An eight-inch driver-information display was above the steering column in the middle of the instrument panel.
Outside mirrors were power/heated/auto-dimming with built-in turn signals. We also had adaptable front headlights that automatically turned slightly in the direction the car was turning.
The in-dash eight-speaker audio/navigation system included OnStar and satellite radio, with Bluetooth phone and streaming capability.
Our Sun and Shade Package ($1,550) added a power sunroof and second-row skylight, with a power rear sunshade.
While 18-inch ultra-bright machined-aluminum wheels are standard on the Premium model, our test vehicle came with the optional 20-inch painted-aluminum wheels as part of the Dynamic Drive Package ($1,625). It also included continuously variable real time damping, the HiPer Strut front suspension, all-season black-wall tires, and Sport Mode Selectivity
The exterior of our car was Quicksilver Metallic, which cost $395 extra. The interior was Ebony.
Trunk space is on par with most cars in this class – 15 cubic feet with the V-6 engine, or 14.3 cubic feet with the eAssist system – that space is used by the battery pack. There is a compact spare tire included in the trunk.
With options and freight, the total sticker price of our V-6 Premium front-drive LaCrosse was $47,350, which brought us a well-equipped, beautiful luxury sedan with lots of curb appeal, plenty of power, and numerous high-tech safety and connectivity features.
2018 BUICK LACROSSE SEDAN
The package: Full-size, four-door, five-passenger, four-cylinder mild hybrid or V-6 gasoline-powered, front- or all-wheel-drive premium sedan.
Highlights: Redesigned for 2017, this is Buick's premium large sedan, available with a variety of high-tech options and intended to appeal to a more-youthful audience than the traditional Buicks of the past. It gives GM a strong competitor against the leading Japanese and European premium sedans.
Negatives: All-wheel drive not available with the e-Assist mild-hybrid drive system.
Engine: 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder with e-Assist (electric/mild hybrid) system; 3.6-liter V-6 ($2,500 option).
Transmission: Six-speed automatic (I-4); nine-speed automatic (V-6).
Power/torque: 194 HP./187 foot-pounds (I-4); 310 HP./282 foot-pounds (V-6).
Length: 197.5 inches.
Curb weight range: 3,490-3,840 pounds.
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
Trunk volume: 14.3 cubic feet (I-4); 15 cubic feet (V-6).
Side air bags: Front seat-mounted, roof-mounted side-curtain for both rows, standard.
Electronic stability control: Standard.
Fuel capacity/type: 15.8 gallons (2WD); 16.2 gallons (AWD), unleaded regular.
EPA fuel economy: 25 mpg city/35 highway/29 combined (I-4); 21/30/24 (V-6, 2WD); 20/29/23 (V-6, AWD).
Major competitors: Toyota Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Genesis G90, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Infiniti Q50, Nissan Maxima, Acura RL, Lincoln MKZ, Cadillac XT6, Lexus GS, Mercedes-Benz E-class, Jaguar XF.
Base price range: $29,565-$38.665, plus $925 freight.
Price as tested: $47,350, including freight and options (Premium front-wheel drive, V-6).
On the Road rating: 8.7 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer's suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.
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