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2014 Buick LaCrosse Review

The Buick LaCrosse’s smooth ride, quiet and roomy interior, great safety ratings, and top-notch reliability push it toward the top of our large car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, quiet ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Excellent crash safety ratings
  • Efficient but slow eAssist model
  • Small trunk

New for 2014


  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Updated infotainment system
  • Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning became available





Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Buick LaCrosse Overview

Is the 2014 Buick LaCrosse a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is a great option if you’re shopping for a used large car. The LaCrosse pleases with its cloudlike ride, comfortable seats, and hushed cabin that together make for pleasant long highway cruises. It also rates high in crash safety and reliability, and offers a wide range of advanced safety features, such as forward collision warning with emergency braking. The luxe Buick isn’t without its shortcomings though, which include a sluggish eAssist engine and a rather small trunk.

Used 2014 Buick LaCrosse Performance and Interior

Buick offers the 2014 LaCrosse with two engine options. Base models are equipped with Buick’s eAssist mild hybrid system, which features a four-cylinder engine (182 horsepower), an electric motor, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. The electric motor saves fuel by switching the engine off at stoplights and back on again once the brake pedal is released. The system operates smoothly and earns the LaCrosse an EPA rating of 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is excellent for a full-size sedan. However, its poky acceleration doesn’t inspire confidence.

The LaCrosse’s available 304-horsepower V6 is a better match, providing brisk acceleration at the cost of lower fuel efficiency (18/28 mpg city/highway). A six-speed automatic is available with either front- or all-wheel drive.

Both models provide a comfortable ride and soak up bumps in the road with poise. Adaptive shock absorbers (available in higher trim levels) yield an even smoother ride and sharper handling. Even so, the LaCrosse feels far from athletic, which is typical of many competitors in this comfort-oriented class.

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The Buick LaCrosse seats five and indulges passengers with an exceptionally quiet cabin. There’s virtually no road or wind noise, even at highway speeds. The front seats are plush and provide good comfort over long trips. There’s no shortage of head- or legroom in either row, making the LaCrosse a great option for taller drivers and passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats. It’s not all good news, though; rear visibility is fairly limited due to the slim rear window, and the LaCrosse has a small trunk for its class. V6 models offer just 13.3 cubic feet of trunk space, while eAssist models have an even smaller 10.8 cubic feet.

Buick equips all LaCrosse sedans with an 8-inch touch screen, USB inputs, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Available features include a navigation system and dual rear-seat DVD screens. The touch-screen infotainment system, known as IntelliLink, is easy to use and features large on-screen icons. The audio and climate control buttons on the dashboard benefit from a simple layout as well. That said, the screen is occasionally slow to respond.

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Used 2014 Buick LaCrosse Prices

The price of a used 2014 LaCrosse ranges from about $17,100 for a base model to around $21,600 for the Buick LaCrosse Premium AWD model. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Buick LaCrosse?

The Buick LaCrosse has excellent reliability, earning a score of five out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the LaCrosse?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 LaCrosse the highest rating of Good in all four areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the LaCrosse a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety, as well as four stars for rollover crash safety.

Buick equips all LaCrosse Leather and Premium models with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. The optional Driver Confidence I package adds forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, and adaptive pivoting headlights. The Driver Confidence II package (Premium models only) adds adaptive cruise control, GM’s Safety Alert Seat (vibrates to warn drivers of potential hazards), and automatic emergency braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used LaCrosse?

The 2014 LaCrosse marks the fifth model year of the vehicle’s second generation. Updates for 2014 included a new grille, bumpers, and headlights. A refreshed interior, a revised infotainment system, and a variety of new active safety features were also added. While you may find used 2012 and 2013 LaCrosse models for less money, these cars won’t share the 2014’s major updates.

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Which Used Buick LaCrosse Is Right for Me?

Buick offers the 2014 LaCrosse in four trim levels: base, Leather, Premium I, and Premium II. Base models are equipped with an 8-inch touch screen, AM/FM/satellite radio, a CD player, Bluetooth, USB inputs, OnStar telematics, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, remote start, and remote keyless entry.

The LaCrosse Leather trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. The LaCrosse Premium I trim adds heated and ventilated front seats, a rear sunshade, Bose sound system, proximity keyless entry, and an adaptive suspension (FWD only). The Premium II trim adds a navigation system.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned LaCrosse. Buick’s CPO program offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty, and the original new-car powertrain warranty is extended to seven years or 100,000 miles. Buick CPO models must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Buick’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 Buick LaCrosse and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Buick LaCrosse or 2014 Buick Regal?

The midsize 2014 Buick Regal and the full-size LaCrosse are often found within the same used car price range, and both models impress with a generous array of standard tech features and available safety features. The LaCrosse is the better family car – it has far roomier rear seats and a higher reliability rating. That said, the Regal is the better bet if you’re looking for lively handling.

Which Is Better: 2014 Buick LaCrosse or 2014 Toyota Avalon?

You can’t go wrong with either the 2014 Toyota Avalon or the LaCrosse. Both full-size sedans have class-leading reliability ratings, advanced safety features, and generous seating space. However, the Avalon boasts a higher-quality interior, as well as a larger trunk and a more efficient hybrid model (40/39 mpg city/highway). On the other hand, the Buick is available with all-wheel drive and used models are often less expensive.

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