June 8, 2014
2014 Buick Lacrosse
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Do not adjust your monitor — yes the interior of this week’s tester is purple. Perhaps that was not the intent of the Buick designers – they call it Sangria. In some light it looks maroon coloured, in some light it could maybe if you are colour blind pass as brown but most of the time it looks purple and that is just odd, despite the attempt.
This week it is the 2014 Buick LaCrosse, a car that was previously sold under the LaCrosse name in USA and Allure name in Canada due to some French slang — I guess GM got over it somehow, but there you have it, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan with all-wheel drive and ultra luxury package is my chariot du jour.
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This car competes with the likes of the Toyota Avalon/Lexus ES and Lincoln MKZ, all full-size luxury or near luxury cars that to be honest are typically purchased by middle-class retirees, not that there is anything wrong with that. Buick has been trying to change their image by attracting younger buyers to the brand with vehicles like the Regal Turbo — but the LaCrosse isn’t doing them any favours in that regard.
The 2014 LaCrosse offers new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity. Also new are the restyled front and rear fascia, featuring signature wing-shape LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound taillamps. The interior is more contemporary, with new seats, enhanced materials, redesigned central instrument panel and console – and an all-new, available Ultra Luxury Interior Package with which my tester is equipped.
This week I plan on doing a lot of highway miles which this vehicle is designed for. Although the all-wheel drive system won’t help me in the summer except to burn more fuel I expect that Buick will sell a lot of all-wheel-drive models in Canada due to the safety factor alone.
Pricing: 2014 Buick Lacrosse
Base price (Premium I AWD w/1SP): $43,655
Options: Intellilink Radio — $995; Driver Confidence Package — $2,955; Ultra Luxury Package — $2,050, Oversized Sunroof — $1,660; Rear Seat Entertainment — $1,750; Premium Floor Matts — $160
A/C tax: $100
Destination charge: $1,600
Price as tested: $54,925
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