Buick LaCrosse Among Best Used Cars Between $15K and $20K, Says Consumer Reports26
American non-profit consumer organization Consumer Reports has identified the 2014 through 2016 Buick LaCrosse as one of the best used cars available for $15,000 to $20,000.
As Consumer Reports points out, the global microchip shortage has affected new-vehicle production, with automakers forced to reduce manufacturing and delete features. Available new-car inventory is at historic lows, which could make a used vehicle the better option for customers that need a vehicle quickly.
With that in mind, Consumer Reports looked at past test data and consumer survey responses to identify the best used vehicles in the $15,000 to $20,000 price range. Each of the vehicles identified are equipped as standard with electronic stability control, while several of those listed are offered with safety features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and similar features. Each also showed good test results and above-average reliability ratings.
The 2014 through 2016 Buick LaCrosse was one of Consumer Reports’ recommended used vehicles in the Luxury segment, with the expected price range set between $13,850 and $18,550. The reported owner fuel returns was around 23 mpg.
Consumer Reports praised the Buick LaCrosse for its high-class interior and comfortable seats, as well as the ride quality and responsive handling characteristics. Both the 2.4L four-cylinder gasoline engine and 3.6L V6 gasoline engine were considered solid choices, with the former offering good acceleration, and the latter offering refinement. Optional safety features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic alert.
However, Consumer Reports also criticized certain aspects of the Buick LaCrosse, including outward visibility, which was hampered by thick front and rear pillars.
In its review of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse, Consumer Reports gave the sedan a rating of four out of five with regard to reliability, a rating of three out of five with regard to owner satisfaction. Possible reliability trouble spots include the transmission and drive system.
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Love my 2014, looks exactly as the one pictured in this article. Knock on wood, has been very reliable and a great car overall.
I’ve got a ‘14 LaCrosse just like the picture above too. Bought it certified in February 2015, it’s been my most favorite car ever & I’m 67 years old. I’m disappointed that Buick has decided to discontinue them. They’re sporty enough yet very comfortable to drive & ride in. Hopefully Buick will reconsider & bring the LaCrosse back some day!
Discontinuing this car instead of promoting it was one of the stupidest moves GM has made in recent years. Instead, they turned Buick into a truck/SUV line only.
I also have a ’14. Got it used in 2018 with only 27k miles.
Only complaint is that I have the 20″ wheels in the pictures and it goes through tires really fast and they are expensive.
was this the last Buiq or has another sooner ? mean sedan of course
Edit : Sorry asking, now saw in Wiki it has still those : Excelle, Regal, Verano …
After a light respin this would make an amazing Malibu outsizeing and outclassing Japanese rivals. It would cost GM little, with Buick gone there would be no sales cannibalization and the factory retool would be minimal.
Sedans aren’t dead. Ask Toyota, Honda, Kia and Nissan. Chevy would be the last Detroit brand with an offering so would grab the entire buy American crowd with this offering plus match rivals on quality.
This was one of the best cars GM ever made and yet so few cared.
Contrary to what some think about sedans they are dead to some dying to others.
The companies selling them are the ones with global models that can make the pay. If just reliant on the North American market they are doomed.
This car here at these prices are sad. I have a truck is about the same original price that I can get 2.5 times the price in resale than this car.
My hope is with EV models the cost of development are lower so sedandsxand coupes can return even in lower volumes.
I expect the Bu to hang on till it is EV and then it is the market to decide.
Note I have a Bu so I don’t hate sedans but I do understand why people have moved to SUV models. It is the U in utility. My Bu is a nice car but hauls little in the trunk and only 4 comfortably. At todays prices people want more.
ever made ?, no, at exterior would like windshield & rear window with frame like side, fog lamp instead a unhappy mouth, with a happy mouth. headlamps curves better shaped, rear deck lid surface with bumper smoother etc-
8,5 / 10 ,…
in interior please no wood, middle console too big, not straight, side ventilation is horizontal, in middle vertical, this combination is strange
what the hell was that?
Cost of development is nothing I terms of cost of production. EV’s are only easy to develop because most people are counting battery R&D as separate. It still doesn’t change the fact that the cost of an eletric motor for the bolt is almost 10K, which is more than the 2.5L engine and transaxle combined. And when you get to 2 and 3 more EV sedans, the. Cost of just the motors (not including transaxles, drives, surge protection cooling and those not so cheap batteries) will be north of 20K, the starting price of a full Malibu. I don’t think people realize this, and that part of the reason Tesla hasn’t turned a profit since inception despite models S costing 120,000$
If I had to guess, the Malibu is the modern equivalent of the Chevy calvalier, despite that they are different classes. The cavalier went largely unchanged for almost 2 decades. As cars have gotten larger and more expensive, the Malibu is filling that role. It will be largely what it is today in 2035.
“Contrary to what some think about sedans they are dead to some dying to others.
“The companies selling them are the ones with global models that can make the pay. If just reliant on the North American market they are doomed.”
Then GM should take advantage of what’s left of its international market. It gave up Opel and Vauxhall, but in addition to the U.S. and Canada, there is Latin America, a slight toedip back into Australia, and the big casino, China. Develop Chevy, Buick, and Cadillac sedans (and hatchbacks) for as many markets as possible. Give me a reason not to buy Japanese or Korean.
You can’t expand a declining market. Theon,y real growth is in China and we are there now.
It also is impossible to compete with Cars made in Malaysia.
I don’t drive a Buick but my wife does, bought new in 2012 a Buick Verano, traded a toyota corolla in to the Buick dealer, now has well over 100K miles, she loves i , has had no issues whatsoever, and wonders outloud how she was duped into ever buying buying a toyota
Sedans aren’t dead but instead becoming a niche market much as SUVs were circa 1990. I have many friends, especially between 21-34 who hate SUVs, see them as family mobiles, and look to Honda, Kia, Acura Mazda and even Dodge yet the Fratzog comes with red neck baggage.
People don’t breed like they used to meaning a VW Golf, Civic or Accord fills many people’s needs. I’m 40, we have a Civic and Accord, and will probably never buy a crossover unless tiny like there 500X AWD I rented during a blizzard a few years back.
Overnight GM can be relevant in sedans if they can tap Oshawa to make LaCrosse, Impala and CT6 on VSS-R for each division, roughly Charger size for good value. Of course if you want bigger get an SUV/truck or EV for premium. Malibu can pick up where the Regal left off.
GM is really missing out on sedans. All they need is one or two really good ones. The Lacrosse is special. The Grand Prix was nice while it lasted too.
GM’s decision to commit to full size sedans, in the early teens, as in Impala, Lacrosse, and XTS, however ill fated, produced some really good cars. We will be keeping our ’15 Impala LTZ and ’13 XTS Plat. for a long time. Now that the roads are full of anonymous suv’s they really stand out.
YES, i also will be keeping my 2015 IMPALA LTZ. Best 4 door sedan ever.
And this isn’t even the prettiest LaCrosse. The final model was beautiful. I liked the Regal, too.
Too bad people in GM management don’t read this column. They might actually learn something instead of sitting there with their heads in the sand (or other places where the sun doesn’t shine).
Too bad when the people from GM when they offered this car and other sedans had a hard time selling them.
They learned talk on the web is cheap and the same money invested in a CUV brought 3 times the return.
We traded in my wife’s 2015 Chrysler 300, which we had loved for years, for a 2019 Buick Lacrosse ST, and then traded it back in for another Chrysler 300 in five months later. The Lacrosse was a pretty car styling-wise, and the ST trim was somewhat rare with the spoiler and special grill, wheels and trim, but I’ve never traded a car back in so soon after buying it. In the just five months and 4000 miles we owned that Lacrosse, it was in for warranty service three times. The transmission leaked all over our garage floor three times, and the brake booster started making a “mooing, groaning, whooshing” sound when pressed and was determined to be failing, but according to the dealer the part was on back-order and was “safe” to drive as it was. Also frankly we HATED the auto stop/start feature (which could not be turned off!), hated the goofy gimmicky shifter lever joystick, and disliked the electric parking brake that would often engage on its own when pressing the Park button on that shifter, and sometimes not. We also disliked having to lean over to get in and out of the rear seat because of the fastback roof styling. Also, unlike Chrysler we had, the GM dealer wouldn’t ever give us a loaner car during all the service days the Lacrosse was in the shop. After the transmission leaked the third time my wife refused to drive it anymore, SO IT’S GONE! I’ve had a ’96 Buick Roadmaster Wagon for 14 years that I adore and will never sell, but the 2012 Buick Enclave we owned before our first Chrysler 300 was a total lemon, and I’d decided to give Buick one more chance with the Lacrosse. That’s if for modern GM for my family. Sad stuff. I wish all the Lacrosse owners the best with their cars. Take Care folks!
Trying to talk to a Chrysler owner is like talking to a wall. Best to stay with what you like.
I’d only owned GM cars all my life, starting with a 1969 GTO in High School and a 1993 S10 that I bought new in college. I’m 47 now. My wife drove mainly Pontiacs (three 90s-era Bonnevilles, a 2001 Grand Prix GTP and a 2006 Grand Prix GXP , and a 2002 Firebird Convertible) and Buick models (a 1995 Park Avenue Ultra and the 1996 Roadmaster Station Wagon we still have). I myself have owned three Suburbans and a Denali XL. I only moved to a Chrysler in 2015, purchasing a black 300c after having a terrible experience with a 2012 Buick Enclave. We had good service out of that 300c, but I really liked the looks of the 2019 Lacrosse, especially in ST trim, so we went back to GM and traded-in our ’15 300c, giving GM another shot. That again it turned out to be a mistake, and after multiple warranty issues we went back and bought a new ruby red Chrysler 300, and so far it’s been outstanding. I hope to keep my Suburban and Roadmaster, but doubt we’ll consider GM again when it’s time to trade in my wife’s current 300. After the bad experiences with our 2012 Enclave and 2019 Lacrosse I think GM, at least new GM, has lost me as a customer.
lacrosse has what it takes looks good sporty smooth has the room , should have not been discontinued i got wife one she loves it i drive a lexus not much different in the two cars . we would have purchased another one . It really is a nice car