2018 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

2018 Buick LaCrosse
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

With a choice of engines and drive wheels, the Buick LaCrosse offers the widest array of choices among any full-size sedan.

It’s most competitive with the Toyota Avalon, a relaxed cruiser that is well-equipped and is available in an ultra-thrifty hybrid variant.

The Kia Cadenza feels like half a class above the LaCrosse in many ways, but its thirsty V-6 engine doesn’t quite match the LaCrosse’s flexibility.

If you’re looking for something a touch sportier, the Nissan Maxima might be appealing, although it doesn’t feel quite as upscale.

The Chrysler 300 delivers the segment’s most natural handling with a dose of swagger, but it’s showing its age in many ways.

Finally, the Lexus ES is generally priced above the LaCrosse, but this full-on luxury sedan is worth a look if you’re drawn to a high-spec LaCrosse.

2018 Buick LaCrosse2018 Buick Lacrosse
Browse Used Listings
2018 Chrysler 3002018 Chrysler 300
Browse Used Listings
2018 Kia Cadenza2018 Kia Cadenza
Browse Used Listings
2018 Lexus ES2018 Lexus ES
Browse Used Listings
2018 Nissan Maxima2018 Nissan Maxima
Browse Used Listings
2018 Toyota Avalon2018 Toyota Avalon
Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
6.8
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is a proper flagship, a refined and comfortable sedan with only a few quirks.
6.7
Classic lines? Big V-8 power? Rear-wheel drive? The 2018 Chrysler 300 still has us by the feels.
7.4
The 2018 Kia Cadenza has matured greatly, and offers exceptional room and polish.
7.2
If you’re after a smooth, quiet, roomy, comforting luxury sedan that’s still good value, the 2018 Lexus ES may be one of the better choices.
7.0
The 2018 Nissan Maxima is a zippier alternative to more traditional full-size cars, but we stop short of calling it a real sports sedan.
7.2
The 2018 Toyota Avalon is a spacious full-size sedan that prioritizes comfort and safety above keeping up with the Joneses.
MSRP From     
$29,565$28,995$32,290$38,950$33,420$33,500
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan FWDTouring RWDPremium SedanES 350 FWDS 3.5LXLE (SE)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2018 Buick Lacrosse vs. 2018 Chrysler 3002018 Buick Lacrosse vs. 2018 Kia Cadenza2018 Buick Lacrosse vs. 2018 Lexus ES2018 Buick Lacrosse vs. 2018 Nissan Maxima2018 Buick Lacrosse vs. 2018 Toyota Avalon