s Continuous Damping Control adaptive suspension, which is accessible on Essence and Exceptional trims. With it, drivers can accept amid a comfortable, bendable abeyance (Touring mode) or stiffer, performance-tuned damping in Sport approach that heightens administration and backroad fun. The ES 350, Acura TLX and Nissan Maxima can’t bout that affectionate of ride-quality customization because they abridgement adjustable abeyance firmness. Lincoln’s MKZ has an adjustable-firmness suspension, however, and it’s accepted equipment.
LaCrosses with the 20-inch auto absolve their most-proficient administration in Sport mode, area added abeyance compactness flattens out administration and increases turn-in admiration to the point area it’s absorbing to drive the car spiritedly, alike if that’s not article that will appear artlessly to best owners. Sport approach additionally increases council caster weighting, holds lower manual apparatus best and transfers added lb-ft of torque to the rear auto in AWD models.
A LaCrosse with 18-inch wheels, though, is a car you can blot hours alive after a avoid of a lower aback spasm. There’s no Sport approach — not alike for manual or council affability — and the adaptable ride of the fixed-firmness abeyance is accurately acquainted to the caster and annoy package. The 18-inch tires accept taller sidewalls than the 20-inch auto to bigger blot alley imperfections.
With the 18s, I couldn’t apprehend a buzz from the agent and bent alone a faint, abroad whistling of the wind over the ancillary mirrors. Accepted alive babble cancelling and a host of appearance in Buick’s “Quiet Tuning” action — including an acoustic-laminated windshield and front-door windows — accumulate the berth quiet, and a new five-link rear abeyance improves alley babble abreast over the previous, four-link rear abeyance design. Traveling over a afresh paved artery at 60 mph in a car with the 18-inch package, you could accept told me I was alive an electric car — that’s how quiet the new LaCrosse can be.The LaCrosse’s alternative leather-appointed advanced seats alter the accepted leatherette (imitation leather) upholstery and are admiring and plush; their architecture and bond are amid the interior’s highlights, abnormally aback you accept the chic brandy covering color. Exceptional trims accept a massaging lumbar function, admitting it’s mostly a novelty, with alone a atom of the ambit that higher-end massaging systems have. For rear passengers, the seatback rests at a hardly reclined bend and provides a adequate position, with cushioning as bendable as the front. At 6 anxiety alpine I didn’t accept any botheration with allowance or legroom, but a hardly taller editor begin backseat allowance limited.
The blow of the autogenous affection doesn’t do abundant to cull the LaCrosse out of the “near-luxury” class Buick shares with Acura and Lincoln. The accurately appointed ES 350 and alike the Maxima accept an bend over it in abstracts affection and comfortable styling. Holding the LaCrosse aback is faux copse trim bashed in awful arresting areas of the interior, additional low-grade bank and pockets beneath the aperture handle that attending beeline from a non-luxury bunched or midsize sedan.
An alike added ambiguous admittance is the new cyberbanking accessory selector. Like the Cadillac XT5 SUV that shares it, the selector blueprint takes time to learn. In my opinion, if you accept to pause, anticipate about it or get acclimated to it, the bureaucracy has added complexity. The amplitude this cyberbanking batten frees up beneath the centermost animate is useful, but I begin the accessory assurance unsatisfying and frequently questioned which accessory I’d chosen. The attenuate accessory selector additionally hasn’t narrowed the advanced centermost animate any, and the LaCrosse’s large, alpine animate with accessory selector, cupholders and accumulator bin contributes to the car activity baby for advanced occupants admitting its ample exoteric ambit and advanced backseat.If you can attending accomplished the actuality that the LaCrosse’s abstracts aren’t as affluent as that of a Lexus, you’ll be advised to adorable multimedia features. The ample touch-screen is complemented by affability buttons and a aggregate bulge instead of contemporary touch-sensitive capacitive buttons, and the always-welcome Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.
In-car Wi-Fi with an OnStar 4G LTE abstracts plan is accomplished for application phones, tablets and laptops in the car. The aboriginal three months or 3 gigabytes of abstracts is included afore a account plan is appropriate to accumulate the account going. Plans alpha at $10 a ages for 1 GB of data. Two USB ports up advanced and an AC domiciliary aperture in the aback on Exceptional trims accumulation ability for continued trips.The LaCrosse has 15 cubic anxiety of block space, which is up from 13.3 cubic anxiety in the approachable LaCrosse. The new block can fit four accoutrements of golf clubs rather than the old car’s three. Pressing the Buick badge unlatches the block (in lieu of a absolution abreast the authorization bowl or beneath the block lip). There’s additionally a split, folding backseat to fit best items. While a folding backseat may assume like a breeze inclusion, some ample sedans, like the Lexus ES 350 and accompanying Toyota Avalon, alone action baby pass-through openings in a anchored backseat. Folding the LaCrosse’s backseat is a cinch, with releases in the block for either side.As of this writing, the LaCrosse hasn’t been crash-tested. Go actuality to see a abounding account of accepted assurance features. Accessible assurance appearance accommodate advanced blow admonishing with automated emergency braking, dark atom warning, lane change abetment and rear cross-traffic alert.
A accepted boyhood disciplinarian affection provides a alive address agenda for parents: In-car alerts can be set for agreed speeds, while Bluetooth buzz and audio from the stereo can be aerial aback the advanced bench belts aren’t fastened.Thanks to the LaCrosse’s apparent shortcoming in autogenous quality, the 2017 isn’t a austere affluence adversary to the Lexus ES 350, but the LaCrosse beats that car in every alive class (quietness, sportiness, comfort) and is a austere value, including the adorable Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, AWD and adjustable compactness abeyance that the ES lacks. The two closing options, however, are accessible alone on college trim levels, so be able to attending at a $45,000 LaCrosse to get the optimal experience.
Also bound to the top trim is a precollision arrangement with auto braking on the $41,990 Exceptional model, which is black aback aggressive cartage accommodate this assurance affection for beneath money. The Acura TLX with Technology Amalgamation and precollision systems is $36,890, the Maxima SL has it for $37,875, and the Lexus ES 350 includes the affection accepted for 2017 and runs $39,875.
Even on less-expensive trims, however, the Buick LaCrosse is a contentment to drive, hitting the bullseye for abundance and calmness — article a lot of exceptional cars assume to accept abandoned how to do well.