First Look: 2017 Buick LaCrosse – Review and Road Test

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My first experience in the LaCrosse came when I arrived in Portland for the car’s press launch and drive. I was picked up in a LaCrosse and was immediately wowed by it as I sunk into the passenger seat (no bench seat up front, of course).

The roomy interior recalls the living room-sized Buicks my parents had without being burdened by extra exterior bulk. Comfortable supportive seats (the top-of-the-line LaCrosse will cool and massage front occupants) cosset the passengers while the soft, high quality materials make an excellent first impression.

After spending the better part of the day in the driver’s seat going from Portland to Astoria on the Pacific Coast and back, I felt refreshed and reluctant to give up the massage.

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Buick has put an amazing array of technology into the LaCrosse, starting with the standard 8” touchscreen display in the center console. The IntelliLink system is placed sufficiently high to make it easy to see and has a competent user interface with clear and easy-to-press icons. It supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – I had it in CarPlay mode for most of the day and it worked well –the car also includes 4G LTE Wi-Fi as part of the OnStar system and this feature came in useful several times during my time with the car.

The car’s USB port charged my iPhone quickly while driving (it never ceases to amaze me how many cars come with USB ports that seem to have the opposite effect) and the Bose sound system had a nice, clear sound to it.

The available safety features, active radar-based cruise control, forward collision auto-brake, and blind-spot warning – available on the Essence and Premium variants, worked well and never seemed intrusive.

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