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2017 Buick LaCrosse Review

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse ranks near the top of its class. The LaCrosse has refined driving dynamics, a comfy and upscale interior, a strong predicted reliability rating, and great safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Supple ride
  • Strong yet efficient V6
  • Luxe interior with ample space
  • Great safety scores
  • Poor rear visibility




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 10.0
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2017 Buick LaCrosse Overview

Is the 2017 Buick LaCrosse a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is an excellent pick if you’re shopping for a used full-size car. The LaCrosse boasts a roomy interior that’s nicely trimmed and whisper-quiet. Its zippy engine performance makes it fun to drive for a large car, and it rides smoothly over rough pavement. . Factor in high safety and predicted reliability ratings as well as great fuel economy, and the LaCrosse is a solid competitor in its class. Still, it’s not the only good large car. Before you buy, consider top-rated rivals like the 2017 Toyota Avalon and 2017 Kia Cadenza.

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How Much Is the 2017 Buick LaCrosse?

You can expect to pay between $22,200 and $33,900 for a used 2017 LaCrosse. These figures are based on over 700 listings for the 2017 Buick LaCrosse on our site. The average price is $26,200. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Buick LaCrosse Cost to Own?

The LaCrosse’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $25,500 – or $5,100 per year. That’s lower than average for the large car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New LaCrosse?

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse starts at $29,570 but can exceed $45,000 in top trim levels. You can save a lot of money by shopping for a used 2017 LaCrosse, especially if you want a base model with few options. That said, you may want to spring for the newer model if you’re looking to maximize fuel economy. Buick added a four-cylinder engine to the LaCrosse lineup for 2018, and this efficient-yet-zippy powertrain returns 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Otherwise, the LaCrosse is largely unchanged.

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Quite a few new sedans are less expensive than the 2017 LaCrosse. The 2018 Toyota Camry and 2018 Honda Accord both start at around $23,600. These midsize cars aren’t quite as luxe on the inside as the LaCrosse, but they offer comparably roomy interiors, great fuel economy, and far more standard safety features. The elegant and fun-to-drive 2018 Mazda6 is another option, and it starts at an even lower $21,950.

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Which Model Year of the Buick LaCrosse Is Best?

The third-generation LaCrosse debuted for the 2017 model year and remains on sale. This Buick has seen minor updates over this generation, including the addition of an Avenir trim for 2018 and a Sport Touring trim for 2019 (each with cosmetic changes). As a result, you can save money while finding comparable features and performance with used 2017 models. That said, you’ll want to opt for a 2018-or-newer model if you want peak fuel economy. Buick’s efficient eAssist engine wasn’t available until 2018; it provides a 4 mpg increase in gas mileage (in both city and highway driving) over the LaCrosse’s V6.

You can save more money by shopping for a second-generation LaCrosse (2010 to 2016). These sedans also provide a cushy ride and a roomy cabin. They have a great reputation for reliability as well. Drawbacks of this generation include a small trunk, clumsier handling, and dated styling.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2017 LaCrosse has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Buick LaCrosse Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 LaCrosse. One involves improperly installed rear suspension components, and the other addresses issues with the power steering electrical connectors. Before buying a used LaCrosse, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Buick LaCrosse Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is available in four trim levels: LaCrosse (base), Preferred, Essence, and Premium. The well-equipped base model is the best value in this lineup. Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a CD player, keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, leatherette upholstery, rear parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The LaCrosse Preferred trim gives you satellite radio and a power-adjustable steering wheel. The Essence trim adds adaptive headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and Qi wireless device charging. Lastly, the Premium trim brings you ventilated and massaging front seats, a head-up display, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat.

Available features include a navigation system, a Bose stereo system, a moonroof, an adaptive suspension, parallel park assist, and adaptive cruise control. However, these features are limited to 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. For models sold in 2020 or newer, Buick changed the new car warranty to three years or 36,000 miles, but the one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty remains the same. 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.

According to our analysis, Buick has one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers, alongside Kia and Mitsubishi. 

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How Safe Is the LaCrosse?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the LaCrosse a 2017 Top Safety Pick, also giving it the top score of Good in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the LaCrosse a perfect five-star rating in all areas tested.

The LaCrosse comes standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The Teen Driver system is also standard, which allows parents to set speed, distance, and audio volume limits for young drivers.

Available safety features include adaptive pivoting headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, hands-free parallel park assist, front parking sensors, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control with brake assist, and GM’s Safety Alert Seat, which vibrates to warn drivers of potential hazards.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick LaCrosse or 2017 Chevrolet Impala?

The 2017 LaCrosse and 2017 Chevy Impala both provide a comfortable ride, many of the same tech and safety features (including Apple CarPlay), and loads of passenger space. The Impala is certainly the more affordable pick, as used models often cost thousands of dollars less than used LaCrosse models. The Buick is the better vehicle overall though. It has a richer cabin with nicer materials, a more refined transmission that enables zippier performance, and more composed handling.

Which Is Better: 2017 Buick LaCrosse or 2017 Nissan Maxima?

It’s hard to go wrong with either the LaCrosse or the 2017 Nissan Maxima. Both of these large cars are smooth highway cruisers yet quite fun to drive. Both have strong V6 engines, impressive fuel economy, first-rate cabin materials, user-friendly tech features, and great safety. However, the Buick is the better people hauler, and its back seats have considerably more room.

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2017 LaCrosse Performance

How Does the 2017 Buick LaCrosse Drive?

The 2017 LaCrosse has a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 310 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. This engine and transmission are a great combination. The V6 scoots the Buick effortlessly up to speed, and the eight-speed automatic changes gears promptly and almost seamlessly. An engine stop-start system comes standard on all models. Although it can’t be disabled, it’s so refined that you’ll hardly notice it.

The LaCrosse’s suspension makes for a smooth and comfortable ride, even over rough pavement. This Buick has lightly weighted and responsive steering, along with good road grip around sharp turns and strong brakes with a firm pedal feel. For even sportier driving dynamics, opt for a model equipped with Buick’s Continuous Damping Control system, which is an adaptive suspension that can quickly stiffen or soften the car’s shock absorbers.

Does the 2017 Buick LaCrosse Get Good Gas Mileage?

The LaCrosse gets excellent fuel economy for a full-size car, returning an EPA-rated 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (20/29 mpg with AWD).

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2017 LaCrosse Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 LaCrosse Seat?

The Buick LaCrosse is a four-door sedan that seats five. The front seats are supportive, padded in all the right places, and very comfortable. The rear seats are similarly cozy, and both rows provide generous head- and legroom for adults. Leatherette upholstery is standard and leather seats are available. Heated, ventilated, and massaging functions are also available for the front seats. The LaCrosse’s cabin remains exceptionally quiet at higher speeds with very little wind or road noise. The interior materials look and feel upscale as well, and many surfaces are covered with soft-touch plastics, padded upholstery, and wood veneer. If there is a downside, the Buick’s rear visibility is rather poor due to the sedan’s thick roof pillars and sloping canopy.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Buick LaCrosse?

The LaCrosse has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal for overall ease of use, because some of the anchors are too deep within the seats and require too much force to connect.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Features

The LaCrosse comes standard with an 8-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, a CD player, a Wi-Fi hot spot, active noise cancellation, and the Teen Driver management system. Available features include navigation, a Bose stereo system, satellite radio, Qi wireless device charging, and a head-up display that projects driving information onto the windshield.

The touch screen responds promptly to inputs and it has simple menus. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to sync your smartphone’s apps and functions with the infotainment system. You don’t have to use the screen for every function either. There are simple buttons and knobs underneath that manage the audio and climate controls.

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2017 Buick LaCrosse Dimensions

Buick LaCrosse Cargo Space

The LaCrosse has 15 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly below average for the large car class. The rear seats can fold in a 60/40-split to accommodate longer items.

2017 LaCrosse Length and Weight

The Buick LaCrosse is 16.5 feet long. It has a curb weight ranging between 3,598 and 3,840 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Buick LaCrosse Built?

Buick built the 2017 LaCrosse in Michigan.

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