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2014 Buick LaCrosse

$33,535 to $40,285
25 City - 36 Hwy

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Changes for the 2014 Buick LaCrosse:

Buick makes substantial changes to the 2014 LaCrosse, from styling modifications and interior upgrades to a long list of new safety and infotainment technologies and a free scheduled maintenance plan. The one thing Buick didn’t fix? This car’s tiny trunk.

Model Lineup:

Buick sells the 2014 LaCrosse in a single level of specification with upgrade option packages called Leather, Premium I, Premium II, Touring, and Ultra Luxury Interior.

Predictably, the Leather package adds leather seats, as well as a power front passenger’s seat, a reversing camera, and rear parking sensors. The Premium I package includes perforated leather, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a premium sound system. The Premium II package provides navigation and 20-inch wheels, while the Touring package adds a real-time damping suspension with a Sport mode.

Engines and Transmissions:

Choose a standard LaCrosse or one equipped with the Leather Package, and this Buick is equipped with a standard eAssist powertrain, a “light electrification” system that uses a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and an electric assist motor powered by a small lithium-ion battery recharged by a regenerative braking system. Combined, this setup produces 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque, and drives the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The eAssist powertrain cannot power the vehicle solely on electricity. Rather, the battery and electric motor allow the use of a smaller, more fuel-efficient gasoline engine that doesn’t need to work as hard, thereby increasing fuel economy.

A 304-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 engine is optional for the base LaCrosse and the LaCrosse with Leather, and standard with Premium I, Premium II, Touring, and Ultra Luxury Interior option packages. The V-6 is paired with a 6-speed automatic, and is required for the optional all-wheel-drive system.

Fuel Economy Ratings:

Choose to stick with the eAssist “light electrification” powertrain, and the LaCrosse is rated to return 29 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA. The V-6 engine delivers 21 mpg in combined driving, and the V-6/AWD combo produces 20 mpg.

Note, however, that with eAssist, the LaCrosse’s already small 13.3 cu.-ft. trunk shrinks further to 10.8 cu.-ft. in order to accommodate the battery pack. That’s about the same as two Miatas.

Safety Ratings:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2014 LaCrosse a 5-star frontal impact rating and a 4-star rollover resistance rating. The LaCrosse has not been rated for side-impact protection as this summary is written. Likewise, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not rated the 2014 LaCrosse as this summary was published.

Technology Highlights:

The 2014 LaCrosse is offered with a new version of Buick IntelliLink infotainment technology, which includes natural voice recognition and a gesture-recognition touchscreen. An optional reconfigurable gauge display is also new, and the LaCrosse is now offered with a long list of safety features including adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Alert, and a Safety Alert Seat.