Buick’s latest advertising campaign is to take unsuspecting consumers and let them check out the look, affordability and performance of a car that — surprise — turns out of be a Buick. The company almost protests too much. After several good years of respectable cars and reviews, consumers should realize that Buick offers a line of well-built, affordable, high-in-its-class, competitive cars. Those who think the Buick was their grandma’s cars need to get on the Nehru jackets, love beads and go-go boots.
The 2017 LaCrosse was redesigned to offer full-size sedan customers an all-new design, sophisticated technologies and a more responsive performance that matches its competitors — and then some. With a 3.6L V-6 VVT engine with direct injection and an eight-speed automatic transmissions, the LaCrosse delivers 310 horsepower with 282 lb-ft of torque and a very comfortable, serene yet feisty ride.
We took the sedan on a quick Florida trip and the power and drivability made the ride seem effortless. With the rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and intervention and safety-alert driver seats, it was a smooth, comfortable and drama-free ride. Passing speeding cars and trucks was not a problem and its impressive power has places it among best of its class for acceleration. The quick stops when traffic unexpectedly backed up didn’t cause a ripple in the road thanks to the four-wheel-disc brakes with power assist. Bumps were quickly absorbed but there still was an element of being connected to the road that was comforting.
I must admit that the first couple of times the safety-alert driver seat came on, which buzzes your seat to draw you attention to various safety warnings, I was confused and nervous. But, once I figured out what it was, it was just a brief annoyance — but it did make me focus and redirect my parking efforts.
Part of this elevated driving experience comes from a longer, lower, wider and 300 pounds lighter body than the last model, which results is greater efficiency and more responsive handling.
The long ride was actually quite comfortable with really luxurious leather seas with driver massage control, 4-way power lumbar control and heated and ventilated seats. Honestly, the small of my back has never been as supported as it was in this car. The heated steering wheel and the easy to take a quick glance at 8-inch driver information and cluster display also contributed to the ease and enjoyment.
With a five-person capacity, there is 38.4 inches of front head room; 37.2 inches in the back. In the front one can enjoy the 42 inches of leg room and 40 inches in the back. Try finding that in coach on an airplane!
The 15-cubic feet of trunk space is comparably smaller than competitors but it is deep and we found plenty of room for suitcases and big bags full of Trader Joe’s supplies for the college kid.
There are lots of bells and whistles in the LaCrosse, especially the pricey Premium level. The premium starts at $41,000 and we drove one that came in around $48,395. The starting price is around $32,000 and there’s a lot of extras in that to make it an incredible great value. With an estimated 31 miles per hour combined, the savings on this car is considerable.
The Buick LaCrosse is one of the best bangs for the buck in the luxury sedan market without the car’s monthly payment being more than your mortgage. If you want a great value for an exceptional sedan that looks, feels and drives like more expensive cars, this Buick is for you. And, if you end up in one of those silly commercials, when they say “This unbelievably great car is a BUICK,!!” You can just say, “well, of course it is.”