Title:2017 Buick LaCrosse | CarGurus Test Drive Review
Published:09 January 2017
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Within General Motors’ hierarchy, the Buick brand has always served as a bridge between less-expensive Chevrolets and more-expensive Cadillacs. Buick has built youthful cars, performance cars, and world-class cars. The image that sticks, however, is based on the chrome-encrusted barges Buick peddled for decades to older and wealthier people who did not or would not buy a Caddy. Times are changing, though, and the redesigned 2017 Buick LaCrosse is a perfect example illustrating the company’s metamorphosis. This is a genuinely impressive car: attractive to behold, comfortable to cruise in, and unexpectedly rewarding to drive.

Buick builds the new LaCrosse on a stretched version of the Chevrolet Malibu platform, and the car loses several hundred pounds while gaining a far more robust architecture. That weight loss and those structural improvements, combined with a satisfying 3.6-liter V6 engine and a decisive 8-speed automatic transmission, go a long way toward making the LaCrosse an enjoyable car to drive. The 3.6-liter V6 is the same direct-injected motor GM uses in several of its products, tuned to deliver 310 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 282 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The 8-speed automatic transmission feeds the power to the LaCrosse’s front wheels, unless you spend an extra $2,200 to obtain the available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. According to the EPA, my front-wheel-drive (FWD) test car should have gotten 25 mpg in combined driving, but it averaged 23.2 on my evaluation loop.

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