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The Buick LaCrosse (‘LaCrosse’ refers to the kind of sport with the same name) is a mid-sized executive car produced and marketed by the American automaker since 2004. The car’s predecessors are the Buick Regal, Century, and Lucerne.
In 2008, the Buick LaCrosse underwent a series of improvements that marked the model’s second generation. In particular, the car was redesigned resembling the Buick Velite concept car and got an additional package (a chrome exterior package). Besides, it acquired dual-zone climate control, telescopic steering wheel wrapped in leather, remote start function, etc.
For the 2016 production year, the Buick LaCrosse is available in 3 colours – Ebony Twilight Metallic, Graphite Grey Metallic, and Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic. Besides, the car is equipped with new head- and taillights and redesigned grille. It exploits the GM’s Epsilon III platform.
Its all-wheel-drive versions run on 20-inch wheels now (the model is available with all- and front-wheel drives), which can be aluminium painted in silver or just aluminium.
It isn’t a surprise that the higher trim level you opt for, the higher-quality cabin’s elements you acquire. Select the most advanced Buick LaCrosse, and you’ll get posh interior finished with attention to details. Soft-touch materials of wooden, leather, and plastic nature make the LaCrosse the car pleasant to drive in.
The front seats in the base LaCrosse are 8-way adjustable. Move up and you’ll receive the seats that can be adjusted in even more ways with heating and cooling functions in addition. There’s lots of head- and legroom at the front.
The manufacturer claims that the rear seats in the Buick LaCrosse are meant for 3 passengers (the car is 5-seater). 3 of them really can be seated there on condition that one of them is a child, though. 2 adults will definitely be happier there (headroom there is ample due to the roofline’s design).
A rather wide and tall console is placed between the driver and front-passenger’s seats. It can store something larger than keyfobs or smartphones. Unfortunately, the Buick LaCrosse’s luggage capacity is insufficient for the segment. It offers 13.3 cu ft (10.8 cu ft in the hybrid). Really long items can be transported in it due to the foldable seats.
Drivetrain & Fuel Efficiency
The 2016 Buick LaCrosse comes with 2 layouts (FWD and AWD) and 2 engines coupled with a 6-speed shiftable automatic gearbox.
A 3.6-litre V6 engine generates 304 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque. Equipped with the FWD, it returns 18 mpg city and 28 mpg hwy (21 mpg combined) as the EPA states. The V6 in combination with the AWD runs 17 mpg city and 26 mpg hwy (20 mpg combined).
The 2016 Buick LaCrosse is also available as a hybrid. In such a case, it’s equipped with a 15-hp electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack, and a 2.4-litre I4 engine called ‘eAssist’. The powertrain produces 182 hp and 172 lb/ft of torque. The EPA estimated it at 25 mpg city and 36 mpg hwy (29 mpg combined).
Standard equipment the 2016 Buick LaCrosse offers includes 17-inch alloys (the advanced models come with 20-inch alloy wheels from the very beginning), remote garage door opener, and power-adjustable and heated front seats and external mirrors. Besides, there are a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, and cruise control in all LaCrosses. However, if you want an 11-speaker Bose sound system, satellite radio, 7-speaker audio system, or CD/MP3 playback function, be ready to pay extra money.
The automaker also updated their IntelliLink system. Now, it employs an 8-inch display and 2 USB ports and is easier to get used to. The Buick LaCrosse also features its OnStar 4G LTE system with Wi-Fi hotspot.
The 2016 Buick LaCrosse hasn’t been tested by the IIHS yet. However, the NHTSA has managed to estimate how safe the car is. In all the tests it was brought to, the Buick LaCrosse received the highest rate except for a rollover crash test in which it got not 5 but 4 stars.
All the cars are equipped with head and side airbags both front and back, ABS with traction and stability controls, and daytime running lights. Furthermore, the new Buick LaCrosse provides mirrors with integrated turn signals, post-collision safety system, rear parking sensors, and rear-view camera as standard safety features.
If you want to make your LaCrosse safer, you can add HID headlamps and fog lights as well as such systems as blind spot and lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, and Safety Alert for the driver’s seat.
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