Used 2019 Buick LaCrosse
Pros & Cons
- Comfortable and composed ride on rough roads
- Quiet and genuinely luxurious interior
- Surprisingly adept handling with Dynamic Drive package
- Good fuel economy
- Low-mounted seats front and back may limit comfort
- Small cargo space
- Unremarkable handling without Dynamic Drive package
Which LaCrosse does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating6.3 / 10
The 2019 Buick LaCrosse carries over the significant changes that took place back in 2017 and a powertrain update in 2018, as part of the brand's plan to reinvigorate and claw back to its position in the luxury segment. And we like what we're seeing. Rather than a hyperstylized version of a coupe or a sport sedan that does neither very well, Buick has rightly chosen to make a comfortable, efficient and traditional car.
The interior is roomy and comfortable, and the seats feature a wide range of adjustability that is perfect for long stints. Buick's easy-to-use touchscreen infotainment system is compatible with both Apple and Android products to help melt away the miles.
The standard eAssist powertrain features a mild-hybrid system, a small electric motor paired to the four-cylinder engine that allows for unobtrusive stop-starts and a little nudge to help get the car off the line. The larger V6 engine, standard in the new Sport Touring model, provides smooth power at the expense of the eAssist's economy. While all models come as front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive is available in the top trim models.
Power and handling aren't the LaCrosse's forte. The heavy sedan drives well enough going straight down the road and has good steering feel, but any dynamic maneuvers will leave the tires squealing in most trim levels. Ride quality and noise are also surprisingly disappointing. Things improve considerably with the Dynamic Drive package, but that's only available on the priciest trim levels.
Still, there's no denying that some buyers don't want to get beat up with stiff suspension and confusingly complex technology. For them, the Buick LaCrosse should be appealing. Otherwise, this big Buick leaves a lot to be desired relative to its competitors.
Buick LaCrosse models
The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is available in base 1SV, Preferred, Essence, Sport Touring, Premium, and Avenir trim levels. All except the Sport Touring and Avenir come standard with a mild hybrid powertrain known as eAssist that features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a six-speed automatic, and a small electric motor that together produce 194 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. A 3.6-liter V6 (310 hp, 268 lb-ft) paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Avenir and Sport Touring, and optional for the Preferred, Essence and Premium. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the Essence, Premium and Avenir can be fitted with all-wheel drive (V6 only).
The base 1SV comes standard with 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, remote ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with two-way driver lumbar adjustment), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar emergency communications, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-speaker sound system, satellite radio, and the Buick IntelliLink infotainment interface that includes an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. It is available only in black or white exterior paint.
The Preferred adds a power-adjustable steering wheel, a cargo net and more paint choices.
The Essence trim adds different exterior trim, 19-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, driver-side auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, leather upholstery, driver memory settings and wireless smartphone charging. The Sport Touring only differs with its special exterior trim. Optional on both is the Driver Confidence I package that adds blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
The Premium trim includes the Driver Confidence I items and adds forward collision warning, a head-up display, lane keeping assist, the Safety Alert driver's seat (buzzes to get your attention to various safety warning systems), an ionizing air cleaner, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats with massage and four-way lumbar adjustment.
The Sport Touring, Essence and Premium can be bolstered with a couple of option packages. The Sun and Shade package has a panoramic sunroof and a power rear sunshade. The Sights and Sounds package adds a navigation system to IntelliLink, an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system and HD radio.
The Avenir comes with 19-inch wheels, a revised front fascia, upgraded leather upholstery, special floor mats, and the contents of both packages listed above.
Optional for the Essence, Premium and Avenir models is the Dynamic Drive package, which equips the LaCrosse with 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers and, for front-wheel-drive models, an upgraded front suspension design. You can also specify the Driver Confidence II package for the Premium and Avenir trims, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward automatic emergency braking that detects vehicles and pedestrians, and an automatic parking system.
|Overall||6.3 / 10|
Noise & vibration6.5
Ease of use6.5
Getting in/getting out7.5
Child safety seat accommodation6.5
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2017 Buick LaCrosse Review
NOTE: This video is about the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, but since the 2019 Buick LaCrosse is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.
Our experts like the LaCrosse models:
- Provides automatic crash notification, an emergency call button and stolen-vehicle assistance, among other features.
- Front Automatic Braking
- Detects an imminent front collision. It will then warn the driver and apply automatic braking if necessary.
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Alerts you to cars in your blind spot with lights in the mirrors, helping to prevent accidents and reducing driver workload.
Buick LaCrosse vs. the competition
2019 Buick LaCrosse
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Buick LaCrosse vs. Buick Regal Sportback
The Regal Sportback and the LaCrosse are similar in size, but there are some differences. The Regal is a little smaller in the back seat but has loads more cargo space thanks to its hatchback configuration. Amazingly, although the LaCrosse is less powerful than the Regal Sportback, it is lighter and more efficient.
Buick LaCrosse vs. Chrysler 300
Both the 300 and the LaCrosse are full-size sedans perfect for traveling down the long and winding road. You'll have more driver engagement in the 300, thanks to its rear-wheel drive and powerful standard V6 engine, and you'll ooze machismo even when you don't want to. The LaCrosse is the calmer, buttoned-up sedan, though it is slightly smaller on the inside and in cargo space.
Buick LaCrosse vs. Lincoln MKZ
Both sedans deliver competent highway cruising and multiple powertrain options. The MKZ, though, is available with a twin-turbo V6. If performance is important, then the MKZ is the better buy. Even in base form, the MKZ's turbo four-cylinder outperforms the LaCrosse's non-turbocharged engine. On the inside, the LaCrosse is bigger and plusher. Both come standard with a lot of technology and infotainment features.
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What's new in the 2019 Buick LaCrosse?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Buick LaCrosse:
- A V6-powered front-wheel-drive Sport Touring trim debuts
- The Premium trim now comes with a new air ionizer
- Part of the third LaCrosse generation introduced for 2017
Is the Buick LaCrosse reliable?
Is the 2019 Buick LaCrosse a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2019 Buick LaCrosse?
The least-expensive 2019 Buick LaCrosse is the 2019 Buick LaCrosse 1SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,570.
Other versions include:
- Essence 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) which starts at $36,370
- Sport Touring 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $39,370
- 1SV 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) which starts at $29,570
- Avenir 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $44,870
- Essence 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $41,070
- Avenir 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $47,070
- Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) which starts at $38,670
- Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $43,470
- Preferred 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) which starts at $33,670