We were introduced to the 2014 Buick LaCrosse at the New York International Auto Show back in March, 2013. We're now better acquainted with it, and as it's now half way through it's cycle, the car is ready for some updates. Buick advanced the car's design with a new grille, sculpted hood and LED headlights. The tail lights have also been redesigned, and are now equipped with LEDs and a spoiler built into the trunk.
The car's aerodynamics have been improved with the addition of active grille shutters that close when the car is driven on the highway, reducing aerodynamic drag. GM is already using the technology in other models, including the Cadillac ATS.
The 2014 LaCrosse's interior was redesigned with new seats and more space. An all new Ultra Luxury package offers the brand's highest level of comfort and luxury, featuring Tamo Ash wood throughout the cabin, and semi-aniline full leather seating.
A new centre console incorporates an 8-inch reconfigurable colour screen. This allows motorists to use the car's next generation IntelliLink connectivity system that shares several features with Chevrolet's MyLink, and Cadillac's CUE systems. Drivers can now integrate their smart phones, and the system provides voice recognition in order to control navigation and audio functions. A new seven speaker audio system comes standard, with an exciting eleven speaker Bose surround sound system available as an upgrade.
In terms of handling, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse has had it's chassis and suspension revised. It now shares a platform with the Cadillac XTS and the new Chevrolet Impala. Engine choices have not changed from those offered last year. The 2.4-litre with eAssist is still the base engine, offering an EPA estimated rating of 36 MPG on the highway. It produces 182 horsepower and 172 pounds of torque. The more opulent models can count on the 3.6-litre direct injected V6 which is good for 304 horses and 264 pounds of torque. Both engines are paired with a six speed automatic transmission. The car is offered in both front wheel drive and all wheel drive models.
The car sports 8 airbags and Buick has added some new radar and camera based safety protection options. Two different "Driver Confidence" packages are available, including such features as Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Collision Preparation and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
Since 2009, over 500,000 LaCrosses have been sold around the world, 57,000 of them alone in the U.S. during 2012.
Buick's flagship sedan will hit dealerships later this year, starting at $34,000 in the US. Unfortunately, no Canadian pricing is available at this time.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca