2014 Buick LaCrosse

September 24th, 2014 | Comments Closed | Buick

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is the large luxury sedan available in 4 trim levels: Base, leather, premium and premium I. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse Base models come well equipped with 17-inch wheels, heated mirrors, alloy wheels, power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming mirror, a power driver seat eight positions, split folding rear seatbacks, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, OnStar, an outlet 110 volt, cruise control,  the Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a touch screen 8 inches and a sound system with seven speakers with CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, iPod / USB integration and smart phone applications. Spring for the skin model and the fog lamps, mirror driver side auto-dimming, rear park assist is obtained, keyless ignition / entry, rear view camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats, adjustments memory driver and a power front passenger seat eight positions.

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse premium one ups the ante with a 3.6-liter V6, 19-inch wheels (chrome on the front-drive version), enhanced with adaptive shock absorbers (front-wheel drive version only), heated and ventilated front seats suspension one leather heated / wheel, power rear sunshade a window and an audio system Bose 11-speaker surround sound wooden ornaments. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse Premium 2 adds 20-inch wheels and a navigation system. Optional on all but the base 2014 Buick LaCrosse is the Ultra luxury interior package, with upgrade leather, leather console armrest / center court, before headlining simulated and real wood accents on the dash , doors and console.

Also optional on all but the base is the # 1 Driver Confidence Package, which includes fog lights, xenon headlights, head-up display, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, and lane changes and collision warning systems. The ornaments 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 2014 Buick LaCrosse features found in higher levels of finish can be added to the lower trim as options. Other notable options include the 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 you will find yourself surrounded by elegant curves and luxurious materials. Even after the sun sets, the flowing lines of the cabin are highlighted by soft blue ambient lighting that adds a touch of class. If there is a weakness in design, the controls are not as simple as some traditional Buick buyers might. Infotainment system updated this year is pretty easy to use, but can be bit of a reach for shorter drivers, and it is sometimes very slow to react to the inputs of the touch screen.

As you would expect in a luxury sedan, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse cabin is long on comfort. The seats are supportive and not much space ratio and shoulder, even in the back seat. The available heated steering wheel and front seats with heating and ventilation are especially pampering. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse trunk is a bit small, though. With only 13.3 cubic feet of capacity, which has the less than some compact sedans. Its further reduced on models equipped with hybrid propulsion system smoothly, where the battery capacity of 10.8 cubic feet is reduced. The smallish opening may also cause the load of larger items problematic.

2014 Buick LaCrosse Engine

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse offered with a choice of two engines. Standard on the base and leather front wheel drive trim levels is a mild hybrid powertrain that pairs a four-cylinder 2.4-liter with Eleven kW electric motor and the battery pack ion lithium. Maximum combined output is 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels and is sent through a six-speed automatic transmission. In track testing a 2014 Buick LaCrosse with this configuration ran the race from 0-60 mph in 9.2 seconds, a slow performance for this segment. However, propulsion system is about efficiency. Aided by the intelligent aerodynamic improvements like automatically controlled shutters behind grille, offers an impressive EPA estimated 29 mpg combined (25 city / 36 highway).

Optional for both trim levels listed above and standard on all others is a 3.6-liter V6 cranks out 303 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. The unity of the front wheel and 6-speed automatic are standard, with optional all-wheel drive. On the track, a front wheel drive V6 LaCrosse ran to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is about average for this generation. The Fuel mileage estimates stand at 21 combined (18 city / 28 highway) with front-wheel drive and 20 combined (17 city / 26 highway) with AWD.

2014 Buick LaCrosse Safety

Standard safety features for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse include anti lock disc brakes, front and rear seat airbags side impact, stability and traction control, and side curtain airbags. Standard is OnStar, which includes the automatic notification accident, road side assistance on demand, stolen vehicle assistance remote door unlock and turn-by-turn navigation. All except 2014 Buick LaCrosses Buick version of the base have rear park assist and a standard rear view camera.

2014 Buick LaCrosse Optional safety features include blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning (automatically warns you when changing lanes indicated when another car is approaching fast on both sides of the back), rear cross traffic alert, warning system lane change,  system of forward collision warning and automatic collision preparation. Many of these features tie into the driver’s seat optional vibration, which vibrates to indicate direction of the potential crash threat.

2014 Buick Lacrosse Premium I Group

In braking tests, 2014 Buick LaCrosse with 3.6-liter engine and Nineteen-inch wheels stopped from 60 mph in 116 feet – excellent for this segment. LaCrosse with eAssist A 17-inch wheels and had a similar strong performance, stopping from 60 mph in just 115 feet. Crash tests of complete government were not available in the 2014 Buick LaCrosseas of this writing, but previously the car scored five (out of five) stars overall, with five-star ratings for both frontal and side impact tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave its top “Good” on their frontal-offset, roof strength and side impact tests moderate overlap.