Thread of the Day: 2014 Chevrolet Impala or 2013 Buick LaCrosse?
In our recent 2014 Chevrolet Impala First Drive, Frank Markus found the large front-drive sedan to be “big, strong, smooth, and stylish,” much like family sedans of the 1960s. The 2014 Impala impressed with its quiet interior and surprisingly good handling, which makes us wonder whether the new Impala will make prove trouble for the Buick LaCrosse before it’s refreshed. The 2014 Impala LT 3.6L starts at $30,760, while the base 2013 LaCrosse 3.6L starts at $32,555.
Markus noted that many of the LaCrosse’s quiet-tuning tricks were applied to the new Impala, including acoustic laminated glass and triple-sealed doors as well as active noise cancellation. In our 2012 Buick LaCrosse vs. 2012 Hyundai Azera vs. 2013 Lexus ES 350 comparison, the LaCrosse’s interior noise levels landed midpack, with a 25.3 sones (66.7 dBA) in testing.
In the handling department, we found the new Impala’s “steering, brake, and throttle all help make this an easy car to drive smoothly.” For comparison we said “the Buick seems easy to pitch and roll,” though some may still prefer the LaCrosse’s styling.
While both cars share GM’s Epsilon II architecture, the Buick LaCrosse debuted in 2010, giving the engineers more time to fine tune the platform for the 2014 Impala. The LaCrosse will likely be getting a refresh inside and out to make it more worthy of its slight premium over the Chevy. Until then, tell us: Would you choose the 2014 Chevrolet Impala or pre-refresh 2013 Buick LaCrosse?
Revisit our 2014 Chevrolet Impala First Drive here for our impressions and then share your thoughts in the comments below.
By Jason Udy