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2019 Buick LaCrosse review

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Buick LaCrosse highlights

Customer rating

Pros

  • Luxurious interior that keeps out road noise
  • Potent V6 engine
  • Spacious seating in the second row

Cons

  • Minimal space for cargo
  • Lots of plastic trim in the cabin
  • The low-mounted seats can feel uncomfortable 

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 29 highway, 23 combined

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Power and substance

Buick made a strong attempt to reclaim a position in the luxury segment with the 2019 Buick Lacrosse, and it did a great job of it. Buick brought in some major changes in 2017 and it has continued improving on the Lacrosse ever since. It’s comfortable and sensible in the ways that matter – such as the plush and spacious seats – but it also has an impressive V6 engine that opens up its potential audience to anyone who loves a bit of extra power.

All Buick LaCrosse years

What is new for the 2019 Buick LaCrosse?

  • The LaCrosse is available in a new trim called the Sport Touring.
  • LaCrosse trims have been upgraded with Rear Spoiler as standard equipment this year.
  • The Essence trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The Base trim now comes with Leather Seats, Smart Key, and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Smart Key as standard equipment.
  • The Preferred trim now comes with Leather Seats and Smart Key as standard equipment.

2019 Buick LaCrosse trims

Curious how Buick LaCrosse trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities

Base:

  • 310-hp, 268-lb-ft of torque 3.6L
  • 194-hp, 187-lb-ft of torque 2.5L
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Seats
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Side Airbags
  • Overhead Airbags
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Preferred:

Essence:

Sport Touring:

  • Includes all features available on the Essence
  • Rear Spoiler

Premium:

Avenir:

  • Includes all features available on the Premium
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rear Sunshade
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Navigation System

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Buick LaCrosse

1. Appealing interior 

The 2019 Buick Lacrosse is very much aiming for a comfortable midpoint between mainstream and luxury. It does a good job of leaning towards the latter despite the amount of hard plastics used. What makes it feel high-end, though, is how effectively road noise is kept out of the cabin, as well as how comfortable the seats are. If you want additional sophistication, keep an eye out for the top trim – Avenir – which includes leather upholstery. 

2. Potent V6 engine 

While the 2019 Buick Lacrosse’s standard 194-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine is enough for most drivers, those wanting more grunt should look out for the available 310 hp 3.6L V6. With that additional power, acceleration is vastly improved, especially if there are passengers in all five seats. The V6 can achieve zero-to-60 in 5.6 seconds, which is impressively peppy. 

3. Spacious second row 

Some vehicles fall down when it comes to room in the back seats, but the 2019 Buick Lacrosse has plenty of room even for tall passengers. The base trim comes with 37.2 inches of headroom and 38 inches of legroom, meaning fully grown adults can still relax even while relegated to the back. That means no more arguments about who sits where. 

4. User-friendly infotainment system 

One of the most appealing features of the 2019 Buick Lacrosse is how easy-to-use its infotainment system is. It has an eight-inch touchscreen that is easy to navigate and intuitive. As standard, there are useful features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto connectivity, as well as voice recognition which is extremely helpful when driving alone, an available Wi-Fi hotspot, and Bluetooth® integration.

5. Sporty trim  

If you like sporty styling, it’s worth looking out for the Sport Touring trim of the 2019 Buick Lacrosse, which was introduced that year. It comes with most of the same features as the Essence trim – including leather upholstery, driver’s seat memory settings, wireless device charging, adaptive headlights, and more – but adds a sporty grille, spoiler, and fender, as well as larger wheels. All the function with extra style. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

2 customer reviews
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Above Average

RepairPal gave the Buick LaCrosse an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Buick LaCrosse 15th out of 28 among Midsize Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Buick LaCrosse is $447, compared to an average of $430 for Midsize Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Buick LaCrosse owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 0.8 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Midsize Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 13% for the Buick LaCrosse, compared to an average of 12% for Midsize Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Buick LaCrosse features and specs

Sport Touring 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • BOSE Sound System
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size

3.6L

Horsepower

310

Torque (ft-lbs)

268

Engine type

Gas

Fuel capacity

15.8

Wheelbase

114.4"

Overall length

197.5"

Width

73.5"

Height

57.5"

Leg room

F 42"/R 38"

Head room

F 38.4"/R 37.2"

Front tires

P245/45R19

Rear tires

P245/45R19

Seating capacity

5

Transmission

Automatic

2019 Buick LaCrosse FAQ


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