2008 Buick LaCrosse

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2008 Buick LaCrosse

Key specs

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The good:

  • Powerful optional V-8
  • Standard side curtain airbags

The bad:

  • Forgettable styling, even with new grille
  • Interior looks dated

4 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2008 Buick LaCrosse trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New Super trim level
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Five- or six-person cabin

2008 Buick LaCrosse review: Our expert's take


In answer to all those Buick customers clamoring for a high-performance version of the LaCrosse, we present the 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super.

What? You haven’t heard that clamor? Whew! We haven’t either, but we thought we just were listening to the wrong AM radio stations.

Rolling out as a 2005 model, essentially replacing both the Century and Regal, the LaCrosse was offered with a 3.8-liter, 205-horsepower V-6, or a more modern, peppier 3.6-liter, 240-horse V-6. A handsome, competent car that neither excels nor fails in any important area, the LaCrosse was a success.

But sales of the LaCrosse have sagged since its introduction — Buick sold about 6,000 of them last August, down nearly 2,000 from August 2006 — so the company looked for a way to inject a little excitement into a car that no one, even die-hard LaCrosse fans, would categorize as “exciting.”

This calls for more engine, Buick decided, likely a two-step thought process:

One: We have a lot of 5.3-liter V-8 engines.

Two: And they seem to fit!

Never one to look gift horsepower in the mouth, I applaud the addition of the 300-horse V-8, an excellent engine which works just as well in a Buick as it does in a Chevrolet pickup truck, even if the horses are saddled with a four-speed automatic transmission instead of a more up-to-date six-speed. The V-8 in the LaCrosse makes this the LaCrosse Super, sort of a deluxe version of the Chevy Impala SS for about $3,000 more.

It also makes the LaCrosse Super slightly thirstier: EPA ratings are 16 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway. The LaCrosse with the 3.8-liter V-6 is rated at 17/28, and with the 3.6-liter V-6, 17/25. And the V-8 makes the LaCrosse Super heavier by about 200 pounds, most of which is unfortunately on its nose.

That’s all the bad news. The good news is: Punch the throttle, and the LaCrosse Super feels like your father’s Buick, and I mean that in a good way — authoritative acceleration, nice burbling exhaust note. There is some torque steer under hard acceleration — that’s the tendency, in a front-wheel-drive car, for the engine’s power to steer the wheels slightly — but it’s a minor annoyance.

The Super starts at $31,310, which is $4,000 more than the LaCrosse CXL, previously the most expensive model. The Super has lots of standard equipment plus a few exclusive features, such as the “leather-appointed seats with Dream Weave inserts,” and a “rear aero wing” spoiler.

The LaCrosse Super won’t steal sales from the Chevy Corvette, but it might bring a few former Corvette owners back to the GM fold.

Sentinel Automotive Editor Steven Cole Smithcan be reached at scsmith@orlandosentinel.com.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.3
  • Exterior styling 4.3
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews


worse car i have every owned

I purchased this car from and older man,it had a few front end damage ,times no air bag,i bought for at the time 3000,well first thing locks do not work, tried everything, sometimes will lock passenger in and wont open, other times works fine, transmission fluid was changed first day i bought it with new filter fluid looked ok, but not perfect, year later car had a shifting problem, if you drive it in city driving acts like it has a shift kit in it, so if you let it cool down it drives ok, also had problems with engine ,brakes and other small things, i find gm cars from the era to be crap and will not buy another gm,i dont trust this car to go out of state in,it only has 127,000 miles on it i sold a concorde with 260,000 never had and issu


Great extra car to have

Bought when father in law passed and has been a great extra car to have. It is always there for emergencies and has not cost us a lot of money in repairs.


Excellent car

I love my CXL, leather interior looks brand new, car is in excellent condition still. Haven't had any major problems until now (approx. 137,000 miles). The Traction control started coming on by itself when I 'm driving on a clear day. Reduced power warning comes on and becomes a little dangerous when trying to pull out into traffic.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Buick
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
72 months/100,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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