2014 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

2014 Buick LaCrosse
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Buick's LaCrosse is its biggest sedan, but it's a straddler--between mid-size and full-size, between mainstream and luxury.

It's a cousin to the new Chevy Impala, another well-received four-door that can be priced nearly as high as the LaCrosse, with an additional four-cylinder engine option for the truly penny-pinching buyer.

It's not quite as nicely finished as the Buick, though.

The Lexus ES sedan now comes in gas-only and hybrid flavors, and is the best-looking sedan Lexus builds--and it's even become more interesting to drive, too.

There's more of a performance emphasis in the Nissan Maxima, which is slightly smaller than the LaCrosse, but it also appeals to those who value rich interior appointments.

The Acura TL might be perceived more as a true luxury sedan, though it's also front- or all-wheel drive; with a six-speed manual, it's more of a driver's car.

The Hyundai Genesis has rear-wheel drive and a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines, and it's an especially strong value.

None of these models are as fuel-efficient as the LaCrosse, except for the all-new Lexus ES 300h, a hybrid model that achieves 40 mpg city, 39 highway.

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Quick Specs
8.0
Great on gas or long on comfort and refinement--the Buick LaCrosse can be either, though we'd steer you toward the premium editions.
8.2
The 2014 Acura TL is an attractive, comfortable, well-appointed luxury sedan. Choose the SH-AWD model, and you have yourself a legitimate sport sedan, too.
8.0
It took a while to get here, but the 2014 Chevy Impala fast-forwards over the past with fine handling and even better styling.
7.8
If you want a well-finished interior, plenty of power, and luxury-car ambiance all around—but you can do without the brand cachet—the 2014 Hyundai Genesis could add up as a good value.
7.6
The 2014 Nissan Maxima isn't the enthusiast car it claims to be, but it is a more luxurious, more stylish option than many of its competitors.
MSRP From    
$33,535$36,030$26,860$35,200$31,290
Gas Mileage    
17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Electric I4Premium Unleaded V-6Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan LS w/1LS4-Door Sedan V6 3.8L4-Door Sedan 3.5 S
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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