Buick has produced a beautiful and able performer with the redesigned 2017 LaCrosse. The large sedan also has some of the most useful technology of any vehicle in its class, and it put its best tech features right in the driver’s face in the form of a head-up display (HUD) and an 8-inch LCD instrument cluster.
In reviewing over 50 cars each year, I’ve tested almost every HUD available in production vehicles, and Buick’s version is consistently the best available. Some vehicles such as BMW bury HUD controls in the infotainment system so the driver has to drill down just to change, say, the brightness.
Buick places HUD controls on the dashboard next to the steering wheel and at the driver’s fingertips to adjust elements such as the display’s vertical position and brightness but also to switch through the HUD’s functions. The color HUD can be easily changed between its four main views: Speed, Audio/Phone, Navigation and Performance.
The car’s LCD 8-inch instrument cluster display shows the same info as the HUD, and much more. And I was impressed with how the 2017 Buick LaCrosse reminded me via the instrument cluster about something else I didn’t notice or, more specifically, often forget.
I’ve been known to forget my gym bag, usually with a wet swimsuit wrapped in a damp towel in the backseat and the next day find it frozen solid in winter. Or in summer I’ve forgotten a gallon of milk overnight, only to discover that it’s still in the car’s backseat the next morning and has soured in the heat.
This wasn’t an issue with the Buick LaCrosse’s since the instrument cluster reminded me that I’d left an item in the rear seat – my gym bag, again – when I switched off the ignition. That’s the kind of tech that makes my life more convenient and adds value to the Buick LaCrosse.
And the fact that the HUD and 8-inch instrument cluster display is standard equipment on the 2017 LaCrosse Premium AWD I tested, with a base price of $43,365 and plenty of other great standard tech such as Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, makes it one of the best-equipped vehicles in its class.
Originally published by Forbes.com