Car Clash: Buick LaCrosse vs. Chevy Impala vs. Cadillac XTS36
As it currently stands, General Motors offers three vehicles based on its stretched Epsilon II platform, sometimes known as Super Epsilon, including the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, and all-new 2014 Chevy Impala. With the three vehicles marketed as full-size luxury sedans, each is bigger than the average midsize sedan, albeit the Super Epsilon architecture has its roots in the midsize class with vehicles such as the Buick Regal/Opel Insignia plus the Chevy Malibu, and all three offer the 3.6 liter V6 LFX engine as standard or optional equipment.
Even so, each car is different in its own right in terms of exterior and interior styling, the image it conveys upon its driver and passengers, as well as the associated price tag. So the question is, which flavor of GM’s Super Epsilon do you prefer?
Take a look at our brief overview of each vehicle below, where we did our best to pick the most comparable equipment levels across the range, and then vote in the poll.
|MODEL:||CADILLAC XTS||BUICK LACROSSE||CHEVY IMPALA|
|TRIM:||STANDARD FWD||LEATHER GROUP FWD||2LTZ|
|ENGINE:||3.6L V6 LFX||2.4L ECOTEC I4 EASSIST||3.6L V6 LFX|
|POWER HP / KW:||305 / 224||182 / 136||305 / 224|
|TORQUE LB-FT / NM:||264 / 357||172 / 233||264 / 357|
|LENGTH IN / MM:||202 / 5130.8||196.9 / 5001.26||201.3 / 5113.02|
|WHEELBASE IN / MM:||111.7 / 2837.18|
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I only think you can compare the chevy and buick based on price!
Were looking at 20k difference between the chevy buick and the Cadillac
Actually, it is 10k based on this comparo.
I see the Cadillac and Impala as a good fit here but the Lacrosse is kind of the odd man out here.
Buick will replace the Lacrosse in the future I expect with a car that moves up more in class to split the group.
As of now the Chevy is a much better car and deal.
The Cadillac reminds me of the old days where you get a car that is Cadillac like at a Caprice/Impala price. now I am talking years ago Caprice or Impala.
I think that’s why Buick now offers the more premium interior package. This option may become, more-or-less, standard on the next Lacrosse. Which would also give the Regal room to breath from the Verano.
That is just a patch on a larger issue.
This car needs to change and grow in the Buick line to fill the space in between Chevy and Cadillac . It also needs to give more room for growth for the next Regal.
The only way to fix this is not with options but with a new car say on the Alpha.
This situation demonstrates why Sloan’s latter is useless in today’s fragmented market. Buick needs to shift higher upmarket seeing as the space between Chevy and Caddy isn’tso wide–Benz and BMW now sell cars in the low 30s and mainstreamers like Ford have expensive higher end trim packages.
Sometimes I think the current crop of Buick cars would make for a great Chevy range seeing aaid today’s Buick/Opel is the modern Oldsmobile.
It is time to push Buick upmarket. I love Impala but it looks and costs too much like a Buick. As for XTS, it looks like a great Towncarb taxi replacement.
Chevrolet Impala for sure!!
It only needs Cadillac’s new twin turbo V6.
The 3.6L V6 is available as a no-cost option in the LaCrosse leather, which you do not reference above. It might be a bit misleading to only mention the eAssist.
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That is a very good point.
Even though the Lacrosse and the Impala would probably be cross-shopped by us GM fans, but since the vehicles are different sized and differently appointed, they do hit different demographics; thus don’t overlap and cause a lot of competition between one another.
Good comparison. I now see the differentiation in the vehicles and with similar platforms and components, GM has done a good job to differentiate these 3 products.
Impala by a mile.
The Lacrosse is too cramped and the trunk is too small.
The Cadillac is far too expensive, especially compared to what you get for the money in an Impala.
To compare the cars as described here I’d choose the the Impala becuase of the V6, though I know the LaCrosse is available with the 3.6L V6, the model compared here is eqipped with the eAssist and that’s where it loses my vote. Now eqipped with the V6 the LaCorsse completelyy gets my vote. Cadillac is out of my price range as well as not entirely confident in the CUE infotainment system, though I know it’s one of the better in this class of car/
Your right Chris …the Lacrosse is too cramped and the trunk is too small…I think they should replace the Lacrosse with a larger and better sedan…a higher class Riviera that rides on a AWD E2XX platform and discontinue FWD and just have it AWD and have it be more powerfull and efficient. I think that’s a great idea.
I say the Impala, in looks alone it has the others beat.
Impala (as the poll seems to be going). The Cadillac is overpriced, odd-looking junk- the worst of badge engineering. Plus the XTS commercials are confused and ridiculous. I like the Buick, but only if I was cross-shopping a Lexus. The Impala is huge inside, pretty much the interior of the Taurus without all the chunkiness. The styling is Mercedes CLS-esq, with a better roofline. Fun fact, the V-6 engine Impala is nearly as fast as the V-8 RWD ’97 Impala SS!
I kinda hate to admit it, but at least the outer shell of the Impala is more to my liking than the Buick Lacrosse. I don’t like the roof line descending to the back already starting at the B-pillar. The same comparison is valid for the Buick Regal and Opel Insignia compared to the Chevrolet Malibu. I don’t like the roof line in form of a circle arc, descending already from the B pillar. This is manierism concentrating on individual lines and decorative elements instead of creating a harmonious whole, and it reminds me of the horrible Detroit Baroque of the 1950ies and early 1960ies. I think that the Rüsselsheim design center is not on a good way with such designs.
Seems pretty obvious; the Impala is killing the Caddy and Buick simply by virtue of it’s lovlier sheet metal!
Personally I prefer the interior options and colors of the Impala as well. GM finally did good by Chevy and gave them a great looking desireable “everyman’s” car that appears to have true mass appeal.
Impala is fresh its new and I can afford it… The XTS is hands down one of the nicest looking front wheel drive luxury cars on the market and with the TTV6 hands down my choice in luxuryif I wanted to spend the dough to get from point A to B… I like the Lacross but would honestly buy the Impala.
If money was not a factor would you buy all 3?
Honestly, if money was not a factor, I’d buy a XTS And Impala. Then I’d swap the Twin turbo V6 and AWD drive train into the Imp.
I just like the looks of the impala better. Until a car like the Elmiraj is in a Cadillac show room, except for a CTS-V coupe or wagon – Cadillac isn’t even on my radar.
I don’t care for the look of the front of the Impala. It is too creased and squared for my taste. I like the flowing lines of the LaCrosse much better than that of the Impala. I think the Impala looks a lot like it’s competition with the front end style being boxy and inelegant. The rear facia and lights look much better than the front of the car on the Chevy.
Back in the 1970s cars had real wood trimming and chrome in the interior …..but now everything just looks fake….fake wood and not enough chrome ..look at the Lacrosse.
I hope they bring back the real looking stuff.
The Impala 3.6 is the winner in my opinion.
The impala wins but there is nothing wrong with the xts
I am a young (55yr old) woman who has been driving a Cadillac DTS for the past 15 years. Cadillac needs to go back to a luxury car that can be called a Cadillac.. the XTS is just a glorified Lacrosse. I now lease a Lacrosse because it was 20K less than the XTS when I was looking last year. Yes 20K less, noto 10K less. It is peppy and quite different from the large DTS and Deville that I have driven with much loyalty and I still miss that kind of ride on long highway drives. In my opinion the words “It drive like a Cadillac” will be extinct.
Stop being a fucking dinosaur!