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Auto review: Full-size Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan returns for 2018; prices start at $29,565

G. Chambers Williams III, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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Fuel efficiency is enhanced by the automatic stop/start system, which shuts off the engine at stoplights and restarts it when the driver lifts the foot off the brake pedal; and the Active Fuel Management system on the V-6, which cuts the engine down to four cylinders during level highway cruising.

As with other recent new GM premium vehicles, the LaCrosse comes with long-lasting DuraLife brake rotors, with four-wheel antilock disc brakes standard. Other new features include enhanced electric power steering, a new five-link rear suspension standard on all levels, and a remote starting system with keyless open and pushbutton start also included across the board.

Wireless charging for compatible smartphones is standard on Essence and Premium trims. And the Teen Driver feature, standard on all models, lets parents set controls, review driving habits and encourage safe driving habits of their kids even when the parents are not present in the vehicle. This includes pre-set speed and audio volume controls.

Connectivity for compatible devices is possible through the IntelliLink audio/navigation system, which includes an eight-inch color touch screen, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and the OnStar 4G LTE internet connection with onboard Wi-Fi hotspot – standard on all models.

Among standard safety features are 10 air bags, including knee air bags for the driver and front passenger; and a standard rear-vision camera system.

Forward Collision Alert and Following Distance Indicator are standard on Premium models, along with the Safety Alert Seat, which pulse-vibrates to warn the driver of a possible impending forward collision or rear cross-traffic event, such as when backing out of a driveway into traffic. We also had ultrasonic rear park assist.


The Driver Confidence Package 1 -- available on the Essence model and standard on the Premium – brings the Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert.

The Driver Confidence Package 2 ($1,690), included on our Premium tester, gave us Automatic Park Assist, Front Pedestrian Detection, Front Automatic Braking and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The head-up display included on the Premium model projected speed, navigation and audio information on the lower part of the windshield in front of the driver, and was adjustable for height (position) and brightness, using a switch on the left side of the steering wheel on the lower dash.

Our front seats had eight-way power adjust, along with four-way power lumbar support with the massage feature; and were heated and ventilated. Memory settings controlled the driver and passenger seats, steering wheel position, and outside driver's mirror. The steering column was power tilt and telescopic, and the steering wheel was heated.


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