2014 Buick LaCrosse Trumps Jaguar XJL AWD In Almost Every Way



2014 Buick LaCrosse - Animated GIF of 80 High-Res Photos

2014 Buick LaCrosse Animated GIF

2014 Buick LaCrosse Animated GIF

This new LaCrosse is a real sweetheart. I closely compare it with the Jaguar XJ - which I also got to sample recently in its new AWD V-6 setup at the low end of the price range.

Despite the Jag's panache, it did not look happy with its extra L length and a perceptible increase in rear ride height versus the ultra-sporty XJR.

The Jag and its tall rump.

2014 Jaguar XJL AWD

2014 Jaguar XJL AWD

 

Both fabulous, comfortable limousines. The Buick impressed me quite a bit with its incredible NVH isolation, honestly decent steering and driver's layout, and huge rear cabin.

Some odd old-style cues in the LaCrosse were the only clue that this was still a GM product - otherwise it is that good.

Noticeable oddities:

- the seat belt buckles feel like they are the same exact ones in use since the Carter administration

- the front armrest is a brilliant sliding lid, which feels outstanding and is quite a special touch versus the one in back...

Driven Car Review - 2014 Buick LaCrosse Is Huge, Smooth and Silent7

Driven Car Review - 2014 Buick LaCrosse Is Huge, Smooth and Silent7

- the rear armrest is really tacky

2014 Buick LaCrosse rear armrest

2014 Buick LaCrosse rear armrest

 

 

Performance?

Performance was enthusiastic and also very smooth and quiet. Traction was a bit of an issue, even on the huge wheels/tires of the test model. Therefore, I think an AWD LaCrosse might be a real winner for size and comfort-oriented buyers.

 

LaCrosse Notes

 

 

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