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2013 Buick LaCrosse Review

If you’re looking for a car with an excellent reliability rating, a luxurious cabin, and refined performance, a high-ranking used 2013 Buick LaCrosse may meet your needs.

Pros & Cons

  • Superb reliability rating
  • Comfy, upscale cabin
  • Smooth ride
  • Exceptional fuel economy with eAssist
  • Small trunk




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Buick LaCrosse Overview

Is the 2013 Buick LaCrosse a Good Used Car?

A used Buick LaCrosse is a fantastic option for large car shoppers. It pampers occupants with a soft ride, comfortable seats, and plenty of features. Though its premium cabin is quite roomy, trunk space is in short supply. Still, the Buick’s high reliability score and exceptional base fuel economy are reasons to overlook its few flaws. We named the Buick LaCrosse our 2013 Best Full-Size Car for Families.

Used 2013 Buick LaCrosse Performance and Interior

The LaCrosse comes standard with a 182-horsepower mild-hybrid powertrain called eAssist. It consists of a four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery. Acceleration is adequate, but you may want the available 303-horsepower V6 engine, which gets up to speed quicker. Both engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The base engine delivers excellent fuel economy: 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. With the V6-equipped front-wheel-drive sedan, those estimates drop to a subpar 17/27 mpg city/highway. 

The LaCrosse has a cushioned ride and feels composed around corners, with accurate and responsive steering. Still, it’s not the most agile large car. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and V6-equipped models are available with all-wheel drive. 

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The five-seat LaCrosse comes with standard cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable passenger seat are available. Even on longer trips, all of the seats are comfortable and supportive. There’s no shortage of cabin space, but the Buick’s trunk is a different story. You’ll have just 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space in eAssist models, and 13.3 cubic feet of space in models with the V6. That’s less than what most competitors offer.

All LaCrosse models feature Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which has an 8-inch touch-screen display, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Standard features also include remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry. While the standard IntelliLink system has straightforward controls and numerous connectivity options, the available navigation system complicates simple tasks. Available upgrades include a proximity key, push-button start, an 11-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a sunroof, and a rear-seat entertainment system with two displays. 

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Used 2013 Buick LaCrosse Prices

The price of a used 2013 Buick LaCrosse sedan ranges from about $13,300 for the base trim to around $16,300 for a more well-equipped model. Prices shift based on demand and each vehicle’s condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse is a class leader in reliability, with a rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power. Three is an average score among all cars.

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How Safe Is the LaCrosse?

The LaCrosse earned high marks for safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave it the highest score of Good in all four crash tests conducted, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it five out of five stars overall. 

A rearview camera with rear parking sensors comes standard in all but the base trim level. The available Driver Confidence package adds blind spot monitoring and a head-up display. 

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Is the 2013 LaCrosse the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse is part of a generation that launched in 2010 and was refreshed in 2014. Buick redesigned the LaCrosse for the 2017 model year. For 2014, Buick added a host of safety features to the LaCrosse, including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert. The LaCrosse also received an updated touch screen. Unless you’re looking for these add-ons, stick with a 2012 or 2013 model. You’ll get many of the same features and similar space and performance for a lower price. 

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Which Used Buick LaCrosse Is Right for Me?

There are five trim levels: base, Leather, Premium I, Premium II, and Touring. The Buick LaCrosse base trim has a decent number of standard features. The Leather trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger seat, and a rearview camera with rear parking sensors. To that, the Premium I trim adds a V6 engine, ventilated front seats, and a proximity key with push-button start. 

We recommend the Buick LaCrosse Premium II or Touring trims, as they offer the best blend of features and value. The Premium II adds an upgraded suspension and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system. The top-of-the-line Touring trim adds navigation, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, a Sport mode, and 19-inch alloy wheels. 

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned LaCrosse. With Buick’s CPO program, there is a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program. 

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2013 Buick LaCrosse and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Buick LaCrosse or 2013 Chevrolet Impala?

Compared to the Chevy Impala, the LaCrosse is an all-around better car. Although the front-wheel-drive Impala has a smooth ride, its sloppy handling keeps it from matching the Buick’s performance. Inside, the Impala has subpar materials and an uncomfortable front bench seat. Also, it lacks common options, like navigation and a rearview camera. The LaCrosse has higher reliability and safety scores than the Impala, giving you two more reasons to consider it instead.

Which Is Better: 2013 Buick LaCrosse or 2013 Chrysler 300?

Like the LaCrosse, the Chrysler 300 has a smooth ride and an upscale, spacious interior. If you want more power, sharper handling, and a larger trunk, the 300 is worth considering. Its V6 engine is better on gas than the LaCrosse’s V6, and the 300’s V8 power is unmatched by anything in the LaCrosse’s lineup. Still, the LaCrosse has better fuel economy with its eAssist powertrain. It also has a higher reliability rating and a lower average price. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either large sedan.

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