I recently went on a road trip with a good friend of mine visiting from Canada. The destination was southern California, but our plans expanded to Las Vegas as well. Instead of putting a bunch of miles on my car or his pickup, we elected to rent a car.
The rental company had exactly two vehicles available: a Toyota Yaris 5-door hatchback and a 2013 Buick LaCrosse. Neither car was something we wanted, but since the trip would involve mostly highway driving we selected the Buick.
In highway performance, the LaCrosse did not disappoint. The gutsy V6 sounds great under throttle and makes short work of freeway on-ramps when needed. Cruise control is handled via a roller switch on the steering wheel - roll it downward with a finger to engage cruise, then roll it up or down to speed up or slow down. I didn't like that method a whole lot, but it worked smoothly. The car's heads-up display proved useful for night driving, and the vehicle informed me of a possible black ice risk when outside temperature dropped below 38 degrees Fahrenheit while driving through the mountains.
The more time I lived with the car, the more I came to accept it. There are some vehicles that I can live with for four years and still hate them, but that wasn't the case with the LaCrosse. It offers quick performance, quiet highway ride and a fair amount of interior and trunk space. Would I buy one for personal use? Not likely. My money is still reserved for a clean used Pontiac G8 if I want a biggish near-luxury sedan, but the LaCrosse V6 is the best rental car I've had.