Years Buick has been trying to rebuild itself as a luxury brand, and the 2018 LaCrosse is a solid step to reach the goal. While it certainly offers buyers who looking for larger and more comfortable cars than those offered in the midsize sedan segment, this massive Buick surpasses its distinctive rivals by taking claims for luxury status. Having a nice cabin, attractive style and sophisticated technology, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse really competes with Lexus and Lincoln.
For 2018, Buick has made improvements to the LaCrosse with a new engine that emphasizes fuel economy. Known as eAssist, this lightweight hybrid system helps the four-cylinder engine reach 35 mpg highway. It is important to note that eAssist is not a full hybrid as offered by some competitors. But this is cheaper, and best to think that eAssist is just as fuel economy-oriented base engine.
Whether from the machine you choose, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse provides a comfortable driving experience. The handling is very adept when equipped with a highly recommended Dynamic Drive package. Finally, the LaCrosse is a recommendation if you are looking for a comfortable luxury sedan.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a full-size luxury sedan available in base 1SV, Preferred, Essence and Premium trim levels.
Standard equipment for the base 1SV includes keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch wheels, foglights, automatic xenon headlights, rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, remote engine start, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, eight-way power-adjustable front seats with two-way driver lumbar adjustment, simulated leather upholstery, the Buick IntelliLink infotainment interface with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple Android Auto, CarPlay Bluetooth connectivity and two USB ports, OnStar with an onboard 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot, an eight-speaker sound system.
The Preferred adds a cargo net, power-adjustable steering wheel and satellite radio.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Essence gets adaptive headlights, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, passenger-seat two-way lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery and wireless smartphone charging. Optional for this trim is the Driver Confidence 1 package that adds blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert systems.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Premium add the Driver Confidence 1 plus an ionizing air cleaner, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and intervention, a head-up display, the Safety Alert driver seat, ventilated front seats with massage and four-way lumbar adjustment and a heated steering wheel. The optional Driver Confidence 2 package adds automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and an automatic parking system.
All the 2018 Buick LaCrosse come standard with a mild hybrid powertrain known as eAssist that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a small electric motor and backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. Together this combination produces 194 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. EPA rated fuel economy for this powertrain at 25 mpg city/35 mpg highway.
The optional is a 3.6-liter V6 engine generates 310 hp and 268 lb-ft torque paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the Essence and Premium can be fitted with all-wheel drive. In performance testing, the V6 powered 2017 LaCrosse accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds with front-wheel drive and in 6.2 seconds with all-wheel drive.
Like other large sedans, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse offers spacious interiors with ample leg room for 6-footer passengers to sit behind the others. Rear headroom is more limited due to the sloping roofline. The cabin quality material is excellent with top class and a truly luxurious atmosphere. There is an excess amount of leather and textured plastic, the material quality is higher than the previous model. You do not need to order any of the expensive trim to get it.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse zipped along with insulation and comfort are impressive, absorbing bumps and treat passengers with courtesy in a quiet cabin. You will find plenty of places to store small items, although cupholders are rather shallow and drinks might tip over. Although the trunk is deep enough, 15 cubic feet is small for this segment, and the well wheel interferes.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is on sale and beginning to arrive now at dealers nationwide. It will compete with the Lexus ES 350, Lincoln MKZ and Nissan Maxima.
Official pricing will start at $30,490 (include destination fee), putting the car below most competitors. Keep in mind that entry-level LaCrosses are rarely stocked and mainly used for advertising purposes. So you most likely to choose the $34,590 Preferred. At the top, the LaCrosse Premium will cost $44,350 when equipped with all-wheel drive.