2013BuickLaCrosse Review By Jennifer Geiger

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2013 Buick LaCrosse

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By Jennifer

Cars.com National

January 22,

GM’s old mild hybrids, as the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, all the flashy hybrid badges the big fuel-economy gains. This around, things are different.

The Buick LaCrosse eAssist a comfortable ride and an inviting with unobtrusive fuel-saving

As in 2012, the 2013 LaCrosse with a standard electric-motor-assisted four-cylinder engine or an optional V-6 I tested the eAssist. The only change this year is Buick’s IntelliLink multimedia is now standard. Compare the 2012 and versions here .

Buick’s sedan competes in the near-luxury a limited field that the mainstream Volkswagen Passat and the Lexus ES 300h. The Passat in five- and six-cylinder gas and four-cylinder trims; the ES 300h is a four-cylinder Compare all three sedans .

eAssist: Refined, Smooth,

The LaCrosse’s most impressive is easy to miss: Its mild-hybrid is so seamless, you barely sense it The system conserves fuel a combination of regenerative braking, assist during acceleration and a function.

It’s all to good The car is both surprisingly potent and It felt stronger than especially in a car that weighs to 4,000 pounds. The powertrain the LaCrosse without a problem and felt lacking, thanks to an from a lithium-ion battery and a 15-kilowatt electric motor. The combines with the 2.4-liter engine for 182 horsepower total.

The eAssist is EPA rated at 25/36 mpg compared with the two-wheel-drive 17/27 mpg (all-wheel drive is a option, rated 17/25

The Lexus ES 300h, however, 40/39 mpg from its hybrid which combines an electric with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder for a of 200 hp. Also more impressive is the Passat TDI’s 31/43 mpg compliments of its satisfying 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Though it only 140 hp, 236 pounds-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm it lively from a stop and on the highway.

Power delivery in the LaCrosse is and shifts around town are but the six-speed automatic’s downshifts a bit delayed on the highway. At cruising the LaCrosse has impressive road making for a pillowy ride and a interior. You pay for the compliant ride in the department, however; it’s by no an agile car.

The sedan’s heft is felt hustling corners.

The LaCrosse earns point in the refinement column for its stop/start engine. In fact, smoother than many Mercedes-Benz and BMW systems, which can harsher and feel more The LaCrosse’s transitions were perceptible by comparison.

The regenerative system will give pause, however. The brakes a non-linear action and a stiff, feel. The response is mushy then lurchy toward the end of the it makes for an overall unnatural

In the Lap of Luxury

The LaCrosse may compete in the class, but there’s nothing near about the luxury of its The cabin is richly appointed wood and chrome trim, and the are supportive and cushy. It has the high-class and feel of a more expensive with the attention to detail expect from a Lexus.

My car had leather seats and surfaces, are standard on all but the base model, and the felt rich even the plastic. Blue ambient and contrast-color stitching tie the cabin’s together.

The newly standard IntelliLink system is refreshingly intuitive, and its touch-screen buttons have a response time. If that’s not style, you can use the center dial and push-buttons instead. Setting the presets was a no-brainer, as was pairing and my phone with Bluetooth and the Pandora internet radio

Navigation is an $895 option on all but the base model; it’s a option on the ES 300h and an extra on base Passat TDIs. standard on the uplevel version of the TDI.

The LaCrosse’s curved, setup makes the cabin and feel expansive, and I had plenty of and legroom in front. Although the is the longest sedan of the three, it slightly less front than the VW. The Buick is roomier both in back, however, 40.5 inches of legroom, with the Passat’s 39.1 and the ES 300h’s 40 inches.

Low-cut openings mean taller will have to stoop to get in the Once there, the second row is enough for two adults, but the middle is kid-only territory. The front center console eats up space, and a high floor steals foot space.

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Add a stiff cushion and you have the comfortable seat in the house.

The trunk space also Sixty percent of the backseat but the opening is only a narrow The battery blocks most of it, up a decent part of the trunk’s space. EAssist versions just 10.9 cubic of trunk space (2.4 feet less than V-6 which trails the ES 300h’s and the Passat’s 15.9 cubic

Interior storage is also The center console is smaller you’d expect in a sedan size, and the tiny door are practically useless.


The Highway Traffic Safety gave the Buick LaCrosse an score of five stars. In Institute for Highway Safety the LaCrosse has received the agency’s rating, Good, in all areas of thus far. (The new overlap front test has not yet conducted.)

GM’s OnStar communication system is standard six months of free service, as are six front and side-impact airbags for the seats and two side curtain that cover both Seat-mounted rear side are a $350 option across the Other available safety include a blind spot system and adaptive cornering that automatically swivel to upcoming curves when you the steering wheel.

Visibility forward and back is obscured due to the sedan’s sloping and its high belt line resulting short windows). The side mirrors are also a bit The reverse-sensing system with camera helps, and it’s on all but the base model.

A camera is only on higher Passat levels, and it’s a $740 on the ES 300h. Click here for a list of safety features and for our Car Seat Check.


The 2013 Buick LaCrosse at $32,555 (all prices destination charges) and is available in Leather, Premium 1 and Premium 2 the eAssist powertrain can be had only on and Leather trims. My Leather test car started at $34,765 and was with standards like leather seats, the IntelliLink system, keyless entry, start, a backup camera park assist and power seats with lumbar and memory.

The LaCrosse splits the between the Volkswagen Passat TDI and Lexus ES 300h ($39,745). seats on an ES 300h will an extra $1,370, and it will another $440 to get them Heated leather seats are on uplevel versions of the Passat.

The value leader is clearly the but diesel power doesn’t to everyone. The fuel-economy champ is the ES but its higher sticker and lack of equipment mean prices can escalate. Again, the LaCrosse the difference, carving out a niche as a efficient and relatively affordable

In the Market

I keep coming to the word pleasant to describe the That may sound boring, but it’s not. Pleasant is this brand strives for and Buick’s customers want its traditional, comfort-seeking consumers and a new set of looking for a stylish, comfortable and sedan.

The LaCrosse eAssist in all three areas.

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