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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; three stars, front side impact protection; four stars, rear side impact protection and rollover resistance
Good," frontal offset; "marginal," side impact
Thin front and rear roof pillars keep blind spots to a minimum
Kelley Blue Book
TheCarConnection.com gives the 2008 Buick LaCrosse good marks for attention to safety.
The Buick LaCrosse 2008 performed reasonably well in government crash tests, earning five out of five stars for front impact protection and four stars for rear side impact protection and rollover resistance; the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards it only three stars for front side impact protection, however. These scores are consistent with results from the more stringent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which gives it a top rating of "good" in front impact tests, but only a "marginal" rating for side impacts.
Cars.com reports that "antilock brakes and side curtain airbags are standard" on all Buick LaCrosse trims. ConsumerGuide adds that the Buick LaCrosse 2008 lineup also offers "dual front airbags, curtain side airbags, antilock 4-wheel disc brakes, tire-pressure monitor, daytime running lights" as standard equipment.
Options for this year's Buick LaCrosse include a stability control system, although this is "standard on the more powerful CXS and Super models."
Visibility is not a serious issue with the 2008 Buick LaCrosse; Kelley Blue Book reports that "thin front and rear roof pillars keep blind spots to a minimum, but spotting the sloping hood's leading edge can be difficult" for someone in the driver's seat of this Buick LaCrosse 2008.
Occupants can generally feel good about their safety while riding in the 2008 Buick LaCrosse.