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...rear legroom rivaling that of some executive-class luxury sedans.
- Edmunds.com

The Buick LaCrosse is a sophisticated mid-size sedan, seating five passengers in comfort while providing confident handling and a smooth quiet ride.

The LaCrosse is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive configurations. Available engines include a 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder with Buick's eAssist mild hybrid technology on front-wheel drive models and a 304-hp 3.6-liter V6 which is offered on both front- and all-wheel drive models. Both engines feature direct fuel injection and are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. All LaCrosse models are equipped with aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, MP3 capability, 2 USB ports and Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity/audio streaming; "mobile hotspot" internet access is also provided, compliments of the OnStar 4G LTE network. Additional trim-dependent features include front fog lights, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, E-Z Key passive entry/start, a heated steering wheel and a power rear window sunshade, as well as a navigation system. Standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability, traction control, a rear vision camera and eight airbags; other available technologies include rear parking assist, Xenon adaptive headlights, Head-Up Display and a Side Blind Zone Alert system.

The Buick Lacrosse carries over with minimal changes for 2016.

Introduction

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.

Lineup

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.

Walkaround

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.

Interior

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 Impression

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.

Summary

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.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Front air conditioning zonesDual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Audio security systemYes
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotIntelliLink
MP3 playerYes
Premium BrandIntelliLink
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers7
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth/leatherette
Fabric Type 2Plastic
Fabric Type 3Cloth/leatherette
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area floor matVinyl/rubber
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Center console trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Center console trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Dash trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Dash trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Door trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Door trimSimulated wood/metal-look
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Reading lightsFront and rear
Shift knob trimLeather/simulated wood
Shift knob trimLeather/simulated wood
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo Grocery Bag HolderYes
Cargo netCargo net
Cargo netCargo net
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate, remote engine start
Power steeringPower steering
Power steeringElectric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage2
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Storage OrganizerYes
Universal remote transmitterUniversal remote transmitter
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).33 cD
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).30 cD
Front Head Room965 mm
Front Hip Room1,402 mm
Front Leg Room1,059 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,458 mm
Front track1,567 mm
Front track1,567 mm
Overall height1,504 mm
Overall Length5,001 mm
Overall Width1,857 mm
Rear Head Room947 mm
Rear Hip Room1,369 mm
Rear Leg Room1,029 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,422 mm
Rear track1,575 mm
Rear track1,575 mm
Wheelbase2,837 mm
Wheelbase2,837 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 4-way
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments8
Power Adjustments8
Drivetrain
Axle ratio2.64
Axle ratio2.77
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.50 : 1
Compression Ratio11.20 : 1
Cylinders4
Cylinders6
Displacement217 cm^3
Displacement145 cm^3
Electric Motor15 hp
Electric Motor Battery TypeLithium ion
Electric Motor HP @ RPM1,000 RPM
Electric Motor Torque79 lb.-ft.
Engine ConfigurationInline
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power304 hp
Horse Power182 hp
Max RPM6,800 RPM
Max RPM6,700 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,900 RPM
Max Torque RPM5,300 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size2.4 L
Size3.6 L
Torque358 Nm
Torque234 Nm
Total Valves16
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleChrome
Rear spoilerLip
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City13.7 L/100 km
Combined11.4L/100 km
Highway8.6 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.4 L
Engine Size3.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersV-6
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
TransmissionAutomatic
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual w/tilt
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
CompassCompass
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
TachometerTachometer
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Height adjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power adjustments2
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth/leatherette
Security
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationInside under cargo
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFour-wheel
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Stabilizer BarRegular
Rear Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Rear Suspension TypeMulti-link
stabilizer barFront and rear
Telematics
internet accessMobile hotspot
Satellite communicationsOnStar Guidance
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter18.0"
Diameter17.0"
Diameter18.0"
PrefixP
PrefixP
Profile55
Profile50
Profile50
Speed RatingV
Speed RatingV
Speed RatingH
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
TypeAS
Width225 mm
Width235 mm
Width235 mm
Towing and Hauling
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Cargo tie downsCargo tie downs
Transmission
Automatic typeAutomatic
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds6
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
basic distance80,000 km
basic months48 months
drivetrain distance110,000 km
drivetrain months72 months
Hybrid electrical components distance160,000 km
Hybrid electrical components months96 months
roadside distance110,000 km
roadside months72 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place377 L
Cargo capacity, all seats in place306 L
Curb weight1,767 kg
Curb weight1,704 kg
EPA interior volume2,878 L
Fuel Capacity70 L
Fuel Capacity60 L
Max cargo capacity306 L
Max cargo capacity377 L
Towing Capacity454 kg
Turning radius6 m
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter18
Diameter18
Diameter17
Rim TypeMachined aluminum
Rim TypeMachined aluminum
Wheel LocksYes
Width8
Width7
Width8
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows4
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Bodyside mouldings
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Spoiler
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Front dual zone A/C
Garage door transmitter
Illuminated entry
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Radio data system
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Compass
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear reading lights
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Voltmeter
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Block heater
Manual-shift auto
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Rear side impact airbag
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Power 4-way driver lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Four wheel independent suspension
Front anti-roll bar
Power steering
Rear anti-roll bar

2016 Buick LaCrosse Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Edwards Garage, 4403 42ND AVENUE - Box 880, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T4T-1A6

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