Aside from the significant designed changes made to the overall car, the 2017 Buick Lacrosse also offers technology that could help make you a better driver.
Similar to the Progressive SnapShot, the 2017 Buick Lacrosse uses the OnStar Smart Driver telematics system. This system will track your driving habits such as when you brake too hard, speed up unnecessarily, drive late at night, or drive too fast for too long, and it calculates other factors, like your average MPH and average MPG.
You can enroll in the program and see your driving score each day, week, month, or year, but it will also keep a lifetime score. Once you receive the data, you can decide if you want to share it with one of the insurance companies that they partner with – Progressive, Liberty Mutual, and Nationwide.
The front-wheel-drive model of the car starts at a base price of $32,990. If you decide to opt for a more well-equipped, driver-oriented setup, then the MSRP will jump to above $40,000.
The Lacrosse set up that is offered on the upper Essence and Premium level trims includes 20-inch wheels (18s are standard on all models), adaptive dampers, and General Motors’ HiPer Strut front suspension. However, all-wheel drive adds $2200 to the price. The system adds about 150 pounds to the curb weight of the vehicle.
The all-wheel drive option cuts 2 mpg from the standard LaCrosse’s EPA combined estimate (23 mpg versus the front-driver’s 25).
Drivers can also add the Buick’s $1690 Driver Confidence package (adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assist, and forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection), the $1550 Sun and Shade package (power sunroof with a second-row skylight and a power rear sunshade), the $1145 Sights and Sounds package (premium Bose audio with 11 speakers and navigation), and $395 for Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic paint.
The sole engine option in the Buick Lacrosse is GM’s 3.6-liter V-6 with 310 horsepower and 282 lb-ft of torque.
The 2017 Lacrosse weighs 300 pounds less than the previous model, partly because of Buick’s integration of high-strength steels and better sound-absorbing material throughout the car. This helps with the car’s mileage – the Premium FWD averages 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which equals the Lincoln MKZ and just beats the Acura RLX.
The Lacrosse has been sold since 2004, and is the most recognizable modern car, according to BloomingPursuits.