What is a Buick? If a Chevrolet is mainstream, and a Cadillac is luxury, where does Buick fit into the General Motors hierarchy of brands? And if a loaded Chevrolet Impala costs just under $43,000 and a Cadillac XTS without any options has a sticker price of just over $45,000, where does the 2014 Buick LaCrosse fit into the full-size sedan picture? Evidently, the idea is for the Buick to overlap with the Chevy and the Caddy, delivering more luxury than the Impala and at a greater value than the XTS.
You’d think this formula would make the Buick the most appealing of this trio of full-size sedans. Having now spent a week driving a nicely equipped LaCrosse, I’m not sure that’s the case. I mean, this is a nice car that deserves more consideration than it gets, and the LaCrosse is quite stylish inside and out. Without benefit of driving them back-to-back, my gut tells me I’d rather have the Buick than the Cadillac.
The problem is that a loaded Chevy Impala LTZ with all the upgrades is a terrific car. And that makes the Buick a tough sell.