Pecheles Automotive Compares 2017 Honda Accord Sedan VS 2017 Buick LaCrosse Near Washington, NC

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Honda Accord Sedan

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2017 Buick LaCrosse

Safety Comparison

The Accord Sedan has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Accord Sedan and the LaCrosse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and front parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Accord Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The LaCrosse has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Accord Sedan V6 is faster than the Buick LaCrosse (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98.6 MPH

97.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Accord Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the LaCrosse:







4 cyl./Manual

23 city/32 hwy




4 cyl./Auto

27 city/36 hwy




Sport 4 cyl./Auto

26 city/34 hwy





21 city/33 hwy

21 city/31 hwy





20 city/29 hwy


The Accord Sedan has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the LaCrosse FWD’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 15.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Accord Sedan has a gallon more fuel capacity than the LaCrosse AWD’s standard fuel tank (17.2 vs. 16.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Accord Sedan stops shorter than the LaCrosse:





60 to 0 MPH

115 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Accord Sedan’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Accord Sedan EX handles at .87 G’s, while the LaCrosse Essence pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 450 pounds less than the Buick LaCrosse.

The Accord Sedan is 5 inches shorter than the LaCrosse, making the Accord Sedan easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Accord Sedan has .7 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room and .3 inches more rear headroom than the LaCrosse.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Accord Sedan has a larger trunk than the LaCrosse (15.8 vs. 15 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Accord Sedan the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the LaCrosse can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Smart Entry standard on the Accord Sedan EX/EX-L/Touring allows you to unlock the driver’s door, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick LaCrosse’s Keyless Access doesn’t unlock the trunk.

The Accord Sedan has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Accord Sedan’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The LaCrosse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Accord Sedan Touring’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Accord Sedan Touring detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The LaCrosse doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Accord Sedan and the LaCrosse offer available heated front seats. The Accord Sedan Touring also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the LaCrosse.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Accord Sedan has won recognition from these important consumer publications:


Accord Sedan


Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The 2017 Accord was chosen one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” and has been for the past 31 years. The LaCrosse has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

The 2016 Accord was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” and has been for 2 of the last 4 years. The LaCrosse has never been an “All Star.”

The Honda Accord outsold the Buick LaCrosse by almost 12 to one during the 2016 model year.

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