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2017 Buick LaCrosse Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Buick LaCrosse was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse has a comfortable cabin with a refined style. The interior feels upmarket, even in base models. Most materials are high quality, and even when there are plastics, they are soft to the touch and have sculpted textures. Lower trims come with a beige and black color scheme, while upper trims can be all black, beige and black, or brown and black. You have to spend quite a bit of money by moving up trim levels to add features like leather upholstery, heated front seats, an upgraded audio system, or driver assistance features.

The seats in front and back are comfortable and roomy. Rear-seat headroom may be a problem for tall passengers, however. The infotainment system has extensive features and is easy to use. Cargo room is a bit below average for the class, but the trunk has a useful shape

  • "With a big sedan like this, it's all about the interior comfort, so it's nice to know that the new cabin is attractively styled and well-finished, with notably improved sightlines thanks to slimmer A-pillars (poor visibility was the no. 1 complaint among last-generation LaCrosse owners) and plenty of soft-touch materials in a range of color and trim choices." -- CNET
  • "Although there's a little less wood now, it's more tastefully and convincingly applied, and the surrounding surfaces consist of nicely textured plastics and simulated leather stitched together over padding. It's an upscale, genuinely luxurious atmosphere - and you don't have to get one of the pricier trims to get it." -- Edmunds
  • "Interiors come in either all black or a black/tan 2-tone combination, and almost any surface one might touch is padded - including the door tops and even the upper edge of the console. There is a choice of trim (our test cars were fitted with dark wood), and the overall look is decidedly upscale." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

Up to five people can fit in the 2017 LaCrosse, which comes standard with leatherette upholstery and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. Most similarly priced rivals come standard with more comfort features. The Toyota Avalon and Kia Cadenza, for example, feature leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats. To get leather upholstery or heated front seats in the LaCrosse, you have to choose the Essence trim, which costs around $6,000 more than the Avalon or the Cadenza. Other optional seating features in the LaCrosse include massaging front seats, ventilated front seats, a power tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and a power rear sunshade.

Buick lengthened the LaCrosse's wheelbase by nearly 3 inches for the redesigned model. While that may not sound like a lot, it translates into excellent interior space. The front seats are nicely cushioned, with ample head- and legroom. The back seat is spacious too, with legroom to spare even if the driver or front passenger sits with their seat pushed far back. Headroom in the rear seat is a bit tight for tall passengers, but most people shouldn't have any trouble.

The LaCrosse has a very quiet cabin that makes it feel like a more luxurious car. Even over rough pavement, you can have a conversation without raising your voice. Visibility is good in most directions, though the rear corners are a bit hard to see. The standard rearview camera helps alleviate this problem.

  • "As might be expected, interior room is a strong point. One can summon a substantial amount of front headroom and legroom, and even with the front seats all the way rearward, there's still enough knee room left for an average-size adult to squeeze in back; behind a normal-size front seater, it's downright spacious, though headroom might be tight for those over 6-feet tall." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The LaCrosse is a luxury-leaning fullsizer at its core. To that end, the seats are supremely comfortable in front, and there is plenty of room in back for rear seat denizens, thanks in part to a wheelbase stretched by 2.7-inches over the outgoing car." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "During the LaCrosse press launch in Portland, Oregon, Buick boasted how comfortable and exceedingly quiet the car is, and indeed, it isolates road imperfections and allows for a pair of low talkers to converse in subdued tones." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse's standard features list includes dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Teen Driver system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Optional features include an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, satellite radio, a panoramic moonroof, navigation, wireless charging, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, active park assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a head-up display, forward collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, and Buick's Safety Alert seat, which works in conjunction with the other driver assistance systems and vibrates when a dangerous situation is detected.

The LaCrosse comes equipped with a state-of-the-art infotainment system that comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which let you hook up your smartphone to the infotainment system and use some apps directly on the 8-inch touch screen. Using your phone's maps app for navigation on the screen is an easy way to save money by skipping the LaCrosse's optional built-in navigation system. You can also play music directly from your phone, or you can use streaming services like Spotify. All trims come with a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The touch screen has a logical menu structure, and on-screen buttons are large and easy to tap. The screen is placed high on the center stack, making it easy to see but also susceptible to sun glare. Its placement makes it hard to reach for some drivers as well. On the plus side, unlike the systems in many rivals, the infotainment system does not lock out certain functions while the vehicle is in motion. This makes it possible for the front passenger to input a destination into the navigation system, for example, while you're on the go, which isn't possible with many competitors' infotainment systems.

Rather than incorporating frequently used controls for the radio into the infotainment system, Buick left physical controls on the dash so you can easily turn up the volume or change stations without much effort.

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  • "The addition of Buick's latest 8-inch IntelliLink touchscreen interface reduces dash buttons to a minimum while presenting large virtual buttons and an easily deciphered menu structure. We think it's pretty easy to use, plus it includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The screen itself might be a bit of a reach, though, and it can wash out in sunlight." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard 8.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen also falls victim to glare at times and may be difficult to reach for some drivers. Its high placement makes it easy to see, however, and this latest GM system (much like the identical Chevy MyLink system) deserves praise for its quick responses and large, easily pressed icons." -- Autoblog
  • "The large touch-screen is complemented by physical tuning and volume controls instead of gimmicky capacitive buttons, plus the always-welcome Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard." -- Cars.com

Cargo

The redesigned LaCrosse has 15 cubic feet of trunk room, which is more than the previous model had. Still, it's below average for the class. For comparison, the Chevrolet Impala has nearly 19 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, while the Ford Taurus has more than 20 cubic feet. The average for the class is just over 16 cubic feet.

The trunk in the previous model had an awkward shape that made it difficult to store large items. The new trunk has a better design, with a wider cargo floor so you can carry a couple golf bags. The standard split-folding rear seatback lets you open up more space for long objects. The seatback is several inches above the floor of the trunk, however, so it's not easy to slide items in. The new design also allows the rear seatback to be folded down without sliding the front seats forward.

  • "Trunk space is quite good, and the rear seat backs fold to create more, though they rest four inches above the level of the cargo floor, so you can't easily slide long items forward. On the positive side, they'll fold flat even with the front seat all the way back, which is not always the case. The cargo area is wide at the rear, but sickle-shaped hinges dip [into] the load area, and while many cars have a good amount of hidden storage beneath the floor, there's just some ‘unofficial’ space around the spare tire." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There were awkward intrusions by the wheel wells, structural components, and gooseneck hinge shrouds in the last-generation LaCrosse. These are no more, and quite notably, the wider trunk can now easily swallow sets of golf clubs. It is a Buick, after all." -- Autoblog
  • "Storage space is much better in the trunk (15 cubic feet), which is bigger than before and better shaped to hold suitcases and golf clubs." -- Edmunds

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