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2016 Buick LaCrosse Review

The 2016 Buick LaCrosse finishes near the top of our class rankings, as it's arguably the most well-rounded car in the class. It gets good safety and reliability scores, delivers respectable performance, and has a spacious and quiet cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent infotainment system
  • Spacious, quiet interior
  • Good fuel economy with LaCrosse eAssist
  • Comfortable, controlled ride
  • Small trunk
  • Underpowered eAssist engine




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2016 Buick LaCrosse Overview

Is the 2016 Buick LaCrosse a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2016 Buick LaCrosse is a good used car. It has the highest reliability rating in the class, and it earns outstanding crash test scores. On the road, it provides a comfortable ride that's ideal for the daily commute or a road trip. Inside, the LaCrosse has a nice array of standard and available features, and it is well-insulated from outside noise. Both rows of seats are roomy enough for adult passengers. The LaCrosse is also available with all-wheel drive, which is only offered in a few other cars in this class.

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How Much Is the 2016 Buick LaCrosse?

Based on the more than 450 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $17,500 and $27,700 for a used 2016 LaCrosse. The average list price for a LaCrosse on our site is just under $22,000. What you pay will depend on the condition, mileage, features, and location of the used LaCrosse you select.

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How Much Does the 2016 Buick LaCrosse Cost to Own?

Of course, the costs of owning a car extend beyond its purchase price. The LaCrosse's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $26,400.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LaCrosse?

With an average price of $21,900, a used 2016 Buick LaCrosse costs about $8,000 less than the starting price of a new Buick LaCrosse. However, the LaCrosse was redesigned right after the 2016 model year, and the 2018 model features some notable styling and technology updates. The 2016 model still has eAssist and V6 powertrains, but both are more powerful and more fuel-efficient in the 2018 LaCrosse.

The 2018 model also has more trunk space and more standard features, including leatherette upholstery and rear parking sensors. Available features in the 2018 that you can't get in a 2016 include massaging front seats, wireless device charging, pedestrian detection, and active park assist. When you factor all of this in, the new LaCrosse is likely worth the extra money – at least for some buyers. You may also want to shop around for a used 2017 model to find a happy medium between saving money and getting the newer, more modern version of the LaCrosse.

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If the price difference between a 2016 and 2018 LaCrosse is too much for you, then you're going to feel the same way about the rest of the large car class. Every vehicle has a much higher base price than the 2016 LaCrosse's average price.

However, there are several 2018 midsize cars with price tags that are more in line with the used LaCrosse. The Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu, and Hyundai Sonata all finish near the top of our midsize car rankings and have starting prices that are under $23,600. All four have larger trunks than the 2016 LaCrosse, as well as better fuel economy and more standard and optional tech features.  

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Buick LaCrosse?

The LaCrosse has a reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power. That's an outstanding rating across the board, and it's higher than the ratings of every other large car (including rivals like the Kia Cadenza, Toyota Avalon, and Chevrolet Impala).

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2016 Buick LaCrosse Recalls

There are currently two safety recalls on the 2016 Buick LaCrosse. They involve the seat belts and front air bags. Before buying a used Buick LaCrosse, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Model Year of the Buick LaCrosse Is Best?

The 2016 LaCrosse is part of a generation that began with the 2010 model year. The 2016 model has some new connectivity features (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto) and a few updates to the IntelliLink infotainment system. The 2015 model was the first to come standard with a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Every LaCrosse model since 2011 has earned an overall score of at least 8.6 out of 10 in our rankings. That's a strong score, and it means that you may want to consider an older model to potentially save thousands of dollars. It's also worth noting that the LaCrosse was redesigned for the 2017 model year, so the 2016 LaCrosse is the last year of its generation.

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Which Used Buick LaCrosse Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 LaCrosse sedan comes in five trims: 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium I, and Premium II. The LaCrosse 1SV has a rearview camera, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a CD player, remote start, keyless entry, and leatherette upholstery. The LaCrosse Base has the same features and is available with a four-cylinder or V6 engine. The LaCrosse Leather trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, rear parking sensors, and proximity keyless entry. The LaCrosse Premium I trim adds ventilated front seats and a Bose sound system. The LaCrosse Premium II trim adds navigation and an adaptive suspension.

The two Premium trims offer the most features, but many of them – such as the premium sound system – are things buyers may be able to live without. With that in mind, the Leather trim makes a great choice. It hits the sweet spot of having lots of useful features but costing less than the top trims.

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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 LaCrosse performs extremely well in crash tests. It earned a rating of Good (the highest offered) in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it a perfect five-star overall rating.

A rearview camera comes standard in the LaCrosse. A head-up display, Buick's Safety Alert Seat (which works in conjunction with the other safety systems and vibrates to warn you of potential hazards), forward collision alert, lane change alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and rear parking sensors are available.

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2016 Buick LaCrosse Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick LaCrosse or 2016 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2016 Chevrolet Impala is a good used large car. Like its Buick rival, the Impala provides plenty of interior space and ride comfort, but it has a larger trunk than the LaCrosse. However, the LaCrosse has a higher reliability rating, higher safety scores, and available all-wheel drive. These are both great cars, but the LaCrosse is better overall.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick LaCrosse or 2016 Chrysler 300?

The 2016 Chrysler 300 offers a V8 engine and delivers better acceleration than any LaCrosse powertrain. The 300 also provides a more opulent cabin. Both cars have easy-to-use infotainment systems, a long list of advanced safety features, and ample room for passengers to stretch out. The Buick is the better buy, though; it finishes much higher in our class rankings and has a higher reliability rating.

Which Is Better: 2016 Buick LaCrosse or 2016 Buick Regal?

The 2016 Buick Regal is a midsize car. Despite being from the same automaker, the Regal and LaCrosse have some key differences. The Regal is more agile than its big brother, as the LaCrosse prioritizes ride comfort. The smaller Regal also provides less rear-seat space, and it has a lower reliability rating. Both cars have crisp interior styling, user-friendly features, and peppy engines. If you don’t desire sporty handling, the LaCrosse is the better Buick.

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2016 LaCrosse Performance

How Does the 2016 Buick LaCrosse Drive?

The 2016 LaCrosse features a 304-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. LaCrosse eAssist models have an electric motor and a four-cylinder engine that combine to produce 182 horsepower.

The LaCrosse eAssist accelerates more slowly than the V6, and it's noisier. The V6 moves the car more easily in all situations, and though it can't match the eAssist's fuel economy, it makes for a more enjoyable driving experience.

Around turns, the LaCrosse remains poised. Still, it hardly feels sporty, and the steering feels vague. This Buick is mostly intended to be a cruising vehicle, and it delivers a smooth ride even over rough pavement.

Does the 2016 Buick LaCrosse Get Good Gas Mileage?

The V6-powered LaCrosse gets below-average fuel economy, earning 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The eAssist gets much more impressive ratings: 24/35 mpg city/highway. These superior ratings mean the eAssist will save you about $500 per year in fuel costs compared to the V6 LaCrosse.

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2016 LaCrosse Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 LaCrosse Seat?

The 2016 LaCrosse seats five. The front seats provide plenty of room, as well as support for daily driving and long trips. The rear seats also have a lot of space – even tall people will have enough legroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Buick LaCrosse?

The LaCrosse has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the second-row outboard seats. There's an additional upper tether on the third-row middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the LaCrosse's LATCH system a Marginal rating (the second lowest) for ease of use.

2016 Buick LaCrosse Features

The 2016 Buick LaCrosse's standard features list includes dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a rearview camera, OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot capability, two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch-screen display.

Optional features include an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system, a head-up display, navigation, forward collision alert, lane change alert, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, a sunroof, push-button start, and rear parking sensors.

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2016 Buick LaCrosse Dimensions

Buick LaCrosse Cargo Space

The 2016 LaCrosse has 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space with the V6 engine, and eAssist models have 10.8 cubic feet of trunk space. Many class rivals provide more space. The LaCrosse's trunk has a small opening, and there's a high liftover height.

2016 LaCrosse Length and Weight

The 2016 Buick LaCrosse is about 16.5 feet long and has a curb weight of 3,757 to 4,140 pounds, depending on which powertrain and drivetrain you get.

Where Was the 2016 Buick LaCrosse Built?

The 2016 Buick LaCrosse was built in Fairfax, Kansas.

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