2017 Toyota Avalon vs. 2017 Buick LaCrosse
When it comes to premium, almost entry-level luxury sedans, many buyers might not consider Toyota and Buick to be rivals. But that’s probably because they have taken a look at what the current iteration of the Toyota Avalon has to offer. The battle between the two manufacturers is best illustrated by comparing the 2017 Toyota Avalon vs. 2017 Buick LaCrosse. There are more than a few similarities shared by the two premium sedans. As a platform, the Toyota Avalon has gained a strong reputation for quality and performance among the class of V-6-powered premium sedans. At this level of the automotive industry, capturing a buyer’s attention comes down to the details; and the Avalon is easily able to check off a lot of boxes.
In all fairness to the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, it has really benefitted from the investment General Motors has made to improve its available technology. The 2017 Toyota Avalon also has a strong suite of technology as standard equipment to serve its owners. One of the most impressive additions to the list of standard equipment to the 2017 Avalon is the Toyota Safety Sense package. The active safety solutions are included on all five Avalon trim grades, XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium, Touring and Limited. Toyota Safety Sense helps drivers avoid collisions by providing plenty of warning that danger is imminent. The suite of safety systems includes adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and forward collision alerts.
|2017 Toyota Avalon||vs||2017 Buick LaCrosse|
|3.5-L, V-6||Engine||3.6-L, V-6|
|Six-speed automatic||Transmission||Eight-speed automatic|
|16 cu.-ft.||Trunk Space||15 cu.-ft.|
2017 Avalon vs. 2017 LaCrosse: Performance
Fans of the Buick LaCrosse will point to the car’s performance advantage as a key reason to buy their car. However, the 2017 Toyota Avalon is still no slouch when it comes to performance. Each of the five trim versions of the 2017 Avalon is powered by a 268-horsepower, V-6 engine. In fact, independent reviews have praised the Avalon for having quick acceleration times. With a zero-to-60-mph time of under 6.5 seconds, the 2017 Avalon is more than happy to hit highway speeds smoothly and without hesitation.
Where the 2017 Avalon is really able to pull ahead of the 2017 LaCrosse is the fit, finish and refinement of its passenger cabin. The same reviewers that wrote positive things about how the Avalon performs continued their praise for the sedan’s interior. Drivers will have an easy time navigating the controls and systems of the Avalon and the interior are very functionally designed with several useful and convenient storage solutions.