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2009 Buick LaCrosse Sedan

4dr Sdn CX

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  • $25,640 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Buick LaCrosse Sedan

The 2009 Buick LaCrosse ranks as one of the most comfortable mid-size sedans, with seating for up to six adults, a very quiet interior, and smooth, responsive engines. The Super model, with its V8 engine, brings a new sporty edge that should appeal to buyers who wouldn't have otherwise considered a Buick.

What's new for 2009?

For 2009, the Buick LaCrosse changes little. The biggest change is that the sporty CSX trim level has been dropped, and with it goes the 3.6L V6. Bluetooth hands-free connectivity is now available and a tire inflation kit is standard.

Model Strengths

  • Spacious interior for up to six
  • quiet, smooth ride
  • standard V6 power and available V8

Model Review

Two different interior configurations are offered for the LaCrosse; six-passenger models have a front bench seat with a flip-down center armrest, large storage bin and column-mounted shifter, while five-passenger models have two bucket seats in front with a deep center-console storage area and console-mounted shifter.

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Source: The Car Connection

To write this comprehensive review on the 2009 Buick LaCrosse, TheCarConnection.com's editors read through a number of reviews from reputable sources. Experts from TheCarConnection.com also drove the Buick LaCrosse and offer their observations regarding the vehicle to help you best make sense of conflicting opinions.

The Buick LaCrosse moves into the 2009 model year with minor changes that bring it more into alignment with its competitors. The LaCrosse was never intended to compete with the entry-level luxury sport sedans from Europe; it appeals especially to older drivers in need of a little extra comfort and quiet.

The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is available in three trims: the CX, CXL and the LaCrosse Super.  The CX and CXL sedans come with a proven 200-horsepower 3.8-liter V-6 engine, and the LaCrosse Super is loaded with GM's small-block 5.3-liter V-8 that pumps out 300 horsepower. All trims are limited to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The LaCrosse Super is the power lifter of the group, with a hugely entertaining engine turning the otherwise ordinary LaCrosse into a road-clawing machine. The big V-8 engine can propel the LaCrosse Super to 60 mph in under six seconds, yet has active fuel management, which deactivates four cylinders at cruising speed to save fuel.

The Super can be recognized on the outside by its hood "portholes," as well as a new waterfall grille, hood, and front fascia. Inside, the LaCrosse Super features a more bolstered seat covered in a woven embossed leather, as well as wood-grain-appearance accents on the instrument panel, center console, door, and gear shift knob. The Super also gets exclusive instrument cluster graphics, new front sill plates, and a silver finish on the instrument panel.

The chassis of the 2009 Buick LaCrosse Super is firmer and more responsive, while at the same time retaining the comfortable ride that traditionally has been one of the Buick's hallmarks. The LaCrosse Super features 18-inch wheels, as well. It feels great on the road compared to a non-Super LaCrosse.

Overall, the V-6 LaCrosse models offer good value for those who don't ever encounter curvy roads. Ride quality is top-notch, with that pillowy feel few cars today still offer--although it's not at all queasy like many of the rides of the past--and the interior is among GM's quietest.

The CX and CXL are the boulevard cruisers that feature loads of standard equipment. The LaCrosse CX has a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, a theft-deterrence system, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a driver information center personalization. For 2009, the CX adds painted 16-inch aluminum wheels. The CXL has an available universal home remote, an available sunroof, and standard heated driver and front passenger seats. All LaCrosses feature XM Satellite Radio, remote start, a telescoping steering wheel, and dual-zone climate control.

For 2009, a number of changes to the Buick LaCrosse focus on safety and convenience. For the first time, heated side mirrors are standard on all trim levels, and Bluetooth hands-free is available for all models. For buyers who want the versatility of carrying larger items, a split folding rear seat is available.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Buick LaCrosse is a nicely equipped American luxury sedan that comes in two very different flavors.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Opt
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Passenger On/Off Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Intermittent Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Std
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2012. 6-Year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for 2013 model year and newer Certified Pre-Owned Buick vehicles (as of 6/24/13) .

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.
²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.
³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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