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.
Which LaCrosse is the Best?
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.
Is the 2021 Buick LaCrosse a Safe Car?
Every 2019 LaCrosse comes equipped with stability control, front airbags, front and rear side airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, front knee airbags and a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are optional on the Sport Touring and Essence trims and standard on the Premium and the Avenir. Forward-collision-warning and lane-keep-assist systems are standard on those trims, which can be upgraded with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.
The government gave the LaCrosse perfect 5-star ratings in every crash category. The nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2018 LaCrosse the best possible ratings for crash protection and prevention, but a Poor headlight rating kept it from getting a Top Safety Pick award.
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