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2016 Buick LaCrosse Walk Around


Contemporary in appearance, the LaCrosse comes across as both handsome and elegant. The shape of Buick’s flagship is graceful, even soft, where appropriate, especially up at the roofline. Further down, it’s more bulky, augmented by sheetmetal creases, helping to provide a noticeable presence.

Active grille shutters help smooth out the body’s aerodynamics. LED panels sit next to headlights and inside the taillamps. All told, there’s little to complain about, with one exception: the simulated portholes on the hood. Tacked onto Buicks since the years just after World War II, they’re a relic of the past that doesn’t fit in the 21st century.

Interior

Except for base models, where interior trim falls short of premium status, the LaCrosse cabin delivers a classy, traditional aura. The dashboard splits into twin zones, with the upper tier sweeping around, before flowing into door panels. Interior hues provide a feeling of warmth, enhanced by Ice Blue ambient lighting.

In some versions, woodgrain trim looks out of place. Otherwise, the quality of wood, leather, and plastic trim improve as you move up the trim-level sequence. At upper levels, refinement ranks as luxury-car caliber, helped by fine detailing and abundant soft-touch surfaces.

The IntelliLink touch-screen interface is similar to Cadillac’s CUE, but without the latter’s haptic, vibrating feedback. The system can connect to smartphones for hands-free or streaming audio functions.

Five adults can fit within a LaCrosse, but four riders would undeniably be more comfortable. The conservatively shaped roofline allows ample headroom. Seating comfort is appropriate for a large sedan, though the LaCrosse trunk is too small for a car in its category.

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