2013 Buick LaCrosse Overview
2013 Buick LaCrosse Overview
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse is a full-size, four-door sedan, offering consumers a long list of positives for the vehicle class. Buick continued in offering the same body style and available powertrains associated with the 2012 model, yet have added the Buick IntelliLink technology as a standard feature on all 2013 LaCrosse trims. The LaCrosse has passed its test drives with flying colors, and is widely considered an excellent option for families, or individuals shopping for a quality and economical full-size sedan.
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse presents two engine options to consumers. For those desiring the most available power, the 3.6-liter V-6 presents drivers with 300 horsepower. And for those who prefer great economy and saving more than a few pennies at the pump, the 2.4-liter, eAssist four-cylinder gas/electric hybrid offers 182 horsepower, and an impressive EPA estimated 25/36 mpg city/highway.
New for 2013
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse is offered in fewer trims than the previous model year, but all 2013 options enjoy the IntelliLink Infotainment system as a standard interior feature. The 2013 LaCrosse is offered in seven available trim packages.
The body of the 2013 LaCrosse is similar to its predecessors. It possesses great beauty in its simple, flowing lines. The aspects of metal work seen in the hood, and along the front fenders, doors and rear quarters make for a handsome overall aesthetic. The headlights wrapping respective front corners serve as an asset to the overall look of the vehicle, while also serving as a safety and visibility feature. The 2013 Buick LaCrosse is available in nine exterior color options, presenting both extremes of the color pallet. There are also four different wheel options to choose from, allowing for a more customized. Moon and sunroof options are also available on some of the packages.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse leaves another positive impression when inspecting the cabin interior. Base options come with premium cloth seating. When Buick suggests LaCrosse is capable of seating five, it’s not an exaggerated statement. Five individuals can comfortably ride in this vehicle. When four or fewer are occupying the available seating, space is a luxurious asset in the 2013 LaCrosse. There is plenty of leg room for front seated passengers, and ample room for rear passengers, even for those than average height. For finer cabin amenities, there are multiple leather trims to choose from, including the LaCrosse Touring edition.
The one resounding drawback of the 2013 LaCrosse is the available cargo space. The trunk on the LaCrosse is one of the smallest in its vehicle class. This is not an oversight, rather a decision by the Buick research and development, and design teams to offer more room to rear-seated passengers. 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space is available on the V-6, and a mere 11.4 cubic feet. is available on the hybrid, due to the battery.
Buick has made safety a priority, and it is once again evidenced in the 2013 Buick LaCrosse. Simple features such as HID headlight technology, boasting translucent blue rings help to make the vehicle more visible in heavy traffic. Available OnStar® technology in the cabin also helps to make LaCrosse a safer, more enjoyable driving experience. Other safety features include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, front, side and rear airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, child safety locks, and daytime running lights.
The driving experience in the 2013 Buick LaCrosse will depend greatly on the trim level tested. The base, 2.4-liter eAssist four-cylinder presents drivers with a very economical driving and riding experience. It has been suggested by many test drivers and consumers that this engine could use a little more power when fully engaged; however, when considering its cruising capability, the extra power may be a worthwhile sacrifice.
The V-6 offers economical highway cruising at 25 mpg highway, but its 303 horses get thirsty during stop and go driving, mustering a less-than-impressive 17 mpg city. In terms of vehicle handling, the all-wheel-drive model with four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes presents the best handling and responsiveness. Ultimately, LaCrosse is built for comfort over agility.
One aspect of the driving experience remaining consistent with either available engine is the high-end, comfortable interior. At the very least, drivers and passengers will enjoy supreme comfort. And for those who prefer a few of the finer things in life, the leather options will serve as suitable solutions.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Buick LaCrosse
- Toyota Avalon
- Ford Taurus
- Chrysler 300
- Volkswagen CC
- Dodge Charger