2018 Buick LaCrosse

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2018 MODEL
$41,070 - $43,425 See Inventory Prices

7.4

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2018 Buick LaCrosse Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Simple, elegant, classy and luxury make the 2018 Buick LaCrosse a drool-worthy sedan. Buick introduced the first LaCrosse as a mid-size sedan in 2004. Since then the car has seen some tremendous interior and exterior changes and has been one of the favorites among sedan fanatics.

The 2018 Buick has 2 engines, a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with the eAssist standard in 1 SV, Preferred, Essence, and Premium trims and a 3.0-liter V6 engine standard at Avenir and optional in Essence and Premium. The first engine comes with front-wheel drive option only while the latter comes with both front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive options. The base trim 1 SV is priced at $34,015 and has the least number of features.

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Pros

Enormous Cabin Space

Good Fuel Economy

Regenerative Braking

Cons

Small trunk

What's New?

Introduction of eAssist Hybrid base engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29565

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

141 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu. in.

horsepower

194 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

187 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11.3 in. ventilated front disc/11.8 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

114.4 in.

length

197.5 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

3490 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.8 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.6 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/29/35 mpg

highway range

553 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

 2018 Buick LaCrosse in Black Onyx color  2018 Buick LaCrosse in Dark Slate Metallic color  2018 Buick LaCrosse in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2018 Buick LaCrosse in Pepperdust Metallic color  2018 Buick LaCrosse in Quicksilver Metallic color
Black Onyx

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Ratings

Features

6.9

Engine

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.9

Safety

8.4

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Buick LaCrosse Essence

Essence

power
250 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$41,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Essence 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $41,070 MSRP TBD 250 hp @ 5400 rpm,
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9-speed automatic front wheel drive 5

 2018 Buick LaCrosse Premium

Premium

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

$43,425


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $43,425 MSRP (20/23/29) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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9-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Black Onyx
  Dark Slate Metallic
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Quicksilver Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

7.4

Overall Rating


The Preferred trim comes with a handful of features and better interior from the 1 SV and is priced at $34,595. The Essence, Premium, and Avenir trims are priced at $37,595, $42,320, and $44,960 respectively. Going higher up the trims allow you to have access to more and better features. The car has an exquisite interior but the engine does not perform as expected. The engine feels sluggish and a bit underpowered lacking the sportiness that its rivals offer at lower prices. Overall the car is a perfect family sedan.


6.9/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine

 

7.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.9/10
Exterior

 

8.4/10
Safety

 
 
 

2018 Buick LaCrosse Features

6.9/10

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse comes in 5 configurations: 1 SV, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Avenir. 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. The Avenir trim has a 3.6 L V6 engine with all-wheel drive as standard.

Trims 1 SV Preferred Essence Premium Avenir
MSRP $29,565 $34,595 $37,295 $39,595 $47,065
Key Feature  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: includes or replaces features on Premium, plus:
  18″ aluminum alloy wheels Power tilt and telescoping steering wheel     3-dimensional upper and lower mesh grilles with Black Ice finish
  HID headlamps with LED signature lighting Sirius with three-month trial     Unique interior accents and wood-toned trim
  Buick Infotainment System with phone integration Cargo net     Buick Infotainment System with Navigation
      Leather-appointed seating Heated steering wheel Bose CenterPoint Surround Sound
      Heated front seats Driver and front passenger lumbar with massage  
      Memory settings for two drivers Head-up display  
      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 is coupled 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.

2018 Buick LaCrosse Engine

7.9/10

“For 2018, the new Buick LaCrosse is powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine in combination with a small electric motor and battery pack. The powertrain delivers 194 horsepower and 35 mpg on the highway. It’s paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, most trim levels get a sophisticated new 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine with direct injection, cylinder deactivation, and auto stop/start technologies.”- KellyBlueBook

Engine and Transmission

The 2018 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 Nissan Maxima S Kia Cadenza Premium
MSRP $29,565 $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
Torque 187 lb.-ft 260 lb.-ft 261 lb.-ft 253 lb.-ft
Power 194 HP 292 HP 300 HP 290 HP

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 the 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 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 (5.8) to reach 60mph while LaCrosse takes the most time to touch the 60mph mark.

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. Though LaCrosse is not a sports sedan, it still has good handling around the corners and curves.

“The LaCrosse has a cushy ride that soaks up bumps but doesn’t give you the disconnected, floaty feeling that too many luxury sedans exhibit. Like others in this class, the cabin is extremely quiet at all speeds.”- Edmunds

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 while the Maxima S has the worst braking.

Model Buick Lacrosse 1SV Chrysler 300 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 will help enhance the fuel economy.

2018 Buick LaCrosse Fuel Economy

7.9/10

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 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 21 mpg in city and 30 mpg on the highway.

2018 Buick LaCrosse Interior

7.0/10

“Inside, the LaCrosse is clean and almost unadorned with its high center console and nearly symmetrical dash. Controls are grouped together with no excess of switches or buttons, which helps simplify the experience. A large LCD screen in the instrument cluster offers lots of information, even if it isn’t quite as well-integrated as we’ve seen in some rivals.”- TheCarConnection

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 non-sense 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 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 trims, 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 comfort.

Infotainment

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse gets an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The system has large on-screen buttons with simple menu options which make it easy to interact with. The infotainment 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 2018 LaCrosse is pretty long but it still fails to offer a big trunk. The biggest negative of LaCrosse is its small trunk volume. Although Buick has increased the trunk capacity as compared to the 2017 version of LaCrosse it is still pretty small. The car 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 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).

2018 Buick LaCrosse Exterior

7.9/10

“With its curvaceous lines, long, low and wide proportions and abundance of chrome trim, the LaCrosse looks like a luxury flagship. It looks important, looks expensive. It has presence. From its simple grille with its stylish “wing” element set against a dark backdrop to its fastback roofline and familiar portholes, the LaCrosse is detailed to perfection.”- KellyBlueBook

Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse looks elegant and sleek. The car carries a curvy design and looks pretty decent. 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 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 manages to do well but it loses out to Chrysler 300 and Kia Cadenza. LaCrosse has the best in class ground clearance which is a plus point as the car can easily cross the bumps or uneven roads.

2018 Buick LaCrosse Safety

8.4/10

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 the ratings of the front barrier, side barrier, and overall crash ratings. The car also passed the tests of Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) excellently.

NHTSA Ratings  
Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side N/A
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good
Crash Mitigation and Protection  
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Poor
LATCH Marginal
NHTSA Ratings  
Overall Rating 5 Star
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 5 Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4 Star
Overall Side Crash Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating 5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5 Star
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Front Seat 5 Star
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat 5 Star
Rollover Rating 5 Star

Safety Features

Buick always has the safety-first moto for its cars and the 2018 LaCrosse doesn’t disappoint. 2018 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

2018 Buick LaCrosse Competition

Chrysler 300 vs Buick LaCrosse 

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 Chrysler 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.

Nissan Maxima vs Buick LaCrosse 

Nissan has gone all out power and style in the 2018 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.

Kia Cadenza vs Buick LaCrosse 

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.

2018 Buick LaCrosse Final Verdict

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a simple looking sedan with a beautiful interior, comfortable ride, and good tech suite. LaCrosse offers standard and additional features like Regenerative Braking. LaCrosse competes as one of the best in the Large sedan category. Low power, average handling, and small trunk are the weak-points of LaCrosse. Kia Cadenza is overall the best car in this segment which is followed by the Chrysler 300.