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Buick's flagship sedan delivers what you'd expect. The new LaCrosse rides comfortably and features a well-trimmed and quiet cabin with a spacious rear seat. Paired with an eight-speed automatic, the smooth 3.6-liter V6 supplies plenty of power and a decent 24 mpg overall. The LaCrosse is one of the few offerings in the large-sedan class that is available with all-wheel drive. Handling is responsive but not sporty. The ride is cushy and absorbent, but we would skip the optional 20-inch tires, which transmit too much harshness to the passengers. Cabin access and visibility are compromised by the car's low stance. Most controls are easy to use, including the IntelliLink touch-screen infotainment system, but the unintuitive shifter proves maddening. Advanced electronic safety features are available only on high-end trims.

Road Test

By definition, large sedans are meant to be easygoing road-trip companions that provide plenty of quiet, room, and comfort, yet don’t command the premium price associated with an elite luxury brand. That pretty much sums the traditional definition of...

Highs

  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet cabin

Lows

  • Unintuitive gear selector
  • So-so outward visibility

Best Version to Get

If your budget permits, get a Premium so that you get the standard forward-collision warning. At a bare minimum, we suggest getting an Essence with the optional blind-spot monitoring system.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 6 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/70,000 miles
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp)

Ratings

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