The 2018 Buick LaCrosse
The 2017 Buick LaCrosse was an unqualified success. It had a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. The LaCrosse also introduced Buick’s reimagined design language. Notably, the LaCrosse eliminated the round grille and lethargic shoulders of previous versions. The interior was refined, too – from the seats down to the improved Buick IntelliLink software. And it didn’t escape recognition: the 2017 LaCrosse became the first Buick to win a win one of Ward’s Top 10 interiors. But, things are about to get even better with the introduction of the 2018 Buick LaCrosse.
Surprisingly, eAssist light electrification has become the standard form of propulsion for 2018. The base model’s 2.5L, four-cylinder engine will now be bolstered by a small electric motor. The result is 194 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. More importantly, the light hybrid setup (Buick has actually avoided calling it a hybrid) will bring some impressive fuel savings. Specifically, Buick estimates the hybrid powertrain will deliver a remarkable 7.8L/100km of combined fuel economy (city/highway).
Drivers can still choose to upgrade to the 3.6L V6 with 310 hp. Seemingly, it’s the perfect amount of power for a mature luxury sedan still harbouring the sporty predilections of youth. Buick has paired the engine with both Auto Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy and a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth power delivery. V6 power also allows you to upgrade to dual-clutch AWD.
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse’s interior is defined by new technology. Buick has made it even easier to handle music, applications, and navigation with the new frameless, 8-inch touch screen underpinned by Buick IntelliLink software. You also get a standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for connectivity on the go, and an 8-speaker audio system. Audiophiles can even upgrade to a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system for a high-fidelity, concert experience. And, combined with standard QuietTuning, you get to shut out the sounds of the road and wind.
Building on the safety acknowledgments from the previous year, Buick has added some impressive safety hardware. A rear vision camera is standard, but that’s not nearly the most exciting feature. Buick offers advanced safety technology divided into two Driver Confidence packages:
Driver Confidence Package 1
- Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
- Side Blind Zone Alert
- Lane Change Alert
Driver Confidence Package 2
- Automatic Park Assist
- Front Pedestrian Detection
- Front Automatic Braking
- Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control
The 2018 Buick LaCrosse will be available for purchase in fall 2017. Click here for up-to-date inventory information.