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2014 Buick LaCrosse

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2014 Buick LaCrosse Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Buick's 2014 LaCrosse is intended to bring younger buyers to what has traditionally been seen as a nameplate for more senior folks. Conservatively handsome, well equipped, capable, quiet, comfortable, and refined, the car boasts eAssist, GM's mild-hybrid system. A 304-hp V6 engine is available, and offers the option of all-wheel drive. But we actually prefer the progressive spirit of the eAssist powertrain, with its 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, small electric "boost" motor and regenerative braking. In a rare win-win, the system improves both fuel economy and performance, and combines with the car's solid look and feel to create a thoroughly credible alternative to the established imports. Although powertrains and chassis are unchanged, the LaCrosse rolls into 2014 with new front and rear fascias and upgraded interiors.

You'll Like This Car If...

There are many edge-of-luxury sedans that offer decent performance with impressive efficiency at a competitive price, but if you are pleasantly surprised to find those qualities from a traditional American brand, the Buick LaCrosse belongs on your short list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For many up-and-coming car shoppers, the Buick brand, though clearly ascendant, is still not an aspirational target, and you might feel more naturally drawn to similar offerings from Lexus, Audi or Acura.

What's New for 2014

Extensively freshened, the LaCrosse sports a bigger waterfall grille, a new hood, and revised lighting with the option of bi-xenon HID adaptive headlights. The rear fascia has an integrated spoiler and wraparound LED taillights, and the interiors have been redesigned with upgraded materials, new seats, a new center control stack, updated telematics, and a posh new Ultra Luxury option.

Driving the LaCrosse

Driving Impressions The key point about the 2014 Buick LaCrosse driving experience is the transparency of its eAssist system. A 15-hp electric motor helps the 182-hp 4-cylinder engine during acceleration. When slowing,...

the motor becomes a generator, recharging a lithium-ion battery pack. The gasoline engine also shuts down at stop signs, but restarts quickly without the shudder typical of some hybrids. In short, the LaCrosse with eAssist drives absolutely normally. We found the handling competent, the ride quality smooth, and the brakes strong, though the new electric power steering lacks road feel. Acceleration with the eAssist system is more than adequate though the engine can get a bit raucous at higher revs. Whether it's eAssist or the optional V6, the 2014 LaCrosse is also distinguished by exceptionally low interior noise levels in freeway cruising. Another welcome feature in cities like San Francisco is hill-assist, preventing rollback during uphill launches with the engine stopped.

EASSIST
A clever and largely transparent marriage of a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, a small electric motor and regenerative braking, the eAssist evolved-mild-hybrid system significantly improves both fuel efficiency and performance without adding a lot of weight or cost.

HEAD-UP DISPLAY
It shows speed, navigation instructions, audio status (including song titles) and other key information in your line of sight, seemingly out there over the hood, and its brightness and vertical position are easily adjusted. It's one of the best we've seen.

2014 Buick LaCrosse Details
2014 Buick LaCrosse photo Interior

For 2014, Buick has enhanced the LaCrosse's warm and comfortable ambience. The seats, leather in all but the basic LaCrosse, are new. There's a new center control stack with an 8-inch color touch screen, four new color and trim combinations, and a new generation of Buick's IntelliLink telematics system. Materials have been upgraded, there's real wood trim, and most surfaces are soft-touch. And as befits an upscale sedan, the LaCrosse is stretch-out roomy and cathedral quiet.

Exterior
2014 Buick LaCrosse photo

Freshened for 2014, Buick's big waterfall grille has been subtly enlarged, the hood has more sculpting, the lower grille is equipped with active shutters to reduce aerodynamic drag at freeway speeds, and the headlights have been redesigned, with the option of articulating bi-xenon HID lights. The rear fascia and decklid are also new, with an integrated spoiler and wraparound LED taillights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The LaCrosse's list of standard features is long and comprehensive, including a full-color driver information center, OnStar (with a 6-month subscription), SiriusXM Radio (3-month trial), a manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels and both Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Standard safety features include traction and stability control, brake assist and six airbags.

Optional Equipment

The extensive 2014 LaCrosse options list includes bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge adaptive headlights, Side Blind Zone Alert, a (terrific) head-up display, heated and ventilated perforated leather-covered seats, power-adjustable driver-side lumbar support, a heated steering wheel, GPS navigation, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a power rear sunshade, and a 110-volt power outlet for charging phones or computers. A new Ultra Luxury package adds premium perforated leather seating in a coffee-hued design tone.

Under the Hood

The eAssist powertrain – a 4-cylinder engine plus a small electric motor/generator to provide both a power boost and regenerative braking – is standard on base LaCrosse and Leather versions. A 304-hp 3.6-liter Flex-Fuel-capable V6 is a no-cost option on those two lower-level packages, and the sole offering on Premium I, Premium II and Touring versions. All-wheel drive is available on Leather and Premium I packages, with the V6 only. All combinations use GM's latest 6-speed automatic transmissions. Though the V6 is stronger, eAssist is frankly more interesting and appealing. It provides a 15-hp on-demand boost to the 182-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. When you're off the throttle, regenerative braking charges the 115-volt lithium-ion battery.

2.4-liter 4-cylinder (with eAssist)
182 horsepower @ 6,700 rpm
172 lb-ft of torque @ 4,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/36 mpg

3.6-liter V6 (Flex-Fuel E85-capable)
304 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
264 lb-ft of torque @ 5,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/27 mpg, 13/19 mpg (E85)

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2014 Buick LaCrosse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 216 Ratings for the 2010 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Amazing value for a nicely equipped premium sedan

By on Monday, February 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Refined V6, gobs of technology, quiet and safe"

Cons: "Large A and C pillars, Fuel Economy of the V6"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I upgraded from a 2.5L 2014 Chevrolet Impala to the LaCrosse (I loved the size and relatively good handling of this GM platform). The 3.6 V6 is refined and powerful while typically making itself unheard in the background. Fuel economy is just so-so, but I did manage a respectable 28 MPG on a long trip recently - which for a 2 ton vehicle isn't too shabby. I did find the interior lacking a little storage space as compared to the Impala (the display screen rising up making a cubby area is missed), but the plushness of the interior and all the tech features makes up for it. The Heads-Up Display is fantastic and certainly helps keeping eyes on the road. Posting your current speed along with the speed limit is brilliant. The Bose Centerpoint audio with Apple CarPlay and Siri integration is fantastic and makes driving and listening to your favorite tunes a snap. I have the optional GM Navigation but find CarPlay generally superior unless cell reception is poor. I have only one gripe with regards to safety which other reviewers have touched on. The A pillars are enormous and hinder visibility somewhat. Likewise, the rear visibility is poor (as it was in the Impala) - but the safety technology certainly helps in this regard. I'm sure the next LaCrosse will address those issues but it wasn't a deal-breaker for me. Overall, I couldn't be happier with my first premium sedan purchase and feel pampered every time I drive this car. It's amazingly quiet on the inside and it soaks up interstate roads with ease - but you don't feel tired after hours behind the wheel. Buick really did an exceptional job on this vehicle."

Excellent Car but....

By on Tuesday, December 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "beautiful drive, fun, sexy, sleek, AC OUTLET!"

Cons: "Radio system, air vents blow into mic for phone"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"love love love this car! Owner of a new 2014 Buick la Crosse. For the life of me i cannot understand how they designed the air vents on the dash to be positioned directly under the mic for the On Star Phone system. Whenever i have my cellphone connected via Bluetooth to my car, people always say it sounds like I am in a wind tunnel; especially if the air or heat is on! I have to cover my air vents with my coat or paper in order for them to hear me clear.... The audio system is definitely low ranking for the price of the car. However, the luxury and drive and outside design makes up for that. AND AC OUTLET IN CAR!"

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Love my LaCrosse

By on Friday, November 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful and fast car."

Cons: "A bit pricey"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Love everything about the car but was very disappointed when cleaning the interior of the car and noticed the chrome trimming around the center console is more like foil."

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

dependable, smooth ride

By on Friday, October 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "long life dependability"

Cons: "blindspot windshield/driver window -few power port"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"engineering could do better job design regarding blind spot on drivers side, limited leg room for taller people's comfort, overall love my buick"

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

One of a special quality

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This is a Chauffeurs style quality. Performance doesn't take away form ride quality. Response is excellent and interior sound is peaceful. The braking tends to pulse even after change of pads and rotors. I've felt this in other GM vehicles. The angle of the arm to the brake pedal is cumbersome. The lack of a trunk release inside the car is the most disappointing thing I've ever encountered in a car. Fuel mileage is poor even on the highway it is just fair."

14 people out of 25 found this review helpful

Very comfortable car with lively performance

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Sporty luxury experience."

Cons: "You get what you pay for, but the car is expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"When I arrive at a distant destination I am comfortable and relaxed. Quiet cabin with effortless driving. More than enough power with the V6 option for easy passing and attaining freeway entrance speeds. Considering the amount of power the engine generates, the car gets very good gas mileage, usually exceeding the 28 mpg highway expectations on the sticker by 1 to 5 mpg. Braking is sure and smooth and steering is responsive. Steering probably could provide a little more road feel. I enjoy the sport mode option on the two lane highways, and the normal option is just fine for long rides on the interstate. The car is stylish enough to make me proud to drive it."

14 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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