Recall Alert: 355 GM Sedans, Crossovers


Vehicles Affected: About 355 Buick Regal, LaCrosse and Verano sedans and Enclave crossovers; Chevrolet Malibu and Cruze sedans and Traverse crossovers; and GMC Acadia crossovers — all 2014 models equipped with automatic transmissions.

The Problem: The transmission shift cable adjuster may disengage from the transmission shift lever, which could prevent the driver from shifting gear positions, and the indicated shift position may not represent the actual gear position. If disengagement occurs while the vehicle is in motion, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, the driver may be able to shift the lever to the "Park" position, but the vehicle transmission may not be in the correct gear position; if this occurs, the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of injury to occupants and bystanders.

The Fix: GM will notify owners starting late this month, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected transmission shift cable adjusters for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chevrolet owners can call 800-222-1020, Buick owners 800-521-7300 and GMC owners 800-462-8782, or owners can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

2014 Buick LaCrosse Review


If "slow and steady wins the race," the Buick LaCrosse may have a big victory in its future. reviewer Mike Hanley says the 2014 version of the ever-improving full-size sedan has come a long way, particularly with regard to its well-controlled, luxurious-feeling ride; just-right acceleration; and seat comfort. It still has some catching up to do with fuel economy, as its available V-6 lags behind competitors, as well as visibility and brake feel. Read Hanley's review below and see if you think the LaCrosse is on the right path.

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2014 Buick LaCrosse: Car Seat Check


Among a number of tweaks to the Buick LaCrosse for the 2014 model year, the full-size sedan received new seats. While we weren't able to fit three child-safety seats across its backseat, we did appreciate its five Latch anchors. While most cars have two sets of anchors in the outboard seats to meet a federal mandate, the LaCrosse has an extra anchor in the middle that allows parents to use Latch anchors to install a car seat in the middle seating position.

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2014 Buick LaCrosse: Family Review Checklist


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.

By Courtney Messenbaugh | December 27, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Buick LaCrosse Earns NHTSA's Five-Star Safety Award


The 2014 Buick LaCrosse has become the latest member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star safety club. Both the front- and all-wheel-drive versions of the premium sedan earned scores of five stars in NHTSA's frontal- and side-impact crash testing and four stars in rollover evaluations for an overall safety score of five stars. The scores were identical to those of the 2013 model, though the sedan was refreshed for 2014.

"Employing many advanced technologies — including the use of camera and radar — to help avoid crashes, the refreshed full-size sedan offers one of the most comprehensive collections of standard and available safety features in the segment," the automaker stated. "Helping the driver identify potential crash situations, visual, and audible or where available, seat vibration alerts are initially used by these systems."

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By Matt Schmitz | December 18, 2013 | Comments (1)

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2014 Buick LaCrosse: First Drive

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.

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Recall Alert: 38,197 Chevrolet, Buick Hybrids


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

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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.

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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. photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 2, 2013 | Comments (3)

2014 Buick LaCrosse: Up Close

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.

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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.

By Mike Hanley | March 28, 2013 | Comments (8)

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