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2008 Buick LaCrosse

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2008 Buick LaCrosse Review

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If you're looking for signs that GM truly has turned over a new leaf look no further than the 2008 Buick LaCrosse. Roundly criticized as being too middle-of-the-road upon its introduction, the LaCrosse's 2008 metamorphosis displays a stylish new look and offers more standard and optional features. The new LaCrosse also boasts the option of a powerful V8 engine, an enticing feature not offered by the segment's leaders. And while it may not be ready to overtake the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry in sales, in the ever-competitive mid-size car game the LaCrosse is ready to move from benchwarmer to first-string. For Buick, it's exactly the direction its products need to be headed.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a comfortable family sedan with good power, subtle style and a clean interior, the LaCrosse should be at the top of your list. The performance-oriented CXS is a fairly plush four-door with a Cadillac-derived V6 featuring variable valve timing for improved fuel economy and power.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though handsome, the LaCrosse breaks no new ground in the areas of styling or interior advancement. Rear-seat headroom is still a bit tight for taller passengers, and driving enthusiasts will probably not find much to like outside of the stable ride and adequate cornering ability.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse gains a fourth trim level with the addition of the V8-powered Super. All models see an increase in standard content and receive a new front-end design inspired by the Velite convertible concept.

Driving the LaCrosse

Driving Impressions The 2008 LaCrosse benefits greatly from a stiffer chassis and a driver-friendly suspension setup. The 3.8-liter V6 in the CX and CXL is a strong performer, but under hard acceleration...

sounds awfully rowdy. The 3.6-liter is a much better fit. It has terrific low-end power reserves, is smooth, quiet and responsive and is altogether an example of what a modern engine should be. The LaCrosse feels confident at all speeds and, though it won't appeal to driving enthusiasts, most people will find the car's precise steering and well-controlled suspension quite satisfying. From the driver's seat, you'll find the gauges and audio controls to be intelligently arranged and well marked for both day and night driving.

Remote Starter
The standard factory-installed remote starter lets you start the car from as far away as 195 feet.

Heated Seats
Optional heated seats are a welcome feature for those who live in colder climates.

2008 Buick LaCrosse Details
2008 Buick LaCrosse photo Interior

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse's interior shows a clear change of direction for Buick, with an emphasis on quality, design and comfort. The dash and instrument cluster are leaps and bounds above the hard, bland plastics found in previous Buick sedans, and the control knobs show an attention to detail worthy of the Buick name. Firm foam seats are covered in tasteful cloth or optional leather. The LaCrosse is available in six- or five-passenger versions—the former has a column shifter, the latter a console-mounted shifter. It's a shame Buick limits the interior color choices to beige, black and gray; this is one sedan that could really shine with a few bold interior color schemes.

Exterior

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse's clean, streamlined sheetmetal will offend few. The new front styling is a vast improvement over last year's fascia and little touches such as chrome mirrors and door pulls impart a more luxurious appearance. Thin front and rear roof pillars keep blind spots to a minimum, but spotting the sloping hood's leading edge can be difficult. The LaCrosse's large trunk is easily accessible thanks to the low lift-over height, with the trunk's opening being even with the rear bumper. Anyone who's had to lift a set of golf clubs up and over a high-walled trunk will appreciate the LaCrosse's back-friendly design.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse CX trim includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), OnStar, side-curtain airbags, factory remote start, XM Satellite Radio, tire pressure monitoring system, Driver Information Center, AM/FM stereo with CD, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-way power driver's seat, telescoping steering wheel with built-in audio controls and full wheel covers. The CXL adds power driver's lumbar support, leather seats and alloy wheels. The CXS has a 240-horsepower 3.6-liter engine, 17-inch alloy wheels and a stiffer suspension. The Super model adds a 300-horsepower V8 engine, 18-inch wheels, leather seats with embossed inserts, a rear spoiler, Bilstein shocks and StabiliTrak.

Optional Equipment

Options vary by trim and include a power sunroof six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, MP3 audio, rear spoiler and StabiliTrak stability control (CXS).

Under the Hood

As the 2008 Buick LaCrosse is not intended to be a sports car, most drivers will find the base engine more than adequate for daily commutes. The 240-horsepower V6 in the CXS delivers more power, smoother operation and superior performance with only a minimal penalty in fuel economy, but costs quite a bit more. The Super option, though pricey, delivers 300 horsepower via a 5.3-liter V8 engine equipped with GM's Active Fuel Management System (AFM), which cuts fuel to four of the eight cylinders when less power is required, thus resulting in less fuel consumption. When more power is needed the system returns fuel to all cylinders in a seamless transition undetectable to the driver.

3.8-liter V6
200 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
230 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/28

3.6-liter V6
240 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
225 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
323 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24

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2008 Buick LaCrosse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 296 Ratings for the 2005 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Very good dependable car

By on Monday, February 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
Not Rated
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My wife drove this car for 6 years (75,000 miles) and then we gave it to our son who has driven it for 4 years (30000 plus miles). We have had no major problems at all. It is a very dependable car, changed oil every 3-40000 miles. I think we had a couple of things worked on that cost about $400 on 2 separate occasions."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Easy to drive or park.

By on Friday, January 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I like this car. but I am 80 and think I need to sit a little higher for better visibility during driving."

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great car with great performance

By on Saturday, December 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to driveand great for long trips."

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"With a V8 it gets way better gas mileage than my Toyota ever did. The performance and handling are exceptional. The car is quiet, smooth and very comfortable. the only thing I would add is a heated steering wheel and a back up camera."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Good reliable automobile

By on Friday, December 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,725

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Excellent performing automobile. Looks great! Black with black leather interior. Trouble free driving."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Comfy, sporty, quiet, responsive, fun to drive

By on Monday, November 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, quickly responsive in all areas"

Cons: "needs auto windshield wipers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the ninth Buick I've owned, and the best ever. It is comfortable yet intuitively responsive. I've ridden in vehicles costing twice as much yet for what? This has everything you want."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Very dated styling but great ride and reliability

By on Friday, October 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "smooth ride, quiet ride, reasonable gas mileage"

Cons: "Dated syling."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"While its appearance was dated when the car was new, it has all the ride qualities that has made Buick popular, especially with older folks like me. Very smooth and quiet ride. Gets nearly 30 mph on open road and a little over 22 in suburban driving. Rear seat space is larger in newer models, but solidly adequate."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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