2008 Buick Lacrosse vs. Its Competition

2008 Buick LaCrosse 4-door Sedan CXL Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Since its introduction as a 2005 model, the Buick LaCrosse has been getting better, and the addition of a V-8 Super edition continues this trend.

Aside from the rear-wheel-drive Chrysler 300 fitted with the HEMI, no mid-size sedans offer the kind of kick the LaCrosse Super does. However, the Toyota Avalon, the Nissan Maxima, and the Hyundai Azera, as well as the Ford Five Hundred/Mercury Montego twins, are stiff competition.

While the 5.3-liter V-8 may be an advantage to some buyers, others will compare V-6 to V-6, and in this matchup, the Buick suffers a fatal shot to the engine block.

Additionally, the Chrysler, Ford, and Mercury offer the security of available all-wheel drive.

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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2008 Buick LaCrosse has a wide range of engines--and a Super edition with great V-8 power.
7.6
The 2008 Hyundai Azera gives the Korean automaker a legitimate full-size sedan, with plenty of power, features, and room, but not much excitement.
7.8
The 2008 Nissan Maxima is a bit more aesthetically appealing than a top-of-the-line Altima or Accord, but it doesn’t perform any better.
8.0
The 2008 Toyota Avalon is designed for a cushy, comfortable ride and impressive interior space above all else.
MSRP From     
$24,250$24,600$28,630$27,325$23,035$23,850
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeLargeMid-SizeLargeLargeLarge
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan CX4-Door Sedan GLS4-Door Sedan CVT 3.5 SE4-Door Sedan XL (GS)4-Door Sedan SEL FWD4-Door Sedan Base 2WD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan CX4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODNAContinously VariableAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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