Buick, the brand, is on a roll. Conquest sales are up, meaning there are far more people who are new to buying any GM car coming into dealerships and walking out with a new Buick. Building cars like the 2014 Buick LaCrosse and steadily improving quality and customer satisfaction is working to attract new customers.
For the 2014 model year, Buick's biggest American sedan receives a mild face-lift and a revised interior with some new color choices and content. Outside, the front and rear end get a little crisper, with LED taillights that evoke the style of the Hyundai Equus; that's not a bad thing, as both the Equus and LaCrosse are attractive cars. Up front, a new grille and headlights keep things fresh and attractive. The overall look is still clean but chunky: This is a big car and there's no disguising that.
GM is recalling 38,197 model-year 2012-13 Chevrolet and Buick eAssist light hybrid cars due to a problem with circuit boards in the trunk that could cause a fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Affected vehicles include Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans. Circuit boards in the trunk could overheat, causing the cars' 12-volt battery to drain and one of several indicator lights to turn on. If owners ignore the warning lights, the engine could stall and a fire could occur in the trunk, the newspaper reported. The issue is not related to the lithium-ion battery that is part of the eAssist hybrid system.
Owners will be notified "soon," according to the newspaper, though no specific time frame was given. Owners of Malibu Ecos, Buick LaCrosses and Buick Regals who notice any kind of warning light are encouraged to take their car to a dealer immediately. For more info, owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.Related
Updated interior materials and a new control panel make the Buick LaCrosse's interior easier on the eyes and more user friendly. The updated exterior styling keeps Buick's midsize sedan fresh looking for 2014.
A bigger, bolder grille and new LED running lights are the big changes up front; LED taillights join the LaCrosse's rear this year. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.
Much like its smaller sibling, the Regal, Buick's full-size LaCrosse sedan gets updates for the 2014 model year that address the car's worst offenses. Specifically, the center controls for the audio and climate systems have an all-new layout. It's easier to understand and lacks the similarly shaped tile buttons that made the old LaCrosse's dashboard controls more difficult to use than they needed to be.
Like the Regal, however, the LaCrosse's new steering wheel is practically overflowing with buttons. The setup on the front of the steering wheel is relatively tidy, but there's still a lot for the driver to consider.
Buick's largest sedan is getting a makeover, pushing it further upscale with a more luxurious cabin and more aggressive styling. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse, unveiled at the 2013 New York International Auto Show, features more creased front and rear styling to keep the big sedan fresh, and to put some distance between it and its platform mate, the Chevrolet Impala. Other visual updates include a new front end with redesigned headlamps that use a new signature LED running light configuration and an available bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlight system. A full-width chrome strip and new LED taillights complete the look out back.
Inside, new seats, updated materials and a redesigned center console create a more luxurious environment. Gone is the overdose of small, black plastic buttons that confused many drivers; in their place is a well-organized center stack with a minimal number of buttons. The setup looks far easier to use at a glance. Complaints about the last LaCrosse's button layout were apparently heard and addressed — the new radio, for example, has just seven buttons compared to the last one's 17.
General Motors is recalling 26,582 model-year 2013 versions of the Buick LaCrosse sedan and Cadillac SRX crossover due to a transmission problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Affected are LaCrosses manufactured between April 25, 2012, through March 6, 2013, and SRXs built between May 29, 2012, through Feb. 18, 2013 (check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb). According to NHTSA, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards because a software problem could cause the transmission to inadvertently shift to Sport mode, removing any transmission-related engine-braking effect. This could increase the risk of a crash.
GM will notify owners starting March 28, and dealers will reprogram the transmission control module for free. Owners can call Buick at 866-694-6546, Cadillac at 866-982-2339 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse eAssist doesn't offer the Volkswagen Passat TDI's value or the high-end Lexus ES 300h's fuel economy, but Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says it "pleasantly" splits the difference between practicality and price. The mild hybrid version of Buick's largest sedan improves gas mileage with its lithium-ion battery pack and 15-kilowatt electric motor combined with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine; the result is seamless acceleration and a "pillowy" ride. While the LaCrosse's lush interior draws nearer to "luxury" than "near-luxury" competitors, backseat comfort and cargo space may necessitate hanging on to that hyphen.2013 Buick LaCrosse Review
The 2013 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist is a midsize mild-hybrid sedan that in some ways feels full size and surprisingly luxurious. Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen says the LaCrosse offers adequate passing power and a smooth, comfortable ride, along with some well-executed eco features. That's in addition to luxury-type interior flourishes like sophisticated stitching, rice wood grain trim and a head-up display. But do the LaCrosse's fuel economy and features stack up to lower-priced competitors? Watch the video and find out.Related
Families looking for a little luxury in their midsize sedan will find it in the 2013 Buick LaCrosse. This five-seater has a roomy backseat that nearly fit our three child-safety seats across it. Using narrower safety seats should make it easier to fit three car seats across the second row, but make sure to install the car seats before buying.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
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