The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is a large luxury sedan, available in four trim levels: Base, Leather, Premium 1 and Premium 2. Base models come well equipped with alloy wheels 17 inch, the full power accessories, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, auto-dimming mirror, power driver seat eight positions, split folding rear seats, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, OnStar, an outlet 110 volt, phone and audio connectivity, a touch screen 8 inch and a sound system with seven speakers CD players, Bluetooth satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, iPod interface/USB and smart application integration.
Spring for the skinny model is obtained and fog lamps, a mirror driver’s side auto-dimming, rear park assist, keyless ignition/entry, rear view camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats, settings memory driver and a power front passenger seat eight positions. Premium 1 ups the ante with the 3.6-liter V6, 19-inch wheels (chrome on the front-drive version), enhanced with adaptive shock absorbers (only front-wheel drive version), front seats with heating and ventilation Suspension a heated leather/wheel, umbrella electric rear window and a Bose audio system surround sound 11-speaker wooden ornaments.
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse Premium 2 adds 20-inch wheels and a navigation system. Optional on all but the base LaCrosse is the Ultra luxury interior package, with better leather, leather console armrest / center cut, suede headliner and simulated wood accents on the dash, the doors and console.
Also optional on all but the base is driver confidence to package # 1, including xenon headlights, fog lights, head- up display, side blind zone alert (with lane departure warning) Rear Cross Traffic Alert and lane changes and collision warning systems. The MIC can upgrade to Premium driver confidence package # 2, which includes all that and adds adaptive cruise control fully, automatic collision preparation and a ” Security Alert ” driver’s seat vibrates.
Some of the features found in higher levels can be added to finish the lower trim as options. Other notable options include a sunroof and an entertainment system for rear seat with headrest mounted dual screens.
2014 Buick LaCrosse Interior
Slide behind the wheel of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and find yourself surrounded by elegant curves and luxurious materials. Even after the sun sets, flowing lines of the cabin are highlighted by soft blue ambient lighting that adds a touch of class. If there is a weakness in this clever design, is that the controls are not as simple as some traditional Buick buyers might like. System date information about this year’s entertainment is pretty easy to use, but can be a bit of a reach for shorter drivers and sometimes painfully slow to react to the inputs of the touch screen.
As you would expect in a luxury sedan, the LaCrosse ‘s cabin is long on comfort. The seats are supportive and there is plenty of leg and shoulder room, even in the back seat. The available heated steering wheel and front seats with heating and ventilation are especially pampering.
The trunk of the LaCrosse is a bit small, though. With just 13.3 cubic feet of capacity, which has less than some compact sedans. That number is further reduced on models equipped with the mild hybrid propulsion system, where the battery capacity of 10.8 cubic feet is reduced. The rather small aperture can also make loading larger items problematic.
2014 Buick LaCrosse Engine
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is offered with a choice of two engines. Standard on the fur trim level base and front-wheel drive is a mild hybrid Powertrain that combines a four-cylinder 2.4-liter with 11 kW electric motor and a battery pack ion lithium. Combined Maximum power is 182 horsepower and 172 foot-pounds of torque, and is sent to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
Edmunds test track in a LaCrosse with this configuration ran the race from 0 to 60 mph in 9.2 seconds, a performance doesn’t hurry for this segment. However, this propulsion system is about efficiency, not speed. Aided by intelligent aerodynamic improvements like automatically controlled shutters behind the grille, offers an impressive EPA estimated 29 mpg combined (25 city/36 highway).
Optional for the two levels above standard finish and everything else is the 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 303 HP and 264 lb-ft of torque. The unity of the front wheel and six-speed automatic are standard, driving all four wheels optional. On the track, a front wheel drive V6 LaCrosse ran to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is about average for this segment. The fuel consumption estimates are at 21 combined (18 city/28 highway) with front-wheel drive and 20 combined (17 city/26 highway) with four-wheel drive.
2014 Buick LaCrosse Security
Standard safety features for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse include anti-lock disc brakes, the stability and traction control, front and rear seat side air bags and side impact curtain airbags. Also standard is OnStar, which includes automatic collision notification, remote door unlock, the roadside assistance on demand, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by -turn navigation. Buick LaCrosses All except the base version have rear park assist and a standard rearview camera.
Optional safety features include a blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning (automatically alert you when changing lanes indicated when another car is rapidly approaching each rear side), rear cross-traffic alert, warning system lane change, a system of forward collision warning and automatic collision preparation. Many of these features ties into the driver’s seat optional vibration, which vibrates to indicate the direction of a potential collision threat.
In Edmunds brake testing a LaCrosse with the 3.6-liter engine and 19-inch wheels stopped from 60 mph in 116 feet – excellent for this segment. Lacrosse with easy A 17-inch wheels and had a similarly strong performance, the stopping from 60 mph in just 115 feet.
Crash tests of complete government were not available in the 2014 LaCrosse as of this writing, but the car previously scored five (out of a possible five) stars overall, with five star ratings for testing, both front and impact lateral. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its top ” Good ” in its tests, 2014 Buick LaCrosse side impact and frontal offset resistance ceiling moderate overlap.