2013 Buick Lacrosse Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.

With the introduction of the current LaCrosse several years ago, GM set in motion a transformation for Buick that elevated it well above the old stodgy, geriatric image and onto a different kind of world standard. As a premium large sedan--and one that even feels downright luxurious in its upper trims--the LaCrosse is sophisticated and engaging. And while it's not quite Cadillac, it's more worldly than the Buick of just a few years ago.

The 2013 LaCrosse looks smooth and graceful on the outside, with a soft shoulder line, enough chrome to gently punctuate, and above all, a pleasing roofline and proportions that are better than typical for a primarily front-wheel-drive sedan. Meanwhile its cabin design feels traditional and luxurious, and if you let any lingering GM biases shake off before stepping in, it's really everything that a Lexus shopper might expect in an ES. The modern, curvy dash design fits the premium feel, and it has a nice two-tone look, with an upper dash tier that swoops around and over the dash in a continuous arc, flowing nearly into the door trim to form an interior beltline. Warm interior hues and premium-feel materials complete a welcoming look and feel.

The 2013 Buick LaCrosse takes advantage of GM's eAssist mild-hybrid technology, and in base form it returns respectable, refined performance while achieving an EPA highway number of 36 mpg. And for those seeking a more traditional luxury-car experience, the step-up V-6 engine fits the bill. The LaCrosse is no performance car, but it does handle the curves better than its predecessors. And in Touring guise, with the optional magnetic adjustable suspension (and included V-rated performance tires and variable-effort power steering), the LaCrosse gains a more responsive feel that doesn't come at the expense of ride quality.

With space for five, as well as a back seat that's good enough for three, the LaCrosse has a level of seating comfort that's a step above compared to mid-size sedans. Interior appointments and standards of refinement in the LaCrosse's cabin are truly luxury-car caliber. Upper models also get upgraded perforated leather and ventilated heating and cooling features, along with more adjustability and memory settings; and across the lineup, Buick's 'Quiet Tuning' philosophy reflects in a tight, near-silent interior. 

The LaCrosse is a safety champ, with top safety ratings from both U.S. agencies. But it goes beyond that. Check some option boxes and you can get a number of safety-tech features that until recently have been limited to top European sport sedans, mostly. Blind-spot warning system, adaptive cornering headlamps, and rear side thorax bags are all available, as is a head-up display (HUD)Top-of-the-line LaCrosses can feel like entry-level Cadillacs, with an upgraded instrument panel, hard-drive navigation, and Harman Kardon sound.

For 2013, Buick has added the IntelliLink touch-screen interface as a standard feature for all LaCross models. IntelliLink allows connectivity with smartphones for hands-free or streaming audio functions, as well as access to apps for Pandora or Stitcher audio. An available Heads-up Display (HUD), and a 40-gigabyte hard-drive-based navigation are among the LaCrosse's many other upgrades, as are a DVD rear entertainment system and a power sunroof. And for 2013 you can get both IntelliLink and the full-featured navigation system together. .

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April 18, 2015
For 2013 Buick Lacrosse

Great car.

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Like everything about the car except getting in and out of it. I am elderly and 6ft,2in" tall. I don't compact as well as I used too. Vision could be better ("A" post too large).
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August 24, 2016
2014 Buick Lacrosse 4-Door Sedan Premium II FWD

DISAPPOINTED WITH GAS MILEAGE .

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PLENTY OF INTERIOR ROOM . TRUNK SPACE FAIR . BETTER QUALITY TIRE SHOULD COME WITH VEHICLE. PLENTY OF POWER POOR GAS MILEAGE. MOTOR REQUIRES 6 QUARTS OF OIL .
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December 7, 2015
For 2014 Buick Lacrosse

Made in USA

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I have 20000 miles on this car and only time in service is for routine service,oil,tire rotation.If I could change anything it would be a way to shield screen from bright sun when backing out of garage into... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2012 Buick Lacrosse

generally a good car

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good car but poor on safety due to restricted vision..i would not buy another..
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May 13, 2016
2011 Buick Lacrosse 4-Door Sedan CXL FWD

Still Honeymooning

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I usually get bored with cars after a couple of years, but I'm nowhere near bored with this one. After 5 years of just performing routine maintenance, I feel confident in the reliability of this car, the... + More »
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November 15, 2015
2011 Buick Lacrosse 4-Door Sedan CXS

Great Car.

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I love my car. Get compliments on it all the time. Whether someone riding in it or just observing it. Bumbed my head getting out of it and into it a time or two because of how close it's built on the driver... + More »
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September 13, 2015
2010 Buick Lacrosse 4-Door Sedan CXL 3.0L FWD

This has been a great car.

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Has been a great car -- stylish, comfortable, luxurious. 225,000 trouble-free km so far. Shape still looks modern, especially in black with tinted windows. Looking forward to the next version of the Lacrosse... + More »
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June 25, 2015
2010 Buick Lacrosse 4-Door Sedan CX 3.0L

Slightly above average for a "semi-luxury" car

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This car is comfortable and quite. Gas mileage is good for size. Comfort is good. I enjoy the seats, dual air conditioning controls, and the ride. Visibility when backing the car is terrible. It cries for a... + More »
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April 28, 2015
2010 Buick Lacrosse 4-Door Sedan CX 3.0L

I love my LaCrosse!

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The car is stylish inside and outside and handles well on city streets and highways. The only thing missing is the LED headlamps that are now on the newer models.
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April 18, 2015
For 2008 Buick Lacrosse

Super model trasformation

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The Super model of the Lacrosse puts this grocery getter in a whole nother league! 300+ horsepower V8,Bilstein shocks,oversize dual exhausts and outside aero panels with the distinctive 4 hole portholes on... + More »
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