2006 Buick LaCrosse

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Buick LaCrosse. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Familiar appearance
  • Performance of CXS
  • Front-seat space
  • Seating versatility
  • Quietness

The Bad

  • Backseat space
  • Instrument readability
  • Steering and handling
  • Difficult to judge while parking
  • Old-fashioned personality

Notable Features of the 2006 Buick LaCrosse

  • Standard ABS and side-curtain airbags
  • Choice of two V-6 engines
  • Five- or six-passenger seating
  • Available StabiliTrak stability system
  • Optional remote starter with temperature control

2006 Buick LaCrosse Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
With the introduction of the LaCrosse sedan last year, Buick replaced both the family-focused Century and the sportier Regal, effectively reducing its midsize lineup from two vehicles to one. The front-wheel-drive LaCrosse features a modern look and an available aluminum V-6 engine. For 2006, several safety features become standard.

Three versions are offered — the CX, the midlevel CXL and the performance-oriented CXS — and two engine choices are available. Three levels of traction control, including General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system, are offered. "QuietTuning" features include acoustical laminate on the windshield and front side glass and "Quiet Steel" laminate in front of the dash. The LaCrosse is the first Buick that can be equipped with both a factory-installed remote starter and remote-operated climate control.


Exterior
A larger, more modern rendition of Buick's familiar elliptical vertical-bar grille is fitted on the LaCrosse, and it's flanked by dual headlights. Sculpted forms in the hood sweep back toward the windshield. Jewellike headlights and taillights, along with chrome body accents, are installed. Buick claims that the LaCrosse's headlight performance is 35 percent greater than the Century's and Regal's. Amber side marker lights are integrated into the outer lenses, which taper into the front fenders. CXS models include projector fog lamps.

In contrast to the Century and Regal, which ha...
Vehicle Overview
With the introduction of the LaCrosse sedan last year, Buick replaced both the family-focused Century and the sportier Regal, effectively reducing its midsize lineup from two vehicles to one. The front-wheel-drive LaCrosse features a modern look and an available aluminum V-6 engine. For 2006, several safety features become standard.

Three versions are offered — the CX, the midlevel CXL and the performance-oriented CXS — and two engine choices are available. Three levels of traction control, including General Motors' StabiliTrak electronic stability system, are offered. "QuietTuning" features include acoustical laminate on the windshield and front side glass and "Quiet Steel" laminate in front of the dash. The LaCrosse is the first Buick that can be equipped with both a factory-installed remote starter and remote-operated climate control.


Exterior
A larger, more modern rendition of Buick's familiar elliptical vertical-bar grille is fitted on the LaCrosse, and it's flanked by dual headlights. Sculpted forms in the hood sweep back toward the windshield. Jewellike headlights and taillights, along with chrome body accents, are installed. Buick claims that the LaCrosse's headlight performance is 35 percent greater than the Century's and Regal's. Amber side marker lights are integrated into the outer lenses, which taper into the front fenders. CXS models include projector fog lamps.

In contrast to the Century and Regal, which had rear quarter windows in the back doors, the LaCrosse has these windows in the C-pillars. Buick says these crescent-shaped windows help reduce blind spots in the car. Rocker panels on CX models have a grained graphite finish, while those on the CXL and CXS have a glossy, body-colored finish. Chrome door handles are used on the CXS sedan.

Compared with the departed Regal, the LaCrosse has revised suspension tuning. Rebound damper bumpers are four times longer for improved cushioning, and the power steering has been retuned. With the standard suspension, the springs are about 20 percent stiffer than before, with higher-rate front and rear stabilizers. The CXS comes standard with a Gran Touring suspension.

The wheels measure 16 inches in diameter on the CX and CXL and 17 inches on the CXS. A power sunroof is optional. Built on a 110.5-inch wheelbase, the LaCrosse is 198.1 inches long overall.


Interior
LaCrosse sedans come in either a five- or six-passenger configuration. Five-passenger models have a console-mounted gearshift lever and a center armrest. Six-passenger sedans have a column-mounted gearshift and a "flip and fold" seatback cushion that can double as an armrest and storage bin. A 60/40-split, folding rear seatback is standard in the CXL and CXS models and optional in the CX.

Cloth seats are installed in the CX, but the CXL and CXS have leather seating surfaces. The steering wheel in the CXS has standard tilt and telescoping adjustments. Trunk capacity is 16 cubic feet.

GM's OnStar communication system and a PassLock III theft-deterrent system are standard. Other standard equipment includes remote keyless entry, a power driver's seat, power windows and locks, and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player. Heated seats, XM Satellite Radio, and auxiliary audio and climate controls on the steering wheel are optional.


Under the Hood
The CX and CXL models use a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that produces 200 horsepower and 230 pounds-feet of torque. A 3.6-liter V-6 with variable valve timing goes into the CXS and delivers 240 hp and 225 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines team with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
For 2006, all-disc antilock brakes and side curtain-type airbags are standard. GM's StabiliTrak and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist are optional.

Driving Impressions
Acceleration is pleasantly energetic with the 3.6-liter V-6 in the CXS model. The LaCrosse is a highly traditional Buick, which could be good or bad depending on one's tastes. This sedan is easy to drive. Overall, the LaCrosse is surprisingly similar in personality to the old Park Avenue.

Transmission shifts are sometimes noticeable, but not annoying. Other than a mild growl when pushed hard, the smaller V-6 is very quiet.

The ride is generally gentle due to the soft suspension, but the LaCrosse can hit some bumps and holes rather hard. That softness also translates to considerable understeer and imprecise handling.

Front-seat space is bountiful, but backseat headroom and legroom are marginal. Visibility is good due to the amount of glass in this car. The controls are mostly sensible, but some are marked with cryptic icons. Some instruments — especially the fuel and temperature gauges — are somewhat difficult to read at a glance.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Awesome drive it so emontial

by 1970buick from Center texas on August 2, 2018

Wow love my buick drive it and you will experience style pereformance durablity timeless trusted service withstanding a moment of realiablity surpassed many others in the automotive world TRULY AN ... Read full review

(5.0)

one of the nicest cars i ever owned

by mike k from De Pere on July 12, 2018

this is one of the nicest cars i ever owned. I could drive this car anywhere. it is roomy and feels small at the same time. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Buick LaCrosse currently has 4 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The LaCrosse received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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