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2008 Buick LaCrosse

2008 Buick LaCrosse

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$2,259 — $11,039 USED
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Sedan
5-6 Seats
20-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Powerful optional V-8
  • Standard side curtain airbags

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2008 Buick LaCrosse
  • New Super trim level
  • V-6 or V-8
  • Four-speed automatic
  • Five- or six-person cabin

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2008 Buick LaCrosse Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Buick’s LaCrosse midsize sedan gets new front-end styling for 2008 and a new Super trim level that features a V-8 engine with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology. Also available in CX, CXL and CXS form with V-6 power, the sedan hits dealerships in summer 2007.

Exterior
A larger grille distinguishes the 2008 LaCrosse from its predecessor. No longer elliptical, the new grille is more triangular and features bright-colored vertical slats. Other updates to the front of the car include a new hood and bumper.

Apart from the portholes on each front fender, dual exhaust tips and a small rear spoiler, the LaCrosse Super looks much like the other trims. It does wear larger 18-inch wheels; the other models have either 16-inch (CX) or 17-inch (CXL and CXS) wheels. The Super also has a sport suspension.

Interior
With a front bench seat — an uncommon offering in this class — the LaCrosse can seat up to six. (A five-seat model with front bucket seats is also available.) Standard features include XM Satellite Radio, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and remote start. The top-of-the-line Super gets a silver-colored center stack and unique gauges. The sedan’s trunk is a competitive 16 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine is standard on CX and CXL trim levels, while the CXS gets a 240-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that has variable valve timing. The Super’s 5.3-liter V-8 makes 300 hp and 323 pounds-feet of torque and can switch in...

Vehicle Overview
Buick’s LaCrosse midsize sedan gets new front-end styling for 2008 and a new Super trim level that features a V-8 engine with fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology. Also available in CX, CXL and CXS form with V-6 power, the sedan hits dealerships in summer 2007.

Exterior
A larger grille distinguishes the 2008 LaCrosse from its predecessor. No longer elliptical, the new grille is more triangular and features bright-colored vertical slats. Other updates to the front of the car include a new hood and bumper.

Apart from the portholes on each front fender, dual exhaust tips and a small rear spoiler, the LaCrosse Super looks much like the other trims. It does wear larger 18-inch wheels; the other models have either 16-inch (CX) or 17-inch (CXL and CXS) wheels. The Super also has a sport suspension.

Interior
With a front bench seat — an uncommon offering in this class — the LaCrosse can seat up to six. (A five-seat model with front bucket seats is also available.) Standard features include XM Satellite Radio, dual-zone automatic air conditioning and remote start. The top-of-the-line Super gets a silver-colored center stack and unique gauges. The sedan’s trunk is a competitive 16 cubic feet.

Under the Hood
The 200-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 engine is standard on CX and CXL trim levels, while the CXS gets a 240-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that has variable valve timing. The Super’s 5.3-liter V-8 makes 300 hp and 323 pounds-feet of torque and can switch instantly from eight to four cylinders to save gas when full power is not needed. Buick says the Super can go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. All engines team with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
Antilock brakes and side curtain airbags are standard.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.4
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Most Reliable Car I Owned

by Harry from Pensacola, Fla on March 1, 2020

The car met all my needs & plenty of legroom for passengers. The car had it's oil change on a regular basis that's why it's in superior performance. The interior leather looks like new. Read full review

(5.0)

Most economical and reliable car I have owned

by OKI Girl from Oak Island commute to Wilmington, NC daily on February 29, 2020

Plenty of legroom in the front and rear seats. Seating for six people with front bench seat.Great all around car with excellent gas mileage in town and on the highway. Full leather seating in like new... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Buick LaCrosse currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Buick LaCrosse CX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
poor
Overall Rear
poor
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
marginal
Driver Torso
poor
Overall Side
marginal
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

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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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