Many of the reviews written around stately, premium sedans these days at one point or another use a reference to Buick so let’s take a look at the latest large car from General Motors’ premium brand in the form of the 2014 LaCrosse.
LaCrosse is the largest of the three passenger cars currently offered by Buick and shares its Epsilon II platform with the large sedan cousins over at Cadillac (XTS) and Chevy (Impala). While it is the largest Buick it is categorized as a midsize sedan in EPA vehicle classification and is said to be cross-shopped against Acura TL, Lexus ES and Lincoln MKZ. Sorry, Charlie, the big Buick is a full-sized sedan.
One interesting tidbit found on Wikipedia concerning recent LaCrosse sales is that the model is selling twice as good in China as it is here in the U.S.
LaCrosse arrives with the 2.4-liter four with eAssist light electrification or the now bread-and-butter direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 engine. Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the larger engine that arrived in a recent test model in Premium 1 FWD package.
All new LaCrosse models are backed by six-speed automatic gearbox with manual shift mode (and steering wheel paddles) and sport mode available. Those with the V-6 can be ordered in front- or all-wheel drive and LaCrosse features real-time damping suspension with sport mode selectivity.
For the 2014 year model LaCrosse features some styling upgrades inside and out as well as receiving the latest safety and infotainment technologies including Land Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Full Speed Adaptive Cruise Control and Automatic Collision Preparation, with many of these features working in conjunction with GM’s new Safety Alert Seat where seat vibration pulses can alert the direction of the threat or danger.
The new LaCrosse is a very comfortable vehicle with plenty of space inside the cabin and in the trunk and while offering quite the sedate ride on the open road it does a fine job of tackling twisty mountain roads as well.
The new 8-inch color display makes viewing the navigation screen easier and NavWeather and NavTraffic keeps drivers informed of the latest threats to their motoring endeavors.
Pricing for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse in Premium 1 trim begins at $38,810 with this loaded tester arriving at $44,400. And about those fuel economy figures mentioned earlier – this tester continuously saw better numbers than what the EPA put on the window sticker.
If there is anything wrong with the new Buick LaCrosse it was certainly not discovered during the extended week this car spent here. Quiet, comfortable, smooth, safe – the 2014 Buick LaCrosse offers an enjoyable driving experience from the heart of the city to a cabin in the woods.