2017 Buick LaCrosse Review: Big is beautiful

– Cleveland, Ohio

Buick has changed a lot in recent years, but the LaCrosse remains its link to the past. It’s the type of American sedan the brand used to be famous for: big, chromed, and comfortable. Today, though, there are more crossovers and small cars parked in Buick showrooms than large four-doors like the LaCrosse.

As it turns out, there’s still demand for sedans like this in the U.S.; the LaCrosse competes with worthy options from brands like Toyota and Lexus, Nissan, Kia, Ford, Hyundai, and stablemate Chevrolet. To meet that challenge, Buick completely redesigned the LaCrosse for 2017 and the result is perhaps the best version of the modern American land barge ever made.

 

 

Pros

The silence inside is deafening. That is to say, it’s noticeable how much quieter it is inside compared to other cars, including some that use the “luxury” label. Buick uses standard tricks like laminated glass, triple-sealed doors, and Bose’s Active Noise Cancellation technology to keep the decibels down, but as we remarked in our First Drive, its engineers went even farther to snuff out unwanted sound where they found it.

Can a car be too comfy? This really happened: I fell asleep in the driver’s seat of the LaCrosse with the car still running (in Park) while I was waiting for my wife to finish shopping. What that tells me is it’s all too easy to get comfortable in the LaCrosse – maybe too comfortable. The seats are soft and don’t have much bolstering, so lots of body sizes will find comf...