New for 2014
The 2014 LaCrosse gets a refreshed exterior with LED highlights, the interior gets new seats, the latest IntelliLink, eight-inch infotainment system, and the available ultra luxury interior package which includes: semi-aniline leather seats and trim, synthetic suede headliner and door pillars, and Shadow Tamo Ash wood décor.
The Buick LaCrosse is the automaker’s flagship sedan that sits above the Regal and Verano. It offers luxury and refinement, and is one of the quietest sedans in the segment.
The 2014 LaCrosse comes in front-wheel drive with a choice of an eAssist I-4 or V-6 engine, a no-cost choice that comes down to preference. The 182-hp 2.4-liter I-4 makes 172 lb-ft of toque and is coupled to an electric motor that allows the engine to shut off and smoothly restart when the car stops. The eAssist I-4 combination, coupled to a six-speed automatic, nets an EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg city/highway, an improvement over the previous unassisted I-4 that got 19/30. Buyers who opt for the 3.6-liter V-6 get 304 hp and 264 lb-ft, a six-speed automatic, and optional all-wheel drive. The EPA rates the V-6 cars at 17-18/26-28 mpg, with a slight penalty for the AWD.
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing it received a rating of good for the categories in which it has been tested (the highest-available rating is good). The LaCrosse comes with two levels of safety features (Driver Confidence 1 and 2) with features including full-speed-range adaptive cruise control and a safety alert seat which takes inputs from the different safety systems and uses haptic feedback in the seat to alert the driver to possible hazards.
What We Think
In a Driven review of a 2012 Buick LaCrosse with the eAssist I-4 we said, “In all, the eAssist system is a very painless and unobtrusive way to get compact-car gas mileage in a big, comfortable sedan.” We appreciated the car’s refinement and thought the real wood was a nice interior touch. The problem we see is with the Chevrolet Impala, which shares the same platform and is creeping into near-luxury territory. “If you look past the volume Impala LT to the LTZ model, you’ll be hard-pressed to figure out why the Buick version is more premium…” we said. For buyers it seems to come down to preferred design and what incentives your local dealer might have.
- Real wood interior accents
- V-6 or hybrid, the choice is pain-free
- Quiet, comfortable, roomy
You Won’t Like
- Six-speed automatic seems dated with eight-speed competition
- Understeers at the limit
- Can get a similarly equipped Impala for less money
- Acura TL
- Lexus ES 350
- Lincoln MKZ
- Chevrolet Impala