2017 Buick Lacrosse

2017 Buick LaCrosse Review

The redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse is pretty enjoyable to drive by luxury sedan standards.
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by Cameron Rogers
Edmunds Editor

If you're shopping for a large sedan, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is quite simply one of your best options. Completely redesigned and massively improved for 2017, the new LaCrosse should easily meet your desires if you're searching for a quieter, more comfortable and more refined car than what's offered in the midsize sedan segment.

However (and this is a big however), the 2017 LaCrosse isn't just another full-size four-door like the Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza or Toyota Avalon. Though Buick has tried for several years to re-establish itself as a luxury automaker, this is the first model that legitimately makes the grade. In addition to its classy styling and high-quality, well-equipped cabin, the new LaCrosse offers the refinement, poise and sophistication you expect from the best luxury cars. It can be both comfortable on the highway and stable and secure on curvy back roads without bobbing about like the S.S. Minnow on a three-hour tour. It is especially composed when the LaCrosse is equipped with the Dynamic Drive package, with 20-inch wheels and a more advanced suspension design.

In short, the 2017 model is a dramatic step up from the previous generation, enough for it to genuinely compete with luxury sedans such as the Lexus ES 350 and the Lincoln MKZ. In fact, you might like the Buick more because it matches or betters them in terms of comfort, performance, fuel economy, driving dynamics, overall ease of use and sound isolation. Consider it one of your best options in either segment.



what's new

The Buick LaCrosse is completely redesigned for 2017. Highlights include a higher-quality interior, a bigger trunk, new features, and significantly improved ride and handling.

we recommend

We think the base (1SV) Buick LaCrosse is the best bang for your buck. It's loaded with features such as xenon headlights, a rearview camera, a user-friendly touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The next step up is the Preferred trim, which is substantially more expensive and adds a rather meager number of extra features. If you absolutely want luxuries such as heated seats and real leather upholstery, you can jump straight to the Essence or Premium. Consider equipping those trims with the Dynamic Drive package for a more rewarding driving experience.




trim levels & features

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a full-size sedan that offers the serene ride that shoppers have come to expect from the luxury-oriented brand. The LaCrosse is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine (310 horsepower, 282 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It's loaded with amenities in the base LaCrosse trim level (also called 1SV), but more luxury, safety, and technology features can be added in the Preferred, Essence and top-tier Premium trims. All come standard with front-wheel drive, but the Premium can be equipped with an advanced all-wheel-drive system.

Standard equipment for the base LaCrosse includes 18-inch wheels, automatic xenon headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, simulated-leather upholstery, power front seats, OnStar (with an onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot), an eight-speaker sound system and the Buick IntelliLink infotainment interface (includes an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app integration). It also comes with fuel-saving automatic engine start-stop and cylinder deactivation technologies.

The LaCrosse's Preferred trim adds a power-adjustable steering wheel, a cargo net in the trunk and satellite radio.

Stepping up to the Essence trim gets you adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, driver-seat memory functions, leather upholstery, heated front seats and wireless smartphone charging. Optional for this trim level is the Driver Confidence 1 package (requires Sights and Sounds package; see below) that adds advanced blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

The Premium trim includes the Driver Confidence 1 items and adds forward collision warning, a head-up display, lane departure warning and intervention, the safety-alert driver seat (buzzes to draw your attention to various safety warnings), a rear storage bin, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, a household-style 120-volt outlet and ventilated front seats with massage. The optional Driver Confidence 2 package adds adaptive cruise control, forward automatic emergency braking (detects vehicles and pedestrians) and an automatic parking system.

The Essence and Premium can be bolstered with three option packages. The Sun and Shade package adds a panoramic sunroof and a power rear sunshade. The Sights and Sounds package (requires the Driver Confidence 1 package) adds a navigation system to IntelliLink and an 11-speaker, premium Bose surround-sound audio system. Finally, the Dynamic Drive package adds 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers and, for front-wheel-drive models, an upgraded front suspension design.



trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our initial impressions of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse Premium Sedan (3.6L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

A strong V6 helps propel the LaCrosse to the top of its class for acceleration, and braking performance is just as admirable. The all-wheel-drive system sharpens the LaCrosse's remarkable handling ability. The engine stop-start system cannot be disabled, though, and you might find that annoying.

Comfort

The LaCrosse has a cushy ride that soaks up bumps but doesn't give you the disconnected, floaty feeling that too many luxury sedans exhibit. Like others in this class, the cabin is extremely quiet at all speeds.

Interior

Like many large sedans, the LaCrosse delivers a spacious interior with enough legroom for one 6-footer to sit behind another. Rear headroom is more limited due to the sloping roofline. With copious amounts of leather and textured plastics, materials quality is higher than in previous models.

Utility

Although the trunk is fairly deep, its 15 cubic feet of space is small for the segment, and the wheelwells are intrusive. You'll find many places to store small items, but the cupholders are rather shallow and drinks might tip over. LATCH anchors are extremely easy to access.

Technology

Buick's IntelliLink system is a cinch to use, especially with standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The touchscreen can wash out in sunlight, though. We've also found the adaptive cruise control can be overly abrupt when automatically applying the brakes.

edmunds expert review process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.