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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 Interior

Automotive journalists agree that premium materials give the 2014 Buick LaCrosse's cabin a luxurious feel. They say that both rows of seats are comfortable and roomy, and most find the updated infotainment system easy to use. However, critics agree that the trunk is very small for the class.

  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Bigger improvements are found inside the cabin, where upgraded materials, introduction of a second-generation IntelliLink system, and several new safety-oriented features all make life better for occupants." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Slide behind the steering wheel of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and you'll find yourself surrounded by graceful curves and upscale materials. Even after the sun sets, the cabin's flowing lines are emphasized by soft blue ambient lighting that adds a classy touch." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The LaCrosse seats five and comes with cloth upholstery and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. Optional features include leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Reviewers say the front seats are supportive and the rear seats are very roomy. One reviewer thinks the optional heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats are particularly luxurious.

  • "As you'd expect in a luxury sedan, the LaCrosse's cabin is long on comfort. Seats are supportive and there's plenty of leg- and shoulder room even in the backseat. The available heated steering wheel and heated and ventilated front seats are especially pampering." -- Edmunds
  • "Noise levels inside are commendably low and rear-seat space is notably generous." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The backseat truly has room for three passengers." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse comes standard with 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 a head-up display, a sunroof, push-button start, parking sensors, a backup camera, an 11-speaker Bose sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Test drivers agree that the updated IntelliLink infotainment system is user-friendly, saying that the touch screen, buttons and knobs are now easier to use. Still, one critic says that the touch screen can be slow to respond to user inputs. A couple automotive journalists write that the optional head-up display unit does an excellent job putting important information in the driver’s line of sight. One publication even says that the LaCrosse’s head-up unit is among the best it has ever used.

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  • "Much like its smaller sibling, the Regal, the LaCrosse's updates for the 2014 model year address the car's worst issues. Specifically, the center controls for the audio and climate systems have an all-new layout that's easier to understand and does away with the similarly shaped tile buttons that made the old LaCrosse's dashboard controls more difficult to use than they needed to be." -- Cars.com
  • "Spare a moment to applaud Buick's latest IntelliLink infotainment system, which does several things other systems could emulate. It cuts the center-stack-button count from 17 to seven, but still includes two knobs for volume and tuning, and uses labels big enough to be read at a glance without peering. As these things go, it's intuitive and useful." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "This year's updated infotainment system is pretty user-friendly, but it can be a bit of a reach for shorter drivers and it's sometimes painfully slow to react to touchscreen inputs." -- Edmunds
  • "[The head-up display] 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." -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

The LaCrosse and LaCrosse eAssist have 13.3 and 10.8 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively, which are both smaller trunks for the class. One reviewer says the trunk also has a small opening and a high sill, which makes loading and unloading difficult. The trunk does have a pass-through, which increases cargo space, but in eAssist models, the opening is partially blocked by the battery pack.

  • "Prospective Buick LaCrosse buyers should also be aware that this full-size sedan has an undersized trunk, a potential deal-breaker for some families." -- Edmunds
  • "A small trunk opening and high liftover restrict access to the cargo area. The eAssist battery pack steals space, eliminating most of the pass through to the cabin." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Trunk space suffers a little to accommodate the lithium ion battery pack, but Buick still manages to include a pass-through." -- CNET (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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