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2018 Buick Lacrosse
Select a Different Model (8 Available): Avenir AWD Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 46891
MPG (EPA) 20 CTY /29 HWY
Safety (NHTSA) 5 Stars
Horsepower 310@6800
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2018 Buick LaCrosse MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • The new and efficient eAssist hybrid powertrain
  • Comfortable and quiet cabin

You Won't Like

  • Some cheap interior components
  • Driver assist safety features aren't standard

New for 2018

The LaCrosse now comes standard with a more fuel efficient eAssist light electrification hybrid powertrain, a nine-speed automatic now backs the available V-6, all-wheel drive (AWD) has been expanded to the Essence model, and three new exterior colors are now available: Satin Steel Metallic, Dark Slate Metallic, and Red Quartz Tintcoat.

Vehicle Summary

The LaCrosse is Buick's flagship and is now the only sedan in the automaker's lineup, positioned above the Regal Sportback hatchback and Regal TourX wagon. The LaCrosse has a lower starting price than the Envision crossover.

Overview

The 2018 Buick Lacrosse's powertrain consists of a 2.5-liter I-4 engine paired to a small electric motor and backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. The combined power output is 194 hp and 187 lb-ft of torque, the sedan delivers an EPA-rated 25/35 mpg city/highway. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 produces 310 hp and 268 lb-ft and delivers 21/30 mpg with front-wheel drive and 20/29 with AWD and is only paired to the nine-speed automatic. In Motor Trend testing, The V-6 powered 2017 LaCrosse hit 60 mph in 6.3 seconds with front-wheel drive and in 6.2 seconds with all-wheel drive (those LaCrosses used an eight- and not nine-speed automatic).

The 2018 LaCrosse comes standard with LED interior lighting, OnStar with a 4G LTE WiFi-hotspot, Quiet Tuning with active noise cancellation, remote vehicle start, 8-way power front seats with leatherette trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HID headlights, active grille shutters for improved fuel efficiency, 18-inch wheels, dual zone climate control, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple Carplay/Android Auto. Available features include a Continuous Damping Control system, perforated leather-appointed seats, massaging front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system with HD radio, a head-up display, wireless charging, articulating HID lights, panoramic moonroof, power rear sunshade, and 20-inch wheels.

Safety

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse received the highest five-star rating from the NHTSA for the sedan's overall rating. The 2017 LaCrosse is considered a 2017 Top Safety Pick (the second highest honor) for receiving the highest score of Good in all crash evaluations and the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention (the "+" designation was missed due to a Poor score in headlights). The Superior rating was issued because the sedan properly warned the driver of a possible collision, avoided a 12 mph collision, and reduced the speed of a 25 mph collision by 24 mph thanks to the front automatic braking feature found in the Driver Confidence Package 2. That package also includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection and automatic park assist. The Driver Confidence Package 1 includes rear-cross traffic alert and blind spot warning with lane change warning. Forward collision warning and a following distance indicator are additional driver assist features. A rearview camera, safety seat alert, and rear parking sensors are standard.

What We Think

One of the biggest problems for the Buick LaCrosse is the interior. In our First Test review, we said, "It looks very nice, until you get up close. Numerous editors complained about cheap materials on the dashboard and center console. It also took a lot of heat for fake wood that wouldn't fool a toddler and fake stitching on the dash top that isn't even carried around the corners, much less actually joining anything. The rubberlike buttons were picked on, too."

The large rear seat lacked some head room: "The rear seat, although praised for its leg, hip, and shoulder room, also lost a noticeable inch of headroom." However, the new chassis provided good and sporty handling for a big sedan, much better than the last, and the updated V-6 powertrain improved performance stats across the board, hitting 60 mpg in a respectable 6.2 seconds. We also enjoyed the good fuel economy for a big sedan and the long list of standard features.

"The new Buick LaCrosse is fundamentally a good car and a strong update from the previous model. It's a letdown, unfortunately, due to a failure to sweat the small details, and that's a pity because it's so close to being a home run. It's a good car, but we've come to expect better from Buick."

The LaCrosse provides a very comfortable ride, even with the optional 20-inch wheels. "The ride is comfortable, but it's nearly as good and almost as quiet with the 20-inch wheels that only 20 or so percent of buyers will choose. Those 20s not only make the car more attractive but also improve steering feel and add an upgraded suspension with continuous damping control on front-drive cars," we said in our First Drive review. We enjoyed the large and comfortable rear seats and the wider opening rear doors. We ended our review by saying, "Not everyone wants to drive (or can afford) a Lexus ES. When you want something semi-premium and spacious, consider the new LaCrosse."

Cool Fact

In addition to the QuietTuning technology, Buick took many steps to quiet the LaCrosse including standard active noise cancellation, acoustic wheel well liners, acoustic-laminated windows, triple-sealed doors, improved body noise sealing, and windshield wiper set below the hood line for reduced noise.

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2018 BUICK LACROSSE SPECIFICATIONS
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FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.6 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (M3G)
Trim
Avenir AWD Sedan
Class
Premium Passenger Car
Horsepower
310@6800
Standard MPG
20/29
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
N/R
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Winter and Summer Floor Mat Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: [VAV] All Weather Floor Mats (Dealer); [CAV] Cargo Tray (Dealer) NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [51F] All Weather Floor Liners (Dealer); [RIA] All Weather Floor Liners - Front & Rear (Dealer); [PDH] Buick Interior Protection Package (Dealer); [VLI] Cargo Mat (Dealer)
$382 $420

Buick Interior Protection Package (Dealer)

INCLUDES: All-Weather Cargo Mat; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PEF] All Weather Protection Group (Dealer); [PDE] Winter and Summer Floor Mat Package (Dealer)
$182 $200

Dynamic Drive Package

INCLUDES: Chassis Continuously Variable Real Time Damping; Sport Mode Selectivity; Tires, P245/40R20 All Season BSW; Wheels, 20" Alloy
$1183 $1300

All Weather Protection Group (Dealer)

INCLUDES: [RIA] All Weather Floor Liners - Front & Rear (Dealer); [CAV] Cargo Tray (Dealer) NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [51F] All Weather Floor Liners (Dealer); [PDH] Buick Interior Protection Package (Dealer)
$268 $295

Driver Confidence Package #2

INCLUDES: Collision Warning System, Automatic Collision Preparation; Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive; Parking Assistance
$1537 $1690

Engine: V6 3.6 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode (M3G)

Std Std

Exterior Color, White Frost Tricoat

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Satin Steel Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ebony Twilight Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Black Cherry Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Pepperdust Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dark Slate Metallic

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Dual-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Net

Std Std

Cargo Tray (Dealer)

CONTAINED IN: [PEF] All Weather Protection Group (Dealer); [PDE] Winter and Summer Floor Mat Package (Dealer)
$122 $135

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

CONTAINED IN: [WPA] Driver Confidence Package #2
Pkg Pkg

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Memory Adjustment: Mirror

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internet

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Remote Engine Starter

Std Std

Cargo Area Organizer, Collapsible (Dealer)

$127 $140

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, IntelliLink, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Wireless Charging Pad

Std Std

Power Locks

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.0-Inch

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 2.900

Std Std

Cylinder Shutdown

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 15.8 Gallon

Std Std

Engine Block Heater

$91 $100

Power Supply, Mains

Std Std

Sport Mode Selectivity

CONTAINED IN: [PDW] Dynamic Drive Package
Pkg Pkg

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Drive: Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround Body Side Bumpers

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Chrome

Std Std

Glass Roof

Std Std

Sport Appearance Fender Vent (Dealer)

$450 $495

Rear Spoiler (Dealer)

$377 $415

Sunroof, Glass Power

Std Std

License Plate Bracket

$36 $40

Splash Guards (Dealer)

$273 $300

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front and Rear

Std Std

All Weather Floor Liners (Dealer)

INCLUDES: All-Weather Floor Liners Front Only; Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [RIA] All Weather Floor Liners - Front & Rear (Dealer); [PEF] All Weather Protection Group (Dealer); [PDE] Winter and Summer Floor Mat Package (Dealer)
$109 $120

All-Weather Cargo Mat

CONTAINED IN: [PDH] Buick Interior Protection Package (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

All-Weather Floor Liners Front Only

CONTAINED IN: [51F] All Weather Floor Liners (Dealer)
Grp Grp

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats, Carpet

CONTAINED IN: [VYW] Front and Rear Floor Mats (Dealer)
Grp Grp

Floor Mats, Plastic/Rubber

CONTAINED IN: [51F] All Weather Floor Liners (Dealer); [PDH] Buick Interior Protection Package (Dealer)
Pkg Pkg

Floor Mats

Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Alloy & Leather On Instrument Panel ; Piano Black On Shift Knob ; Wood/Woodgrain On Console; Alloy/Leather On Doors

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Premium Carpeted, Front and Rear, Black and Light Neutral

CONTAINED IN: [VYW] Front and Rear Floor Mats (Dealer)
Grp Grp

All Weather Floor Liners - Front & Rear (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [51F] All Weather Floor Liners (Dealer); [PDE] Winter and Summer Floor Mat Package (Dealer) CONTAINED IN: [PEF] All Weather Protection Group (Dealer)
$172 $190

Sport Pedals (Dealer)

$163 $180

Universal Tablet Holder (Dealer)

$13 $15

Steering Wheel: Heated Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

All Weather Floor Mats (Dealer)

CONTAINED IN: [PDE] Winter and Summer Floor Mat Package (Dealer)
$127 $140

Front and Rear Floor Mats (Dealer)

INCLUDES: Floor Mats, Carpet; Premium Carpeted, Front and Rear, Black and Light Neutral
$172 $190

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights, Side Indicator Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Electronic Noise Reduction

Std Std

Cargo Mat (Dealer)

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PDE] Winter and Summer Floor Mat Package (Dealer)
$72 $80

Warranty Full Service, 24 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

White Frost Tricoat

$546 $600

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 10

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Automatic Collision Preparation

CONTAINED IN: [WPA] Driver Confidence Package #2
Pkg Pkg

Collision Warning System, Forward Collision Alert

Std Std

Front Fog Lights

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor Active Headlights

Std Std

Headlights, Xenon

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Side Blind Zone Alert

Std Std

Parking Assistance

CONTAINED IN: [WPA] Driver Confidence Package #2
Pkg Pkg

Parking Distance Sensors, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist Camera and Radar

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

First Aid Kit (Dealer)

$31 $35

Highway Safety Kit (Dealer)

$81 $90

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Stabilitrak

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Variable Intermittent

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Std Std

Rear Seats, Bench Split Folding

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Ventilated 12-Way Power Heated Bucket with Memory and Active Massage

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Ebony Leather with Ebony Interior

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Ebony Leather with Chestnut Interior

N/C N/C

Audio System, IntelliLink AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Touch Screen

Std Std

Eleven Bose® Speakers Surround Sound and Bose® Surround Sound System

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Chassis Continuously Variable Real Time Damping

CONTAINED IN: [PDW] Dynamic Drive Package
Pkg Pkg

Suspension, QuietTuning w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Spare Tire, Limited Use w/Steel Rim

Std Std

Tires, P245/40R20 All Season BSW

CONTAINED IN: [PDW] Dynamic Drive Package
Pkg Pkg

Tires, P245/45VR19 All Season BSW

Std Std

Wheel Lock Kit (Dealer)

$54 $60

Wheels, 19" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, 20" Alloy

CONTAINED IN: [PDW] Dynamic Drive Package
Pkg Pkg
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
50000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
48
Powertrain Warranty Miles
70000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
72
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
70000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
72
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
5
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
4
IIHS Front Small Overlap
Good
NHTSA Rating Front Side
4
IIHS Overall Side Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Overall
5
IIHS Rear Crash
Good
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
5
IIHS Roof Strength
Good
NHTSA Rating Rollover
5
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