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Buick LaCrosse: Chronicling the Changes

Buick has long been known for its sedans, which typically were represented by full-size models such as the Electra 225, Roadmaster, and Lucerne. In recent years, Buick has become a crossover utility vehicle seller, with the last sedans dropped in 2019. One of the recently discontinued models is the Buick LaCrosse, a premium model that straddled the midsize and large sedan segments. Although discontinued stateside, the LaCrosse lives on in Buick’s most popular market…China.

2019 – Buick adds a Sport Touring grade with front-wheel drive. Later in the model year, GM announced that 2019 would be the final year for the LaCrosse, the last sedan (or car model) for this brand.

2018 – After a one-year hiatus, eAssist returns, this time with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and mild hybrid capabilities. The V6 now works with a 9-speed automatic transmission. A new Avenir grade now tops the model line.

2017 — The third-generation Buick LaCrosse debuts, featuring a fresh and sophisticated design. Among the most significant changes include a more premium interior, expanded features, and a larger trunk. An updated 3.6-liter V6 engine powers all four trims and works with an 8-speed automatic transmission. All trims come with standard front-wheel drive; the Premium model offers optional all-wheel drive.

Third-Generation Buick LaCrosse

The third-generation Buick LaCrosse

2016 — Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility are new this year. The revised infotainment interface includes two USB ports. The remaining changes include a Sport Touring package with a rear spoiler and a unique wheel design.

2015 — This year, a new 1SV grade kicks off the model range. OnStar is standard across the model line and includes 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. Other changes include an updated infotainment system and certain comfort improvements.

2014 — The LaCrosse benefits from a mid-product cycle update. Updated exterior and interior styling chart the changes. A new touchscreen display and various tech updates, including adaptive cruise control and lane change alert are included.

2013 — No changes of note for this model year.

2012 — Buick rolls out e-Assist with its four-cylinder engine, a mild hybrid system that boosts fuel efficiency. The optional V6 gains additional power and can be had with front- or all-wheel drive.

2011 — The smaller of the two V6 engines is gone. Electric power-assist steering comes to models equipped with a four-cylinder engine.

2010 — An all-new, second-generation Buick LaCrosse debuts. Updated styling, improved handling, and a standard four-cylinder engine is among the many improvements accomplished. A 3.0-liter V6 slot is in the middle, followed by a 3.6-liter V6. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The V8 engine is gone as is the Super grade.

Second-Generation Buick LaCrosse

The second-generation Buick LaCrosse

2009 — Buick drops the CSX grade as well as the 3.8-liter V6 engine. All models except for the Super now come with a 3.6-liter V6.

2008 — For its fourth year, a LaCrosse Super grade rolls out, this one powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine. Dual-chrome exhaust tips, unique front and rear fascias, and a sport-tuned suspension are among the other additions of note.

2007 — Equipment shuffling continues for the LaCrosse’s third year. OnStar with directions becomes standard. New wheel designs, cloth upholstery, and an expanded powertrain warranty support this model.

2006 — One year removed from its introduction, the LaCrosse sees equipment shuffling only. Specifically, antilock brakes and side-curtain airbags are now standard.

2005 — In one fell swoop, Buick replaced a pair of sedans with the all-new 2005 LaCrosse. Gone are the Regal and Century, two of the more popular models that have sported the Buick name since the brand launched a century earlier. The LaCrosse seats up to six come in three trims, and offers a pair of V6 engine choices paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. The LaCrosse is front-wheel-drive only.

First-Generation Buick LaCrosse

The first-generation Buick LaCrosse

Buick LaCrosse Considerations

The sedan market is under assault, particularly large models. Moreover, following the LaCrosse’s exit, the Toyota Avalon disappeared for 2023, effectively closing out the segment. Previously, this Buick was named along with the Avalon, Chevrolet Impala, Ford Taurus, and Hyundai Azera, but each of these models is gone.

Two traditional models, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300C soldier on for 2023, will not see the 2024 model year.

We believe the third-generation LaCrosse with the V6 engine is worth exploring. Bonus are those models equipped with all-wheel drive for enhanced control.

See Also — Is the Buick Brand Ending?

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