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2018 Buick LaCrosse Driving Impressions


The eAssist hybrid makes 194 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque.

The 3.6-liter V6 is used in many other GM models, especially Cadillacs and namely the XT5 crossover. With 310 horsepower, 282 pound-feet of torque, and a fit 3600 pounds to move, it accelerates smartly. And it handles well, after its 2017 redesign that made it lighter and stiffer, with a new five-link independent rear suspension that improved both cornering and ride.

The LaCrosse is nimble, with light and accurate steering. It’s no sports sedan, but it’s more poised than might be expected from a big sedan.

The base and Preferred models use a MacPherson strut front suspension and 18-inch wheels, while Essence and Premium models take GM’s HiPer strut front suspension, two-mode adaptive dampers, and 20-inch wheels. The HiPer strut suspension reduces torque steer and increases grip, while the larger wheels might stiffen the ride because the sidewalls are shorter, but that’s what the adaptive dampers are supposed to prevent. Using sport mode for the adaptive dampers tightens the ride and steering a bit.

Since there’s very little torque steer anyhow, we still see the base or Preferred model as a better value. It doesn’t need adaptive dampers to hustle down a winding road.

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