For years Buick has attempted to rediscover its luxury automobile prominence, only to fall short. Thankfully, the completely redesigned and improved 2017 Buick LaCrosse brings the iconic American automobile manufacturer back to the luxury forefront and is a must to consider for your large luxury sedan needs.
A massive improvement over its prior generation, the 2017 LaCrosse is a much quieter, more comfortable option than most vehicles in the midsize sedan segment. The exterior evokes a classy and uniquely American appearance with smooth lines and distinctive Buick grille.
Inside, you'll find a spacious cabin with materials of a higher quality than used in previous LaCrosses, firmly cementing it as a luxury vehicle with abundant leather and textured plastic. Buick's IntelliLink system completes the interior with a user-friendly touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to get the most from your cell phone connectivity desires.
Perhaps one of the biggest improvements on display from the LaCrosse is its surprisingly sporty handling. Gone are the days of a large American luxury sedan that floats down the road like a tugboat and handles just as poorly. This 2017 LaCrosse feels cushy while cruising and is impressively planted when you get onto curvy backroads. Adding the Dynamic Drive Package only refines the driving experience with 20-inch wheels and an advanced suspension design.
Powering the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a strong V6 engine that produces an impressive 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway) with front-wheel drive and 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway) with all-wheel drive. Despite its surprising fuel efficiency for the segment, it's also top of its class for acceleration that promotes easy highway merging.
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse comes with several trim options to choose from. The base LaCrosse (also called 1SV) is remarkable for its generous amenities, while the Preferred, Essence and Premium offer more luxury, safety and technology features, with the top-tier Premium offering an all-wheel-drive option to the front-wheel-drive platform that comes standard.
While very good at establishing itself as a real contender in the large luxury sedan segment, the 2017 LaCrosse is not without its faults. The seats are mounted rather low, compromising seat and driving positions. The engine features a start-stop system that frustratingly cannot be turned off, and the lane-keeping system doesn't guide the vehicle along the edge of the lane, but rather pinballs the car between the lane perimeters.
The faults are few, however, and we were extremely pleased with the amount of progress Buick has made to finally make the 2017 LaCrosse a strong option in the segment. Trust Edmunds to help find the 2017 Buick LaCrosse that ticks off everything you're looking for in a large luxury sedan.
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