Buick LaCrosse Review
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse ranks 1 out of 8 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 34 published reviews and test drives of the Buick LaCrosse, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
With a smooth ride, good fuel economy and a roomy, high-quality interior, test drivers agree that the 2013 Buick LaCrosse is a smart buy for shoppers looking for a comfortable and efficient large car.
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse is available with a powerful V6 engine, or a four-cylinder engine with eAssist that gets great fuel economy. So far, most reviewers have only driven the LaCrosse eAssist, and while a handful of test drivers have said that the mild-hybrid LaCrosse could use more power, most walk away impressed with its blend of comfortable driving dynamics and fuel efficiency. They say that the four-cylinder engine and electric motor are quiet and refined, and that the fuel-saving start/stop system works flawlessly. The 2013 LaCrosse eAssist gets 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is considerably better than most affordable large cars. Additionally, reviewers are pleased with the LaCrosse’s strong, confidence-inspiring brakes.
The Buick LaCrosse is the 2013 Best Full-Size Car for Families because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.
Reviewers say the interior of the LaCrosse is airy and built with attractive, high-quality materials. While the LaCrosse has less trunk space than nearly every car in its class, it makes up for it with a spacious and comfortable back seat. Reviewers generally agree that the front seats offer plenty of space, though in the past, some have commented that the LaCrosse’s thick roof pillars hinder outward visibility. Although the LaCrosse carries a higher base price than many cars in the class, it also comes with more standard features.
- "Shoppers who are looking at any car in this price class would do well to give LaCrosse a chance." -- Consumer Guide
- "Conservatively handsome, well equipped, capable and polished, the car boasts eAssist, an impressive assortment of efficiency-enhancing technologies developed from GM's mild-hybrid system." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "If you're in the market for an efficient, larger midsize sedan, the LaCrosse with eAssist is worth a close look. … With eAssist, Buick has done an admirable job of creating a green car with minimal compromise." -- AutoWeek (2012)
Other Cars to Consider
The Hyundai Azera can’t match the LaCrosse eAssist’s fuel economy, but the Azera’s interior is slightly more spacious. Additionally, the Azera outdoes the LaCrosse with even more standard features, which include leather upholstery, push-button start, and heated front and rear seats.
Like the LaCrosse, the Chrysler 300 offers a spacious, high-quality interior, as well as a standard infotainment system and good safety scores, but it also costs thousands less. While the 300 uses more fuel than the LaCrosse eAssist, reviewers love its powerful V6 engine and refined automatic transmission.
Details: 2013 Buick LaCrosse
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. Two powertrains are available, which are both paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The LaCrosse eAssist comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and 15-killowatt electric motor. A more powerful, but less fuel-efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine is also available at no additional charge. All-wheel drive is available on V6 models, while a number of option packages are available to add features to either model. For 2013, Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system becomes standard equipment on the LaCrosse. Since the 2013 LaCrosse sees few other changes, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010, 2011 and 2012, as well as the 2013 model year.
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