The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a mainstay of Buick’s line of family sedans. The 2009 model is available in three trim levels: the CX, CXL, and the Super, which is new for the 2009 model year.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.8-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Buick LaCrosse CX, Buick LaCrosse CXL, Buick LaCrosse Super
Changes for the 2009 Buick LaCrosse include the discontinuation of the CXS trim. In its place, the Super trim has been introduced. Also, Bluetooth connectivity has been added to the list of options.
The Buick LaCrosse is a midsize sedan, which has had a consistent look over the years. Baby boomers will recall seeing older adults driving the LaCrosse; its size and iconic look seem to appeal to the senior demographic. Chrome exterior accents lend some flash to an otherwise stately vehicle. The LaCrosse measures 198.1 inches long, which is longer than both of its main competitors.
The Super trim offers minor changes to the exterior of the LaCrosse. Eighteen-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and dual exhaust tips are new.
Standard equipment on the CX includes 16-inch painted alloy wheels, a chrome grille, variable intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, power door locks, power windows, and power heated mirrors.
Optional equipment includes a power tilt/sliding sunroof, 17- or 18-inch chrome wheels, a rear window sunshade, a spoiler kit, and molded splash guards, and a side window weather deflector. Standard equipment exclusive to the Super includes 18-inch painted alloy wheels.
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse’s interior is large and comfortable. The CX has an optional bench seat, which means it could seat six. Unfortunately, the third seat would only be suitable for a small child.
Chrome accents and simulated wood trim are featured throughout the cabin. Unfortunately, the simulated wood trim is not impressive; it doesn’t look like real wood. The seats are well-bolstered. The cabin is quiet and refined. Cargo space in the trunk totals 16 cubic feet.
The base CX includes a six-way power driver’s seat with height adjustment, cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, rear ventilation ducts, a remote vehicle starter system, cruise control, a cargo net, a front console with storage, power steering, a leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, a 12-volt power outlet, a Driver Information Center (DIC), Quiet Tuning sound deadening, interior air filtration, dual-zone climate controls, front and rear floor mats, dual illuminating vanity mirrors, memory settings for two drivers, a tachometer, a trip computer, a compass, OnStar telecommunications service, and an AM/FM/CD/Satellite audio system with six speakers and speed-sensitive volume control.
Standard equipment exclusive to the CXL includes heated front seats, a two-way driver’s seat power lumbar, and leather upholstery. Standard equipment exclusive to the Super includes six-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, leather upholstery with Dream Weave inserts, a split-folding rear seatback, speed-proportional power steering, a universal remote transmitter, rear parking sensors, simulated wood interior trim, and an AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system with nine speakers and two subwoofers.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse CX and CXL both share the 3.8-liter, 200-hp V-6, while the Super trim level introduces a 5.3-liter, 300-hp V-8. A four-speed automatic transmission and front drive is standard across the entire model range.
The Super has an engine powerful enough to go from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The Lacrosse offers a smooth, quiet ride. It’s not an exciting car to drive. Its reliability appeals to its target demographic, while the other popular midsize sedans leave the LaCrosse in the dust when it comes to fun and drivability.
Ventilated front discs, solid rears, with four-channel, four-sensor ABS, brake assist, traction control, and tire-pressure monitoring are standard. Front airbags, dual front side-impact airbags, rear side-impact airbags, and front and rear side curtains are standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
Buick LaCrosse CX: 17/28 mpg city/highway
Buick LaCrosse CXL: 17/28 mpg city/highway
Buick LaCrosse Super: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Overall reliability
- Quiet interior
- Powerful V-8 engine (Super trim level)
You Won't Like
- Faux wood accents
- Four-speed transmission
A quiet, reliable family sedan with amenities in the cabin to comfort any passenger.
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