CR Takes The 2017 Buick LaCrosse For A Quick Spin

Even though the redesigned 2017 LaCrosse is competitively priced at $32,990 in base spec, some people might find a few practical things wrong with it.

This short review by Consumer Reports suggests that the LaCrosse is sort of a mixed bag, with good styling, solid comfort and plenty of power coming from the V6.

However, according to Michelle Naranjo, the 2017 LaCrosse can prove a bit difficult for some people to get in and out of the car, while it also doesn’t do all that well when it comes to potholes and absorbing the eventual bump on the road.

In terms of performance, the 3.6-liter V6 power unit mentioned earlier produces 305 HP and 268 lb-ft (363 Nm), all going to either the front or optionally, all four wheels, with the help of an 8-speed automatic gearbox that may or may not prove a bit confusing to some drivers – the review also explains why that is.

Even in base spec, the 2017 LaCrosse comes well equipped with an 8″ touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility, GM’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi and HID headlights.


  • Craig

    I’m sure you could save some money by getting the almost equally nice Impala.

    • eb110americana

      While true, the Impala is still on the old Epsilon II platform as the model has been around for some time. This Lacrosse has just moved to the newer, lighter, and more tech-capable P2XX platform, which is itself a stretched version of E2XX found under the new Malibu.

      That said, the Impala is a better looking car on the outside, and still one of the best looking sedans from Chevy or GM. The interior, however, is my least favorite of any of the Epsilon II class.

  • BqWsRe

    How does an 8-speed AUTOMATIC “confuse” the driver?! Maybe for the geriatrics that read Consumer Reports.

    Maybe a little envy that a Buick has an 8-speed when CR darlings like Toyota is still trying to shove a dated 6-speed down your throats for $10,000 more.

    • dubfun

      The gear selector itself is the confusing culprit, not the eight speed transmission.. Chrysler tried a similar set up and it was definitely counter-intuitive. They went back to a more traditional up and down in a straight line design and rotary shift knobs. I drive many brands of vehicles from auctions for dealerships, and I find that the electronic gear selector on some Audis and Chrysler products are just a bit of overkill. The traditional straight line, up and down, with gears clearly marked is still the best design. Sometimes simpler IS better.


  • emjayay

    Nose ring is a mistake. The glasses are more than enough already.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Where have you been MJJ?!?
      Anyhoo, in this day and age you need to stand out right?

  • Kash

    “May cause confusion” well then maybe people should take a little more time to get to know the car while test driving it and ask the salespeople questions or ask for clarification. It’s really not that hard to familiarize yourself with tech, especially when the gear selector isn’t even that complicated. Press the button for park, push down for drive, up for neutral, then while holding the selector up pull it to the left for reverse. If you can’t figure that out or can’t take the time to familiarize yourself with the equipment you’re using you shouldn’t be using it because you’re gonna hurt yourself or someone else.

    • FromTheBackSeat

      While I don’t disagree with your point in principle, this type of gear-selector is a design problem, as evidenced by FCA’s recent issues in some 300s, Chargers and Grand Cherokees. The problem lies in taking an instinctual and intuitive action and making it exactly the opposite while appearing to behave like one would expect at first glance. It is poor design in favour of imagined better packaging (as this design doesn’t eat up as much console space as a linear shifter would….). It is a solution to a problem that only exists in the minds of interior designers. Given Buick’s typical demographic, using this kind of shifter was a poor idea, even if they are trying to appeal to younger buyers. Having this electronic shifter similar to BMW and Audi doesn’t win them points/sales, and the design of this style of shifter should be binned.

      • Kash

        Again, if people spent time asking questions and sitting in their car playing with these things there wouldn’t have been those accidents. This shifter isn’t even that complex. Common knowledge says that since the R is all the way at the top of the shifter with arrows pointing up from Park to Neutral and then over from Neutral to Reverse, some common sense tells me I need to press the selector up then over. Then with the light up letters it’s really not that hard. If you can’t follow simple arrows I don’t think you should be driving, because what’s next? What about the arrows on the road? If you can’t follow the arrows in your own car what about the ones on the road?

        This kind of shifter prevents people from putting their car into reverse when they think it’s in drive or vice versa. That’s the downside to linear ones, I’ve done it myself in linear shifters. So it’s not just a problem of space and design but preventing things like smashing through your garage door or into a parked car. Yeah you shouldn’t be doing that either and you should be paying more attention to what gear you’re in but this is an easier fix to that problem. You physically feel the difference between shifting into drive and into reverse.

  • antbee

    Nice looking car, I really like the interior.

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