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2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Test Drive Review

Buick is a brand that doesn’t readily pop into the minds of new young car shoppers but the brand has been going through a bit of a resurrection to attract a younger crowd. Take for example an extended lineup that includes the chic new Buick Cascada Convertible and cheeky commercials that show the younger generation being “wowed” by vehicles in its lineup.

In fact, many young car shoppers are very much unaware of Buick’s history and stamp on the American automotive history. The American upscale brand is the oldest active American automotive brand and helped automobile pioneer William C. Durant, establish General Motors in 1908. In the year that followed, Durant went on to purchase the Cadillac brand along with GMC and eventually started Chevrolet in 1915. 110 years later, we now have the General Motors we see today but the storied history of the company started with Buick.

With all that being said, we were rather excited when we learned we would get to spend a week with one of Buick’s most successful models – the 2018 Buick LaCrosse.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Exterior

The new exterior design on the 2018 Buick LaCrosse was actually seen on the 2017 model year and was influenced by the artistic Avenir concept that made its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Overall, the design of the new Buick LaCrosse offers an ideal balance of confidence and luxury.

The major highlight for the new Buick LaCrosse is seen on the front end with a new grille treatment that pays homage to the waterfall grille to Buick’s of the past.

Measurements wise the 2018 Buick LaCrosse sits on a wheelbase that measures 114.4-inches with an overall length to 197.5-inches. Width wise, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse comes in at 73.5-inches with a height that stands at 57.5-inches.

Standing next to its competitors like the Lexus ES, Chrysler 300, and the Toyota Avalon, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse does an excellent job of luring new buyers and keeping the brand loyalists satisfied.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Interior

Take a seat inside the 2018 Buick LaCrosse and you’ll realize that it is unquestionably a huge step above the outgoing model. The fluid layout gives you the impression that the cockpit flawlessly wraps around the passengers giving them a sense of comfort and leisure. There is also a generous use of high-quality and soft-touch materials throughout the cabin that helps take the luxury feel to the next level.

Our test model, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse Premium eAssist came with all the bells and whistles including the available perforated leather-appointed heated and cooled driver and passengers seats. Furthermore, there are four-way lumbar massaging front seats and a heated steering wheel. Our test model also came with the Buick infotainment system that is housed in an eight-inch touchscreen display. Additional features include navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Bose eleven-speaker sound system, heads-up display, OnStar 4G LTE with an available WiFi hotspot, remote start, wireless smartphone charging, and a series of driver assist technologies that we’ll get into later.

Legroom wise, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse Premium eAssist comes with 42-inches of legroom for front-row passengers and 38-inches for rear-passengers.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Performance

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is linked with a compact electric motor and a 24-cell air-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. Combined output comes in at 194 horsepower with a maximum torque of 187 lb-ft. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the Buick LaCrosse eAssist goes from zero to 60 mph in  7.8 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.

Fuel economy wise, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist gets an EPA-rating of 25/35 mpg* (city/highway) or 29 mpg* combined.

Overall, the ride quality of the 2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist is remarkably comfortable. You won’t be hitting the track with the LaCrosse eAssist but the luxury sedan is the perfect everyday cruiser for the everyday commuter.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Safety

Safety wise, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist comes with a range of driver assist technologies. Our test model, the 2018 LaCrosse Premium eAssist came with a rearview camera, lane keep assist, blind spot notification, lane change alert, rear park assist, automatic parallel parking assist, rear cross traffic assist, adaptive cruise control, and much more.

2018 Buick LaCrosse eAssist Overall

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse is one of the best sedans in its segment. While our test car came completely packaged with all the options and a high price tag – you can pick up a 2018 Buick LaCrosse for a starting price tag of just $29,565** for the base model. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Buick dealer for a test drive today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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