The 2019 Lacrosse comes in four trims, ranging from a nicely equipped base trim to the opulent Premium. Buick doesn’t make its trim levels as simple as some buyers might expect, which means some homework may be necessary before visiting a Buick dealer.
We’ve rated the Lacrosse a 6 out of 10, awarding points for a base trim with plenty of features and a great standard infotainment system. We chose to ding the Lacrosse for the fact that base trims only come in two colors (black or white) and other trims charge more a broader palette (around $400). (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Base Lacrosse sedans, also known as 1SV, start around $31,000 including destination and come equipped with convincing synthetic leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, power front seats, eight-speaker audio, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The base trim is only offered in black or white with no option of paying more for a different color.
Stepping all the way up to Premium drives the price to just shy of $40,000 and adds all the goodies to the Lacrosse. At this level, the Lacrosse includes a heated steering wheel, front-seat lumbar adjustment with massaging, heads up display, forward collision alerts, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, rear cross traffic alerts, and cooled front seats. The range-topping Lacrosse Avenir trim piles on even more leather, but its price tag skyrockets to $50,000 and its value is dubious at that level.
Our pick of the Lacrosse line is the Essence trim. Right in the middle of the range, the Lacrosse Essence adds safety features and interior goodies while keeping the price at a more reasonable level. However, the Lacrosse 1SV offers a considerable value if vibrant colors aren’t a key factor.
Rust cuts deep—literally, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. Cars that show merely superficial rust may be considerably more dangerous in the event of a crash.
The insurance company Folksam and the homeowner organization Villaägarnas Riksförbund of Sweden performed crash tests on a handful of used Mazda and Volkswagen cars that showed signs of typical rust. The results they released earlier this month show a major degradation in the cars’ safety structures.
The Swedish firms subjected Mazda 6 mid-size cars and Volkswagen Golf hatchbacks to the same kind of crash-testing that would have been performed when they were new cars about 15 years ago.
In the videos they released, the Mazdas’ rusty rocker panels crumbled in both the frontal and side-impact collisions. Researchers noted that the cars’ chassis rails separated from the floor, their footwells ruptured, their sills gave way, and the driver and passenger-side seat mountings moved when they should have remained stationary.
Folksam said that the chance of a fatality increased by as much as 20 percent because of the weakened structure caused by corrosion largely invisible at first glance.
The Golfs fared better in the barrage of tests, in part because of superior rustproofing when they were new. However, they still showed some signs of weakened structures even though their rusty panels were not as immediately visibl..
Folksam pointed out that rust is usually more than a cosmetic concern and should be taken seriously to help assure crashworthiness.
Plan to spend some time working out just what 2019 Jaguar F-Type you want to order. It’ll be worth the wait, we promise. We give the 2019 F-Type 8 out of 10 points for its feature count, including marks above average for its numerous options and trim levels, its upsized 10-inch touchscreen for infotainment, and an extensive warranty. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Value is a consideration in that score, and even though the F-Type can get pricey when loaded up, it’s well-outfitted even at just $61,000 to start. At that price, you’ll find leather seats, 380-watts of Meridian speakers, memory for the front seats, a rearview camera, LED headlights, and a 10-inch touchscreen with navigation.
Stepping up to the V-6 models nets 19-inch alloy wheels, a useful Dynamic mode for the drivetrain, and a limited-slip rear differential. Our preference is to start with the P340, which strikes a welcome balance between price and performance.
In addition to a V-8 engine, the F-Type R features more aggressively bolstered seats, bigger brakes, and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The F-Type SVR goes full-tilt with track-ready suspension bits, more power, and a downforce-enhancing spoiler that also happens to spoil the coupe’s lines.
Numerous option packages are on offer, plus the F-Type can be configured in a massive number of paint, interior, trim, and wheel combinations. It’ll be hard to find two that are identical—unless you want one for rainy days and one for sunny days. We do.
This year, Jaguar treated the F-Type to a larger touchscreen with new software, but there’s still no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto compatibility.
Should things go wrong, Jaguar’s EliteCare warranty covers the car for 5 years or 60,000 miles, which includes maintenance.