The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir offers a premium sedan experience

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir. —Buick

Buick is a premium brand with a reputation for building luxurious vehicles. Expanding on that reputation, Buick introduced the new Avenir sub-brand with unique design cues and features that make these Buicks stand out from the rest. The most recent edition to this exclusive group is the 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir.

The LaCrosse Avenir adds a sedan option alongside the Enclave Avenir SUV, which kicked off the Avenir lineup last year. The idea behind this sub-brand is to elevate Buick by taking design cues from its concept cars and translating them into striking visual elements on production vehicles. The results are designs that elevate the Buick brand and provide a look at what we can expect in the coming years.

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The LaCrosse Avenir features a striking three-dimensional mesh grille with chrome wings that immediately differentiate the Avenir from other Buicks. There’s also elegant, scripted Avenir badging on the both front doors and 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels. Optional 20-inch Midnight Silver wheels are also available for an even more dramatic look.

These embellishments create a sedan that’s welcoming inside and out. Its looks are striking, and it attracts attention without being brash and flashy. This sedan is all about understated elegance with a thoroughly modern design.

Inside, there are additional special touches that add an even more luxurious vibe to what was already a plush interior. There’s an exclusive chestnut color theme, an embroidered Avenir logo on each of the front headrests, and matching Avenir scripting on the door sill plates. An 11-speaker Bose audio system, heated steering wheel, and panoramic sunroof are all standard.

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The interior of is focused on passenger comfort, which is fitting. The beauty of a sedan is that it’s designed to be a comfortable, relaxing space. Crossovers and SUVs need a balance between passenger comfort and cargo versatility. Sedans don’t have to make that compromise.

The LaCrosse Avenir has supportive, plush front seats and an equally comfortable rear seat with ample room for two adults. Even three will find the ride enjoyable on all but the longest trips. Quality, attractive trims and an impressively quiet ride create a sedan that invites everyone to simply sit back and relax.

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Adding to passenger comfort is a smooth ride with a suspension system that levels out rough surfaces whether it’s uneven city streets or the occasional dirt road that leads to the weekend’s adventure. It also boasts a remarkably quiet cabin.

Power for the Buick LaCrosse Avenir comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 310 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available. There’s also an available Dynamic Drive Package that adds continuous damping control and a sport mode for more spirited driving.

This isn’t a sports sedan, but it is fun to drive. The LaCrosse Avenir has more than enough power to make merging with heavy traffic easy. It’s equally ready with an extra burst of power for passing along the highway. It does so without any engine or exhaust noise intruding into the cabin space.

Handling is controlled but relaxed. Even the driver gets to take it easy with minimal inputs required, even on twisting country roads. The LaCrosse Avenir never forgets its mission of providing passenger comfort no matter where you sit.

This sort of luxury experience might have you worrying about the numbers on the window sticker. It isn’t an economy car, but it’s also not a true luxury vehicle. To that end, the starting price for the LaCrosse Avenir is $45,795.

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir is a reminder of what makes sedans great. It has beautiful styling, a comfortable interior, and an impeccably smooth ride combined with creature comforts that keep even the longest trips from becoming a chore.