2008 Buick LaCrosse Review
The LaCrosse is an upscale sedan that debuted for 2005. Replacing the Century and the Regal, the LaCrosse is designed to be reliable and quiet. Despite being new, the LaCrosse holds on to classic Buick styling, which some critics see as a detriment.
The BuyingAdvice Team Says:
The Buick LaCrosse brings the classic American sedan into the 21st century, with a quiet and smooth ride. Unfortunately, its styling still dates to the previous century, and some unfortunate design choices have lead to an awkwardly shaped interior that many feel is less comfortable and spacious. It’s a solid effort overall, but not up to the standard set by the Lucerne.
The Super debuts for 2008 with a 5.3-L, 300-hp V8 engine. It also features larger brakes and a finer-tuned suspension. Across the line, the LaCrosse receives a new front end.
What’s New For 2008:
What is the Predicted Reliability:
J.D. Power gives the LaCrosse 5 stars for overall mechanical quality, 3 stars for design quality, and 2.5 stars for performance and design. Problems with the LaCrosse include brake noise, defective PCMs, faltering OnStar, inaccurate fuel gauges, water leaks and rear axle noise. It’s been recalled four times for issues including bent brake clips and potential fuel leaks. Expect average reliability. The basic warranty lasts for three years or 36,000 miles.
Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:
The LaCrosse earned 5 stars in government frontal crash tests and 3.5 stars in side tests. In IIHS tests, it earned “Good” for the front, “Marginal” for the side, and “Poor” for the rear. Anti-lock brakes, full side airbags and traction control come standard. Stability control is included with the CXS and Super, but is optional on the CXL.
Pros and Cons:
+ Smooth ride
+ Powerful Super with V8
- Awkward interior
- Bland styling
- Limited stability control availability
The Cadillac CTS has 60 more hp, but costs several thousand more. The Ford Taurus has most of the same features, about 60 more hp, more passenger space and costs a few hundred less. The Chrysler 300 Touring includes AWD, leather seats, and 50 more hp. However, it costs several thousand more, and lacks side airbags and navigation.
What Others Are Saying:
“The Buick LaCrosse Super tries to appeal to too many people. That’s a mistake. It’s a jumble of ideas, lacking any sense of a coherent design philosophy. It has a powerful heart and some nice touches. But its poor handling and uninspired interior leave it on the side of the road while more sophisticated vehicles pass by.” – The Detroit News
“Once you drive the LaCrosse you might agree that this is the luxury import-fighter that we knew Buick, and GM, could build.” – The Auto Channel
“While I was delighted with the driving characteristics of our CXS I was disappointed by the interior. Much of that can be blamed on the exterior, a classic example of shape over function.” – About.com
Read more about the 2008 Buick LaCrosse at the Buick manufacturer web site.