2008 Buick LaCrosse

Overview

With accommodations for five or six passengers, LaCrosse provides premium features and flexibility that distinguish it from other midsize sedans. For 2008, the Buick LaCrosse features revised front-end styling that projects the new face of Buick and more standard equipment. LaCrosse remains available in CX, CXL and CXS trims, and for 2008 the 5-passenger 300 hp LaCrosse Super debuts with exclusive power, handling, design and luxury appointments.

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Top Ten Features

  • 1. Engine choices - With the 200 hp 3.8L V6 on CX and CXL, the 240 hp 3.6L VVT on CXS and the 300 hp 5.3L V8 on the new LaCrosse Super, LaCrosse will satisfy virtually every driver’s performance needs.
  • 2. QuietTuning - LaCrosse benefits from Buick’s all-encompassing approach to reducing, blocking and absorbing noise and vibration. The result is a driving experience you find in more expensive luxury automobiles.
  • 3. Impressive appointments All LaCrosse trims have standard leather-wrapped steering wheels with integrated audio and cruise controls, a tilt and telescoping steering column, dual-zone automatic climate controls, a 6-way power driver seat and head-curtain side-impact air bags.
  • 4. Advanced technology features Advanced technology features offered on LaCrosse include MP3, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist, a Remote Vehicle Starter System, StabiliTrak and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
  • 5. Buick’s refined design - LaCrosse’s new front-end design echoes Lucerne and Enclave styling cues. The new waterfall grille with chrome surround, hood and front fascia add fresh, contemporary style.
  • 6. Flip-and-fold storage system A flexible interior design allows LaCrosse to comfortably accommodate six occupants. When you need to carry six people, simply flip up the center console to make room on the available front bench seat. Available on CX and CXL.
  • 7. StabiliTrak StabiliTrak provides an added dimension of control. It helps the driver in all weather conditions by leveraging the antilock braking and full-range traction control systems. It modulates the individual brakes and/or reduces power to help the driver maintain control. StabiliTrak is standard on LaCrosse CXS and LaCrosse Super. Available on CXL.
  • 8. Suspensions Stable handling and ride smoothness are Buick hallmarks. CX and CXL feature the Premium Ride suspension. The sporty LaCrosse CXS comes with a Sport Tuned suspension. The new LaCrosse Super is paired with the Special Ride and Handling suspension. Suspension tuning and steering match each engine’s performance characteristics.
  • 9. OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation OnStar’s Directions & Connections Plan is standard and provides access to OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation. Just press the OnStar button and tell the advisor where you want to go. A route will be created and sent to the vehicle. From there, automated directions will play back through the audio system, guiding you along your route until you reach your destination.
  • 10. Comprehensive warranties - A 4-year/ 50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper new vehicle warranty and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty offer Buick owners added peace of mind. The powertrain warranty also includes courtesy transportation and 24-hour roadside assistance coverage.

Power & Handling

  • 3.8L V6 SFI engine LaCrosse CX and CXL models are equipped with the most proven engine in GM’s inventory. The 3.8L V6 has an outstanding record for performance and reliability. Standard Electronic Throttle Control allows the engine to respond precisely to driver commands. The 3.8L V6 features treatments that provide smooth, quiet operation. - 200 hp @ 5200 rpm, - 230 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm.
  • 3.6L VVT V6 engine The sporty LaCrosse CXS benefits from one of GM’s most advanced engines. The allaluminum 3.6L V6 balances outstanding fuel economy with superb response and low emissions. Design highlights include dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and VVT. The engine delivers strong low rpm response and impressive acceleration at higher speeds. The 3.6L VVT V6 also has excellent noise, vibration and harshness characteristics with low maintenance requirements. - 240 hp @ 6000 rpm, - 225 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2000 rpm, - 90% of peak torque available between 1600-5600 rpm.
  • 5.3L V8 engine Standard on LaCrosse Super. See page 11 for details.
  • QuietTuning enhancements Refinements and acoustic treatments enhance the quiet operation of LaCrosse’s available engines.
  • Hydra-Matic 4T65 4-speed automatic transmission The electronically controlled Hydra-Matic 4T65 is used for front-drive V6 and V8 applications. It features advanced calibration logic. This technology provides smooth takeoffs, impressive acceleration, precise shifting and optimum fuel economy. The transmission also features a dual chain and sprocket configuration that runs quieter than single chain designs.
  • Fuel economy 2008 EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings: - 17 mpg city/28 mpg highway (CX and CXL 3.8L V6), - 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway (CXS 3.6L VVT V6), - 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway (LaCrosse Super 5.3L V8).
  • 4-wheel independent suspension Permits each wheel to react to road inputs individually. - Front suspension - MacPherson strut coil-over-spring design, twin-tube dampers with gas-charged 4-stage valving and stabilizer bar. - Rear suspension - Tri-link, coil-over-strut, twin-tube dampers. A direct-acting stabilizer bar helps control body roll and provides flatter cornering.
  • Three suspension tunings - The Premium Ride suspension on CX and CXL provides a comfortable, controlled and quiet ride. The Sport Tuned suspension on CXS is firmer with thicker front and rear stabilizer bars that enhance control. See page 12 for details on the LaCrosse Super’s Special Ride and Handling suspension.
  • 4-wheel disc brakes Enhance stopping power and help reduce stopping distance. An Antilock Braking System (ABS) is standard.
  • Traction control Two systems are offered on LaCrosse. An engine-based Enhanced Traction System (ETS) is standard on LaCrosse CX and CXL. Full-range traction control that reduces engine throttle and/or applies the brakes is available on CXL and is standard on both CXS and LaCrosse Super.
  • StabiliTrak Helps the driver maintain vehicle control in all weather conditions by leveraging the ABS and traction control systems. Sensors compare the vehicle’s actual path with the path the driver is steering. StabiliTrak modulates the individual front brakes and/or reduces power to help the driver maintain control, especially during severe handling maneuvers. Standard on CXS and LaCrosse Super. Available on CXL.
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering Standard on CX and CXL.
  • Magnetic power rack-and-pinion steering Includes variable assist for effortless low-speed maneuverability and excellent control at highway speeds. Standard on CXS and LaCrosse Super.
  • Wheels and tires - Wheels and tires range from 16"-18" depending on trim level. - CX: 16" steel wheel with wheel covers and P225/60R16 all-season tires are standard. 16" painted aluminum 8-spoke wheel and a 16" 8-spoke Chrome-Tech wheel are available. - CXL: 16" painted aluminum 8-spoke wheel with P225/60R16 all-season tires are standard. 17" 10-spoke Chrome-Tech wheel with P225/55R17 all-season touring tires are available.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Chromed Appearance Package Includes chromed inserts for front and rear fascias and bodyside molding. Standard for 2008.
  • Comfort and Convenience Package Available on CX. Includes heated front seats, driver seat 2-way power lumbar and split-folding rear seat with armrest and dual cup holders.
  • Driver Confidence Package Includes Universal Home Remote, auto-dimming inside rearview mirror, power heated outside rearview mirrors, 6-way power front passenger seat, Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist and rear reading lights. Available on CXL and CXS. Standard on LaCrosse Super.
  • Stylish exterior A revised front-end design features a new waterfall grille with chrome surround, new hood and front fascia. The styling is unmistakably Buick. Sculpted contours, chrome door handles and window trim and large wheels give LaCrosse fresh, contemporary style.
  • Luxury car fit and finish Precise body panel fits and a tight fender-to-tire relationship underscore LaCrosse’s quality engineering and agile looks.
  • Exterior paint colors Scarlett Red (NEW), Gold Mist Metallic (NEW), Dark Mocha Metallic (NEW), Dark Slate Metallic (NEW), Midnight Blue Metallic, White Opal, Black Onyx, Stone Gray Metallic, Platinum Metallic and Red Jewel Tintcoat.
  • Interior colors Neutral (NEW), Cocoa (NEW), Titanium (NEW) and Ebony.
  • Fog lamps Include halogen projector technology. Standard on CXS and LaCrosse Super.
  • Power outside mirrors Standard on all trims. Heated outside rearview mirrors are available on CXL and CXS and are standard on LaCrosse Super.
  • Power sunroof A tilt-sliding sunroof is available on LaCrosse trims.
  • Remote Vehicle Starter System Using the key fob, the driver can start the engine from nearly 200' away. This standard system also automatically activates vehicle HVAC temperature settings.
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror Automatically dims and reduces glare caused by headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear. Included with available Driver Confidence Package on CXL and CXS. Standard on LaCrosse Super
  • Convenience features Standard equipment includes power windows with express-down driver window, automatic programmable door locks, retained accessory power, full interior illumination, assist handles, floormats, rear window defogger, illuminated visor vanity mirrors and cargo net.
  • Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist Includes rearview lightbar and audible warning to alert the driver of certain stationary objects near the rear of the vehicle. Included with the Driver Confidence Package available on CXL and CXS. Standard on LaCrosse Super.
  • QuietTuning Buick’s all-encompassing approach to eliminating noise and vibration from entering the cabin. Acoustic materials and treatments are strategically placed throughout LaCrosse to help to reduce, block and absorb noise and vibration sources and pathways.
  • Flexible 5- or 6-passenger seating 5-passenger seating with front bucket seats is standard. CX and CXL models offer 6-passenger seating with a front flip-and-fold console with seat cushion, storage and cup holders.
  • Heated front seats Standard on CXL, CXS and LaCrosse Super. Included with available Comfort and Convenience Package on CX
  • Leather-appointed seating surfaces Standard on CXL and CXS. See page 13 for details on LaCrosse Super seating.
  • Power seats A 6-way power driver seat is standard. A 6-way power front passenger seat is available on CXL and CXS and is standard on LaCrosse Super.
  • Split-folding rear seat Provides added cargo flexibility. Includes armrest with dual cup holders. Included with available Comfort and Convenience Package on CX. Available on CXL. Standard on CXS and LaCrosse Super.
  • Personalization More than 50 personalization preferences can be set and stored for two drivers. Personalization preferences include settings for the audio system, climate controls, door locking, perimeter lighting and Ultrasonic Rear Parking Assist (if equipped). Standard on all LaCrosse trims.
  • Driver Information Center (DIC) Provides information including fuel economy, trip information, outside temperature and driver warning messages. It also sets personalization preferences. Standard on all LaCrosse trims.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System This standard system learns each tire’s position and displays individual tire pressure readings in the DIC.
  • Universal Home Remote The 3-channel programmable system includes a garage door opener. Included with the Driver Confidence Package available on CXL and CXS. Standard on LaCrosse Super.
  • Steering wheel Integrated audio and cruise controls are included on the standard leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control LaCrosse comes with a climate control system that allows the driver and front passenger to set individual temperature setting preferences. Includes rear-seat heating/cooling outlets.
  • AM/FM stereo with CD player Includes six speakers, seek-and-scan, digital clock, speed-compensated volume, Radio Data System (RDS) and TheftLock. Standard on CX, CXL and CXS.
  • AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 Available on CXL and CXS. Standard on LaCrosse Super.
  • Concert Sound III 9-speaker system With two rear subwoofers and amplifier. Available on CX, CXL and CXS. Standard on LaCrosse Super.
  • AM/FM stereo with 6-disc, in-dash CD changer Includes Concert Sound III 9-speaker system. Available on all LaCrosse trims.
  • 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. Standard factory-installed equipment with three trial months for customers to experience XM. Subscription required after trial expiration.
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    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 3.8L SOHC V6, 200 @ 5200, 230 @ 4000
    • 3.5L DOHC V6 w/ Dual VVT-i, 268 @ 6200, 248 @ 4700
    • 3.0L Duratec DOHC V6, 221 @ 6250, 205 @ 4800
    • 3.5L SOHC V6 iVTEC, 268 @ 6200, 248 @ 5000
    • Engine (A)
    • 240 hp 3.6L V6 (CXS); 300 hp 5.3L V8 (Super)
    • 158 hp 2.4L I4; 147 hp 2.4L I4 Hybrid
    • 160 hp 2.3L I4
    • 177 hp 2.4L I4; 190 hp 2.4L I4
    • Fuel economy, city/hwy (mpg)
    • 17/28; 19/28 (V6)
    • 21/31 (I4 auto.)
    • 20/28 (FWD); 19/26 (AWD)
    • 19/29 (V6); 21/31 (I4 auto.)
    • Recommended fuel
    • Regular
    • Regular
    • Regular
    • Regular
    • Fuel capacity (gal.)
    • 17.5
    • 18.5
    • 17.5
    • 18.5
    • Transmission
    • 4-speed auto. (S)
    • 6-speed auto. (S); 5-speed manual (S, I4); 5-speed auto. (A, I4)
    • 5-speed auto. (S); 5-speed manual (S, I4); 5-speed auto. (A, I4)
    • 5-speed auto. (S); 5-speed manual (S, I4); 5-speed auto. (A, I4)
    • Front suspension
    • Ind. MacPherson strut
    • Ind. MacPherson strut
    • Ind. short/long arm (SLA)
    • Ind. double-wishbone
    • Rear suspension
    • Ind. tri-link
    • Ind. dual-link
    • Ind. multi-link
    • Ind. multi-link
    • Suspension options
    • Sport-Tuned (CXS); Special Ride and Handling (Super)
    • Sport-Tuned (SE model only)
    • -
    • -
    • Drivetrain
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • FWD; AWD (A)
    • FWD
    • Steering
    • Power rack-and-pinion; Variable-assist (CXS, Super)
    • Variable-assist power rack-and-pinion
    • Variable-assist power rack-and-pinion
    • Variable gear ratio with variable-assist
    • 4-wheel disc ABS brakes, front/rear
    • Ventilated/Solid disc
    • Ventilated/Solid disc
    • Ventilated/Solid disc
    • Ventilated/Solid disc
    • Wheels
    • 16" w/ steel wheel covers (S); 17" aluminum (CXL, CXS); 18" aluminum (Super)
    • 16" w/ steel wheel covers (S); 16" alloy (A); 17" alloy (SE)
    • 16" aluminum (S); 17" aluminum (Premier)
    • 17" alloy (S)
    • Tires
    • P225/60R16 (S); P235/55R17 (A); P235/50R18 (Super)
    • P215/60R16 (S); P215/55R17 (A)
    • P205/60R16 (S); P205/50R17 (Premier)
    • P225/50R17 (S)
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 110.5
    • 109.3
    • 107.4
    • 110.2
    • Track, front/rear (in.)
    • 61.7/61.5
    • 62.0/61.6
    • 61.6/61.3
    • 62.2/62.2
    • Leather-appointed front seats
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Heated front seats
    • A
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Power driver seat
    • S (6-way); A (2-way power lumbar)
    • S (8-way w/power lumbar)
    • S (6-way w/manual lumbar)
    • S (8-way w/ power)
    • Personalization settings
    • S (For 2 drivers)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Power front passenger seat
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • -
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Split-folding rear seat or pass-through
    • A (Split-folding)
    • S (Split-folding)
    • S (Split-folding, spring-assisted)
    • S (One-piece folding w/ pass-through)
    • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
    • S
    • Requires model upgrade
    • S (Manual single-zone)
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Sunroof
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • S
    • Manual tilt/telescoping steering column
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • S
    • Requires model upgrade
    • A
    • A
    • Steering wheel w/ audio controls
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Driver Information Center/Display
    • S
    • Requires model upgrade
    • S
    • S
    • Remote Vehicle Starter System
    • S
    • Dealer accessory only
    • -
    • -
    • Wood grain trim
    • S
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • -
    • Universal Home Remote
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • A
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
    • Requires model upgrade
    • A
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
    • S
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • Rear park assist
    • Requires model upgrade
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • Satellite radio
    • S (XM, 3 mo.)
    • A (XM/SIRIUS)
    • A (SIRIUS)
    • A (XM)
    • Exterior chrome trim
    • Grille, door handles, bodyside molding insert, fascia inserts
    • Exhaust tip
    • Exhaust tip
    • Exhaust tip, window trim
    • Audio speakers
    • 6
    • 6
    • 6
    • 6
    • CD player/changer
    • S (Single-disc); A (6-disc)
    • S (Single-disc); A (6-disc)
    • S (Single-disc); A (6-disc)
    • S (6-disc)
    • MP3
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Auxiliary audio jack
    • -
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • Available premium audio system
    • Concert Sound III 9-speaker
    • JBL 8-speaker
    • Audiophile 8-speaker
    • Premium system w/ 7 speakers
    • Voice-activated navigation
    • S (OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation)
    • Requires model upgrade
    • A
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Cargo volume (cu. ft.)
    • 16.0
    • 15.0
    • 15.8
    • 14.0
    • Max. seating capacity
    • 6
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Head room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 39.4/37.2
    • 38.8/37.8
    • 38.7/37.8
    • 39.0/37.2
    • Leg room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 42.3/37.6
    • 41.7/38.3
    • 42.3/37.0
    • 42.5/37.2
    • Shoulder room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 57.2/57.0
    • 57.8/56.9
    • 57.4/56.5
    • 58.2/56.4
    • Hip room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 55.3/54.6
    • 54.6/53.9
    • 54.0/53.4
    • 56.6/54.3
    • Bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • 4/50,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • Powertrain warranty
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Roadside assistance
    • 5/100,000
    • -
    • 5/60,000
    • -
    • Courtesy transportation
    • 5/100,000
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Rust-through warranty
    • 6/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • QuietTuning or equivalent
    • S
    • A (NVH measures)
    • -
    • Active Noise Cancellation (Electronic through audio system only)
    • Telematics: OnStar or equivalent
    • S (12 mo.)
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • S
    • Headlamps
    • Halogen
    • Halogen
    • Halogen
    • Halogen
    • Fog lamps
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • Requires model upgrade
    • S
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Front seat-mounted side-impact air bags
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Head-curtain side-impact air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • 3-point safety belts
    • S (5-passenger)
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Safety aids
    • S (OnStar)
    • S (Driver’s knee air bag)
    • -
    • S (Active front head restraints)
    • Traction control
    • S
    • A
    • S
    • S
    • Stability control
    • Requires model upgrade
    • A
    • -
    • S
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • RKE, immobilizer
    • S (PASS-Key III)
    • S
    • S
    • S

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