2015 Buick LaCrosse

What's new for 2015? For 2015, the Buick LaCrosse gets a new base model called the 1SV. All trim levels get an upgraded OnStar system with 4G LTE and WiFi, while four-way adjustable headrests and a rearview camera are also standard. The IntelliLink infotainment system can now read your text messages aloud and includes Siri Eyes Free for voice control of Apple devices.

As Buick's flagship model, the 2015 Buick LaCrosse has a greater sense of occasion than the typical full-size sedan. Tasked with showcasing the brand's best attributes, the LaCrosse comes with ample standard features. Styling is decidedly upscale, a nod to Buick's premium-brand aspirations. On the road, the LaCrosse whisks you along in near silence, expertly soaking up bumps without feeling floaty. This car is a favorite across the Pacific among chauffeur-driven Chinese dignitaries, and it only takes one drive to understand why.

We've appreciated the latest generation LaCrosse's well-rounded nature since it debuted for 2010, and changes over the years have maintained its luster, including last year's interior overhaul with improved materials and enhanced touchscreen functionality. Indeed, the cabin is a real highlight, boasting an unusually sleek dashboard and acres of legroom for rear occupants.With the satisfying V6 engine under the hood, the LaCrosse is a much more compelling package, competing well with a variety of alternatives in this price range.

Exterior Highlights
Large, luxury sedan available in 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium 1 and Premium 2 trim levels

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is a large luxury sedan available in five trim levels: 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium 1 and Premium 2.

The 1SV LaCrosse comes standard with the V6 engine (full details in the Powertrains and Performance section), 17-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror, split-folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, the

OnStar system with 4G LTE connectivity and WiFi capability, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an 8-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB port and smartphone app integration. If you want any other equipment, we advise you to move up to the Base trim level at least, as the 1SV isn't eligible for most options.

At the Base trim level you get all the 1SV's equipment plus the four-cylinder engine, an eight-way power driver seat (with four-way power lumbar) and a cargo net.

Spring for the Leather model and you get an auto-dimming mirrors, rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver memory settings, and an eight-way power front passenger seat.

The Premium 1 raises its game with the V6 engine, 19-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips, adaptive shock absorbers (only with front-wheel drive), heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 120-volt power outlet, a power rear window sunshade and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.

The Premium 2 adds 20-inch wheels, a torque-steer-resistant front suspension design ("HiPer Strut") and a navigation system.

Optional on all but the 1SV and Base LaCrosse is the Ultra Luxury Interior package, which features upgraded leather upholstery with extended coverage (including the center and door armrests), a faux-suede headliner and real wood accents.

Also optional on all but the 1SV and Base models is the Driver Confidence 1 package, which includes xenon headlights, foglights, a head-up display, a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure alert and forward collision alert. The Premium trims can upgrade to the Driver Confidence 2 package, which adds adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation system with automatic braking and a vibrating "Safety Alert" driver seat.

For Leather trim levels, the Experience Buick package bundles the contents of the Driver Confidence 1 package plus navigation and the Bose sound system. Other notable options include a sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens mounted behind the front headrests.

Wraparound dashboard, upscale ambience, user-friendly IntelliLink infotainment system, 4G LTE data connectivity and mobile WiFi

From behind the wheel, the LaCrosse's rakish, wraparound dashboard makes a strong impression. Its contours flow seamlessly into the door panels, joining with the gracefully angled center stack to produce a decidedly modern, upscale ambience. Thin blue light-strips trace those contours when it's dark, adding to the premium vibe, and materials quality is fully competitive for the price.

The IntelliLink infotainment system is actually user-friendly for the most part, featuring crisply rendered icons on its large 8-inch touchscreen. On the bright side, the LaCrosse has become one of the few vehicles in this price range to provide 4G LTE data connectivity and mobile WiFi as standard.

As expected in this class, passenger comfort is a LaCrosse highlight. The front seats are supportive and provide ample adjustments for different physiques, while rear legroom is so generous that you could fit a couple NBA forwards back there without complaint. The LaCrosse makes an excellent case for itself as a lower-priced alternative to long-wheelbase executive sedans.

Standard safety features on the LaCrosse include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard is OnStar, which includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. Every LaCrosse comes with a rearview camera, and all except the 1SV and Base model have rear parking sensors as well.

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