2018 Buick LaCrosse

Interior


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2018 Buick LaCrosse Interior Review

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Interior: 8.0

As befits a premium model like the 2018 Buick LaCrosse, the cabin is upscale and fitted with high-quality materials. Every surface you come into contact with is soft to the touch. The styling is refined and contemporary. The seats in both rows have plenty of head- and legroom, though the trunk is a bit smaller than those of rivals. The infotainment system is straightforward to use.

  • "A tidy collection of buttons and knobs, frameless center display, and European-evoking transmission selector are tasteful cues in a clean, modern interior replete with quality materials. Take the badge off the steering wheel and it wouldn't be hard to convince people they were sitting in a Volvo." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Quality is excellent with an upscale, genuinely luxurious atmosphere. You don't have to order one of the pricier trims to get it, either." -- 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 (2017)

Seating

The 2018 LaCrosse seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Optional seating and comfort features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel.

For the most part, the LaCrosse is very comfortable inside. There's generous head- and legroom in both rows, even for tall adults. The seats are nicely cushioned, though they are mounted rather low to the floor. This can make it tough for some to find a comfortable driving position, and the rear seats offer little thigh support. The cabin is exceedingly quiet, so you won't have to shout over road or engine noise to have a conversation.

Each of the outboard rear seats has a full set of LATCH child-seat connectors, while the middle rear seat has only an upper tether anchor.

  • There's plenty of legroom, but the low-mounted seats can cause an awkward driving position and insufficient rear thigh support in the back." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 LaCrosse include 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 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 alongside the other safety systems and vibrates when a potential hazard is detected.

Many high-tech features come standard in the LaCrosse, including a user-friendly infotainment system. It has large on-screen buttons and quick response times, though it can be difficult to reach from the driver's seat. Its high placement on the dash also means it sometimes catches the sun's glare. Overall, the dash has an uncluttered look, as the infotainment system absorbs most controls. Still, a few physical buttons and knobs remain for quick adjustments of climate and audio settings.

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  • The standard 8-inch touchscreen reduces dash buttons to a minimum while presenting large virtual buttons and easily deciphered menus. It also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and two USB ports. The screen is a bit of a reach, though, and easily washes out in the sun." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

Cargo

There's 15 cubic feet of cargo space in the LaCrosse's trunk. That's a bit below average for the class, with some models offering upward of 20 cubic feet. Still, the LaCrosse's trunk is usable, with a wide shape to accommodate bulky items. The rear seatbacks can be folded down to make way for long objects. Once folded, the seatbacks make a flat floor that's several inches above the trunk floor, so you can't just slide your items in. The cabin doesn't have many useful places to stow your small personal items.

  • While the rear seat and trunk are as overly accommodating as expected, we'd prefer more easy-access storage space up front for phones and such." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
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