2014 Buick LaCrosse
By Laura Burstein
On Sale: Summer 2013
Expected Pricing: Low $30,000s
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse was revealed at the March 2013 New York International Auto Show. A mid-cycle update, the 2014 LaCrosse gets a facelift with Buick's new waterfall grille, a sculpted hood and LED headlights. Small hood vents have been moved from the top to the side. In back, there's a new rear fascia, new wing-shaped LED tail lights and an integrated spoiler. LaCrosse is Buick's full-size sedan.
Aerodynamics are improved with the addition of active front grille shutters, which close at highway speeds to reduce drag. This technology is used on other GM models, including the Cadillac ATS.
Inside, the 2014 LaCrosse cabin has been redesigned with new seats and more space. A new center stack comes with an 8-inch color touch screen, that uses Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system, which shares many features with Chevrolet's MyLink and Cadillac's CUE interfaces. Features include smartphone integration with apps like Pandora, and voice recognition that controls navigation and audio functions. A new 7-speaker audio system comes standard; an 11-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround system is optional. A new Ultra Luxury interior package uses semi-aniline leather upholstery and ash wood trim.
The 2014 LaCrosse receives upgrades to the chassis and suspension, also. The Buick LaCrosse is built on the same platform as the Cadillac XTS and the all-new Chevrolet Impala.
Engine choices carry over from the previous model and include the standard 2.4-liter inline-4 with eAssist good for 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, and GM's familiar 3.6-liter V6 that makes 304 hp and 264 lb.-ft. Both are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
As before, the LaCrosse is available with all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is standard.
New electronic safety features on the 2014 LaCrosse include lane change alert, which goes a step beyond blind zone alert in that it can detect moving vehicles in the next line that are up to 230 feet behind. This and other features are bundled into packages: The Driver Confidence 1 package includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, lane change alert, side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert. A head-up display and HID headlights are also included.
The Driver Confidence 2 package adds active safety features including radar-based forward collision alert, collision preparation with collision mitigation braking (which will automatically brake if a collision is imminent), full-speed-range adaptive cruise control and a safety alert seat, which can vibrate the driver's seat cushion in lieu of an audible alert.
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse will be available in dealerships this summer (2013). Prices haven't been announced, but we expect there to be a modest price increase over the 2013 model, which has a starting MSRP of $31,660.