2019 Buick LaCrosse

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2019 Buick LaCrosse Performance Review

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Performance: 8.4

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse delivers a compliant ride, and its handling is relatively stable when cornering. Fuel-minded shoppers will want to stick with the standard four-cylinder engine, but those looking for quicker acceleration should consider the available V6. Both engines have plenty of power for your daily commute.

  • "The on-center feel is very good, making freeway driving easy, and steering resistance builds through turns, going from very light to surprisingly heavy." -- Edmunds
  • "Smaller but offering greater power than its predecessor, Buick says the more sophisticated eAssist setup in the 2018 LaCrosse boasts a nine-percent bump in overall torque compared to the 110 lb-ft total of the package used on the 2016 model. That extra output provided by the Motor Generator Unit, which replaces the conventional alternator, adds smoothness and spirit to vehicle launches and refines operation of the start/stop function." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "Comfort and capability are traits evident on any LaCrosse trim level. In standard tune, some steering precision disappears but the vehicle remains light on its toes and provides ample driving enjoyment despite its smaller shoes. And you'll easily surpass speed limits without even trying." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Acceleration and Power

The LaCrosse’s standard 194-horsepower eAssist powertrain is praised by reviewers for both its fuel efficiency and quick acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. For more power, there's a potent 310-horsepower V6 engine available that comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The standard setup will get you 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which are great estimates for the class. With the V6, those ratings drop to 20/30 mpg city/highway, which are still good.

  • The standard eAssist powertrain features a mild-hybrid system, a small electric motor paired to the four-cylinder engine that allows for unobtrusive stop-starts and a little nudge to help get the car off the line. The larger V6 engine, standard in the new Sport Touring model, provides smooth power at the expense of the eAssist's economy." -- Edmunds
  • "In addition to the comfortable highway ride and responsive, confidence-inspiring handling -- thanks in part to a new 5-link rear suspension -- the LaCrosse delivers plenty of power via its new V6 engine and smooth-shifting new 8-speed automatic transmission." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "The automaker seems to have also perfected the fuel-saving stop-start ignition. In the LaCrosse, the engine shutting down when idling and firing back up was nearly imperceptible. Were it not for an indicator on the instrument cluster, I might not have even noticed it happening." -- CNET (2017)

Handling and Braking

The 2019 Buick LaCrosse provides a comfortable ride, but it can feel cumbersome during zippy handling maneuvers. Its handling is relatively composed around corners.

  • "Power and handling aren't the LaCrosse's forte. The heavy sedan drives well enough going straight down the road and has good steering feel, but any dynamic maneuvers will leave the tires squealing in most trim levels." -- Edmunds
  • "The LaCrosse provides a very comfortable ride, even with the optional 20-inch wheels." -- Motor Trend (2018)
  • "The big Buick sedan's low-effort steering will also satisfy the nice-and-easy tastes of most drivers. The best way to describe driving the LaCrosse is ‘unwaveringly pleasant.’" -- Autoblog (2017)
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