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2014 Buick LaCrosse – TestDriveNow.com Review by Drive Timer with Steve Hammes


One of the smoothest riding sedans on the
market gets a makeover this year. With a modernized appearance, improved handling and a new technology-fueled
cabin, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse is a car that pleases the driver and passengers alike.While
the days of big ‘ol Buick cars appear to be on hold until the brand gets an honest-to-goodness
large flagship, the LaCrosse is doing its best to play the part. It’s a midsize with
very generous rear seat proportions and an average-sized trunk. But its hallmark trait
has been and continues to be its super soft ride. It seems as though car makers believe
everyone wants a European-tuned suspension so it’s a relief to see Buick building the
LaCrosse, first and foremost, with an unapologetically American ride. And don’t misconstrue that
as sloppy, because it’s not.2014 Buick LaCrosse 1SL AWDBuick’s real-time damping front struts
and Quiet Tuning efforts keep the LaCrosse as one of, if not the best riding, quietest
cars on the market. And taking advantage of the high performance all season rubber, engineers
have tweaked the suspension to further improve handling while keeping that pillow of air
ride quality.Last time around I tested the LaCrosse eAssist or mild hybrid, if you will,
a car that lives on for 2014. But here I’ve got the LaCrosse in the high-end, Premium
1 Group trim with standard front-wheel drive, GM’s sweet 3.6-liter V6 and a 6-speed automatic.
This mill works beautifully wherever it’s used with smooth and linear power delivery
of its energetic 304 horses. It’s also E85 capable, but running on 87 octane you’ll get
around 21mpg combined. Sport Mode Selectivity raises the car’s handling thresholds and keeps
the transmission holding gears. To get this specific chassis, consisting of continuously
variable real time damping, HiPer Strut front suspension, an H-arm rear suspension and Sport
mode requires a front-drive V6 model with wheels at least 19″ large. A new 20″ wheel
is standard in the Premium II Group.Changes for 2014 include a refreshed exterior design
with the new familial wing-shaped LED lighting, a more prominent black chrome waterfall grille
hiding active shutters for improved efficiency, and a new rear fascia with wraparound LED
taillamps that has me seeing Mercedes S-Class.Equipped with both of the optional Driver Confidence
Packages and the latest generation of Buick’s IntelliLink system, the person in this seat
has all of the tools needed to feel confident and in control but when you’re coming and
going, the curved dash often makes an unwelcomed meeting with your knee and that goes for the
passenger’s side as well.It feels a little short and narrow in the front, but these new
seats improve comfort and the vast array of GM’s electronic expertise are on display.
All of the radar and camera based safety features are here including Side Blind Zone Alert with
a new twist which detects fast moving vehicles coming up alongside the car. Warnings for
all threats are felt by your rear end as The Safety Seat vibrates on the side of danger.
A head up display is a fantastic safety measure and the IntelliLink system has been updated
to include all of today’s access to info in a smartphone-like layout. But the best improvement
comes in voice command recognition which allows for natural language to communicate your desires.The
rear seats give 2 to 3 more copious amounts of leg and head room, thorax airbags, pop
out headrests, an oversized sunroof and power sunshade while trunk space can be expanded
by folding the 60/40 spilt fold seat.This higher end model starts life just shy of $40,000
while mine, with all of the aforementioned goodies and the extra charge Midnight Amethyst
paint — a box I’d most certainly leave unchecked — finishes up at $46,090.

David Frank

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26 COMMENTS

  1. GregoCatal Posted on December 13, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Despite their obvious differences in nameplates and packaging and options, GM has made it a lot harder for me to choose which full-size sedan I want in my garage:  LaCrosse, Impala, or XTS.  They all share the same platform so I guess it's all in choosing how you want to ride.  I love 'em all, though.

    Thanks, Steve.  Sure 'preciate it.

    Reply
  2. MJ4cars97 Posted on December 14, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Great video as always! 

    Reply
  3. Daryl Shook Posted on December 14, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Steve, glad to see you're up and running!

    Reply
  4. Billy Sou Posted on December 17, 2013 at 3:53 am

    Steve – you sure about being pinned in?  I sat in a LaCrosse, and I had a ton of room.  If you've seen recent Buick ads, yes, Shaquille O'Neal does fit in one (all 7' 1" and 330+ lbs. of him). 

    Reply
  5. PussMag Posted on December 24, 2013 at 4:12 am

    Grand pa, buy a boat with your $50k

    Reply
  6. Scott Campbell Posted on December 25, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    great car review, thanks

    Reply
  7. MrTheMiguelox Posted on December 27, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Steve do you think that the LaCrosse ride is smother than the richer cousin Cadillac XTS?

    Reply
  8. R. Johnson Posted on December 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    This Lacrosse was on dealers lots before the new S Class so how is it you see S-Class like Buick copied? The bot came out about the same time and the Buick first to market…do these guys do any research at all or do they just like to hear themselves talk?

    Reply
  9. URAvgGuy Posted on December 31, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Good to see your new channel Steve!

    Reply
  10. Bryan K. Posted on January 18, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    The 2014 LaCrosse truly is a beautiful car. Love the headlights, front fascia, and wheels.

    Reply
  11. George Grasser Posted on March 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Well you can't find a better car for $46,000 can you?

    Reply
  12. al zu Posted on May 29, 2014 at 4:05 am

    Steve Hanes isn't that the guy on Dateline NBC or is he different?

    Reply
  13. justgothere100 Posted on June 22, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Like the car, but hate the price. 

    Reply
  14. Greg Graves Posted on July 10, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    What do you mean when you said you would leave the box unchecked for the paint color ? don"t you like this color?

    Reply
  15. J.A. Jones Posted on July 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Im going to take a look at this Buick, great video, thx

    Reply
  16. SKYBEAT DANCE FITNESS Posted on September 16, 2014 at 2:53 am

    thanks so much for doing a great review

    Reply
  17. Scott Walper Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:34 am

    just purchased one today, trading a 08 caddy sts….this car is incredible….same trim and equipment…..rolled out the door for 40….

    Reply
  18. 373axle Posted on November 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent review, sweet car. I'm glad someone out there understands that not every luxury car is supposed to be a turbo go kart. Most buyers in this category don't want that actually, so Buick has done a great job.

    Reply
  19. JC6817 Posted on December 13, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Gorgeous car, great review!

    Reply
  20. mark marshall Posted on February 22, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    roadmaster or park avenue or Riviera, which one would best suit the buick line guys? 

    Reply
  21. britton coil Posted on June 14, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Gorgeous car

    Reply
  22. Shundarian J Catron Posted on July 21, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    This car is not a midsize. It rides on the same suspension as the XTS, and Impala which both are full size.

    Reply
  23. kj232009 Posted on January 28, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Great reliability

    Reply
  24. Buick72100 Posted on February 9, 2019 at 12:56 am

    THIS is a very accurate report….I test drove a few…From high mileage(150k+) to very low mileage (60k) it drove the same…VERY SMOOTH yet Tight & Sportyish

    Reply
  25. Buick72100 Posted on February 9, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Im just glad the Buick still has the signature Hood/side vents and Cadillacs reintroduced the straight Cadillac taillights..👏🏽👏🏽👍🏽👍🏽💯

    Reply
  26. BruceTheSillyGoose Posted on March 23, 2019 at 7:17 am

    those big wheels only ruin the ride over anything less than perfect pavement.

    Reply
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