The 2005 Buick LaCrosse isn’t your grandpa’s sedan anymore. With the release of the all new LaCrosse, Buick makes an obvious effort to change its reputation for boring and outdated sedans. The new model gets the attention of younger professionals and families and breaks the habit of appealing to only senior citizens and car rental companies. Equipped with the option of two impressive V-6 engines and lots of style on the inside and out, the LaCrosse provides a good option for anyone who needs the space of the four-door, six-seat cabin and the good looks of the modern, sleek exterior design. Overall, it makes a good choice for young professionals, young families, and older people looking for a quality car.
Body Style: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 3.6-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick LaCrosse CX, Buick LaCrosse CXL, Buick LaCrosse CXS
For the 2005 model year, the Buick LaCrosse marks an all-new model. It replaces the outdated Regal and Century lines from Buick.
As a new model, the 2005 Buick LaCrosse updates the aging sedan lineup of cars from the company. While the body style declares its Buick heritage with its classic front end and grille, as well as the elliptical shapes, the LaCrosse has a modern age meant to appeal to the younger generation as well. With its eye on a new clientele, Buick manages to design a family sedan with plenty of style for the buyers in their 30s and 40s, while keeping it classic enough to appeal to the senior citizen group.
Not all of the updating concerns the exterior of the LaCrosse. Buick makes sure that its new sedan has plenty of style on the inside as well. The cabin area looks elegant and modern with lots of extras to keep it convenient and comfortable. Naturally, each trim level looks a little different. The base CX model features comfortable, cloth-covered bucket seats in the front and a bench seat in the rear. Cup holders provide convenient storage in the front and rear passenger areas of the car, and a center console helps with storage between the front seats. In all of the trim levels, Buick has built in plenty of head and legroom. Even taller passengers feel comfortable in the LaCrosse.
In the CXL trim level, the amenities in the cabin show a bit of an upgrade. The front still features bucket seats, but these come upholstered in leather instead of cloth. The power driver’s seat also offers a lumbar support system. Faux wood trim decorates the center console and other key elements of the cabin’s interior design.
With the CSX edition, leather upholstery is the name of the game again. This version of the LaCrosse also features a leather steering wheel to go along with the faux wood trim throughout the cabin.
Performance & Handling
Performance and handling remain incredibly important for any vehicle. With the 2005 LaCrosse, Buick makes every attempt to break out of the staid, boring mold it found itself in after the Regal and the Century models. The powertrain for the CX and CXL seem reliable enough and offer a smooth, comfortable ride. For those who like a bit more power and handling ability, the CSX makes a better bet. In addition to its refined, smooth engine, this trim level also offers a quiet ride.
Since the 2005 Buick LaCrosse sells as a family sedan, the designer focuses on safety features. This car gives the buyer style and peace of mind. Starting off the long list of safety features, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control, and child seat anchors come standard. The LaCrosse also comes equipped with daytime running lights, a post-collision safety system, and adjustable headrests. As an added security feature, the sedan uses a remote anti-theft alarm system.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick LaCrosse 3.8-liter V-6: 18/27 mpg city/highway
Buick LaCrosse 3.6-liter V-6: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Elegant interior
- Seating for six
- Impressive engine in the CSX
- Smooth, quiet ride
You Won't Like
- One transmission option
- Base engine lacks refinement
- Subpar stability control on the CSX
A refined Buick with reliable power under the hood and a modern interior.
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