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author photo by Brian Moody October 2016

Buick is focusing on design. The first thing you'll notice about the 2017 Buick LaCrosse is its good-looking front and rear. Chrome exhaust outlets out back and a new full color logo on the grille give the car an expensive look.

Even the interior is plush, with soft leather seats, a lot of stitching and padded surfaces. The BMW-like electronic shifter communicates an image that's classier than the Lincoln MKZ, Toyota Avalon and even the Lexus ES.

The one thing we don't like inside is the rather bland gray area around the gear selector; it feels like something is missing. Occasionally, the touchscreen reflects too much light, but both the front and rear seats are more than comfortable, and overall, the interior is a notch or two above what we expected, given the roughly $33,000 base price.

Even the base model has useful luxury features for everyday commuting, including 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a rear parking camera, dual-zone climate control, two USB ports and active noise canceling.

Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V6 making 310 horsepower. The engine is smooth and quiet, outshining the Lexus ES350.

Active fuel management and a nearly seamless auto stop/start means 25 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving.

The LaCrosse Premium is about $42,000 and comes with almost every feature you can think of, although a giant sunroof, Bose audio, adaptive cruise control and automatic parking remain options.

If you're on the fence or unsure how any car could be better than a Lexus or Genesis G80, test-drive the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. It'll definitely change the order of your short list.

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