By KBB.com Editors
If you're looking for signs that Buick truly has turned over a new leaf look no further than the 2009 Buick LaCrosse. Roundly criticized as being too middle-of-the-road upon its introduction, the 2009 LaCrosse's 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 2009 Buick LaCrosse should be at the top of your list. The performance-oriented Super trim offers a 300-horsepower V8, a rarity in this class and price range.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 New for 2009
For 2009, heated side mirrors are made standard on all models, while the CX trim has its wheel covers replaced by 16-inch painted aluminum wheels. Bluetooth hands-free phone communication is now optional across the line. The CSX trim has been discontinued.Driving It Driving Impressions
The 2009 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. Although fuel consumption does suffer considerably, for a truly spirited driving dynamic, the 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8 found in the Super is the engine of choice. 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.Favorite Features
The standard factory-installed remote starter lets you start the car from as far away as 195 feet.
Optional heated seats are a welcome feature for those who live in colder climates.