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2015 Buick LaCrosse: Comfortable, connected cruiser (pictures)

With OnStar telematics and 4G data, the Buick LaCrosse offers a fast Wi-Fi hotspot in its roomy cabin.

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The LaCrosse is Buick's full size sedan. The model shown here is in top trim, called Premium 2 by Buick.

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The LaCrosse is a front-wheel-drive car, although it can be had in all-wheel-drive format.

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A high roofline creates comfortable cabin space.

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Despite not having an air suspension, the LaCrosse offers a comfortable ride with competent handling.

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Rather than simple slats in the grille, vertical members create a nice sculptural element.

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Shown here is the available direct injection 3.6-liter engine. A mild hybrid, based on a four-cylinder, is also available.

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These 20-inch wheels feature a pleasing design.

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The trunk lid opens in such a way as to offer easy access to luggage.

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Leather-covered power adjustable seats also feature heating and cooling.

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The rear seat is very comfortable for two, and reasonable for three.

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Buick uses a trim-line curving around the top of the dashboard  and running into the doors.

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At the top trim, the IntelliLink system, with its 8-inch touchscreen, comes standard.

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Electric power steering makes the wheel easy to turn, but the steering remains responsive.

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The instrument cluster uses an LCD in its center, with a digital speed read-out, and analog gauges to the sides.

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A six-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the wheels.

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The back-up camera features trajectory lines.

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Driver-assistance features can be turned on with buttons on the top of the dashboard.

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IntelliLinks homescreen shows eight icons for different features.

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The navigation system shows maps in plan or perspective views.

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The weather function shows the weather forecast for the car's locality.

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The hands-free phone system includes contact list integration, letting you see all your contacts on the touchscreen.

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Satellite radio offers many music channels.

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Onboard media sources include Bluetooth streaming and a USB port for iOS devices or USB drives.

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The instrument cluster can also show the currently playing track.

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Voice command works very well, and controls most cabin tech features.

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