2015 Buick LaCrosse

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Buick LaCrosse. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    21-29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Quiet interior
  • Seat comfort
  • Smooth V-6 drivetrain
  • Ride and handling
  • Steering feel, feedback

The Bad

  • Visibility
  • Light-colored dashboard's reflection in windshield
  • Touch-sensitive climate controls
  • Small trunk
  • Mushy brake-pedal feel

Notable Features of the 2015 Buick LaCrosse

  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability standard
  • Backup camera now standard
  • Mild-hybrid or V-6 drivetrain
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Remote start standard
  • Digital instrument panel standard

What Is the 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is a full-size sedan that seats five. It's offered in five trim levels, including 1SV, Base, Leather, Premium I and Premium II. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available on Leather and Premium I. Competing models include the Chrysler 300 and Toyota Avalon.

What's New on the 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

For 2015, 4G LTE internet connectivity with an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot is added to the OnStar communication system (subscription required). Additionally, Buick's IntelliLink system now features Apple Siri Eyes Free for iPhones and can read inbound text messages. The LaCrosse also gets a backup camera and front seats with four-way-adjustable head restraints.

How Does the 2015 Buick LaCrosse Compare to Other Full-Size Sedans?

Even against luxury competitors, the Buick LaCrosse is a good value. After a 2014 redesign, it sported comfier seating for the driver and better ergonomics. The LaCrosse has a handful of foibles, such as a mushy brake pedal and poor outward visibility, but it seems to improve with each generation.

What Features in the 2015 Buick LaCrosse Are Most Important?

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse can be powered by a mild-hybrid drivetrain: the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor/generator and a lithium-ion battery pack. Altogether, the system generates 182 horsepower. Front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard. Options include a 304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, all-wheel drive and an adaptive suspension.

Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and active grille shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics. Cloth upholstery, IntelliLink with a tablet-style interface, and 8-inch dashboard and instrument-panel screens are also standard. Optional features include 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels, bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, a Bose premium stereo, a navigation system and a head-up display. An Ultra Luxury Package is also available, adding a simulated-suede headliner, perforated leather upholstery and wood trim.

As is required in all new cars of this model year, the LaCrosse has front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Side curtain airbags, side-impact airbags for the front and rear seats, and a backup camera are also standard. Several driver assists are available for the LaCrosse, including lane departure warning, forward collision warning with automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability, and a blind spot warning system with lane change alert - which warns of distant but fast-approaching cars in the next lane. Safety Alert Seat is also available; it works with other safety systems to warn the driver by pulsing the seat cushion.

Should I Buy the 2015 Buick LaCrosse?

In addition to a mushy brake pedal and restricted visibility, the Buick LaCrosse suffers from a small trunk, touch-sensitive climate controls and a lightly colored dash that reflects in the windshield. If none of those traits are bothersome for you, the LaCrosse is a good choice. Good steering response and feedback, a quiet cabin and a smooth optional V-6 are among its strongest qualities.

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2015 Buick LaCrosse Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan comes with either a mild-hybrid four-cylinder powertrain or an available V-6 e... Read More

2015 LaCrosse Video

Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley said the 2015 Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan fits right in with the brand's ongoing renaissance. "It's comfortable, it's quiet, it's well-crafted, but there's room for improvement in a few areas."

Latest 2015 LaCrosse Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Best Car I have ever owned

by Grobby from Washington DC on July 11, 2018

I am 49 and have owned many cars. This is my first Buick. I have the Buick premium 2 which means I have every available option except for AWD. In short, this Buick is an extraordinary automotomible ... Read full review

(5.0)

Value!

by Heather from Dekalb, IL on June 19, 2018

For the money, you get a lot. Its a stylish, good looking vehicle. Safe and dependable. The size and airbags provide a level of added security you cannot get with a smaller car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Buick LaCrosse 1SV

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Buick

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Inspection & Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The LaCrosse received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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