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Buick LaCrosse 2017 sedan
Trim Shown: Essence
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.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Buick LaCrosse recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. Front side air bags available, standard from 2010; rear available from 2010. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2007. ESC available from 2006, standard from 2010.

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...


  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet cabin


  • 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.


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front

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Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp)