Which Buick LaCrosse Trim Is Right For You?

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The Buick LaCrosse is a full-size luxury sedan that comes in two- or four-wheel drive and has four trims.

The tricky part is, not every trim level is a meaningful improvement from the last. After this detailed overview, you’ll be able to determine which 2017 Buick LaCrosse is perfect for your drive. One thing to note going in – Buick adds a $925 destination charge to special orders. That’s not included in the MSRPs we list here. But if you try to order online, it will be a factor.


The 2017 Buick LaCrosse basic trim is anything but basic, and includes plenty of standard features for just $32,065. Some of the highlights of the LaCrosse trim include HID headlamps, 3 months of OnStar Guidance Plan with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, rear park assist, and StabiliTrak.

This sedan is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 DI with VVT, which provides more than enough power for the LaCrosse. (310hp and 282 lb-ft of torque, to be precise.) The entire vehicle sits on 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels. The LaCrosse also includes switchable daytime running lamps, halogen fog lights, laminated front-side and windshield acoustic glass, and power-adjustable, manual-folding heated outside mirrors with LED indicators.

The interior of the LaCrosse showcases Buick’s commitment to luxury with an eight-speaker audio system and eight-way power front seats. Like all Buicks, the LaCrosse also includes the IntelliLink Radio audio system with AM/FM stereo. You can easily hear that radio thanks to QuietTuning, a combination of acoustic design and active noise cancellation that minimises unwanted sound in the cabin.

The airbag system includes a sensor to detect when passengers are occupying a seat, but that isn’t the only safety system installed. The LaCrosse also has a rear vision camera, rear park assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, teen driver settings, and a remote vehicle starter system.

LaCrosse Preferred

The LaCrosse Preferred is the first trim upgrade from the base model and starts at $36,065. The price hike is quite high, and it’s a little difficult to see why the MSRP is much higher when compared to the LaCrosse trim. On the exterior, the vehicle sits on 18-inch ultra-bright machined-faced aluminum wheels. The interior also has a few upgrades. You now get a cargo net, power tilt and telescopic steering column, and a three-month SiriusXM Radio trial. Apart from a couple of added options you have to pay extra for, there’s not really a whole lot here.

LaCrosse Essence

The LaCrosse Essence has a starting MSRP of $38,665. It definitely seems to be a better option for someone looking for more than the base model offers, but finds the Preferred lacking. Many new optional features appear, from a Bose premium sound system to suspension and handling upgrades. But even without shelling out for further upgrades, there are plenty of standard additions that make it worth the extra cost.

The interior now includes a two-way power lumbar front passenger seat, heated front seats, memory settings for the driver and outside mirrors, perforated leather-appointed seating, and wireless charging. Overall, these features can definitely improve the daily drive to work.

LaCrosse Premium

The LaCrosse Premium is the most expensive with a starting MSRP of $41,990, but the price is certainly worth it. The LaCrosse Premium is the first to receive the Driver Confidence Package #1 standard. This includes rear cross-traffic alerts, side blind zone notifications with lane change alerts, and an auto dimming outside rearview mirror. This greatly improves the overall safety of the sedan.

Owners will also find a more comfortable interior. In particular, a heated steering wheel, front row massage control seats with four-way power lumbar control, a following distance indicator, a heads-up display, ventilated front seats, and a 120-volt outlet in the rear.

(All facts and figures from Buick. Image via Facebook.)

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