BY H. THROTTLE
The appearance of the 2017 Buick Lacrosse premium, all-wheel-drive, four-door sedan is elegant. The shimmering metallic “Forest Dark Green” and the sleek design make this vehicle attract attention and inquiries.
“That’s a Buick?” people would ask, admiring the sleek design and appearance.
The Lacrosse is an attractive car and is an overall solid family vehicle.
The 3.7L–V-6 engine is slightly underpowered for this large sedan. Saving grace is the eight-speed transmission, controlled by paddle shifters on the steering wheel. I did not care for the transmission control lever and the button needed to compress to enter reverse. Overall, I really missed the synergy option of just moving the gearshift control to the right to enter a specific drive speed. The Buick has an “M” range that increases performance, but is confusing to operate.
The “Drive” range is sufficient for all terrains and speeds and is complimented by a paddle-driven eight-speed transmission.
Acceleration and performance are good, but not outstanding, as the V-6 labors to attain top performance.
The smaller engine does boost the fuel economy to an impressive 29 mpg on highway and 23 in the city.
I found the center control panel awkward to manage, and there are way too many options to manipulate while driving. For example, the Lacrosse comes with the following: Forward collision alert, teen-driver feature, rear park assist, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist, side-blind alert and heads-up display, along with a radar distance selection and cruise control.
All of these features have controls, lights and buttons to operate. Some are controlled on the dash and some through the center console computer. It is a Mad Hatter’s Ball of dials, emblems and computer controls. Vehicle information is hard to extract from the many computer controls.
If the features already listed aren’t enough at the $43,265 suggested list price, here are some additional features that take the price to a final $48,970. The optional features include adaptive cruise-control, full-speed range, automatic parking assist, front automatic braking and pedestrian detection.
We’re not done yet. There are still more features: A sun and shade package, power sun roof with a second-row skylight, a rear power sun shade, a sights and sounds package, navigation and an 11-speaker Bose center-point control system.
Along with all of the driving options, the car has a multitude of comfort selections, such as multiple seat, and lumbar and massage controls, heated steering wheel and seats.
Buick has added way too many features to this vehicle, and all of these controls have to be operated, some of them during the drive.
The features are actually cumbersome and really don’t add to the drive, but to confusion instead.
In my opinion, this car is priced too high.
The final assembly is in Detroit, but the car is a conglomeration of parts from around the world. The engine is made in the good old U.S.A., the transmission in Japan. Fifty-five percent of the parts are made in the United States or Canada, and 22 percent in Mexico.
The abundance of controls and suppliers make for a terrific looking car, but one that is confusing to operate and drive.
Kind of like a beautiful woman with too much make up.
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