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SAFETY | 5 out of 10
Five stars, front impact protection; three stars, front side impact protection; four stars, rear side impact protection and rollover resistance
Acceptable, frontal offset protection; Marginal, side impact protection
antilock brakes and side curtain airbags are standard
Thin front and rear roof pillars keep blind spots to a minimum
Kelley Blue Book
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse includes most of the expected safety equipment, but its side crash-test scores are just not up to snuff.
The LaCrosse earned five out of five stars for frontal impact protection, as well as four stars for rear side impact protection and rollover resistance from the federal government, but only three stars for front side impact protection—among the lowest scores of any vehicles for 2009 and a worrisome indicator for a large sedan. 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. Consumer Guide adds that the Buick LaCrosse 2009 lineup also offers "dual front airbags, curtain side airbags, antilock four-wheel disc brakes, tire-pressure monitor, daytime running lights" as standard equipment.
Electronic stability control—a lifesaving active safety feature that's strongly recommended by the editors of TheCarConnection—is standard on the Super model but optional for $495 on V-6 LaCrosse models. V-6 models come standard with a traction control system, which aids traction on snowy inclines but doesn't provide the same level of security and stability.
Visibility is not a serious issue with the 2009 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 2009.
The 2009 Buick LaCrosse's side crash tests are bested by just about any other large sedan.