What is it:
An extensively updated version of Buick's top-of-the-line large sedan.
Supported by strong demand in China, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse hits this year's New York Auto Show with some thoughtful updates, including a sleeker interior layout and appealing technology offerings. Also, the controls have been simplified thanks to fewer buttons and larger, clearer displays.
The current LaCrosse ranges from about $33,000 for the base four-cylinder model to just over $40,000 in Touring trim. We expect only modest price increases across the board for the updated 2014 Buick LaCrosse.
When can you get it?
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The LaCrosse is an unusual combination of luxury, style, technology and value. For the same price as a well-equipped family sedan, you can enjoy the LaCrosse's smoother and quieter ride, not to mention its enormous back seat. Check out the 2014 La Crosse's new dashboard, too - it's got a smooth, upscale look that outdoes some purebred import luxury cars, yet its controls are easier to use than ever. And with twin 8-inch display screens and the next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system, you'll always be at the technological cutting edge.
Under the hood, meanwhile, Buick continues to offer a choice of fuel economy (a four-cylinder engine with eAssist mild hybrid technology) or classic American power (a 3.6-liter V6 with direct injection).
Other cars to consider:
Chrysler 300: Featuring a rear-wheel-drive platform with available V8 power, the 300 is arguably even more of a classic highway cruiser than the LaCrosse, but its fuel economy potential isn't as high.
Volkswagen Passat: A lower-priced option, the American-built Passat offers a full-size interior, a pleasant highway ride, and available diesel power.