2008 Buick LaCrosse Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$24,250-$32,380
$22,916-$30,599
16 /CITY / 26 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New Buick LaCrosse Super model with a 300-hp V-8 engine

  • Updated front-end styling

  • Standard remote vehicle start system

  • Standard XM satellite radio

  • Telescoping steering wheel column

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with stereo controls

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Four new colors
Overview
The LaCrosse joined the Buick lineup in 2005, replacing both the Regal and Century to become the brand's sole midsize car offering. New to the LaCrosse lineup for 2008 is the LaCrosse Super, featuring a 300-hp 5.3-liter V-8 engine and unique exterior styling, including stylized portholes at the rear edges of the front fenders. Both the Super moniker and the portholes harken back to a time and place in Buick's history: the Super was part of Buick's model lineup from 1940 until 1958, and the new LaCrosse Super (along with the Lucerne Super) marks the first use of the Super nameplate in 50 years.

Model Lineup
Along with the Super, the 2008 Buick LaCrosse is sold in CX, CXL and CXS trims. The LaCrosse CX's standard equipment list has been expanded for 2008 to include power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry with remote vehicle-start feature; dual-zone climate control; OnStar; XM satellite radio; traction control; and a CD player. The LaCrosse CXL adds leather-trimmed seats (heated in front), a split/fold rear seat, and alloy wheels. The LaCrosse CXS gets a smaller but more powerful V-6 engine. The LaCrosse Super adds a V-8 engine; unique seats and interior trim; rear park assist; a trunk spoiler; and electronic stability control.

Powertrain
LaCrosse CX and CXL models are powered by Buick's 3.8-liter V-6 engine, which produces 200 hp at 5200 rpm and 230 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The LaCrosse CXS comes with a 3.6-liter, 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine that puts out 240 hp at 6000 rpm and 225 lb.-ft. of torque at 2000 rpm. The LaCrosse Super features GM's LS4 V-8 engine, a 5.3-liter unit rated at 300 hp at 5600 rpm and 323 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Buick says this engine will propel the LaCrosse Super to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway for models equipped with the 3.8-liter engine; 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the 3.6-liter V-6 engine; and 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the V-8-equipped LaCrosse Super. Premium fuel is recommended (but not required) for the LaCrosse Super. All three engines drive the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
All 2008 Buick LaCrosse models come with anti-lock brakes; front air bags; side curtain air bags; traction control; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. Electronic stability control is optional on the LaCrosse CXL and CXS, and standard on the LaCrosse Super. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the 2007 Buick LaCrosse (which is structurally identical to the 2008 model) received a perfect 5-star rating in the frontal crash test. Ratings for side-impact protection were 3 stars for front-seat occupants and 4 stars for rear-seat occupants. In the rollover test, the LaCrosse received a 4-star rating.

Technology
The 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super's 5.3-liter V-8 engine features GM's Active Fuel Management system, which deactivates four of the engine's eight cylinders under light loads (such as low-speed cruising) to conserve fuel. Buick also tuned the Super's suspension and braking systems to take advantage of the V-8's power while maintaining the LaCrosse's smooth ride. The LaCrosse Super additionally features special Bilstein monotube struts, a high-precision steering gear and larger brake rotors.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New Buick LaCrosse Super model with a 300-hp V-8 engine

  • Updated front-end styling

  • Standard remote vehicle start system

  • Standard XM satellite radio

  • Telescoping steering wheel column

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with stereo controls

  • Dual-zone climate control

  • Four new colors
Overview
The LaCrosse joined the Buick lineup in 2005, replacing both the Regal and Century to become the brand's sole midsize car offering. New to the LaCrosse lineup for 2008 is the LaCrosse Super, featuring a 300-hp 5.3-liter V-8 engine and unique exterior styling, including stylized portholes at the rear edges of the front fenders. Both the Super moniker and the portholes harken back to a time and place in Buick's history: the Super was part of Buick's model lineup from 1940 until 1958, and the new LaCrosse Super (along with the Lucerne Super) marks the first use of the Super nameplate in 50 years.

Model Lineup
Along with the Super, the 2008 Buick LaCrosse is sold in CX, CXL and CXS trims. The LaCrosse CX's standard equipment list has been expanded for 2008 to include power windows, locks and mirrors; keyless entry with remote vehicle-start feature; dual-zone climate control; OnStar; XM satellite radio; traction control; and a CD player. The LaCrosse CXL adds leather-trimmed seats (heated in front), a split/fold rear seat, and alloy wheels. The LaCrosse CXS gets a smaller but more powerful V-6 engine. The LaCrosse Super adds a V-8 engine; unique seats and interior trim; rear park assist; a trunk spoiler; and electronic stability control.

Powertrain
LaCrosse CX and CXL models are powered by Buick's 3.8-liter V-6 engine, which produces 200 hp at 5200 rpm and 230 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The LaCrosse CXS comes with a 3.6-liter, 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine that puts out 240 hp at 6000 rpm and 225 lb.-ft. of torque at 2000 rpm. The LaCrosse Super features GM's LS4 V-8 engine, a 5.3-liter unit rated at 300 hp at 5600 rpm and 323 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Buick says this engine will propel the LaCrosse Super to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city/29 mpg highway for models equipped with the 3.8-liter engine; 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway for the 3.6-liter V-6 engine; and 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway for the V-8-equipped LaCrosse Super. Premium fuel is recommended (but not required) for the LaCrosse Super. All three engines drive the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
All 2008 Buick LaCrosse models come with anti-lock brakes; front air bags; side curtain air bags; traction control; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. Electronic stability control is optional on the LaCrosse CXL and CXS, and standard on the LaCrosse Super. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the 2007 Buick LaCrosse (which is structurally identical to the 2008 model) received a perfect 5-star rating in the frontal crash test. Ratings for side-impact protection were 3 stars for front-seat occupants and 4 stars for rear-seat occupants. In the rollover test, the LaCrosse received a 4-star rating.

Technology
The 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super's 5.3-liter V-8 engine features GM's Active Fuel Management system, which deactivates four of the engine's eight cylinders under light loads (such as low-speed cruising) to conserve fuel. Buick also tuned the Super's suspension and braking systems to take advantage of the V-8's power while maintaining the LaCrosse's smooth ride. The LaCrosse Super additionally features special Bilstein monotube struts, a high-precision steering gear and larger brake rotors.
Available Trims for the 2008 Buick LaCrosse
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name CX (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 24250.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 17/28
Name CXL (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 26280.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 17/28
Name CXS (4dr Sdn *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28315.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/25
Name Super (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32380.00 Engine 5.3L/325 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
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INTERIOR
  • Seats, front bucket, includes 6-way power driver seat adjuster, 2-way manual front passenger seat adjuster with fore/aft controls, outboard head restraints, front seatback map pockets and rear armrest with dual cup holders
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
  • Floor mats, front and rear, stain-resistant
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with mounted cruise controls
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Personalization features, includes driver memory, 2 specific Remote Keyless Entry FOB controls for the driver identification greeting, audio system settings, station presets, content theft, automatic door locks, activation verification, perimeter lighting, delayed locking and (UD7) Rear Parking Assist (if equipped) ((UD7) Rear Parking Assist not available on CX.)
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Instrumentation with Driver Information Center and compass, 5-button includes language selection (English, Spanish and French), date, oil life monitor, odometer, driver warning messages, personalization features (door locks and interior/exterior lighting), reminder tones and analog instrumentation (speedometer, temperature, fuel, tachometer and trip odometer)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection and enhanced safety
  • Retained accessory power, power windows, audio system and sunroof remain operational after ignition is switched off for 10 minutes or until a door is opened
  • Cruise control
  • Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range
  • Trunk release, driver and front passenger door lock buttons, push and hold 3 seconds
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, immobilizer
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and rear seat heating/cooling outlets
  • Air filtration system
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • QuietTuning
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding
  • Assist handles, front passenger and rear outboard with coat hook on left rear passenger assist handle (Front passenger assist handle not available when (CF5) power sunroof is ordered.)
  • Cargo net, trunk
  • Seat adjuster, driver 2-way power lumbar
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Personalization features, includes driver memory, 2 specific Remote Keyless Entry FOB controls for the driver identification greeting, audio system settings, station presets, content theft, automatic door locks, activation verification, perimeter lighting, delayed locking and (UD7) Rear Parking Assist (if equipped)
  • Seat, rear split-folding with armrest and dual cup holders
  • Universal Home Remote, includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with rearview LED display and audible warning
  • Lighting, interior rear reading, switchable
  • Seat adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) steel with wheel covers
  • Tires, P225/60R16 all-season, blackwall, steel-belted radial
  • Tire, compact spare, includes steel wheel
  • Chromed Appearance Package, includes front and rear chromed fascia inserts, body-color bodyside molding and chromed insert
  • Grille, chrome waterfall
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with Twilight Sentinel and flash-to-pass feature
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, structure-less wiper blades
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) 8-spoke painted aluminum
  • Wheels, 17" (43.2 cm) 12-spoke painted aluminum
  • Tires, P225/55R17 touring, all-season, blackwall, steel-belted radial
  • Fog lamps, front halogen with projector technology
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color
  • Spoiler, rear aero wing
MECHANICAL
  • Engine, 3.8L V6 SFI (200 hp [149.2 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 230 lb-ft of torque [310.5 N-m] @ 4000 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive
  • Axle, 3.05 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, 600 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Premium Ride
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
  • Engine, 3.6L variable valve timing DOHC V6 (240 HP [179 kW] @ 6000 rpm, 225 lb-ft of torque [303.8 N-m] @ 2000 rpm)
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system, vehicle stability enhancement system, monitors directional status to provide appropriate force if vehicle is off track
  • Axle, 3.69 ratio
  • Battery, 680 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Sport Tuned
  • Steering, power, magnetic, variable-assist, rack-and-pinion
  • Exhaust, dual stainless steel
  • Engine, 5.3L V8 SFI (300 hp [223.69 kW] @ 5600, 323 lb-ft of torque [436.05N-m] @ 4000)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive (Includes heavy-duty transmission.)
  • Traction control, full-range, powertrain-and brake-modulated
  • Axle, 2.93 ratio
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Special Ride and Handling
  • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel, chromed tips
PACKAGE
  • Driver Confidence Package, includes (UG1) Universal Home Remote, (DD8) inside rearview auto-dimming mirror, (DK2) outside heated power mirrors, (AG2) 6-way power front passenger seat adjuster, (UD7) Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and (TR0) rear reading lights
SAFETY
  • OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands- Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and
  • Air bags, frontal, driver and right front passenger and side head curtain for 1st and 2nd row outboard passengers (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • Passenger Airbag Cutoff Switch/Sensor
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger. (Includes center position lap belt when (AV8) 6-passenger seating is ordered.)
  • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
  • Door locks, child security, rear
  • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger.
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD player, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, speed-compensated volume, Theftlock and 6 speakers
  • XM Satellite Radio. With a wide variety of programming, XM has something to excite any driver. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, to laugh, think, or sing, XM has the perfect channel for you - coast-to-coast, and in digital-quality sound. 3 trial months - no obligation (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3 trial months. All fees and programming subject to change. Subscription subject to customer agreement. For more information, visit gm.xmradio.com)
  • Antenna, integral rear
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player, seek-and-scan, digital clock, speed-compensated volume and TheftLock. Includes (U88) Concert Sound III 9-speaker system
  • Audio system feature, Concert Sound III 9-speaker system with 2 subwoofers and amplifier; rear subwoofers include coaxial mid-range speakers

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