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2015 Buick LaCrosse Review

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse sits near the top of the large cars class. It provides a pleasant ride, a luxurious and roomy cabin, and a reliability rating that is unrivaled in the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale cabin
  • Quiet, cushy ride
  • Excellent fuel economy with available eAssist powertrain
  • Perfect reliability rating
  • Limited trunk room
  • Poor acceleration with eAssist

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Large Cars category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best Used Cars for Teens award and the winner of our 2018 Best Used Cars for Teens award. Currently the Buick LaCrosse has a score of 8.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Buick LaCrosse Overview

Is the 2015 Buick LaCrosse a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is an excellent used large car that should be at the top of your list of cars to consider. It offers a chic and spacious cabin that remains quiet. The LaCrosse's suspension absorbs road bumps nicely, and its handling is composed enough to tackle corners with ease. Additionally, the LaCrosse is the only car in the segment to earn a perfect reliability rating. With the exception of a tiny trunk and a sluggish available mild-hybrid powertrain, this car has few flaws.

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Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 57 Buick LaCrosse reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

There are almost 600 listings for the 2015 Buick LaCrosse on our site. The average price is $19,900, but prices range from $15,500 to $24,000, depending on the vehicle's trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Buick LaCrosse Cost to Own?

Five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to about $26,185, which is on the high end for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Buick LaCrosse?

A 2019 Buick LaCrosse starts at $29,570 for the base model, but prices can soar to more than $47,000 for the top trim. A 2015 model costs considerably less to buy, but the 2019 model has a newer engine, a larger trunk, and additional standard and available features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. If you can afford it, the 2019 is the better vehicle.

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If your budget is limited to the average price of a 2015 LaCrosse, there aren't many new-car choices out there. You won’t find any new large cars or midsize cars at that price point.

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Which Model Year of the Buick LaCrosse Is Best?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is part of a generation that spans the 2010 through 2016 model years. A Wi-Fi hot spot and a rearview camera became standard for 2015, and there were no significant updates for 2016. Buick redesigned the LaCrosse for 2017, adding convenience features like standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Buick made a number of substantial upgrades to the 2018 model, giving it a more fuel-efficient base engine, a larger trunk, and standard amenities like synthetic leather upholstery and rear parking sensors. The LaCrosse also gained available features like wireless device charging, pedestrian detection, and active park assist. Considering these high-tech updates, the 2018 model is the best value.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2015 LaCrosse is the only member of the large car class to earn a perfect reliability rating of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Buick LaCrosse Recalls

As of this writing, there are three reported recalls. They concern the front air bags potentially failing to deploy and the side impact air bag modules rupturing. Ensure that these issues are identified and resolved before purchasing this model.

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Which Used Buick LaCrosse Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 LaCrosse is available in five trims: 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium I, and Premium II.

The Buick LaCrosse 1SV comes well-equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display, Bluetooth, and a USB port. That’s a lot of standard features, so many shoppers won’t feel the need to shop upper trims.

Those who want to maximum interior comfort should consider the LaCrosse Leather trim, which adds driver's side memory settings, push-button start, and heated and power-adjustable front seats, in addition to rear parking sensors and ground illumination. 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 includes a navigation system and performance enhancements like a real-time damping chassis and an upgraded suspension.

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What Does Buick's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Buick offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. Qualifying vehicles receive a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty expires. This warranty includes free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to six 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.

Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, only Kia and Mini have better programs.

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How Safe Is the LaCrosse?

The 2015 LaCrosse earned an overall rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and it received four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 LaCrosse its top rating of Good in all categories.

A rearview camera is standard. 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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2015 Buick LaCrosse Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Buick LaCrosse or 2015 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2015 Chevrolet Impala and the 2015 LaCrosse are both great large cars. Despite these sedans sharing the same platform, the LaCrosse is a cut above for a couple of reasons. It has a perfect reliability rating, and it comes with a potent V6 engine (optional in the Impala), while the Impala’s base engine is a modestly powered four-cylinder. The Chevy's one significant advantage over the Buick is its large trunk. Still, this isn't enough for us to recommend the Impala over the LaCrosse.

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

The 2015 Kia Cadenza and Buick LaCrosse finish close to one another in our rankings. Both sedans offer powerful V6 engines, luxurious cabins, and good safety scores. Two factors set them apart: handling and features. The Cadenza emphasizes ride comfort above all, while the LaCrosse splits its focus between handling ability and ride quality. The Cadenza comes with a lot more features, and it has a slightly lower average list price than the LaCrosse. Choosing between these models comes down to your preferences. Choose the LaCrosse for well-rounded performance, or pick the Cadenza for a long list of features for your money.

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2015 Buick LaCrosse Performance

How Does the 2015 Buick LaCrosse Drive?

The 2015 LaCrosse’s lively 304-horsepower V6 engine has no trouble getting up to highway speeds. The available eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain consists of a 182-horsepower four-cylinder engine, an electric motor, and a battery pack. It uses stop-start technology for improved fuel efficiency, but this technology causes some initial hesitation when accelerating from a stop. Though its steering lacks feedback, the LaCrosse has composed handling and a comfortable ride. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Buick LaCrosse Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the V6 engine, the LaCrosse returns an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is on the low end for the class. The LaCrosse's eAssist powertrain returns a more impressive 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.

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2015 Buick LaCrosse Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Buick LaCrosse Seat?

The LaCrosse is a four-door sedan that seats five people. This Buick's high-end cabin boasts premium materials, and it's well-insulated from outside noise. The front seats remain comfortable for long periods of time, and there’s plenty of seating space all around.

Cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard. The LaCrosse is available with semi-aniline leather upholstery, perforated full-leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

The two rear outboard seats have complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The rear middle seat has one lower anchor, an upper tether anchor, and the ability to borrow a lower tether from another seat. This LATCH system earned the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2015 Buick LaCrosse Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. The LaCrosse is available with an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound system, navigation, and push-button start. The IntelliLink infotainment system offers a variety of easy ways to control the system, including dashboard buttons and knobs, voice commands, and steering wheel controls.

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2015 Buick LaCrosse Dimensions

Buick LaCrosse Cargo Space

The LaCrosse has just 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space in V6-powered models and 10.8 cubic feet in eAssist models. That's small for a large car, and even most midsize cars have a larger trunk. 

2015 LaCrosse Length and Weight

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is almost 16.4 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,757 to 4,140 pounds, depending on the equipment and powertrain.

Where Was the 2015 Buick LaCrosse Built?

Buick assembled the 2015 LaCrosse in Kansas.

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