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2009 Buick LaCrosse

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2009 Buick LaCrosse Review

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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 the LaCrosse
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.

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.

2009 Buick LaCrosse Details
2009 Buick LaCrosse photo Interior

The 2009 Buick LaCrosse's interior shows a continuing evolution toward better quality, design and comfort. The dash and instrument cluster are leaps and bounds above the hard, bland plastics found in Buick's last generation family 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 2009 Buick LaCrosse's clean, streamlined sheetmetal will offend few. Last year's styling upgrades carry over to this year, touting touches such as chrome mirrors and door pulls that 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 2009 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, heated side mirrors and 16-inch wheels. The CXL adds power driver's lumbar support, leather seats and alloy wheels. 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, Bluetooth hands-free communication, rear spoiler and StabiliTrak stability control (CXS).

Under the Hood

As the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is not intended to be a sports car, most drivers will find the base engine more than adequate for daily commutes. 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

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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2009 Buick LaCrosse Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.6
Out of 10

Based on 307 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

Huge Bang For Your Buck! Fantastic Car!

By on Monday, May 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quiet, Comfortable and Affordable"

Cons: "None yet"

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

Luxury! American Cars Rock on Their Interiors

"I just purchased a 2005 LaCrosse, one owner and 35K. The comfort, quiet and handling are superb! I like the fact that it doesn't have the GPS, Back-Up camera and DVD player. The car has all of the bells and whistles I need. I previously owned a Subaru and a BMW and got very tired of all the expensive maintenance. I am looking forward to driving an American Car that has a timing chain and not a timing belt to worry about. I meticulously maintain my cars and look forward to getting at least 150K or more from this car."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Luxury! American Cars Rock on Their Interiors

Excellent car

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Excellent ride and comfort."

Cons: "On Star Directions are not turn by turn"

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

"This vehicle has excellent ride, tight fit, and noise reduction. It is a pleasure on trips, it has power in traffic, easy to park. It has been reliable. I have replaced the battery, tires, and I have replaced filters with K&N air, cabin and oil. I think this was the first step in Buick Styling. Again the fit and finish makes the cabin an Oasis."

7 people out of 10 found this review helpful

great driving and riding car quiet smooth

By on Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 146,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "quiet, good power , very smooth ride."

Cons: "cup holder position"

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

"The car is very reliable very quiet even with over a 100,000 miles on it. Brakes wear well engine and transmission are great. No problems, drive train is still smooth powerful and very quiet. Interior is very durable and looks great even after 10 years use. I am looking to buy a new Buick because this one was so good."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

I like this vehicle except for the wide turns

By on Friday, September 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,400

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "great price - great to drive"

Cons: "Turns are wide - large auto"

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

"I bought the car brand new - one driver. I like this car very much. No mechanical problems whatsoever replaced battery, Auto has 4 new best Goodyear tires - new brakes. The car has a very smooth ride - heavy - no bouncing around. Interior is very spacious and comfortable."

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Fast, sleek, excellent styling and body lines.

By on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Engine is smooth,powerful, exterior and interior styling of this Lacrosse Super is eye catching and luxurious. This is truly an American effort at matching the German sedans. With the Northstar platform engine, it will push you back into your seat in an instant. The leather interior is equal to my BMW. Standard features were unexpected, such as heated seats, power seat for passenger and the remote start is very convenient on hot and cold days. XM radio capability is a nice touch. Everyone who rides with me is impressed and all are surprised as the performance is definitely not what they expected out of a Buick. It takes a while for the eco engine to shut down cylinders but on a trip to florida from La. I was averaging 29 mpg."

14 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Will hate to let it go.

By on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 112,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "size, comfort, value, performance, economy,"

Cons: "Handling and brake wear overtime."

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

"Comfort, Value, Style, and Interior room my major reasons for purchase. And have not been disappointed. Performance has held up through the years. Have also enjoyed the interior features. A lot of highway miles for me. Decent city mileage. Good visibility and braking for safety. The only thing; the suspension and handling after 6-7th year of use noticeably changed. Though I've only done the minimum of maintenance. Mysterious Slate Grey color and finish has held up well over time. Though I just have a carport. Appears Dark Green or Dark Blue in different lighting. Always complimented upon by others. Wish I could trade up to another Buick!"

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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