Used 2018 Buick LaCrosse Sedan
Which LaCrosse does Edmunds recommend?
Try the eAssist four-cylinder engine first. If you're fine with its power delivery, why not choose the more efficient model? If you want the V6, though, we'd recommend going for at least the Essence and specifying the Dynamic Drive package. It's the LaCrosse at its most luxurious and refined.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- Questionable price jump from base trim level to Preferred
The LaCrosse is a thoroughly unhurried car. The shifts are smooth and the steering has good on-center feel, making for an easy freeway cruiser. But the engine feels overtaxed, and the body wallows through corners while its tires protest at even moderate requests for performance.
We'd expect quiet and plush from the big Buick, which would match its relaxed driving characteristics. The seats are certainly a comfortable place to spend time, but the ride is busy and there's noticeable noise at freeway speeds. Less expensive cars offer similar levels of refinement.
The interior aims for a midpoint between luxury and mainstream cars, but there's a lot of plastic and the interior space isn't as open or roomy as what many rivals offer. The limited physical controls are easy to find and use, but many features require interacting with the touchscreen.
The big surprise is the limited amount of usable trunk space due to a number of intrusions that leave only a relatively small square of flat flooring. There's a good amount of space for small items in the cabin thanks to a lateral pass-through under the center console.
General Motors' technologies are fully deployed in the LaCrosse, although many driver aids and active safety features are optional. They compare favorably against those in mainstream cars but are outclassed when stacked up against offerings from luxury manufacturers.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A)
Purchsed this one year old car to replace a Malibu 2.0T lease. After leasing the Malibu for 3 years I was done with it mainly for 2 reasons: No spare with the 19" tires (wife popped 2 of them at $300 ea.) and the required premium gas at a 50 cent premium, with mediocre around town mileage as low as 14-15mpg in the winter, although on trips have seen over 40mpg. Otherwise except for the ride has been a good car with plenty of power and no reliability problems. When it came time to replace it I decided basically on 2 items that were a must...namely a spare tire and the ability to run on regular gas. i also have doubts about the long term reliability of all of these 4 cyl turbo motors which almost all manufacturers are using now .I like some power in a car so NA 4 cyl cars were not in consideration. The only sedans with V6 engines in 2018 model year which I was looking for were Chevy Impala, Camry, Avalon, and Korean larger cars. The V6 Camrys were too costly compared to the lacrosse, The Impala, although less expensive is a good 6 inches longer than the Lacrosse. The Avalon was reasonably priced but lacked a lot of features and the Technology was universally panned. I would not consider Korean makes. The Maxima looks nice but requires premium gas and has a CVT transmission and is a bit small. So I decided on the Lacrosse although there are not many 1 year old examples for sale because of their limited production numbers. I did find a nice example with only 14,000 miles and after a short time my wife and I are very happy with it. It is beautiful in and out. The interior in particular is impressive along with the long list of features. Seats are very comfortable, the ride is compliant but still handles very well and the cabin is very quiet. I am very impressed with the 3.6L powertrain which is smooth and quick. Car & Driver had the 0-60 time at 5.6 secs. Whereas the Malibu was getting 16-17mpg around town, the Buick is getting 19-20 and on regular gas. On the mileage history readout the best MPG was indicated at 43mpg and that is with a full size car with a 310HP engine which I find incredible. The car has heated-cooled memory and massaging seats, HUD, All latest Tech except Nav (which is not needed with Apple car play) HID articulating Headlights, Blind Spot monitoring, Lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and a ton more. This car has the standard audio system which I think is at least as good as the Bose system in the Malibu. The only option I would have liked would be the panoramaric sunroof and maybe one of the optional colors. Summing up for the cost of a new base Camry or Accord I acquired a 1 year old premium car with a full warranty that easily meets or surpasses all expectations.
Features & Specs
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 limiting the amount of checking you must do.