The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is one of the best sedans you can buy
for under $50,000
Matthew DeBord - today
The new LaCrosse is a mechanical evolution, but it isn't complicated. It's a nice, big four-door with a generous trunk, and reasonably pliable suspension, front-wheel-drive (all-wheel-drive is available), and a 3.6-liter V6 making a respectable 305 horsepower, absent any turbocharging or supercharging. Fuel-economy is 25 mpg combined city/highway, which is pretty good for a car this size...
Just enough luxury
The near-luxury "content" that your fifty thousand bones buy you isn't on the same stratum of plushess that a lot of BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus owners will be accustomed to. But the LaCrosse interior compares favorably with, say, a Tesla Model S. The luxury is low-key, un-blingy. But most of the boxes are checked off.
There are eight-way power seats, heated and cooled, and with a massage function for the driver and a lumbar support (which saved my bad back when I put the support on 11 and cranked up the seat heaters)...
...Driving a Buick sedan is nothing like driving a BMW, Audi, or Mercedes four-door, or even an Acura or Infiniti saloon, but that's the way it should be. For over a decade, Buick has been steadily tightening up the suspension with••• making its cars too taut, so in sportier driving modes you can get a dose of peppier performance. Our test car features paddle-shifters to allow to semi-manual piloting, but in practice, I didn't use them much. There's no slosh in the LaCrosse, and the big sedan can handle corners capably, even though you aren't going to want to push your luck in any way...
...I'm not sure Buick can produce a better sedan than this, for around $50,000 with plenty of options. With the brand now more than saved — an "Avenir" sub-brand to serve up more luxurious trim levels is the next step — it's been perfected, in its latest incarnation.
And the market was ready for a very good Buick. Not everyone wants a stiff, high-strung German luxury car. Buyers both young (but not too young) and old appreciate the Great American Car aspect of a vehicle like LaCrosse. It's a deeply satisfying set of wheels.
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•••I really think he meant to type-
UPDATE - maybe Not?
Originally Posted by on GMi
...Funny for a Buick, the sport mode is rock hard. Rattle your dentures in a Buick.