Unfortunately, over the years, the American automaker Buick has been stuck with an image that has been hard to shake. The long standing, real apple pie and hot dogs brand has been eye candy for Polygripers in particular, who view the brand as a solid means of getting to their weekly canasta or bingo games.
In recent years however, “Old Faithful” has been trying to shake its fuddy duddy image by infusing youthful appeal into their vehicle designs. The brand has tried hard to market their offerings to those with younger mind-sets, who are seeking not only a vehicle with a solid rep but head-turning styling to boot. To those folks who have not bothered to take another look at Buick, the automaker offers streamlined styling, increased engine oomph and luxury coupled with affordability…
Enter the 2014 Buick LaCrosse.
At first glance, the LaCrosse appears large and roomy enough for a brood. The full-sizer will definitely make you look. Buick has a la ‘Joan Rivers-ed,’ the car’s front and rear, in addition there’s a new hood, more prominent waterfall grille, new headlamps with LED eyebrows, trunk lid, bumpers and range of tire sizes from 17 to 20-inches.
The magic happens inside the LaCrosse particularly, when you opt for the Ultra Luxury Interior Package that offers a riveting color palette of sangria, and ebony colors on the semi-aniline leather seating, console, door armrests, headliner and door pillars. The vehicle’s upscale and artful interior design is sure to please the monied masses with appointments such as mood lighting, warm Tamo Ash wood (optional) tones, soft touch plastics, smoked chrome accents, flowing lines with an impressively neat fit and finish. The LaCrosse’s sensibly laid out infotainment system has easy-to-figure-out controls and graphics on an 8-inch display that won’t make you reach for bifocals, the system is definitely worthy of a real animated nod.
The five-seater LaCrosse has top mark, premium innards, great for long road trips, offering soothing power seating with exceptional lumbar feel and practically one-size-fits-all roominess front and back. It is pretty apparent, Buick has made passenger pampering a priority with this sedan.
Hitting the road in the LaCrosse is a hushed and creamy smooth experience. The first thing you’ll notice is that the comfy cruiser offers a very graceful ride. The car feels like a premium sedan in that it absorbs road thumps nicely and is a breeze to steer. Give it some gas and the LaCrosse won’t blow your face off but will give you a satisfying smidge of frisky that never feels underpowered. The LaCrosse is offered with a choice of two engines, 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6 carry over for 2014 with 182 hp and 304 hp respectively.
After all the praise however, comes the nitpicks. Rear visibility in the LaCrosse is a bit of a problem, so a backup camera is a “gotta have” feature. Since the car’s pillars are also a tad too broad and can obstruct certain objects, optional safety features like the blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems should not be overlooked. All Buick LaCrosses except the base version have rear park assist and a rearview camera as standards.
Other LaCrosse safety features include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. OnStar is also a vehicle staple, offering automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is a solid and safe vehicle with a comfort factor that is hard to beat in its class. Whether you’re no where near retirement, or preparing for your Florida senior living niche, the LaCrosse is a solid, one-size-fits-all-ages ride that is sure to satisfy anyone seeking comfort and refinement.