2017 Buick LaCrosse Expert Review

4 Overall Score
Performance 4 Comfort 4.1 Styling 3.6 Value 4

Editor's Overview

Totally redesigned for 2017, Buick’s large sedan is now a significantly more appealing alternative to a variety of large sedans ranging from GM’s own Chevrolet Impala to the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES cousins. Highlights include the sleek new look, its tastefully designed and well-appointed cabin, and an impressive list of available infotainment, convenience and safety technologies.

You'll Like The 2017 Buick LaCrosse If...

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is class-competitive on every level, but its hushed cabin and high tech -- built-in Wi-Fi, wireless phone charging, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto -- are particular strengths.

You May Not Like The 2017 Buick LaCrosse If...

While the new LaCrosse promises to hold its value better than past models, it isn’t likely to prove as resilient as the Toyota Avalon. If you’re looking for bold style and/or the feel of rear-wheel drive, the Chrysler 300 is tough to beat.

What's New

The totally redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse is as all-new as it gets.

Interior Features

A tidy collection of buttons and knobs, frameless center display, and European-evoking transmission selector are tasteful cues in a clean, modern interior replete with quality materials. Take the badge off the steering wheel and it wouldn’t be hard to convince people they were sitting in a Volvo. While the rear seat and trunk are as overly accommodating as expected, we’d prefer more easy-access storage space up front for phones and such.

Exterior Features

Longer, lower and wider than the vehicle it replaces, the 2017 Buick Lacrosse also ushers in a new face for the brand. The familiar waterfall grille has been replaced by a lower-profile aperture in which a 3-color grille and a stylish “wing” element are set against a dark backdrop. Venturing beyond the grille you’ll find a boldly contoured hood, familiar portholes, a characteristic haunch toward the rear, and a totally new rear end to which we warmed up in our first day with the car. HID headlights and LED taillights are standard across the line with the biggest visual differentiator being the 18- and 20-inch wheels.

Driving Impressions

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a big Buick sedan. Soft and quiet, right? The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is even quieter, but it’s not as marshmallow soft as you might guess if you haven’t been in a Buick in the past 10 years. Instead of overstuffed seats and flaccid suspension tuning, the LaCrosse delivers Buick-level comfort with a strong body, sophisticated suspension, and sculpted, supportive front seats. In addition to the comfortable highway ride and responsive, confidence-inspiring handling -- thanks in part to a new 5-link rear suspension -- the LaCrosse delivers plenty of power via its new V6 engine and smooth-shifting new 8-speed automatic transmission. The new lineup includes a version with big 20-inch wheels and an active suspension with Touring and Sport modes, but most LaCrosse buyers would do well to stick with the 18-inch wheel setup for superior ride comfort and no practical compromise in driving satisfaction.

Pricing Notes

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse starts at $32,990 (MSRP, including destination) and tops out around $50,000. The bottom half of that wide range is in line with Toyota Avalon pricing, while the top half puts it in Lexus ES territory. The LaCrosse can be an appealing alternative to either of those vehicles, but shoppers should keep in mind that both the Toyota and the Lexus have a resale-value advantage over the Buick.

Notable Equipment

At its starting sticker price of $32,990, 2017 Buick LaCrosse highlights include keyless entry and push-button start, rearview camera and sensors, auto on/off HID headlights, dual-zone auto climate control, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, OnStar, and leatherette seat trim.

Notable Options

Some of the appealing extras on the new LaCrosse options sheet include heated/ventilated/massaging front seats, wireless phone charging, and a head-up display. Also on offer are a long list of driver-assistance and safety technologies, like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic park assist, front pedestrian detection, and automatic braking.

Favorite Features

APPLE CARPLAY AND ANDROID AUTO

Choose a song, dictate a text message or navigate to a destination with the ease and familiarity of your smartphone.


HEATED/VENTILATED/MASSAGING FRONT SEATS

LaCrosse Premium models feature heated and ventilated front seats with 4-way power lumbar control and mild massage function.


Under the Hood

The new LaCrosse is powered by a sophisticated new V6 engine with direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and auto stop/start technologies. Combined with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and a 300-pound weight reduction, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is more responsive and more efficient than its predecessor.


3.6-liter V6

310 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm

282 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/31 mpg (FWD), 20/29 mpg (AWD) Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.


Editors' Notes

Totally redesigned for 2017, Buick’s large sedan is now a significantly more appealing alternative to a variety of large sedans ranging from GM’s own Chevrolet Impala to the Toyota Avalon and Lexus ES cousins. Available in either front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), highlights for the all-new LaCrosse include the sleek new look, tastefully designed and well-appointed cabin, and an impressive list of available infotainment, convenience and safety technologies. And while the new model is also easier to drive and lighter on its feet, it’s just as remarkably quiet, comfortable and roomy as we want a Buick to be.

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Buick lacrosse is a must have!

The 2017 Buick lacrosse is the best car I have ever owned! It has features such as remote start, touch screen display for radio/air/navigation etc.. Wi-Fi capable with your OnStar package. I love how roomy it is for a car. I have a family of 5, my husband and myself and our three children, one of which is still in a booster seat. I love how all three of my children can sit in the back seat and not complain of needing more room unlike other vehicles we have owned. Maintenance on the Buick is not a bad price and this car drives like a dream. I have not had any serious issues with my Buick and already tell anyone who asks me for advice when buying a new vehicle, get a Buick!

- Olivia E

Buick lacrosse premium with heads up & breaking cruise!

The lacrosse is a very comfortable & roomy car for tall adults. I love the power of my premium lacrosse, the heads up feature is definitely a great safety feature along with the breaking cruise, another of my favorite features in my car. My only downside in my opinion is it really sits low, have to watch a lot of areas with steep drives or street exits & entrances, with big dips! Being tall it is a bit hard to get out of sometimes, but once in/out this car is definitely made for the highway, I am currently getting 35 mpg on highway trips. Want a smooth quiet ride this is the car.

- Laverne P

It is a very safety conscience car. Trying to keep you as safe as possible.

I like the stars in the side mirrors that tell you if someone is in your blind spots. I like the camera that comes on when you are in reverse, so that you can see if anything is behind you. I like that it beeps if something is behind you, in case you aren't watching your camera. I like the keyless entry and it beeps if you get out of the car and leave your key in the car.

- Karen T

The interesting details are the Bluetooth and the satellite radio.

I love my vehicle. I had it for a few years when I bought it brand new. It runs good and it's fully loaded I love my vehicle. It has Bluetooth and satellite radio. Its clean and it rides smooth. I made the best decision by buying this vehicle. I love the color and the style. I couldn't have asked for a better car. My kids love it because it's good for traveling.

- amanda B

Smart, sharp and fine lines. Keyless system, Sirius radio, hands free phone.

I have had my car for 2 years and never have had any problems. It has the Sirius radio which is great when traveling, seat warmers, adjustable seats and airbags all around. The only fault I can find with it is the post between the windshield and doors, can block your view. It has a reminder to look in the back set before getting so you do not forget a child.

- Vivian G

2018 Buick lacrosse handles well & has many safety and comfort features.

I appreciate the safety features of my 2017 Buick lacrosse, especially variable speed cruise control, lane assist, rear traffic detection and blind spot detection. I am pleased with the fuel efficiency of this full size vehicle and appreciate the "auto off" feature where the engine shuts down for a short period when the vehicle is stopped.

- Deb M

It is a reliable well equipped car.

It has a lot of easy to use features. It has a nice quiet ride. I do not like the color black. Very satisfied with performance. The interior is extremely comfortable. The electronics is more than I need but I am getting used to them. Overall it is a good car for the money. The safety alerts are great to have.

- Patricia W

Airbag issues were taken care of by Buick.

The only problem that I have encountered was with the airbags but this was a problem encountered by most vehicles. The issue caused a recall which impacted my usage of the vehicle until it was serviced. The wait time for the parts was the worst because so many cars had the problem Buick had to stagger service times.

- Julian R

Buick lacrosse: wonderful all around.

The only thing that bothered me is when I am in construction and the lane guider tries to guide me into a non existent lane. Other than that, it is a very smooth ride, comfortable and compatible to all my electronics. I would like a CD player though because it does not have one which is slightly annoying.

- Ryan H

The Buick lacrosse a meeting of style luxury and comfort

stylish, very comfortable, excellent pick up and mileage is great. Euro style gadgets. The inside fit and finish is excellent however the rear visibility could be better. The electronic shifter takes a tad getting used to, not quite sure if I like having to engage the extra button to start with

- Gregory G

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