2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan

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$44,870 - $47,070

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2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Anuron Deka Content Writer Updated on: November 13, 2019


The luxury car segment is slowly dying in the States as more folks prefer a crossover over sedans. Yet these lengthy cabins on wheels have some positive attributes like a comfortable ride, spacious interiors and plenty of high-tech features. The Lacrosse Avenir is a step up from the regular Lacrosse. It offers a whole new experience like the AMG and the M series does for the German giants.

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Pros

Composed and comfortable ride

Spacious cabin

Impressive standard features list

Excellent predicted reliability rating

Good fuel economy

Cons

Below-average cargo space

Plastics-heavy interior

Low-mounted seats front and back may limit comfort

Small cargo space

What's New?

A new sport touring trim is introduced which features 19-inch alloys and all-black grille

Premium variant comes with air-ionizer


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$44870

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

217 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 6800 rpm

torque

268 lbs.-ft @ 5200 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.9/63.1

dimensions

wheelbase

114.4 in.

length

197.5 in.

width

73.5 in.

height

57.5 in.

curb weight

3840 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/30 mpg

highway range

474 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70000

corrosion warranty

6 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Engine And Performance

8.2

Interior

6.9

Safety

9.3

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Avenir

Avenir

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

$44,870 - $47,070


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $44,870 MSRP (20/24/30) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (3.6L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $47,070 MSRP (20/23/29) 310 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.1

Overall Rating


2019 Lacrosse Avenir is powered by a 3.6 liter V6 powertrain which puts out 310 hp and comes mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The interior is packed well with all the bells and whistles you could expect at this price point.

The expected asking price of the Lacrosse Avenir falls in line with popular choices like the Dodge Charger and Chevrolet Impala. The Lacrosse Avenir stacks up well against rivals with its impressive features a frugal powertrain.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Front View
2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Front View
2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Rear View
2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Rear View

 

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

6.9/10
Interior

 
 

9.3/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Features

The 2019 Buick LAcrosse Avenir comes with a 3.6 liter V6 powertrain which puts out 310 hp. A night speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive are standard. The Drive package adds 20-in wheels and adaptive suspension dampers, plus an upgraded suspension design for FWD models. Note that the V6 engine brings a compact spare tire with it.

Model Buick Lacrosse Avenir
Price $ 111,382
Features 3.6L V-6 Engine
  9-spd auto w/OD Transmission
  310 @ 6,800 rpm Horsepower
  268 @ 5,200 rpm Torque
  All wheel Drive type
  1st and 2nd row exterior express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  19" painted aluminum Wheels
  Driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback Heated front seats
  SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
  Leather Seat trim
  Navigation system

We Recommend

The LaCrosse is definitely worth your consideration. Though it has a reasonable starting price, this Buick doesn't skimp on standard features. As a standalone variant is available you can equip your Avenir with different convenience and safety package.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Engine and Performance

8.2/10

"The 2019 Buick LaCrosse carries over the significant changes that took place back in 2017 and a powertrain update in 2018, as part of the brand's plan to reinvigorate and claw back to its position in the luxury segment. And we like what we're seeing. Rather than a hyper-stylized version of a coupe or a sport sedan that does neither very well, Buick has rightly chosen to make a comfortable, efficient and traditional car." -Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The Buick Lacrosse Avenir is powered by a 3.6 liter V 6 powertrain which puts out 310 hp and mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. There is plenty of power even when the car is fully loaded. Front wheel drive is standard and all-wheel -drive is optional for an extra $ 2,200.

Models

Buick Lacrosse Avenir

Chevrolet Impala Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

MSRP

$45,795

$37,595

$38,890

$38,305

$39,040

$30,390

Engine

3.6 liter V6

3.6L V6

3.3 LV6 DOHC

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

Transmission

9-speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

Horsepower

310 hp

305 hp @ 6800 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

288 hp @ 6500 rpm

292 hp @ 6350 rpm

300 hp@ 6350 rpm

Torque

275 lb-ft

264 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

253 ft-lbs. @ 5200 rpm

254 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

260 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

264 ft-lbs@ 4800 rpm

Acceleration

The LaCrosse is absurdly quick with its V6 powertrain and can manage to reach 60 mph from 0 in just 5.6 seconds. The quarter-mile mark is decimated under 14 seconds. The transmission shifts butter smooth and the power is distributed evenly among every gear .

Models

Buick Lacrosse  Avenir

Chevrolet Impala Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

0-60 MPH

5.6

6.2 sec

6.5

5.2 sec

5.8 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter mile

14

14.8 sec

N/A

13.7 sec

14.2 sec

14.8 sec

Engine

3.6 v6

3.6L V6

3.3 LV6 DOHC

3.5L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

3.6L V6 Regular Unleaded

Emission

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

7.2

8.0

7.7

8.4

8.4

7.6

Ride and Handling

The LaCrosse provides truly impressive comfort and isolation to its occupants courtesy of the plush suspension tuning and a multitude of sound-deadening measures. Its precise steering is also pleasingly low in the effort, and in general, this big Buick is easy to drive.

It boasts a sophisticated suspension that maintains composure around corners, and should you opt for the Dynamic Drive package (highly recommended), the included 20-in wheels and adaptive suspension dampers provide an almost shocking amount of agility given the degree of comfort that continues to be provided. Like some of the very best luxury sedans, a so-equipped LaCrosse has the ability to be both comfortable when milling about yet surprisingly sharp when you want to pick up the pace. Its strong V6 engine scores additional points in its favor, and although the base eAssist engine's fuel economy may appeal to some, we think most will find its power insufficient.

We're generally fans of the LaCrosse's interior, which possesses a higher quality and a more appealing design than you'll find in past Buick models. It is genuinely luxurious. The standard IntelliLink touchscreen is also more user-friendly than most tech interfaces. Unfortunately, back-seat comfort may be reduced for some due to the somewhat low seating position.

Braking

The only downside with the LaCrosse is its poor braking, it takes a longish 123 feets to come to a halt. This performance is below average for this segment and some of the rivals perform better despite the lower price tag. The brake pedal is soft and it is easy to modulate and straight line stops are stable.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Avenir

Chevrolet Impala Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Brake Front (in.)

12.4

12.6

12.6

13.9

13.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.6

12.4

11.8

13.6

12.6

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3840

N/A

3770

4140

4013

4020

60-0 MPH (ft.)

123

130

120

125

121

110

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Fuel Economy

The V-6 is no slouch when it comes to fuel economy and returns some pretty good numbers. Opting for AWD lowers those estimates by one mpg. Fuel economy is still quite good given all that power at 20 mpg city/30 mpg hwy/24 mpg combined.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Avenir

Chevrolet Impala Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

MPG (city)

20

18

20

18

19

19

MPG (highway)

30

28

27

26

30

30

MPG (combined)

24

22

23

21

23

23

Range (city/highway) (miles)

342/520

333 / 518

370 / 500

342 / 494

N/A

352/555

Tank Capacity (gal)

18.2

18.5

18.5

19.0

18.5

18.5

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Interior

6.9/10

The new LaCrosse offers a unique mix of in-cabin technology, including onboard Wi-Fi, safety features and luxurious appointments, which makes it a standout." -Kelly blue book

Seating and Comfort

Enter the Buick Lacrosse and you will be delighted by handsome interior material and contemporary design. The cabin remains quiet like the other Buick's and LaCrosse is a quieter and more comfortable option than most vehicles in the midsize sedan segment.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Avenir

Chevrolet Impala
Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.4/57.7/42.0

39.9/57.9/45.8

38.5/58.3/45.5

39.0/57.9/44.2

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.4/56.6/38.0

37.4/56.9/39.8

37.6/56.5/37.2

37.8/56.9/38.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

36.6/57.9/40.1

Infotainment

The 2019 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 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 Avenir

Chevrolet Impala Premier sedan

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

1

18.8

16.0

20.1

16.3

16.5

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Exterior

The Buick LaCrosse has the style and design befitting a flagship sedaninch - carconnetion

Dimension and Weight

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse looks elegant and sleek with its flowing sculptural design. The most distinguishing feature from the regular Avenir is its Black Ice finish grille and three-dimensional chrome wings. This flagship sedan has a low wide stance and the understated curves are perfectly integrated into the body. Longer wheelbase adds up to the legroom inside the cabin making the ride comfortable for the passengers.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Avenir

Kia Cadenza Technology sedan

Ford Taurus Limited sedan

Chrysler 300 Limited sedan

Dodge Charger GT sedan

Weight

3840

3770

4140

4013

4020

Length

201.3

195.7

202.9

198.6

198.4

width

73.0

73.6

76.2

75

75.0

HEight

58.9

57.9

60.7

58.7

58.2

Ground Clearnce

N/A

N/A

5.1

N/A

4.9

Wheelbase

111.7

112.4

112.9

120.2

120.2

Track width

62.2/62

63.1/63.4

65.3/65.5

63.4/63.8

63.4/63.8

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Safety

9.3/10

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 Avenir Sedan 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.

2019 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Sedan Final Verdict

LaCrosse isn't a luxury car, it's a premium American road car, but it's good enough to make you wonder if a luxury car is worth it. The Avenir is one of the best large luxury sedans in the automotive market and can compete with cars from the German trio with ease.