I cross-shopped this 2014 LaCrosse w/the Avalon hybrid, ES300 hybrid, MKZ hybrid, Fusion hybrid, and some 1 year used Audi A4's and BMW 3-series; this care definitely had a superior suspension and quieter cabin that all of the above. My car is my automotive office; I need to have reliable, quiet tele-conferences while driving, but also want to be able to crank some tunes in between w/a high quality audio system. It does both of these very well. The infotainment system works fine, but is a bit slow, but as I cross-shopped, I find that it is true for most brands. I was biased in trying to get a domestic car if the quality and value were there; I believe I got it! Mixed MPG = 32 after 1K miles!
Six-speed automatic with console shifter with shifter-mounted button
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Snarly, strong-pulling V6 could get front wheelspin with traction control off. Slow-shifting transmission, but smooth. Definitely not close-ratio gearing. Manual mode is via rocker switch on console lever. Quickest time came using manual mode, as it shifted quicker and could bring revs closer to 7,000-rpm limiter, rather than Drive's 6,500. Blips throttle on downshifts. Will hold gears at limiter.
Oddly quiet ABS. Long travel, slightly mushy pedal. Plenty of nosedive. Pulled to the right and had some rear tire lockup. First stop was 117 feet. Shortest was the sixth and final stop at 116 feet. Third stop was longest at 123 feet.
"Skid pad: The LaCrosse actually worked better in ESC-on mode because the stability control's brake application helped curb understeer. Soft suspension means lots of lean.