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 Buick, and it is one that the LaCrosse large sedan fits perfectly. As promised, Buick's flagship LaCrosse has a hushed cabin, a well-trimmed interior with a roomy rear seat, and a cushy ride. Add in a powerful and economical V6 engine, up-to-date electronics, and available all-wheel-drive, and the LaCrosse provides a compelling entry in the large sedan segment.
But don't think that the LaCrosse is trapped by tradition; it's not a heavy gas-guzzling road yacht of yesteryear. The 2017 redesign made the car lighter, even though it's now longer and wider than before. These weight savings combined with a new eight-speed automatic help improve fuel economy to a respectable 24 mpg overall. Power is ample, making for stress-free merging.
Even though SUVs have been stealing sales away from large sedans, the LaCrosse doesn't give up without a fight, offering optional all-wheel-drive. (Expect a fuel economy drop of about one or two mpg for the added traction.) That makes it one of the few large sedans available with that Snow Belt–friendly feature. Rival big sedans, like the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon, are strictly front-wheel drive.