Base model priced $32,990 LaCrosse is sedan with ample back seat, do not have any premium options. Adding $4000 can get you better trim, having power adjustable steering column, better cargo, satellite radio, shiny wheels, but is not going to have leather upholstery and heated seats available in $39,590 Essence along with options of sunroof, Premium more advance version priced at $41,990 includes blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alerts. Add ons as 20 inch wheels, tires, adaptive suspension, HiPer Strut front suspension (only for Essence trim).
Car control got improved with larger wheels and revised suspension, light steering makes you feel lack of accuracy. Multi link rear suspension used in all LaCrosse models making structure with strong feel. Up and down body motion gets good with standard tuning. Using 20 inch wheels HiPer Strut suspension provides all together different driving experience in Sport mode, making suspension more firmer with a pulled steering improves body control. Premium trim comes with all wheel drive option by paying $2200 more.
Equipped with 3.6 liter V-6 generating 310 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque, paired with eight speed automatic. Fuel saved by engine switching into four cylinder due to auto start/stop, direct injection and active fuel management. With 300 pound reduction improved EPA combined to 3 mpg now 25 mpg. Powertrain comes with new shifter. To drive need to press side button along with level pull. Reverse possible with push through neutral and left. Park button is available. First ride makes you feel young and remains challenging.
This version includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available, 8.0 inch touchscreen, infotainment, smartphone system. Improved interior in form of soft touch surfaces and real wood on advance models. Wheelbase got stretched by 2.7 inches, roofline lower by 1.6 inches, there is not change in length of card which remains same as 197.5 inches.
Good looking LaCrosse will have more buyers over Lexus ES.