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2013 Buick LaCrosse Interior

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The 2013 Buick LaCrosse’s trunk is on the small side when compared with the trunks in rival affordable large cars. However, if you don’t need lots of cargo space, reviewers agree that the rest of the LaCrosse’s interior earns high marks. They appreciate the cabin’s spacious design, saying that it features high-quality materials and a roomy back seat. Additionally, the LaCrosse now comes standard with Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which will let you wirelessly stream music from services like Pandora Internet radio and display album artwork and information on the LaCrosse’s touch-screen display.

  • "LaCrosse's [interior] is handsome and well finished, even in Base form. Materials quality bests most of the car's like-priced rivals." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Inside the nicely-crafted cabin warm wood, smoked chrome accents and ice-blue ambient lighting create a comfortable, upscale environment." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The interior is modern with features such as ambient LED lighting and USB connectivity. There are high-quality materials and contrasting-color stitching." -- Cars.com
  • "The serene, roomy cabin is filled with useful features and amusing toys ranging from a rearview camera to a dual-screen video entertainment system. In fact, the only significant complaints we have are the small trunk and reduced visibility caused by thick roof pillars." -- Edmunds (2012)

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Seating

The 2013 LaCrosse seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Leather, heated front seats, ventilated front seats and a power front passenger seat are optional or available on higher trim levels. Reviewers are generally pleased with the LaCrosse’s spacious, comfortable interior. They note that space up front is good for occupants who are 6-feet tall, and that the back seat is exceptionally spacious.

  • "Headroom on cars equipped with the available sunroof is tight for those much over 6-feet tall. Seats are short on side bolstering, but this generally isn't a problem given the car's cruising character." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Noise levels inside are commendably low and rear-seat space is notably generous." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The backseat truly has room for three passengers." -- Cars.com
  • "The front seats are well shaped and supportive, and should hold up surprisingly well to both aggressive driving and long road trips." -- Autoblog (2010)

Interior Features

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse comes standard with dual-zone climate control, OnStar and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes a seven-speaker stereo with an 8-inch touch-screen display, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Optional features include push-button start, parking sensors, a backup camera, an upgraded stereo, navigation, a head-up display and a blind-spot monitoring system.

The LaCrosse’s cabin is finished with high-quality materials that reviewers love. Additionally, the LaCrosse earns praise for its clear, legible gauges and large, well-marked buttons. However, one reviewer says that the navigation system can make adjusting the stereo more difficult than it should be. Still, other reviewers are pleased with the IntelliLink system, noting that Pandora Internet radio integrates nicely with the system.

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  • "The available navigation system absorbs audio controls, complicating what should be simple adjustments." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "All major buttons and controls - including those on the leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel - are conveniently large, well-marked and intuitive to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The driver-information center gets a hybrid power-flow diagram that lets you monitor the battery's state of charge and instantaneous power flow. It's nowhere near as engaging as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, mind you, but satisfies the minimum hybrid requirement." -- Motor Trend (2012)
  • "With Pandora running on a BlackBerry paired to IntelliLink through Bluetooth, we called up the Pandora app on the IntelliLink screen. The interface was rich and clean, showing album art for the currently playing track and allowing thumbs up, thumbs down, or skipping the song." -- CNET (2012)

Cargo

Reviewers are disappointed by the LaCrosse’s lack of trunk space. With just 13.3 cubic feet in the V6, its trunk is not as useful as those found in many other affordable large cars. If you need more trunk space, consider the Ford Taurus or Chrysler 300. LaCrosse eAssist models lose some trunk space to make room for the car’s battery pack. With just 11.4 cubic feet of trunk space, LaCrosse eAssist models have less cargo space than most cars in the class.

  • "A small trunk opening and high liftover restrict access to the cargo area. The eAssist battery pack steals space, eliminating most of the pass through to the cabin." -- Consumer Guide
  • "A smallish opening can also make loading larger items problematic." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Trunk space suffers a little to accommodate the lithium ion battery pack, but Buick still manages to include a pass-through." -- CNET (2012)

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