2016 Buick LaCrosse 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.

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