Buick LaCrosse Interior
The 2008 Buick LaCrosse gets kudos for a quiet and well-equipped interior, but some call it unemotional. AutoWeek says the interior is "handsome and enjoys a high build and material quality," but the Detroit News says, "Inside, the LaCrosse Super felt comfortable but remained boring."
However, the low noise level in the cabin receives praise. MSN states, "The interior is very quiet, except for some wind noise at highway speeds." The is more colorful, calling the cabin "library quiet and very well constructed, with no titters, squeaks or rattles."
The 2008 LaCrosse provides seating for six passengers, but several reviews say only five can sit comfortably. The front seat has a flip-and-fold middle seat that writers say can only accommodate small children, "who really should ride in the back seat for safety's sake," as MSN explains.
Other reviewers say the other two seats in the front are not as comfortable as they should be. Edmunds calls the seats, "unsupportive," further saying the LaCrosse's "broad, flat seats make ingress and egress easy, but lack support for taller adults." The explains: "Front seats have woven leather bottoms and special foam backing to hug the driver and passenger in high-speed maneuvering. And they do -- at speed. Go slower and the seats feel a tad stiff. This LaCrosse isn't super in terms of lap-of-luxury softness."
Several reviews say the Buick LaCrosse's classic, stately style is best illustrated in the placement and usability of its controls. Consumer Guide states, "The gauges are easy to see and read," while Kelley Blue Book seconds, "From the driver's seat, you'll find the gauges and audio controls to be intelligently arranged and well marked for both day and night driving."
Some were disappointed that the LaCrosse Super materials weren't more upscale. Edmunds says, "Inside, the 2008 Buick LaCrosse is a mixed bag. Its acceptable fit and finish and pleasing blend of wood and chrome trim are offset by cheaper plastic pieces." The Detroit News says the instrument panel's "bluish green lighting was easy on the eyes but nothing felt super."
For 2008, all LaCrosses now feature a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel and XM Satellite Radio® connectivity standard. Another new feature for all trims is a remote vehicle starter system, a particular favorite for Kelley Blue Book that "lets you start the car from as far away as 195 feet."
Stereo and Entertainment
In addition to the XM connection, the standard LaCrosse trims feature a standard six-speaker stereo. For additional cost, a nine-speaker stereo with MP3 capability and a six-disc CD changer are available. According to Edmunds, "audio controls are for the most part user-friendly, once one remembers the functions of the stereo's array of similar buttons." Autobytel says the stereo is "a cinch to reach and operate."
Reviews are filled with praise for the LaCrosse's cargo capacity. Most LaCrosse's have 16 cubic feet of available storage space, while the Super trim offers 14.3 cubic feet. Either figure is more than adequate in its class. In addition, Kelley Blue Book states that the “LaCrosse's large trunk is easily accessible thanks to the low lift-over height, with the trunk's opening being even with the rear bumper," and adds, "Anyone who's had to lift a set of golf clubs up and over a high-walled trunk will appreciate the LaCrosse's back-friendly design."
The cabin storage space also gets good reviews. Edmunds notes that "the cabin offers lots of storage bins and cubbies." The 2008 Buick LaCrosse Super has folding rear seat backs (optional for the base trim), while a storage net is provided standard for all LaCrosses.