Buick LaCrosse 2017 Review | TestDriveNow

Buick LaCrosse 2017 Review | TestDriveNow

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I know; trucks, SUVs and crossovers are all
the rage right now but don’t forget about the car, especially a large sedan like this
one from Buick…where quiet luxury rolls along in an elegantly conceived package. Buick’s bold move to discontinue their best-selling
car opens the door for their largest sedan to take the spotlight. The all-new 2017 LaCrosse taps into the brand’s
past with the return of the three-color tri-shield insignia and a grille inspired by their 1954
concept car. Longer, lower and wider; there’s a sexiness
to this design that the LaCrosse has been missing, beautifully blending Buick history
with modern technique. The extra charge White Frost Tricoat and optional
20” wheels elevate the look even further. It would have been nice though if Buick had
matched the HID headlamps with something other than these yellowish fog lamps. The LaCrosse may still entice a more mature
audience but it no longer repels a youthful one either. Always a quiet customer with a pillow-soft
ride, this LaCrosse advances those characteristics while also adding a layer of drivability that
improves the car and driver connection. A new 5-link rear geometry imbues more vivacious
handling with flatter cornering and the optional Dynamic Drive Package adds the must-have HiPer
Struts and active suspension system with Sport Mode. Priced at $1,625, it includes the 20” all-seasons
and is a box you should not leave unchecked. If you appreciate a sophisticated ride quality
and heightened level of handling performance, this is the mandatory setup. Fuel economy improves from 21mpg to 25mpg
in combined driving thanks to the confluence of lower weight, a new 8-speed automatic and
the 2nd generation of GM’s ubiquitous 3.6-liter V6 featuring cylinder deactivation and Stop/Start
technology. It produces 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet
of torque providing the LaCrosse with lively acceleration without any tugging of the steering
wheel. The LaCrosse harkens back to a time when driving
a big Buick was emblematic of a lifetime worth of success. As such, its simplistic cabin layout is both
refreshing and necessary considering the older demographic it attracts. But while it drives with all of the pleasing
softness and hushed quietness you could want, GM engineered out the residual floatiness
resulting in a car that handles with more precision, steers with more acuity and yet
preserves the best luxury sedan attributes of the LaCrosse. So yes, it’s more pleasing to drive. Other than a few ergonomic hiccups this is
a stylish Buick you can embrace. Those missteps include this misfit shifter
that tends to resist reverse and a handful of controls hidden by the steering wheel,
such as the start/stop button on the right and lighting controls on the left. Otherwise, the IntelliLink system is excellent
and includes the oft advertised OnStar with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing a high speed
connection to download more apps to the unit. You can use the Buick interface with all of
its goodies or project your smartphone onto the touchscreen. Either way, it’s one of the leading infotainment
systems for ease of use. This top trim LaCrosse Premium is loaded with
high-end features such as massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a highly
configurable driver information display. The front seat bottoms are flatter and wider
for easier ingress yet still provide enough lateral support to accompany the upgraded
handling. In the back, space is not an issue with its
large-midsize dimensions but this trim should include a USB port, heated seats and sunshade
back here – it does not. But as a reminder, if you leave something
or someone in the back seat the LaCrosse lets you know. Other advanced safety features include adaptive
cruise control, pedestrian detection and automatic braking – all of which you can visually
monitor on the large, bright head-up display. Plus, the vibrating safety seat directionally
alerts you to impending dangers. It can park itself in both parallel and perpendicular
situations, comes with remote start and wireless phone charging. There’s even a Teen Driver feature allowing
parents to set boundaries. The complete package is strong yet the design
is a little too rudimentary for me and I think it’s high time for someone to design GM
a new steering wheel. It just doesn’t look nor feel quite as premium
as a $47,445 luxury car should. Gently push on this emblem and the trunk lid
opens to 15 cubic feet of cargo volume, about the same as in a Honda Accord and it can be
expanded into the rear seats. Starting at around $33,000 and also available
with all-wheel drive, the new LaCrosse is a positive advancement for Buick both in terms
of styling and drivability. It’s the big American sedan you forgot you
ever wanted.

36 thoughts on “Buick LaCrosse 2017 Review | TestDriveNow”

  1. More ugly fog lights! Still dont understand why automakers do that. I guess just to save a buck. Great review though Steve. I watch everyone of your vidoes even though I have no intrest in buy these cars. I just like learning about them. You and Tom Voelk have some of the best.

  2. for the price this is incredible. this smokes all of Lincoln's line up in tje interior and luxury department. and this matches the continental for half the price in features, material quality, and ride quality. nice

  3. The problem with this car is this…$47,000 grand sticker price…so you talk that salesman down you are still in the 40s for this car and when you drive a GM car off the lot you have lost half in depreciation…who can take that kind of hit? You say old people…they are not going to be here much longer (that generation you refer too)…Buick should have moved this car closer to a Maxima, or KIA stinger…attract the 40 year olds…and it needs AWD…really a bad long term move for Buick.

  4. To Buick or not to Buick? That is the question …
    LaCrosse or Cadenza?
    What steed is more worthy of our luxo-barge dollars?

  5. I think the LaCrosse is slightly overpriced at ~$50k. From the dealerships I've looked at, most are getting top trim models to sell. It's probably a decision to take Buick upmarket. Being that the LaCrosse is a Lexus ES fighter, they're priced about the same fully loaded, but I think the ES is overpriced too. It's subjective however. I love the Buick's front end, and I like that Buick brought back it's classic tri-color badge. The rear end needs some work, and I'm a fan of the previous generation's interior better. When the 2010 LaCrosse first debut, I thought it was one of the better looking interiors of any brand in a very long time. It looked very expensive, this one is more minimalistic and bland IMO. Also, thanks for the review, what I would like to see, and that something YouTube reviewers haven't capitlized yet, is night reviews. I'd like to see how the exterior and interior of the LaCrosse looks at night.

  6. Also one more thing, I seen the new 2018 Lexus LS they debut the other day. I believe it's a pretty blatant copy of the LaCrosse, style wise.

  7. Steve, I think GM hired someone from BMW in regards of the aggravating electronic shifter that you found in this LaCrosse and the Cadillac XT5 that you tested earlier.

  8. Let's all be fair here; the Buick LaCrosse is the highest ranked car in its segment in terms of dependability and 2nd in initial quality. You can't do much better than that.

  9. Hey Steve. Great Review. I am pretty happy about this redesign. I certainly like this interior design over the previous gen. Also, I am surprised that they actually improved the driving dynamics.

  10. always thought the hollowed out shields looked cheap as hell as an obvious sign of cost cutting.Was in China and their Buicks all had the colored emblem(lacrosse, regal, etc). Shouldn't be that much more expensive to make than the hollowed out shields weve been getting in North America. y'all can laugh about carmakers having their models made in China, but truth is their quality control is no worse or even better than some of the factories in America.

  11. Great review of a great car, Steve. I might point out that most LaCrosse units go out the door at considerably less than 47G – the one you had must have been optioned to the gills. While the car is terrific, I've noticed something strange & troubling: GM isn't promoting it. Check out the sales figures at Good Car/Bad Car – not much happening. The car is not being advertised in the Sunday papers here. Maybe you can phone them and get them in gear 😉

  12. I test drove the new Lacrosse with 20" wheels and 18" wheels.
    With the 20" wheels I could feel the vibration from the road but with the 18" wheels the ride was as smooth as silk.
    I initially wanted the 20" wheel package but now I will most definitely go with the 18" wheels. Ride comfort wins.

  13. Блудные барыги, с педерастическим акцентом .., я так и знал, что и здесь извращенцы будут называть машины "sexy .., как когда то в прошлом животных, которых тоже нужно было продавать .. Харк тку, блядь .

  14. Recently had one as a rental from South Florida back to Atlanta. Having never been a GM guy, I have to I was surprised by the car. I was not suprised by the radio, if you don't opt for the Bose system then GM's regular radio is a real bummer. I understand this car is for older people but anything more than talk radio and you have to take all the bass out or the speakers will pop. I did turn off the vibrating seat which just got annoying. Other than those two things I loved my time in the Buick

  15. Went in to Buick to price one of these out. $3k down. $650 a month for a fully loaded one to lease. Went to Chevy. Fully loaded Impala. $1500 down. $480 per month for the same lease terms on a very similar car. Needless to say an impala premier is now my daily driver.

  16. The cylinder deactivation and the auto stop-start feature are two reasons why I won't buy it. Instead, I bought a 2016 Buick Lacrosse that does not have these features and for that reason. I know someone who had a 2012 Buick Lacrosse Eassit with auto stop-start and at 135,000 miles the car wouldn't start after stopping in traffic. A couple of times they were on a hill and almost rolled back and hit the car behind them because the car didn't start. Where do you even begin to fix that problem? Now is the time to buy up any car without these features before they become standard on every car.

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