2019 Buick LaCrosse

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2019 MODEL
$39,370 - $43,470 See Inventory Prices

6.6

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2019 Buick LaCrosse Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The Buick Lacrosse was first launched in 2004 and is currently in its 3rd generation of production. The car recently received a new engine which produces more power than what it used to before. It is Buick’s desperate effort to reinstate LaCrosse’s value in the luxury sedan market.

The 2019 Buick Lacrosse has 2 engines on offer, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with the eAssist standard with the 1 SV, Preferred, Essence, and Premium trims whereas a 3.0-liter V6 engine that comes standard for the Sport Touring trim. All these trims power the front wheels of the car but you get an option to upgrade it to AWD in the Premium and Essence trims.

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Pros

Airy and spacious cabin

Regenerative Braking

Cons

Small trunk

Low powered 2.4-liter engine

What's New?

New Sport Touring trim with 3.6-L V6 as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39370

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

horsepower

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

268 lb.-ft. @ 5200 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

114.4 in.

length

197.5 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

57.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

15 cu ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/30 mpg

highway range

474 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes


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Styles

 2019 Buick LaCrosse in Summit White color  2019 Buick LaCrosse in Satin Steel Metallic color  2019 Buick LaCrosse in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2019 Buick LaCrosse in Quicksilver Metallic color  2019 Buick LaCrosse in Pepperdust Metallic color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

6.0

Engine

7.7

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

7.7

Exterior

7.0

Safety

6.0

6.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring

Sport Touring

power
310 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$39,370


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport Touring 4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $39,370 MSRP (20 mpg/24/30 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Buick LaCrosse Essence

Essence

power
310 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$41,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Essence 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $41,070 MSRP (20 mpg/23/29 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Buick LaCrosse Premium

Premium

power
310 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$43,470


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $43,470 MSRP (20 mpg/23/29 mpg) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

6.6

Overall Rating


This car has got it all but the engine feels a little sluggish and a bit underpowered lacking the sportiness that its rivals offer at lower prices. It competes against the likes of Chrysler 300, Nissan Maxima and Kia Cadenza. Let’s see how it performs.


6.0/10
Features

 

7.7/10
Engine

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.7/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

6.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Buick LaCrosse Features

6.0/10

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse comes in 5 configurations: 1 SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Sport Touring. The base trim 1 SV, Preferred, and Essence trims come with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with eAssist and is available in front-wheel drive only. The Preferred and Essence trims can be upgraded with a 3.6 L V6 engine with front-wheel drive option.

The Premium Trim is also equipped with the same engine but you get a 3.6 L V6 engine with all-wheel drive as an option. There is a new trim named Sport Touring for those who want a sportier driving experience. It receives a variety of upscale performance features which other trims lack. It is only available in FWD drivetrain.

Trims 1 SV Preferred Essence Premium Sport Touring
MSRP (FWD) $30,495 $34,600 $37,295 $39,595 $40,295
MSRP (AWD) NA NA $41,995 $44,395 NA
Features 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Includes or replaces features on LaCrosse (1SV), plus: Includes or replaces features on Preferred, plus: Includes or replaces features on Essence, plus: 19" aluminum wheels with Midnight Silver finish,
  18" aluminum alloy wheels, Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, Leather-appointed seating, Heated steering wheel, Darkened Black grille with body-color surround,
  HID headlamps with LED signature lighting, Sirius with three-month trial, Heated front seats, Driver and front passenger lumbar with massage, Rear Spoiler,
  Buick Infotainment System with phone integration Cargo net Memory settings for two drivers, Head-up display, 2-way power lumbar driver and front passenger seat controls
      Auto-dimming rearview mirror Forward Collision Alert  

The 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine option is paired with a 6-speed Automatic Transmission while the 3.6 L V6 engine comes with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Confused? We’ll help you find the best trim

The Premium trim is the best configuration to choose. It comes with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with eAssist but you can upgrade it to a more powerful all-wheel-drive V6 engine. It gets advanced safety features, better tech, and exquisite interior. The engine upgrade can cost you $4600 more but it will be worth spending.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Engine

7.7/10

“The on-center feel is very good, making freeway driving easy, and steering resistance builds through turns, going from very light to surprisingly heavy."- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse comes with 2 powertrain options. A standard 2.5-liter-four-cylinder engine that generates 194 horsepower and 187-pound-feet of torque powers the front wheels of the car. All other trims apart from Avenir get this engine as standard. The other engine option is a zesty 3.6-liter V6 engine which churns out 310-horsepower and 282-lb.-ft torque.

This powertrain is available in both FWD and AWD variants. The Avenir trim gets this engine with all-wheel drive as standard. The Premium trim gets the V6 engine with both FWD and AWD as an optional upgrade while the Preferred and Essence trims get the V6 engine only with FWD as an optional upgrade.

Models

Buick Lacrosse 1SV

Chrysler 300 Touring

Nissan Maxima S

Kia Cadenza Premium

MSRP

$30,490

$28,995

$33,270

$32,290

Engine

2.5L 4-cylinder

3.6L Penstar V6

3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6

3.3L DOHC GDI V6

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

CVT Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

194 hp

292 hp

300 hp

290 hp

Torque

187 lb.-ft

260 lb.-ft

261 lb.-ft

253 lb.-ft

The Buick loses out to all its competitors when it comes to performance. The Chrysler 300 offers the best performance with a V6 engine in its base trim that too at a comparatively lower price. On the contrary, the LaCrosse has the best interior and safety tech features available than any other rival.

Acceleration

Buick has maintained the punch in its engines be it the 2.5 L 4-cyl or V6 engine. The 2.5 L engine in LaCrosse snaps up the speed of 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds and reaches quarter mile in 15.7 seconds @ 86mph. The front-wheel-drive V6 engine reaches 60mph in 6.3 seconds while the all-wheel-drive segment takes only 6.2 seconds to do so.

Models

Buick Lacrosse 1SV

Chrysler 300 Touring

Nissan Maxima S

Kia Cadenza Premium

0-60 MPH

7.4 sec

6.6 sec

5.8 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

15.7 sec @ 86 mph

15.2 sec @ 96 mph

14.3 sec @ 97.7 mph

14.8 sec @ 95.8 mph

Engine

2.5L

3.6L

3.5L

3.3L

Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

6.1

7.6

7.0

7.6

Nissan Maxima S’ base trim takes the least time i.e. 5.8 seconds to reach the 60mph from naught while LaCrosse's 4-cylinder engine is the slowest of the lot.

Handling and Steering

The Buick Lacrosse is made for a comfortable ride over the bumpy roads. The car drives smoothly around the corners and along the pavements. The suspension system absorbs most of the bumps and gives the car a stable ride all along. You can adjust the suspension as per your need in two modes: Normal and Sports. As the name suggests, the Normal mode makes the suspension setup a little on the softer side while the Sports mode makes them stiffer for better handling on the curves. Though LaCrosse is not a sports sedan, it still has a good handling around the corners and curves.

Braking

One of the biggest negatives that LaCrosse has is its braking. The car takes 123 seconds to come to zero from 60mph. Chrysler 300 and Kia Cadenza Premium are the best in terms of braking having 120 feet stopping distance each while the Maxima S has the worst braking and travels 125 feet before coming to a standstill from 60 mph.

Model

Buick Lacrosse 1SV

Chrysler 300 Touring

Nissan Maxima S

Kia Cadenza Premium

Brake Front(in)

11.8

12.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear(in)

11.3

12.6

12.1

11.8

Curb weight(lb.)

3490

4013

3482

3633

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

120

125

120

The LaCrosse is the only car in the segment that offers regenerative braking that help enhance the fuel economy which is quite great considering the environment and will not burden your pocket as much as the other cars in the segment will do.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Fuel Economy

5.0/10

If fuel efficiency is what you look for in a car, Lacrosse is the best option for you. The car has an efficiency of 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Even the 3 Liter V6 engine offers the best mileage (21/30 mpg in city/highway) amongst its competitors.

Model

Buick Lacrosse 1SV

Chrysler 300 Touring

Nissan Maxima S

Kia Cadenza Premium

MPG (city)

25

19

21

20

MPG (highway)

35

30

30

28

MPG (combined)

29

23

25

23

Nissan Maxima S is the second-best sedan in terms of mileage as compared to its rivals. It gives out an efficiency of 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The reason for LaCrosse's high efficiency numbers is the regenerative braking that adds to the driving range of the car in a single gallon of fuel.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Interior

7.7/10

“An impressively quiet cabin offers more passenger room, and those passengers can take advantage of an increased count of comfort and safety technology features."- Consumer Guide

Seating and Comfort

One of the best things you’ll like about the LaCrosse is its interior. The car looks stunning from the inside with no nonsense design and feature. The car has a spacious cabin and seating 3 adults in the rear is not a problem. Getting in and out of the car is easy as the doors open quite wide. Tall people might have to bend a little bit because of the lower roof of the car.

Model

Buick Lacrosse 1SV

Chrysler 300 Touring

Nissan Maxima S

Kia Cadenza Premium

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Passenger Volume (ft cube)

102

106.3

98.6

107.8

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.4/57.7/42.0

38.6/59.5/41.8

39.4/56.7/45

40.2/58.3/45.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.2/56.6/38.0

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.7/55.7/34.2

37.9/56.5/47.2

The rear seats of the car might feel a bit uncomfortable because of low cushioning for thighs and back. The front seats are 8-way power adjustable and the seats in base trim are covered in synthetic leather. Going up the trim level, the seats get 4-way lumbar support with massage feature. The front seats with massage feature are extremely comfortable but the rear seats don’t offer the same.

Infotainment

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The system has large on-screen buttons with simplified menu options which make it easy to interact with. However, the displat screen is placed higher on the dash making it difficult to operate for the driver.

The display looks crisp under dim light but washes out in sunlight. Some standard infotainment features are:

  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 8-speaker audio

Cargo Capacity

The 2019 LaCrosse is pretty long but it still fails to offer a big trunk. The biggest negative of LaCrosse is its small trunk volume. It has just 14.3 cubic-feet of capacity which is similar to that of Nissan Maxima S. On the other hand, the trunk is shaped in a way that it can accommodate long and wide objects easily.

Model

Buick Lacrosse 1SV

Chrysler 300 Touring

Nissan Maxima S

Kia Cadenza Premium

Trunk Volume (ft cube)

14.3

16.3

14.3

16.0

Chrysler 300 Touring has the best trunk capacity (16.3-cubic feet) which is followed by the Kia Cadenza Premium (16.0-cubic feet). Nowadays, having a big trunk that can carry a week's luggage for a family of 5 is a basic need and marquees like Chrysler and Kia understand the need of the hour and have made the cargo space keeping that in mind.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Exterior

7.0/10

“The Buick LaCrosse has the style and design befitting a flagship sedan.”- The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse looks elegant and sleek. With its redesigned exterior and improved aerodynamics, LaCrosse received heaps and praises all around the US. The car carries a curvy design and is a decent looking car. LaCrosse doesn’t look long because of its streamlined design but it stands second in terms of length and wheelbase amongst its rivals. Longer wheelbase adds up to the legroom inside the cabin making the ride comfortable for the passengers.

Model

Buick Lacrosse 1SV

Chrysler 300 Touring

Nissan Maxima S

Kia Cadenza Premium

Curb weight (lbs.)

3490

4013

3482

3633

Length(in)

197.5

198.6

192.8

195.7

Width(in)

73.5

75

73.2

73.6

Height(in)

57.5

58.5

56.5

57.9

Ground clearance(in)

6.5

4.7

5.3

6.4

Wheelbase(in)

114.0

120.2

109.3

112.4

Track width(in) F/R

62.9/63.1

63.4/63.8

62.4/62.4

63.3/63.6

In terms of height, width and weight, the car does well but it loses out to Chrysler 300 touring and Kia Cadenza Premium. LaCrosse has the best-in-class ground clearance which is a plus point as the car can cross the bumps or uneven roads with ease.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Safety

6.0/10

The car has got 5 stars ratings in 10 out of 12 tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The tests include ratings of the front barrier, side barrier, and overall crash ratings. The car also passed the tests of Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) with SUPERIOR front crash prevention and has received good crashworthiness rating.

Safety Features

Buick always has the safety-first moto for its cars and the 2019 LaCrosse doesn’t disappoint. 2019 Buick LaCrosse offers some good safety features like Electronic stability control, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. Some of its safety features include:

  • All Speed Traction Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Daytime Running Headlamps
  • Electronic Roll Mitigation
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ParkView Rear Back-Up Camera
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring Display
  • Trailer Sway Damping
  • Advanced Multistage Front Airbags
  • Supplemental Side-Curtain Front and Rear Airbags
  • Driver Inflatable Knee-Bolster Airbag
  • Remote Proximity Keyless Entry
  • Sentry Key Theft Deterrent System

 

2019 Buick LaCrosse Competition

Buick LaCrosse vs Chrysler 300

Chrysler has been producing some of the most powerful cars for a long time now and the Chrysler 300 is one of them. The car is a combined package of performance and comfort. The car has better handling and comfort than the LaCrosse. The 300 is the cheapest of the lot and still offers more features than some of its rivals. If you want a sports sedan at a low price then Chrysler 300 is the way to go while if you look for a luxury sedan with exquisite interior then go for Buick LaCrosse.

Buick LaCrosse vs Nissan Maxima

Nissan has gone all out power and style in the 2019 Nissan Maxima. The car looks stunning from the outside with a hint of a sports car but also has a luxurious interior. With more legroom and better cabin space, the LaCrosse has a bit of an advantage over Maxima but in terms of performance, Maxima leads all the way through. Go for Nissan Maxima if power is what you need. Choose LaCrosse if comfort and better ride quality is what you need.

Buick LaCrosse vs Kia Cadenza

With simple looks, powerful engine, and stunning interior, Kia Cadenza is one of the best sedans. The car has the most spacious cabin amongst its rivals and offers the most comfortable ride. The car provides better legroom for the rear passengers and also has better headroom. Cadenza offers better features and more intuitive tech features than any of its rivals. Kia Cadenza is the best option to look out for.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Final Verdict

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is a simple looking sedan with beautiful interior, comfortable riding quality, and good tech suite. LaCrosse offers standard and additional features like Regenerative Braking, lumbar support and 2 engine options. It is one of the best large luxury sedans in the automotive market and can compete with cars from the German trio with ease. However, a low powered base engine, above-average handling, and a small trunk are the weak-points of LaCrosse. If American heritage is what you are looking for in your car, go for the Buick LaCrosse without a hint of doubt.