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Why the 2014 Buick LaCrosse Matters:
The Buick LaCrosse has played a significant role in helping the premium automaker attract a new demographic of luxury-seeking buyers and lower the average age of its customers in a bid for renewed relevancy in the large car segment. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse doesn’t bring any dramatic changes to the table with this latest refresh, but what it does do is address a few design concerns associated with the previous model, as well as offer slightly more extroverted exterior styling. Maintaining the status quo where it works while adding a bit of personality to the LaCrosse’s looks help to keep an already effective car current.
What's New for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse:
- Revised exterior styling
- Simplified interior
- Additional active safety systems
What's New for 2014: Styling and Design:
Keen eyes will detect the slightly different shape of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse’s headlights, while the addition of LED lights across their top (as well as LED tail lights) ties the sedan into a trend that has already taken root amongst its European and Japanese premium rivals. A larger front grille is also present and accounted for, as are active shutters in the front fascia that help to improve aerodynamics, but aside from a few other trim details the LaCrosse presents a familiar, attractive shape. Inside, the Buick has seen its once-complicated center stack drop a significant number of buttons but still maintain the same functionality, which is always an appealing trade-off in today’s technologically-packed automobiles. New seats and an upgraded IntelliLink infotainment system are also on offer.
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New 2014 Buick LaCrosse: What’s Under the Hood
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse makes no changes to its list of available drivetrains despite its styling refresh. This means that base models come equipped with the eAssist mild hybrid setup that pairs an electric motor with a 2.4-liter, four-cylinder unit to generate 182 horsepower, while a 304 horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 serves as the only available upgrade. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with both motors, and going with the six-cylinder adds all-wheel drive to the options sheet.
New 2014 Buick LaCrosse: Features and Technology
Aside from improvements to the voice interface used to interact with what Buick is calling the ‘next generation’ of its IntelliLink system, the most impressive technological additions to the 2014 Buick LaCrosse can be found in the safety department. The gear is offered in two new packages, with Driver Confidence 1 including a lane-departure warning system, blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, adaptive headlights, and a head-up display, and Driver Confidence 2 adding automatic collision-avoidance braking and alert, adaptive cruise control, and General Motors’ new vibrating ‘safety alert seat’ that provides additional warnings to drivers straying from their lane or not checking their blind spots.
New 2014 Buick LaCrosse: What Autobytel Thinks
The 2014 Buick LaCrosse doesn’t shake things up, but that’s fine with us, as this large mid-size sedan was already one of the most attractive and comfortable vehicles in its class. By resisting the temptation to mess with the formula that has made driving a big Buick respectable again, the LaCrosse is able to retain its charm while getting the kind of facelift that should help keep it from looking dated until a new platform is available to slot underneath its handsome exterior. The extra safety features are a nice touch, but with this type of equipment being spread across a wider range of automobile segments, it’s becoming more difficult to differentiate a model based solely on its active safety suite.
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