Used Car: 2013 Buick LaCrosse Review
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse gets excellent fuel economy for the class and test drivers were impressed with its comfortable ride and luxurious, well-constructed interior.
The 2013 LaCrosse comes with Buick’s eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain, which includes a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Some reviewers were satisfied with the eAssist model’s acceleration, while others noted that it isn't all that peppy. A V6 is also available, and test drivers mentioned that it provides more passing power. Both models come with a six-speed automatic transmission, which critics said shifts smoothly but can be slow to downshift. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available on V6 models. According to the EPA, the 2013 Buick LaCrosse eAssist gets 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is superb for the class. The V6 model gets up to 17/27 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low among V6-powered rivals. Test drivers wrote that the LaCrosse has an exceptionally smooth ride. Some automotive experts said the LaCrosse has numb steering and leans during cornering, but others wrote that it has nimble handling and accurate steering. The eAssist model has strong brakes, reviewers reported, but the V6 model takes a bit longer to stop than rivals.
Critics said the 2013 Buick LaCrosse’s cabin is attractive and has top-grade materials and comfortable front seats. Some reviewers said the LaCrosse’s back seat can accommodate three people comfortably, though others noted that rear-seat headroom is barely adequate for taller passengers, and rear-seat legroom is sufficient, but unimpressive, compared with rival large cars’ legroom. The V6 LaCrosse has 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which isn’t a lot for the class, and the eAssist model has a bit less. Standard features in the 2013 Buick LaCrosse include dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system. Available features include a rearview camera, navigation, a head-up display, leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a Harman Kardon audio system, a heated steering wheel and blind spot monitoring. Many reviewers noted that the LaCrosse’s audio and climate buttons are large and easy to use once you become familiar with them.
Other Cars to Consider
Test drivers reported that the 2013 Chrysler 300 delivers strong acceleration with either its V6 or V8 engine and rides comfortably over bumpy roads. The 300 also has a larger trunk than the LaCrosse.
The 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid gets much higher fuel economy estimates than the LaCrosse eAssist. Critics wrote that the Avalon Hybrid has upscale cabin materials and spacious rear seats.