2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Sedan

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2018 MODEL
$29,565 - $38,665 See Inventory Prices

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2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Buyers seeking a larger, comfortable luxurious sedan should definitely need to give 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid a fair tryout. A nicely crafted cabin is bundled with attractive styling and an improved combined fuel economy. Furthermore, there are plenty of options to customize the hybrid ride as per the requirements ask for.

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid is yet another attempt from Buick to redeem itself as a luxury car brand. However, unlike previous attempts, this one is right on cue. The 2018 iteration of the Lacrosse Hybrid comes with a new base engine, mainly for boosting the combined fuel economy. The ride is an amazing blend of craftsmanship, comfort, and combined fuel economy.

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Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engine

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29565

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

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

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.2 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

170 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/29/35 mpg

highway range

553 mi.

highway range (evs/hybrids)

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 hybrid Sedan in Black Onyx color  2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan in Dark Slate Metallic color  2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan in Ebony Twilight Metallic color  2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan in Pepperdust Metallic color  2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan in Red Quartz Tintcoat color
Black Onyx

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

6.9

Engine

7.9

Fuel Economy

7.9

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.9

Safety

8.4

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Base

Base

power
194 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$29,565


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $29,565 MSRP (28/29/35) 194 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Onyx
  Dark Slate Metallic
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Red Quartz Tintcoat

 2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Preferred

Preferred

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

$33,665


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Preferred 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $33,665 MSRP (25/29/35) 310hp @ 6800rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Onyx
  Dark Slate Metallic
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Red Quartz Tintcoat

 2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Essence

Essence

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

$36,365


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Essence 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $36,365 MSRP (25/29/35) 310hp @ 6800rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Onyx
  Dark Slate Metallic
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Red Quartz Tintcoat

 2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Premium

Premium

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

$38,665


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Premium 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6A) Starting at $38,665 MSRP (24/29/35) 310hp @ 6800rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic front wheel drive 5   Black Onyx
  Dark Slate Metallic
  Ebony Twilight Metallic
  Pepperdust Metallic
  Red Quartz Tintcoat

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 25, 2018

7.6

Overall Rating


The 2.5L 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine in 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid emphasizes fuel economy. The mild hybrid system is in fact dubbed eAssist and unlike Lacrosse competitors, it's not a full hybrid. The engine produces 194 horsepower and an impressive 187 lb.-ft. of torque. 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid uses a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting.

In the large sedan hybrid segment, Buick Lacrosse competes with hybrids like the Ford Fusion and the Honda Accord. Another important rival to the Lacrosse is the Toyota Avalon Hybrid. 2018 Buick Lacrosse successfully delivers a comfortable and quiet driving experience. Furthermore, the ride offers an adept handling via the Dynamic Driver package.


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 hybrid Sedan Features

6.9/10

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid comes in a total of 4 trims, namely Lacrosse, Preferred, Essence, and Premium. The Lacrosse and Preferred trims are available with a front-wheel-drive system. On the other hand, the Essence and Premium trims can be equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive system. The base trim, also called base 1SV, comes with 18-inch wheels, remote engine start, and simulated leather upholstery as standard.

Trim Lacrosse Preferred Essence Premium
MSRP $29,565 $33,665 $36,370 $38,665
Key Features Hid headlamps with signature led lighting accents Hid headlamps with signature led lighting accents Hid headlamps with signature led lighting accents Hid headlamps with signature led lighting accents
  8-way power-adjustable front seats 8-way power-adjustable front seats 8-way power-adjustable front seats 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  Onstar wi-fi hotspot Onstar wi-fi hotspot Onstar wi-fi hotspot Onstar wi-fi hotspot
  Android auto compatibility Android auto compatibility Android auto compatibility Android auto compatibility
  Apple carplay compatibility Power-tilt and -telescoping steering wheel Power-tilt and -telescoping steering wheel Power-tilt and -telescoping steering wheel
      Articulating headlamps Articulating headlamps
        Front ventilated seats with massage and 4-way power lumbar control

The Preferred trim adds a cargo net, power-adjustable steering wheel, and a satellite radio to the base trim. Escalating to the Essence trim brings several standard features, including auto-dimming mirrors and leather upholstery, to the table. The trim has an optional Driver Confidence 1 package, which adds rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring systems. The package comes standard with the Premium trim along with other merriments.

2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Engine

7.9/10

"The LaCrosse is a thoroughly unhurried car. The shifts are smooth and the steering has good on-center feel, making for an easy freeway cruiser." -Edmunds

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid is powered by a 2.5L 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine. It is rated for producing 194 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. Maximum rpm available to engine power and torque is 6300 and 4400, respectively.

Models

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Ford Fusion Hybrid S

Honda Accord Hybrid

MSRP

$29,565

$37,500

$25,390

$25,100

Engine

2.5L 4Cyl gas/electric hybrid

2.5L 4Cyl gas/electric hybrid

2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid

2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid

Transmission

6-speed automatic

CVT automatic

CVT automatic

CVT automatic

Horsepower

194 hp @ 6300 rpm

200 hp @ 5700 rpm

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

212 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

187 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

156 ft-lbs @ 4500 rpm

129 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

129 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm

The luxury sedan has the most torque offering in the segment. On the other hand, the Toyota Avalon Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid best Lacrosse Hybrid in terms of engine power. Buick Lacrosse Hybrid features a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. Unlike the ride, Lacrosse rivals boast a CVT automatic mode.

Acceleration

The 2018 incarnation of the Buick Lacrosse Hybrid hits the 60 MPH mark in 8.3 seconds. Although sluggish, this is somewhat better than the 8.9 seconds required by the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

Models

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

6.1 sec

8.9 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter mile

-

14.5 sec

16.9 sec

15.7 sec

Engine

2.5L

2.5L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

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

6.1

4.4

4.2

3.8

Honda Accord Hybrid offers a far superior 0-60 MPH acceleration, necessitating 7.1 seconds. Even that is bested by the Toyota Avalon Hybrid, which does the same in just 6.1 seconds.

Ride and Handling

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid boasts a smooth gear-shifting and an on-center steering. Though the ride quality is good, cornering might put the passengers out of their comfort zone. Moreover, the engine feels overwhelmed and tires pressurized under performance requests, even the slightest ones.

Though the acceleration is smooth, it is too slow. Even mildly racing the speed makes the engine groan. Lacrosse Hybrid does well in low-speed turns, however, beyond that it's not convenient at all in any way. Though a suspension is in place it does less to avoid the wallowing body motion. Overall, largely inoffensive, the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid feels large and heavy.

Braking

The latest iteration of the Buick Lacrosse Hybrid comes with a bigger 11.8-inch front brake. This is bigger than the 11.5 and 11.7-inch front brake supported by the Honda Accord Hybrid and Toyota Avalon Hybrid, respectively. Ford Fusion Hybrid also comes with an 11.8-inch front brake.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Brake Front (in.)

11.8

11.7

11.8

11.5

Brake Rear (in.)

11.3

11.1

11.9

11.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3490lbs.

3594 lbs.

3668 lbs.

3400 lbs.

60-0 MPH (ft.)

170

N/A

187 ft

N/A

The rear brake of 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid measures 11.3 inches. This is smaller only to 11.9 inches supported by the Ford Fusion Hybrid. During emergency braking, 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid comes to a complete halt after traversing 170 feet. This is superior to 187 feet required by the Ford Fusion Hybrid.

2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Fuel Economy

7.9/10

With the amped-up V6 engine, 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid is able to deliver 35 mpg on highways. The ride offers 25 mpg in cities and a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg. This is impressive but much less than that offered by Lacrosse Hybrid rivals.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

MPG (city)

25

40

43

47

MPG (highway)

35

39

41

47

MPG (combined)

29

40

42

47

Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers a combined fuel economy of 40 mpg, while Ford Fusion Hybrid delivers 42 mpg. However, the mileage race is won by Honda Accord Hybrid with a combined fuel economy of 47 mpg.

2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Interior

7.0/10

"The interior aims for a midpoint between luxury and mainstream cars, but there's a lot of plastic and the interior space isn't as open or roomy as what many rivals offer. ​​​​" -Edmunds​​​

Seating and Comfort

Like its class rivals, 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid provides seating for 5 people. Up in the front, the luxury sedan offers 38.4 and 42 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. The sheer size of legroom gives a luxurious full-stretch feel.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.4/42.0/57.7

37.6/58.2/42.1

/53.1/41.9

39.5/58.3/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.2/38.0/55.1

37.9/57/39.2

36.8/50.0/34.4

37.3/55/40.4

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid has 37.2 inches of rear headroom and 38 inches of rear legroom. Both numbers are ample to accommodate adult passengers. While Toyota Avalon Hybrid offers the most-in-league rear headroom of 37.9 inches, Honda Accord Hybrid boasts the maximum rear legroom of 40.4 inches.

Infotainment System

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid supports an excellent infotainment system, which is both easy-to-use and intuitive. A tuning knob is absent though. The system comes with an 8-inch hi-res touch display paired with an 8-speaker audio system. Support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is available. Besides, there is an optional navigation upgrade available, summoning precisely detailed maps.

Connectivity options via Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi hotspot is available. Additionally, the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid infotainment system comes with a month of fee-free OnStar subscription. Other noteworthy features include a concierge service and a stolen vehicle tracking functionality.

Interior Features

The interior of the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid is clean, which is a great way of saying, well, unornamented. Fortunately, that works out great for the luxury sedan. Key interior features to the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid includes:

  • 8-way power-adjustable front seats
  • A wide array of interior shades to choose from
  • Almost symmetrical dashboard
  • Ambient interior lighting [Optional]
  • Front ventilated seats with massage [Optional]
  • High center console
  • Power-tilt and telescoping steering wheel

Cargo Capacity

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid offers a maximum cargo capacity of 14.3 cubic feet. This is better than the 12 and 14 cubic feet offered by the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Avalon Hybrid, respectively.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

14.3

14.0 cu.ft.

12.0 cu.ft.

16.7 cu.ft.

Honda Accord Hybrid offers the most cargo space in the segment, 16.7 cubic feet.

2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Exterior

7.9/10

"Pretty inside and out, the Buick LaCrosse has the look of a proper flagship sedan."  -The Car Connection

Dimension and Weight

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid has the most length and width of 197.5 and 73.5 inches, respectively in the segment. Its height of 57.5 inches is second only to 58 inches supported by the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The same ride has the least-in-league length of 191.8 inches.

Model

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid

Toyota Avalon Hybrid XLE Plus

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Honda Accord Hybrid

Curb weight (lbs.)

3490

3594 lbs.

3668 lbs.

3400 lbs.

Length(in)

197.5

195.3 in.

191.8 in.

192.2 in.

Width(in)

73.5

72.2 in.

72.9 in.

73.3 in.

Height(in)

57.5

57.5 in.

58.0 in.

57.1 in.

Ground clearance (in)

-

5.5

6.2

5.8

Wheelbase (in)

114.4

111

112.2

111.4

Track width (in) F/R

62.9/63.2

62.6/62.2

62.3/62

63/63.4

Like length and width, 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid has the biggest wheelbase of 114.4 inches in the fraternity. On the contrary, Toyota Avalon Hybrid has the least-in-league wheelbase of 111 inches. The same for the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Honda Accord Hybrid is 112.2 and 111.4 inches, respectively.

Exterior Features
In order to stand apart from the herd, 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid boasts a simplistic and curvaceous exterior styling. Due to a streamlined look, the ride appears smaller as opposed to its league-leading dimensions. Major 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid feats include:

  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Crafty lamps
  • Elegant grille
  • Panoramic sunroof [Optional]
  • Swept-back headlights with signature accents
  • Wide rear haunches
  • Auto-dimming mirrors
  • Crafty lamps
  • Elegant grille
  • Panoramic sunroof [Optional]
  • Swept-back headlights with signature accents
  • Wide rear haunches

2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Safety

8.4/10

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid Safety Ratings and Reliability

2018 Buick Lacrosse performs well in various crash tests. Unfortunately, though, Buick offers advanced safety tech only on the top trim. Nonetheless, the ride secures a 5-star rating in all NHTSA ratings. IIHS awarded Good ratings to various crash tests that 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid underwent. The only stain on the repute is the Poor rating given for headlights.

2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid comes equipped with a forward collision alert and teen driver technology. The Lacrosse Premium trim comes with the optional Driver Confidence Package 2. It adds adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Furthermore, the Premium and Essence trims come with optional blind spot monitors.

Rides priced at about one-half the price of higher Lacrosse trims come with an automatic emergency braking. Unfortunately, to add the same feature to the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid buyers need to spend more than $10k.

Safety Features

  • Lane keep assist with lane departure warning
  • Forward collision alert
  • Teen driver technology
  • Rear vision camera
  • Automatic parking assist

NHTSA Rating

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

5 star

Side barrier rating driver

4 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

4 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

IIHS not rated

2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Competition

Buick LaCrosse hybrid Vs. Ford Fusion Hybrid

Powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine, Ford Fusion Hybrid is yet another popular hybrid ride. The initial price for the Fusion Hybrid is $25,390. The 2.0L engine generates 188 hp and 129 lb.-ft. of torque. As for gear-shifting, the ride comes with a CVT automatic mode.

Ford Fusion Hybrid is the slowest ride in the fraternity, with a requirement of 8.9 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH. It traverses a quarter-mile in 16.9 seconds. Again, the slowest in the league. Probably the biggest selling point of the hybrid ride is its remarkable mileage of 42 mpg.

Buick LaCrosse hybrid Vs. Honda Accord Hybrid

With an opening bid of $25,100, the Honda Accord Hybrid is the least expensive ride among its class rivals. Like the Ford Fusion Hybrid, Accord Hybrid employs a 2.0L 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine. The engine delivers an impressive 212 horsepower and an okay 129 lb.-ft. of torque.

Performance-wise, the Accord Hybrid is able to accelerate to 60 MPH in 7.1 seconds. This makes it the 2nd fastest 0-60 MPH shifter in the fraternity. In addition to being the least bulky ride in the league, 3400 lbs., Accord Hybrid offers an impressive combined fuel economy of 47 mpg.

Buick LaCrosse hybrid Vs. Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Just like the Buick Lacrosse Hybrid, Toyota Avalon Hybrid flaunts a 2.5L 4-cylinder gas/electric hybrid engine. The engine that produces 200 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. of torque is complemented by a CVT automatic mode. The opening price for the ride is $37,500.

Toyota Avalon Hybrid shifts the most quickly in the competition. The ride shoots to 60 MPH and covers a quarter-mile in 6.1 and 14.5 seconds, respectively. Avalon Hybrid offers a mileage of 40 mpg. Ground clearance and wheelbase for the ride is 5.5 and 111.1 inches, respectively.

2018 Buick LaCrosse hybrid Sedan Final Verdict

Buyers seeking a larger, comfortable luxurious sedan should definitely need to give 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid a fair tryout. A nicely crafted cabin is bundled with attractive styling and an improved combined fuel economy. Furthermore, there are plenty of options to customize the hybrid ride as per the requirements ask for.

While the handling and driving are good, it is nothing sporty about the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid. Also, if the combined fuel economy is the topmost priority then rivals are better than the Buick Lacrosse. Nonetheless, for those looking for a perfect blend of comfort, luxury, and quality, 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid is a great option to opt for.