LaCrosse rules in reliability |

LaCrosse rules in reliability

The 2015 Buick LaCrosse is absolutely, positively not like the stodgy Buicks of old.

The LaCrosse sedan’s comfortable ride and attractive styling make it seem more expensive than it is. It offers two smart engine choices: A fuel-saving four cylinder with electric-assist for added zip and a strong V-6. Premium materials and a quiet interior define an upscale LaCrosse passenger environment.

There’s so much rear-seat legroom in this four-door car — 40.5 inches — it’s akin to what other cars offer in the front seats.

A variety of luxury features are available on the LaCrosse, including a power panorama moonroof, and for 2015 a rearview camera becomes standard.

For 2015, the LaCrosse comes with OnStar 4G LTE that can make a Wi-Fi hotspot in the car. Initial three-month/3-gigabyte data plan is free; subsequent use charges apply.

Best of all, Consumer Reports recently named the LaCrosse with four-cylinder engine as having the highest predicted reliability in the large-car segment. In fact, Buick was the only domestic brand in Consumer Reports’ top 10 for predicted reliability of 2015 models.

With the average new-vehicle sales price now topping $32,000, the 2015 LaCrosse is priced just a bit above that.

Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $34,560 for a front-wheel drive, 2015 LaCrosse. This increased $100 from the base, 2014 LaCrosse.

The 2015 LaCrosse is offered with all-wheel drive. The lowest starting retail price, including destination charge, for a 2015 LaCrosse with all-wheel drive is $39,655. All-wheel drive comes with the V-6 only.

Note that Consumer Reports put the LaCrosse in the “large” car class. But the federal government, which provides official fuel economy ratings, classifies the LaCrosse as a mid-size sedan.

The 2015 LaCrosse in both front- and all-wheel drive earned top, five out of five stars in federal government crash testing.

Ann M. Job is an Associated Press contributor.

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