2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 17 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.6L Gas V6, 304 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The 2016 Buick LaCrosse has both style and attitude, with a curvy, bold look and advanced interior design. Ride, handling and overall refinement are up to world-class standards. From behind the wheel, the LaCrosse stands on the same high ground, in terms of features and the driving experience, as many luxury-brand cars, yet costs thousands less. Base models start at just about $31,000.

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What's New For 2016

For 2016, the Buick LaCrosse benefits from the addition of next-generation infotainment systems with an updated screen and dual USB ports.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Hybrid Component: 8 Years / 100,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Additional Equipment
Unselected includes (PCI) Driver Confidence Package #1 content, (IO6) Buick IntelliLink Radio with Navigation, AM/FM stereo and CD player and (UQS) Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound premium 11-speaker system
$2,994 $3,290
Unselected includes (UKC) Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, (UFG) Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, (UFL) Lane Departure Warning, (UEU) Forward Collision Alert, (UE4) Following Distance Indicator, (UV6) Head-Up Display, (T3U) front halogen fog lamps and (T4F) Xenon Highintensity Discharge (HID) articulating headlamps
(Included With (Pdu) Experience Buick Package.)
$1,934 $2,125
Unselected includes (H1X) Sangria Semi-Aniline perforated leather seating, real wood on instrument panel, door inserts and console and leather-wrapped center console, door armrests, Ultra Suede headliner, pillars and vanity mirrors with stitching Includes (UVD) heated steering wheel, (KI6) 120-volt power outlet, (KU1) driver ventilated seat and (KU3) front passenger ventilated seat.
(Requires (C3u) Oversized Power Moonroof. Not Available With Exterior Colors (G1m) Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, (G7t) Deep Garnet Metallic Or (Gaz) Summit White.)
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$2,270 $2,495
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Unselected $1,087 $1,195
Unselected (dealer-installed) $350 $385
Unselected $250 $275
Unselected with Adaptive Forward Lighting, flash-to-pass feature, automatic on and off, automatic delay and warning buzzer
(Included And Only Available With (Pci) Driver Confidence Package #1.)
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(Included With (Pdh) Buick Interior Protection Package, Lpo. Not Available Separately With (Pdh) Buick Interior Protection Package, Lpo.)
$127 $140
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Unselected $127 $140
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(Included With (Pdh) Buick Interior Protection Package, Lpo. Not Available Separately With (Pdh) Buick Interior Protection Package, Lpo.)
$73 $80
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Unselected (Requires (Fe9) Federal Emissions Requirements. Not Available In Maine Or Vermont.)
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Excluded (Allows A California Dealer (Yf5 Emissions) To Order (Ne1) Emissions With (Nb9) Emissions Override Code For Registration In (Ne1) States; Or A Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont And Washington Dealer (Ne1 Emissions) To Order (Yf5) Emissions With (Nb9) Emissions Override Code For Registration In California.)
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Unselected (Requires (Pdu) Experience Buick Package)

($455) ($500)
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Unselected $359 $395
Unselected (Not Available With (Rlx) Ultra Luxury Package.
$359 $395
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Unselected AM/FM stereo and CD player, includes 2 USB ports and Bluetooth streaming for audio and select phones featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone.
(Requires (Uqs) Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound Premium 11-Speaker System. Included With (Pdu) Experience Buick Package.)
$450 $495
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(Requires (C3u) Oversized Power Moonroof.)
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Specifications for 2016 Buick LaCrosse

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc with Brake Assist
    • Electronic Grade Braking
    • StabiliTrak stability control system with Traction Control
    • Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and right-front passenger, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions and rear seat mounted thorax (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information.)
    • Air bag Passenger Sensing System, sensor indicator inflatable restraint, front passenger/child presence detector (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owners Manual for more information)
    • OnStar Guidance Plan for 6 months including Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance, Turn-by-Turn Navigation, Advanced Diagnostics and more (trial excludes Hands-Free Calling) (Visit www.onstar.com for coverage map, details and system limitations. Services may vary by model and conditions.)
    • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to connect to the internet at 4G LTE speeds, includes 3GB or 3 months OnStar Data Trial (whichever comes first) (Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi requires compatible mobile device, active OnStar subscription and data plan after trial.)
    • OnStar Basic plan for 5 years including limited RemoteLink mobile app services, Advanced Diagnostics and Dealer Maintenance Notification (Basic Plan available for 5 years from the date of vehicle delivery, and is transferable. Does not include Emergency, Security or Navigation services.)
    • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with audible warning
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height adjustable includes pretensioners and load limiters
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • Door locks, child security, rear, manual
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
    • Rear Vision Camera
    • Trunk latch, safety, manual release
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • Entertainment Features
    • Antenna, integral rear, roof-mounted, body-color
    • Audio system feature, 8" diagonal color infotainment display, touch-screen
    • Audio system feature, premium 7-speaker system
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard on nearly all 2016 GM models. Enjoy a 3-month All Access trial subscription with over 150 channels including commercial-free music, plus sports, news and entertainment. Plus listening on the app and online is included, so you'll hear the best SiriusXM has to offer, anywhere life takes you. Welcome to the world of SiriusXM. (IMPORTANT: The SiriusXM Satellite Radio trial package is not provided on vehicles that are ordered for Fleet Daily Rental ("FDR") use. If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then-current rates. Fees and taxes apply. To cancel you must call us at 1-866-635-2349. See our Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change.)
    • Audio system, Buick IntelliLink Radio, AM/FM stereo and CD player includes 2 USB ports and Bluetooth streaming for audio and select phones featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phone.
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 19" (48.3 cm) 10-spoke machine-faced aluminum
    • Tires, P245/45R19 all-season, blackwall
    • Wheel, compact spare, 17" (43.2 cm) steel
    • Tire, compact spare, T125/70R17, blackwall
    • Moldings, bodyside, bright
    • Grille, chrome waterfall
    • Shutters, front lower grille, active
    • Headlamps, halogen composite with flash-to-pass feature automatic on and off, automatic delay and warning buzzer
    • Headlamp control, automatic on and off
    • Turn signals, side-mounted indicator lamps
    • Lamp, LED center high-mounted stop/brake (CHMSL)
    • Lamps, rear stop tail, LED
    • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators, ground illumination and driver-side memory and auto-dimming feature
    • Windshield, solar absorbing
    • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
    • Glass, acoustic, laminated front-side and windshield
    • Wipers, front intermittent, structure-less wiper blades
    • Door handles, body-color with chrome strips
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket with seatback map pockets
    • Seat adjuster, driver 8-way power
    • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power lumbar
    • Seat adjuster, front passenger 8-way power
    • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
    • Seat, rear split-folding
    • Seat trim, leather-appointed seating
    • Head restraints, 4-way adjustable, front, up/down, fore/aft
    • Headrests, rear, outboard seats, adjustable (up/down), folds back onto rear package shelf
    • Memory settings includes "presets" for 2 drivers, 8-way power driver/passenger seat with easy exit driver seat and outside mirrors
    • Floor mats, carpeted front with anchors
    • Floor mats, carpeted rear
    • Sill plates, front, bright
    • QuietTuning, Buick process to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration to create a quiet interior cabin
    • Steering column, tilt and telescopic, manual
    • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped, 4-spoke
    • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio and cruise controls
    • Display, enhanced driver instrument information , 8" multi-color configurable
    • Compass display
    • Personalization features includes driver memory, 2 specific Remote Keyless Entry fob controls for the driver identification greeting, audio system settings, station presets, content theft, automatic door locks, activation verification, perimeter lighting, delayed locking and (UD7) Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up/Down
    • Windows, power with front passenger Express-Up/Down
    • Windows, power, rear with Express-Down
    • Retained accessory power power windows, audio system and sunroof remain operational after ignition is switched off for 10 minutes or until a door is opened
    • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection
    • Remote vehicle starter system
    • E-Z Key Passive Entry System, extended range with (BTM) keyless start and automatic door lock/unlock features
    • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
    • Cruise control
    • Theft-deterrent system, electrical, unauthorized entry
    • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
    • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger
    • Air vents, rear, heating/cooling
    • Defogger, rear-window electric
    • Air filtration system with Charcoal filter
    • Sensor, humidity and windshield temperature
    • Cup holders, 2 front console, covered, 2 rear armrest
    • Power outlet, front auxiliary, 12-volt
    • Power outlet, rear auxiliary, 12-volt
    • Armrest, rear center with 2 integral cup holders
    • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
    • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding
    • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with coat hooks on rear passenger assist handles
    • Lighting, custom interior front and rear reading, front and rear door and console Ice Blue ambient lighting, front foot well, puddle lights and instrument panel light pipe
    • Shift knob, leather-wrapped
    • Brake, parking, electronic
    • Cargo net
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 3.6L SIDI DOHC V6 VVT (304 hp [226.7 kW] @ 6800 rpm, 264 lb-ft of torque [356.4 N-m] @ 5300 rpm) (E85 FlexFuel capability is not available in CA, CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT and WA)
    • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive includes Driver Shift Control
    • Axle, 2.77 final drive ratio
    • Keyless start, push button
    • Driver Shift Controls, tap-up/-tap-down
    • Differential, electronic limited slip
    • Drivetrain, all wheel drive
    • Battery, 70AH, maintenance free with rundown protection, heavy-duty 512 cold-cranking amps
    • Alternator, 150 amps
    • Suspension, front MacPherson strut
    • Suspension, rear H-arm
    • Steering, power, variable effort
    • Exhaust, dual-outlet stainless-steel with bright tips integrated in fascia
    • Tool kit, road emergency

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6 x 1.2
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.7 x 1.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.4 x 0.9
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.5 x 0.5
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.3
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 10.8
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 7.6
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 9.6
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 512
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 438
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 150
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 120
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LFX
    • Engine Order Code - LUK
    • Engine Type - Gas V6
    • Engine Type - Gas/Electric I4
    • Displacement - 3.6L/217
    • Displacement - 2.4L/145
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 304 @ 6800
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 182 @ 6700
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 264 @ 5300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 172 @ 4900
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 111.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 196.9
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 73.1
    • Height, Overall (in) - 59.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.7
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62.0
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 19.5
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 100.0
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.0
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 41.7
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.4
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.3
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 40.5
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56.0
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 53.9
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 20
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 15.2
    • Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 2.75
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 38.8
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Buick LaCrosse
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Front - HiPer Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - H-Arm
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - Q2B
    • Front Tire Order Code - RAL
    • Rear Tire Order Code - Q2B
    • Rear Tire Order Code - RAL
    • Spare Tire Order Code - QCL
    • Front Tire Size - P245/45R19
    • Front Tire Size - P245/40R20
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/45R19
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/40R20
    • Spare Tire Size - T125/70R17
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 1000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 100
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M7U
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.48
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.58
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.87
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.84
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.91
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.41
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.45
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.74
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.75
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.88
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 2.94
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.77
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.64
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Midsize Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4162
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 x - TBD -
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 x - TBD -
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 17 x - TBD -
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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The Buick LaCrosse is a large midsize sedan with a comfortable ride, nicely appointed interior, and traditional premium touches. Last redesigned for model-year 2014, LaCrosse carries over to model year 2016 largely unchanged.

Rather than a true luxury sedan, the LaCrosse is best described as a premium model, offered in a broad range of trim levels. The most costly versions can be fitted out like Cadillacs, with Bose audio and an upgraded instrument panel.

Buick’s Quiet Tuning measures result in a tight, near-silent interior.

Two distinct engines are offered, both with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available.

The practical choice is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with GM’s eAssist mild-hybrid system. Performance is lackluster, but the eAssist gets an EPA fuel-economy estimate of 36 mpg Highway.

The 3.6-liter V6 engine delivers stronger responses and brisk performance.

For 2016, three new color choices are available, plus optional 20-inch wheels for the all-wheel-drive Premium sedan. A new low-end trim level has been added, with fewer features and a lower price than the regular base LaCrosse. Echoing other Buick models, a Sport Touring version joins the lineup during the 2016 model year. Buick’s IntelliLink radio gets an updated eight-inch screen, and Buick claims it’s more intuitive than before.

All models have a rearview camera. Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system can give directions to your iPhone through Siri Eyes Free. OnStar 4G LTE has a provision for WiFi within the vehicle.

Premium models are equipped almost like Cadillacs. Options include a sunroof, head-up display, Bose audio system, and DVD rear entertainment.

Safety scores have been good. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave LaCrosse a five-star overall rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety deemed it Good for each category tested, and Advanced for frontal crash prevention.


The 2016 Buick LaCrosse comes in six trim levels. LaCrosse 1SV ($31,065) amounts to a sub-base model, lacking such features as a cargo net. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

LaCrosse ($33,810) comes amply equipped, including power locks, windows, and mirrors; cloth upholstery; eight-way power driver’s seat; dual-zone automatic climate control; rearview camera; IntelliLink radio with eight-inch screen, CD player, and seven-speaker audio; satellite radio; Bluetooth with audio streaming; remote start; cargo net; and 17-inch aluminum wheels. OnStar 4G LTE telematics has provision for in-car WiFi.

Sport Touring upgrades with leather-appointed seating, E-Z key passive entry, pushbutton start, heated power front seats, and 18-inch wheels. Leather ($35,900) includes leather upholstery, heated power front seats, rear parking sensor, passive keyless entry, auto-dimming outside mirrors with driver’s memory, and easy-entry system, and 17-inch wheels (19-inch with AWD).

Premium I ($38,200) comes standard with the V6 engine, Bose 11-speaker surround sound, heated/ventilated power front seats, heated steering wheel, power rear sunshade, perforated leather-appointed seats, driver’s memory; and 18- or 19-inch aluminum wheels. Premium II ($40,145) adds navigation, real-time damping suspension, Sport transmission mode, and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels.

Safety starts with eight standard airbags. Rear side airbags are available. A Driver Confidence Package includes blind-zone monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert. Also optional are collision preparation braking, adaptive cruise control, and a seat vibrator that can nudge an inattentive driver.


Contemporary in appearance, the LaCrosse comes across as both handsome and elegant. The shape of Buick’s flagship is graceful, even soft, where appropriate, especially up at the roofline. Further down, it’s more bulky, augmented by sheetmetal creases, helping to provide a noticeable presence.

Active grille shutters help smooth out the body’s aerodynamics. LED panels sit next to headlights and inside the taillamps. All told, there’s little to complain about, with one exception: the simulated portholes on the hood. Tacked onto Buicks since the years just after World War II, they’re a relic of the past that doesn’t fit in the 21st century.


Except for base models, where interior trim falls short of premium status, the LaCrosse cabin delivers a classy, traditional aura. The dashboard splits into twin zones, with the upper tier sweeping around, before flowing into door panels. Interior hues provide a feeling of warmth, enhanced by Ice Blue ambient lighting.

In some versions, woodgrain trim looks out of place. Otherwise, the quality of wood, leather, and plastic trim improve as you move up the trim-level sequence. At upper levels, refinement ranks as luxury-car caliber, helped by fine detailing and abundant soft-touch surfaces.

The IntelliLink touch-screen interface is similar to Cadillac’s CUE, but without the latter’s haptic, vibrating feedback. The system can connect to smartphones for hands-free or streaming audio functions.

Five adults can fit within a LaCrosse, but four riders would undeniably be more comfortable. The conservatively shaped roofline allows ample headroom. Seating comfort is appropriate for a large sedan, though the LaCrosse trunk is too small for a car in its category.

Driving Impressions

When equipped with the 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6, LaCrosse performs with strength and smoothness, even reminding some drivers of highway cruisers of the distant past. Clearly, the V6 is the best choice when carrying a full load of people and luggage on a long trip. You can expect abundant reserve power, but so-so fuel economy.

Buick’s eAssist engine, on the other hand, isn’t the smoothest-running; but it’s the obvious choice for best gas mileage. The mild hybrid’s 15-hp electric motor helps smooth out the 6-speed automatic transmission, and also restarts the engine after it’s been shut off at a stoplight.

The eAssist is EPA-rated 26/36 mpg City/Highway, or 24 mpg Combined. With front-drive, the V6 is EPA-rated 18/28 mpg City/Highway, or 21 mpg Combined.

The LaCrosse handles curves well and rides smoothly. Quiet Tuning enhances the premium ride quality, though the V6 engine can sound somewhat harsh while acceleration.

Front-wheel-drive V6 models with 19- or 20-inch tires may be equipped with real-time damping, including Sport Mode selectivity, which alters suspension response according to road conditions ahead.

Forward visibility is fine, but thick rear pillars and a modest-size back window translate to troubling blind spots.


For traditional Buick luxury, we prefer the V6 engine. Even with six cylinders, however, LaCrosse is definitely not a performance car. We like the Premium trim, though prices ease into luxury-level. A fully redesigned LaCrosse is expected soon.

Driving impressions by Kirk Bell, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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Estimated Target Price

The CarQuotes.com Target Price is to be used as a general guide that reflects a typical, market price (before taxes and other customary fees and charges) generally found for the vehicle that you selected. This price is based on our research and estimates of supply and demand in the marketplace. There are many factors that go into the final price of a particular vehicle including local supply and demand. Your final price may differ.

CarQuotes.com Estimated Target Prices include

The ’base’ price of the vehicle
All options that you select
Base Destination Charges — this is a charge that is added to the base price for every vehicle
Any related Estimated Manufacture to Consumer Cash Rebates. Note: rebates are subject to change at any time. Please make sure to confirm any consumer Cash rebates with your dealer representative at the time of purchase.

CarQuotes.com Estimated price(s) do NOT include any of the following:

Local taxes, license fees and other local fees, such as dealer documentation fees, tire and battery disposal fees, and where applicable, finance charges — these fees are also excluded from Dealer Invoice and MSRP and would be excluded from most advertisements you might see.
Random ’special qualification’ rebates — i.e., for new college grads only; for customers trading in a specific type of car.  Ask your dealer Representative for more information on ’special qualification’ rebates.

CarQuotes Estimated Dealer Price

The Estimated CarQuotes Dealer Price is an estimate of the pricing presented to CarQuotes members from CarQuotes Authorized Dealers in your area, and is calculated by subtracting an estimated savings value from the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price ("MSRP") as well as a value that relates to invoice for the "ideal vehicle" you configured. Dealer documentation, administrative or similar processing fees are not included in the price estimate. Any vehicle configured on the CarQuotes website is an "ideal vehicle" and may not exist at a CarQuotes Authorized Dealer or any other partner dealer. Each Dealer attempts to match a member’s vehicle preferences with the best possible selection from current, in-stock inventory.

Estimated Savings

The Estimated Savings represents the estimated amount of savings off of MSRP available to you from CarQuotes Dealers for a vehicle consistent with your configured preferences plus any customer incentives currently available.  This is also true when it comes to CarQuotes estimated target prices. Your actual savings will depend on several factors including market conditions, the style of vehicle you select, installed options, dealer coverage, and applicable manufacturer incentives. Each dealer sets its own pricing.

Advertised Rebates, Special Manufacturer Financing or Leasing Programs

In most cases, you must choose between these programs OR a customer rebate or a special manufacturer-to-dealer incentive that may or may not already be included in your CarQuotes.com Target Price. So, your final price may go up if you take advantage of special manufacturer financing. Credit Union members should contact their Credit Union loan department to determine what type of loan and financing options are right for you.

Please note that CarQuotes.com strives to include identified manufacturer incentives within the CarQuotes.com Target Price. CarQuotes.com does not administer these programs, which are subject to and often change without notice. Eligibility for these programs is subject to verification by a licensed auto dealer.

Ask your dealer representative for complete manufacturer program details for your area, and how participation in these programs will affect your price.

Base Vehicle

The base vehicle is the vehicle before any optional equipment or destination fees have been added. All of the standard features are included in the base vehicle.


This is the total charge for all optional equipment included in the configuration of your virtual vehicle. The Options charge varies depending on whether it is calculated based on the Factory Invoice or MSRP. Options are not included in the base vehicle price and are not considered standard features.

Regional Fees

A Regional Fee is the fee a manufacturer charges a dealer to advertise and promote the vehicle in the dealer’s market. CarQuotes also includes estimated manufacturer preparation charges (manufacturer charges to the dealer to cover any work done on the car prior to delivering it to the dealership) and fuel charges (the charge for the fuel in the tank when the buyer purchases the vehicle) in this total. CarQuotes attempts to include regional ad fees in its Factory Invoice calculations; other sites at times do not.

Destination Fees

These are the amounts that manufacturers charge to deliver a vehicle from the factory to the dealership.

Customer Incentives

Customer incentives are also commonly known as customer cash or bonus incentives. These incentives are offered by manufacturers as a way of enticing buyers into purchasing a vehicle.


Note: Dealer Invoice amount might not be the amount that the dealer paid to the manufacturer

Dealer Invoice price may or may not bear close relation to a dealer’s actual cost for the vehicle. In some cases, a cost for a vehicle may be significantly less than the invoice price originally paid for the vehicle. Any difference between invoice price and the dealer’s final cost may be caused by many factors including factory refunds, rebates, allowances, or incentives which the manufacturer or distributor may provide to the dealer.

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