First Look: 2017 Buick LaCrosse – Review and Road Test

A 2017 Buick LaCrosse

By Jonathan Spira on 9 August 2016
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In my childhood, my family had a strong preference for Buicks and Opels. In the States, it was always the Buick Electra, while in Europe it was the Opel Senator.

Buick, the oldest American marque still in production, was known as “the doctor’s car” because physicians didn’t want anything as flashy as a Cadillac when making house visits (yes, physicians would actually call on a patient). It’s still, as a 1969 Buick ad so aptly put it, the car that really particular people buy and they are “a little finer” than a car needs to be.

Until now, however, I’ve not had the opportunity to review a car from the folks at the Buick Motor Division that comes close to the mid 1970s Buick Electra sedans we had when I was very young. Enter the 2017 Buick LaCrosse.

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First, let me stress that this is decidedly NOT your father’s Buick and it isn’t just another full-size luxury car. Did I say “luxury car?” Most definitely, from the moment one gazes upon it, opens the door, and starts the engine, it isn’t only a contender but, to borrow the words of General Motors’ chief engineer, Jeff Yanssens, it’s actually “segment leading.”

Visually, the new LaCrosse appears to be longer (an illusion, it’s really only 0.6” or 15 mm longer) and lower (by 1.7” or 43 mm), with a noticeably wider stance perhaps channeling the Pontiac Wide Track of the 60s and 70s. It’s sleeker and more elegant than any other recent Buick thanks to a sculpted design that comes straight out of Buick’s design studio in Michigan.

Historians of the marque, take note: Buick has returned the original red, white, and blue colors to its tri-shield badge. A modern interpretation of a waterfall grille with a winged element bridges mid-century design with a decidedly 21st century appearance.

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