The Buick LaCrosse and the Ford Taurus are both full-size American sedans, but that’s about all they have in common. The Buick LaCrosse, available here at Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts, delivers a premium experience, more standard features, more room and better performance than the Taurus.
While the 2016 Buick LaCrosse MSRP is higher than that of the Taurus, the LaCrosse is also much more well-equipped. When you factor in all the standard features and other upgrades the LaCrosse provides, you see that the LaCrosse gives you more for your money.
U.S. News & World Report ranked the LaCrosse higher than the Taurus in the “Affordable Large Cars” category, thanks in part to the “roomy cabin,” hushed and attractively styled cabin built with first-rate materials,” and “comfortable ride” of the LaCrosse. In their review, LeftLane News editors said, "The LaCrosse is a full-size premium sedan and the flagship model of the Buick brand…the LaCrosse deserves full consideration from buyers of all ages thanks to its handsome interior, strong available V6 motor and excellent ride/handling balance."
The LaCrosse has classic style with crisp curves and chrome accents, where the Taurus is far less refined and harsher on the eyes. The LaCrosse comes with heated exterior mirrors and an acoustic laminated front windshield that minimizes road noise. Both are missing from the Taurus.
Moving inside, the LaCrosse is standard with an eight-inch multi-color display for the easy-to-use Buick IntelliLink system, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a seven-speaker premium audio system, remote start and a rearview camera. The rearview camera is the sole standard feature from that list that you’ll find in the Taurus. And even with its more tidy dimensions, the LaCrosse offers nearly two more inches of rear legroom.
The LaCrosse holds a performance advantage, as well. Its 3.6-liter V6 produces 304 hp and 264 lb/ft of torque, more than the 288 hp and 254 lb/ft of torque of the standard Taurus V6. Both models also offer fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, but again the LaCrosse holds the advantage with an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway from its 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist, while the Taurus gets 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
Drivability also favors the Buick LaCrosse. It is the only one you’ll find with the available HiPer (short for “High Performance”) strut front suspension, which reduces torque steer and improves handling, and reviewers have praised its handling and ride comfort. In a review of the 2015 LaCrosse, LeftLane News said the LaCrosse provides “composed handling without a tradeoff in ride quality…Suspension revisions for the latest model year help give the LaCrosse a slightly more agile feel.”
Buick offers better warranty protection on the LaCrosse than is available on the Taurus – one extra year/14,000 miles more New Vehicle Warranty coverage, and an extra year/10,000 more miles of Powertrain coverage (for total powertrain coverage of six years/70,000 miles).
Both models earned “5-Star Overall” safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and both offer driver assistance systems side blind zone alert, forward collision alert and more, but Buick also offers the Safety Alert Seat, which you can’t get on any Taurus.
The 2016 Buick LaCrosse offers more for your money – more features, more comfort and better, easier to use technology, including 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Stop in for a test drive of the 2016 LaCrosse today and compare for yourself.