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Not quite luxury, but close enough: the 2017 Buick LaCrosse

Yes, the "that's a Buick?!" commercials are annoying, but I was genuinely impressed with this new generation premium sedan.

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The Buick LaCrosse enters its next-generation with this 2017 model.

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It's more quiet than before, a characteristic that stood out during my testing.

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The new sheet metal is more muscular than before with a very well-defined shoulder.

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Pricing ranges between about $33,000 for a base model to just below $49,000 for a fully loaded Premium tier model.

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Under the hood is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 310 horsepower.

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This example is also equipped with a handling package that includes 20-inch wheels, adaptive dampers and Buick's HiPer Strut front suspension.

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HID headlamps are standard. The LaCrosse features a very high level of standard features.

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The quiet cabin is home to the optional Bose audio system and the standard IntelliLink infotainment stack.

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Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard, which makes the onboard navigation a skippable option for many drivers.

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Fuel economy is likely the LaCrosse's Achilles' Heel. I only averaged around 20 miles per gallon despite a light foot and much highway driving.

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