First Drive: 2017 Buick LaCrosse

“Segment leader” is a term Buick tossed around often during my two days with the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, and those are bold words for a contested class which borderlines on upscale and attainable luxury. It’s a tough, yet flourishing market and Buick has managed to sell to 350,000 customers looking for just that.

I had reasonable expectations of the 2017 LaCrosse as I landed in Portland, Oregon. After digesting oodles of information during Buick’s briefings on its reworked chassis, its 3.6-liter LGX V6 (which was engineered from the beginning to support stop-start) and interior awash with premium textures and materials, I knew it was going to be a solid car. But segment leader? That’s bold, Buick.

I’m trying to convey that Buick, in the highest of ways, feels it has undoubtedly crafted a winning recipe here. So, has it?

A Tale Of Two Buicks

I chose a Quicksilver Metallic LaCrosse to begin

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