2009 Buick LaCrosse Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$25,640-$33,805
$24,486-$32,284
16 /CITY / 26 /HWY
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What Changed for 2009:

  • Heated outside rearview mirrors standard on all models
  • Split-folding rear seat added to Driver Confidence package
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone interface available
  • 16-inch painted aluminum wheels standard on CX
  • 17-inch chrome-clad wheels optional on CX
  • One new color
Overview
The LaCrosse joined the Buick lineup in 2005, replacing both the Regal and Century to become the brand's sole midsize car offering. The LaCrosse lineup was refreshed in 2008, along with the addition of a LaCrosse Super model, 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.For 2009, LaCrosse models have more safety and convenience features, including standard heated outside rearview mirrors, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, new wheel offerings, and one new exterior color, Quicksilver Metallic.

Model Lineup
Along with the top-of-the-line Super model, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is sold in entry-level CX and uplevel CXL trims. CX and CXL are available in either 5- or 6-passenger seating configurations, while LaCrosse Super comes in 5-passenger seating only. The LaCrosse CX's standard equipment list for 2009 includes heated outside rearview mirrors; a split-folding rear seat added to the Driver Confidence package; standard 16-inch painted aluminum wheels (replacing 16-inch steel cover wheels); 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. Options include 17-inch chrome-clad wheels. The LaCrosse CXL adds leather-trimmed seats (heated in front), a split/fold rear seat, and alloy wheels. The LaCrosse Super adds a V-8 engine; unique seats and interior trim; rear park assist; trunk spoiler; and electronic stability control.

Powertrain
LaCrosse CX and CXL models for 2009 are powered by Buick's recently upgraded 3.8-liter V-6 engine with electronic throttle control, which produces 200 hp at 5200 rpm and 230 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. LaCrosse Super features GM's LS4 5.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers 300 hp at 5600 rpm and 323 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Buick says this engine propels the LaCrosse Super to 60 mph from a dead stop in 5.9 seconds. The engine also uses GM's Active Fuel Management engine technology that switches between 4 and 8 cylinders seamlessly to save fuel. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway for models equipped with the 3.8-liter 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. Both engines drive the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and torque converter. Brakes are 4-wheel disc with power assist.

Safety
All 2009 Buick LaCrosse models come with anti-lock brakes; dual-stage frontal air bags; side curtain air bags; traction control; theft-deterrent system with engine immobilizer; OnStar service that includes hands-free voice recognition; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. Ultrasonic rear parking assist is also available. Electronic stability control is optional on the LaCrosse CX and CXL, and standard on the LaCrosse Super.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse received a perfect 5-star rating in the frontal crash test for driver and front passenger. 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 2009 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 engine'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. Bluetooth for Phone hands-free phone interface (with integrated steering-wheel controls) is available on all 2009 LaCrosse models. It uses the OnStar 7.2 system's voice recognition to interpret voice commands to dial phone numbers and name tags, while conversations play through the car's audio system.

What Changed for 2009:

  • Heated outside rearview mirrors standard on all models
  • Split-folding rear seat added to Driver Confidence package
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone interface available
  • 16-inch painted aluminum wheels standard on CX
  • 17-inch chrome-clad wheels optional on CX
  • One new color
Overview
The LaCrosse joined the Buick lineup in 2005, replacing both the Regal and Century to become the brand's sole midsize car offering. The LaCrosse lineup was refreshed in 2008, along with the addition of a LaCrosse Super model, 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.For 2009, LaCrosse models have more safety and convenience features, including standard heated outside rearview mirrors, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, new wheel offerings, and one new exterior color, Quicksilver Metallic.

Model Lineup
Along with the top-of-the-line Super model, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse is sold in entry-level CX and uplevel CXL trims. CX and CXL are available in either 5- or 6-passenger seating configurations, while LaCrosse Super comes in 5-passenger seating only. The LaCrosse CX's standard equipment list for 2009 includes heated outside rearview mirrors; a split-folding rear seat added to the Driver Confidence package; standard 16-inch painted aluminum wheels (replacing 16-inch steel cover wheels); 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. Options include 17-inch chrome-clad wheels. The LaCrosse CXL adds leather-trimmed seats (heated in front), a split/fold rear seat, and alloy wheels. The LaCrosse Super adds a V-8 engine; unique seats and interior trim; rear park assist; trunk spoiler; and electronic stability control.

Powertrain
LaCrosse CX and CXL models for 2009 are powered by Buick's recently upgraded 3.8-liter V-6 engine with electronic throttle control, which produces 200 hp at 5200 rpm and 230 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. LaCrosse Super features GM's LS4 5.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers 300 hp at 5600 rpm and 323 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Buick says this engine propels the LaCrosse Super to 60 mph from a dead stop in 5.9 seconds. The engine also uses GM's Active Fuel Management engine technology that switches between 4 and 8 cylinders seamlessly to save fuel. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway for models equipped with the 3.8-liter 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. Both engines drive the front wheels through a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and torque converter. Brakes are 4-wheel disc with power assist.

Safety
All 2009 Buick LaCrosse models come with anti-lock brakes; dual-stage frontal air bags; side curtain air bags; traction control; theft-deterrent system with engine immobilizer; OnStar service that includes hands-free voice recognition; and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. Ultrasonic rear parking assist is also available. Electronic stability control is optional on the LaCrosse CX and CXL, and standard on the LaCrosse Super.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the 2009 Buick LaCrosse received a perfect 5-star rating in the frontal crash test for driver and front passenger. 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 2009 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 engine'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. Bluetooth for Phone hands-free phone interface (with integrated steering-wheel controls) is available on all 2009 LaCrosse models. It uses the OnStar 7.2 system's voice recognition to interpret voice commands to dial phone numbers and name tags, while conversations play through the car's audio system.
Available Trims for the 2009 Buick LaCrosse
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name CX (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 25640.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 17/28
Name CXL (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28010.00 Engine 3.8L/231 City/Hwy MPG 17/28
Name Super (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33805.00 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
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • QuietTuning
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power
  • Floor mats, front and rear, stain-resistant
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped with mounted cruise controls
  • Steering column, tilt and telescopic
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • 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)
  • 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.)
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down
  • 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
  • Door locks, power programmable with lockout protection and enhanced safety
  • Remote Keyless Entry, extended-range
  • Cruise control
  • Trunk release, driver and front passenger door lock buttons, push and hold 3 seconds
  • Theft-deterrent system, vehicle, PASS-Key III, immobilizer
  • Theft-deterrent system, content theft alarm
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and rear seat heating/cooling outlets
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Air filtration system
  • 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.)
  • Lighting, interior with glovebox, trunk, delayed entry/exit with theater dimming, rear courtesy, front footwell and front map lights
  • 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 adjuster, front passenger 6-way power
  • Seat, rear split-folding
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Lighting, interior rear reading, switchable
EXTERIOR
  • Wheels, 16" (40.6 cm) 8-spoke painted aluminum
  • Tires, P225/60R16 all-season, blackwall, steel-belted radial
  • Tire, compact spare, 16" (40.6 cm), includes steel wheel and jack kit
  • Moldings, bodyside, body-color with chrome inserts
  • Grille, chrome waterfall
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with Twilight Sentinel and flash-to-pass feature
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, body-color
  • Glass, Solar-Ray light-tinted
  • Wipers, front intermittent, structure-less wiper blades
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Wheels, 18" (45.7 cm) painted aluminum
  • Tires, P235/50R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare, 17" (43.2 cm), includes steel wheel and jack kit
  • Spoiler, rear aero wing
  • Fog lamps, front halogen with projector technology
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, 720 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Premium Ride
  • Steering, power, rack-and-pinion
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
  • Engine, 5.3L V8 SFI (300 hp [223.69 kW] @ 5600, 323 lb-ft of torque [436.05 N-m] @ 4000)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive (Includes heavy-duty transmission.)
  • Axle, 2.93 ratio
  • Battery, heavy-duty 590 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • Suspension, 4-wheel independent, Special Ride and Handling
  • Steering, power, magnetic, variable-assist, rack-and-pinion
  • Exhaust, dual stainless-steel, chromed tips
PACKAGE
  • Chromed Appearance Package, includes front and rear chromed fascia inserts, body-color bodyside molding and chromed insert
SAFETY
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Traction control, Enhanced Traction System (ETS), powertrain-modulated
  • Daytime Running Lamps, switchable
  • 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.)
  • Air Bag-Passenger Switch (On/Off)
  • 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 Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all 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
  • 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
  • Door locks, child security, rear
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats in all rear seating positions
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • Traction control, full-range, powertrain-and brake-modulated
  • StabiliTrak stability control system, vehicle stability enhancement system, monitors directional status to provide appropriate force if vehicle is off track
  • Rear Parking Assist, Ultrasonic with rearview LED display and audible warning
  • 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 Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately aft
  • 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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