When Buick introduced the 2015 Buick Avenir concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, most enthusiasts, including some of us here at Top Speed, began fantasizing about a flagship sedan (the Electra and Park Avenue come to mind) that would finally give the brand a weapon for the luxury market. On the other hand, we knew there was a big chance the Avenir would remain just a concept and Buick’s latest announcement about the next-generation LaCrosse confirms just that.

There is some good news though. The 2017 LaCrosse, which made its public debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, sports design cues inspired by the Avenir concept. The front fascia borrows heavily from the concept car and the company said it’s a face all Buick vehicles will adopt by 2018. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Buick isn’t pondering a full-size sedan, but even if not, the new design language should be exciting.

“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same. Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models," said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick.

Updated 11/18/2015: Buick unveiled the 2017 LaCrosse at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

  • 2017 Buick LaCrosse
  • Year:
    2017
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    305 @ 6800
  • Torque @ RPM:
    268 @ 5200
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    35000 (Est.)
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The first thing that catches the eye when looking at the new LaCrosse is that it sports the Avenir’s gorgeous front grille. A sleeker and sportier reinterpretation of Buick’s waterfall grille, the new piece changes the sedan’s appearance dramatically. At first sight it is identical to the Avenir’s, but the LaCrosse’s grille is actually a bit different.

The horizontal trim sits a tad lower, while the rim is thicker above the emblem. The V-shaped bottom is smoother, while the extremities are sharper. There’s also a new Buick tri-shield. While the previous model had monochrome shields, on the new car they’re painted red, silver and blue. Buick used a similar design in the 1960s and 1980s.

The sedan also gained a new sculpted hood, as well as a pair of new headlamps that look pretty similar to the Avenir’s.

The sedan also gained a new sculpted hood, as well as a pair of new headlamps that look pretty similar to the Avenir’s. They’re actually slimmer and longer, giving the new LaCrosse a more aggressive appearance. Down below, there’s a revised bumper with a wide but slim air intake with a chrome strip running from one side to the other.

The rear fascia is a significant departure from the previous model, boasting a more refined and modern look. The rear deck is longer and the trunk lid sports a cleaner design devoid of the previous model’s thick chrome trim. The chrome inserts, however, were retained around the taillights, which are smaller and extend into the trunk lid.

Because the wheelbase has been stretched by 2.7 inches and the front wheels pulled forward, the sedan gained a new profile that makes it look longer and sleeker (despite being only 0.6 inch longer than its predecessor). The roofline sits 1.6 inches lower, contributing to a sportier appearance.

HID headlamps, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, active grille shutters, and 18-inch wheels are standard. Larger, 20-inch rims are available as an option.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (in / mm) 114.4 / 2905
Overall length (in / mm) 197.5 / 5017
Overall width (in / mm) 73.2 / 1859
Overall height (in / mm) 57.5 / 1460
Track (in / mm) front: 62.9 / 1599
rear: 63.1 / 1602

Interior

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The LaCrosse also received a redesigned interior, with certain features inspired by the Avenir’s cabin. The wrap-around dashboard is more stylish and feels luxurious thanks to a combination of horizontal and curvy lines, the big chuck of wood on the passenger side, and fine chrome trim. Arguably the most impressive feature is the "floating" center console, which is mostly covered in wood and leather. The console is wide and tall, similar to those seen in much bigger sedans.

The console is wide and tall, similar to those seen in much bigger sedans.

With the redesigned dashboard also comes a new center stack. The area mimics that of the Avenir, but while the concept had a larger screen fitted into the trapezoidal chrome frame, the LaCrosse has both the touchscreen and a pair of A/C vents mounted inside the same element. Various buttons and knobs fill the space between the screen and the shifter, but the area is less cluttered compared to the previous model.

The new cabin also sports more attention to detail and includes softer materials on nearly every surface. Depending on the trim level, the LaCrosse comes with French stitching on the seats and instrument panel, aluminum sill plates, and wood trim. There are three "fashion-inspired" interior trim choices — Jet Black, Dark Atmosphere and Shale, and Jet Black and Brandy. Features that are new or updated from the previous sedan include Moon White ambient lighting, eight-way-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats and a new massage feature, perforated leather-appointed seats, heated steering wheel with power tilting/telescoping steering column, dual-zone automatic climate control, power rear sunshade, and a premium Bose audio system.

Buick also improved the sedan’s roominess and storage space. Legroom has increased in the rear, while access to the rear seats are easier due to the new doors that open wider. The trunk offers about seven percent more storage space than the current model, and was configured to accommodate four golf bags.

Tech-wise, the LaCrosse is packed with communication and convenience features. The latest edition of Buick’s IntelliLink is displayed on a new eight-inch touchscreen, which was designed to display phone features users would want while driving. This can be done via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The features allow drivers to select smartphone apps through the touchscreen interface and many of them can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel.

The 2017 LaCrosse also features a more quiet cabin thanks to standard Active Noise Cancellation and other updates. The sedan received new acoustic wheelhouse liners, acoustic-laminated windshield and front side windows, triple-sealed doors, and improved body noise-path sealing. Additionally, the Windshield wipers sit below the hood line to reduce wind noise.

Drivetrain

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Under the hood, the new LaCrosse hides a 3.6-liter V-6. Although it’s similar to last year’s engine in terms of displacement and cylinder configuration, the unit is actually new and comes from the Cadillac XT5 crossover. The V-6 cranks out 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque, which makes it only one horsepower and just four pound-feet more powerful than its predecessor.

The new LaCrosse is no fewer than 300 pounds lighter than the previous model, while it also benefits from a 15-percent increase in torsional rigidity.

There’s no need to be disappointed though, as the new LaCrosse is no fewer than 300 pounds lighter than the previous model, while it also benefits from a 15-percent increase in torsional rigidity. As a result, the new sedan should be quicker and boast significantly better fuel economy. There aren’t any official figures yet, but I’ll be back as soon as Buick spills the beans.

Paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission, the V-6 uses direct injection and dual overhead cams, and incorporates Active Fuel Management (Buick talk for cylinder deactivation) and stop/start technology.

Buick no longer offers a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder option.

Front-wheel-drive is standard, but customers can select AWD from the options list, as well as Continuous Damping Control, which replaces the standard MacPherson struts with a HiPer strut front suspension. The rear axle rides on a classic five-link suspension regardless of the drive system.

Other enhancements include a rack-mounted, electronic power steering system with Lead-Pull Compensation, shear-type suspension mounts for greater ride, and low-drag disc brakes with Duralife rotors.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 3.6L V-6 DI VVT
Displacement (cu in / cc) 223 / 3649
Bore & stroke (in / mm) 3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.8
Block material cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners
Cylinder head material cast aluminum
Valve train DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing; Active Fuel Management
Fuel delivery direct high-pressure fuel injection
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Horsepower 305 HP @ 6,800 RPM (est.)
Torque 268 LB-FT @ 5,200 RPM (est.)
Transmission eight-speed, electronically controlled automatic overdrive with torque converter clutch

Safety

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The 2017 LaCrosse comes with ten standard airbags, including two knee airbags for front passengers. Active safety features include Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Automatic Braking, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. The sedan is also equipped with Automatic Park Assist, which helps the driver parallel park/perpendicular park by automatically steering the vehicle into a parking space, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Rear Vision Camera.

Prices

Pricing for the 2017 model year LaCrosse is not yet available, but the redesigned sedan shouldn’t be a lot more expensive than the current model. The current LaCrosse retails from $31,990 in 1SV Group trim, which uses the 3.6-liter V-6. Next in line is the Group trim with the 2.4-liter engine with eAssist, from $34,560. The range-topping Leather Group model fetches at least $36,650. All three models are front-wheel drive. For AWD, you can choose between the $39,655 Leather Group and the $41,425 Premium I Group trims.

Expect the new LaCrosse to start from around $33,500 with RWD and from about $41,000 with AWD.

Competition

2017 Lincoln MKZ

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Much like Buick, Lincoln is also struggling to regain its past glory and has yet to make a big impact in the premium/luxury market. That could change soon, as the sedan just got a significant overhaul for the 2017 model year, just in time for the new LaCrosse. Built on the same platform as the Ford Fusion (Mondeo), the MKZ was redesigned for the 2013 model and since then it has gained more popularity among U.S. buyers, selling more than 30,000 units per year (2014 was the fourth consecutive year with more than 20 percent gains). Updated for 2017 with styling cues borrowed from the Continental concept, the MKZ is available with three engines. There’s a 2.0-liter four-pot rated at 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet and a 3.7-liter V-6 that generates 300 horses and 277 pound-feet. Unlike the LaCrosse, the MKZ can also be had with a hybrid drivetrain combining a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and an electric motor. New for 2017 though, is 3.0-liter V-6 that delivers 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet, a huge output gain over the previous model.

Find out more about the Lincoln MKZ here.

2015-2016 Acura TLX

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Launched for the 2015 model year to replace both the 2014 Acura TL and 2014 Acura TSX, Acura’s mid-size sedan makes use of the brand’s updated styling language and has a more premium interior. Motivation is provided by either a 2.4-liter inline-four churning 209 horsepower and 182 pound-feet, or a 3.5-liter V-6 generating 290 horses and 267 pound-feet of twist. The four-banger mates to an eight-speed dual-clutch, while the V-6 uses a nine-speed automatic. The TLX retails from $31,695 with the 2.4-liter and from $35,320 with the 3.5-liter V-6. The range-topping 3.5 SH-AWD with Advance Package model fetches at least $44,800.

Read more about the Acura TLX here.

Conclusion

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Though the previous LaCrosse was a pretty good entry-luxury vehicle to have, Buick was in desperate need of a range-topping sedan that not only had to look better, but needed a more exciting interior and a better ride too. The 2017 LaCrosse seems to have everything it takes to fix just that, but with Lincoln having updated the MKZ too, it remains to be seen which is the better option. Judging by drivetrain options alone, the MKZ offers more choices, but the LaCrosse is definitely the one with the nicer interior. The LaCrosse’s significant makeover also ditched the dull design of the second-generation car, and, if you ask me, Buick’s redesing seems more original than Lincoln’s, which is better balanced, but lacks the drama.

If I were on the market for a mid-size premium car that’s not as expensive as an Audi, I’d definitely go with the LaCrosse, at least from a design standpoint. But my advice is that you wait for further details, such as fuel economy and pricing, to surface before you make your choice.

  • Leave it
    • * Just one engine
    • * Can’t compete with the new, 400-horsepower Lincoln MKZ

Updated History

Updated 11/12/2015: Buick dropped two new teaser video for the upcoming 2017 LaCrosse - revealing small details of the exterior and the interior. The model will be officially unveiled on November 18 at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Press Release

The all-new 2017 Buick LaCrosse introduces the new face of Buick, influenced by the dramatic cues of the award-winning Avenir concept unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and inspired by a Buick concept from the mid-20th century.

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The LaCrosse, which goes on sale in early summer 2016, features a new grille design with a large opening distinguished by the return of a three-color – red, silver and blue – Buick tri-shield insignia, accented by wing-shaped elements set against darkened waterfall grille bars inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept.

Buick revealed the 2017 LaCrosse today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

“The new LaCrosse is drop-dead gorgeous and signals the next phase of Buick’s international momentum,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “Its quietness, comfort and connectivity were developed to set new standards in the segment, supported by technologies not offered on competitors such as the Lexus ES.”

Longer, lower and wider than the current model, the 2017 LaCrosse is built on a stronger yet lighter structure. It is about 300 pounds lighter than the current LaCrosse – largely due to the use of press-hardened, high-strength steels – which contribute to greater efficiency and more responsive handling.

The new LaCrosse’s lower weight is also due in part to new lower mass sound-absorbing materials including a lightweight dissipative dash mat in place of heavier noise-blocking pads that result in a new threshold for Buick’s signature QuietTuning.

The balance of the efficiency equation comes from a technologically advanced, second-generation 3.6L V-6 engine paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard Stop/Start technology improves efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

Additional new and enhanced features include:

New five-link rear suspension and available HiPer Strut front suspension
Available electronically controlled Continuous Damping Control active suspension with selectable Touring and Sport modes
Driver-selectable Electronic Precision Shift
An available advanced, all-new dual-clutch all-wheel drive system
Efficiency-enhancing low-drag disc brakes with Duralife rotors
Electric power steering system with Lead/Pull Compensation
Easier rear-seat entry/egress
More usable storage space
Technologies including available wireless charging, available Teen Driver and configurable, LED driver information center with 8-inch-diagonal color display
Perforated leather-appointed front seats with new lumbar massaging feature
IntelliLink with frameless 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot integration.

The 2017 LaCrosse also features extensive active and passive safety including:

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Ten standard air bags – including two knee air bags for front passengers
Front Pedestrian Braking, which alerts drivers to and can automatically apply the brakes for pedestrians detected directly ahead in some driving conditions
Lane Keep Assist, which provides gentle steering wheel turns – and Lane Departure Warning alerts, if necessary – to help drivers avoid crashes due to unintentionally drifting out of their lane
Automatic Park Assist, which helps the driver parallel park/perpendicular park by automatically steering the vehicle into a detected parking space while the driver applies the brakes
Adaptive Cruise Control
Forward Automatic Braking
Forward Collision Alert
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
Rear Vision Camera
Safety Alert Seat.

“We’ve blended sophisticated technologies and advanced safety systems to offer a more enjoyable and engaging driving experience,” said Aldred. “It’s a rewarding sedan for those who seek luxurious appointments, style and quality.”

New face of Buick
The new LaCrosse’s expressive exterior design creates a new proportion for a more dramatic road presence. The front wheels have been pulled forward and the wheelbase stretched 2.7 inches (65 mm), while the overall length is only 0.6-inch longer (15 mm). The dynamic proportion is further enhanced by a roofline that’s 1.6 inches (40 mm) lower than the current model.

The longer wheelbase is matched by wheels pushed outward 1.3 inches (33 mm) in the front and 1.1 inches (28 mm) in the rear, while the car’s width has grown only 0.4-inch (10 mm), creating a wheels-at-corners stance intended to convey road confidence.

“It’s a sleeker design that looks confident and purposeful,” said Holt Ware, exterior design director. “Stretching the wheelbase, lowering the roofline and making it slightly wider creates a dramatic effect that is enhanced by the design’s supporting elements such as the swept headlamps.”

The signature sweepspear body-side design element has been reinterpreted in a modern fashion, enhancing the car’s sculpture. The split design gives the body side a greater perception of depth, while picking up additional body lines for an elegant, uninterrupted flow from the front fenders to the rear.

The 2017 LaCrosse’s body lines are reinforced by a longer “daylight opening” – the portion of the upper body between the A- and C-pillars. They’re ringed with chrome, intended to add a tastefully restrained premium accent to the body side.

Other details blend form and function. Outside mirrors are mounted on pedestals on the doors rather than the corners of the front side windows. The design offers a greater field of view while the mirror housings were shaped in the wind tunnel to help reduce wind noise.

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Aerodynamic considerations also drove the dynamic sweep of the decklid, which acts as a spoiler to make the most of airflow over the LaCrosse. Deflectors in front of the tires help reduce drag.

Additional exterior elements include:

Standard high-intensity discharge headlamps, LED signature lighting and ED taillamps are standard

Eighteen-inch wheels are standard and 20-inch wheels are available
Active grille shutters, which open and close automatically to control airflow, reducing aerodynamic drag and improving fuel efficiency.
Capless fuel filler on all models.

Seamless ambience, authentic craftsmanship
The new LaCrosse’s interior is designed to offer an open and inviting space for passengers – one that is relaxing, luxurious and well-connected. Sculpturally beautiful form and premium materials complement technologies developed for effortless interfacing.

It is the first Buick with a single cockpit design aesthetic, characterized by a horizontal form that sweeps across the instrument panel and into the doors. It also incorporates a “floating” center console that positions the controller for the new Electronic Precision Shift high and close to the driver, while creating storage space below the console for items such as a handbag or tablet.

“There is fluidity in the interior forms – a seamless ambience that flows throughout the cabin,” said Liz Wetzel, interior design director. “Like the exterior, there is sculptural beauty in the interior’s functionality, complemented with high-quality, authentic materials and exceptional attention to detail.”

That attention to detail includes soft materials for practically every touchpoint; French stitching on the seats, instrument panel and more, aluminum sill plates and wood decorative trim, depending on the model.

“There is a handcrafted essence that is inviting and rewarding,” said Wetzel. “It is a clean environment designed to refresh and inspire.”

New and enhanced available luxury features amplify the LaCrosse’s comfort:

Three fashion-inspired interior trim choices: Jet Black, Dark Atmosphere and Shale, and Jet Black and Brandy
Contemporary Moon White ambient lighting
Eight-way-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with improved heating for quicker warm-up on cold mornings and a new massage feature
Perforated leather-appointed seats
Heated steering wheel with power tilting/telescoping steering column
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Power rear sunshade
Premium Bose® audio system.

It also offers greater, more practical storage space and easier access. The rear doors, for example, open wider and offer easier entry/egress. The trunk offers approximately 7 percent more storage space than the current model, and was configured to accommodate four golf bags.

Sophisticated, intuitive technologies – including phone integration
As one of the segment’s most technologically advanced vehicles, the new LaCrosse offers a host of communication and convenience features designed for effortless connectivity.

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The central technology is the latest edition of Buick IntelliLink, which is displayed in a new, frameless 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen located at the center of an ergonomically optimized instrument panel. Along with the climate system and other features on the “center stack,” it was designed with fewer buttons and controls for more intuitive use.

Phone integration technology is paired with IntelliLink and is designed to display phone features users would want while driving and put them on the 8-inch display via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The features allow customers to use select smartphone apps through the touchscreen interface. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Additional LaCrosse technology highlights include:

All-new Electronic Precision Shift – Rather than a traditional shifter, gears are chosen and engaged via a simple toggle pull. It provides smooth, precise and responsive shifting while enabling added storage in the center console.
Configurable, high-definition driver information center – Located in the center of the gauge cluster and flanked by round instrument binnacles, it has a large, 8-inch-diagonal full-color display.
Head-up display – This available feature offers four page views: speed, audio, navigation and performance. It also offers alerts for certain active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.
Available Teen Driver Technology – It encourages safe driving habits for new drivers by muting the audio or any device paired with the vehicle when front-seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts. It also provides audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling over predetermined speeds – and offers a driving “report card” for parents.
Wireless charging – When equipped with this available feature, the phone storage slot in the center console enables inductive charging without plug-ins or cables.

Buick QuietTuning process
The new LaCrosse builds on the reputation of the current model to offer an even quieter driving experience.

Additional quieting features include:

New five-link rear suspension for greater isolation from road noise than the current four-link design
Active noise cancellation is standard on all models
Acoustic wheelhouse liners
Acoustic-laminated windshield and front side windows
Triple-sealed doors
Improved body noise-path sealing
Windshield wipers “park” below the hood line to reduce wind noise.

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Next-generation powertrain
LaCrosse’s all-new 3.6L V-6 engine with direct injection and dual overhead cams is the second generation of GM’s DOHC V-6 engine family and incorporates new features such as Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology.

The Active Fuel Management system temporarily deactivates two of the 3.6L’s cylinders in light-load driving conditions to enhance fuel efficiency and seamlessly reactivates them when full power is needed.

With the efficiency-enhancing Stop/Start system, the engine shuts down in certain driving conditions such as at a stop light to reduce fuel consumption. It automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake pedal.

An all-new noise-reducing cam drive system contributes to the LaCrosse’s benchmark quietness.

The 3.6L is General Motors-estimated at 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 268 lb-ft of torque (363 Nm); and it’s matched with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

Balanced, efficient driving experience
The 2017 LaCrosse offers enhanced capability with Buick’s first twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. It offers better performance during acceleration and cornering by splitting torque between the rear wheels for optimal performance and uses independent clutch actuation to determine and control the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel.

A new five-link rear suspension is the central component of the improved ride and handling characteristics. It helps reduces roll center motion, enables positive lateral control and promotes dynamic stability. In short, it helps keep the tires planted on all surfaces – and contributes to a quieter ride through greater isolation from road noise.

At the front, a MacPherson-strut suspension is standard and Buick’s HiPer Strut suspension is used on front-wheel-drive models with 20-inch wheels. It helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering, improving maximum grip in all road conditions. It also improves the direct feel of the vehicle, while isolating undesirable feedback.

Available, electronically controlled Continuous Damping Control further optimizes ride comfort and handling capabilities over varying road surfaces and profiles. It’s an active suspension system that can adjust damping every two milliseconds, with Touring and Sport damping modes selected by the driver through the Electronic Precision Shift.

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Also contributing to LaCrosse’s more-direct driving experience is an enhanced, rack-mounted electronic power steering system, which incorporates Lead-Pull Compensation, automatically adjusting the steering angle to account for factors like
crowned roads or high crosswinds.

Additional chassis and driver control features on the 2017 LaCrosse include:

Low-drag four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors, which offer up to double the service life of conventional rotors
Hill Start Assist with Automatic Vehicle Hold, which can hold the brakes up to five minutes, depending on conditions
Electronic park brake
Shear-type suspension mounts that offer greater ride, handling and noise isolation attributes.

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