Plush ride; high-quality cabin; easy-to-use tech; a powerful and efficient V6; surprisingly agile with the Dynamic Drive package
Excessive price jump from base trim level; accident avoidance tech only on top trim levels; the seats may be mounted too low for some
A new Sport Touring trim level debuts, adding a blacked out grille, special 19-in wheels and other exterior trim details. It comes standard with the V6 engine.
It's hard to see how the Preferred trim manages to be $4,000 more than the base model, so we'd skip that. Otherwise, we'd recommend most shoppers consider the value-rich base model -- especially if you're OK with white or black paint, its only color options. However, if you're looking to the LaCrosse as more of a luxury sedan, opting for the Essence trim level and its Dynamic Drive package is highly recommended.
The 2019 Buick LaCrosse is available in base, Preferred, Sport Touring, Essence, Premium and Avenir trim levels. AWD is an option on the upper three trims.
The base trim ($29,570) comes very well-equipped with 18-in wheels, automatic xenon headlights, foglamps, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, proximity entry and push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power front seats, simulated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, OnStar emergency communications, 4G LTE in-car Wi-Fi, an 8-in touchscreen interface, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio and an 8-speaker sound system. Note that you can only get this trim in black or white.
The Preferred ($33,670) only gains a power-adjustable steering wheel and a cargo net in the trunk, which seems odd given its hefty price bump over the base model. You do gain access to more color choices, but only for an extra charge.
The Sport Touring ($39,370) adds special 19-in wheels, black accented exterior trim, adaptive headlights, a driver-side auto-dimming mirror, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings and wireless smartphone charging.
The Essence ($36,370) is equipped similarly as the Sport Touring but reverts to the base styling, wheels and engine. Available on both the Sport Touring and the Essence, the optional Driver Confidence 1 package adds blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning systems.
The Premium ($38,670) trim adds ventilated and massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, an ionizing air cleaner, a head-up display, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist and the Driver Confidence 1 package.
The Sport Touring, the Essence and the Premium are eligible for a pair of packages. The Sights and Sounds package adds a navigation system, HD Radio and an 11-speaker premium Bose sound system. The Sun and Shade package adds a panoramic sunroof and a power rear sunshade.
The Avenir ($44,870) adds the V6 standard, 19-in wheels, different exterior trim, upgraded interior materials and the above options packages.
Available on the Essence, the Premium and the Avenir, the Dynamic Drive package adds 20-in wheels and adaptive suspension dampers, plus an upgraded suspension design for FWD models. Note that the V6 engine brings a compact spare tire with it.
Available only on the Premium and the Avenir, the Driver Confidence 2 package adds adaptive cruise control, a self-parking system and forward automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Year/1 Visit|
2019 Lexus ES 350 -- Comparing a Buick to a Lexus may seem nonsensical to some, but the LaCrosse is so good we think anyone interested in an ES 350 should consider both. This large Lexus was completely redesigned for 2019, though, so it may be a tougher decision this year.
2019 Lincoln MKZ -- These two cars are similar in price, size and driving experience. They also both come from American brands, which may be important to you. Definitely one to cross-shop.
2019 Toyota Avalon -- Completely redesigned for 2019, the Avalon is arguably the full-size sedan to beat. It offers a more dynamic driving experience, a more luxurious interior and greater feature content.
Used Cadillac CTS -- This midsize Cadillac boasts sharp styling, a luxurious and spacious cabin and genuinely sharp driving dynamics. It costs more than the LaCrosse, though, so you'll likely be looking at a used version.