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9.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2015 Buick LaCrosse Review

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is among our top-ranked large cars, offering composed handling, a strong V6 engine, a fuel-efficient available engine, and a quiet, well-made interior. It also earns a perfect predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Refined, hushed cabin
  • Cushy ride
  • Excellent fuel economy with eAssist
  • Perfect predicted reliability rating

 

 

  • Not much trunk room
  • Poor acceleration with eAssist

 

2015 Buick LaCrosse Overview

Is the 2015 Buick LaCrosse a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is one of the best affordable large cars available. Its quiet, comfortable, and spacious interior makes it an ideal car for daily commuting and lengthy trips. Additionally, its excellent safety and reliability scores provide peace of mind. Two engines are available: a potent V6 and a weaker four-cylinder with eAssist that delivers good fuel economy. Still, no car is perfect. The LaCrosse has one of the smallest trunks in the class.

Used 2015 Buick LaCrosse Performance and Interior

Powered by its 304-horsepower V6 engine, the Buick LaCrosse moves quickly on the highway. The 182-horsepower four-cylinder eAssist engine uses stop-start technology to deliver good fuel economy, but you'll sacrifice power to get it; acceleration with the eAssist is slow for a large car. With the V6 engine, the LaCrosse earns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class. The LaCrosse's four-cylinder engine earns a more impressive 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Handling is composed, and the ride is smooth. Steering, however, doesn’t give you a good feel for the road.

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The LaCrosse is a five-seat sedan with a cabin that offers top-notch materials and excellent noise isolation. The front seats are long-haul comfortable, and both front- and rear-seat occupants will find plenty of room. The two rear outboard seats come with complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors, while the rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor and the ability to borrow a lower tether from another seat. The LaCrosse has little trunk space for the class – just 13.3 cubic feet in V6-powered models and 10.8 cubic feet in eAssist models.

The Buick LaCrosse comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, and an 8-inch color touch-screen display. Available features include an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, navigation, and push-button start. The IntelliLink infotainment system is intuitive and provides multiple ways to control the system, including dashboard buttons and knobs, voice commands, and steering wheel controls.

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Used 2015 Buick LaCrosse Prices

The average price of a used 2015 LaCrosse ranges from about $19,900 for the 1SV model to around $25,100 for the LaCrosse Premium II. However, your price may vary depending on the car's location, mileage, condition, and features.

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Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of credible automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test ratings, reliability scores, and ownership costs. For this overview, our team researched and analyzed 53 Buick LaCrosse reviews to give you a complete overview of the car's strengths and weaknesses.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse earned a perfect predicted reliability score – five out of five – from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the LaCrosse?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse has a class-leading safety score. It received Good scores (the best possible) in all four crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also earned a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

A rearview camera is standard in the LaCrosse, and available safety features include forward collision alert, lane change alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used LaCrosse?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is part of the car’s second generation, which includes the 2010 through 2016 model years. For the 2014 model year, the LaCrosse received a refresh that included interior and exterior styling updates, an improved IntelliLink infotainment system, and available safety features such as adaptive cruise control. Buick debuted the 1SV trim for 2015, and a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot were added to the standard features list. If those two features aren't important to you, you can likely save money on a similarly equipped 2014 LaCrosse.

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Which Used Buick LaCrosse Is Right for Me?

The 2015 LaCrosse is available in five trims: 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium I, and Premium II. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

The Buick LaCrosse 1SV comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, OnStar with 4G LTE, a Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth and a USB port. With all these features, it should satisfy most shoppers. LaCrosse Base trim levels add an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The LaCrosse Leather trim adds rear parking sensors, ground illumination, driver's side memory settings, push-button start, and heated and power-adjustable front seats. The LaCrosse Premium I trim adds luxury features like perforated leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power rear sunshade, and an 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround-sound stereo. The LaCrosse Premium II is the highest trim level, and it includes performance upgrades like a real-time damping chassis and an upgraded suspension. It also comes with navigation.

Buick certified pre-owned cars are also available. 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.

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2015 Buick LaCrosse and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick LaCrosse or 2015 Toyota Avalon?

The 2015 Toyota Avalon has an upscale cabin and a balanced ride and comes with leather upholstery and several advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control. It also tends to cost less than the LaCrosse. The LaCrosse, however, may prove the better value. It has a stronger V6 engine, and a four-cylinder is available for those who value fuel economy. It also has superior safety and predicted reliability scores, and, like the Avalon, it has an upscale cabin. The slight advantage goes to the Buick.

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick LaCrosse or 2015 Kia Cadenza?

The Kia Cadenza is one of just a couple large cars that earn a slightly better safety score than the LaCrosse. It's also a bit more affordable, though it still has an upscale cabin with user-friendly technology. However, the Kia Cadenza's lack of a transferrable warranty might be a deal breaker for some used-car shoppers.

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