Buick has announced pricing for the 2014 LaCrosse today. The facelifted sedan will start at $34,060, after a $925 destination charge.
The price for the 2014 LaCrosse represents an increase of $1505 from the 2013 model. Some of the new standard equipment that buyers will receive with the more expensive starting price includes an eight-inch touchscreen with the IntelliLink infotainment system, an eight-inch reconfigurable instrument cluster screen, eight airbags, and the updated exterior and interior aesthetics. Standard is a 2.4-liter I-4 engine with General Motors' eAssist mild-hybrid system that's good for 182 hp and 172 lb-ft of torque; however Buick will now also offer the 3.6-liter V-6 engine as a no-cost option. The six-cylinder is rated at 304 hp and 264 lb-ft, and is available with all-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available on the LaCrosse Leather and Premium I Group models, the former of which starts at $39,140.
Speaking of content, Buick has sought to up the LaCrosse's luxury quotient. New for 2014 is the $2495 Ultra Luxury interior package that comes with goodies like dark-stained Tamo Ash wood trim, a jet-black faux suede headliner and visors, and sangria (deep red) Semi-Aniline leather seats. Buick is also offering a raft of safety features in two packages: Driver Confidence I ($2125) nets forward collision alert, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, swiveling headlights, and a head-up display; building on that is the Driver Confidence II packaged ($1745, requiring DC I) adds adaptive cruise control, automatic collision preparation, and the vibrating safety alert seat.
The 2014 LaCrosse also has improved fuel efficiency. While the base eAssist remains rated at 25/36 mpg city/highway – the best fuel economy of its rivals, as you can see in the chart below – the V-6 has improved by one mpg across the board in front-wheel-drive guise (to 18/28 mpg) and one mpg on the highway in all-wheel-drive guise (to 17/26 mpg).
Until the 2014 Buick LaCrosse goes on sale this summer, check out the chart below to see how Buick's flagship sedan stacks up against its competition.
|Base Price (w/ dest.)||Base Engine||Base HP/TQ (lb-ft)||Upgrade Engine(s)||Upgrade HP/TQ||Base MPG (city/ highway)||Upgrade MPG (city/ highway)|
|2014 Buick LaCrosse||$34,060||2.4L I-4 eAssist||182/172||3.6L V-6||304/264||25/36||18/28 (17/26 AWD)|
|2013 Acura TL||$36,800||3.5L V-6||280/254||3.7L V-6||305/273||20/29||18/26 (17/25 6MT)|
|2014 Chevrolet Impala||$27,535||2.5L I-4||195/187||3.6L V-6||305/264||21/31||19/29|
|2013 Ford Taurus||$27,495||3.5L V-6||288/254||2.0L turbo I-4 // 3.5L twin-turbo V-6||240/270 // 365/350||19/29 (18/26 AWD)||22/32 // 17/25|
|2013 Hyundai Azera||$33,145||3.3L V-6||293/255||-||-||20/29||-|
|2014 Kia Cadenza||$35,900||3.3L V-6||293/255||-||-||19/28||-|
|2013 Lexus ES||$37,265||3.5L V-6||268/248||2.5L I-4 hybrid||200/-||21/31||40/39|
|2013 Lincoln MKZ||$36,820||2.0L turbo I-4||240/231||2.0L I-4 hybrid // 3.7L V-6||188/129 // 300/277||22/33 (22/31 AWD)||45/45 // 19/28 (18/26 AWD)|
|2013 Nissan Maxima||$31,790||3.5L V-6||290/261||-||-||19/26||-|
|2013 Toyota Avalon||$32,180||3.5L V-6||268/248||2.5L I-4 hybrid||200/-||21/31||40/39|
|2013 Buick LaCrosse||$32,555||2.4L I-4 eAssist||182/172||3.6L V-6||303/264||25/36||17/25 (17/26 AWD)|