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MSRP: $33,535 - $40,285
Invoice: $32,194 - $38,674
MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy
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Buick LaCrosse Review

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse ranks 5 out of 10 Affordable Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Buick LaCrosse, as well as reliability and safety data.

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Buick LaCrosse offers a nice interior and comfortable, quiet ride. They also like the excellent fuel economy it gets with the eAssist powertrain.

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is available with a choice of two engines. The LaCrosse eAssist is powered by a four-cylinder engine and electric motor. Reviewers like the eAssist model’s excellent fuel economy, and they say that the engine start-stop feature is seamless when it turns the engine on and off. However, they are split over whether the eAssist engine is refined or powerful enough for the LaCrosse. The eAssist model has a six-speed automatic transmission, which test drivers say shifts smoothly. The LaCrosse eAssist gets an EPA-estimated 25/36 mpg city/highway, which is very good for an affordable large car. A more powerful V6 engine is available as a no-cost option. One reviewer notes that the V6 is better suited to the LaCrosse than the eAssist engine, because the V6 provides much better acceleration. According to the EPA, V6 models get up to 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is slightly below-average for a V6 car in this class. Test drivers say that the 2014 Buick LaCrosse has a comfortable, quiet ride, composed handling and strong brakes, though some reviewers write that the steering system could provide better feedback.

Reviewers say the interior of the LaCrosse has premium materials and comfortable, roomy seats, particularly in the rear. Test drivers write that the LaCrosse’s infotainment system is easy to use, but they also report that the LaCrosse’s trunk is quite small for the class. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse comes standard with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote vehicle start, OnStar and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch-screen display, a seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming and a USB port. Optional features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, a sunroof, push-button start, parking sensors, a backup camera, a Bose sound system and navigation. The LaCrosse includes new optional driver aids and safety features for 2014, including blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

  • "This well-executed refresh comes just in time to meet increasing competition. The exterior tweaks are all improvements, while the interior upgrades are sharp and rich-looking, with only a little too much gloss remaining on the dark-colored version of the soft-touch lower dashboard (in lighter colors, it looks good)." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Conservatively handsome, well equipped, capable, quiet, comfortable, and refined, the car boasts eAssist, GM's mild-hybrid system." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2014 Buick LaCrosse has some faults, but overall, we like this big sedan for its premium style and comprehensive features." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're in the market for an efficient, larger midsize sedan, the LaCrosse with eAssist is worth a close look." -- AutoWeek (2012)

Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers say the all-new Kia Cadenza has comfortable, yet sporty, handling, and it gets slightly better fuel economy than the V6-powered LaCrosse. Additionally, reviewers say that the Cadenza has a high-quality interior and lots of user-friendly tech features.

Reviewers love the balanced handling and attractive, high-quality interior of the redesigned Chevrolet Impala. The Impala has a larger trunk than the LaCrosse, and it’s also available with an eAssist powertrain.

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Details: 2014 Buick LaCrosse

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. Two powertrains are available, which are both paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The LaCrosse eAssist comes with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. A more powerful, but less fuel-efficient 3.6-liter V6 engine is also available at no additional charge. All-wheel drive is available on V6 models. The Buick LaCrosse is available in four trims: LaCrosse, Leather, Premium I and Premium II. The Buick LaCrosse has not been fully redesigned since 2010. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2010 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 12/12/13

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