2014 Buick LaCrosse – TestDriveNow.com Review by Drive Timer with Steve Hammes

2014 Buick LaCrosse – TestDriveNow.com Review by Drive Timer with Steve Hammes

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One of the smoothest riding sedans on the
market gets a makeover this year. With a modernized appearance, improved handling and a new technology-fueled
cabin, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse is a car that pleases the driver and passengers alike.While
the days of big ‘ol Buick cars appear to be on hold until the brand gets an honest-to-goodness
large flagship, the LaCrosse is doing its best to play the part. It’s a midsize with
very generous rear seat proportions and an average-sized trunk. But its hallmark trait
has been and continues to be its super soft ride. It seems as though car makers believe
everyone wants a European-tuned suspension so it’s a relief to see Buick building the
LaCrosse, first and foremost, with an unapologetically American ride. And don’t misconstrue that
as sloppy, because it’s not.2014 Buick LaCrosse 1SL AWDBuick’s real-time damping front struts
and Quiet Tuning efforts keep the LaCrosse as one of, if not the best riding, quietest
cars on the market. And taking advantage of the high performance all season rubber, engineers
have tweaked the suspension to further improve handling while keeping that pillow of air
ride quality.Last time around I tested the LaCrosse eAssist or mild hybrid, if you will,
a car that lives on for 2014. But here I’ve got the LaCrosse in the high-end, Premium
1 Group trim with standard front-wheel drive, GM’s sweet 3.6-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic.
This mill works beautifully wherever it’s used with smooth and linear power delivery
of its energetic 304 horses. It’s also E85 capable, but running on 87 octane you’ll get
around 21mpg combined. Sport Mode Selectivity raises the car’s handling thresholds and keeps
the transmission holding gears. To get this specific chassis, consisting of continuously
variable real time damping, HiPer Strut front suspension, an H-arm rear suspension and Sport
mode requires a front-drive V6 model with wheels at least 19″ large. A new 20″ wheel
is standard in the Premium II Group.Changes for 2014 include a refreshed exterior design
with the new familial wing-shaped LED lighting, a more prominent black chrome waterfall grille
hiding active shutters for improved efficiency, and a new rear fascia with wraparound LED
taillamps that has me seeing Mercedes S-Class.Equipped with both of the optional Driver Confidence
Packages and the latest generation of Buick’s IntelliLink system, the person in this seat
has all of the tools needed to feel confident and in control but when you’re coming and
going, the curved dash often makes an unwelcomed meeting with your knee and that goes for the
passenger’s side as well.It feels a little short and narrow in the front, but these new
seats improve comfort and the vast array of GM’s electronic expertise are on display.
All of the radar and camera based safety features are here including Side Blind Zone Alert with
a new twist which detects fast moving vehicles coming up alongside the car. Warnings for
all threats are felt by your rear end as The Safety Seat vibrates on the side of danger.
A head up display is a fantastic safety measure and the IntelliLink system has been updated
to include all of today’s access to info in a smartphone-like layout. But the best improvement
comes in voice command recognition which allows for natural language to communicate your desires.The
rear seats give 2 to 3 more copious amounts of leg and head room, thorax airbags, pop
out headrests, an oversized sunroof and power sunshade while trunk space can be expanded
by folding the 60/40 spilt fold seat.This higher end model starts life just shy of $40,000
while mine, with all of the aforementioned goodies and the extra charge Midnight Amethyst
paint — a box I’d most certainly leave unchecked — finishes up at $46,090.

26 thoughts on “2014 Buick LaCrosse – TestDriveNow.com Review by Drive Timer with Steve Hammes”

  1. Despite their obvious differences in nameplates and packaging and options, GM has made it a lot harder for me to choose which full-size sedan I want in my garage:  LaCrosse, Impala, or XTS.  They all share the same platform so I guess it's all in choosing how you want to ride.  I love 'em all, though.

    Thanks, Steve.  Sure 'preciate it.

  2. Steve – you sure about being pinned in?  I sat in a LaCrosse, and I had a ton of room.  If you've seen recent Buick ads, yes, Shaquille O'Neal does fit in one (all 7' 1" and 330+ lbs. of him). 

  3. This Lacrosse was on dealers lots before the new S Class so how is it you see S-Class like Buick copied? The bot came out about the same time and the Buick first to market…do these guys do any research at all or do they just like to hear themselves talk?

  4. What do you mean when you said you would leave the box unchecked for the paint color ? don"t you like this color?

  5. just purchased one today, trading a 08 caddy sts….this car is incredible….same trim and equipment…..rolled out the door for 40….

  6. Excellent review, sweet car. I'm glad someone out there understands that not every luxury car is supposed to be a turbo go kart. Most buyers in this category don't want that actually, so Buick has done a great job.

  7. This car is not a midsize. It rides on the same suspension as the XTS, and Impala which both are full size.

  8. THIS is a very accurate report….I test drove a few…From high mileage(150k+) to very low mileage (60k) it drove the same…VERY SMOOTH yet Tight & Sportyish

  9. Im just glad the Buick still has the signature Hood/side vents and Cadillacs reintroduced the straight Cadillac taillights..👏🏽👏🏽👍🏽👍🏽💯

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