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2015 Buick LaCrosse KBB Expert Review

The Fair Market Range for this car in your area is $33,075 - $33,776.

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MSRP $34,560

Fair Purchase Price $33,426
Fair Market Range ($33,075 - $33,776)

Invoice $33,214
"What Others Paid" is based on the last 90 days within the U.S.

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KBB Expert Rating 7.4 / 10
10/7.4
This Car - 2015 Buick LaCrosse
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KBB Expert Review

Vehicle Details Interior  Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo

Last year, the Buick LaCrosse was on the receiving end of a host of updates improving the appearance and function of the interior. Thankfully, nothing has changed here, and the 2015 Buick LaCrosse remains a comfortable, cathedral-quiet and roomy sedan for driver and passengers. The multi-adjustable front seats are comfortable for short hops or long hauls, and are covered in leather in all trims but the most basic. The rear seat offers plentiful headroom and legroom, and if you fill the massive trunk, you've overpacked. The the 4-cylinder model's eAssist battery pack compromises cargo space, but not too badly.

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The Buick LaCrosse also got an exterior refresh last year, with the focus on giving it more road presence. We'd say, mission accomplished. The sculpted hood, larger grille, and redesigned headlights give this big sedan a purposeful and expensive look. The same goes for the rear end, which also got refreshed last year. Other highlights include active shutters on the lower grille, to help aid aerodynamics at speed. There are also optional articulating bi-xenon HID lights, designed to help you see around corners on dark roads.

Notable Standard Equipment

In addition to the aforementioned 4G LTE and Wi-Fi, all 2015 Buick LaCrosse models get a standard rearview-camera system. That adds to an already lengthy list of standard features, including a full-color driver information center, OnStar (with a 6-month subscription), SiriusXM Radio (3-month trial), a manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and both Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Standard safety features include traction and stability control, brake assist and six airbags.

Notable Optional Equipment

There is a caveat to that built-in Wi-Fi business. It's free, but only for the first three months. After that, you'll have to pay for the service as an add-on to GM's OnStar telematics system. Other options for the LaCrosse abound, including bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge adaptive headlights, Side Blind Zone Alert, a (terrific) head-up display, and heated and ventilated perforated leather-covered seats. There's also navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power rear sunshade, and a 10-volt power outlet for charging phones or computers. A new Ultra Luxury package adds premium perforated leather seating in a coffee-hued design tone.

Under the Hood

You can get your 2015 Buick LaCrosse with one of two powerplants. First is the eAssist powertrain, a 4-cylinder engine plus a small electric motor/generator to provide both a power boost and regenerative braking. It's standard on base and Leather models. The 304-hp 3.6-liter Flex-Fuel-capable V6 is available at no extra cost on those models, and it is the only engine available on Premium I and Premium II models. If you get the V6, you can also get all-wheel drive on Leather and Premium I models. All 2015 Buick LaCrosse sedans use GM's latest 6-speed automatic transmissions. The V6 provides more power for passing and acceleration, but the eAssist is more interesting technologically, and gets better fuel economy.

2.4-liter 4-cylinder (with eAssist)
182 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
172 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg

3.6-liter V6 (Flex-Fuel E85-capable)
304 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/28 mpg (front-wheel drive), 17/26 (all-wheel drive), 14/20 mpg (E85)

Pricing Notes

2015 Buick LaCrosse prices start a little over $34,500 for the base sedan, including destination. That translates to a very strong initial value statement and long-term fuel-economy advantage for the eAssist-enhanced 4-cylinder LaCrosse against its competitors. The Leather, Premium 1 and Premium 2 groups pile on about $2,000 as you go up each level, with a Premium 2 with the V6 coming in around $40,700 or so. All-wheel drive on the Leather and Premium 1 models adds about $2,000 as well. Be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to find out what buyers in your area are paying for their Buick LaCrosse sedans. Generally speaking, Buicks don't hold their value quite as well as other premium and luxury brands.


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