The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is likable. It’s not lovable. It’s not perfect for families, especially larger ones like mine. But, with an elegant and comfortable interior, a V-6 engine and a smooth, quiet ride, it’s most definitely likable.
The 2014 LaCrosse has been refreshed, both outside and in. The exterior shape is rather ho-hum, though the addition of wing-shaped LED headlights and taillights adds some spunk. A new front grille includes active shutters that close at high speeds to improve aerodynamics.
I tested the LaCrosse Premium I with all-wheel drive and a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. With 304 horsepower and 264 pounds-feet of torque, this engine generates ample power. I drove a 100-mile stretch of mountainous terrain in foul weather, but the mountain passes and slick roads presented no problems at all. The LaCrosse with a V-6 gets an EPA-estimated 17/26/20 mpg city/highway/combined, and I averaged almost 20 mpg on my weeklong test drive. A mild-hybrid system — a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired to an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack — is also available; it bumps up fuel economy to 25/36/29 mpg but reduces power.