2014 Buick LaCrosse Trumps Jaguar XJL AWD In Almost Every Way

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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


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…

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– the rear armrest is really tacky

2014 Buick LaCrosse rear armrest




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.




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