2019 Buick LaCrosse

Interior


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2019 Buick LaCrosse Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

If it weren't for some soft-touch plastics, the 2019 Buick LaCrosse's interior could fit right in with some luxury vehicles. Even its base trim is modern and sophisticated. Its seats are roomy for five adults, and its cabin is filled with refined, easy-to-use technology.

  • "The LaCrosse's interior has a lot of obvious plastics. Most have a soft-touch coating, but it's still a lot of plastic surface area." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (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)

Seating

Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard in the 2019 Buick LaCrosse. You can add leather-trimmed upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, a power tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel.

The LaCrosse features roomy, comfortable seats, though some reviewers note that the seat cushions are narrow. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

  • "The seats balance support and padding nicely, and strong heating and cooling help make these all-day comfortable. The seat cushion is a bit narrow, but since the bolsters are very flat, this won't impact comfort for most drivers. Of course, the seat does little to hold you in place." -- Edmunds
  • "An impressively quiet cabin offers more passenger room, and those passengers can take advantage of an increased count of comfort and safety technology features." -- Consumer Guide (2017)
  • "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)

Interior Features

The base 2019 LaCrosse's standard infotainment system includes an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker audio system, USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Other standard features include dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.

Available features include satellite radio, an 11-speaker premium audio system, navigation, wireless charging, a panoramic moonroof, a rear-window power sunshade, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, active park assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and Buick's Safety Alert Seat.

The standard infotainment system comes with a nicely laid out touch screen and redundant controls on the dash for audio and climate.

  • "Buick's easy-to-use touchscreen infotainment system is compatible with both Apple and Android products to help melt away the miles." -- Edmunds
  • "We have no complaints, however, with Buick adopting the de facto standard for infotainment; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard equipment. An 8.0-inch frameless touchscreen dominates the dashboard and runs the smartphone system alongside a version of GM's modern corporate infotainment software." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "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)

Cargo

Compared to class rivals', the 2019 Buick LaCrosse's cargo area is a bit small at 15 cubic feet. The trunk hinges impede the cargo area, and the LaCrosse could benefit from additional small-item storage. Thankfully, its trunk opening is wide, which makes it easier to fit in larger items.

  • "Although the trunk is fairly deep, its 15 cubic feet of space is small for the segment, and the wheelwells are intrusive." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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 (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. The cargo area is wide at the rear, but sickle-shaped hinges dip int[o] 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 (2017)
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