For this week’s head to head we’re looking at the 2016 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2016 Chrysler 300, two sporty sedans with completely different attitudes. While Buick lacrosse offers additional refinement the Chrysler 300 brings aggressive styling and rear-wheel drive.
The 2016 Buick lacrosse has a starting MSRP of $31,065 while the Chrysler 300 starts out at an MSRP of $32,015. Other competition includes the Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Genesis, Nissan Maxima, Mazda6, and more.
For now, we’ll stick with the 2016 Buick lacrosse vs the 2016 Chrysler 300, two very capable and sporty full-size sedans.
The 2016 Buick LaCrosse offers traditional styling, rounded edges and body lines, still has a bit of pizzazz. Chrome highlights accentuate all of the body features, from the front fascia to the rear bumper. The Buick crest rests front and center on a vertically-lined, chrome Waterfall grille and a lower grill will automatically open and close to improve aerodynamics. Halogen headlights and LED brake and taillights will improve visibility. Buick offers the LaCrosse with standard 17-inch aluminum machine-faced, 10-spoke wheels covered in the 225/55R17 all-season blackwall tires.
Over in the Chrysler 300, there are plenty of aggressive stylings, strong and prominent body lines, and attitude all around. Upfront the Chrysler winged logo graces the top edge of the tall, blacked-out or chromed grille while chrome or black chrome accents body panels all around the car. By-halogen projector headlamps a limited way forward while other trim levels get high-intensity discharge (HID) high and low beam headlights. Chrysler is given the 2016 300 standard 17-inch cast aluminum, fully painted wheels whereas higher trim level models have 18-, 19-, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.
Buick has given the 2016 LaCrosse eight-way power adjustable driver seat premium materials (front passengers have 4-way power adjustable seating), tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with buttons for the infotainment system. There are two color screens in the 2016 Buick LaCrosse. An 8-inch screen resides in the driver’s instrument cluster and provides information concerning the vehicle’s system information, trip monitoring, fuel economy, compass, and more. Another 8-inch touchscreen display housed in the center console provides access to Buick’s 7-speaker premium audio system utilizing IntelliLink infotainment system and features Siri EyesFree and Apple’s natural voice recognition, Apple CarPlay phone integration, a USB port, Bluetooth streaming audio and calling, and AM, FM, and SiriusXM (satellite radio free for 3-months) radio.
The 2016 Chrysler 300 includes high-quality materials, hand-sculpted shapes, and state-of-the-art technology. Drivers get an 8-way power adjustable seat with 4-way lumbar with available heated and ventilated functionality and a leather-wrapped steering wheel housing cruise, audio, voice, and phone control buttons. The Uconnect infotainment system features an 8.4-inch touchscreen featuring AM and FM radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth audio streaming and phone connectivity, Hands-free calling, voice commands, and more! An additional navigation option adds HD radio, Garmin navigation with 3D graphics, and Sirius Traffic and Travel.
Buick has done quite a bit to improve their image in the last several years, and what’s under the hood of the 2016 Buick LaCrosse helps to dispel naysayers even more. A 3.6L V6 engine powers the 2016 Buick LaCrosse, putting down 304 horsepower and 264-lb.ft. of torque, and has variable valve timing, spark ignition direct injection technology, and is capable of running on E85 flex fuels. There’s also an available 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder capable of 182 horsepower and 172-lb.ft. of torque. The powerful engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and is offered in both front- and all-wheel drive.
The most basic difference between the performance of the 2016 Buick LaCrosse and the 2016 Chrysler 300 is the standard wheel drive system. Buick offers front-wheel drive as standard, whereas Chrysler has given the 300 sport rear-wheel drive. Power comes from a standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine delivering 292 horsepower and 260-lb.ft. of torque. There’s also an optional 5.7L HEMI V8 engine producing 363 horsepower and 394-lb.ft. of torque. However, no matter which variant you purchase, you’ll only get the 8-speed automatic transmission.
Safety is a key deciding factor in any vehicle purchase and all vehicles come standard with airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control systems, daytime running lights, and more.
Optional equipment for the 2016 Buick LaCrosse includes rear park assist, a heads-up display, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, front automatic braking, and more. The 2016 Chrysler 300 has available equipment such as full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, LaneSense lane departure with lane keep assist, ParkView backup camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and other assist technologies.
There’s one big question you’ll need to ask yourself when you’re looking at these two vehicles: do you want a sporty full-size sedan with traditional good looks or do you want an aggressive full-size sedan with mean looks? That’s the quintessential question between the two. One is powerful yet subdued and the other has in-your-face prowess. Both are phenomenal vehicles, so your driving style may be the deciding factor.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.