- Roomy interior
- Composed highway demeanor
- Impressive acceleration and handling
- Interior materials are a mixed bag
- Unintuitive shifter
Buick LaCrosse Expert Review
A new Sport Touring trim level is added to the lineup, featuring a 310 horsepower V-6, a blacked-out grille, and 19-inch wheels. An air ionizer is now standard on Avenir models, and two new colors join the palette: Carrageen Metallic and Dark Shadow Metallic.
The LaCrosse is Buick's full-size sedan, featuring six trim levels ranging from a front-wheel drive four-cylinder to an all-wheel drive V-6.
2019 LaCrosse: The base LaCrosse comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, 8-way power front leatherette seats, HID headlights, 4G LTE mobile hotspot and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2019 LaCrosse Preferred: The Preferred adds a power tilt and telescoping wheel as well as a cargo net.
2019 LaCrosse Essence: The Essence adds heated and leather seats, driver-side memory seating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and articulating headlights.
2019 LaCrosse Premium: Premium trim contains a heated steering wheel, a heads-up display, rear cross-traffic alert, and front seats with heating, ventilation, and massage function.
2019 LaCrosse Sport Touring: The Sport Touring trim features a black mesh grille, a rear spoiler, body-color fender vents, and 19-inch black aluminum wheels.
2019 LaCrosse Avenir: The top-level Avenir includes a black mesh grille, panoramic moonroof, satellite navigation, and wireless smartphone charging.
The LaCrosse comes standard with a 2.5-liter four cylinder eAssist mild hybrid system making 194 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels. The mild hybrid system replaces the alternator with a motor/generator, capable of recouping small amounts of electricity in a lithium-ion battery. The compact electric motor is used for smoother stop/start transitions. The eAssist system is EPA-rated at 25/35 city/highway. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine produces 310 hp and 268 lb-ft paired with a nine-speed automatic and is available with front-wheel drive (20/30) and all-wheel drive (20/29 for the 2018 model) models.
The 2019 LaCrosse received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). From the IIHS, the LaCrosse received a front crash prevention designation of Superior by the IIHS (Superior is the highest possible rating), with tests performed on a LaCrosse equipped with the Driver Confidence Package 2. The LaCrosse fully avoided a collision in the 12-mph low-speed autobrake test, and in the 25-mph high-speed autobrake test, impact speed was reduced by 24 mph.
The Driver Confidence 1 package includes rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot/lane change alerts. The Driver Confidence Package 2 adds park assist, front pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and automatic cruise control. Premium and Avenir trims feature forward collision alert and safety alert seat.
As the only remaining full-size sedan in Buick's lineup, the spacious LaCrosse has room for five. Front- and rear-seat legroom is 42 and 38 inches, respectively. Trunk space in V-6 models measures 15 cubic feet, while the battery in four-cylinder eAssist models reduces space to 14.3 cubic feet. The rear seats fold down in a 60/40 split configuration.
The 2019 Buick LaCrosse comes standard with an 8-speaker stereo, keyless entry and ignition with remote start, 4G LTE with wireless hotspot and an 8.0-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Sights and Sounds package (available on Essence trim levels and above) adds satellite navigation, HD radio, and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.
In our First Test of the Buick LaCrosse, we were impressed with its reflexes. "For a big sedan like this," we wrote, "it's downright sporty if you drive it hard enough," and the car still returned impressive fuel economy. If only the interior were as impressive, as we observed "cheap materials on the dashboard and center console."
Time spent during a First Test with a loaded LaCrosse Avenir reinforced these opinions. We concluded: "Sadly, the lack of attention to detail in the interior means it falls short of being a full-fledged luxury car, and it doesn't have the level of refinement expected of one."