When it comes to the 2013 Buick LaCrosse, the image of the old, geriatric Buick is finally put to rest. This stylish and well-appointed sedan has plenty of offer the younger Buick buyer and keeps the seasoned crowd happy at the same time. This offering is equipped with unique engine options, as well as plenty of high-quality safety features to enjoy. Like the Buicks of old, the new LaCrosse has lots of style in the cabin, with easy to use features and an elegant dash. This year’s model would be a good choice for anyone looking for a comfortable sedan with lots of standard features.
New For 2013
There have been no significant changes to the Buick LaCrosse since its remodel a few years ago.
Up until a few years ago, the name Buick meant old, stodgy, and less than appealing, especially for the younger crowd. When Buick redid the way the company, and the rest of the world, thought of the LaCrosse, things certainly took a turn for the better. The 2013 LaCrosse is following in line with its slightly older siblings and expressing itself as an elegant, refined sedan with lots to offer. The days of dated detailing are gone. In its place, the LaCrosse features a distinctive grille with the Buick logo placed in the center. The sides of the sedan are sleek, with unique detailing near the bottom of the doors. The updated wheels make a huge difference in the appearance of this car and several choices are given depending on the trim level chosen. Interested buyers can expect the LaCrosse to be available in a wide variety of exterior color choices as well.
Interior & Cargo
Even when Buick was targeting the older set, comfort and space was always the name of the game. That aspect of Buick design, at least, has not changed. In the 2013 Buick LaCrosse, the interior has been designed to be as opulent and stylish as the exterior. The dash and interior design have flowing lines and graceful curves that really add to the overall elegance of the cabin. The two-toned color scheme found in the cabin is also a nice nod to the past, while offering visual interest. As one would expect, the seating in the LaCrosse is comfortable and supportive.
There's plenty to say about the safety features Buick added to the 2013 LaCrosse. In many ways it keeps up with, and surpasses, some of the higher-end luxury sedans in terms of safety. All models of the LaCrosse for this model year are equipped with several impressive optional features that were only seen on the top sedan options before. For example, the LaCrosse can be ordered with rear side thorax airbags, adaptive cornering headlights, and a blind spot warning system. Naturally, the sedan has the standard anti-lock brakes, front side airbags, and stability and traction control one would expect.
It is certain the equipment works as well. The LaCrosse has rated well in both U.S. government and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing. This sedan is certainly in the top picks in terms of the safety for the model year.
Driving the new 2013 Buick LaCrosse is sure to be a unique experience, especially if the powertrain contains the mild hybrid engine. This interesting piece of technology gives the driver the benefit of both an electric and a gas engine. The system is connected to a 115 volt battery and provides an additional 15 hp boost from the hybrid technology. Even with the improved fuel economy, some drivers will find the hybrid system less engaging and more of a challenge to drive than the traditional engine options.
For those who would like a more traditional experience behind the wheel of their 2013 Buick LaCrosse, the company has chosen to outfit some of the sedans with a 3.6-liter, V-6 engine. This powertrain comes with an impressive 303 hp capability. With the V-6 engine, the driver and passengers can expect a comfortable, quiet ride reminiscent of the older Buick offerings.
In terms of fuel economy, there is no denying that the hybrid engine can offer better gas mileage. The hybrid powertrain offers 25/36 mpg city/highway. On the other hand, the more traditional V-6 powertrain is significantly less efficient coming in at 16/26 mpg city/highway. Despite the less than impressive fuel economy, some drivers will still prefer the improved performance of the V-6.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Buick LaCrosse
- Hyundai Genesis Coupe
- Lexus ES 350
- Acura TL
- Nissan Maxima