2014 Buick LaCrosse Overview
The five-seat LaCrosse full-size sedan sees a number of updates for the 2014 model year. Exterior styling tweaks modestly alter the sedan's appearance while the interior gets new seats and revised dashboard controls with a simpler interface. New electronic safety aids are also available. Powertrain choices include a mild-hybrid four-cylinder powertrain or an available V-6 engine. Competitors include the Acura TL and Lexus ES 350, and the 2014 LaCrosse hits dealerships in summer 2013.
Exterior styling changes are concentrated on the front and rear of the 2014 LaCrosse. The headlights and grille are a little bolder, and all LaCrosse models have active grille shutters that close at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics. The taillights are now more closely tied to the trunklid styling. Otherwise, the sedan still retains the general appearance of its predecessor. Exterior features include 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-, 19- or 20-inch wheels available. LED taillights and available bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights.
Much like its smaller sibling, the Regal, the LaCrosse's updates for the 2014 model year address the car's worst issues. Specifically, the center controls for the audio and climate systems have an all-new layout that's easier to understand and does away with the similarly shaped tile buttons that made the old LaCrosse's dashboard controls more difficult to use than they needed to be. Interior features include dashboard and instrument panel screens measure 8 inches, IntelliLink entertainment system with tablet-style interface, ultra Luxury Interior Package features simulated-suede headliner, leather upholstery and ash wood trim. Available Bose premium audio optional.
Under the Hood
The LaCrosse comes standard with a mild-hybrid drivetrain that consists of a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, an electric motor/generator powered by a lithium-ion battery pack and a six-speed automatic transmission. Total output is 182 horsepower. Also available is a 304-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, which also works with a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include front- or all-wheel drive, with adaptive suspension available.
Standard safety features include eight airbags, an electronic stability system, traction control and antilock brakes. Available safety features include blind spot warning, lane departure warning, forward-collision warning, with available automatic braking, rear cross-traffic alert, backup camera, lane Change Alert, which warns of distant but fast-approaching cars in the next lane, safety Alert Seat, which works with the safety systems to warn the driver by pulsing the seat cushion, and adaptive cruise control with full-stop capability.
*Overview Courtesy of Cars.com