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in 2009 Affordable Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,307 - $12,053
Original MSRP: $25,640 - $33,805
MPG: 17 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Buick LaCrosse Interior

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The 2009 Buick LaCrosse offers a well-equipped interior and soft surfaces. Compared to more recently designed GM products, however, it leaves a lot to be desired. Fit and finish disappoint many writers.

  • "Although the 2009 Buick LaCrosse makes a pretty good showroom impression, closer inspection reveals that the handsome cabin's blend of faux wood and chrome trim is offset by some cheaper plastic pieces." -- Edmunds
  • "Well-assembled, soft-touch interior materials have a quality look and feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's also extremely quiet when driving down the road. That's something that many people, including myself, equate with luxury. There are lots of hints of quality and luxury in the LaCrosse Super, but the vehicle fails to go the rest of the way and surprise with something special inside the cabin." -- Detroit News

Seating

The 2009 LaCrosse is unique in that it claims to be a six-seater -- the only such car in the midsize class. But the third front position is a flip-down middle seat that is too small for anyone but small children -- and by now, we all know they're much safer in the back seat. Rear seat room is tight for adults.

  • "The softly padded seats will probably appeal only to the most traditional customers." -- Edmunds
  • "The sedan offers plenty of room. The second rows are as comfortable as the front seats" -- Detroit News
  • "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." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "The available flip-and-fold 3rd seat for a front-center passenger is a token gesture, suitable only for a small child, but no children should ever sit up front." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Two tall persons have good room up front, but there isn't much room to spare in the rear with the front seats moved back more than halfway." -- MSN

Interior Features

The gauges and controls of the 2009 LaCrosse are easy to use, but many test drivers are disappointed in the quality of the materials found inside. Modern amenities like satellite radio and remote start are available.

  • "Although those used to driving Centurys and LeSabres will probably be happy with the LaCrosse, consumers looking for a truly premium experience will be put off by the Buick's compromised interior, uninspiring handling and lack of common high-tech features." -- Edmunds
  • "The gauges are easy to see and read. Most controls are grouped in a simple center stack that's easy to reach, though some testers complained the climate system's buttons are too small and mounted too low." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's too bad the LaCrosse Super doesn't get an interior copied from the prewar Supers. Unique plastic wood looks classier than the equally fake wood in lesser LaCrosses, and the center stack gets a matte silver finish to look more like a Chrysler." -- Car and Driver
  • "The dash and instrument cluster are leaps and bounds above the hard, bland plastics found in previous Buick sedans, and the control knobs show an attention to detail worthy of the Buick name." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Mostly high-quality materials are used in the cockpit, which has good-looking gauges with chronograph styling and aluminum bezels. However, the pseudo wood trim definitely looks fake, and densely clustered small sound and climate system buttons won't endear the LaCrosse to older drivers accustomed to larger, easier-to-use controls." -- MSN

Cargo

The trunk of the 2009 LaCrosse offers 16 cubic feet of storage space, making it one of the largest in the midsize class. It is also easy to use, with a low, wide opening.

  • "To its credit, the cabin offers lots of storage bins and cubbies, and the trunk volume measures a generous 16 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk has low liftover and nonintrusive lid hinges. Its opening, however, is too small to load larger boxes. The available 60/40 split-folding rear seatbacks lay fairly flat, but a structural beam behind the seats limits the height of items that can pass through. Good interior small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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. 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." -- Kelley Blue Book

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