• American Luxury with a Twist: The 2017 Buick LaCrosse 0-60 MPH review [Video]


    2017 Buick LaCrosse

    The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is GM’s modern take on a successful recipe. Mix big power with a big car with a smooth ride and add luxurious appointments. The modern twist is: make it frugal affordable and technologically advanced to boot. While the 2017 Buick LaCrosse would be considered small by 1960 standards, it still pays homage to a bygone era when luxury barges floated down the highway.

    Power comes from a 3.6 liter V6 that makes 310 hp @ 6800 rpm and 282 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm. It comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that either feeds the front or all four wheels via an all-wheel drive (AWD) system. This is the same V6 that GM uses in the Chevrolet Camaro and it is, in my estimation, one of the best V6 engines offered in this country.

    2017 Buick LaCrosse

    The 2017 Buick LaCrosse can get up to 31 mpg highway.

    The suspension settings on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse are outstanding. The highway ride is comfortable and smooth while the rest of the vehicle handles remarkably well in the corners for its size. It helps that there is a five-link rear suspension out back as rear adhesion is great.

    All of the interiors of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse are great to look at. Some of the switchgear could be easier to work with, but the seats are comfortable and the instrumentation is well laid out. Back seat space is good, but not as spacious as Buick’s Enclave.

    2017 Buick LaCrosse

    The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is available at dealerships now with a base price of $32,065 for the FWD base model.

    In this video, I put the 2017 Buick LaCrosse through its paces and I try to answer a question, why are crossovers and SUVs killing the big sedan market? Watch and enjoy!


    Nathan Adlen
    Nathan Adlen
    Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.

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    5 thoughts on “American Luxury with a Twist: The 2017 Buick LaCrosse 0-60 MPH review [Video]

    1. Loved your review of the 2017 LaCrosse. My wife and I have a 2013 with a V6, and you’re right, the acceleration is awesome. The 2013 is a jewel to drive, so I can only imagine the 2017 is an improvement on a nice but often overlooked beautiful vehicle. I also agree with you as to why many choose SUV’s and Cross-overs instead. Being 6’2″, with the sloped roofline of the LaCrosse, it does make entry and exit challenging at times, which is the reason I prefer driving my SUV; though once in the Buick, comfort is assured. Enjoyed the review, and will definitely keep the new LaCrosse on the list for the next purchase.

    2. So it’s clearly based on the impala since all the lines are the same .still has the worst looking steering wheel and this is an attractive car but it screams Impala sad workmanship

      1. Completely agree about the steering wheel. And the character line over the rear wheels is a bit too “Impala”, I wish they would have kept the Buick “spear” in that place from the previous gen. Otherwise, I like it, especially the tail lights; it’s nice to see something different for once in tail light treatment.

    3. I just traded in my 2010 Buick LaCrosse CXS for the 2017 Essence with the 20″ wheel package. Btw, this is not based on the Impala, this is a brand new platform also used on the new Cadillacs. Also the V6 is the same engine used on the new Camaro detuned a bit. I’ll tell you, my 2010 was fairly quick, but the new one reall scoots. The car really handles well.

      1. Jim s uh yes it based on the new Impala no Buick shares anything with new Cadillacs other then your high hopes I know this to be for sure
        Even in the info above you’ll notice Nathan even says it’s based on the impala so I get you love Buicks but since 2006 their just based on Malibus and Impalas also kill Buick bring back Pontiac .

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