The Buick LaCrosse has all the hallmarks of a large American sedan: It’s quiet, roomy, and mostly relaxing. The 2017 redesign makes it lighter, wider, and lower than the model it replaces, potentially broadening its appeal while satisfying loyalists.

The weight savings combined with a new eight-speed automatic help improve fuel economy to a respectable 24 mpg overall. Opting for all-wheel drive adds winter traction but may cost you 1 or 2 mpg.

The cabin is library-quiet, and you won’t feel many pavement flaws. Agility isn’t this big Buick’s forte, but it remains secure when driven hard. With ample power on tap, freeway merging is stress-free.

The redesign brought a sleeker body and a lower, more stylish roofline, which could make getting in and out a challenge for some. The interior is well-finished, with a spacious rear seat. But thick roof pillars, small windows, and a high shelf behind the rear seats compromise visibility. On the upside, you’ll find the control layout uncluttered and the infotainment system intuitive.

On the other hand, the electronic gear selector can easily be left in Neutral when trying to engage Reverse, a potentially dangerous situation. (Read about confusing and dangerous shifters.)

Buick is also stingy with advanced safety features, with forward-collision warning available only on the top trim.

Read the complete Buick LaCrosse road test.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Review

HIGH: Ride, quietness, acceleration, braking, roomy interior, intuitive infotainment system
LOWS: Confusing gear selector, visibility, agility
POWERTRAIN: 310-hp 3.6-liter V6 engine; 8-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive
FUEL: 24 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $43,225


Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the May 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.